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Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!A very rare private collection of vintage LIP watches are now available. Ranging from gunmetal and sterling silver pocket watches of the early 1900s to the iconic French designer series of the early seventies. Original Mach 2000 chronographs from Roger Tallon, very rare Prince Francois de Baschmakoff Jump Hours and some nearly singular examples from a rich history in time!

Above, a Sixties sterling silver LIP wristwatch with actual wood inlaid bracelet and wood dial. Never seen another like it, ever!

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Rudi Meyer's very unusual 70s "Galaxie"


Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Unusual Mystery Dial "Ecrusson"
1970s Roger Tallon Design

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Uncommon Automatic Mach 2000

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Early 70s Mach 2000 Moon by Roger Tallon

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Rare prototype LIP Moonphase Mach 2000
(never went into production)

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!1975 LIP Mach 2000 LED
(light emitting diode)

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!1974 Tallon LIP Electrique

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Modern Design Sixites Ladies LIP

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!1960s Sunken Hours Manual Mechanical LIP

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!1970's "Les Candides" by Michel Boyer
(beat Swatch by 10 years!)

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Seventies Lip "Instrument" by Rudi Meyer

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!"Hermes" Style 60s Lip Mechanical

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!The Classic Lip Mach 2000 "Aeronef" by Roger Tallon 1974

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!The All Steel Lip Baschmakoff Jump Hour - 1970

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Early 20th Century Gunmetal Lip Pocketwatch

Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!
Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!
Related Posts at The Watchismo Times;
All Vintage Watch Stories
All LIP Watch Stories

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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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RIP Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass has passed away soundly in his sleep at the age of 90. Founder of the influential Memphis design movement and the iconic 1969 Olivetti typewriters, he also designed watches for Alessi, Seiko, Tissot, and Cleto Munari.

Sottsass Seiko Designs (originally featured here->link)


Sottsass Designs for Tissot


Sottsass for Munari

Sottsass for Alessi

The 1969 Olivetti




Video of his 2007 exhibition at the Design Museum London spanning sixty years of design-->Link


See also;
Eero Aarnio Prototype Watch
Vintage Christian Dior
Vintage Pierre Cardin
Designer LIP Watches
Paul Smith Watches
All Designer Posts


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At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 Cartier

At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 CartierSome nice looking vintage offerings at the upcoming October Antiquorum auction in Geneva. Above, a 1930s Tissot Staybrite Chronograph with very unusual lugs. Estimate $2500-$4200-->Link

At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 Cartier
At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 CartierAn untouched 1946 Rolex Square Antimagnetique est. $25,000-$32,000-->Link

At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 CartierThis very rare 1940s Audemars Piguet triple date moonphase chronograph is expected to bring in over $100,000-->Link

At the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 CartierAnd a 1950 platinum and diamond Cartier "Gouvernail Ronde Squelette" could reach over $200,000-->Link


Enter The Watchismo Times 1st anniversary vintage chronograph giveway!-->LINK


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1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the World

1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the WorldWell, maybe you won't know what time it is, but you'll be the coolest cat in that sweaty speakeasy! From an article in the September 1934 issue of Popular Science. Original text below...
1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the WorldICEBOX ON WRIST TO COOL THE WHOLE BODY

"Purdue University physicists say the whole body may be kept cool during the hottest weather by a recently developed miniature refrigerator that straps to the wrist in the manner of a watch. The refrigerator is somewhat larger than a wrist watch and encloses a pellet of dry ice— solid carbon dioxide. As the dry ice evaporates, it forms an invisible gas. Escaping from the case, the gas has the same effect as cold water poured over the wrists. It lowers the temperature of the blood in the arteries and this cooled blood is carried to every part of the body. The metal case is insulated from the wrist by rubber, as the temperature of the dry ice is 109 degrees below zero and its contact with the skin would result in a severe burn. With proper insulation, however, there is no danger of this occurring. And thus the device can be worn in perfect safety."

1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the WorldThe original issue

Via Modern Mechanix

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Other vintage watch ads & videos


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1950s Hamilton Pacer for Rockford Screw Company

1950s Hamilton Pacer for Rockford Screw CompanyRene Rondeau has this very unique 1957 Hamilton Electric "Pacer" available. Many presentation models with corporate logos were custom made by Hamilton but rarely with themed hour markers like the variety of screws and bolts of the Rockford Screw Company. They actually still exist today. They might have a screw loose if they don't buy it for posterity...

Vintage Hamilton site-->Link

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All Hamilton
All Electric


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D-DAY - The Letter D Over Time

The Watchismo Times version of Sesame Street by celebrating the letter 'D'.

1940s LeCoultre

1970 Lucerne Jump Hour Digital-->Link

1970s Orion

1971 Pierre Cardin-->-->Link & Link

1980s & 2000s Jean d'Eve Sectora I & II

1973 Bulova Accutron

1970s Roger Tallon "Mach 2000" LIP Chronographs
(yes, I know, a backwards D or even a C, so what?)

1970s Roger Tallon LIP digital LED & Ladies Mystery Dial

1972 Christian Dior by Bulova-->Link

Speaking of Sesame Street,
This creeped me the hell out as a kid...


Stay tuned for the letters B, Q, V, and the number 8.

Related Posts;
A Clockwork Orange


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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

Thanks to Archive.org for these kitschy nuggets of watchmaking history!


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1953 LeCoultre Futurematic

1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
The 1953 LeCoultre Futurematic, the worlds first fully automatic watch -- featuring no traditional crown (time set on back of watch) and power reserve indicator. Two calibers were produced, the 497 with a handed power-reserve 'gas gauge style' and the 817 with color changing display.


1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre Futurematic
1953 LeCoultre FuturematicCalibre 817

1953 LeCoultre FuturematicTime-setting crown on caseback


Futurematic information-->Link
Futurematic restoration project-->Link
Jaeger LeCoultre History-->Link

Related Posts;
Deco Watches
Hamilton Dateline

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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;
Amida Digitrend Jump Hour
Jaz Derby Swissonic
Sideview Timewarp Article
Sideview Solar LED
Parmigiani Bugatti
Other Drivers Watches


Photo - Antiquorum


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Vintage LIP Watches - Rare Private Collection Available After Decades in Storage!Vintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old WatchesRIP Ettore SottsassAt the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 Cartier1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the World1950s Hamilton Pacer for Rockford Screw CompanyD-DAY - The Letter D Over TimeJam Handy Watchmaking Films of 1947-1949 for Hamilton Watch Co.1953 LeCoultre Futurematic1940s LeCoultre DuoPlan Drivers Watch

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