Omega’s new president, Raynald Aeschlimann, asked me to join him and a surprise dinner guest “who plays an amazing James Bond.” I torpedoed back my R.S.V.P. Ian Fleming’s secret agent, known for his exquisite taste, has been associated with fine Omega watches ever since his Rolex wristwatch replica was described in the 1954 novel Live and Let Die. He has worn Rolexes, a Breitling, and even quartz Seiko replica Omega watches when quartz was all the rage.
However, as a Royal Navy reserve commander—and since Fleming himself spent time in the British Naval Intelligence Division—it makes sense that Bond would wear a diving watch. In 1995’s GoldenEye film, Bond for the first time sported an Omega Seamaster 300 diving watch, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that a massive turnaround at Omega started at about the same time.
The guest at the Omega-sponsored dinner was, of course, British actor Daniel Craig, who has been playing Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale. In lower Manhattan’s Beekman Hotel, the room sparkling with vintage fake Omega watches under glass, I sat down at a candlelit table, just opposite Craig. He seemed genuinely excited to be among other watch geeks, and as we sipped Billecart-Salmon Champagne, he explained how he bought his first fine watch, a Breitling, when he started earning money. But his passion for watches outlet uk began in earnest with the James Bond role, when he bought his first Omega, a vintage Seamaster 300. His most emotionally significant timepiece is an Omega Seamaster engraved for him and given by the producers of Casino Royale. When ordering custom-made shirts for his Bond wardrobe, Craig has the “left cuff made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over the watch.”
Inside the massive, 45.5-millimeter case Omega replica ticks Omega’s caliber 8906, a state-of-the-art self-winding movement providing 60 hours of timekeeping. Antimagnetic up to 15,000 Gauss, you could wear the watch without damage while getting, say, an MRI, and it’s based on the first fake Omega movement ever to receive the Swiss government’s new Master Chronometer certification. It remains highly accurate and water resistant during eight rigorous tests conducted in magnetic environments. The watch isn’t cheap at $11,700, but that’s because ceramic production is costly.
Bookies are taking bets on who will be the next Omega watches outlet James Bond, and the second-longest-serving Bond was asked if he would continue to play the famous spy. Craig declined to comment. Whoever steps into the role, my bet is he’ll be wearing a Big Blue.