Last week, Christie’s held an online auction to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the third Bond film, which first hit theaters in 1964. With all proceeds going to the NSPCC, online bidders spared no expense in snatching up iconic James Bond memorabilia. Omega provided a contribution of their own to the auction, a piece unique Seamaster Aqua Terra replica watch covered in 18k gold.
Based on the standard Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Replica Co-Axial watch, the piece unique Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra replica watch has a unique 18k yellow gold dial, with matching case and bracelet. Given that it is part of the Omega James Bond collection, you can see the "007" logo as the counterweight of the seconds hand on the dial. The dial is also a unique design for Omega, given the natural gold surface motif. On the rear of the watch, there is additional "Goldfinger" branding on the caseback, as well as the automatic rotor.
Bond has had an Omega strapped to his wrist since 1995’s GoldenEye, and Omega replica watch has been known to produce limited-edition watches to celebrate the partnership, such as this Planet Ocean. While that one may have been “limited” to 5007 pieces, the Seamaster Aqua Terra replica watch is truly unique, as in one of a kind, created specifically for this auction. A few details set this Aqua Terra apart from the others, including a rather unusual dial.
This isn't the first time Omega replica watches have done well in James Bond-themed auctions. Omega has been the official watch of James Bond since Omega's partnership with the franchise that began in 1995, with the release of 007 Goldeneye. Since then, various James Bond actors have worn a series of Omega replica watches in the films. The relationship has been extremely successful for Omega. Fans know that, traditionally, James Bond wore a Rolex, which I believe was actually creator Ian Fleming's intent, as he wrote about 007 wearing a Rolex in at least one of his books.
The gold theme continues throughout the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra replica watches, with an 18k gold case (38.5 mm), bracelet, and engraved winding rotor visible through the exhibition case back. Even the hands are made of gold, including the “007” counterweight on the seconds hand.