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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 It's either too polished or the details that originally made it interesting are dulled down.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

Related Post;
Patek Philippe by Gilbert Albert 1955-65-->Link



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Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton Dateline

Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton DatelineA solid 18k white gold vintage mechanical Hamilton Dateline TM100B of the early seventies. Featuring bold horizontal hour markers, a solid integral bracelet and most interesting, the date window through the bottom band. -->Link

Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton Dateline14k solid yellow gold Dateline TM2903 with date window through case.

Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton DatelineSteel version-->Link

Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton DatelineA variation of sorts, this is the automatic A-201 in 14k gold-->Link


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Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton Dateline


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Cubism of Ulysse Nardin

Cubism of Ulysse Nardin
I recently found these strange Ulysse Nardin wristwatches from a vintage 1972 advertisement. The forced cubical angles of the "La Bonne Perspective" above -- A geometric Bas-relief of sorts with its faux-exaggerated dimensional form.

And below, the massive steel "Chronometre Unicorne" with case integrated wide bracelet.


Cubism of Ulysse Nardin
Cubism of Ulysse Nardin
I found an auction for the chronometer here-->Link


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Max Bill Chronoscope for Junghans

Max Bill Chronoscope for JunghansIn 1962 Swiss artist Max Bill (1908-1994) created a few mechanical watches for the German company Junghans. Reissued in recent years, this rare Chronoscope model has a certain-something, its minimalism is just plain-attractive. Apparently this particular version isn't sold anymore and the only one I could find was at-->Link

Max Bill Chronoscope for Junghans

A product of the Bauhaus generation, Max Bill was pupil Walter Gropius and kindred spirit of Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe – was a virtuoso designer and creative artist, as his diverse activities as a painter, architect, sculptor, teacher and designer amply demonstrate. His work is characterised by a clarity of design and precise proportions.

Junghans-->Link



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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

Other Patek Philippe related posts-->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

Watchismo's Timewarp for QP Magazine - Vintage Sideview Displays


My new column, 'Watchismo's Timewarp' for British QP Magazine (Issue #23) is now available.

For the series premiere, I write about one of my favorite species, the Sideview display like the 1958 Patek Philippe 'Cobra' prototype below. Its radical use of digital and graphic rollers was likely too ahead of its time. Originally featured --> Link



Others featured in the article;

1970 Amida Digitrend

1974 Jaz Derby Swissonic

1976 Benrus Pop-up LED
Doxa Grafic Over Time 1957-2007Vintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton DatelineCubism of Ulysse Nardin1950 Rolex Lipstick WatchMax Bill Chronoscope for Junghans1950s Patek Philippe 'Top Hat'Beware of Armed Thin-o-matic OwnersOMEGAMANIA Preview #2 - Ursula Andress Grima Ring WatchWatchismo's Timewarp for QP Magazine - Vintage Sideview DisplaysTwo Unique Swiss Vintage Mondia Moonstone & Parade Watches

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