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Daniel Craig Sports the New Omega DeVille- Florida Gold Store

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Since 2006 Daniel Craig has become synonymous with the Omega brand of watches ever since he donned a tux and a  Omega watch in the James Bond movie, Casino Royale. There was much controversy over the decision to choose blond-haired Craig for the traditionally black-haired bond; what caused little controversy was the watch on Craigs wrist. This new bond needed a watch that was both masculine and elegant, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model 2900.50.91 was chosen. The Planet Ocean has a diameter of 45.5 mm and was on a sporty black rubber band with a black dial. This was the first time an Omega watch was shown in a Bond film with a black dial, all other Omegas had a blue dial. Later in the film Bond is shown wearing a Coaxial version of Omega Seamaster Professional with a blue dial model 222.80.00. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond only wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M  model 2201.50.00 with  Coaxial technology, black dial and a stainless steel strap.

Today Daniel Craig is one of Omega’s biggest watch ambassadors and is often seeing wearing some amazing timepieces from their collection. Lately he has been spotted wearing an Omega DeVille Hour Vision Blue. This is a special version of the DeVille which was created in support of ORBIS International and its fight against preventable blindness.

The beautiful wristwatch features a sleek steel case with a leather strap and a stunning metallic blue dial with a sun-brushed design. The stainless steel case is considerably more slim than Omega’s large watches such as the Seamaster, measuring 41 mm. The watch has Omega’s most celebrated movement, the Co-Axial caliber 8500 which is viewable through the sapphire crystal on the caseback. The model number for this new edition is 431.33.41.21.03.001.

ORBIS is an organization which delivers eye care to some of the world’s most remote and developing regions; founded in 1982 ORBIS has helped over 12 million people receive medical care. Omega has agreed to donate one million dollars from its sale of this special edition.

Raymond Lee Jewelers’ showroom has many Omega watches for sale at incredible prices. If you are not looking for a wristwatch we are also Florida Gold Store, we buy and sell gold at competitive rates.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

John Travolta’s Watch of Choice The Breitling Navitimer- Watch Repair

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We have covered the interesting history behind Breitling‘s Navitimer in the past. This amazing timepiece with its unique sliding rule bezel was released in 1952. It became an immediate hit with pilots and aviation enthusiasts, so much so that the International Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association chose it as their official timepiece. It was famously worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965). This watch has become a favorite of many pilots who have turned to Breitling for their watch needs. Watch Repair.

With this in mind it is no wonder why John Travolta eagerly agreed to become the official Breitling brand ambassador and is featured in many of their advertisements. John Travolta is a well known and experienced pilot, he has spent more than 5,000 hours in the air and is certified to fly several types of planes. He owns five plans: a customized Boeing 707, three Gulfstream jets and a Lear jet and even has his own 1.4 mile  runway at his home in Florida. Mr. Travolta famously flew his Boeing 707 to Haiti in 2010 with disaster relief supplies, volunteers and doctors. The actor/pilot has been a Breitling ambassador since 2005 and often wears these watches on a daily basis.

Raymond Lee Jewelers has many Breitling watches on sale for amazingly low prices.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 3: Gadget Watch- Watch Sell

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Pierce Brosnan’s last film as bond was Die Another Day in 2002, he was well into his late forties and it was decided that a younger actor should portray Bond in the next series of films. The Bond series would spend four years on hiatus and the next film in the series would be a startling departure from the CGI laden and formulaic movies of the past. Casino Royal was released in 2006 with blond haired Daniel Craig portraying James Bond. The new film was more realistic, darker and  featured few gadgets. Craig’s Bond still retained an impeccable sense of style but was more rugged then Bonds of the past.

This new bond needed a watch that was both masculine and elegant, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean model 2900.50.91 was chosen. The Planet Ocean has a diameter of 45.5 mm and was on a sporty black rubber band with a black dial. This was the first time an Omega watch was shown in a Bond film with a black dial, all other Omegas had a blue dial. Later in the film Bond is shown wearing a Coaxial version of Omega Seamaster Professional with a blue dial model 222.80.00. In Quantum of Solace, James Bond only wears a Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M  model 2201.50.00 with  Coaxial technology, black dial and a stainless steel strap.

Bond’s various watches were not always just a stylish accessory, many watches were issued through Q-Branch and were modified with different gadgets. Here are some of the most notable gadget watches in order of appearance:

-From Russia With Love (1963): The first gadget watch sell to be featured in a film belonged to the villain. This ordinary looking wrist watch with a brown leather strap had a small crown, when pulled, a long steel wire would retract like a tape measure which could be used as a garrote.

