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Omega's new 'Seamaster Commander's Watch' is a tribute to James Bond

Omega recently launched a new addition to its ever-growing watch collection – and this latest treasure is the Seamaster Diver 300m "Commander's Watch". The name is inspired by the legendary spy James Bond who was a Naval Commander, as described in the books of Ian Fleming.  The author himself had been a Naval Commander before he embarked upon a writing career in civilian life, and this new timepiece is an appropriately tough, yet elegant item reflecting the essential values of James Bond himself.

The new watch is a limited edition in stainless steel, and is modelled on Omega’s classic Seamaster. The Commander’s Watch is, appropriately enough, presented in the Royal Navy's colours of red, white and blue, in the form of a white ceramic dial, blue skeleton hands and a varnished red seconds hand – and this colour combination is complemented by a smart red, white and blue strap. Limited to just 7,007 pieces, there's also an 18 carat yellow gold version of The Commander’s Watch, which is limited to an exceptionally rare seven pieces.

Seamaster Commander's Watch by Omega, £3,720, omegawatches.com

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