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Watchmakers International sponsors Ian Fleming’s Rolex in Bond Exhibit‏

February 15, 2010

COLUMBIA, PA:  For over 50 years, James Bond fans have had the need to know what watch Agent 007 wears. Fans fantasize:  They are James Bond when wearing his watch.

Vintage Rolex watches — similar to the Sean Connery Submariner in Dr. No, the George Lazenby pre-Daytona chronograph in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the Rolex Explorer worn by the literary Bond and author Ian Fleming — can be restored today to their original performance standards.

Bob Ridley of Watchmakers International gives a new lease on life to even the oldest (and most desirable) James Bond Rolex models, including those originally worn in the earliest Eon Productions films. Watchmakers International has also signed on as exclusive sponsor for display of Ian Fleming’s personal Rolex 1016 Explorer throughout the upcoming National Watch & Clock Museum exhibit, “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches,” June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011.

“These watches were meant to be worn,” says Ridley.  “My team makes that possible.”

This is particularly important to Bond watch owners.  “When I approached Bob with my own 1016 Explorer, my hope was that he could take it to a point where I could wear it on special occasions without a lot of worry,” recalls Dell Deaton, guest curator of the James Bond Watches exhibit.  “Bob said he could bring it back to a standard where I could wear it every day, the way it was designed to be worn.”

Vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 wristwatch with original Radium dial — just like James Bond wore in the 1963 novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Background items include a copy of that first edition book, a pre-publication Uncorrected Proof, and the very first publication of this story (part 1 of 3) in the April 1963 issue of Playboy magazine. Photo copyright http://www.jamesbondwatches.com, 2010.

“If you think about the 6538 Submariner that fans associate with the movie Goldfinger,” Ridley adds, “these Rolex watches are increasingly hard to find in any condition.  Proper functional restoration often begins by addressing neglect, water damage, and quite frequently the need to back-out previous misdirected repair issues.  With that, we almost always have to source Rolex parts or fabricate corrections based on a watch that even the most experienced Rolex researchers haven’t seen more than a handful of times in an entire career.

“By focusing only on the Rolex brand, we’ve developed that necessary familiarity.  We’ve also earned a respectable interface with Rolex technical support departments, with which we exchange information.”

At the same time, Watchmakers International brings a true collector’s eye to restorations — balancing desired performance against a commitment to retain investment value.  “The dial on my 1016 Explorer is cracking,” Dell Deaton notes.  “But replacement and even refinishing are out of the question:  My Rolex is just like what Ian Fleming saw on his wrist when he wrote that ‘Bond glanced at his watch’ in the final pages of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  That’s what I will still want to see after any work on it is done.”

“I gave Dell a number of proprietary options we’ve come up with for arresting the deterioration without any visual change to aesthetics,” Bob Ridley explains.  “These are things we have done for Watchmakers International clients that we’ve served for many, many years; the proof of longevity is reconfirmed upon intake inspection each time one of these watches comes back now for routine maintenance.”

“The addition of Bob Ridley, personally, and Watchmakers International, as a sponsor, raises an already high bar on what we expect this exhibit to deliver,” says Noel Poirier, director of the National Watch & Clock Museum.  “As an international association and repository for horology, our Museum and this exhibit can both show a great range of Bond-affiliated wristwatches, and then go beyond that to provide a great depth of understanding about how many of them functioned then and now, their design evolution paths, and, in particular to the Ian Fleming Rolex 1016 Explorer and related pieces, what their present condition tells them about their service to wearers as timekeepers.

“Watchmakers International is the ideal sponsor for the Ian Fleming Rolex as part of our ‘Bond Watches, James Bond Watches’ exhibit.  We’re truly honored to have them be a part of this.”

Watchmakers International is the exclusive sponsor for bringing the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorerer 1016 to the entire run of this year-long exhibit.  With over 30 years experience in fine wristwatch work, certified horologist Bob Ridley offers a unique balance of technical skill, resources, and an understanding of value-aesthetics to the sole of his business:  Vintage Rolex restoration.  See www.watchmakers.com for more information.

Dell Deaton is guest curator of this “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibition and author-creator of www.jamesbondwatches.com.  He is a member of both the National Watch & Clock Association and American Marketing Association, and an internationally recognized expert on Ian Fleming and James Bond horology.

“Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” will be unveiled at the NAWCC Annual Convention on June 17, 2010, and runs June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011, in Columbia, PA.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association close to 20,000 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. 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.nawcc.org.

