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Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches

Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour WatchesHoly crap, I've seen one of these before but fellow eccentric vintage jump hour collector Ruud has found two of them at once! You'll hear more and more about his amazing collection of vintage digital jump hours in time to come... Now if I could only convince him to share the wealth, hell, I'm probably the only other person in the world who would actually want this ridiculous rarity.

Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches
Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour WatchesA vertical drum display not unlike the 1974 Jaz Derby Swissonic (featured-->here) Or my favorite of all time, the 1950s Patek Philippe Cobra (featured-->here)

Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches
Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches
Related Stories;
Patek Philippe Cobra Sideview Prototype of 1958
1974 Jaz Derby Swissonic Cylindrical Jump Hour
All Jump Hour Posts
All Sideview Display Posts
Alternative Displays
Jean Dunand Shabaka
Jacob & Co. Quenttin
The Cabestan


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1970s Influence on Modern Horology (Featuring Watchismo!) Internatonal Herald Tribune

1970s Influence on Modern Horology (Featuring Watchismo!) Internatonal Herald TribuneFellow Brooklynite and famed watch writer and editor of Couture International Jeweler magazine Victoria Gomelsky visited Watchismo headquarters allowing me to show her some of my favorite (and obscure) 1970s watches. All for this big feature in the International Herald Tribune showcasing the influence of that special decade on some of the coolest timepieces in recent years.

A real thrill to have some of my oddball watches featured next to a Horological Machine and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Even more exciting to see the article close with a quote from me! Click the photos to read the article in its entirety or visit the Int'l Herald Tribune-->Here.


1970s Influence on Modern Horology (Featuring Watchismo!) Internatonal Herald TribuneThe end of the article (where I'm describing the wild variations of Swiss mechanical digital watches trying to survive during the quartz revolution of the 70s);

"Which is why when the Swiss tried some outlandish things in the mechanical arena, they, too, were failures - some of the best examples of which can be found on Watchismo.com, founded in 1998 by Mitch Greenblatt, a New Yorker. Not only does the site sell far-out designer timepieces from the cult French brand Lip, it also has watches, like the Amida Digitrend LRD (Light Reflecting Display) and the Jaz Derby Swissonic, whose retro looks epitomize the decade's eccentric vision.

"They tried to keep up with affordable watches that satisfied the new trend for digital timekeeping," Greenblatt said. "It was an act of desperation that culminated in something really cool."


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Vintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old Watches

Vintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old WatchesJust compiled a collection of oddities and obscurities from the forties through the seventies! So fresh to the site that not all the descriptions have even been written!

Visit the new collection here-->LINK


Vintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old WatchesAll kinds of rare oddball stuff!

Some highlights; 1960s Omega Dynamic, 1950s White Gold LeCoultre, 1970s Wittnauer Futurama Retrograde.

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Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch Review

Roger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewAblogtoread.com has just reviewed the new LIP Mach 2000 "Dark Master" Chronograph-->Link

He sums it up with; "Should you buy a LIP Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph? The answer to that all depends on whether you find a connection with the ideal presented in 1970s futurism. Do you want a piece of modern design history? Can you appreciate the toils of industrial design and post-Bauhaus era industrial French charm? Will the concept of psychological design resonate with you in so far that the bright colors and organic shapes combine with pure function to interface better with humans? The LIP Mach 2000 Chronograph design is one man’s attempt to address these issues and more."

See Also;
All LIP Posts-->Link
LIP Product Pages-->Link

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Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit

Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitI can't have everything I want, and that's okay (for now). With fellow collectors detailing their acquisitions in such detail as Jeff Stein of OnTheDash and Chronocentric has done with his recent purchase of a very rare 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit made for the Ford RS Motorsports Team, I can live vicariously through him. The images might even be sharp enough for me to print out a paper version and assemble it on my wrist.

