I am – very – proud to present to you, the first ever (real) pictures of Ian Fleming’s watch and the exhibit interior, published on the internet. Below, you will see an excerpt from the press release, a picture of the actual watch that Ian Fleming wore and used as inspiration for his James Bond novels and a picture of the exhibit room. Note that pictures of the museum nor the watch have never been published before. Taking pictures inside the museum is strictly prohibited.
From the press release: Ian Fleming’s personal James Bond watch is not kept wound while it’s on display as part of the increasingly popular “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibit.
So when attendees arrive for the special “Bond Enthusiasts Weekend,” September 10 and 11, they’ll be in for a special treat. This most famous James Bond watch in the world will be wound, set to the proper time — and ticking.
The “Bond Enthusiasts Weekend” will be held at the National Watch & Clock Museum on September 10 and 11, 2010. Friday is “Casino Night,” from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Then a full Saturday program includes a “Bond Jeopardy” contest, open discussion of the Ian Fleming James Bond stories, and a special viewing of the Eon Productions 007 film, For Your Eyes Only. Guest Curator Dell Deaton will lead personally guided tours of the exhibit at several scheduled times on Saturday as well. For information about visiting this special event, click here.
Ian Fleming’s personal Rolex model 1016 Explorer. On loan from the Fleming family — just the second time they’ve agreed to do so; here, in support of the “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibit, National Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia, PA, June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011. It was the watch worn by the 007 creator when he wrote “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1962. The only real-world watch on which he based his description of “James Bond’s watch.” For the “Bond Enthusiasts Weekend,” September 10-11, 2010, it will be shown wound, set, and ticking. Image © 2010 JamesBondWatches.com and Dell Deaton. All Rights Reserved. Use with this release must credit copyright.
A view “looking through” the “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibit, National Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia, PA, June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011. Design concept was to create a Cold War feel according to the origins of 007 via Ian Fleming and World War II: Hence the slate-grey “Berlin Wall” coloring and texture. Within this, then, tall, clear cases form a barrier along the center to give the impression of an exhibition-back wristwatch. Look through to see the workings, layer historical impressions upon each other: In this photo, present-day James Bond actor Daniel Craig is reflected over the Ian Fleming watch case and dedicated area on the back wall. Image © 2010 JamesBondWatches.com and Dell Deaton. All Rights Reserved. Use with this release must credit copyright.
Thanks to Dell Deaton of www.jamesbondwatches.com
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