BondStars.com host private signing with Ursula Andress…

December 7, 2009

Bondstars.com have annouced that they will hold a private autograph signing with Ursula Andress (Honey Rider in “Dr. No”). However, the signing will only go ahead if Bondstars.com receives a minimum of 100 pre-orders.

If you’re a fan who’d like to see this private signing go through, simply submit a form to Bondstars.com via the link below:
http://www.bondstars.com/ursulaandress/private/

By submitting the form, you don’t need to provide any order information. You’re simply letting them know that you’d be interesting in purchasing a personalized, signed photo of Ursula Andress.

Want a picture taken with Daniel Craig?

December 6, 2009

No, I’m not talking about having your best friend Photoshop an image for you.

If your bid is high enough, you could get a picture taken with Daniel Craig, as part of Evening Standard’s Christmas Charity Auction.

According to the site:

They are the kind of experiences money can’t usually buy – but the money you bid for the lots below in the Evening Standard’s Christmas Charity Auction will make a real difference to the underprivileged children helped by pioneering charity Kids Company.

You have until noon on Monday 14 December to bid and re-bid. The higher you go, the better your chance, and the more you benefit Kids Company.

If you’re a Bond fan with the money, then why not? It’s a win/win situation. Not only will you be helping out a charity, but you’ll also have bragging rights among the entire Bond fan community.

Happy bidding!

The James Bond Limited Edition Watch Registries

August 8, 2009

Five new Registries are now publicly available for the people most passionate about exclusively-numbered “James Bond” watches.

Announcing— “The James Bond Limited Edition Watch Registries”

Between 2002 and present day, Omega SA has produced exactly 40,035 sequentially-numbered wristwatches under license with Eon Productions, and associated with the last three 007 feature films.

Where did each individual watch start out? Where are they now? What sorts of “stories” go along with them: From where they’ve been worn, what personal life events they may been used to time, reasons they were subsequently sold—and bought by the next person? Additionally, there are print ads, images, press releases, and specifications to be included as well.

JamesBondWatches.com has created specific Blogs to answer all these questions and indulge passions. A great deal of information is already online in each one right now.

  • The 2002 Omega Seamaster watch, limited to 10,007 pieces and released in conjunction with “Die Another Day,” starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond, and in overall commemoration of 40 years of 007 feature films
    http://253780.blogspot.com/
  • The 2006 Omega Seamaster watch, limited to 10,007 pieces and released in conjunction with “Casino Royale,” starring Daniel Craig as James Bond
    http://222680.blogspot.com/
  • The 2006 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean BIG SIZE watch, limited to 5,007 pieces and released in conjunction with “Casino Royale,” starring Daniel Craig as James Bond
    http://29075091.blogspot.com/
  • The 2008 Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean watch, limited to 5,007 pieces and released in conjunction with “Quantum of Solace,” starring Daniel Craig as James Bond
    http://quantumbondwatchle.blogspot.com/

An overall Registry Index is available at the following link:

http://jamesbondwatchregistries.blogspot.com/

“This is a rather die-hard group of James Bond fans,” observes Dell Deaton, creator of www.jamesbondwatches.com, http://jamesbondwatches.blogspot.com, and these new Registries. “As we reach critical mass with registries and followers to the Blogs, I wouldn’t be surprised if a get-together of some sort was arranged in 2010. I can already think of a great venue here in the United States. Similar collecting groups may see this as a common draw for places in their countries around the world as well.”

Blogs will be updated at most once per day. Each Blog includes an eMail link to get in touch with JamesBondWatches.com for those who have suggestions for information, including photographs, to be included. Contributors may choose not to have their names included.

Fleming’s step-daughter endorses Bond watch exhibit

August 8, 2009

Thanks to Dell Deaton, of http://www.jamesbondwatches.com, it’s been brought to my attention that Ian Fleming’s step-daughter, Fionn Morgan, has endorsed the “Bond Watches… James Bond Watches” exhibit at the National Clock and Watch Museum!

This is very interesting news, and it’s good to see that this exhibit has some good backing and quality support.

If you’d like to read up on this article, feel free to visit Mr. Deaton’s fantastic Bond watch site:

JamesBondWatches.com ::: Fleming’s step-daughter endorses “Bond Watches… James Bond Watches”

Special thanks to Dell Deaton!

