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Jim Henson's Time Piece - 1965 Experimental Film

Jim Henson's 1965 Experimental Film "Time Piece"-->Link

"Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the New York Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject."

Jim Henson, puppeteer, Kermit creator, surrealist filmaker?

For more, visit the Time Piece Wikipedia page here-->Link

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Born with Discs Instead of Hands!

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!A few interesting examples of vintage watches with off-center discs in place of traditional hands. Above and below are two 1960's Juvenia with this rare deformity.

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!And below, a vintage Russian Raketa "Rocket" (printed in cyrillic as Paketa) with double disc-hands. One solid sphere for hours and outline disc for minutes. See it here-->Link

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!1960s Raketa Sun & Moon Dial

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More Accurate Than God! Two vintage 60s Bulova Accutron Commercials

1960s Clocktower Video-->Link

Fantastic vintage 1960s television commercials for the Bulova Accutron. The humming transistorized electromagnetic coil tuning fork watches invented by Max Hetzel in the fifties.

Original 60s Accutron Commercial-->Link

Thanks to devout Accutron enthusiasts Horst Knebel and Hummin Georgie Stalzer for digging these out of the dusty vaults.

Max Hetzel - ACCUracy through ElecTRONics

"When the Accutron was introduced in 1960 it was described as the first electronic watch but it also had another revolutionary feature, the time keeping was controlled by a tuning fork. The tuning fork vibrated 360 times per second and the vibrations were maintained at a constant amplitude by means of a transistor, dispensing with the mechanical contact which had been a source of trouble with earlier electric watches. The tuning fork was made of Elinvar, for temperature stability, and Bulova was able to guarantee that it would not gain or loose more than a minute a month thoughout its life. It was designed by a Swiss engineer, Max Hetzel, and manufactured in the USA. It remained in production until 1976, by which time five million watches had been sold." --via Science Museum

"Bulova Accutrons were also subjects of the other famous space era rivalry with Omega Watches for being the first watch on the moon. Ultimately, the Omega Speedmaster Professional chronograph wristwatch (known as the "Moon watch") was designated by NASA for use by the astronauts in all manned space missions, becoming the first watch on the moon on the wrist of Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin.

However, all instrument panel clocks and time-keeping mechanisms in the spacecraft on those missions were Bulova Accutrons with tuning fork movements, because at the time, NASA did not know how well a mechanical movement would work in zero gravity conditions. The Bulova company currently manufactures a limited edition "Astronaut" model under its Accutron line of watches." -via Wikipedia

Other vintage watch commercials-->Link

Accutron enthusiast websites;
Accutron Spaceview
Accutron 214
MS Accutron
Rob's Accutron
Timezone Accutron

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Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces

Tired of circular and rectangular shaped cases? Me too! So then, here is a varied collection of triangular watches over the decades...

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1950s Cartier driver sideview watch
"Baguette à cadran incliné et mouvement Duoplan"
Dial is hinged at the apex allowing to rotate on axis

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1970s Jaeger LeCoultre

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1959 Patek Philippe prototype designed by Gilbert Albert
(valued well over $100,000)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1940 Jaeger LeCoultre "Duoplan" driver style sideview watch
(smallest mechanical movement)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1990 Gerald Genta "Les Nights"
with triangular hands and pyramidal stepped bezel

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1961 Prototype Hamilton Electric Ventura
Mahogany & Mother-of-Pearl Pacer Prototypes

And there can't be any definitive triangular retrospective without the mysterious world of Masonic watches...

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1940s Cervine Masonic Wristwatch

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided TimepiecesOther Masonic Watches
Top: 1920 Tempor 8 day keyless Dashboard Timepiece
Bottom: 1930 Tempor & Hiram Pocketwatches

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1950s Louvic Mystery Dial
(hands on discs)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided TimepiecesUnknown 1970s dynamic scattering LCD sideview
Very rare triangular prototype

Photos via Antiquorum and Rene Rondeau

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