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Professional Moonwatch Vs Regular Speedmaster, What’s The Difference?

The Speedmaster might be one of the most iconic chronographs ever made. I would even go a step further and say that it’s one of the most well-known and most popular watches available.

The Speedmaster jumped to mainstream success when NASA selected the watch for their first mission to the moon, the Apollo 11 mission. The watch has been widely popular ever since.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

2021 brought us a new Speedmaster Professional with many impressive and even more hidden upgrades. The Speedmaster has had many variations and countless limited and special editions over time, but the Professional has always been a fan favorite.

The Speedmaster Pro is the modern iteration of the watch that was worn on Apollo 11 in 1969. The Professional is often referred to as the Moonwatch, but what makes a Pro a Pro?

All Moonwatches are Speedmaster, but not all Speedmasters are Moonwatches. What’s the difference, and what should we look for?

 

Pro=Better?

Let’s make one thing clear: despite what the name claims, the Pro is not ‘better’ than any other Speedmaster, nor is a regular version ‘worse’ than a Pro.

The Pro is based on the original Moonwatch, and is usually slightly larger than other models. Other models of the Speedmaster follow their own philosophy, while still carrying the very visible Speedmaster DNA.

The biggest difference is in the movement and the crystal. Most modern Speedmasters have an automatic movement and a sapphire crystal, the pro has a hand wound movement and a hesalite or sapphire crystal.

‘But an automatic movement is more convenient than a hand wound movement, and a sapphire crystal is way stronger than hesalite, why does the Pro have these features?’ The reason why is simple: the original Speedmaster that went to the moon had a hand wound movement and a hesalite crystal. The Die-Hard-Moonwatch fans only want to wear the closest thing to the original. Even though a hand wound movement requires more work and hesalite can break more easily, this watch is made for the true enthusiasts.

The true enthusiasts got some great news in 2020. Caliber 321 was the movement that powered the Speedmaster that was approved by NASA. Sadly, Omega discontinued the legendary caliber after 1969.

In 2020, Omega announced that the new professional models will be powered with a modern, updated caliber 321. This means that the enthusiasts can finally get a real modern take on their beloved watch, closer to the 1969 original than ever.

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The Omega Speedmaster

The Omega Speedmaster is one of the most well-known and best sold watches in the world. It has been a bestseller and mainstream success for decades. Why is the ‘Speedy’ so popular? Of course, the fact that the Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon plays a big role, but it’s not the only factor. Many other watches have gone to space, and have since been forgotten. Why is the Speedmaster such a timeless success? Below, you can find 5 facts about the Omega Speedmaster you didn’t know.

 

 

Omega Speedmaster

1. No Upgrades

It’s a well-known fact that the Speedmaster was the first watch on the moon. Still, Omega forgets to tell us a more impressive fact.

Almost all equipment that is taken into space is heavily modified by NASA’s engineers. The astronauts take tons and tons of gear with them, but nothing they carry is available in regular stores for normal mortals like you and me to purchase. The Speedmaster was the only exception. There was no need for NASA to modify or upgrade this watch, they thought it was perfect the way it was.

 

2. Moonwatch Or Olympic Watch?

Omega likes to remind us every few months that their watch was the first watch worn on the moon. Countless limited editions and a big part of their marketing budget makes sure we won’t forget. But did you know that the Speedmaster was never intended to go to the moon?

The Speedmaster was introduced in 1957 as a racing chronograph and sports watch. Omega was the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games (and still is today), and they needed a robust and sporty watch that could time laps and rounds.

 

3. Tachymeter

A tachymeter are the numbers on the bezel of a racing chronograph.

Many brands have tachymeters fitted on their chronographs today, but Omega were the first to place it on their watch. Another impressive innovation!

 

4. Snoopy

Omega has released a few limited edition Speedmasters with Snoopy on the dial. Why have they done that? It can’t just be a gimmick, can it?

Omega received the ‘Silver Snoopy Award’ from NASA. The award recognizes the effort and contribution someone (a brand, supplier or employee of NASA) has done for space exploration.

