Sometimes things happen for a reason. When it was announced in 2019 that No Time to Die would be Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond, Barbara Broccoli and the powers that be probably wouldn’t have anticipated still having Daniel Craig active in the field to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Bond this year.
But thanks to Covid and the subsequent delay in releasing the movie, that’s how things transpired. Though Craig has undoubtedly started to unwind from his secret agent duties – Knives Out 2 and his dances move in a new Belvedere commercial are testament to such – he was out looking sharp last night as 007 for the final time to unveil the most Bond of all Bond watches to date – two special cheap fake Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 60 years of James Bond editions.
“I don’t make the watches,” joked Craig. “I mean, I’ve been to the factory, but no, they wouldn’t let me anywhere near. What’s been amazing though is perfect replica Omega has come in and collaborated with me. I wanted to bring in the gadget elements to these beautiful timepieces and for them to mean something in the film. These guys have been amazing – anything we wanted to do, they made them light up, they made them go ‘beep, beep’, all of those things.”
Of the two new releases, Craig was wearing the more classic stainless steel 24mm version, itself a luxury fake Omega Seamaster similar to the one Pierce Brosnan wore in GoldenEye. The dial and bezel are both made from blue oxalic anodised aluminium, the dial featuring eye-catching wavy engravings. But the tribute is really in the caseback.
On the back of the watch there’s an animation of a James Bond and a spinning gun barrel – a reference to film’s famous opening sequence. “It might not be me,” Craig joked, prompting high end copy Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann to quickly confirm it was. “Ah, I’m very proud of that. It’s a beautiful watch,” Craig continued.
The other Omega replica for sale is made from Canopus gold, is the same size and has a bezel boasting green and yellow diamonds in no less than 10 different shades – which is a nod to beautiful sands of Ian Fleming’s Jamaican home. Though 5 October, 1962 was the official date James Bond made his debut on screen – with Sean Connery the actor of choice to define the future of such a pivotal character in cinematic history – Swiss movement fake Omega has been Bond’s go-to watch since 1995, with its Seamaster becoming even more iconic as a consequence.
When asked about honouring 60 years of James Bond with these special edition copy watches online, Aeschlimann said: “You have to remember that our product people are so devoted to all that they do. So when their watches are on screen it’s like, ‘Wow, what we made is a kind of a milestone of our history.’ Today this is very much the most searched watch in the AAA quality super clone Omega collection so I want to thank Daniel for that because he makes them proud of their job, which as a CEO is the best you can get.”
Beyond the high quality fake watches, from Craig’s perspective, his time as 007 has been incomparable. “We went to some of the most extraordinary places on Earth and people welcomed us with open arms,” he said. The opening of Spectre where Sam Mendes basically directed a Day of the Dead celebration is probably the highlight. “I’m gonna spend the next 20 years of my life trying to unpick every memory from playing Bond.”