For the last roughly quarter of a century, each installment of the James Bond film franchise has seen the international super spy don an Omega Seamaster watch. This now long-running strategic partnership first began with the Seamaster 300M Quartz worn by Pierce Brosnan in his inaugural portrayal of 007 in 1995’s GoldenEye. Though now 25 years old, this iconic timepiece is unquestionably one of the most interesting vintage dive watches currently in circulation — even if it doesn’t include the film-shown reference’s laser and remote detonator courtesy of the Q division.
At A Glance
Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz Specs
Case Size: 41mm
Lug to Lug: 47.5mm
Case Thickness: 12mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 300m
Movement Type: Quartz
Battery Life: 42 Months
Movement: Caliber 1538
Crystal: Domed AR-Coated Sapphire
Bracelet: Staggered 5-Link Stainless Steel
Developing A Bond
Unpacking The Original Omega Bond Watch
The first timepiece in a new range of compact dive watches the Swiss luxury brand first debuted in 1993, the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M 2541.80 is constructed around a 41mm stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and a helium escape valve that together help the brushed and polished housing to achieve a water resistance rating of 1,000 feet — or as the watch’s name suggests; 300 meters. Sitting beneath a domed scratch-resistant anti-reflective-coated sapphire crystal is the watch’s wave blue dial — a motif that’s since appeared on several later watches worn by 007. In addition to a date window at 3 o’clock, this signature Bond dial also features a set of rhodium‑plated hands, baton markers at 3, 6, and 9, double batons at 12 o’clock, and circular markers at every other hour — all of which have been hit with a generous coat of lume that still glows bright on well-kept watches. A highly-calculated decision, this dial was selected as something of a nod to the British Royal Navy — and its signature hue — as it was believed that this motif better-tied the timepiece to Bond and his service to the British military and intelligence. Keeping the watch ticking is Omega’s own Caliber 1538 movement. This ultra-accurate quartz movement boasts an end of battery life indicator, though with a 3.5-year lifespan, it’s seldom needed. Attached to a set of 20mm lugs, the case comes mated to a staggered five-link bracelet that sports a combination of brushed and polished finishes and a fold-over clasp with a diver extension for wearing over wetsuits. In total, the original Bond watch weighs in at only 4.4oz, too.
What Makes The Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz So Special?
There are numerous factors that make the Omega Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz so special. For starters, it’s responsible for kicking off a long line of iconic Bond watches, setting the stage for the references to come. On top of being the first-ever Omega Bond watch, the Seamaster 300M Quartz was also shown on film equipped with a host of Q-installed gadgets — a fact that doesn’t change the IRL watch that lacks these elements, but one that nonetheless ups its cool factor. The watch is further elevated by the fact that, even if it had no ties to Bond whatsoever, the Omega 2541.80 just happens to be a terrific watch with true dive capabilities.
Another unique aspect of the watch is the fact that this reference represents the only time that Omega outfitted Bond with a quartz-powered movement, prior to opting for what was later seen as a more sophisticated automatic movement. Between the fact the this quartz movement is actually more accurate than the later automatic references makes it appealing in an interesting way — plus, if it’s good enough for Bond, it will probably get the job done for you too. What’s more, the watch was also the first non-Rolex ever to be dawned by James Bond on-screen. After years or wearing the Crown, the film franchise opened the door to partnering with an official horological partner and sponsor, resulting in the production inking a deal with Omega.
Between its wetsuit bracelet extension, helium escape value, generous water resistance rating, and easily-legible dial, the Seamaster 300M Quartz doesn’t merely look the part, and instead was actually engineered for use beneath the waves — a fact that no doubt played a role in it being selected to be used by the super spy. Last but certainly not last, the Seamaster Professional 300M Quartz is an Omega watch, meaning its been built to the world-class standards that the brand is known for — and the ones that have made Omega Bond’s go-to watchmaker for the last 25+ years.
eBay’s Expert Authentication Program
Between the hype surrounding this watch upon its debut, its four-figure MSRP, and its continued popularity, the market has previously been flooded with knockoff versions of the original Bond Watch. And while this would normally be a major concern when looking to buy one, eBay Authenticity Guarantee ensures that all watches sold for over $2,000 — including the Omega Seamaster 300M Quartz — are hand-inspected by horological experts and verified to be authentic before being shipped to the buyer.