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Posted by John B. Holbrook, II on Jul 28, 2010 in FEATURED , REVIEWS | 39 comments

Review of the “Bond” Omega Seamaster Professional Model 2531.80.00 By: John B. Holbrook, II October 30, 2004

OK, I’ll admit it.  I’m a huge James Bond fan.  I have the entire 20 DVD collection of every 007 movie made to date.  Seeing James Bond wear some really fantastic watches over the years also played a part in my being a watch enthusiast.  So it only stands to reason that at some point, I’d seek to add a 2531.80.00 Seamaster to my collection.

The 2531.80.00 Seamaster, is often called the “Bond Seamaster” because Pierce Brosnan has worn a Seamaster of this style since his debut in the role of James Bond back in 1995 in the film, GOLDENEYE .  The introduction of the 2531.80.00 actually pre-dates Brosnan , and was first introduced by Omega in 1993 ( Source:  OMEGA DESIGNS, p. 98). Here’s a screen capture from GOLDENEYE where the film’s villain, a defected “00” secret agent has captured James Bond and compares his “old model” British Secret Service issued watch to the newer model which he’s taken from Bond:

The trained eye will notice that the first Seamaster used in GOLDENEYE was not the Seamaster Professional chronometer – it was actually the quartz version of the same watch.  Later in the Brosnan series of James Bond films, he can be seen wearing the actual Seamaster Professional chronometer model 2531.80.00.  Here’s a few screen captures from Brosnan’s final appearance as James Bond, DIE ANOTHER DAY .  Once again, Bond’s Q Branch enhanced Seamaster Professional plays a significant role in the film:

Recognizing the success of the Omega tie in with the character of James Bond, Omega quickly made Pierce Brosnan an official Omega Ambassador.  In this role, Brosnan has helped promote Omega for nearly 10 years.  As DIE ANOTHER DAY represents Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as the character of James Bond, his future as an Omega Ambassador is uncertain.  As of this writing, it is also unclear whether MGM will select a new watch for whomever takes the role of James Bond in the next film.

(Picture courtesy of Omega Press Kit)

One cannot understate the significance of the “Bond” Seamaster to Omega’s success.  In ten years, Omega has emerged from the ranks of several well respected, but somewhat obscurely recognized Swiss watch companies, to becoming quite arguably the number two Swiss watch company in the world.  Omega is second only to Rolex in brand name recognition and sales volume.  The success of the 2531.80.00 also allowed Omega to put resources into enhancing other existing models, such as the successful Speedmaster line, as well as developing all new models such as the Aqua Terra line.  Omega has also been able to focus more resources into producing horological innovations that would not have been possible without the success of the Bond Seamster, such as the Co-Axial escapement, and the caliber 33xx chronograph movement.  So what makes the 2531.80.00 so special you ask?

The Omega Seamaster Professional 2531.80.00 is at its essence, a diver styled watch.  But, before I begin examining the Bond Seamaster, let me preface the review by saying that while this watch is perfectly capable of performing as a dive watch, I don’t think it is the best choice for diving.  For reasons I’ll explain below, this diver styled watch favors form over function, and I do not fault Omega or their watch in this regard.  It simply wasn’t designed to be a tool watch first and foremost.  The Seamaster Professional model 2254.50.00 is a much better choice in my honest opinion if you’re looking for a very functional tool/diving watch.

Beginning with the watch dial, you can see many of the cosmetic features which separate this watch from other diver styled watches.  The dial itself is a very unique slate blue color which can vary considerably in shade depending on how the light strikes it.  The dial can in some light appear quite black, or vividly blue as the below picture demonstrates:

