James Bond may be delayed, but his wristwatches are available now

Whether your favourite Bond movie is ‘Goldfinger’, ‘Thunderball’ or ‘A View to a Kill’, there’s a watch for the spy lover in your life


THE release of the latest 007 movie, “No Time to Die”, already delayed to what would have been last Wednesday, was pushed back yet again to April 2021, a full year from its originally scheduled debut.

But the merchandise is right on schedule. As any die-hard fan of the British secret agent knows, James Bond doesn’t give up and he never says never — especially in the midst of gifting season.

“No Time to Die” stars Daniel Craig as 007 in his fifth, and supposedly last, outing as the fictional spy. We expect to see even more intense action scenes in this instalment, more dramatic rescues and escapes, and plenty of steamy encounters — all served with the wit and charm of the MI6 agent.

The tools that British Secret Service quartermaster “Q” will develop to help Bond on his missions will be typically surprising in style and function. Even the watch on Bond’s wrist will be an all-new Omega.

In honour of the premiere we’d hoped would screen last week, here’s a look at watches of today inspired by the fictional character that look great, even if you’re not a secret superspy. —Bloomberg


Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

007 Edition

For 25 years, since the 1995 film “Goldeneye”, Omega has been the official Bond timepiece, thanks to a long-standing partnership with Eon Productions.

For “No Time to Die”, Omega redeveloped a 300m diver’s watch. The first version of it premiered in the 1997 movie “Tomorrow Never Dies” and featured a detachable remote-controlled detonator.

Although we know the new 42mm Seamaster 007 edition is made out of lightweight Grade 2 titanium, the secret function it has in next year’s movie has yet to be revealed. The lightweight watch, water resistant to 300m, is equipped with an aluminium bezel, a “tropical” coloured dial and a sleek Milanese mesh bracelet that underscores Bond’s love of luxury. US$9,200 (RM37,423).





Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech

Another watch worn in a few early Bond movies, including “You Only Live Twice” (1967) and “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), was Gruen, an important American brand of the era. Today, though, Bond would probably eschew such vintage mechanical pieces in favour of a brand that offers high-tech materials and deep-sea abilities, a brand like Panerai.

This recently released Luminor Marina watch is made of a high-tech composite material created using basalt mineral fibres. The material is 60% lighter than steel and 100% corrosion resistant, unheard of in the watch world.

Bond regularly achieves the impossible — he might just want a watch that does the same. You might, too. US$16,000.




Hamilton PSR

The first time actor Roger Moore played Bond was in 1973’s “Live and Let Die”. In the opening scene, he glances at the time on is wrist while wearing a Hamilton Pulsar digital watch. (In subsequent scenes, he wears a Rolex.) Digital watches were all the rage and the LED display was highly advanced.

This year, Hamilton brought back the Pulsar in an updated Hamilton PSR version. It offers a hybrid display of time that mixes LCD (liquid crystal display) and OLED (organic light emitting diodes) for bold lighting in day and night condition — perfect for a Bond-loving adventurer. US$745.





TAG Heuer Connected Watch

In 1987, in “The Living Daylights”, Timothy Dalton’s Bond wore a TAG Heuer 200m professional dive watch. As everybody knows, when Bond is in a pinch, the more tricks he has up his sleeve, the better.

Today’s superspy might opt for a TAG Heuer connected watch; it includes GPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope and even a heart rate sensor. This version is crafted in black diamond-like carbon (DLC) Grade 2 titanium for high-tech appeal and rugged durability. US$2,350.







Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date

It was in 1963 that one of the most iconic Bond films, “From Russia With Love”, premiered. Sean Connery, the original Bond, wore a Rolex Submariner. He also wore a Rolex Submariner a year later in “Goldfinger”.

What attracted Bond to Rolex then has probably only improved over time. Today, the company’s Oyster Perpetual Submariners are full of highly precise movements with high-tech materials inside and out.

This Submariner date watch, for instance, is fitted with a specific alloy inside that renders it antimagnetic, and the hands and markers glow brightly in the dark thanks to a proprietary Chromalight display. The watch is a certified Superlative Chronometer — meaning it’s one of the most accurate watches under the most extreme circumstances.

What more could Bond need? US$39,650.





Grand Seiko Mechanical Hi-Beat Triple Time Zone

The Seiko that Moore wore in 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” spat out a ticker tape message. The brand was also seen in “For Your Eyes Only” (1981) and “Octopussy” (1983).

Today, Bond most likely would prefer Seiko’s sibling brand, Grand Seiko, which boasts just a little more luxury. This Mechanical Hi-Beat watch offers high precision and displays the time in three zones — an important feature for those always on the go.

The Lumibrite hands and indexes ensure easy readability in even your darkest moments. US$6,800.




Breitling Top Time

In 1965’s “Thunderball”, Connery donned a Breitling Top Time watch in certain scenes. It was the only time we witnessed a Breitling on Bond’s wrist on the big screen, and it was the only time that Q gave him a watch that doubled as a Geiger counter.

Earlier this year, Breitling reintroduced the Top Time in an updated version that may well become a cult watch thanks to its contemporary appeal. While it doesn’t offer a Geiger counter, it does offer count- down features thanks to a two-register chronograph. US$4,990.