This year marks the 60th anniversary since the first Bond film, Dr. No, came out in 1962; and Omega has launched two 007-inspired novelties to celebrate the occasion. Among the celebrities and media invited to the unveiling of the new Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond, it seemed the one question on everyone’s lips was: have you seen the animated caseback?
The Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond brings movie magic to your wrist with a special animation on the caseback that features the instantly recognisable gun barrel opening sequence, in which a silhouetted Bond walks out from the side of a spinning tunnel and fires towards the camera.
How does it work?
This innovation is made possible through the moiré effect, an optical illusion that occurs when two similar patterns are overlaid, with the top cutout layer rotated or displaced.
For this particular animation, the bottom layer features a moving spiral powered by the central seconds hand, while the top layer is a transparent circular disc marked with spiralling lines in the shape of a man, which, when placed over the bottom layer, brings the silhouette to life. The heavier concentration of lines on the right side of the top layer results in the effect of James Bond “walking out” from the right of the tunnel. The best way to understand it is really to watch the magic happen, so here is a clip of the mesmerising effect for your viewing pleasure: