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PAST EXHIBIT - Now back as a Micro-Exhibit in the Museum's Wristwatch Gallery

 

James Bond is a fictional character, but his wristwatches are real.

 

With a continuous history dating back to the early 1950s, Agent 007 is an ideal center for a collection that includes several different brands, first-of-a-kind technologies, and an examination of the style trends that often define who we are by what we wear. Gadgets aside, these timekeepers also make for fantastic storytelling. Consistently, they pit hero against the most unrelenting adversary of all: The clock, fate of the world hanging on mere seconds left before mission success. James Bond watches are invariably at the center of Ian Fleming’s original literary thrillers, continuing today in the movies of Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions.

 
View video of Guest Curator Dell Deaton of www.jamesbondwatches.com as he installs the 2010 Bond Watches, James Bond Watches exhibit.

The exhibit brought together models of wristwatches worn by the character of James Bond in print and on film. The highlight of the exhibit was the partnering of Ian Fleming's Rolex Explorer with his original manuscripts. This was the first time that Mr. Fleming's watch had been exhibited in the United States and the first time the watch had been together with the manuscripts since worn by Mr. Fleming himself! Special events and programming focusing on the lifestyle and history of the character of James Bond were planned during the exhibit's run.

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