Omega has been a large part of the James Bond franchise, having been the secret agent’s choice watch brand since 1995. Of course, Bond also wore other brands such as Breitling and Gruen, and most prominently Rolex, but Omega is top of mind when it comes to James Bond’s timepiece.
We reviewed the complete list of James Bond’s Omega watches before, but for this article, we’d like to zero in on his watches in 2006’s Casino Royale.
We believe that not only is Casino Royale Daniel Craig’s best performance as the iconic James Bond, but possibly the best film in the 25-film canon. Even if you don’t agree with that, we can all agree that it’s at least in the top 5 ranking, right?
Starting in 1995 with Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye, James Bond switched from the literary and film preference for Rolex timepieces to Omega Seamaster watches in every film. In total, ten different watches have been used in all nine movies under the Brosnan and Craig eras, with the same watches being used three times in 1997, 1999, and 2002 movies.
More often than not, James Bond’s watch has been adapted to feature extras for his missions like lasers and detonators, but Craig’s watches in Casino Royale mark the first time since the 1960s that James Bond’s watch isn’t a weapon. Daniel Craig’s Bond features the watch solely for its beauty and mechanics. Let’s check them out:
James Bond’s Watches in Casino Royale
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial
You’ll first spot this watch on 007’s wrist in the opening scene of the movie as he steps out of the ocean in his blue swimming trunks. Later on, you can see it on his wrist as he’s speaking to Vesper Lynd played by Eva Green. She tries to guess at the brand of his watch as a Rolex and he corrects her that it’s an Omega.
“Vesper Lynd: Rolex?
James Bond: Omega.
Vesper Lynd: Beautiful.”
It features again during a poker game in Montenegro with the antagonist, Le Chiffre. This scene just goes to show how easily this luxury timepiece shifts from daywear on a train or a beach, to tuxedos and high-stakes poker. The watch is visible on his wrist in several other scenes throughout the movie, including the final scene as he sails away with Vesper.
The reference 2220.80.00 is part of the Seamaster 300M Diver family of watches which was first introduced in 1993. It is most recognized for its scalloped bezel and wave pattern dial, which appears in most of the countless iterations of the collection.
This particular model has a stainless-steel case with a unidirectional rotating bezel and sapphire crystal. The dial itself has luminescent markers at all hour positions along with luminescent hands that glow in low light conditions.
While it was designed as a sports watch, and is primarily used in sporting and casual situation, the sleek model shifts seamlessly between day wear and formal wear, making it an excellent addition to James Bond’s collection. The prominent blue dial features delicate wave patterns to give it the aquatic feel that collectors look for in a dive watch.
James Bond isn’t the only famous person or character to be seen in this watch either, Prince William also continues to wear one, and we’ve also seen it on Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame.
Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Size” 600M Co-Axial
This particular model was crafted from scratch for Daniel Craig in his debut as James Bond, but also for the 50th anniversary of the 007 films. The ‘rubber’ strap really brings James Bond into the 21st century rather than keeping him in the past. The rugged style of this watch was reserved for his more high-octane scenes, such as the famous chase scene in Madagascar.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial 2900.50.91 first released in 2005, is a diving watch that features a stainless-steel case and rubber bracelet and a black dial with luminous hands and indexes. The three-dimensional scalloped pattern on the bezel relates back to the 300m model, but the Planet Ocean carries an impressive 600m (2,000 feet) water resistance and the accompanying helium release valve for professional divers.
This is all powered by the Swiss Automatic movement, a 2500 co-axial escapement movement that’s a certified chronometer, and a 48-hour power reserve.
Of course, it won’t be an Omega and James Bond co-branding without a limited edition version of this watch. In 2006, Omega released the Planet Ocean Casino Royale ref. 2907.50.91, which was produced in 5,007 pieces. Subtle Bond touches were added to this piece, such as the orange 007 logo on the seconds hand, and the embossed Casino Royale logo on the numbered case back.
Omega Watches in Casino Royale: Final Thoughts
James Bond is a man of many talents, and he’s not afraid to use them. Starting in Casino Royale, he wears two Omega watches that help him in his missions. We can all learn from his example and make sure our own watches are well-equipped for whatever life throws at us.
From their sleek designs to their advanced technology, these timepieces embody the sophistication and elegance of James Bond himself. Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or simply appreciate fine craftsmanship, an Omega watch is a must-have accessory. Treat yourself to a piece of movie history and invest in one of these timeless classics today at SwissWatchExpo.com.