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Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick Watches

Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick WatchesAlways the sucker for cloaked clocks & watches, I recently discovered the genre of antique walking stick timepieces and couldn't resist sharing...

Above, a 1900 lion cane with sliding panels for hidden watch, keyless winding by the revolving bezel.

Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick WatchesA fascinating 1900 walking stick topper with bezel rotating like the iris of a camera shutter. Twisting of the bezel revealed the concealed watch. The top was also hinged to house a photograph and to access the winding and hand-setting crowns. Sold for nearly $30,000-->Link

Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick Watches1860 Walking Stick with Sundial inside hinged globe. The sphere made from ivory and horn, the equator in tortoise shell.

Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick Watches1890 walking stick with silver cane handle and patented keyless concealed watch by Albert Bertholet and Louis Burry-Haldi, Bienne.

Tic-Tock-Walk - Antique Walking Stick Watches1815 Snake Stick by Ch(ris)t Moricant à Genève. Concealed watch and tobacco compartment.

All via Antiquorum

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Antique 1780 See-Thru Pocket Thermometer

Antique 1780 See-Thru Pocket Thermometer
Very unusual pocket thermometer, Late 18th century (circa 1780) skelotonized, in a steel case glazed on both sides. Blue steel hand indicating the temperature in Centigrade, Fahrenheit and Reamur scales. Signed:- Salon & Co. Sold for $5655 (£2900, €4350)

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Antique 1780 See-Thru Pocket Thermometerback view


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Clockwiser - Vinta Tilt & Homemade Kinetic Clocks

Japanese design company Vinta has created a wooden table clock that measures the time by rotating on its perfectly round bottom, tilting to one of two models that rotate once every hour or every minute.

Their description;
"We wanted to express the idea of "feeling the time", not "measuring the time". It can be shown from revolving slowly on its own axis once every hour with an ambiguous change in its inclination. And we used the preciseness of a Japanese craftman technique to make this delicate shape to revolve smoothly."

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The website Instructables offers this step by step guide to making a cool kinetic op-art wall clock-->Link




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Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi

Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
"Haruo Suekichi has made thousands of watches, each with an individual name. And to think it all started with a one-armed man at a flea market in Japan."


Caught somewhere between sadistic torture device and a steampunk gadget, Suekichi's artisinal timepieces are prolifically original, fantastically bizarre, and perfectly timed for The Watchismo Times.

Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi

"Steampunk, a subgenre of speculative science fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England." Incorporating
retro-futurism styles of fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells.

More excerpts from the Chief interview;

"I started to work in a toy store, as a salesman. Across from the toy store was a watchmaker, and he would sometimes come over during work hours, and we became friends. I asked him if he could teach me how to make watches, and... [nods]."

"
So did your watches start out as unique as they are now, or have you built up to this level of weird?"

"In the beginning, they were pretty simple, a strange drawing maybe, but that's about it. But at the flea market, a one-armed man came up to me. And he said to me, well, with only my left arm, I can't put on a watch. Wow, I thought, he's right...I wonder if I could make a watch like that? So I made - and you can see one upstairs in the showcase - I made a watch that you put your wrist in it and it shuts around your wrist."

Suekichi's gallery-->Link
and more-->Link
Chief interview-->Link


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Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker Haruo Suekichi


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Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest

Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
First confirmed free climb - June 25th, 2007

The Linde Werdelin Biformeter and Land Instrument has made history by guiding world leading climbers, Conrad Anker and Leo Houlding, to becoming the first to free climb the famous North East Ridge of Everest. This is the first confirmed true, unaided ascent of the route.

The Linde Werdelin Land Instrument measures heart rate, temperature, altitude, weather and compass readings, principally keeping the expedition team safe whilst measuring how the body reacts to such extreme conditions. Previously, all confirmed ascents using this route to reach the summit have used a ladder bolted to the Second Step of the North East Ridge. The Chinese authorities gave special permission for the removal of the fixed ladder and ropes enabling Houlding and Anker to complete the Second Step very much as Mallory and Irvine might have done 83 years earlier proving that it is very possible that they did reach the summit.


Linde Werdelin Bifometer Instrument Ascent to Everest
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Linde Werdelin Site
Altitude Everest Expedition Site
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Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1960's Tourist Automatic

Here and There... For those folks who can't add a couple hours to know what time it is somewhere else, the 'dual dial' watches are perfect. For me, the oddball vintage designs double my pleasure.


Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1800 Captain's Four Independent Time Zone
Pocket Watch by Chantelot a Marseille
Sold for over $50,000

Watches with provision for showing time in more than one place are very rare before the late 19th century when true “world time” watches were first made. Before this, watches such as the present piece are very occasionally found with multiple movements and dials for keeping the time in different places. Before the advent of mass travel, there was little need for people to know the time in other places and the only people who would be interested in this were sailors and frequent voyagers. The present watch being of such high grade and therefore cost, is likely to have been made either for a rich sea captain (probably based in the port of Marseille) or as a gift for the Sultan. The present watch is exceptional for several reasons, the very large size, the quality of the case and dial and the provision for four time zones at such an early date.

source - Antiquorum

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1860 'Happy Face' Dual Time Zone Thermometer

