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Much thanks to everyone complimenting the article, think it got more attention here than on the site lol. Brought great cheer, and I hope you all find the straps you need xD
You can wear it with the buckle and loops all underneath, as long as you position the watch head just right. Don’t need to trim them or anything, and it has just the thickness on one strap (almost less than 1mm with the basic versions) Might fix both problems, and suits the Connery Colours in particular if you want that Bond look from having the NATO.
Not a large amount in my opinion, and it actually increases the security aspect, because the strap now has two fastening functions rather than one — like a strap and buckle version of a deployment clasp to some extent — and still retains the fundamental security function of the fact that a spring bar failure won’t lose your watch. I suspect it’s actually how it was originally designed to be used to be honest.
The shorter strap that usually sits under the watch is now folded back under the wrist instead — which can sometimes be more comfortable if anything.
It depends on how the strap is made (length particularly) and the wearer, and is a little more fiddly to put on until you get used to it mind you. The bonus is, because you aren’t cutting the strap or anything like that, you can switch back and forth.
This way a watch will still slide under your cuff, and you can probably tuck a playing card under your wrist to cheat at cards…
Here, this video shows it in action:
I used the crown from the Bond universe's MI6 logo, but perhaps it's a bit on the nose :D
I found this on YouTube earlier (even though it's over a decade old) and now I think it's the thing I want the most in the world :D
I've seen that video before, it's made by someone who was on AJB years back. How he got the face to rise while spinning just like the film prop, is really going the extra mile.
Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition
I opted for this design...
The watch features include...
Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.
Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.
Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.
If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.
Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.
See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.
Whether you’re hiking, mountain biking, trail running or skiing, you’ll have access to multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.
Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.
Keep track of a known place — such as your car or the trailhead — relative to your location, and easily find your way back to it.
Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch when paired with your compatible smartphone.
CONNECT IQ™ STORE
Download custom watch faces, add data fields, and get apps and widgets from the Connect IQ Store app on your compatible smartphone.
GARMIN PAY™ CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS
Breeze through checkout lines and select transit systems with Garmin Pay contactless payments through participating providers.
SAFETY AND TRACKING FEATURES
When your watch and phone are paired, your live location can be sent to your contacts manually or — during select outdoor activities — automatically with built-in incident Detection2.
Easily see your plans for the day with a dedicated calendar screen when paired with your compatible smartphone.
SYNC WITH THE GARMIN CONNECT™ APP
See your health and fitness information all in one place. The Garmin Connect app on your compatible smartphone is a thriving online community where people on the go can connect, compete and share.
BUILT-IN SPORTS APPS
Do whatever you love with preloaded activity profiles for running, cycling, swimming, strength training, indoor climbing, virtual running, golf, yoga and more.
This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.
Train smarter with VO2 max, an indicator of how you can expect to perform. It even accounts for changes in performance that could be caused by heat or altitude.
DAILY WORKOUT SUGGESTIONS
For training guidance that takes you and your fitness level into account, get daily recommendations based on your current training load and training status.
After each workout, recovery time lets you know when you’ll be ready for another hard workout. It even accounts for training intensity and factors such as stress, daily activity and sleep.
Track the details of every ride with mountain biking metrics plus specialised Grit™ and Flow™ measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly you descend, giving you a score to beat next time.
Get a continuous measurement on your wrist of how much power you’re applying to the road as you run when using a Running Dynamics Pod or HRM-Pro™ monitor.
WRIST-BASED HEART RATE
Get estimated heart rate3 data along with alerts if your heart rate stays too high or too low while you’re at rest. Gauge how hard your heart is working during activities.
Heart rate variability is used to calculate your stress level score, so you can see if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day.
SLEEP SCORE AND ADVANCED SLEEP MONITORING
Get a full breakdown of your light, deep and REM sleep stages. View it all on a dedicated widget that includes your sleep score and insights.
BODY BATTERY™ ENERGY MONITORING
Optimise your body’s energy reserves, using heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest.