Adding to the dial’s uniqueness is the signature Seamaster “wave” pattern which runs throughout.  Again, depending on how the light catches the pattern, the dial’s appearance can really vary.  Omega also used skeletonized hands on the Bond Seamaster which further add to the distinctiveness of this watch.  The tips of the hour and minute hand, as well as the applied markers are coated with Super Luminova to give the watch reasonably good night time visibility.  Of course, because the available surface area to apply Super Luminova is greatly reduced due to the skeletonized hands, the luminescent glow of the dial isn’t quite up to the standards set by the other Seamaster Professional models which use “sword” style hands.  That’s not to say that the Bond Seamaster has poor low light visibility – it doesn’t.  However the cosmetically pleasing and distinctive skeleton hands of the Bond Seamaster simply aren’t as functional as other Seamaster Professionals – a big reason why I feel this watch isn’t best suited as a true diver as compared with other choices.  Quite honestly, I didn’t warm up to the dial color and skeleton hands right away on this watch.  It just seemed to “different” for me.  But after a year of seeing a good friend of mine wear his, and seeing how good it looked on him, I changed my mind.  I was at the point in my collection where I needed something “different” and the unique features of the Bond Seamaster dial fit the bill nicely.  The Bond Seamaster dial is protected by a domed-shape sapphire crystal, with an anti-reflective coating applied.

Encircling the dial is a unidirectional rotating bezel – a common feature on dive watch used to track the remaining time on a diver’s air supply.  Another feature of this watch which helps it earn “Professional” designation is the helium escape valve located in the upper portion of the case.  Deep sea divers use helium mixed with oxygen in the air supply.  After spending time at extreme depths, divers must spend time in a decompression chamber before returning to normal sea level conditions.  While in the decompression chamber, the helium in the air can actually permeate the seals of a watch, and pressure can build inside the watch case.  The resulting pressure build up can actually blow a watches crystal right out of the case.  To avoid this from happing, divers can manually unscrew the helium escape valve on their Seamaster which gives the helium a way out of the case.  However, to most people who buy and wear this watch, the helium escape valve will be nothing more than an interesting conversation piece, and a cosmetic feature which further distinguishes the look of the Seamaster from other common diver style watches.  I know I certainly won’t take the watch anywhere near the 300m/1000ft. depth that it’s capable of enduring.

For many people, the bracelet of the Bond Seamaster is one of the biggest draws.  It’s absolutely beautiful, and is the most comfortable bracelet I’ve owned on a watch – the links just drape and contour your wrist like no other.  Prior to 2002, the “Bond” bracelet was an available option for every Seamaster model.  However, it’s now exclusively available only on the actual  Bond Seamaster, and Bond Seamaster chronograph.

Each of  the five piece links is joined by friction pins with collars on the ends.  The links on this bracelet are among the most challenging to attempt to size of any watch out there.  It’s not impossible to do yourself, but it’s not recommended if you’re not patient and well versed with friction pins – you can easily scratch the bracelet if you’re not careful.  Most Omega dealers will resize a bracelet for you for free, or for a nominal charge.  The bracelet fastens together via the famous Seamaster two button clasp, of which I’m a big fan.  Critics claim that the Seamaster clasp just isn’t as secure as a flip-lock type design.  The large, flat surface area of the clasp also draws criticism because scratches show quickly and easily in this area.  While the first point is debatable, the second one is not – the Seamaster clasp is a scratch magnet.  Fortunately, these scratches couldn’t be easier to buff out.  Once every couple of months or so I simply take a Scotch Brite pad (the green & yellow scouring pads found at most grocery stores) and carefully stroking in ONE direction only, brush the scratches out of the bracelet.  After about 30 seconds of this technique, the clasp looks as good as new.

The Seamaster clasp also has a handy feature found in most dive watch bracelets – a hidden dive suit extension.  By deploying the extension, the diameter of the bracelet is increased, making it possible to fit over the added girth of a diving suit.  The Seamaster dive suit extension is the best design and execution of this feature I’ve ever seen on a dive watch.  The only downside to the execution of the design is the loss of a fine adjustment pin in the clasp which is commonly found in other watches.  To compensate, Omega includes a “half-link” with the watch to allow the bracelet to be sized up or down in a half link increment.  I’ve not had a problem obtaining a comfortable fit, but others lament the loss a more precise adjustment mechanism.  Here’s a picture of the Bond Seamaster bracelet clasp with the dive suit extension deployed:

