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Omega’s New Bond Watch Plays a Movie on Its Back

It may not feel like it, but Omega has and James Bond been inextricably connected since October 5, 1962 when one of cinema’s most beloved characters made his screen debut. The first “Bond watch”, was, whisper it: a Rolex Submariner Ref. 6538. Other secret agents have also provided services, such as Breitling ( Thunderball), Hamilton ( Live, Let Die). In 1995, GoldenEye was the first time Omega took over as Britain’s super spy.

Two new Omegas were released to celebrate the 60th anniversary. The company is not linking these new pieces to any specific film. However, it has avoided obvious attempts to insert “007” or a rifling effect onto the dial. Instead, they have given each piece a subtle touch film magic on their case backs. The crystal rear displays a mechanical animation that recreates the famous opening gun-barrel sequence.

 

The 42mm Seamaster Diver 300m 60 years of James Bond Stainless Steel (PS7.100, about $8,500) was inspired by the original Omega that Pierce Brosnan wore with GoldenEye. However, it now has a mesh bracelet. The Seamaster Diver 300m 60 years of James Bond Canopus Gold (PS137,300 or $165,200) is the most exclusive. It’s made in Omega’s white alloy and features a dial made out of natural gray silicon as well as a bezel surrounded with green and yellow diamants. This bezel is said to invoke Ian Fleming’s Jamaican home.

This mechanical watch has no screens or digital displays. The rear image of the 007 opening sequence can be seen on the mechanical watch using moire animation. Interference Patterns are created when an opaque ruled pattern is placed on top of another similar pattern. The two patterns must be different in order for the pattern to appear.

 

Omega’s patent-pending design uses the spinning aluminum disc to power the animation. This is powered by the running central seconds hand. The sequence of four images can be repeated at 15 seconds intervals as the Co-Axial Master Chonometer Calibre 8866 drives the watch.

Gregory Kissling, Omega’s VP of Product, said that the challenge was achieving the right animation. We started with seven figures. The problem with seven figures was that there is a small difference between the disks. This creates a ghost effect. We decided to split the sequence into four images. This is why these Seamasters have “twist-in” case backs instead of screwed-in ones. This allows the illusion’s layers to align perfectly, something that was impossible with the Seamaster case back. Kissling says, “We also had to manage the distance between disk and sapphire crystal.” “It requires very, very tiny tolerances–plus/minus 0.05 millimeters.”

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