We’ve already looked at the Daniel Craig James Bond Omega watches from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace in this post. Now we’ll dig into the timepieces he wore in Skyfall and SPECTRE. And before anyone says anything: yes, there were three different Omegas in SPECTRE. But I’m saving that third one for our next watch post!
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The Skyfall Omega Planet Ocean 600M
The Skyfall Planet Ocean ref. 126.96.36.199.01.001 is incredibly similar to the watch Bond used in Quantum of Solace. In terms of technical differences, Omega upgraded the self-winding Co-Axial escapement movement, giving the Skyfall watch a 60 hour power reserve instead of the older version’s 48. Design-wise, they also reduced the amount of silver showing on the bezel and modified the shape of the broad arrow hands slightly. Despite the similarities, I have to say I’m still partial to the earlier ref. 2201.50.00 model. But the Skyfall Planet Ocean has plenty of fans.
Because the two models are so close in looks, many of the Quantum of Solace Omega alternatives we found in this article will also work for the Skyfall Planet Ocean (and vice versa). So I’m just going to add a few extra models here.
Timex TW2R64600 Harborside: on sale for $64.00
Kind of mashup between a Rolex and a Planet Ocean. At 42mm, the size of stainless steel case is spot-on. But with a water resistant rating of only 50M, this is a “dive watch” in name only. Mercedes style hour hand aside, the other details aren’t too bad. We get the Arabic numerals at 12 and 6, and the tone-on-tone date window. And it’s powered by Timex’s typically reliable quartz movement. The popular Indiglo function is also a bonus.
Seiko 5 SNZH55 Automatic: $159.97
A classic from Seiko’s popular “5” series, the SNZH55 is more an homage to Blancpain’s Fifty Fathom. The stainless steel case is 43mm, just slightly larger than the Omega’s. And they’ve used their reliable in-house 7S36 automatic movement. We’re getting sword-style hands with this one and losing the Arabic numeral indices. But this is a work-horse watch at a decent price that shares the Skyfall Planet Ocean’s more utilitarian feel. FYI, we’ll be seeing this one again in a slightly different colorway.
Orient Kamasu Automatic Diving Watch: $270.00
With the Orient Kamasu, we lose the Arabic numeral indices but gain an arrow-style hour hand. It certainly has that traditional “dive watch” look. And its 200M water resistant rating means it can handle some time in the deep end. I’m not crazy about the day+date windows. But other than that “feature”, there’s a lot to like about the watch. Orient has used their in-house cal. F6922 automatic movement, which has a 40 hour power reserve. And the 41.8mm stainless steel case is capped with a sapphire crystal and a 120 click uni-directional bezel. They’ve packed in a lot of value into the Kamasu for a very reasonable price.
Revue Thommen 17030.2137 Automatic Diver Watch: on sale for $435.99/£424.88
Is it just me, or does it seem like a different Swiss “heritage” brand shows up every week? I’ll admit the specs for Revue Thommen sound good on paper, whatever its pedigree. It’s made in Switzerland and uses the time tested ETA caliber 7750 automatic movement. All the other details we’d expect from a watch in this price range are also there: 300M water resistant rating, sapphire crystal, unidirectional bezel, screw down crown. But there’s two things to consider. At 45mm, this watch is HUGE. Which is great for the big guys reading this (or fans of the Casino Royale “Big Size” Planet Ocean).
However, the second point is a little more worrisome. It appears the Revue Thommen website is offline. So I honestly can’t say if this company is still in business. However, I’ve linked to Overstock.com above. And they’re offering a 1 year guarantee. For those of you in the UK, I’ve linked to Amazon, where they’re offering 2 years of coverage. At least that’s some peace of mind if you ever have problems.
The Skyfall and SPECTRE Omega Seamaster Aqua Terras
Craig’s Bond has worn two versions of the Omega Aqua Terra. The first, the Skyfall 38.5mm Aquaterra 150M Co-axial ref. 188.8.131.52.03.001, was his watch of choice after returning to MI6 from his “enjoying death” vacation. The second model, the 41.5mm Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-axial ref. 184.108.40.206.03.003, was worn twice in SPECTRE: during the Mexico City scenes and during the film’s big finale in London.