The Original James Bond Watch Coming to America

July 8, 2009

Licence To Blog has been granted official press information regarding the “Watches… James Bond Watches” exhibit…

COLUMBIA, PA:  Ian Fleming’s character James Bond has always been associated with the finest of everything; cars, clothes and, of course, watches. The National Watch & Clock Museum will be presenting an exhibit opening in the summer of 2010 that will explore the subject of the watches of James Bond. The exhibit, Watches, James Bond Watches, will feature the watch that provided the inspiration for James Bond’s wristwatch: Ian Fleming’s own Rolex Explorer. This wristwatch was recently identified by Dell Deaton of www.jamesbondwatches.com, as the original, literary James Bond watch in his recent article for WatchTime magazine. Mr. Deaton is serving as the National Watch & Clock Museum’s Guest Curator for the exhibit; it was through his direct work with Fleming heirs that the display of this important and historical timepiece is possible.

This is the first time that Ian Fleming’s watch has been exhibited in the United States. The watch was recently on display at the Imperial War Museum in London, featured in an exhibit on the life and work of Ian Fleming. Fionn Morgan, Ian Fleming’s stepdaughter, states “Ian would have enjoyed the idea of displaying his own Oyster Perpetual as part of an exhibition of James Bond watches…It is wonderful to see the James Bond legacy presented through the watches that this character has worn. It is further most gratifying to see Ian’s Explorer number 1016 displayed as the origin of this long and continuous chronology. Collectors and the public will learn a lot through this exhibition.”

“The National Watch & Clock Museum is honored to be able to display Mr. Fleming’s watch” Museum Director Noel Poirier comments, “and we are thankful to the Fleming family for allowing this one of a kind object to be a part of the Bond watch exhibit.” The exhibit will also include examples of the watches worn throughout the James Bond novels and motion pictures. Additionally, memorabilia from fans of the character will also be included in the 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 close to 21,000 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. 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.nawcc.org.

Ian Fleming on set of  "Goldfinger"

Ian Fleming on set of "Goldfinger"

Ian Fleming's Rolex

Ian Fleming's Rolex

National Watch & Clock Museum Logo

National Watch & Clock Museum Logo





Special thanks to Dell Deaton, of www.jamesbondwatches.com, for providing this press release. Be sure to check out www.jamesbondwatches.com for more information! Licence To Blog will also be keeping you updated…

Pre-Order: “The History of 30 Assault Unit: Ian Fleming’s Red Indians”

July 8, 2009

Amazon.co.uk is now allowing customers to pre-order “The History of 30 Assault Unit: Ian Fleming’s Red Indians”.

Written by Craig Cabell, this novel will analyze Ian Fleming’s involvement with 30AU (30 Assault Unit) – a military unit established by the Bond author during World War II.

The novel will be officially released on December 20th, 2009.

I think this will be a very interesting read. Not only are the stories of Fleming’s post-war life extremely fascinating, but it seems as if stories of his involvement with naval intelligence during World War II are, also.

Cabell’s previous book, “Ian Fleming’s Secret War”, also looked at the Bond author’s involvement during World War II.

You can order both of them at the links below:

Cover Art

Cover Art

Watches… James Bond Watches

July 7, 2009

According to www.jamesbondwatches.com, there will be a new James Bond watch exhibit coming to the National Watch and Clock Museum (Columbia, Pennsylvania)  in June 2010, titled “Watches… James Bond Watches”. The exhibit will feature watches that have been worn by the legendary secret through out his literary and film careers.

I think this is quite interesting, as James Bond’s watches have always been a part of his style. Could you imagine the secret agent without his Rolex or Omega? Not only are they brilliant time pieces, but they’re also as legendary as the character himself — special thanks to Ian Fleming, I’m sure.

This is definitely going to be something to check out, especially if you’re in the area. Being in New York, I might have to make the trip down to Pennsylvania myself.

I’ll keep you updated with any news on this. Keep checking out www.jamesbondwatches.com, also!

Bond beats Batman in annual Blu-Ray sales…

June 23, 2009

Blu-ray.com reports that the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, has become the top-selling Blu-ray DVD for this year, so far, according to research done by Home Media Magazine.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Quantum of Solace
  2. The Dark Knight
  3. Twilight
  4. Eagle Eye
  5. Taken
  6. Iron Man
  7. Pineapple Express
  8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  9. Pinocchio: Platinum Edition
  10. Bolt

Order this DVD:
Quantum of Solace on Blu-Ray – Amazon.com

Are you a Thunderball fan with some cash to spend?

June 23, 2009

If you’re a Thunderball fan with a bit of extra cash to spend, you can now get your hands on some very rare storyboards that were drawn for Kevin McClory’s Thunderball project of 1959.

The site below contains a bit of history about the ill-fated project, along with images of the storyboards, and ordering options. Prices range from £125.00 to £350.00, or roughly $205.00 to $570.00.

As interesting as the history of Thunderball may be, I don’t think you’ll be finding me shovelling out money for those prints.