Tuesday, August 27, 2013

James Bond 1965 Gilbert Spy Watch 007

James Bond 1965 Gilbert Spy Watch 007

Back in the 1960s, James Bond movies hit the big screen in all its glory! Being the success that it was, the Bond franchise spawned a very popular spy genre that included the Man From U.N.C.L.E. (aka Man From UNCLE), Honey West, and others.  And the toys.  There were tons of toys for the kids to use during their own spy exploits!  

One of my favorites is the James Bond Gilbert watch. Gilbert built a pretty innovative and unique mechanical wristwatch that included a mystery dial feature, which made it a totally different James Bond watch.  The watch features two spy scopes, a jump hour movement, and a world-time dial, everything you need to survive.

This was a disk with a hole cut out revealing the ’jump’ digital hour. Analog hands showed the minutes and seconds.  And the world time could be calculated by a rotating circle around the watches face.  And, best of all, secret sliding sighting lenses. Even though this is a "toy" watch, it has a special meaning. I remembered when I was in primary school, there was a classmate who owned one of this watch and it was the hero watch during the early days.

These watches were not sold in Singapore and it was really an object of desire then...

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