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  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Nice. Made by Bond fans.
  • JustJamesJustJames London
    Posts: 203
    That is a nice looking watch… checking it out now.

    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
  • JustJamesJustJames London
    Posts: 203
    mtm wrote: »
    I've tried all sorts of adjustment on them, can never get them to sit in a way which isn't uncomfortable. But thanks, maybe I'll have a look if I eve put one back on one :)
    I don't massively like the way they make them sit so high anyway.

    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.

    Like so:

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  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    Does that not leave you with a large amount of folded fabric under your wrist? May as well just get a canvas conventional strap as you've lost the security aspect of the Nato with that which is kind of its main purpose I thought.
  • JustJamesJustJames London
    edited January 2023 Posts: 203
    mtm wrote: »
    Does that not leave you with a large amount of folded fabric under your wrist? May as well just get a canvas conventional strap as you've lost the security aspect of the Nato with that which is kind of its main purpose I thought.

    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…

    Edit:
    Here, this video shows it in action:

  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    Okay thanks, I'll give it a go.
  • imranbecksimranbecks Singapore
    Posts: 972
    Giving the nato a rest today. Back on the bracelet with Bond's Aqua Terra as worn in Spectre and in NTTD today ;)
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  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited February 2023 Posts: 14,934
    That fan-started Bond watch homage made me want to have a play- I know he's never worn one, but how about this for a 007-inspired dial design on an Explorer homage? :D

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    I used the crown from the Bond universe's MI6 logo, but perhaps it's a bit on the nose :D
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Not bad. For this watch, I would brand it 'Fleming'.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    That's a nice thought. Should find an Oyster Perpetual homage really!
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Last year I bought two replica Explorer 1 cases and the riveted bracelets to make a couple of display mock-ups. They were selling on ebay. Must get back to those projects.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    Replicas of book Bond's watch?

    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

  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Not quite the book watch, but that would be cool. I'm doing a mock-up of Fleming's Explorer, which may or may not be intended to be the same one in the books. From memory, Bond's was an Oyster Perpetual but not confirmed as an Explorer.

    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.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
    edited February 2023 Posts: 23,271
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  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
    edited February 2023 Posts: 23,271
    I don't have a Bond watch though I just bought a new military grade watch I think Bond would find useful..
    Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition

    02-f883d1b7-1af5-4281-9d0f-522a69d4fb83.png

    I opted for this design...
    instinct-2-solar-tactical-black-pd-02-lg.jpg
    The watch features include...
    NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY
    Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.

    STEALTH MODE

    Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.

    DUAL-FORMAT GPS
    Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.

    KILL SWITCH
    If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.

    JUMPMASTER MODE
    Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    TACTICAL ACTIVITY

    See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.

    MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT
    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.

    ABC SENSORS
    Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

    TRACBACK® ROUTING
    Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.

    REFERENCE 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.

    SMART NOTIFICATIONS
    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.

    CALENDAR VIEW
    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.

    HIIT WORKOUTS
    This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.

    VO2 MAX
    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.

    RECOVERY TIME
    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.

    MTB DYNAMICS
    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.

    RUNNING POWER
    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.

    STRESS TRACKING

    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.

    PULSE OX
    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.

    FITNESS AGE
    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.

    INTENSITY MINUTES
    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.

    HYDRATION TRACKING

    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.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
    Posts: 1,351
    So what are everyone's opinion on the whole smartwatch situation?
    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.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    edited February 2023 Posts: 13,896
    I could see him wearing something like that on a stealth mission, sure. Personally I'd love him to wear an all PVD with steel bracelet and radar screen function or similar during a covert scene. Green lighting on black looks good. I was looking at buying a black PVD Seamaster homage a while back and they are quite striking.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    I have nothing against smartwatch features on an Omega- much like the GoldenEye video game really! I think it would make sense for Bond to receive data on his watch as other people do.
    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.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    One of the ideas for my unfinished Bond story from 2012 is, he had a watch with super strong bracelet and spring bars, and he uses it as a handcuff to restrain a henchman he just knocked out. The bracelet could retract and tighten by twisting the bezel. I agree about using the form of the design in the gadget, has more of a novel custom vibe to it, like they put in a bit more effort into the prop.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    I like the handcuff idea; that's a lot of fun!

    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.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Thanks mate, the handcuff idea has a whiff of plausibility to it, I think.

    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.
  • imranbecksimranbecks Singapore
    Posts: 972
    mtm wrote: »
    Replicas of book Bond's watch?

    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


    That buzzsaw Submariner! Wow!
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
    Posts: 23,271
    I am not a fan of the majority of Smart Watches, I only bought the Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition for its practical functionality. I am mainly using it for strength training running/hiking and cycling. It has 5 buttons and not a touch screen thankfully and I like the retro look and minimalist monochrome screen.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    Posts: 14,934
    I love traditional watches but the usefulness of smart watches is great. Just that it unlocks my computer without passwords is almost reason enough! :)
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
    Posts: 23,271
    mtm wrote: »
    I love traditional watches but the usefulness of smart watches is great. Just that it unlocks my computer without passwords is almost reason enough! :)

    Unlocking a computer is handy, I will have to see if I can do that with mine.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,896
    Ah, but can it unzip a dress?
  • BMWTREKPSEBMWTREKPSE Colorado
    Posts: 105
    I don't have a Bond watch though I just bought a new military grade watch I think Bond would find useful..
    Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition

    02-f883d1b7-1af5-4281-9d0f-522a69d4fb83.png

    I opted for this design...
    instinct-2-solar-tactical-black-pd-02-lg.jpg
    The watch features include...
    NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY
    Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.

