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SINCE 1995, OMEGA HAS OUT­FIT­TED THE WORLD’S FAVOURITE SE­CRET AGENT, JAMES BOND, WITH SIG­NA­TURE TIME­PIECES THAT SHOWCASE RE­LI­A­BIL­ITY AND A SENSE OF DAR­ING—AND THE LAT­EST IS AN ODE TO GOLD, WRITES Em­i­lie Yabut-Ra­zon

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Known for his sly ways and his nifty gad­gets, James Bond has sported an Omega on his wrist since the 1995 film Gold­enEye. Agent 007 has since worn six dif­fer­ent mod­els of the Sea­mas­ter, one cre­ated spe­cially for each sub­se­quent movie in the se­ries: To­mor­row Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of So­lace and Skyfall.

This year, Omega cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of one of the most fa­mous Bond films, Goldfin­ger, with a one-of-a-kind time­piece—the Sea­mas­ter Aqua Terra in an ex­plo­sion of gold. With a di­am­e­ter of 38.5mm, the watch’s case, match­ing bracelet, dial and hands are all made of 18K yel­low gold. A coun­ter­weight, also in yel­low gold, fea­tures promi­nently on the cen­tral seconds hand and is hand­crafted to form the 007 logo.

The watch is pow­ered by the Omega Master Co-Ax­ial cal­i­bre 8501, shown through a trans­par­ent crys­tal case back. The move­ment fea­tures a ro­tor and bridge made of yel­low gold, which dif­fer­en­ti­ates the watch from other Sea­mas­ter Aqua Terras, which have red gold ro­tors and bridges. The me­chan­i­cal move­ment de­liv­ers ex­cel­lent time­keep­ing re­li­a­bil­ity and is resistant to mag­netic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, ex­ceed­ing the lim­its of con­ven­tional mea­sur­ing equip­ment, as re­sis­tance to 1,000 gauss is con­sid­ered the in­dus­try norm.

The words “Goldfin­ger, 50th An­niver­sary, Unique Piece, Anti-Mag­netic >15,000 Gauss” are en­graved on the 18K yel­low gold ring around the case back. The model comes in a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion box, in­spired by the US Bul­lion De­pos­i­tory build­ing at Fort Knox, and was sold as part of an on­line auc­tion that cel­e­brated the James Bond films.

AC­TION HERO Ac­tor Sean Con­nery as James Bond next to his As­ton Martin DB5 in a scene from the 1964 film Goldfin­ger

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