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Paul Smith Dashboard Watch

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchPaul Smith has reissued the dashboard style watch, a somewhat tamer variation of the previous model from their fun collection of the late-nineties. Called the PS20, it features what appears to be a retrograde style display (when hands reach the right, they flyback in the blink of an eye), but it's actually just a double handed display. Once one end of a hand is out of view, the opposite end appears. Time is told much like that of many other retrograde watches (seen here-->link) and the casing appears to be brushed steel with a block link bracelet. The date is viewed through a porthole in the bottom half of the watch. £375 (quartz) Paul Smith Watches-->Link

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchAvailable in olive, light/dark blue and red

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchThe original model from the late nineties
Polished steel, sport link bracelet, expanding digits

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchMost of the original collection

Some had mechanical movements, most were Quartz. Many inspirations from the vintage LIP, Christian Dior and Pierre Cardin watches of the seventies. Most of the current collection is pretty drab otherwise.

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Other Retrograde Watches



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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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Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979
A cell phone vision from the 1979 book "Future Cities - Homes & Living into the 21st Century". Page 12 foreshadows a telephone wristwatch (they even speculate the nickname "The Risto") connected by satellites and capable of electronic mail and most surprisingly, electronic voting. All activated by pressing the aerial pop-out button!

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979Cover of the book

Satellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979
via Paleo-Future

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Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon

Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
Well, since the Opus 5 concept watch 'Time Bandit' was never made, I guess I'll have to settle for this Girard Perregaux '1945 Jackpot Tourbillon'. Just introduced this week at the Geneva SIHH show, this hautegadget has an actual miniaturized mechanical slot machine just above the hands and tourbillon. Each roller has five symbols , hearts, diamonds, spades, horseshoes, and three liberty bells for jackpot. When the arm on the side is pulled, the spin also activates a striking mechanism of chiming gongs - for those vintage casino sounds. While modern barreled watches like Jean Dunand's Shabaka and the vintage rollers of the Patek Cobra incorporate timekeeping to this inventive display, the GP Jackpot represents what one-armed-bandits do best, taking lots of your money.

Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot TourbillonThe specs;
• 18k pink gold case
• Dimensions: 43.00 x 43.95 mm
• Height: 17.30 mm
• Antireflective sapphire crystal
• See-through case back, fastened with 4 screws
• Water-resistant to 30 metres
• Movement GIRARD-PERREGAUX GPFAY08
• Jackpot Tourbillon under gold Bridge
• Mechanical with manual winding
• Calibre: 38.60 x 32.60 mm
• Frequency: 21,600 vibrations/hour (3 Hz)
• Power reserve: minimum 96 hours (4 days)
• Functions: hour, minute, small seconds on the Tourbillon
• Slot machine and striking mechanism
• Alligator straps with folding buckle

via Timezone

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Flashing Dot 1968 Mondia 'Top Second' Wristwatch

Flashing Dot 1968 Mondia 'Top Second' Wristwatch
A selection of rare late sixties Mondia 'Top Second' blinking watches with jumping seconds. Not sure why but they created a viewhole exposing the seconds visually (as pictured) with a little two-tone disk that would flash mechanically, but I dig it! Just odd enough for me...

Flashing Dot 1968 Mondia 'Top Second' Wristwatch
Blue and burgundy models available at Gilbert Joseph

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Mondia Chronograph-->Link


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Big Ben On Your Wrist

Big Ben On Your Wrist
"Dent London has not, it is fair to say, been quite the leading force in recent years that it was in its heyday. That, however, is about to be changed with the launch of a new collection of men’s watches – its first for 40 years (Parliament pictured above). With a history that is matched by only the highest ranked companies, the interest in the Dent name has already gone beyond expectations. Shown here is a sample from the first collection, which is to be launched imminently. If you find its design naggingly familiar, you won’t be alone: it is in fact that of ‘Big Ben’, or rather the Houses of Parliament Great Clock, whose prestigious construction contract was awarded to Edward J Dent in 1852. Appropriately, the brand’s 21st-century incarnation has already secured the contract to make the largest public clock currently under construction in Europe, for the new Eurostar terminal at St Pancras station, London."


Via QP Magazine
Dent Watches-->Link

Big Ben On Your WristBig Bad Ben


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Swiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump Hour

Swiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump Hour
Swiss mechanical watches were faced with a huge challenge by the growing popularity of digital LED & LCD displays of the seventies. Taking an older concept called the Jumping Hour or Direct Read (rotating discs with numbers printed on them instead of hands) and adapting it for watches like the Amida Digitrend with its reverse-reflected sideviewing LED imitation or the Sicura Instalite featured here. The Sicura was the first mechanical jump hour watch with a separate electric lighting function - batteries powered the lamp and manual winding for the watch. Pushing the top button lit up the display as well as three oddly placed portholes on the space-age case.

Available-->Link

Swiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump HourSwiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump HourSwiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump Hour

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Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariAn early unveiling of Gerald Genta's Gefica Safari - updated from the original 1988 Gefica hunting watch, born of a conversation between chums Geoffroy, Fissore and Canali (GeFiCa) on a big game hunt in Africa. The case is built from bronze and titanium, the movement is the Biretro Chrono (Originally featured here-->Link).

The Purists discuss the history of the Gefica --> