In this episode I speak to David Zaritsky from The Bond Experience about his love affair with Omega. David has a few Omega watches in his collection (amongst other brands) from the Bond films. We get to hear about his passion, his personal preferences and some great stories from Omega’s past that not many people know about.
About Omega’s entry to the Bond franchise David says:
They [Omega] did pay to be a part of the Bond films. 1995; GoldenEye saw the quartz version of an Omega watch, and that was not by accident, they paid money and they continue to pay money.
What people tend to forget is Omega have an amazing military background. They started in 1848. In many cases they pre-date Rolex. When people think of Omega outside of Bond they think of the Speedmaster which is the moon landing watch. Thats truly what made them famous but the Seamaster is more prestigious.
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Rolex patented the Oyster case in 1926, and in 1927 it was successfully used for 10 hours as Mercedes Gleitze attempted to swim across the English Channel. The Omega Marine became the first industrially manufactured for commercial production dive watch in 1932. The Seamaster is not more prestigious than the Speedmaster.
In terms of watches, the movement is a large part of its prestige. The original Omega 321, 861, and 1861 movements found in Speedmasters hold a greater horological importance than either the ETA or Quartz movements found in many Seamasters over the years. Quartz is battery operated and ETA movements are generically made movements found in many brands – meaning not prestigious.
Also, Omega has a problem with releasing too many limited editions of watches which devalues the brand in my opinion. Quick gripe, the No Time To Die watch has a faux patina that looks like water got in and damaged the watch, not a feature you’d want on a diver! I also would never wear either a rubber or Nato strap with a tux, they are too sporty for the formality of a tuxedo.
Maybe wear it on a bracelet or a nice leather strap, but who would ever dive with a leather strap? Also please stop calling it OMEEGA, it’s Omega. Just because someone can afford expensive watches, it doesn’t mean they actually know anything about them and what makes them special. – mattsojourner03 (On YouTube).
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We have Remmert from the most excellent James Bond Lifestyle talking about his watch collection. Remmert rarely gives interviews and this one is a long time coming.
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Sophie Furley from Watchonista talks all about The Gadget Watches of James Bond.