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
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