If I’m being completely honest, the Aqua Terra never really caught my eye. Maybe it’s the shape of the indices. Or the face color and the striped detailing. The plain but pronounced bezel doesn’t really do it for my either. I know some might call the design “sophisticated”. I just think it lacks the character of the other Omegas. But that’s just purely personal preference. As a “dressier” watch, it certainly has a place in every man’s collection.
Once again, because the two Aqua Terra models are so close in style, I’m going to group the alternatives for them together. I’ve tried to include a variety of sizes on the list. So there should be something here that appeals to you, no matter which Aqua Terra version you prefer.
Best Option for the Omega Aqua Terra
Certina DS Action Day Date Powermatic 80 in Blue: on sale for £456.00/$581.26
This is the second time a Certina watch has taken top spot as an alternative for a Bond watch. Which isn’t actually that surprising. The Swatch Group owns both Certina and Omega after all. As for the DS Action Day Date, it once again offers great value for the money. Made in Switzerland, it features Certina’s Powermatic 80 automatic movement which provides an 80 hour power reserve. The watch comes with an exhibition case-back to show off the engine. Its 41mm, 316L stainless steel case is topped with a sapphire crystal. And with its blue face and sharp indices, it looks a lot like the SPECTRE Aqua Terra. Of course, the big problem is the leather strap. But you can pick metal bracelet in the Omega style to fix that.
If you’re looking for a less-expensive watch already on a metal bracelet, check out the quartz Certina DS-2 024.410.11.041.20 for $285.00.
Lorus Titanium Watch RH993HX9: on sale for $61.79/£57.60
A solid quartz with the right looks at a great sale price. As the name suggests, the 41mm case and most of the bracelet are titanium. The RH993Hx9 only has a 50M water resistant rating. So best try to keep this one dry. But that striped guilloche patterned face sure does give off an Aqua Terra vibe!
Seiko Silvertone Solar SNE361: on sale for $92.61
At 43mm, the SNE361 is getting a little big for an Aqua Terra alternative. But it does come with Seiko’s popular solar powered quartz movement and it has a 100M water resistant rating. So it won’t run out of juice anytime soon and it can handle some pool time. Looks-wise, the baton-style hands aren’t an exact match. However, the textured face, slightly tapered indices and the tone-on-tone date window give it some Omega style.
Pulsar Solar PX3139X1: on sale for $101.98/£80.00
Another solar powered option, this time from the Seiko owned Pulsar. The overall styling is similar to the Seiko, although the bracelet style is closer to what you get on the Aqua Terra. The trade-off is we’re back to a 50M water resistant rating. And the circular pattern on the face and extra detailing on the bezel look less like the Omega.
Corgeut 41mm Automatic: $110.00
Homage? Knock-off? I’ll let you decide. We discuss who and what “Corgeut” is below in the section on the SPECTRE Omega Seamaster. For now, I’ll just focus on this watch’s specs. According to the product pages, they’ve used a reliable Japanese Miyata 821A automatic movement and placed it in a 316L stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal. All of that sounds pretty good for the price. I’ve linked to Ebay above where the watch is $110 or “Best Offer”, which means you can probably get it cheaper. But you can also get the watch from Amazon for $110 if that’s your preferred vendor.
Citizen BM7251-53L: on sale for $139.99
And now we move onto the other famous Japanese movement: the Citizen Eco-drive. Before we get into details about the watch, it’s important to note that the less-than-Omega-like stainless steel band is fixed. So if you don’t like it, there’s no easy way to change it. Having said that, the BM7251’s case comes close in looks to the Aqua Terra. The face is missing the line pattern and the hands and indices are a more standard stick/baton style. But the outlined date window and the addition of the numerical markers around the edge of the face are a good match.