This was given to Omega because of what happened during the Apollo 13 mission. During this mission, an oxygen tank exploded, resulting on heavy electrical problems on the spacecraft. This meant that the astronauts were flying way off their course, and they could not fully rely on their equipment.

Their Omega Speedmaster saved their lives and mission. The chronograph was used to time the ignition of the rockets to get them on the right course again. Burn the rockets for too long or too short, and they would miss earth and fly into infinity.

They also used their chronograph to time the ignition of the rockets to decrease their speed when approaching earth, since that part was damaged too. Mistiming this could lead in horrible accidents, which would lead to a certain death. The astronauts miraculously all survived the return, even though the odds were heavily stacked against them. Omega was (and still is) very proud that their watch saved lives and saved the mission, so they put Snoopy on some of their watches to honor their Silver Snoopy reward.

 

5. Michael Schumacher had his own Speedmaster line

You might associate Michael Schumacher with Audemars Piguet, and you wouldn’t be wrong! Schumacher was indeed an ambassador for AP, but before, he was Omega’s man!

In the 90’s and 2000’s, Omega wanted to profile the Speedmaster as a racing watch to attract a new and bigger audience. They hired Schumacher, and even named a few racing models after him!

 

Discover our Selection of Omega Speedmasters
  1. Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
    Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
    €6,190.00
  2. Constellation Day-Date
    Constellation Day-Date
    €7,000.00 Now Only €4,150.00
  3. De Ville Prestige
    De Ville Prestige
    €3,300.00 Now Only €2,450.00
  4. Speedmaster Professional
    Speedmaster Professional
    €5,950.00

How To Properly Treat Your Dive Watch.

Dive watches play a big and important role in horological history. These are watches that can withstand almost every stress test and situation you put them trough, no matter how rough. Thanks to James Bond, Dive watches can also be worn on formal occasions and under shirts. Thanks James!

And yet, these rugged pieces of steel can be easily damaged if you treat them in the wrong way. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to treat your dive watch right and prolong its life.

 

 

Dive Watch

Screw Down Your Crown

This might sound as a stupid and obvious first step, but unfortunately it’s not. Every year, countless dive watches get damaged by water. A half-screwed down crown can look fine, but can let in water. Always make sure your crown is tightly screwed down before you enter the water.

A dent or scratch can be polished out, but even the slightest amount of moist can be bad news.

Therefore, if you see damp or water in your watch, bring it to a watchmaker as fast as possible. if you don’t do this, your movement, hands etc. can begin to rust. This can result in a very expensive service, or even a completely new movement.

 

Check The Waterproofing Of Your Watch

Your steel case will keep its integrity and strengths for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The real thread are the rubber gaskets. Since a metal on metal connection can’t be made airtight, rubber gaskets make sure water doesn’t come in through the case back or crown. This makes an excellent seal, but the downside is that rubber can lose its flexibility over time. This means that you can screw down your case back and crown properly and do everything by the book, but the old and dried up rubber gaskets can still let water in under high water pressure. If you plan on diving regularly, make your you get your caskets checked and changed every few years. Changing the rubber gaskets in pretty inexpensive, and usually only costs a few euro’s. Sending your drowned dive watch in for service is significantly more expensive.

 

Rinse Your Watch After Swimming

‘Steel is strong, this shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Steel isn’t the problem, but the flexibility of the steel bracelet or rubber strap is.

Salt and sand from the sea and chlorine from a pool can over time damage your watch if you don’t wash it with clear water. Rubber straps also wear out quicker if you let salt water dry up on it. It’s not broken after the first swim, and no drama’s occur if you forget it once or twice, but if you are a frequent swimmer, rinsing your rubber strap will significantly prolong its life. Same thing with a steel bracelet. Salt and sand can dry up in and around the joints, making the bracelet less flexible and less smooth over time.

Another problem can be a jammed bezel. Sweat, dirt and salt can build up under your bezel. If you let this built up for years, your bezel can get jammed, making it harder or sometimes even impossible to turn.