I purchased this particular Bond Seamaster new from an authorized dealer, and know it represents one of the latest production runs for this model.  One subtle change I’ve noticed on this SMP from previous generations I’ve owned is on the case back.  Omega has added a new, highly detailed engraving to the case back, the purpose of which I assume is to increase the difficulty of counterfeiting.  Here’s a picture of the case back – the new engraving is bottom right corner of the case back:

Now here’s a close up of the engraving itself.  As you can see, it’s pretty complex.  The Omega symbol is surrounded by a simulated three dimensional globe.  Texturing has also been applied to the engraving, as is evident in the Omega symbol inside the globe.  While not impossible to duplicate, I’m sure the tooling necessary to do so would further drive up the cost of producing a fake SMP – hopefully making it cost prohibitive to do so.

Of course, no discussion of any Seamaster Professional is complete without examining the wonderful Omega Caliber 1120 movement.   The Omega cal. 1120 is an amazing movement, and an excellent choice for this watch.  The movement was first introduced in 1996, and Omega uses the ETA 2892-A2 as the base ebauche, and heavily modifies it to produce the 1120.  The base ETA 2892-A2 is widely considered the best movement ever produced by ETA (first introduced in 1975, with a lineage going back much further with Eterna).  Many, many high end watch manufacturers (like IWC and Cartier) also use the 2892-A2 as a base movement.  Why?  Well, cost is no doubt a factor.  However, I submit that many watch companies all come to the same conclusion:  They could spend the money to design and manufacture their own movement in-house and still not match the technical marvel which is the 2892-A2.  Don’t take my word for it – research the treasure trove of articles on Timezone by such horological luminaries as Walt Odets and others who closely examine the attributes of the 2892-A2.

So Omega doesn’t begin with a low end movement in the 2892-A2; neither do they simply slap a coat of paint on it to create the Omega 1120.  Two extra jewels are added to the 2892-A2 (the 1120 is a 23-jewel movement), rhodium plating, and other extensive modifications designed to increase precision, durability, and quality – the end result is a chronometer grade movement and a true marvel of Swiss ingenuity and engineering.  Cosmetically, extensive decoration is added to this movement to both the rotor and bridge work, as well as the 24k gold lettering applied throughout – quite stunning.  The Omega 1120 may not be an “in house” movement (designed and manufactured completely by Omega) but it certainly is what I call an “in family” movement – ETA and Omega are both divisions of the Swatch Group.  To those who would dismiss the Omega Cal. 1120 simply on the basis of it not being an “in-house” movement, I invite you to read an article by Carlos A. Perez entitled, “On The Ebauche Tradition.” This particular example came from the dealer running at an impressive +2 seconds per day – well within the standards needed to earn the COSC certification this watch has (COSC eligibility requires a variation of no more than +6 or -4 seconds per day).  It may lack some of the horological technical refinement found in other movements (no free sprung balance for example) but the Omega Caliber 1120 is one of my all time favorite movements.

The Omega Seamaster Professional 2531.80.00 has become a classic among watch enthusiasts.  It combines unique, but versatile style with dive watch functionality and robustness.  Spending some time with watch makes it easy to see why it’s been standard issue for Her Majesty’s Secret Service agent 007 for the past decade.

The 2531.80.00 was discontinued and replaced with the 2220.90.00 Bond Seamaster: Omega Men’s 2220.80.00 Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver “James Bond” Watch

It’s virtually the same watch, with metal hour markers and an upgraded movement.

You can discuss this article in the Omega Forum of my online luxury watch discussion forum community WATCH TALK FORUMS .

*All text and images contained in this review are the original work of the author, John B. Holbrook, II and are copyright protected. Use of any of the information or images without the permission of the author is prohibited.

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Robert Altvater says: August 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Excellent pictures and article.

But a professional diver would not use or buy such an expensive beautiful

watch anyway, except for sponsored advertising reasons.

For a scuba diver, diving at the great barrier reef for example,

the watch will be more than enough, even the fact that the watch is not

made out of titanium which lasts longer being used regulary in saltwater,

is lighter and more scratch resistent.

By the way, we are living in the age of IT, which means that an automatic

analogical diving watch is for your safety in case your digital diving

computer quits

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