Rotary Oxford GB05092/53: $217.00/£167.07
I don’t really know that much about Rotary watches. So if anyone has experience with them, please share your feedback in the comments. According to Rotary’s website, the company was started in Switzerland in 1895 and it’s still owned and operated by the same family. The Oxford comes with a 50M water resistant rated, 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet and a sapphire crystal. No real notes about the quartz movement. As for the style, personally I think it really captures the spirit of the Aqua Terra. You can learn more about Rotary on their website.
Tissot PR100 Watch T1014101104100: $286.81/£225.00
Like Omega and Certina, Tissot is owned by the Swatch Group. Their PR100 is made in Switzerland and uses a more-or-less stock quartz movement. Perhaps its most distinguishing characteristic is its size. At 38mm, it will work well for guys with smaller wrists or those of you looking for the 38.5mm Skyfall Aqua Terra model. If you feel like taking it up a notch, you can check out the Tissot PR100 T1014071104100 for $605.48/£475.00. It uses exactly the same design, but the engine has been upgraded to the Powermatic 80 automatic movement.
The SPECTRE Omega Seamaster 300
Ah, the “Hero Watch”. A definite departure in design from his earlier models, the 41mm Omega Seamaster 300M Master Co-axial ref. 220.127.116.11.01.001 uses their 8400 automatic movement, which is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. The distinctive orange tinted indices and 12-hour scale bezel markings set it apart visually. Of course, the NATO strap is another key characteristic. Seriously, I think the SPECTRE poster alone increased sales of grey and black NATOs by about a thousand percent.
Well, I guess that’s about as close to an “homage” as you can get without involving lawyers. The Debert watch has been floating around for a while now. And three years after it’s initial appearance, it actually has okay reviews. Obviously we don’t need to discuss its looks. So I’ll just focus on the specs. They’ve used a pretty trustworthy Miyata 21 jewel 821A automatic movement, a 316L stainless steel case with ceramic bezel and sapphire crystal. All of that sounds pretty good, especially at the sale price. Just note that one of the main complaints in the customer comments on various websites is the quality of the bezel.
Now, where to get buy it …. It turns out Debert is owned by the same company as Parnis and Corgeut. So this is where things get a little complicated. I’ve linked to Amazon above. They’re selling the watch with no branding on the face. You can get the “Debert” branded watch at Manbushijie on sale for $85.00. But the product description there says the watch has a blue face and bezel. Honestly, I couldn’t tell from the product pic. And lastly, you can get the watch with the Corgeut branding for $99.20 or Best Offer on Ebay or on Amazon for $139.00. Got all that?
Seiko 5 SNZH57J1 Automatic: $165.20
And another Seiko. There’s a less expensive version of this watch, the made-in-Malaysia Seiko SNZH57, going for $147.25. But some, including AJB007 forum member James Boldman, prefer the Japanese made J1. It’s $20 more expensive. But the general perception is the quality of the build is a little higher. At 43mm, the watch is on larger size, which some may prefer. It also comes with an in-house Seiko 7S36b automatic movement, a Hardlex crystal, and display case back.
Glycine Combat Sub Automatic Watch GL0083: on sale for $389.99
Update: Thanks very much to Eric! He mentioned in the comments that you can get the Glycine direct from the company on Ebay for the lowest price I’ve seen. Cheers, sir!
Remember the Glycine from our post on the Connery-Bond Rolex? Well, if you can get past the dot hour markers, it can also work as an alternative for the SPECTRE Omega. The Combat Sub is powered by their GL224 25-jewel automatic movement and is water resistant to 200m. With a diameter of 42mm, it’s not crazy big and should look good on most wrists. And it comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty. The fact that it already has a grey and black NATO is kind of a bonus.
The extra detail ….
And of course, you’re going to need a decent quality NATO. We all know there are lots of cheap options available on Amazon and Ebay. But one that gets lots of praise is this one from PhenomeNATO. You can read our review of the strap here. If that price tag is a little too high for you, then you can also check out this one from Esprit NATO for €12.90. And if you’d like to hear opinions on other brands, this thread on AJB007 is worth reading.
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Some of the images used in this post were sourced from the Omega website.