 

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  1. Marlin Steel
    Marlin Steel
    €4,850.00 Now Only €3,890.00
  2. Professionale Crono 6002
    Professionale Crono 6002
    €5,500.00
  3. King Power Oceanographic
    King Power Oceanographic
    €25,250.00 Now Only €11,990.00
  4. Marlin Steel
    Marlin Steel
    €4,850.00 Now Only €3,450.00

The History Of Tudor

Tudor is seen as a relatively new and modern brand, and is an established name under watch enthusiasts. Yet, even though their reputation is relatively young, the brand is almost one hundred years old. Let’s find out more about!

 

 

The History of Tudor

Tudor Is Owned By Rolex And Was Founded By Rolex’s Founder

This might not be a surprise for many, but it’s important to not forget how and why it happened.

‘What’s the big deal, brands buy and own other brands all the time?’

Well, this case is different, and definitely worth mentioning. Many brands and groups indeed buy other watchbands, but they stay separate brands. Omega is owned by the Swatch group, but the Swatch Group (and especially the Swatch brand) has limited to no influence in Omega’s way of doing business. Bulgari is owned by LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy), but I don’t think the guys from Louis Vuitton or Hennessy are invited to Bulgari’s brainstorm sessions.

With Tudor, it’s different. Tudor is Rolex’s sister company, and was founded in 1926 by the same guy who founded Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. Wilsdorf founded Tudor to complement the Rolex line up. Tudor was supposed to offer a more ‘affordable’ line. This way, Wilsdorf could offer lower priced watches to a broader audience without affecting the quality and reputation of Rolex.

Today, both brands are still owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.

 

Tudor Made Watches For Military Units All Over The World

The biggest seal of approval a tool watch can get is being tested, approved and used by the military.

The Tudor Submariner was for example used by the US Navy elite Seal’s and the French Marine Nationale since the mid-sixties.

This was great for Tudor’s reputation. In their early days, Tudor struggled with their reputation. Since many of the early models had very similar designs as Rolex and sometimes even the same name (Submariner, Day Date), they were considered the ‘poor man’s Rolex’.

Being selected for various militaries sixties was exactly what their reputation needed. Many Tudor Submariners were used and worn in the Vietnam War. This helped to get rid of their ‘poor man’s Rolex’ name.

 

Tudor Re-Launched Itself In 2009

Tudor went under the radar for a few years. In the first few decades, Tudor watches and Rolex watches were very similar. Tudor had of course key features, like their signature Snowflake hands, but there were a lot of similarities. Tudor even used Rolex cases and bracelets for their first watches. Tudor wanted to start over fresh with a complete new line up and fresh reputation.

Today, Tudor is a completely separate and strong brand. They have their own designs that look completely different than the current Rolex line-up. They really managed to give the Black Bay and Pelagos line up an incredibly strong reputation in less than 10 years. Something many brands can’t even manage to do in fifty years.

 

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  1. Heritage Black Bay
    Heritage Black Bay
    €3,610.00 Now Only €3,490.00
  2. Heritage Black Bay
    Heritage Black Bay
    €3,390.00
  3. Heritage Black Bay
    Heritage Black Bay
    €4,660.00 Now Only €3,790.00
  4. Heritage Black Bay
    Heritage Black Bay
    €4,960.00 Now Only €4,190.00

Christmas Gift Inspiration: 5 Watches Under €1000

After one hell of a year, Christmas is right around the corner. This might be the excellent time to surprise your loved one with a last minute Christmas gift. Or you can just spoil yourself, because why shouldn’t you? Do you want to place a watch box under your Christmas tree without breaking the bank?

 

 

christmas gift watch

Today, we are going to look at 5 brand new watches under €1000.

 

Ball Trainmaster Legend

Ball Trainmaster Legend is a truly underrated gem. This 40mm watch has a sleek black dial and classy stainless steel bracelet. The watch comes brand new in box, and is available for just €850. This watch retails for €1.900, so that’s a 55% discount!

