The James Bond Dive Watch Of The 1980s Is Coming Back To TAG Heuer
In "The Living Daylights," Timothy Dalton wore a timepiece similar to this one.
TAG Heuer is bringing back the watch Agent 007 wore in the 1980s, which may have been Omega, but Bond doesn't mind changing things up.
A new version of Timothy Dalton's dive watch from 1987, the Aquaracer Professional 300 Night Diver, has just been released by the Swiss watchmaker. One of Bond's more underrated watches is the sporty blacked-out timepiece, even though it isn't the first watch that comes to mind when you think of him.
A black TAG Heuer 980.031 dive watch with a white lume dial appears to be worn by the spy in the 15th Bond film, despite not having an official timepiece. It would have been nice if this watch had been a slavish copy of the original, but it is much more than that, it is a modern reworking of the original.
A 43 mm stainless steel case coated in black DLC, unlike the original's black PVD finish, accompanies the new timepiece, ref. WBP201D.FT6197. With Super-LumiNova coating the opaline dial that glows in the dark, under its flat sapphire face, is the Aquaracer's trademark stripes. It is the bracelet that is the biggest difference between the two versions. Unlike Dalton's metal strap, the new version's rubber strap has a black DLC stainless steel clasp.
The original timepiece used a quart movement, while the new one uses a Caliber 5 automatic movement, which is the brand's own automatic movement. As an upgrade from the original's 200-meter water resistance, the movement has a 38-hour power reserve and a 300-meter water resistance.
It should be noted, of course, that this isn't an official Bond watch. You can buy one of those watches for $3,350 at the brand's website. If you want one of those, you'll have to go with an Omega, which just so happens to have released a dive watch of its own to coincide with the release of the 27th film in the franchise, No Time to Die.
Whatever watch you choose, it's a good time to collect Bond watches.