-Thunderball (1965): This movie featured a Breitling ‘Top Time’ Diver Chrono with a working Geiger Counter.

-Live and Let Die (19730: A Rolex Submariner had an incredible strong electromagnet that could deflect a bullet. It also had a spinning bezel that could act as a small rotating saw.

-Moonraker (1979): A Seiko m354 Memory Bank Wristwatch that had a removable case back which housed a powerful explosive charge and denotation wire.

-For Your Eyes Only (1981): Seiko H357 Analog Digital Display watch with a built-in satellite phone to receive calls direct from MI6 and the ability to display messages on its digital display.

GoldenEye (1995): Omega Seamaster that had a powerful laser which could cut through welded medal.

The World Is Not Enough (1999): Omega Seamaster with a miniature grappling hook which includes a 50 foot high tensile micro filament, able to support 800 pounds.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 2: Omega- Watch Sell

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In the early 1990’s Pierce Brosnan was announced as the new James Bond for the next set of films. The Bond Franchise had been on a six year hiatus and many believed that the series had become an icon of the past. In 1995 GoldenEye was released to great success, Brosnan revitalized the character and demonstrated that Bond could still be relevant even after the fall of the Soviet Union. The new series of films featured the Omega Seamaster Professional Diver Quartz model 2541.80, an elegant full size watch with a  blue dial, blue bezel on a stainless steel bracelet.

In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), 007 switched to the automatic chronometer version, model 2531.80. In The World Is Not Enough (1999), he again is wearing the model 2531.80. The model of choice continues with the 2531.80 in Die Another Day (2002). These are the only two models that Bond wears in the four films. Pierce Brosnan had a separate contract deal with Omega in which he promoted different models of Omega watches that were not featured in the Bond films.

The departure from Rolex to Omega was not an easy decision. James Bond had become synonymous with the Rolex Submariner and many fans balked at the mere thought of Bond wearing any other brand. The producers of GoldenEye wanted to update Bond’s style and give him a more “Euro” look. Rolex of the past was known for its technical superiority but Rolex of today is known more for its brand recognition. The producers felt Bond would choose a watch that had style but would not attract extra attention or make a statement like the Rolex does currently. Thus the Omega Seamaster was chosen.

Financial reasons also played a part in the decision to change watch sell brands. Rolex is well known for not participating in high-profile co-promotions, instead relying on its superior quality to market the brand. Product marketing deals has become a large part of modern films and Omega was willing to participate and provided products to be involved in co-marketing arrangements.

Stay tuned for part 3.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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James Bond Watches Part 1: Rolex- Watch Sell

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The character James Bond 007 was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming. A suave and sophisticated secret agent with a penchant for woman, danger and gadgets. James Bond had a classic sense of style that many have come to admire and emulate over the years. Perhaps the most revered aspect of Bond’s style are the watches he wears on his wrist. Many of which Raymond Lee Jewelers has for sale.

The first watch sell to be worn by James Bond on the big screen was the Rolex Submariner 6538A. Worn by Sean Connery in the film Dr. No, this watch would become the signature Bond watch for the next decade and considered by many collectors to be the only true James Bond Submariner. Nine films would put Rolex in the spotlight, with different variations of the Submariner being used throughout filming. The 6200 with its larger winding crown and non-crown guard case is also considered a collectors item.

Sean Connery played the role of James Bond for five films and then George Lazenby took over the role for the sixth film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sean Connery returned to the role of Bond in Diamonds Are Forever in which Bond had a Submariner Date. Roger Moore who played Bond for the 8th film Live and Let Die (1973) wore a slightly different Rolex, the 5513.

For more then a decade the Rolex would not be featured in a Bond film, instead the secret agent was sporting Seiko digital or digital/analogue hybrids. This move to digitization like many of the trends that swept the 80’s was soon forgotten and hopefully will never be reprised. Bond was back to sporting the beautiful and timeless Submariner in The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989).

Stay tuned for Part 2!

Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Breitling Navitimer: A History

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The Navitimer wrist watch was launched by Breitling in 1952 and to this day has accumulated a worldwide following for both the newer and older models.

