Omega Seamaster 2561.80 Wrist Watch for Men

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Seamaster 2561.80 quartz is smaller version of first James Bond 007 Omega watch - review

Jan 14, 2006 (Updated Dec 27, 2006)
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Pros:Genuine Omega watch, virtually indistinguishable from full-sized version worn by 007 in GoldenEye.

Cons:Skeleton hands make it sometimes hard to read in certain light conditions.

The Bottom Line: You get a 100% authentic Omega Watch, only at a smaller size as compared to the one worn by Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye. Easier to read than full-sized version.


Man or woman, if you've got a 6.75" inch wrist or smaller, this is how you can still wear the James Bond 007 GoldenEye watch.

The Omega Seamaster 2561.80 is your choice.

The quartz watches worn by James Bond in GoldenEye have always had a special place in my heart. I mean, if you were modifying a watch for Q-Branch, wouldn't you start out with an electronic mechanism? Well, that's exactly what he did, with the model 2541.80 Seamaster in the first 007 film to feature Pierce Brosnan.

(See my exclusive Epinions review of the 2541.80 for complete details.)

But you're a man or a woman with a wrist that just doesn't have the span for the full-size worn by our MI6 agent. Your wrist bone is 53mm across and you've got two problems already. The 2541.80 bracelet doesn't start its transition arc until 52mm, and the deployant clasp is 48.5mm on the other side.

The lug-to-lug dimension of the Omega Seamaster 2561.80 is 92% as long as the full-sized. Now, 3.8mm may not seem like a lot to you, but it makes a huge difference in watch fitting.

Enough to put you into a James Bond style watch, to be exact.

But that's only the start of what you get when dealing with a precision watchmaker like Omega. Everything on this watch is exactingly scaled proportionately, from bezel to hands to bracelet.

So, because "you" are a scaled-down version of the actor portraying James Bond, your watch will appear to be of similar proportion to his. As a matter of fact, many experts with whom I regularly deal will tell you that it's hard to tell the difference between the full- and mid-sized versions at any sort of social distance without having them side-by-side.

Although I don't care for the skeleton hands on this series, the more compact dial presentation actually serves to make the 2561.80 an easier-to-read watch than the original GoldenEye version.

Bottom line: If you've been at all hesitant to purchase a quartz Bond watch that fits, wait no longer. Call your 2561.80 a Bond watch and keep the warranty card "for your eyes only."

Respectfully submitted for your consideration,
Dell Deaton

All of my Reviews related to wristwatches

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Omega Seamaster 2531.80 automatic chronometer (second watch worn by James Bond 007, Omega SA reference 25318000)
Omega Seamaster 2541.80 quartz (first watch worn by James Bond 007, Omega SA reference 25418000)
Omega Seamaster 2561.80 quartz (mid-sized version of first watch worn by James Bond 007, Omega SA reference 25618000)
Omega Planet Ocean 2900.50.91 automatic chronometer (third watch worn by James Bond 007, Omega SA reference 29005091)


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