Now that we’ve taken a look at the Connery Bond Rolex, we’re going to jump ahead a few decades. Almost all of us know that the James Bond Brosnan Omegas were the ones that launched the relationship between the franchise and the iconic watchmaker. First appearing in 1995’s Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan wore two versions of the Seamaster Professional 300M during his four film tenure.
The first, Ref. 2541.80, had a 41mm case housing Omega’s 1538 Quartz movement. The second Seamaster, which he wore for the remaining three films, was Ref. 2531.80. Although very similar in looks to the Goldeneye watch, the 2531.80 used the OMEGA 1120 automatic movement.
The advantage of the Brosnan Bond Omega style …
Now, one of the nice things about using the Brosnan-era Omegas as inspiration for your timepiece is that you’re almost getting three Bond watches for the price of one! In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s Bond used a Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Ref. 2220.80.00 that bears a striking resemblance to the earlier models.
Features Wanted for the James Bond Brosnan Omegas
- 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
A few years ago, we were able to find a couple of alternatives that had the blue wave pattern on the face. This year? I couldn’t find a one from a reputable manufacturer. And now the standard disclaimer for these watch posts. I won’t be recommending cheap knock-offs or fakes that will likely stop working after a month. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of options on Ebay. Instead, I’ve gone with watches that come close in looks, but still have their own identities. Sure, we’ll be sacrificing some style details. But we’ll also be getting decent quality timepieces at fair prices that capture some of that Omega spirit. Personally, I think it’s a much better way to go.
Best Option for the James Bond Brosnan Omegas
Certina DS Action Diver Automatic in Blue: on sale for $595.00/£552.00
Not the cheapest option. And with the sword/arrow hand combination and more triangular indices, maybe not the most screen accurate. So why recommend it? Because I’ve owned a Certina dive watch for 10 years now and never had a problem with it. And yes, I’ve used it for actual scuba diving. Since the DS Action Diver Automatic comes close to the style of the Omega and it’s made by a manufacturer I can personally recommend, it gets the top spot this year.
The specs don’t hurt either. Made in Switzerland (Certina is part of the Swatch Group that also owns Omega), they’ve used an automatic Powermatic 80.111 movement with an 80 hour power reserve that’s based on the time-tested Swiss ETA 2824-2 engine. And placed it in a 43 mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal and a water resistant rating of 300m that meets all the requirements of the ISO 6425 standard. This is a user’s watch, not a fashion piece. The link above goes to Joomashop in the U.S. and Watch Shop in the UK. They have the best prices I could find at the time of writing. But you can also pick it up at Amazon for $651.00 if you prefer.
Caravelle Mens 43B155: $93.75
A bare-bones design on a silicone strap for those of us on a tight budget. Caravelle is actually Bulova’s lower end line. So there’s a bit of support behind the brand. This particular model uses a basic quartz movement in a 42mm stainless steel case. The product description doesn’t mention anything about the bezel, but I have no doubt it’s fixed. And that’s about it for specs. I’ve linked to Watch Co above. But you can also find it on Amazon from third party sellers for between $70 and $100. At that price, you can pick up an inexpensive steel band to finish off the look.
Henry Jay Specialty Aquamaster: £74.99
Well, in the looks department, it’s definitely leaning more Rolex. As for the specs, they don’t sound too bad for a sub-$100 watch. The Japanese quartz movement, stainless steel case, uni-directional bezel, a water resistant rating of 100m, and a one-year international warranty all seem decent in this price-range. However, I can’t find anything about the company online other than their relatively simple website. So I’ve linked to Amazon above. If you buy from there at least you’ll have some protection if the watch is a dud.
Another option that has the characteristics of a Rolex Sub homage. But at least we’re getting the scalloped bezel with this one! The details are pretty typical for a watch at this price. Japanese quartz movement, uni-directional bezel and a stainless steel case with a water resistant rating of 200m. At 39mm, the watch is on the smaller size. So it could be a good affordable alternative for guys with slimmer wrists.
Invicta Grand Diver in Blue: $98.99
And what post about affordable dive watches would be complete without an Invicta …. This time we’re looking at a monster of a watch. With a case size of 47mm it’s going to look like a dinner plate on the wrist of any but the biggest guys. But hey! Big guys want watches too! Even though it’s under a hundred bucks, the specs are a bit of upgrade compared to the other options. We’re getting an automatic movement this time (the popular Seiko SII Caliber NH35A) and a water resistant rating of 300m. The Grand Diver is available on Amazon.
Orient Ray II Automatic: $132.27
A classic from the popular affordable watch brand. Orient has done a good job of building a loyal following for their time pieces. And they do offer good value for the money. In the case of the Mako II, it’s been upgraded with a Orient’s new F6922 automatic movement that you can hand-wind and hack and a 120-click uni-directional bezel. The water-resistant rating is 200m, which is okay. The 41.5mm case size should work on most guy’s wrists. Obviously the coin-edge bezel and day/date window aren’t screen accurate. But if you can get past those, the Mako II is definitely a solid choice for a budget option.
Rudiger Chemnitz Blue Dial Watch: $179.99/£165.52
In the looks department, the Chemnitz has the right Omega vibe. As for the company and specs? Well, it doesn’t seem like Rudiger is a particularly well known brand. And they’re using a quartz movement in a 42mm case that only has a water resistant rating of 50m. For me, $180 is getting a little pricey for a no-name quartz watch that you can’t use for more than shallow snorkeling. Some of you may feel differently.
Jack Mason Blue Diver Watch: $315.00
Another (much more expensive) quartz watch from a newer brand. But the Jack Mason has a bit more going for it than just its reliable Miyota 2315 movement. First, the brand has kind of fun story behind it. And they’ve built a watch that sounds like it can take some abuse. The 42mm case has a water resistant rating of 300m. The uni-directional bezel and screw down crown are what you’d expect. However, the 10 year warranty is certainly a nice surprise. Finally, looks-wise it’s definitely captured the vibe of the Omega without trying to be a direct copy. Overall, I’m kinda liking this one.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Automatic: $478.50
In terms of style details, the Tissot Seastar is probably farthest away from the original Omega. But it also happens to be a lot of watch for the money. Like Certina, Tissot is part of the Swatch group (which also owns Omega) and makes its watches in Switzerland. The Seastar’s 43mm 316L stainless steel case houses the same Powermatic 80 automatic movement as the Certina and is water resistant rated to 300m. They’ve topped it off with a sapphire crystal and a stainless steel and ceramic bezel. Plus you get an exhibition case back. And it all comes with a 2 year warranty. You can read reviews of the Seastar on Techcrunch and Watchspec.
Do you have any recommendations for the James Bond Brosnan Omegas? Share away in the comments below! And remember you can always find more Bond style and inspiration on our Facebook Page, Instagram Account and Pinterest Boards! You can also now visit our official Amazon Store Page! We created it to make it easier for you to find all the different alternatives we find on the giant on-line retailer. Hope you’ll come and visit and let us know what you think!