Omega has released info on the latest 007 James Bond Seamaster model and the balck dial beauty has an old school military feel to it. A milanese mesh bracelet, Tropical yellowy-brown lume on the hands and markers, plus the old WWII services arrow logo at 6pm, all combine to make this a functional tool watch.
But it is a modern Omega as well. Featuring a Grade 2 Titanium, 42 mm case and titanium mesh bracelet, it’s particularly strong and light. It is also available on a striped NATO strap, which may well give the watch an everyday look that puts off would-be thieves and muggers. It’s a thought in these dangerous times.
Inside there is a Cal 8806 movement, still featuring the late, great George Daniels Co-Axial power saving feature. If you imagine the usual pallet lever being kind of cantilevered, like the DOHC system on a car or motorcycle engine, then you’ve got the essence of this gadgetry. Why does it mater? Well it lets the watch run slower, thus increasing service intervals, and it is arguably more precise in its action linking escape wheel to the rest of the gear train.
It has a 55 hour power reserve and runs at 25,200vph, which is slower than rivals like a Rolex Submariner for example, which runs at about 28,000vph. Recently, Rolex have made some technical changes to their escapement however, using a pallet fork that’s kind of offset slightly, therefore needs less energy to interact with the escape wheel. You get 70 hours reserve with the latest 2020 Submariner too and arguably, a more popular watch should you decide to sell one day.
Cost is £7880 for the mesh bracelet edition, or £6950 for a NATO edition.