Question: How does a secret agent tell the time?

Answer: With his high-performance, handcrafted chronometer, of course.

The Omega Seamaster Professional Diver is a self-winding, mechanically driven timepiece that will happily tick on in the most extreme of conditions. Whether you are 10,000 leagues under the sea or deep in outer space it remains absolutely faithful to the last second.

James Bond may have gone Euro with his Italian suits and his German car, but his Swiss watch has quite a pedigree. It was made by the same people who made sure the Speedmaster Professional was on Neil Armstrong's wrist as he stepped on to the Moon in 1969. The world held its breath but the Omega Speedmaster ticked on. The Moon Watch is still available today, and is inscribed with the words "Flight qualified by Nasa for all manned space missions. The first watch worn on the Moon."

When James Bond embarks on his latest mission in GoldenEye, M sends him to Q who dispatches him with the diver's equivalent of the Moon Watch, the Seamaster. In true Bond style, the watch has been adapted for 007's special needs and includes a laser and a detonator.

The latest Bond gadget has withstood the most uncompromising tests and, what's more, it could solve the Christmas gift conundrum for all Bond wannabes. It may be less effective than a golden gun - it won't surreptitiously kill your local Scaramanga with a poisoned dart - but it is a mighty stylish timepiece guaranteed to make them green with envy.

Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is to locate this high-performance chronometer. Its qualities are legendary. When you find it, guard it with your life. Good luck. This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds.

Watches in the Omega Seamaster Range (priced pounds 695 to pounds 8,395) and the Omega Speedmaster Range (pounds 925 to pounds 7,395) are available from branches of Mapping & Webb and Watches of Switzerland nationwide.

SARAH EVANS

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