Definitive list of James Bond watches from Seiko UK: Revolution magazine, 2010

The definitive list of James Bond watches from Seiko UK, by Dell Deaton, in Revolution magazine, 2010

For the first time ever, a 6-page feature article in the current Revolution magazine authoritatively labels and describes all 8 James Bond watch models supplied by Seiko UK to Eon Productions for its 007 films (so far).

Based on exclusive access to personnel and records through Seiko UK, James Bond Watches has finally ended guesswork — and outright misrepresentations — that have frustrated researchers, collectors, and James Bond fans for literally decades.

Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, et al., first put a Seiko watch on the wrist of Roger Moore as James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me as part of an innovative cooperative marketing arrangement with Seiko UK. That film was released in 1977, and the deal continued through a total of 5 films, until the 1985 feature A View to a Kill.

Mark Mills, FBHI, joined Seiko UK in 1977 and ultimately became point-man for the supplier of these James Bond watches.

Yet despite the number of insistant discussions about these watches on fan forums, and self-proclaimed “experts” who’ve set up shop to unload their unconfirmed (and now, confirmed-wrong!) Seiko watch inventories as “identical to the watches worn by James Bond in the Eon Productions movies,” I was utterly astounded to learn that no one had ever actually confirmed any of this with Seiko Watch Company.

We’ve provided the facts.

Previously, I’ve shared on the James Bond Watches Blog details of my very fine working relationship with Mr Mills and the definitive list of James Bond watches from Seiko UK that came of that. Bulletproof documentation of that went on display last June as part of our “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibit at the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, PA.

An example of every watch model is currently on display there, and will remain on view through April 30, 2011.

But I felt it was important to share the greater story behind them in a highly reputable, critically considered international publication. Revolution magazine — which is also a partial sponsor of the “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibit — agreed.

See it for yourself. The current issue of Revolution is in subscribers’ hands and available through many news stands worldwide. It’s not only the last word and reference on James Bond’s watches from Seiko UK, but, I suspect, likely to become a collector’s piece in its own right.