I was a quite disappointed after reading Dell Deaton's "James Bond Watches Price Guide 2011":
1. Price: I felt the price was too high for the content delivered. A better price for this book could have been $1.99 (maybe $2.99) rather than $9.75 considering you need to go to Dell Deaton's external website to view the watch pictures. Had he put the watch photos, which are nice by the way, in the book itself, that would have been much, much better as one could then easily reference a photo for a given watch.
2. Photos not in the book but on external links. See point #1.
3. There were links to articles on Dell's website. The articles on the website were fantastic but available free, no need to have purchased the book. It would have been much nicer to have included the full articles in the book text itself.
4. Could have had more detailed photos of the watches themselves. Front, back, sides. Better descriptions, what differentiates the watch in the movie from other watches or from one another in the different movies. Watch specifications would have been nice also. Dell considers himself the expert on James Bond watches but the book falls quite short in watch specs and photos.
5. Photos from the movie itself where the watch was worn would have been great. In example, a photo of Sean Connery wearing the Rolex 6538, etc... or of Roger Moore wearing one of the many Seiko's or Rolex's as he did.
6. Photos of all watches described would have been nice, not just some. Again, no photos of the Rolex 6538.
7. Although the book is titled James Bond Watches, there should have been a section in the book that shows watches that other characters wore in the films, such as Red Grant's "Garrote" wristwatch in the movie "From Russia With Love".
8. Price listings were listings of many individual auctions, which was great, but no high and low price was given for each specific model nor was an average given. This type of information would have been much more useful for quick referencing of a price range or high/low values on a particular model when shopping around. An all time high/low and average along with an average and high/low price within the last year or last 6 months would have been quite useful as well. Even a line chart showing price trends would have been a nice touch. After all, this is a price guide.
9. There were a few mistakes in the book as well when referring to certain terms. Multiple times in the book when referring to Seiko's LCD watches, Dell describes them as Liquid Crystal Diode when in fact LCD is Liquid Crystal Display. In many sections Dell also refers to the word "providence" when instead it should be "provenance". Providence is a city in Rhode Island. "Provenance" which refers to the chronology of ownership or documented history of a particular object such as a collectible wristwatch is what Dell should have been referencing.
All in all, I felt that all of the above should have been included in the book for a price of $9.75. Had the book been priced at $1.99 or maybe $2.99 as it stands, I would have given it a better review. Had the book had all the content I refer to above at its current price, I would have also given it a much better review. As the book stands though, I feel it was very overpriced.
As a James Bond fan, watch collector for over 20 years now, and watch enthusiast, I sincerely hope you find my review useful before making your purchase.