New James Bond’s Omega Replica Watch

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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue” Omega

Omega’s new president, Raynald Aeschlimann, asked me to join him and a surprise dinner guest “who plays an amazing James Bond.” I torpedoed back my R.S.V.P. Ian Fleming’s secret agent, known for his exquisite taste, has been associated with fine replica watches ever since his Rolex wristwatch was described in the 1954 novel Live and Let Die. He has worn Rolexes, a Breitling, and even quartz Seiko watches when quartz was all the rage.

However, as a Royal Navy reserve commander and since Fleming himself spent time in the British Naval Intelligence Division it makes sense that Bond would wear a diving watch. In 1995’s GoldenEye film, Bond for the first time sported an cheap Omega Seamaster 300 diving watch, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that a massive turnaround at Omega started at about the same time.

The guest at the Omega-sponsored dinner was, of course, British actor Daniel Craig, who has been playing Bond since 2006’s Casino Royale. In lower Manhattan’s Beekman Hotel, the room sparkling with vintage Omega replica watches under glass, I sat down at a candlelit table, just opposite Craig. He seemed genuinely excited to be among other watch geeks, and as we sipped Billecart-Salmon Champagne, he explained how he bought his first fine watch, a Breitling, when he started earning money. But his passion for replica watches began in earnest with the James Bond role, when he bought his first Omega replica, a vintage Seamaster 300. His most emotionally significant timepiece is an Omega Seamaster engraved for him and given by the producers of Casino Royale. When ordering custom-made shirts for his Bond wardrobe, Craig has the “left cuff made slightly larger so I can wear the watch, and the sleeve sits over the watch.”

Now, that’s a sign of a serious watch guy.

BUT THE REAL STAR of the evening was arguably the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue,” just released at watch fair Baselworld 2017. Originally introduced in 1957, the Seamaster traces its roots to the Omega Marine from 1932, the world’s first production wristwatch made specifically for diving. Exactly 60 years later, at the dinner, we got to handle the new Seamaster Big Blue—the first fake Omega watch with a case made entirely of blue ceramic. Its name comes from a Seamaster from 1972 that Omega devotees call Big Blue. Oversize, with a blue dial, it was the world’s first diver’s chronograph in which the stopwatch functions could be fully operated underwater.

The new watch is, in fact, an evolution of 2013’s black ceramic Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. The full case, dial, bezel, and even the strap’s folding buckle are made of ceramic and scratch- and fade-resistant. Creating the blue ceramic color was no easy feat. It’s fabricated in-house using high pressures, hours-long plasma treatments, and sintering at 2,550 degrees.

Made for world travelers, an orange hour hand indicates time in a second time zone on the blue ceramic dial’s orange 24-hour ring. Water resistant to 2,000 feet, the helium escape valve is designed for saturation dives and prevents the watch from exploding upon resurfacing. There is no denying that Big Blue is a serious divers’ watch.

SOME MIGHT FIND the colors garish, but the dial’s and bezel’s blue and orange colors are highly functional. Infused into the blue ceramic bezel, orange rubber highlights the critical, zero-to-15 minute region that is used to alert divers to their last 15 minutes of oxygen supply. Colors change the deeper you plunge into the sea. Orange quickly converts to a light olive tone, while blue is the last color to remain visible, until a depth of 275 meters. Combined with the luminescent “broad arrow” hands and hour markers, the orange and blue colors result in the best possible contrast for divers’ visibility and safety.

Inside the massive, 45.5-millimeter case ticks Omega’s caliber 8906, a state-of-the-art self-winding movement providing 60 hours of timekeeping. Antimagnetic up to 15,000 Gauss, you could wear the watch without damage while getting, say, an MRI, and it’s based on the first movement ever to receive the Swiss government’s new Master Chronometer certification. It remains highly accurate and water resistant during eight rigorous tests conducted in magnetic environments. The fake watch isn’t cheap at $11,700, but that’s because ceramic production is costly.

Bookies are taking bets on who will be the next James Bond, and the second-longest-serving Bond was asked if he would continue to play the famous spy. Craig declined to comment. Whoever steps into the role, my bet is he’ll be wearing a Big Blue.

