The man second in line to the British Crown knows a thing or two about tradition. So it’s not surprising that Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is a one-watch man. Whether he’s posing for an informal family portrait with wife Kate and baby George or—like the Royal Family did this week—visiting the Sydney Opera House, he is always wearing his Omega Seamaster.
The Seamaster in his majesty’s not-so-secret service is also known as the James Bond. Like 007, the timepiece is iconic because it is versatile and rugged enough for just about any situation. Introduced 1948 as a line of water-resistant dress-style watches, a decade later a dive watch version was introduced (Prince William is also a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot who has been involved in more than one dramatic at-sea rescue).
Prince William’s Professional model is a chronometer with a blue dial and steel case, battery-less quartz movement and is water resistant to 300m. Royal watch watchers will note that Prince William’s timepiece is a mid-sized model. That is because it said to have been a gift from his mother, the late Diana Spencer.