The Watches of James Bond

He doesn’t just have a license to kill; he also has a license to tell time. Bond’s creator Ian Fleming made sure to give the world’s most famous secret agent a wristwatch in his novels. In the eleventh volume (there are a total of 14 original editions), On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which was published in 1963, Fleming offers the reader a very precise description of this Swiss replica Omega watches uk. James sees a “heavy Rolex Oyster Perpetual on a metal watch bracelet as he awakes in the middle of the night.” And Fleming remained with this watch brand in all future Bond adventures.

When 007 finally made it onto the silver screen in 1962, he made sure to wear his watch. In Doctor No, Bond, played by Sean Connery, wears a Rolex Submariner.

At that time Bond still had to do without any of Q’s additional features that would later rescue the clever daredevil with a fondness for martinis (shaken, not stirred) from many life-threatening situations.

James Bond would receive his first watch gadget in 1965’s Thunderball. His watch featured a built-in Geiger counter that he could use to measure radioactivity levels in his surroundings. The watch was made by Q and does not bear a manufacturer’s name.

In later 007 films the MI6 agent frequently moved on from one Swiss replica watches uk for sale brand to the next – but not quite as often as he found a new woman.

In Live and Let Die, the Bond watch features a buzz saw with which 007 is able to free himself from his shackles. An integrated magnet also diverts bullets. The watchmaker is not named, but Rolex is thanked in the credits, so it can be assumed that the watch came from the Swiss manufacturer.

From then on Bond routinely received chronographs from Q that featured diverse gadgets. Some were made by Rolex, some came without a brand name, and several were made by Seiko.

Omega Seamaster Professional

James Bond has worn watches by Omega since 1995’s Goldeneye. In that film, Bond, played by Pierce Brosnan, wears a watch with a remote detonator for bombs and a laser beam to help him escape from an armored train. This Omega Seamaster Professional featured a blue dial and quartz caliber. The discount Omega replica watches was launched by the Swatch Group in 1993 as a professional diving watch that was water-resistant up to 300 meters.

One secret agent episode and two years later Bond wore the chronometer version of the Goldeneye Seamaster. In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond opts for a Seamaster Professional with an automatic caliber that saves his life with an integrated detonator.

The silver screen hero also saves the world with an Omega Seamaster Professional on his wrist in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002). In the former, Bond once again finds himself in deep trouble. Literally. He is buried under 30 feet of snow by an avalanche. But Bond has his Omega. In the bezel hides a wire with a grappling hook. Bond takes aim for a secure target. With the press of a button the hook flies from the crown and the bezel whirls at lightning speed. Once the grappling hook is firmly anchored, the bezel begins turning in the opposite direction, lifting 007 out of the avalanche.

In Die Another Day, Bond must face off against industrial giant Gustav Graves, a villain working on a satellite weapon. Bond’s watch features a remote detonator in  place of the helium valve, which is operated by turning the bezel. The British secret agent could also activate a laser from the crown of the watch.

Omega Seamaster Professional

2006’s Casino Royale not only introduces us to a new Bond actor — Brosnan left the franchise and was replaced by Daniel Craig, who has been portraying a new, harder Bond on the silver screen ever since — it is also the first film in which 007 wears two different watches. One of Bond’s timepieces is an Omega Seamaster Professional with a co-axial escapement. With its blue dial, unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown, helium escape valve and 300-meter water resistance, the James Bond watch looked just as good as the star actor.

Omega Seamaster Professional co-axial

The second watch that Agent 007 wears in Casino Royale is a Seamaster Planet Ocean measuring 45.5 mm in diameter. It also contains an Omega Caliber 2500 with co-axial escapement. Water-resistant to 600 meters, it allows Bond to get into even more dangerous situations — including underwater — and get back out again. It can be seen in the first part of the movie before making way for the Seamaster Diver.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Omega launched both of these watches as limited versions when the film was released. Both models had several definitively Bond features, such as the 007 logo at the tip of the seconds hand and on the caseback and clasp.