    STEALTH MODE

    Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.

    DUAL-FORMAT GPS
    Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.

    KILL SWITCH
    If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.

    JUMPMASTER MODE
    Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    TACTICAL ACTIVITY

    See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.

    MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT
    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.

    ABC SENSORS
    Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

    TRACBACK® ROUTING
    Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.

    REFERENCE 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.

    SMART NOTIFICATIONS
    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.

    CALENDAR VIEW
    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.

    HIIT WORKOUTS
    This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.

    VO2 MAX
    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.

    RECOVERY TIME
    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.

    MTB DYNAMICS
    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.

    RUNNING POWER
    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.

    STRESS TRACKING

    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.

    PULSE OX
    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.

    FITNESS AGE
    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.

    INTENSITY MINUTES
    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.

    HYDRATION TRACKING

    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.

    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.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
    edited February 2023 Posts: 23,271
    QBranch wrote: »
    Ah, but can it unzip a dress?

    I have some adhesive magnetic tape so I can improvise lol
    BMWTREKPSE wrote: »
    I don't have a Bond watch though I just bought a new military grade watch I think Bond would find useful..
    Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition

    02-f883d1b7-1af5-4281-9d0f-522a69d4fb83.png

    I opted for this design...
    instinct-2-solar-tactical-black-pd-02-lg.jpg
    The watch features include...
    NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY
    Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.

    STEALTH MODE

    Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.

    DUAL-FORMAT GPS
    Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.

    KILL SWITCH
    If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.

    JUMPMASTER MODE
    Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    TACTICAL ACTIVITY

    See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.

    MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT
    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.

    ABC SENSORS
    Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

    TRACBACK® ROUTING
    Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.

    REFERENCE 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.

    SMART NOTIFICATIONS
    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.

    CALENDAR VIEW
    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.

    HIIT WORKOUTS
    This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.

    VO2 MAX
    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.

    RECOVERY TIME
    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.

    MTB DYNAMICS
    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.

    RUNNING POWER
    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.

    STRESS TRACKING

    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.

    PULSE OX
    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.

    FITNESS AGE
    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.

    INTENSITY MINUTES
    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.

    HYDRATION TRACKING

    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.

    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 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.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
    Posts: 1,351
    QBranch wrote: »
    Ah, but can it unzip a dress?

    I have some adhesive magnetic tape so I can improvise lol
    BMWTREKPSE wrote: »
    I don't have a Bond watch though I just bought a new military grade watch I think Bond would find useful..
    Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition

    02-f883d1b7-1af5-4281-9d0f-522a69d4fb83.png

    I opted for this design...
    instinct-2-solar-tactical-black-pd-02-lg.jpg
    The watch features include...
    NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY
    Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.

    STEALTH MODE

    Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.

    DUAL-FORMAT GPS
    Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.

    KILL SWITCH
    If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.

    JUMPMASTER MODE
    Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    TACTICAL ACTIVITY

    See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.

    MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT
    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.

    ABC SENSORS
    Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

    TRACBACK® ROUTING
    Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.

    REFERENCE 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.

    SMART NOTIFICATIONS
    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.

    CALENDAR VIEW
    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.

    HIIT WORKOUTS
    This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.

    VO2 MAX
    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.

    RECOVERY TIME
    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.

    MTB DYNAMICS
    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.

    RUNNING POWER
    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.

    STRESS TRACKING

    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.

    PULSE OX
    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.

    FITNESS AGE
    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.

    INTENSITY MINUTES
    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.

    HYDRATION TRACKING

    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.

    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 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.
  • Fire_and_Ice_ReturnsFire_and_Ice_Returns I am trying to get away from this mountan!
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    QBranch wrote: »
    Ah, but can it unzip a dress?

    I have some adhesive magnetic tape so I can improvise lol
    BMWTREKPSE wrote: »
    I don't have a Bond watch though I just bought a new military grade watch I think Bond would find useful..
    Instinct® 2 Solar Tactical Edition

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    I opted for this design...
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    The watch features include...
    NIGHT VISION COMPATIBILITY
    Switch between daytime view and night time view with a screen designed to be read by night vision goggles.

    STEALTH MODE

    Go dark by enabling stealth mode to stop storing and sharing your GPS position and disable wireless connectivity and communication.

    DUAL-FORMAT GPS
    Dual-format GPS coordinates with latitude and longitude references offer unparalleled situational awareness.

    KILL SWITCH
    If security becomes an issue, the kill switch wipes the device of all user memory.

    JUMPMASTER MODE
    Calculate high-altitude release points according to military guidelines while navigating to your objective once you’ve jumped.

    TACTICAL ACTIVITY

    See time, pace, time of day, elevation and your location in both coordinate types.

    MULTI-GNSS SUPPORT
    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.

    ABC SENSORS
    Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and 3-axis electronic compass.

    TRACBACK® ROUTING
    Take the guesswork out of your return journey by using this feature to navigate the same route back to your starting point.

    REFERENCE 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.

    SMART NOTIFICATIONS
    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.

    CALENDAR VIEW
    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.

    HIIT WORKOUTS
    This activity profile tracks your HIIT workouts, including AMRAP, EMOM, Tabata and custom. Set the number of rounds, work/rest intervals and more.

    VO2 MAX
    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.

    RECOVERY TIME
    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.

    MTB DYNAMICS
    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.

    RUNNING POWER
    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.

    STRESS TRACKING

    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.

    PULSE OX
    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.

    FITNESS AGE
    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.

    INTENSITY MINUTES
    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.

    HYDRATION TRACKING

    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.

    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 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.
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