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The Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond features a special animated caseback that shows the instantly recognisable gun barrel opening sequence

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:

This animated design is currently awaiting its patent.   

What versions does the watch come in?

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 60 Years of James Bond is a 42mm timepiece that comes in two materials—stainless steel and 18K Canopus Gold, the former powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and the latter with the 8807. 

The stainless steel version has a mesh-style bracelet just like 007’s watch in No Time to Die, and the bezel and dial are made from blue oxalic anodised aluminium. The bezel features a Super-LumiNova diving scale and the traditional triangle at the top is replaced by the numerical “60”, commemorating the 60 years of James Bond films. The dial has laser-engraved waves in recognition of the Seamaster and the fact that Bond, a naval commander, understandably has quite a lot to do with the ocean. The box it comes in is also decorated in a blue wave pattern, with three dots on the front-facing side in homage to the classic opening title sequence of the Bond movies, with a “secret” push button on the right that opens the box. 

The 18k Canopus Gold is Omega's own white gold alloy, which the brand prizes for its long-lasting shine. The dial is made from natural grey silicon inspired by GoldenEye, the grey-roofed Jamaican estate of James Bond novelist Ian Fleming. The bezel features treated natural diamonds in ten shades ranging from dark forest green to cognac yellow, in tribute to the Jamaican flag. Those who remember the first James Bond film, Dr. No, will remember the song “Underneath the Mango Tree” from the movie’s soundtrack, and the box for the 18K Canopus Gold edition is made accordingly from mango tree wood, with mother-of-pearl marquetry paying homage to the shells of Crab Key, Dr. Julius No’s fictional Jamaican stronghold. 

What else?

Omega has been a part of the James Bond movie journey since Goldeneye in 1995, when the British spy freed himself from an armoured train by cutting through a steel plate, with the help of a laser built into his Seamaster Quartz Professional Diver 300M. 

These 007-inspired novelties follow a range of new watches already launched for 2022, the most memorable of which include the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ultra Deep, which pushed technological boundaries, and the Constellation and Aqua Terra models, which presented a colourful array of options. 

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