How did this particular model become so popular as to be worn by Raquel Welch as a skydiving spy in the film Fathom (1967) and by Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball (1965)? It all started in 1884 when Leon Breitling established a factory in the watchmaking town of Saint-Imier in the Swiss Jura mountains. Breitling at the time had the intention of turning out timepieces that would be equipped to perform functions well beyond merely imparting the time of day. To start with, he made pocket chronographs – event stopwatches for all kinds of occasions – and they were robust in their manufacture.

As World War I broke out Leon’s son Gaston took over the running of the company. To meet wartime requirements, Breitling manufactured wristwatches with luminous dials and hands, and a chronograph mechanism. After Gaston’s death, it wasn’t until 1932 that his son Willy assumed control over the company. Not long after, Willy was overseeing the production of over forty chronograph models, as well as the first one with two buttons. By this time Breitling had identified the aviation industry as a major growth area. This notion was correct as it was confirmed with a large contract from Britain’s Royal Air Force in 1936 for the supply of chronographs and cockpit clocks.

In 1952 when Breitling launched its Navitimer model, it was quickly adopted by the international Aircraft Owners’ and Pilots’ Association as its official timepiece. The Navitimer was favored for its chronograph timing in hours, minutes, and seconds, and also a slide rule around the outside of the face. This consisted of a mobile outer scale, engraved with numeric scales, actioned by rotating the bezel, for use with a fixed scale marked around the rim.  Such a feature allowed pilots to make in-flight calculations to gauge how much fuel remained in relation to miles already travelled, or at what speed, related to the total journey time, the plane should be flying.

During this period in the 1950s, Breitling was also supplying cockpit clocks to aeroplane manufacturers such as Boeing, Douglas and Lockheed.  At this time, the first civilian jet aircraft  (De Havilland Comet) flew from London to Johannesburg with a Breitling clock on board for guidance.

Eventually, Breitling created a spacegoing version of the Navitimer, the Cosmonaute, which featured 24-hour markers because notions of day and night off the Earth were meaningless. This particular model was used by astronaut Scott Carpenter.

In 1969 Breitling released the first-ever automatic chronograph (the Calibre II, renamed to Calibre 12). This chronograph was the inspiration for the Navitimer Chrono-Matic. In 1976 an LED version of the Navitimer appeared, and this was eventually followed by an LCD model. Both are now collector’s pieces.

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Rolex Submariner: A History

Throughout the world in the 1950’s was a huge demand for diving watches. Scuba diving was becoming increasingly more popular and so too were it’s accompanying watches. Divers needed an accurate way of measuring how fast they were coming back to the surface and decompressing. DCI (decompression illness) was something they wanted to avoid at all costs.

By the year 1954 there were three models of the Rolex Submariner were for sale. These first versions did not show the depth on the dial like they do today. In the Rolex catalog it stated that two of the three were waterproof up to 200 meters or 660 feet and the other was 100 meters or 330 feet.

Also, these early models did not have the word “Submariner” written on the dial. Another lacking feature was the crown guards. The crown was exposed on these early models. The bezel was similar to today’s Submariner in that it is marked in 5 minute increments.

The name Submariner was not used for the watch until the 1960’s. There were many other names being considered such as Frogman, Skin Diver, or Dive-O-Graph but in the end Submariner won the battle.

Rolex kept making improvements to the Submariner. The luminous marking on the second hand was now towards the middle of the hand rather than at the end. Also the infamous Mercedes hands were invented where the hour hand seems to have a Mercedes symbol.

In the mid 1950’s one minute markers were introduced on the bezel between the first 15 minutes on the countdown.

Crown guards were also adopted around this time. The models before the crown guards were considered James Bond models because they appeared in the first four James Bond movies.

In 1966 Rolex added a date feature to the dial on the Submariner. Also, the word Submariner was written in red instead of white until 1974.

There were many contracts for the Submariner to be sold to different armies around the world. These watches came came with a cloth strap rather than a metal one.

By the 1980’s Rolex had installed a safety feature on the bezel. Previously the bezel could rotate in either direction, but Rolex realized it might rotate clockwise while underwater and make the diver climb to the surface faster. Now it can only rotate counter-clockwise.

Also in the 1980’s Rolex upgraded to a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Some of the weirdest watches ever produced were the Deep Sea Specials. These watches were enormous and created to show the waterproofing concept of screw-down crowns and gaskets. The Trieste model set a world record diving 3155 meters, which is over 10,000 feet. Years later it set another record going 11,000 meters or 35,798 feet.

The Rolex Submariner stands as one of Rolex’s most popular watches. It’s classic design is one sought after buy more than just divers. It is a popular watch that only seems to find more demand with every year passed.
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