Heuer Split Lap 77-->Link

The varied reactions Jeff received upon wearing it for the first time;
  • one bad ass watch
  • the ugliest watch I have ever seen [his wife's reaction]
  • a statement . . . a very loud statement
  • a cool-looking machine
  • one rock-solid watch
  • I thought you were getting into the Bubble-backs?
  • what in the world is it?
Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitOriginal 1978 advertisement

Partial ad translation; "Built for those with the higest of expectations. With the ambitious standards of motorsport, - with obsession, with the love of perfection & measuring equipment. If you want to wear a timecomputer, that will remain a styling & technology rarity"


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Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch Advertisements

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsI love coming across random vintage watch ads of the seventies. For some reason, this simple looking 1970's Precimax watches above allowed you to be on time for key parties and ABBA concerts.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsTotally Cubular - 1975 jump hour watches by LGP (Leon Georges Petit) just lounging about in a Verner Panton landscape.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsMontremo, a company that built watch components (and still does) made this great looking industry ad in the seventies.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsVintage 1975 Sicura & Hamilton advertisement featuring watches that can walk on water and stand upright. Holy and modern...

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch Advertisements
Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsUnidentified flying wristwatch by Spatiale Z.R.C.

See also;
All vintage watch ad posts


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The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975As quickly as the time is displayed on an LED watch is about the same length of time high end Swiss brands produced them in the early seventies. Companies like Omega produced their gold brick of a watch called the "Time Computer" and Jaeger LeCoultre got their groove on in the same way The Rolling Stones toyed with Disco in songs like "Miss You" in 1978.

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975This 1975 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital features a pretty cool asymmetric red crystal and light emitting diodes displayed on command by button and the original bands were a perfectly pretentious golden mesh.

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital-->Link


See also;
History of LED Calculator Watches
History of Dynamic Scattering LCD
History of Solar LED Watches
LED-LCD Watch Combos
Zenith Analog/Digital Hybrid
Other Analog-Digital Posts
All LED Watch Related Posts

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Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message Watches

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesTwo vintage mystery dial watches from the late sixties/early seventies with secret dials revealing a not-so-subtle message from a pair of scantily clad tarts. Each of these mechanical erotic novelty watches had a unique feature of discs that obscure the dial most of the time but slowly unveil the other dastardly dirty time of day.

One for those with highly overactive libidos (hourly display) and the other with a more respectable twelve hour time frame. Although anyone who actually wore these was likely not getting any anyway.

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesThis model featuring the twice daily message

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesClassy stuff!
One with a transparent disc with floating seconds arrow.

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesAround the same time, a digital version existed with the same message electronically requested in LED display. If anyone has seen the movie Autofocus about Bob Crane, Willem Dafoe shows his off at a bar to an unsuspecting lady. The filmmakers of Autofocus actually contacted me at the time of production seeking this watch but I could only provide some traditional vintage LED from Hamilton and Compuchron. They did use it for the scene but had to edit the message in.

See also;
1890 Naked Lady Pocket Watch
Debbie Does Switzerland - Antique Erotic Automaton


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Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital Watches

Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesYou see many types of jump hour watches here at my blog, but these two actually try their best hiding their Swiss mechanics by imitating the popular & new LED and LCD technology of the early seventies. This Fashiontime Instalite Digital has two mechanical discs with printed LCD style bar digits (dark gray on light gray) and a display light activated by the button on the upper right.

Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesFaux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesThis Tegrov Digital took it a step further by creating a fake LED display with red crystal tinting the mechanical jump hour discs. Also with a lamp function to give the full faux emitting diode effect.
Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesClose-up of faux-LED display

Related Posts;
Amida Digitrend LRD (another faux digital)
Dynamic Scattering LCD (earliest of the style)
Sicura Instalite
All Jump Hour Stories



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Long Lost Urwerk Relative? A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresThe contemporary brand Urwerk creates some of the most phenomenally complex and understandably expensive watches today but when finding this beat-up rare vintage jump hour from the seventies, it only made me think of their wandering hour designs, especially their Hammerhead, and cost me $50,000 less! It'll satisfy me for about a week.

Someday Mr. Baumgartner, someday...

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresNot wandering, retrograde or even protracting hands, just a simple semi-sideviewing jump hour digital display with a low grade manual winding movement.

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresYou gotta admit, DNA tests might prove some relation. Especially the chin and lips.

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresOf course, I'd rather have any one of these Urwerks

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features

Related Posts;
All Urwerk Stories
All Jump Hour Stories

Urwerk website-->Link



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Vintage Watching - Two Very Rare 1970 Helmet Jump Hour Watches1970s Influence on Modern Horology (Featuring Watchismo!) Internatonal Herald TribuneVintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old WatchesRoger Tallon's Mach 2000 Dark Master Chronograph Watch ReviewLiving Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitSix Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsThe Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesFaux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesLong Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features

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