The Montblanc Star Classique lady

How about something for the ladies? The Montblanc Star Classique lady is a timepiece of distinguished shape: essential, pure and elegantly slim. The 34mm case and Mother Of Pearl colored dial makes this a true jewel, and might be the ultimate gift a woman can receive. Enjoy the 51% discount while you can, because this watch is currently for sale for €850 instead of the recommended €1.750

Baume & Mercier Clifton Silver Dial

The Baume & Mercier Clifton is a truly classy watch. With its Silver dial and black alligator leather strap, all this watch needs is you in a tuxedo. This 45mm case has a sapphire crystal, so it can take whatever situation you wear it in. While this watch retails at €2.250, we have it for sale for only €950

Baume & Mercier Clifton Opaline Blue Dial

This is the same watch as above, but instead of a silver dial, it has a hypnotizing opaline blue dial and gilt numerals. A bit less tuxedo vibe than the silver dial, but maybe a bit more ‘driving a Vespa in Capri’ vibe. A bold watch that can be found on our website for only €999

Longines Equestrian

The Longines Equestrian is another classy ladies watch. The Equestrian expresses Longines passion for all equestrian sports. This 24.7mm watch has a stainless steel case and bracelet, and blued steel hands. This means that the color of the hands changes from black to blue, depending on the light you put it in.

While this watch retails at €1.220, we have it for sale for €650.

3 reasons why you should buy a pre-loved watch

It is a question that we often encounter here at Timepiece Bank; "Why would I buy a pre-owned watch when I could just buy a new one?". While every person has their own reasons for buying a second-hand, we've put together some of the key benefits of choosing a model from our fantastic and ever-changing pre-owned selection.

 

rolex pre-owned watch

1. Price tag

A new luxury watch can be an expensive purchase. Certain watches can be 20% to 30% cheaper on the second-hand market.

2. Choice of rare and terminated models

Our range of pre-owned watches includes many models that are out of production. Who knows, you might find your dream watch at a cheaper price.

3. Rising demand

The second-hand market for luxury watches has grown seriously in recent years. Take Rolex, for example. This brand cannot cope with the growing demand for new models. The waiting lists sometimes go up to 10 years. If you buy a second-hand Rolex from us, you will receive it within a few days.


Breaking: Black Friday Extended?

Now that the annual Black Friday madness is behind us, shops and businesses can go back to their regular schedule. For brick and mortar stores, this year’s Black Friday was different than other years. No hour long queues , no one pushing to get in first or no fistfights over a plasma TV.

If you have been following the Timepiece Bank socials closely, you might have noticed that we offered some huge discounts on some amazing watches, with discounts up to 70%!

 

black friday extended

‘Why are you telling me this now, Black Friday was last week, wasn’t it?’

You are right, Black Friday was indeed last week. But don’t panic, we aren’t planning to back down with our great actions! We will keep offering great watches at amazing discount prices.

When was the last time you have seen Breitlings, Chopards, Montblancs and Zeniths for over 50% off?

Aren’t these brands your cup of tea? Maybe an Omega, Panerai or Bell & Ross can change your mind?

Let’s shine a light on some unusual finds

Luminor 8 Days Set

The Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set, with only 500 examples made, contains not one but two watches! The box has contains a Luminor Black Seal Left-Handed 8 Days and a The Luminor Daylight 8 Days.

Black dial versus white dial, black DLC case versus stainless steel case, left crown versus right crown… this extraordinary box contains a complete watch collection while carrying just two watches. This limited edition box is available for 43% off! Hurry up, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph

The tourbillon complication is usually seen as one of the most exclusive and impressive complications out there. It’s not something your wear with jeans and sneakers. Or is it?

Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph has a tourbillon, but got rid of the ‘old man in a suit’ image. The watch has a black PVD coated case with a black crocodile leather strap. The black case and chronograph give it a sporty and mysterious look, while still showing the beating tourbillon. You can find this watch below with 63% off.

Chopard Classiques

How about something for the ladies? The 2019 Chopard Classiques is an elegant block of gold around the wrist. For the men reading this: your wife doesn’t have to know that you saved 64% on this watch. We can keep this between us.

The History of Anonimo

Anonimo is a relatively young watch brand with an interesting history. It was founded in Florence and consists of the legacy of Panerai and its former suppliers. When Panerai was bought by the current Richemont Group, they moved to Switzerland and several people and machinery were left behind in Florence. Federico Massacesi, former business partner of the fashion company Salvatore Ferragamo, grabbed his chance and founded the Anonimo brand in 1997. Taking advantage of all the know-how Panerai had left behind. In fact, former Panerai boss and naval officer Dino Zei joined the Anonimo brand.

