In the minds of many fans and collectors, Rolex and James Bond are intimately “bonded” together the two actually had a sophisticated relationship. Over the years it was reported that the replica Rolex refused to ever sponsor the films or provide watches for the actors — often leaving them to be sourced by a third party, or even the crew. While the fake Rolex might have made a huge commission off of brand recognition over the years, they didn’t actually market themselves as the ‘Bond watch’ once.
It was 1995 and Pierce Brosnan was chosen to play 007 in GoldenEye. By this time, Hollywood was capitalizing on product placement and the amazing replica Omega saw their opportunity to secure their brand alongside the coveted Bond brand of sophistication.
It’s not like Omega wasn’t already seen as a great watch, they just weren’t seen as the Bond watch. Either way, the marketing strategy further cemented their brand identity and bolstered their connections to the British Royal Navy — which in real life, had partnered with the brand often.
Fast forward to 2006 and we have a new man playing Bond once again, this time, Daniel Craig. Along with the new actor came a makeover for the Bond brand — a bit edgier, but still along the lines of styled and refined. The brand reportedly decided to continue with the Omega replica partnership because while top-end, sharp and luxurious, it didn’t come with the same high-brow as Rolex and seemed to be a better fit for their new leading role.
Now, let’s take a look at the specifications. The Omega Seamaster 300m chronometer is one of the brand’s best thanks to its ties to the secret agent — but this chronometer watch bolsters a great reputation on its own owing to a handful of key features.
The Planet Ocean is smaller than what we’re used to seeing on Bond’s wrist with a smaller 42mm case. But, the look is fitting for the refined Bond going for a more understated, but still classic, look. The amazing replica watch featured in the film has specs like: a black dial, steel bracelet, Seamaster written in a stunning orange as well as a second hand with an orange tip, alongside 600 meter water resistant case, a screw-in crown, see-through case back, unidirectional rotating bezel and helium escape valve.
That movie prompted the fake Omega to launch a limited edition Skyfall Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m due to booming popularity. The watch also celebrated Omega’s seventh appearance in the Bond films. What sets it apart from the original? While we can’t guarantee you’ll be as cool Bond once you put one of these beauties on, but we can assure you’ll look just as good.
Rolex GMT-Master occupies the major position among all the famous brands. The model that pioneered the concept of a dual time zone watch, it did for long haul travelers in the fifties what the fake rolex Submariner did for underwater explorers.
Developed in conjunction with Pan Am to help their crews with the novel phenomenon of jetlag as the new transatlantic routes opened up, the complex looking arrangement was actually simplicity itself.
With the addition of a second hour hand, geared to run at half the speed of the main hand, coupled with an engraved rotatable bezel taken straight from the Turn-O-Graph released a year before, the replica Rolex created a watch that could keep track of the time in two places at once.
In a stylistic flourish that would become the GMT’s signature and major selling point, the surround was painted in contrasting colors to simulate night and day—the one that started it all, was released in red and blue, quickly nicknamed the Pepsi.
Where the Air-King has always been the utilitarian tool watch, presented in a choice of steel or nothing, the GMT-Master has been cast in a range of precious metal finery over the years. Forged in every flavor of gold, along with Rolex’s own Rolesor half and half, it has also been issued with a series of one and two-tone bezels to appeal to the widest possible audience.
Whether you are tempted by the classic GMT-Master or a brand new GMT-Master II, it remains an out-and-out emblem for omega replica; an instantly discernible masterpiece that just happens to be one of the most everyday useful and capable aviation replica watches ever made.
The latest all new addition to the stable and one that has split opinion since its release, the Sky-Dweller continues Rolex’s recent venture into the world of ultra complications that started with the Yacht-Master II.
By far the most popular of the three aviation-inspired models, the fake Rolex Sky-Dweller is a vastly different take on the concept of a dual time zone watch than the GMT-Master. Where that piece goes the clean, simple route, this newest example is unashamedly involved, presenting not only a GMT function but also an annual calendar.
The element that many have found especially divisive is the GMT disc itself, an unorthodox off-center sub dial that decapitates the lower hour markers.
Marked with a 24-hour track, it is the part that remains set to home time while on your travels, with the red inverse triangle above it pointing out the correct hour. As far as readability goes, it outshines the GMT-Master’s second hour hand, but visually it takes some getting used to.
The key to controlling all this progressive technology is an updated version of the brand’s patented Ring Command Bezel that we first saw, again, on the Yacht-Master II. But where the one on the skipper’s watch was essentially an on/off switch, the Sky-Dweller’s surround is even more complex and allows for all the different functions to be adjusted using only the crown.
Each quarter turn of the bezel unlocks a different operation. The first position is for changing the date. Another turn lets you set the local time and finally, the last setting synchs all of the functions to allow the reference time in the sub dial to be fixed. It means there is no need for any additional buttons to ruin the profile of the 42mm case, underlining its position as a dress watch for luxury travelers; a Day-Date with a GMT function.