During his time playing James Bond in the films Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan wore two models of Omega Seamasters: the 2541.80.00 and the 2531.80.00.
This is my personal dream watch and favorite Bond watch, probably because I grew up with Brosnan and because the watch is so elegant and yet remains a highly functional timepiece.
Features Wanted for the James Bond Brosnan Omega Watch
- Stainless steel dive watch with blue bezel with a scalloped outer edge
- Blue face with a subtle “wave pattern”
- Bar indices at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and dot indices at remaining hours
- Custom skeleton Baton/Index style hour and minute hands and lollipop seconds hand, all with luminous tips
- Screw down crown at 3 o’clock position and release valve at 10 o’clock position
- Stainless steel band
The most detail accurate frugal alternative was made by Alpha watches:
As you can see, it’s pretty much the same watch visually. However, these watches are junk: they are not true dive watches and are very cheaply made. I owned one of these once and it was absolute garbage. I literally threw it away!
The next best option visually is the Rotary Aquaspeed AGB00068:
This is actually a picture of the Aquaspeed that I purchased. These watches are hard to find in the blue dial these days, but they can be found on eBay from time to time for around $120.00 to $140.00.
There are actually two different models of these, the AGB00068 above and the AGB00013 below:
The black version of the AGB00013 can still be found new at Amazon US ($332.23) and Amazon UK (£149.00). The AGB00068 model has a similar bezel and the release valve detail, but the minute and hour hands are very different. On the other hand, the AGB00013 model has similar minute and hour hands, but a different bezel and lacks the release valve.
A decent budget option exists in the Invicta Pro Diver 9094 ($85.00 to $155.00). The most noticeable detail this one is missing is the release valve at the 10 o’clock position.
I own a similarly priced Invicta Pro Diver, and it is a fantastic watch for the price. After 2 years of use, I have to readjust the time on it once a week. But, in this price range, what more can one expect? The watch has always held up well when I go swimming and, with its screw down crown, water has never leaked in.
Another Invicta option has been brought to our attention by Cubby in the comments section. The Invicta 0070 (hmmm…) Pro Diver, for $100.25:
This is a 200 m dive watch with a chronograph. It has many of the style details of the Brosnan watch, like the 5 section band, blue dial, and skeleton hour and minute hand. The crown details and the chronograph my not be exactly like the original, but if you like the mix of styles and were looking for a chronograph dive watch, then this may be an option that can work for you.
The Orient Ray II Automatic is a slightly more expensive option, on sale for $185.00 at Amazon U.S. Again, it is missing the release valve, but Orient is developing a real following on some of the watch forums as solid economical brand.
Another higher priced option is from the Bond certified brand Seiko: their ProspEX SBDC003 Model goes for $435.00 on Amazon. This model has a 23 jewel Japanese automatic movement and, at 44mm, is probably better for people with larger wrists.
Yes, you’re still sacrificing a lot of details AND paying a hefty price, but I’ve heard only the best of things about Seiko and their quality to price ratio.
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