Bond ceased wearing a blue Omega Seamaster Professional in 2008, when Craig’s next Bond film, Quantum of Solace, hit theaters.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

Britain’s most famous secret agent wore a Seamaster Planet Ocean in that film instead. This 42-mm watch is somewhat smaller than the Planet Ocean seen in Casino Royale. The watch’s design is reminiscent of the Seamaster watches from the 1950s. Omega introduced a similar model prior to the release of the film. It featured the 007 logo on the seconds hand, a special caseback and the film title on the dial.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - reclining

Omega then also launched a Seamaster Professional to coincide with the movie’s release: the Seamaster Diver 300M James Bond 007 Collector’s Piece. The dial on this limited James Bond edition is black. The 41 mm watch also features the 007 logo at the tip of the seconds hand. This Omega Seamaster caliber 2500, with co-axial escapement, is water-resistant to 300 meters.

The cheap replica watches uk brand from Bienne, Switzerland launched a special edition of the Omega Seamaster to celebrate 50 years of James Bond movies. The limited Classic Seamaster Professional Co-axial 300M has a diameter of 41 mm and is powered by the chronometer-certified, automatic Caliber 2507 with co-axial escapement.

Omega  Seamaster Professional Co-axial 300M James Bond

In addition to the 007 logo on the dial, this James Bond watch also features an opening on the back of the case that allows an open view of the rotor. This, together with the design of the caseback, creates a stylish gun-barrel appearance.

Omega  Seamaster Professional Co-axial 300M James Bond - back

Omega also released a limited-edition Planet Ocean  just in time for the most recent Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall. It is water-resistant to 600 meters and features a helium outlet valve and a unidirectional rotating ceramic bezel. The 007 logo sits atop the dial at the 7 o’clock position and on the stainless steel clasp. This Bond watch is powered by Caliber 8507 with a co-axial escapement, silicon spirals and a certified chronometer.  A sapphire glass bottom offers a view of both the movement and the rotor, which features a “Skyfall 007” engraving. For more on the Omega James Bond Skyfall watch, click here.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Skyfall - James Bond

Christie’s put the watch worn by Daniel Craig during the filming of “Skyfall” on auction on October 5, 2012. It was a titanium Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M – a one-of-a-kind model that is otherwise only offered in stainless steel. The 42-mm titanium watch sold for 194,000 euros (based on the conversion rate at the time). The best Breitling replica watches features the chronograph Caliber 8500, with 60 hours of power reserve .

Not Just a Phase: The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon

Hublot introduced a new landmark for the brand this January: its first moon-phase new years Omega replica watches sale. The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon prominently displays the phases of the moon on its skeletonized dial.

The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon places its moon-phase display just beneath the hands at 6 o’clock. The partially frosted subdial obscures the moon’s passage so that only its current phase can be seen. It shows two convex spherical moons, which appear and disappear in keeping with passage of the 29.5-day lunar month. This subdial is 13 mm in diameter.

Around this subdial is a simple date display. To complete the calendar, the day and month are shown on two skeletonized disks in the top half of the dial, which turn to show their current values just beneath 12 o’clock. The case middle has four integrated buttons that can be used to correct the calendar. Clockwise from 2 o’clock, they modify the month, moon, date and day.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon Titanium Glamor 560

The Aeromoon movement is HUB 1131, an automatic manufacture caliber. It runs in 25 jewels and vibrates at 28,800 vph. It has 134 components. The power reserve is 42 hours.

The cheap Swiss replica watches uk comes in titanium or in Hublot’s proprietary King Gold, an alloy combining rose gold and platinum. The faceted baton hands for the hours, minutes and date are plated in rhodium or gold depending on the case version. The seconds hand has the signature Hublot logo as its counterweight.

Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon King Gold Soldier 560

The Hublot Classic Fusion Aeromoon is the first time that the Nyon-based brand has brought out a traditional moon-phase complication. (Hublot did introduce the Antikythera Sunmoon two years ago, but that fake Omega watches does not show the moon in the conventional manner.)

The watch has a Classic Fusion case with a 45-mm diameter. The sapphire crystal has a nonreflective coating, as does the transparent caseback.

The Best Breitling Replica Watches is water-resistant to 50 meters. Its strap is a combination of black alligator sewn onto rubber for greater durability.

A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Dual Time

A. Lange & Söhne presents three models of the Saxonia watch family with a new dial design that further enhances their intrinsic gracefulness: Saxonia, Saxonia Automatic, and Saxonia Dual Time.

