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TIME WAITED FOR ONE MAN: Daniel Craig & Omega
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Omega and Eon Productions
Daniel Craig consulted on the Omega wristwatch that appeared in 'No Time To Die'
Daniel Craig consulted on the Omega wristwatch that appeared in 'No Time To Die'
Daniel Craig consulted on the Omega wristwatch that appeared in 'No Time To Die'
Daniel Craig consulted on the Omega wristwatch that appeared in 'No Time To Die'
Daniel Craig consulted on the Omega wristwatch that appeared in 'No Time To Die'

After countless delays to what has become one long tease, Daniel Craig finally bade farewell to the role of British superspy James Bond in the 25th edition of the 007 franchise, No Time To Die. On his wrist as said character is a special Omega timekeeper that he consulted on, one that you’ve had a year-long head start to consider scoring your own.

, Daniel Craig. The chosen alpha male who single-handedly put the gym-honed muscles and blue collar sweat back into the historic James Bond character after several decades of the franchise giving us a 007 who looks like he has had one too many massages, martinis, and mansplaining sessions. In No Time To Die, Craig has the unenviable task of ensuring a retired Bond in action didn’t get as much flak as Ben Affleck’s debut as a middle-aged Batman. While we will let the internet and your curiosity spoil the rest of the plot, you can always look to Omega to provide clues as to what will happen in the 007 movies. After all, the Swiss watchmaker has been in its inner circle for close to thee decades, having provided the on-screen British spy with a timekeeper since the days of Pierce Brosnan as Bond. This latest Seamaster, however, might be its most special tie-in to date (and not because it has a starring role in the film). After all, this is arguably the first time a 007 actor has given his two cents on the design of the watch rather than just wearing one because of contractual obligations. And by chipping in, we don’t mean the 53-year-old helped to redesign what is already an iconic wristwatch. Instead, Craig believed that his last Bond film should feature a timekeeper slim enough to fit under the cuff, lightweight enough for a man on the move, and a touch of retro for those feel good throwback vibes. Enter the Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer, one that he and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli believe a military man like Bond would fancy as part of his identity. A 42mm case crafted out of titanium, it is paired with a tropical brown aluminium bezel ring and dial that fit into the category of a covert colourway. There is even a choice of a triple-striped NATO strap or titanium Milanese bracelet to honour your personal preference. Right off the bat, you will notice the vintage nods that Craig fought for, especially the Broad Arrow marking at 6 o’clock and on the case back which plays up to his recent appointment as an honorary commander of the Royal Navy. This symbol has real historical significance as Omega was a supplier to the British Ministry of Defence as early as the ’40s and those custom watches it made carried this discreet hallmark on its dial (it was part of the famous Dirty Dozen manufacturers contributing to wartime efforts). Apart from the glow-in-the-dark elements on the watch, there are geeky bits that 007 fans will appreciate. The case back displays engravings of numbers and an alphabet that aren’t random passwords for emergency use but are of military coding for standard issue gear and then some: 0552 references the British Navy, 923 7697 means this is a diver’s watch, A indicates a screw-in crown, 007 is a given, and 62 is the year of the first Bond film. Powered by a self-winding Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8806 movement, it is worth noting that this wristwatch boasts some serious upgrades on anti-magnetism which is perhaps the most realistic characteristic one can ask for in place of a homing device tracker, remote detonator, grappling hook, built-in explosive charge, laser cutter, miniature saw…

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