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At the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital Lamp

At the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital Lamp
The Beyer Watch & Clock Museum in Zurich is putting together a nice looking website. In its early stages, you can see some of their collection like the 1660 Jacques Sermand rock crystal neck watch above and the 1930s digital art deco lamp below.

"The rock-crystal case is made of one piece with four arches and features, on the outside, an engraved and fire-gilt bronze setting with a hinge for the lid and movement. The lid above the dial is also cut out of rock-crystal and serves as protective cover. The engraved dial, three rings in silver for the ho urs I to XII, the date I to 3 land the weekdays. The moonphase is visible in the small window on the left with another square window above, indicating the age of the moon. Three blued iron hands."

At the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital LampAt the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital LampClose-up of the digital display in base

At the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital Lamp1940s Hidden dial pop-up wristwatch

Beyer Museum-->Link
1940s pop-up wristwatch-->Link
1930s Jaeger LeCoultre Bedside Digital Clock Lamp-->Link
1660 Neck Watch at the Beyer Museum-->Link


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The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's Wrist

The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's WristIt's true, women were the first to adorn their wrists with time. Since the mid-19th century, with sporatic examples dating even further back (here), most ladies wristwatches were incorporated into bracelets, heavily jeweled, stylishly decorative, and quite often concealing their functions. Women were at least five decades if not more than a century ahead of the first mens Cartier Santos, a watch made for a pilot in the early 1900s. Ahead of the first military watches that placed strapped pocket watches onto a soldiers wrist.

This history has been beautifully documented in the extensive interactive exhibit, "Fine Watchmaking - A Tribute to Women", an exhibition from the 2007 SIHH. Examples from the show below and the complete online catalogue here-->LINK

The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's Wrist1868 - First Patek Philippe wristwatch
Made for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary
The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's WristOne of the oldest known bracelet-watches.
Movement signed Capt & Freundler à Genève, 1813.
Musée d’Horlogerie du Locle, Switzerland

The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's Wrist1930s Cadenas Watch witch serpentine chain
Van Cleef & Arpels

The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's WristAdvertisement for the Marquise watch by Baume & Mercier.
Marquise watch. Early 1950s. Baume & Mercier collection

The Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's WristUnusual watch attached to a ribbon

And from the article, "Women and watches - A long standing love affair"

"The wristwatch conquers new fans

With the sleeveless dresses of the Directoire and Empire styles, the bracelet became a blank canvas on which jewelers could express their creativity. Some were inspired to incorporate a timepiece, proving that women, not men, were the first to wear their watch on their wrist. However, not everyone welcomed this innovation. Certain of its detractors even claimed that such small and doubtless fragile mechanisms would inevitably be damaged by the movements of the wrist.

This by no means discouraged Omega, which proposed wristwatches for men and women as of 1905. The watch was seen from a new angle, as a fashion accessory. Women were encouraged to own several and adapt them to their outfit and activities. When, in 1914, the women’s magazine Femina ran a poll of its readers, 3,437 of the 4,350 respondents said they preferred the wristwatch. After the First World War, both men and women adopted the wristwatch for its modern, sporting or avant-garde image. All eyes focused on Rolex when in 1927 Mercedes Gleitze swam the Channel with a waterproof Oyster strapped to her wrist. After the Second World War, society discovered mass consumption and an emphasis on well-being as never before. Life was once again a social whirl and luxury reinstated. Piaget was one of the first to create watches in a jewelery spirit, followed by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Chopard."

For the rest of this article-->Link

Via Journal de la Haute Horlogerie
& Origins of the Wristwatch before 1900

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All Ladies Wristwatch Features-->Link
Jewelry Features-->Link



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1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers Watch

1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers WatchTriangular cased watch by LeCoultre (circa 1940). Angled on the wrist allowing time-viewing while driving. Featuring a stainless steel case, stepped bezel, 15 jewel movement and back-winder. Drivers watches by LeCoultre are very rare.

The Duoplan movements, developed in 1925 to aid reliability in increasing miniaturization, were arranged on split levels leading to the creation of the world's smallest Caliber 101.


1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers Watch
1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers Watch

1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers WatchDuoplan two-tier movement

Related posts;
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Jaz Derby Swissonic
Sideview Timewarp Article
Sideview Solar LED
Parmigiani Bugatti
Other Drivers Watches


Photo - Antiquorum


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Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-1972

Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-19721940s "Square"

Some 'out of the ordinary' vintage Vacheron Constantin wristwatches circa 1930-1970...


Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-19721938 Asymmetric Oval

Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-19721970s with Hidden Lugs


Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-1972Modernist Circle-Square

Unusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-19721930 "Montre à Volets" with Shutters
Previously featured here-->Link

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Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007
When a brand reissues a model from their past, somehow, it just never looks quite right. It's either too polished or the details that originally made it interesting are dulled down.

