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“Just how many Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches were shown on-screen in Casino Royale?”

Not simply “there,” somewhere on the set. Not merely kept nearby “just in case.” But actually worn by the James Bond character and visible on-screen in the final cut of this movie?

In our last James Bond Watches Blog post, we focused on the Antiquorum (“Omegamania”) auction Lot 300 watch. The printed catalogue headlined this as “The,” as opposed to “A” watch from this part of the movie. It read in full: “The ‘Casino Royale Planet Ocean’ – Actual Watch Worn by Daniel Craig During the Filming.”

This listing emphasized that the screen-worn watch “remains in the condition it was in at the end of ‘Casino Royale’ ….” That “condition” included significant caking with dirt.

Yet, just a little over two months prior, “the Bond watch worn in the film by Daniel Craig” was shown by Omega during its public “James Bond Exhibition” at Cité du Temps. That show ran from mid-December 2006 through the end of January 2007.

The James Bond Watches Blog ran without editorial the Press Kit provided by Omega, including their hi-res photographs. Take a look at this link to the third photograph, of that screen-worn Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Size.

No dirt.

In 2007, Antiquorum founder and chairman Osvaldo Patrizzi said: “Omegamania has confirmed the arrival of Omega in the top echelon of collectors’ brands.”

We really like confirmations. And we like the steps that professional auctioneers have incrasingly taken over the years since Antiquorum got it start in 1974 to put genuine substance behind such claims of confirmation.

So now we can get back to a question that can be answered after the March 9, 2017 article in The Hollywood Reporter:

How many Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watches were shown on-screen in Casino Royale?

If there were multiples, what are the serial numbers? (Lot 300 has already shown that there is no reason to keep this information secret.)

In fact, this information could greatly affect the value of the Lot 300 Omega, wherever it is. Better late than never.

Alternatively, I suppose we could revisit the screen-worn George Lazenby chronograph controversy and see how that’s working out for everyone.

— Dell Deaton
James Bond watch researcher, author