“Never stand still” is not only Walter Lange’s personal motto, it also motivates the product developers at Lange. Their tireless pursuit of the perfect replica Omega watches has inspired the discreet dial design refinements of three Saxonia models. Particularly in a watch family innately characterised by such elegance and purity, each element, be it ever so small, has a visual impact on the overall appearance of the respective model.

Saxonia Dual Time, Saxonia and Saxonia Automatic: the new generation Since it was launched 20 years ago, the Saxonia has been a permanent part of the manufactory’s repertoire. In their search for a more prominent face that would befit the new generation of the Lange classic, the designers sketched out numerous variations of the dial, most of them differentiated merely in nuances.

Just a few precisely placed accents graciously emphasise the sublimely chiselled face of the Saxonia family’s models. The solid-gold applied hour markers have been moved toward the periphery of the dial and are executed as double baton appliques at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’Clock. The slightly extended black graduations of the minute scale are also more striking. For the Saxonia Automatic and the Saxonia Dual Time, the tens markers of the subsidiary seconds dial have been endowed with numerals. All modifications were made in the interest of improved legibility.

The designers slightly reduced the case size of two models. The diameter of the Saxonia with the proven L941.1 manufacture calibre is now 35.0 millimetres. With a reduced diameter of 38.5 millimetres, the Saxonia Dual Time is now the same size as the Saxonia Automatic.

Its conveniently adjustable second zone time and superb legibility make the Saxonia Dual Time a perfect companion for individuals who feel at home around the world. At the same time, like the other members of the Saxonia watch family, it pays tribute to the homeland of A. Lange & Söhne. In Saxony, where craftsmanship is a centuries-old tradition and which has a deeply ingrained penchant for aesthetics, Ferdinand A. Lange found the ideal setting for the establishment of his watchmaking company in 1845. His graceful, dependable and precise pocket Rolex Replica Watches sale soon ranked among the world’s finest timepieces. This ambition is still upheld by the A. Lange & Söhne brand today. The three new Saxonia models live up to it in every respect. Their lavishly finished movements epitomise Saxon watchmaking artistry. The hand-engraved balance cock transforms each timepiece into a precious one-of-a-kind treasure.

In favour of a “democratic” certification for watches

Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss replica Omega watches sale that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form. For a long time, the two set the standard and served as a reference for Swiss watchmaking. However, recent initiatives have shown that there was still room for new ways to put quality to the test.

Launched ten years ago, Label Qualité Fleurier originated from an idea by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard, and Michel Parmigiani, the acclaimed watchmaker behind the eponymous brand. They were soon joined by Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet. The objective: to push the envelope for Swiss replica watches uk that must be 100% Swiss. To date, only 3,000 watches have made the grade. As if this weren’t enough, Omega entered the fray late last year with its Master Co-Axial Officially Certified, a new standard that was developed in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute for Metrology, and which imposes stringent requirements with regard to resistance to magnetic fields.

To the uninitiated, such a profusion of tests and standards could easily seem like a rather bewildering maze. Not so. From the point of view of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie Cultural Council, which it is my honour to chair, two points must be made. The first is of an historical nature. The various initiatives which have been instigated over the course of the decades have all looked to raise the standards of certification, a fact illustrated by the latest rules introduced by the Poinçon de Genève. Granted, different systems can take different approaches, but all aim to guarantee the quality and excellence of a timepiece, whichever route it chooses in its ascension of Everest.

The second is an observation. All these certifications are conducted and guaranteed by bodies that operate independently of the watchmakers themselves. This is a non-negotiable condition, without which such systems would lose all credibility in the customer’s eye. In this light, the mention of the Patek Philippe Seal inevitably raises eyebrows. Not that we are casting doubt on the excellence of the Maison’s timepieces. Neutral certification, carried out by an independent body and not by the brand itself, would only be all the more appreciable. After all, other systems are democratically open to any watchmaker tempted by the challenge. In its desire to be judge and jury of its own merits, Patek Philippe asserts a sovereign stance. And closes the door on any attempts at dialogue with the profession. The question of labels and certification, a matter of significance to popular Omega replica watchmaking, will be examined in detail in the next HH Mag.