Since 2002 when Omega celebrated the 40th anniversary of the famous James Bond movies with a special edition Seamaster model, every new 007 movie is accompanied by the launch of a special edition timepiece. The 40th anniversary Omega was sold in a number of 10,007 watches and its release date coincided with the premiere of Die Another Day, the seventh James Bond movie to feature an Omega.
The Die Another Day limited edition watch was available in a special packaging and it was sold out instantly. Watch collectors and James Bond fans from all around the world want to own one. Everyone loves it and I am not an exception. I particularly like how the special markings blend with the unique design of the dial. For example, below the usual inscription of ‘Seamaster Professional Chronograph’ it has the classic and much-loved 007 logo with the gun, the one where a pistol barrel sprouts out of the number seven, which doubles as the grip of the weapon. This is a very subtle reminder that the whole design is dedicated to the very famous Bond action movie. The same logo repeats itself all over the dial creating a very fashionable pattern-like effect. The rear case is not that subtle tough. It has a very clear and visible text stating what is more than obvious to any connoisseur: ‘40 Years of James Bond – Limited Series’ and the serial number engraved at the 6 o’clock position. Comparing the replica with the original watch, I honestly cannot see any differences on the dial, bezel or back case. The replica follows flawlessly the original design and its markings.
It also features a very unique bracelet, another reminder that this timepiece is no ordinary Seamaster. It is the first from a priceless series of watches dedicated to the 007 phenomenon, a series of watches that any collector would die to own. The band is made of links segmented in 5 rows, three brushed and two elegantly polished on the outer part. It looks like a very classy bracelet, a true piece of jewelry. The clasp also features the iconic 007 gun logo underneath the “Omega Seamaster Professional” text. I have examined the replica from all possible angles and it seems to have a perfect imitation band. The bracelet has the same design and the links are very nicely crafted. There are no sharp edges, no smudges or visible defects. It has the same shine and look as the genuine one. Also, all the correct markings are present on the band and clasp.
On this 007 watch the right side winding crown is designed to set the time and date. I was delighted to see that the crown of my replica works correctly and that the date function is also functional. If you look at it from a close range you will see the Omega logo on the top of the winding crown, another correct authenticity marking. I’ve noticed that the functionality of the left side button is very different than the one of the real watch. This button was supposed to be the helium release valve. It is a feature that all diving watches have and it is present on most Omega Seamaster models. The replica has the button and it looks real, but it is just for show. It doesn’t do anything and the most important thing: you can’t dive with this watch. It is not recommended for swimming or diving. This is the big downside when it comes to this flawlessly cloned James Bond 40 Years Anniversary model. It looks just like the real thing, but any water sports are out of the question and I simply love water sports. Oh, well…for its price I guess I can survive with this shortcoming.
In my opinion this replica is one of the best Omega Seamaster clones I have seen so far. It respects the original design, it uses the same materials, features all the correct logos and serial numbers, and most important it feels very real.
Last modified: March 13, 2013