 

the history of anonimo

Anonimo profiled itself with sturdy watches based on the nautical world. The watches are milled from solid blocks of metal and using the same bronze that is also used in shipbuilding. The focus of the collection was mainly on the in-house produced casts, therefore the dials carry the proud inscription Handcrafted in Firenze. However, around 2010 it became quiet around Anonimo and the Florentine brand seemed to be going down due to the financial crisis and internal problems. Until 2013. News came that the brand had been bought by a group of private investors and was preparing for a comeback. Anonimo became Anonimo SA. The brand has narrowed its collection down to two lines: Militare Classic and Nautilo. Striking but also modest creations which represent a recognizable signature. Indeed, an oblique eye has been taken at stepbrother Panerai - one series with mechanical crown protector and one without - but the interpretation is clearly different. Another agreement: Handcrafted in Firenze has now made way for Swiss Made on the Anonimo dial. Because this former Florentine company has also established its headquarters in the Mecca of the watch industry. Reason? Proximity to watch know-how, taxation, the quality image of "Swiss Made”,… you name it.

Do you like change? Then buy your new Anonimo at a great price or let us change your dial!

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  1. Sailor
    Sailor
    €3,230.00 Now Only €1,550.00
  2. Nautilo
    Nautilo
    €1,950.00 Now Only €1,090.00
  3. Nautilo
    Nautilo
    €1,950.00 Now Only €1,090.00
  4. Nautilo
    Nautilo
    €2,950.00 Now Only €1,690.00



Green Is The New Blue

Whether you love them or hate them, green watches are hot. Surprisingly, this hasn’t always been the case. Today, many brands try to experiment with the color green in their own way. Just a few years ago, green watches were as uncommon as red, orange or purple watches are today. They were more seen as a gimmick than as a watch to wear on a daily basis.

 

green is the new blue

Today, we are going to see which watches had a great influence in making the color green mainstream in watchmaking.

Rolex Submariner LV

Since the release of the new updated 2020 green Submariner, the green Submariner has had 3 big variations: 16610LV (known as the Kermit, made from 2003 until 2010), 116610LV, (known as the Hulk, made from 2010 until 2020), and the latest 126610LV (known as the Starbucks, released in 2020 and still in production). Every model has of course their own variations, but it’s easy to consider these 3 as different models.

The 16610LV ‘Kermit’ was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner in 2003. Even though the latest 126610LV is the only model that is still in production, all three reference numbers are very popular today and highly sought after.

Rolex Daytona 116508 ‘John Mayer’

Another Rolex that has played a huge roll in the mainstream popularity of the color green is the 116508 Daytona, known as the ‘John Mayer’ Daytona.

The watch was released in 2016, together with the stainless steel 116500LN Daytona’s. These steel Daytona’s were such an immense success that they stole all the attention. Meanwhile, models like the yellow gold case with green dial 116508 and white gold case with blue dial 116509 were completely overshadowed. It was until John Mayer claimed in a Hodinkee video in 2019 that he believed that these watches were underrated and that they could be ‘the next big thing’. A few days after the release of the video, the watch became unavailable at retailers and the value of the watch instantly shot up.

Rolex often uses green with their ‘celebrational’ models, where a green dial or bezel is added to an existing model. Think of the 117618LN GMT Master 2 green dial, the olive green Day-Date 40 and the above mentioned 16610LV Kermit.

Panerai

Panerai is a brand that definitely shouldn’t go unmentioned.

The Panerai Luminor with bronze case and green dial, aka the ‘Bronzo’ was a huge hit when it was released. When people were accusing Panerai that ‘all their watches looked the same’ they responded with the bombshell that was the Bronzo.

A fully bronze Luminor case with a green dial was the right way to refresh their image. Today, bronze is commonly used material in watchmaking, but in 2010, a bronze case was a fairly ‘new’ thing, and green dials were just as rarely seen on sports watches.

10 years later, Panerai offers a large variety of bronze Luminors, as well as a beautiful selection of olive-dial Radiomirs.

IWC

IWC has had a few home runs while experimenting with green as well.

