As the 24th installment of the James Bond Franchise Spectre is upon us, Omega has released the Seamaster 300 Spectre L.E.
James Bond star Daniel Craig was recently made a special visit to the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry for the inauguration of the OMEGA factory in Villeret, Switzerland, He also saw production of the new OMEGA Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition, which will go on sale in September.
For OMEGA, Daniel Craig’s visit to Villeret was a momentous occasion. Together with Nick Hayek, Swatch Group CEO, and Stephen Urquhart, President of OMEGA, Craig was shown exactly what goes into making OMEGA watches such as the one he wears in SPECTRE. As an avid collector himself, he was fascinated by the engineering and expertise on show.
The NEW Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre L.E. has a 41mm stainless steel case and features a bi-directional, rotating diving bezel, made from black, polished ceramic, combined with a LiquidMetal® 12 hour scale, so that time can be kept with any country in the world.
Other unique features include the “lollipop” central seconds hands, as well as the 5-stripe black and grey NATO strap. On the bracelet’s strap holder, the 007 gun logo has been engraved.
Each watch has its own unique serial number engraved on the back along with the SPECTRE film logo, celebrating the latest on-screen adventure. Inside, the watch is driven by the highly innovative OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8400, a revolutionary movement in its own right.
This timepiece will be limited to just 7,007 pieces. It will be available in selected boutiques from September. This watch will retail for 6,300 Swiss Franc or $7,500 US retail. This watch combines the aesthetic of the classic vintage Omega Seamaster from the 1950’s with all of the modern day treatments available to make this a perfect fit for James Bond. The watch is rugged and clean yet has a sophistication that is unique by it’s 5 stripe black and grey NATO strap and lollipop central seconds hand.
This being said, the real ? we need to ask ourselves “Is it worth it?” To some of course it will be! There is a massive following for James Bond and the Omega partnership machine over the last 20 years. Practically speaking to me, I don’t think it’s worth it. The watch is on a NATO strap and costs $7,500 for a 3 handed watch. There is a cool factor and it’s limited but 7007 is a lot of pieces. If they made 707 it would have been much better to make this limited edition a collectible and super sought after timepiece. You can buy a similar looking watch from Omega on a bracelet non limited with the same guts for almost $1,000 less. Personally I would still rather have two Tudor watches for the price of this one but it’s all about personal taste and style at the end of the day. This watch is practically sold out already and has exceeded expectations globally. Even the 5 stripe black NATO strap it comes on is sold out. The strap alone is almost $300! Everyone who has an Omega Seamster wants the look of this watch because it makes it look like a vintage iconic tool watch.