Omega Launches Online Catalog Of Sixty Iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches

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Today, Omega launched what is a very comprehensive, neatly detailed, and of course, free online catalog of 60 iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches. The Speedmaster marks its notable 60th anniversary in 2017 making this a big year for swiss Omega and for one of the most popular and recognizable chronographs out there.

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It happens very rarely that we can get excited about a feature on a replica watch brand’s website – so much so that, come to think of it, this may just be the first time so we’ll explain briefly what you can find in this catalog before you dig into it. Just be sure you have an extended lunch break or are all done with whatever you are supposed to be working on because it’s very easy to get positively lost in it.

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The way it works is really quite simple: you just select whichever year tickles your fancy from the scale on the bottom of the screen, the respective watch for that year loads, and you just need to start scrolling (for whatever reason, upwards). A range of basic tech specs follow including case diameter, caliber number, reference number, front crystal material and more. To illustrate and give you a better idea about the different pages I picked the original Speedmaster from 1957.

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Scrolling your way up towards the sky is when it starts to get really fun – or so it does at least for egghead watch nerds like everyone on our team – as you get to discover hitherto unseen or very difficult to find materials like detailed manuals, advertisements, movement specs and even some “Speedmaster Facts.” To be fair, it all really is in tune with the ethos of the Speedmaster, and you’ll either find these smaller and larger droplets of information very cool or you’ll just roll your eyes as you learn how, for example, some of the ’57 Speedmasters were delivered to the Peruvian Air Force to use in-flight.

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Additional curated images both from the Omega replica archives and from social media users can be found as you keep scrolling, giving you a better look at your choice of a fake watch. And while all this may not sound like that big of a deal, the consistency and depth of the information provided for not one but all sixty selected replica watches is – and it’s as close as you can get to discovering such a wild selection of “Speedies” in one place without purchasing the (yet much more in-depth) 494-page Moonwatch Book.

In essence, then, if you are a Speedmaster collector, wearer, or enthusiast, chances are that you’ll enjoy clicking and scrolling through this truly fascinating catalog of 60 iconic Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches.

The Omega De Ville Golden Anniversary Celebrated With Three New Gold Replica Watches

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The Omega De Ville 50th anniversary timepiece in red gold with enamel dial

Omega’s De Ville line hit retailers’ shelves 50 years ago, in 1967 – the same year in which the world’s first heart transplant took place, the Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” and Thurgood Marshall was confirmed to the Supreme Court as the first African-American Supreme Court justice. In fashion, men wore ankle-high boots and women wore jaunty boots and often a jauntily slanted beret or pillbox hat along with them. And either sex may have sported a popular Omega wristwatch to keep the time.

Omega now celebrates this golden anniversary of mechanics and fashion by presenting three new deluxe models in elegant gold cases not an everyday occurrence for the Biel-based brand, even today in housings reminiscent of the original stylish cases of that golden year.

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Omega De Ville 50th Anniversary watch in yellow gold

And recalling the heyday of yellow gold as the most luxurious metal of the time, the brand introduces these 39.5 mm cases not only in modern white gold and red gold, but also yellow gold – which docks right into a trend-in-the-making of yellow gold’s comeback in replica watches.

Nostalgically designed, the case backs of this new model are not transparent as they would be today but rather solid, brushed, and embossed with a likeness of Chronos, the god of time, alongside the words “De Ville” and “50th Anniversary.”

The front of these De Ville models is dominated by an enamel dial proudly emblazoned with nostalgically classic black numerals –except for the “12,” which is red to denote enamel as the dial material – and a classic railroad track for the minutes. The color of the 18-karat gold hands match that of the 18-karat gold case material.

This fake watch, which sports a three-year guarantee, is powered by automatic Omega co-axial Caliber 2500. This movement was chosen not only because all mechanical Omega replica watches are now powered by co-axial movements; this is also a nod to the fact that it was the De Ville that first housed a co-axial movement back in 1999.

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The Omega De Ville 50th Anniversary timepiece in white gold

The red gold version will already be available in Omega replica boutiques around the world next month, with the white gold and yellow gold variations following later. Omega’s De Ville line of 1967 was a direct successor to the Seamaster De Ville, which first appeared in 1962.