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The Tangible Relationship between Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra and James Bond

5 min read April 29, 2022

SPECTRE in 2015, Omega Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.03.004 is a limited edition watch from the Omega Seamaster James Bond series.

Millions of fans worldwide are eagerly awaiting the news of the continuation of the James Bond saga. Each of them probably has personal favorites among the potential successors of Daniel Craig playing the infamous character in future 007 movies.

While the suspense is constantly rising until the next James Bond actor is officially announced, one thing is sure: the fruitful cooperation between Omega and James Bond franchise will continue. To commemorate that, we’ll pay tribute to one of the most successful Omega Seamaster watches inspired by James Bond – the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond 007 Spectre Limited Edition 231.10.42.21.03.004 .

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre Bond Watch

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra masculine looks enhanced by a Super-JUB II stainless steel watch band

Before going into in-depth details about this unique James Bond Omega Watch, let’s remind ourselves when and why the long-lived and prosperous cooperation between Omega and James Bond began.

 

The story behind the Omega James Bond Watch

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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Watch with a matching James Bond coat-of-arms inspired Spectre box set cover, featuring a 20mm Stainless Steel Strap

This may come as a shock to some, but James Bond has been here for almost 70 years. Considering the mystery and suspense that have always surrounded him, it’s no wonder that the love of his fans of all ages has been ever-increasing from the moment he first saw the light of day back in 1953.

The Omega Seamaster was released in 1948. Although almost peers, it took a few decades for the Omega and James Bond to be officially introduced and start working together. However, it wasn’t a chance meeting by any means. Instead, Omega Seamaster was looking for a secure spot in modern times, and James Bond turned out to be a perfect match.

As we all know, James Bond is a symbol of strength, longevity, wit, and timeless class. He’s always on top of the latest technological innovations, a true go-getter, and a genuine trendsetter- just the adjectives you could use for Omega.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre Bond Watch

Omega Aqua Terra Spectre elegance reinforced with a tapered mesh strap made of 316L stainless steel wire

Having so much in common, plus an equally diverse fan base worldwide, the news of the cooperation between a James Bond movie franchise and Omega in 1995 came naturally. And what a successful collaboration that has been! It resulted in a series of superb watches, each following the latest release of the James Bond movie series. At the same time, James Bond-inspired Seamasters became one of the most successful watch families in Omega’s rich catalog.

The Omega Aqua Terra is a great representative of that fruitful relationship. It’s a true gem that deserves a special mention on several accounts. Here’s what’s notable about it.

 

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre James Bond Watch

Released in anticipation of SPECTRE in 2015, Omega Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.03.004 is a limited edition watch from the Omega Seamaster James Bond series. Being a limited model within a family of iconic Omega watches must stand for something. And it does.

  • Stainless Steel Case, 41.5mm in diameter
  • powered by the revolutionary OMEGA Master Co-Axial caliber 8507
  • Anti-magnetic, self-winding movement, with automatic movement in both directions
  • Blue dial
  • Anti‑reflective Sapphire Crystal glass and transparent case back
  • 20mm lug out-of-the-box stainless steel and a coated nylon fabric watch straps
  • Screw-in crown
  • Date display
  • Chronometer
  • Water-resistant up to 150m
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre Bond Watch

Omega Seamaster Spectre Bond Watch perfectly paired with a handmade laser engraved leather strap

 

The Omega Aqua Terra Spectre Special Features

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The striking 3-D Hour marker/indices of Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

For a start, the blue dial is tiled with a Bond family coat-of-arms all the way through. The famous coat-of-arms is also featured as the counter-weight of the second hand. Next, the Seamaster and 15,007 Gauss writing on the dial are yellow – matching the color on the coat-of-arms. That exact shade colors the second hand and five-second markings, too.

he famous James Bond family Coat of Arms photo

The famous Bond family “Coat of Arms”, photo © Danjaq LLC, MGM, United Pictures

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Omega Aqua Terra Spectre blue dial tiled with James Bond family coat-of-arms.  The second hand and 15 007 Gauss print emphasise the yellow from the coat-of-arms and the number of available watches of this limited Aqua Terra series.

The back case is another threat. A transparent sapphire crystal enables a clear view of how the 8507 mechanism operates. That’s the first time Omega used this caliber, undoubtedly not the last, given its superb performances and anti-magnetic resistance.

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The transparent back of Seamaster Aqua Terra 007 enable a great view of the unique Omega Co-axial movement and James Band Gun barrel inspired automatic rotor

A unique automatic rotor design cut and shaped to resemble a gun barrel pays homage to a gun barrel featured in the infamous introductory opening of James Bond movies. It adds another distinctive flavor to this special edition of Omega Agua Terra. After all, that unique barrel was where the 8507 Co-Axial caliber got its name.

The back case also has 15 007 engraved, paying another tribute to James Bond and announcing the number of watches available on the market.

Considering all these unique features, the unusually large number of manufactured models for a limited edition watch turned out not to be that large. Immediately upon its release, the watch became highly sought after.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre Bond Watch

Seamaster Aqua Terra Spectre vivid yellow details additionally emphasized by a sailcloth nylon straps, left: Grey, right: Yellow

 

In Conclusion

There’s no better way to sum up the story about Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch than to emphasize it still occupies one of the top positions in the wishlist of Omega fans worldwide.

If you’re looking to buy one yourself, they are still a couple of used ones to be found. However, be prepared that finding one in a pristine condition and at a lower price than the original Omega Aqua Terra price of about $7000 will be a highly challenging effort.

   

External References about this particular 007-SPECTRE Aqua Terra watch:

 

Continue to read the Omega Watches Series

  • Part 1 - A brief guide to Omega watches and their legendary history
  • Part 2 - Omega Collections full of Heroic stories
  • Part 3 - Iconic Omega watches
  • Part 4 - Editor's top pick: Omega Seamaster
  • Part 5 - Giants of the vintage watches: Vintage Omega Speedmaster Mark 3
  • Part 6 - Life Of The OMEGA Seamaster In Modern Times
  • Part 7 - The Story Behind Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Watches
  • Part 8 - The Tangible Relationship between Omega Seamaster and James Bond

 

Written by S.K. , images by Toni


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