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Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor Watch

Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchNot long ago I featured some of the coolest in vintage geek wristwear with my Math Watches post-->here. And thought I'd follow it up with a phenomenally rare opportunity to own this vintage 60's Juvenia. The hour hand is a miniature protractor, the minutes a golden arrow, and the seconds is a double edged blade-propeller. Stainless steel, manual winding, and completely overhauled. $2495

Available from Derek at Watchestobuy.com here-->Link (part of his personal collection for fifteen years and just now for sale)

Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchSlim sideviews

See also;
Math Watches Part 1.4593
Discs Instead of Hands
History of LED Calculator Watches
All Mystery Dial Posts
Collection of Gadget Watch 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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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

Related Posts;
History of Russian Watches
Juvenia Architecture Watch
Alternative Time Displays
Jumping Hours

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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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Just when you thought you've seen everything...

Just when you thought you've seen everything...I love being pleasantly surprised and appalled at the same time. It's a particular feeling that can't be summed up with one word, at least not in English. But the need for such a word has never been more appropriate than when laying my eyes on a watch owned by fellow collector Ruud in The Netherlands. He shared this recent purchase of a bizarre 1965 Jump Hour by Jean Chuard. I've found no information about this French brand but photos (or actions, whatever) speak louder than words...

Just when you thought you've seen everything...The band is a solid cuff of transparent red plastic, the dial has a plastic guilloche face, the time is displayed in three windows (Heure, Minute, Date) of mechanical digital rotating dials.

Just when you thought you've seen everything...The movement "capsule"


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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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15,000 Pound Belt Driven Digital Clock from 1931

15,000 Pound Belt Driven Digital Clock from 1931Moving numerals, three feet high, will tell (told) Londoners the time when a monster clock now under construction in one of this British city’s railroad stations is completed. The big timepiece is believed the largest without hands ever built. Three endless belts of steel slats, driven by an electric motor, carry the numbers past a rectangular window high on the station wall where they are made visible. Each numeral is outlined by silvered disks of reflecting material, and floodlights play upon the figures to make them show up clearly at a distance. The movement of the belts is governed automatically from a control panel with an extremely accurate master clock, which in turn is constantly regulated from the observatory at Greenwich. The steel roller on which the hour numerals are shown is thirty-seven feet long and the blinds weigh about 15,000 pounds.

And Tag Heuer thought their V4 Monaco was the first belt-driven timepiece?? Ha!

15,000 Pound Belt Driven Digital Clock from 1931From a 1931 Popular Science



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The 1000 Year Forest Clock - The TiWalkMe Escapement


TiWalkMe is a 1000 year clock in the guise of a forest, with annual tree plantings setting the pace of time, and their maturing the clockwork mechanism. TiWalkMe's purpose is to make deep time visible, and thus to help individuals and society focus on those hard, long term problems which determine our success as a species.

Over the next millennia, the TiWalkMe Escapement will constantly move and bow to the winds of time. Sections age, others regrow, and above all, change is embraced. Details must be left to future generations, but this generation will locate the site, etch the overall plan of paths and trees, and set the clock into motion. Never the less, throughout time three principles should guide its evolution:
  • Principle 1: The slow march of trees across the Escapement must always be visible and unobstructed.

  • Principle 2: The Escapement must adapt to future knowledge and needs, yet remain balanced with the past.
  • Principle 3: TiWalkMe's mission is to bring perspective and insight to its visitors.

Bell & Siphon

Rather than a static network of ponds and streams, the Escapement's pools empty periodically into the stream below. Although pumps or other massive infrastructure could be used to force water across each dam, TiWalkMe will adapt a passive, gravity-powered "bell and siphon" to echo nature's grand cycle. Yet the flow will be as dramatic and as willful as nature's own.

The most elegant and efficient pump in the world is a siphon. Containing no moving parts, requiring no forces other than gravity and surface tension for operation, siphons are at work everyday emptying gas tanks, filtering aquariums, and moving drinking water from reservoir to town. More about the Bell & Siphon system-->Link


Overhead view
More on the design-->Link

Conceptualized locations include larger rural or even smaller scale urban settings. The search continues for funding, volunteers, and site selection.

The interesting man behind the TiWalkMe is inventor, physicist, entrepreneur, designer, former Bell Labs chief scientist, and now venture capitalist Greg Blonder of Genuine Ideas. A mad genius of over 70 patents and thousands of other genuine ideas.

After exchanging some emails with Greg, he summed it up nicely for me...

"My main point is captured by Yogi Berra, who famously noted "you can see a lot just by looking". Imagine walking though the forest in the first year, then the second and third. And tenth with your children. Slow down- think- visualize the paths and leaves in your mind.... What will have changed? What risks are a forest like this likely to face from the ravages of nature, visitors, insects? How can one plan and organize to keep the forest safe and a legacy for future generations? Understand the forest, and you will exercise the very same skills we need to develop to solve challenges never before faced in all of human history.

Realistically, as I've searched for an appropriate site and sponsor, they either specify a conventional park, or a conventional business district with mixed use facilities and homes. Short term thinking, of course. A city which embraced the TiWalkMe forest will become a magnet for associated organizations, and then businesses and jobs. Plus, unlike a woollen mill or high tech park, its base will not migrate away. But few visionaries are in power, I'm afraid."

TiWalkMe Website-->Link


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About Time by Buro Vormkrijgers

About Time by Buro Vormkrijgers Dutch designer Buro Vormkrijgers rotating concept clock "About Time" reveals the passing of time by rolling around your desk and telling time in one long continuous sentence. Simply telling you "It's about six o'clock" or "it's almost seven now".

A similar concept to the approximated timing of the Vinta Tilt Clock I featured a while back.

About Time by Buro VormkrijgersClose-up of the time sentence

About Time by Buro VormkrijgersMade from black anondized aluminum
measures 230mm wide x 90mm deep.

Available for $179 here-->Link
Buro Vormkrigers website-->Link

Related Posts;
Vinta Tilting Clock
All other Clock Features



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L.R.D. Light Reflecting Display - Original Amida Digitrend Advertisement



A very rare advertisement of the from the 1976 Basel Fair. Now it's clear that the brand was creatively competing with the electronic digital (LED & LCD) watch market with their "New Generation of Digitals", the mechanical "LRD" (Light Reflecting Display).

The watch was previously featured here-->Link

The Amida Digitrend simply created a hand-wound jump hour digital watch, printed the numbers backward in orange (emulating LED digits), and reflected them sideways through a prism correcting the numbers in the display. Genius!


The reverse-printed dials
Made with a few different names
This one by Hudson


Related Stories;
All Jump Hour Posts
All Digital Posts



Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchTime To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesBorn with Discs Instead of Hands!Faux-Electronic Mechanical Digital WatchesJust when you thought you've seen everything...Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features15,000 Pound Belt Driven Digital Clock from 1931The 1000 Year Forest Clock - The TiWalkMe EscapementAbout Time by Buro VormkrijgersL.R.D. Light Reflecting Display - Original Amida Digitrend Advertisement

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