Everyone knows that James Bond wore an early Rolex Submariner diver’s watch in the first movie, Dr No. Two films later, that wristwatch got a NATO strap for Goldfinger.
And, lest we forget, this configuration appeared again — in only one other movie, Thunderball. Exactly fifty years ago.
Now it appears that Omega doesn’t want us to forget that James Bond watch choice, either. Last week, the watchmaker announced a new Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition on a “5-stripe black and grey NATO strap.”
Notably, Omega does not refer to its Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition as a “diver’s” watch.
But is it?
I’m tempted to write, “‘technically,’ it isn’t.”
Yet, in the case of diver watches, technical performance is essential. In other words, if a watch isn’t technically a diver’s watch, it isn’t a diver’s watch at all.
“What is the objective measure, then?” one might ask.
Objective answer: It is continue reading…