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Vintage 1970s Rotary LED & Seiko Memory Bank Commercials

I'm struggling to find some more interesting vintage watch commercials, here's a few new ones. You can see a collection of the rest at the links below...

1970's Rotary LED watch commercial-->Link



1978 Seiko Memory Bank Calendar Watch Commercial-->Link



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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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Eraserclock - David Lynch's Mysterious Clock Design

Eraserclock - David Lynch's Mysterious Clock DesignHow would this keep time?

The film director David Lynch sketched this mysterious Rube Goldberg-esque clock design. Please email us with any ideas about how he might have intended this to work.

Eraserclock - David Lynch's Mysterious Clock DesignForgive me Henry...

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The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)

The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)Rolling eye clocks - first patented in 1926 by the J. Oswald Company of Germany with early models carved of wood and cast from metal after World War II. (Time shown above is 2:46)

The dials are represented as the eyes separating the hours on the left and minutes to the right. This collection of cross-eyed genies, skulls, monkeys, gnomes, owls, and dogs (LOTS of dogs) are an interesting cast of antique novelty clocks.

Thanks to Mike from Florida for sending me the Patent information here-->Link

Price ranges are approximately $200-$800 depending on condition and rarity. The authentic models were generally built with 8 day movements. Many cheaper knock-offs have appeared during the sixties and seventies. Likely inspiring the art of kitschy 'Big Eyes' painter Margaret & Walter Keane.

The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)Monkey Clock

The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)Rare Skull Clock

The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)
Genie Clock


The Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)And one of many crosseyed dogs

From an exhibit in 2005;

"The exact origin and age of these clocks is not easy to determine. We know that they came from Germany, but very few details are available in writing, due to the destruction of records during WWII. For this reason we have to rely on bits and pieces of information gleaned from many sources to come up with some sort of history of these novelty items.Most were made by the Oswald company in the Freiburg area which is in the Black Forest area of Germany. We say most, because we have three rolling eye clocks that we cannot, with certainty, attribute to Oswald. However, a personal friend has a wooden rolling eye clock marked "U.S. Patent 1926 Made in Germany." So, if patents were effective in those days, it is reasonable to assumme that Oswald may have made our "unmarked" ones as well."



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Laser Beam Wristwatch!



Where is the truth in advertising? Were we really that stupid in the eighties to fall for this sales pitch?


Plus all my other favorite vintage watch commercials and films linked below;

1970s Timex Commercials -->Link
"Black Max, Takes a Licking and Keeps on Ticking, and more"

1960s Timex Commercial-->Link
"Underwater Dating"

1978 Texas Instruments Commercial-->Link

A New Age in Quartz-->Link

1940's Jam Handy for Hamilton-->Link

1940's Conquer by the Clock-->Link


And a few more I've found recently;

The 80's Multichron Calculator Watch


More Vintage Timex Commercials


Chronoforms Robot Watch


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Watchband That Will Knock You Out! Literally! The Defenseband

Watchband That Will Knock You Out!  Literally!  The DefensebandNext time someone tries to steal that $100,000 Tourbillon off your wrist, make sure to use the "Defenseband." Made by inventor Greg Thompson of Spider-Ti Human Restraint Systems.

Sure it's velcro and won't match your rose gold but whatever man, protect yourself! I'm thinking of buying one just so I can knock out the first guy I see wearing an Urwerk...Otherwise, how am I ever gonna afford one? For the low low price of $19.95 and a slight risk of jail time for a Hammerhead? Fair enough...


Watchband That Will Knock You Out!  Literally!  The Defenseband
Spider Ti Human Restraint Systems-->Link
Defenseband Instructional Video-->Link

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Newsflash! Time May Not Exist!

Not to mention the question of which way it goes...

by Tim Folger

"No one keeps track of time better than Ferenc Krausz. In his lab at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, he has clocked the shortest time intervals ever observed. Krausz uses ultraviolet laser pulses to track the absurdly brief quantum leaps of electrons within atoms. The events he probes last for about 100 attoseconds, or 100 quintillionths of a second. For a little perspective, 100 attoseconds is to one second as a second is to 300 million years.


Newsflash! Time May Not Exist!So, is this guy wasting his Plancks?

But even Krausz works far from the frontier of time. There is a temporal realm called the Planck scale, where even attoseconds drag by like eons. It marks the edge of known physics, a region where distances and intervals are so short that the very concepts of time and space start to break down. Planck time—the smallest unit of time that has any physical meaning—is 10-43 second, less than a trillionth of a trillionth of an attosecond. Beyond that? Tempus incognito. At least for now.

Efforts to understand time below the Planck scale have led to an exceedingly strange juncture in physics. The problem, in brief, is that time may not exist at the most fundamental level of physical reality. If so, then what is time? And why is it so obviously and tyrannically omnipresent in our own experience? “The meaning of time has become terribly problematic in contemporary physics,” says Simon Saunders, a philosopher of physics at the University of Oxford. “The situation is so uncomfortable that by far the best thing to do is declare oneself an agnostic.”

Maybe this means we'll see an F.P. Journe Attoseconde or Jaeger LeCoultre Planckograph someday? That is, if days even exist...

via Horomundi
Full Article at DISCOVERY-->Link



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Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.

Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.Count how many times they say "Fine Watch Fine" in this 1947 Jam Handy film for the Hamilton Watch Company and you'll get dizzy. Also, hang in there through the awesomely corny beginning for the high tech American watchmaking bravado that follows. Video-->Link

Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.
"How A Watch Works", Jam Handy's 1949 educational film about mechanical wristwatches and how they work. Video-->Link

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Jim Henson's Time Piece - 1965 Experimental FilmEraserclock - David Lynch's Mysterious Clock DesignThe Rolling Eye Clocks of Oswald (circa 1927-1950)Tattoo Wristwatch = Bad IdeaWatchband That Will Knock You Out!  Literally!  The DefensebandNewsflash! Time May Not Exist!Jam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.

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