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Topic: Real Bond NATO Watchstrap Update!

As many of you know, I have embarked on a project to recreate the "Real Bond" NATO watchstrap, as worn by Sean Connery in the classic James Bond Films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball."

I spoke with Phoenix Straps the other day. They are expecting the fabric from the mill March 1. It will take them a week or so to fabricate the straps after that. So, let's say March 15?

To get the watchstrap colors exactly the same as in the movie, I had have the threads custom dyed, which required a much larger fabric order. However, I am able to have the order broken up into three widths, 18, 20 and 22mm. Also, the straps will be made in both the NATO style and the RAF style. 

I have all the details, including the colors and pattern, on a new webpage:

http://www.corvuswatch.com/index.asp?page=watchbands

I don't want to do preorders, as I don't want to sit on people's money any longer than necessary. I will open up ordering around the first week of March, after I hear the straps are being shipped to me. You then will be able to order and pay through a secure checkout system. 

If you haven't done so already, please pm me or use the contact form on the website if you would like to be emailed about any updates, or if you would like me to reserve you one or more straps. Also, those who have contacted me will get first notice when I open up ordering. I'll also be sending a poll to those who have contacted me so we can get a final count on widths and styles.

Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in this project. It has been a longer road than I expected, but if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. Again, I appreciate all your support.

Cam

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Thanks again!

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Yep, thanks indeed!

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
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Thanks again, really looking forward to it!

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Splendid ajb007/cheers

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I'll bet one of those would great with Bill's new project noted here:  http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=227002

http://www.mkiiwatches.com/images/Kingston/Draft_1.0.jpg

(Thank goodness I've one on-order and have previously contact Camfan.  ajb007/tongue )

Last edited by k7lro (3rd Feb 2009 21:02)

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k7lro wrote:

I'll bet one of those would great with Bill's new project noted here:  http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=227002

http://www.mkiiwatches.com/images/Kingston/Draft_1.0.jpg

(Thank goodness I've one on-order and have previously contact Camfan.  ajb007/tongue )

It certainly will, two must have purchases of 2009 ajb007/cheers

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Asp9mm wrote:
k7lro wrote:

I'll bet one of those would great with Bill's new project noted here:  http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=227002

http://www.mkiiwatches.com/images/Kingston/Draft_1.0.jpg

(Thank goodness I've one on-order and have previously contact Camfan.  ajb007/tongue )

It certainly will, two must have purchases of 2009 ajb007/cheers

Agreed - can't wait to get my set.

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Call me a heretic but I'll put mine on a 20-mm band  - not the 18-mm - unless someone can tell me with any kind of certainty why Bond wore his on an 18. 

My guess is that Cubby Broccoli couldn't find a 20-mm or like the colors on the 18-mm that he selected. 

Of course, to show my complete lack of taste, I may just put mine on an "Olongapo" band on the rare occasion - such as when I'm celebrating my time in the service. 

Here's an example of an Olongapo band if you've never seen or heard of them...they're quite unique and generally a product of the Philippines. 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v449/jurado/rolex%20on%20olongapo/DSC01526.jpg

Lots of history and pictures here:  http://www.freewebs.com/billyschorr/olo … celets.htm

Billy Schorr is the man when it comes to military watch history.

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Yep, I have my MKII MOD Seiko on an Olongapo band with a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer's cap insignia courtesy of Jurado.

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee124/DonaldGrantPhotos/image_zps6a725e59.jpg
"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."  Richard Grenier after George Orwell, Washington Times 1993.

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Donald Grant wrote:

Yep, I have my MKII MOD Seiko on an Olongapo band with a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer's cap insignia courtesy of Jurado.

DG

Very cool - would love to see a picture of it if you have one handy.

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k7lro wrote:
Donald Grant wrote:

Yep, I have my MKII MOD Seiko on an Olongapo band with a U.S. Merchant Marine Officer's cap insignia courtesy of Jurado.

DG

Very cool - would love to see a picture of it if you have one handy.

No, I don't have one handy.  I've been meaning to take a picture to post over at MWR.  Perhaps this weekend.

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee124/DonaldGrantPhotos/image_zps6a725e59.jpg
"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."  Richard Grenier after George Orwell, Washington Times 1993.

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Very good - I'm "K7baixo" over there.