FOR VISITORS’ EYES ONLY:
A JAMES BOND WATCH EXHIBIT: A 50-YEAR HISTORY THROUGH 2014
COLUMBIA, PA: History-making wristwatches of James Bond have returned to the National Watch & Clock Museum in a special exhibit now open and running through the end of 2014. Dell Deaton, author-creator of the James Bond Watches websites and social media outlets, is exhibit curator.
This James Bond Watch Exhibit inaugurates a newly, dedicated Wristwatch Gallery on the main floor of the Museum. Special displays will change every 12-18 months in the future.
"'James Bond' was an obvious way to introduce our Wristwatches Gallery as a whole," said Noel Poirier, Museum Director. "Our past Bond watch presentations have been quite popular, and we regularly get requests for more on James Bond's watches.
"It's a theme that provides both a hook and a solid way to organize highlights from five decades of watchmaking.
"Over the course of a little over 50 years, starting with the waning of Gruen as it stood among watchmakers in the late-1950s, through present-day Omega with its proprietary co-axial technology, 'Bond' gives us a unique means to periodically check in on developments through the 1960s, the quartz revolution, and premium-brand preferences of today. Ian Fleming and the James Bond movie history mark some of the most significant changes in style, power supplies, and our very definition of what a wristwatch can and should do."
Key to the selection of over a dozen unique timekeepers for display was a desire to show range, and even surprise visitors in some instances.
"Over the years, James Bond watch choices have played an important role in defining the character 'himself,'" notes Dell Deaton, exhibit curator. "Some watches convey sophistication, some show an agent equipped by Western Super-Powers with the very latest and greatest - even before the addition of Q-Branch gadgetry. We have mission-specific watches here, and others that seamlessly accompany Agent 007 from casino to combat without compromise."
The National Watch & Clock Museum is also proud to announce that this 2014 James Bond Watch Display features two original wristwatches worn by Bond.
The first, on special loan from the family and estate, is "the first literary James Bond watch," the personal watch of 007-creator Ian Fleming and his reference for the Rolex Explorer that he wrote onto James Bond's wrist in the 1963 On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Second, this display shows the Breitling for Bentley worn by Jeffery Deaver during his book promotion for Carte Blanche in 2011, "the watch" specified in that novel for Bond's undercover disguise in Africa.
"Anchoring the exhibit with Ian Fleming's vision of 'the James Bond watch' obviously invites comparison and debate in terms of choices we show people that have followed," adds Deaton.
"This is the first time ever, anywhere, that all (now seven) confirmed James Bond watchmakers have been displayed together: Breitling, Gruen, Hamilton (Pulsar), Omega, Rolex, Seiko, and TAG Heuer - with screen-accurate models from Dr. No in 1962 and Skyfall in 2012. We don't pick favorites, of course. But I suspect that many visitors will try to, and that's fine. Engaging thought and passion is fundamentally what this show is all about."
An added thrill for visitors is a dedicated micro-site, accessible by most Smartphones via QR Code scan. Optimized for mobile screen sizes and connection speeds, the key feature of this App allows visitors to watch specially produced videos on each watch, running, and performing in many of the elements for which it was designed - James Bond style!
Once linked, visitors will enjoy ongoing access to the micro-site, from any location where they have an Internet connection. But the exact URL is being reserved "For Visitors' Eyes Only" throughout run of this exhibit.
The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with over 15,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.museumoftime.org.
Dell Deaton is an internationally recognized expert in Ian Fleming and James Bond watches. Among his original research and credited discoveries, he was first to document the real-world basis for the literary James Bond watch; all wristwatch models supplied by Seiko UK to the movies; and both TAG Heuer watches worn by the 007 character in The Living Daylights, among other achievements. Most recently, Dell Deaton identified the Gruen Precision wristwatch worn by Sean Connery as the very first movie-Bond watch in Dr. No, and in another four movies following.
See JamesBondWatches.com for more information.