The Doxa Grafic of 1957 was very modern for its time, a stark dial with a simple starburst of crosshairs was really quite different for a wristwatch. As the original 1957 advertisement above states, "Excitingly, Fashionably, Emphatically Different!" An affordable alternative to the asymmetrical Patek Philippe watches by Gilbert Albert of the same time. Patek-->Link

The minimalism of the bauhaus inspired design has been relatively faithful over past years. Now, with the 50th anniversary of the Grafic in 2007, liberties have been taken for a new chronograph version.

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007Original vintage automatic Grafic
Date hole upper left
available at Art Of Time->Link and another->Link

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007A vintage Grafic with raised markers->Link

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007The Grafic in 2007

Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007The 2007 Grafic Chronograph
Via Europastar

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Patek Philippe by Gilbert Albert 1955-65-->Link



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1930s Vibra Cynlinder Date & Chinatown Mystery

1930s Vibra Cynlinder Date & Chinatown Mystery
Ah, another supercool vintage mystery solved. Max Busser forwarded this to me, a most unusual wristwatch by Vibra. A little research determined it was produced in the 1930s featuring the its signature oddity, cylindrical hooded lugs displaying the date and day (in Spanish). Crowns on the side of each tube for adjustment. Stainless steel case, painted arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds dial, "Spade" blued steel hands., M. Cal. 10 ''' rhodium-plated, 10 jewels, lateral lever escapement, self-compensating flat balance-spring. Diameter 28 mm.

Also, the watch below was requested by another for identification. It shows a movie still of Jack Nicholson's wristwatch in the classic Roman Polanski film, "Chinatown". The period was set in 1940s Los Angeles. But with this mystery, you don't risk your nose being slit.

Any ideas? Let me know - Email

1930s Vibra Cynlinder Date & Chinatown MysteryThe original movie trailer-->Here



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1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'

1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'A swanky fifties Patek Philippe called the "Top Hat". The distinctive stepped case (platinum) with hooded lugs, diamond dial, rhodium 18 jewel movement with Gyromax balance and micrometer regulator. $25,000 @ Bogoff-->Link

1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'
1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'1950 Patek Top Hat in Pink Gold
$21,500 @ Aaron Faber-->Link

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Beware of Armed Thin-o-matic Owners

Guys who are on time with thin little watches can be tough too! That is, according to Hamilton's 1960s advertisement for the not so tough sounding 'Thin-o-matic' collection.

It's actually an understated but cool series of vintage watches from the fifties & sixties featuring the worlds first automatic micro-rotor movement by Buren. A breakthrough innovation during the evolution of thinner self-winding mechanical movements.

The highly sought after asymmetric T-403 Thin-o-matic
with finned case and two-tone dial

With bulleted markers

OMEGAMANIA Preview #2 - Ursula Andress Grima Ring Watch

Ursala Andress...the original Bond girl and former owner of this jeweled Omega ring-watch by Andrew Grima, the force behind the 1969 'About Time' series for Omega. A designer of only one-of-a-kind watches including the radically futuristic (for its time) solid gold LEDs originally featured here --> Link

This 1972 ring-watch, like others by Rolex and LeCoultre, is built with very small mechanical movements but this vintage bling is iced with 28 diamonds, bark-finished platinum and a watch crystal of tourmaline. The expected price is on request only so I can only imagine...



It ain't that small at 26.5mm wide!

Related stories;
Omegamania Preview #1 - Darth & Anakin
Grima Omega Watches & Prototype LED
Bond Gadget Watches
Rolex & LeCoultre Ring Watches

Giving You the Finger - Rolex & Jaeger LeCoultre Ring Watches


I wonder if it were socially acceptable to wear a watch on every appendage, would I..? Well, I'd likely start with one of these vintage 1950's ring watches. Very rare finger timepieces by LeCoultre and Rolex.

Above is a platinum & diamond set LeCoultre 'Duo-Plan' with an impossibly small dial & movement. Top-hinged for winding and setting of the watch.

Below is the 18k Rolex Precision with engine turned conical cover.

Now, when you give someone the finger, be considerate, tell them what time you want them to fuck off.




At the Museums -1660 Renaissance Crystal Neck Watch & 1930s Art Deco Digital LampThe Wristwatch - Born on a Woman's Wrist1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers WatchUnusual Vacheron Constantin 1930-1972Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-20071930s Vibra Cynlinder Date & Chinatown Mystery1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'Beware of Armed Thin-o-matic OwnersOMEGAMANIA Preview #2 - Ursula Andress Grima Ring WatchGiving You the Finger - Rolex & Jaeger LeCoultre Ring Watches

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