The present watch has the unusual feature of a mercury-filled glass tube thermometer as opposed to the more favored Houriet-type bimetallic strip thermometer usually fitted to pocket watches. The dual-time-zone is geared using an extra wheel mounted beneath a bridge on the dial plate and driven from the center wheel, the going barrel directly driving the other set of hands. -->Link


Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1960s Orfina 'Golden Flame'
Double Automatic Twin Special
$600-->Link

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone WatchesOrfina Caseback
showing separate automatic movements

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone WatchesVintage Fortis 'Yin Yang' Double Dial

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1960s Ardath 55mm Dual Dial

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches"Bette O" De Luxe 55mm

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone WatchesWhite and Black Vintage Antima

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1978 Vacheron Constantin Dual Time Zone
approx $15,000

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1970's Wittnauer Double Dial

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1970 Chopard Geneve 18k
Horizontal Duo Dial

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches1970's Longines Split LED/LCD Dual Time Digital
Recently featured here-->Link

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches2006 Paul Frank "Red Eye Express"
Double Time Zone 'Here' and 'There'-->LinkTwo Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone WatchesIssey Miyake Vakio Twin Dials-->LinkTwo Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches


Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches2004 Pierre Junod DualTime
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Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone Watches2004 deLaCour Bichrono

Two Timing Bastards - Double Dial Dual Time-Zone WatchesMaurice LaCroix Pontos Décentrique
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Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few YearsBridging the gap between battery draining LED (light emitting diodes) and the more economical LCD (liquid crystal displays) was a brief period (1974-76ish) when both displays were used in one watch. Their purpose was primarily for displaying the time both day and night as internal lamp functions were not fully developed. Very few brands used this configuration but featured here are most of them...

1975 Longines Gemini II - module by Hughes Aircraft Co. (original advertisement above and detail photos below)

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
1975 Heuer Chronosplit, a sports timer and watch, later made with dual LCD displays. This version is the rarest.

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years1975 Heuer (pre-Tag) Chronosplit Ad

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years1976 Helbros

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
1976 Longines -->Link

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years
Croton "Terrestrial" -->Link

Vintage LED AND LCD - Shacking Up For a Few Years



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1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch

1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch
I swear this is my last Spy-Camera-Watch posting for a while...But since so many different variations have existed over the past 120 years, great vintage examples keep appearing. This particular one is of the Quartz age, a 1970 SIPE LED digital watch with Steinheil 2.5/12mm lens, for 7 exposures on special cassette. Actually, it appears to be a Dynamic Scattering Liquid Crystal Display, the earliest form of LCD developed in the late sixties. Either way, it's being auctioned from the WestLicht Photographia Auction House (lot 671). Or on Ebay here-->Link


1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch
1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch
1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch

1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera WatchAlso being offered are two very nice examples of the 1949 Steineck ABC subminiature wrist-cameras. Previously featured here-->Link

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1970 Sipe Steinheil Digital Spy Camera Watch


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Victorian 1886 Spy Camera Pocket Watch

Victorian 1886 Spy Camera Pocket Watch
An update to my original vintage subminiature spy watch-cameras post (link) the other week with this remarkable find (Thanks to Alex at QP). This 1886 Victorian Lancaster Pocket Watch Camera predates what I thought to be the first camera watch in 1907. It just sold at a Bonhams auction for £18,000

From Bonhams;

The Lancaster Ladies Watch Camera was brought into Bonhams by a gentleman whose grandfather had owned it originally. He was a cabinetmaker at the Birmingham-based firm J. Lancaster & Son, probably working on the many wooden cameras sold by the company. The vendor, consigning several watches to one of Bonhams’ sales, noticed that among his collection was what looked like an ordinary nickel-plated pocket watch case when closed – but when he opened it he discovered that it actually contained a tiny camera inside.

Lionel Hughes, Bonhams’ Camera Specialist, was delighted to come across the piece:
“This is a truly exceptional piece, and the price achieved at Bonhams today reflects this,” he explained. “The Lancaster Watch Camera was patented in October 1886 and made until 1890. Such tiny cameras were the forerunners for the ‘spy’ camera – a mechanism disguised as a different object. However, it would have been very inconvenient to use as four very small catches had to be released in order to remove the glass screen and to fit a separate metal sensitised material holder for each exposure. As a result, the model sadly sold badly and is much rarer than the improved version which came on the market in 1890. The ladies’ pattern is therefore particularly special, and only four original models are known to exist."


Victorian 1886 Spy Camera Pocket Watch
Victorian 1886 Spy Camera Pocket Watch
Victorian 1886 Spy Camera Pocket Watch
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1941 Officine Panerai Commando Watch Set

1941 Officine Panerai Commando Watch SetModern Panerai collectors are rabid angry beasts and they'll likely kill a small child for the upcoming vintage 1941 'Radiomir Panerai Commando Set' auction by Antiquorum. A group of very rare watches built for Italian Navy Frogmen in WWII. Included are a compass, depth gauge and wristwatch with documentation of ownership and details of their use in sabotage missions attacking British warships. This set is expected to sell between $57,000 and $75,000.

Auction-->Link

1941 Officine Panerai Commando Watch SetA previous set featuring watch/compass/depth gauge but also included a morse code device and diving knife. Link

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