IWC doesn’t focus on one certain model or one particular shade of green, but they try to experiment and try different variations.

A few examples: the Spitfire IW326802 and Spitfire dual time zone IW327101 have a bronze case and matte khaki green dial. This gives it a very casual and sporty look. The Pilot Chronograph IW377726 on the other hand has a completely different vibe. The watch has been given a steek case and a ‘Racing Green’ sunburst dial with the classic chronograph layout. This gives it more of a classy, race style vibe.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Longines

If you know a thing or two about watches, you must certainly have heard from the brand Longines. Longines is one of the oldest watch brands that is still active today. The brand was founded in 1832, and is today more popular than it has ever been. Even though they currently are part of the Swatch group, they have had an independent status for over a century. Below, you can find 5 facts you did not know about Longines.

Longines is the watch brand with the oldest trademark

Brand love rebranding. Being called ‘old-fashioned’ might be one of the worst labels a brand can receive. Even though Longines has always been relevant, they also have continued to use their famous winged hourglass logo since 1867. The style of the logo has of course changed a few times, but the famous winged hourglass has always been part of the signature logo. This has made them very recognizable. 

Longines HQ is still in the same place as it was in 1832

When you start a small business, you usually don’t start in a huge industrial area. Most businesses move to a more suitable area once they start growing. 

Longines is one of the few brands (if not the only brand) who did not relocate. They are still active in the same Swiss village Saint-Imier, as when they started in 1832.

Longines revolutionized air travel

Charles August Lindenberg was an American/Swedish aviator, military officer and politician. 

In 1927, Lindenbergh flew across the North Atlantic in one flight.  Back then, this was a task only reserved for the best and most skilled pilots. Even the most experienced pilots could easily get lost, since planes had very few tools to navigate. Pilots had to use the sun, their compass and their gut feeling to navigate. 

Lindenbergh teamed up with Longines to create the Lindenbergh Hour Angle watch. This watch helped pilots to calculate their precise location by using longitude and latitude. 

Because of this tool, air travel was not only reserved for the military anymore. The tool made it much easier to calculate the location without upgrading your airplane. This made it easier and more accessible for ‘everyday people’ to start playing around with small aircrafts. 

Albert Einstein was a Longines fan & collector

Few people know this, but Albert Einstein was a big watch fanatic. 

It is known that Einstein bought at least two Longines watches for himself. One can be seen in the Bern Historical Museum in Switzerland, the other was auctioned for $596,000 in 2008. 

Next to his Longines collection, Einstein also owned a Patek Philippe pocket watch. Patek Philippe actually had an advertisement in 1980 saying ‘Einstein’s timepiece was a Patek Philippe’ showing a Patek Philippe Eclipse, while in fact he only owned a pocket watch. False information or clever choice of words?  

Longines once had the record of thinnest watch

In the late seventies, there was a race between Swiss luxury watchmakers to produce the thinnest watch. Longines took the crown in 1979 with a 1.98mm Feuille D’Or (gold leaf in French)

The Feuille D’Or was the first watch ever to be thinner than 2mm. Forty years later, many brands still struggle to make watches thinner than 2mm.

Today, the quest for the thinnest quartz watch has lost its popularity, but is taken over for the quest for the thinnest automatic watch. The Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept currently holds the crown. The Altiplano Ultimate concept is only 2mm and was released in 2018.

Longines is a Bond watch

All right, this title might be misleading. James Bond never actually wore a Longines. That prestigious title is mainly reserved for Omega, but Longines can be seen in the latest three James Bond movies: Casino Royal, Skyfall and Spectre. 

In Casino Royale, a Longines Evidenza Chronograph can be seen on Le Chiffre’s wrist while playing poker. 

Another Evidenza can be seen in Skyfall on the wrist of Doctor Hall, the MI6 psychologist who had to test 007 to see he was fit for duty again. 

The assassin from the train-fight in the same movie fights for his life wearing a Legend Diver with a black strap. If you have seen the movie, you know things did not end well for the assassin, nor for the watch .

In the last movie, M (Ralph Fiennes, even though M will always be Dame Judy Dench in our hearts) wears a Longines Conquest Heritage.