Captain Sir Tom Moore tells the time with a limited edition fake Omega Seamaster Commander made for the James Bond franchise, which Pierce Brosnan wore in Goldeneye.
And then a hero comes along… In a year when so many have lost elderly friends and relatives due to the Covid-19 crisis, GQ’s Inspiration Of The Year and oldest ever cover star, raised more than £30 million in a charity walk for the NHS and, in the process, became the grandfather the nation needs right now. At age 100, Captain Tom is one of the last remaining members of the “Greatest Generation” – those selfless men and women who fought in the Second World War and somehow managed to return home with their humanity intact.
Of course, as a former military man, Captain Tom takes great pride in his appearance. His signature blue blazer with three medals pinned above the pocket (the 1939-45 Star, the Burma Star and the 1939-45 War Medal and, later, the 1939-45 Defence Medal, which he lost and was re-presented) became iconic this year. Captain Tom comes from a generation for whom wearing a watch is a deeply ingrained habit. Alongside combing your hair, tucking in your shirt and polishing your shoes, wearing a watch is simply what a grown man does – especially men with a military background.
Watch companies have always wanted their work on the wrists of heroes, because we men are often silly enough to believe that somehow a bit of that magic will rub off on us if we wear the same one as an explorer, soldier, sportsman or astronaut. You’ll be disappointed to learn that a lot of military men don’t bother with fancy watches. For instance, my girlfriend’s father, a retired RAF officer, wears a bog-standard quartz watch, which he cheerfully tells me glows in the dark.
Not so, however, in the case of Captain Sir Tom Moore, who tells the time with a perfect replica Omega Seamaster Commander, a limited edition made for the James Bond franchise, which Pierce Brosnan wore in Goldeneye. Its blue and white ceramic bezel is a nod to Commander Bond’s navy background, while on the bright red second hand, the immortal reference: “007” is clearly visible. A gift from a friend, Moore’s watch has “Captain Tom” engraved on the back. In short, it’s a watch fit for a hero. All of which begs the question, when is Omega going to release a Captain Sir Tom Moore special edition?