For altitude acclimation or sleep monitoring, a Pulse Ox sensor4 uses light beams at your wrist to estimate how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
This feature uses chronological age, your weekly vigorous activity, resting heart rate and BMI to estimate if your body is younger or older than you are. Get tips to lower your fitness age.
Track how many minutes of vigorous activity you’re getting, when you earn them and during which activity. You can even view them as a data field during timed activities.
Log daily fluid intake as a reminder to stay hydrated. When auto goal is enabled, you’ll even see estimated sweat loss after an activity, and your goal will adjust accordingly.
I personally think it would absolutely make sense for Bond to wear a dedicated tactical smartwatch - possibly something like the one @Fire_and_Ice_Returns posted - on a tactical mission. Obviously spruced up a bit by Q Branch. I believe some fans are strictly against stuff like that, and I don't think I'd enjoy weird smartwatch features being shoved into an Omega watch, but these watches exist, so why not have him use one in a fitting situation? Arguably, a lot of the watches Bond has worn were tech-forward for their time. We'd obviously want him wearing a dress watch in other parts of the film.
The obvious reason why this will not happen anytime soon is that Omega doesn't produce a smartwatch and I am not aware of any other brand in the Swatch Group having one in the line-up.
But I'd like to see a gadget which suits the form of a watch- Spectre and NTTD's gadget features could have been installed in anything really; they could have been pens or lighters or anything, and I'd much prefer to see something like LALD's buzzsaw where it's actually the shape of the watch or where you wear it which is part of the gadget design. I just find that more pleasing. I guess TWINE's piton watch sort of counts too, whereas GE's laser doesn't for me.
Maybe as a wink to the books, it could have a gadget feature which makes the bracelet go rigid, so Bond can take it off and use it as a knuckle duster without actually breaking his fingers. Perhaps it's a staser knuckle duster.
I've thought that it might be nice to put a super bright stun flash in the face of a watch; so when Bond is captured at gunpoint from behind he puts his hands up in surrender and then - flash! The goon is disorientated and Bond can sock him in the jaw.
He had a stun flash 'flare' function in his watch in the Solstice comic - there's a nice humorous twist to it later on in the story, if you haven't read it. I like having it stun the guy behind him, that would work well.
That buzzsaw Submariner! Wow!
Unlocking a computer is handy, I will have to see if I can do that with mine.
Very nice watch. I have a Garmin Fenix5x Sapphire and it is my single favorite piece of EDC gear. I use it for everything. It can do SO MUCH. I've always thought it was a very Bond gear item even if it's not a fancy Omega or Rolex. I have an Omega as well but I wear my Garmin 99% of the time.
I have some adhesive magnetic tape so I can improvise lol
I had a look at the Fenix models, Garmin do some very impressive smart watches. I could have opted for the cheaper Instnct 2 standard edition though I as I am often out trekking for long periods the Solar Power function will be handy and then I thought I may as well just get the additional Tactical features. I have used the watch several times now whilst out training and its absolutely amazing what these watches can do.
I have yet to have an extensive look at Garmin Connect IQ store with additional apps and widgets.
I'm wearing a Forerunner 245 Music right now, which is very good for tracking all kinds of things and allows me to go on a run and listen to music without having to lug my phone around. Just like a semi-recent post I did in the gadgets thread about fun ways to finally use smartphones, they could certainly do a lot of cool stuff with smartwatches or smartwatch-like functions.
I wonder if Omega/Swatch Group ever wants to do something similar to Frederique Constant who have a line of smartwatches that still have a traditional, hand-based clockface (which automatically sets itself, if you change timezones), but also a small digital display and a bunch of sensors in there.
If they ever were to go that way (which I'm not sure they will), a Bond film would be tailor-made to introduce the watch.
Currently Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition only has music control as far as I am aware though there is plenty of storage for a potential upgrade, some reviewers said it is likely to happen. It was not so much a deal breaker for me as I don't tend to listen to music when out running or walking though admittedly it would be a nice feature to have.
An ideal smart Bond watch would be a classic piece with all the optional extra's added.