In 1964, the third James Bond movie, the iconic Goldfinger was released. This has gone on to be one of the most memorable James Bond movies of all time!
2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of this legendary film. To celebrate in style and with a bang, Omega released a unique Seamaster Aqua Terra made completely out of 18K yellow gold!
This watch was sold for approximately 80,000 British pounds sterling (roughly $130,000) on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 as part of an exclusive online auction handled by Christie’s to celebrate this amazing James Bond movie. This winning bid was almost eight times the value of the watch. With this staggering outcome, this OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra is considered to be the most successful item in this online auction and it was the only item to make such a dramatic increase from its published estimated price to its final price.
Firstly, the watch was delivered in a special presentation box inspired by U.S. Bullion Depository building at Fort Knox. The 38.5 mm case is constructed out of 18k yellow gold and fitted on a matching 18k yellow gold bracelet. The dial has also been crafted out of 18k yellow gold as are the hands which are treated with super luminova for contrast and visibility at night. In a subtle nod to the world’s most celebrated secret agent, there is a counterweight (in 18K yellow gold of course!) on the central seconds hand crafted in the form of the iconic 007 logo.
Th watch is powered by the OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8501 revealed through its transparent crystal caseback. The one that equips this unique Seamaster Aqua Terra features an 18K yellow gold rotor and bridge, distinguishing it from the 18K red gold normally associated with the movement. The oscillating weight is also made of 18K yellow gold. The mechanical movement delivers extraordinary timekeeping performance and reliability and it is also resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, solving a challenge that has perplexed watchmakers for centuries.
Around the transparent case back is a gold ring engraved with the words, GOLDFINGER, 50TH ANNIVERSARY, UNIQUE PIECE, ANTI-MAGNETIC, > 15,000 GAUSS.
This watch is a great way to immortalize this incredible franchise and movie by telling a story that transcends time !