Omega Seamaster 300 reference 233.32.41.21.01.001 "SPECTRE" Limited Edition,  James Bond watch (image courtesy Omega)

Omega Seamaster 300 reference 233.32.41.21.01.001 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition, James Bond watch (image courtesy Omega)

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…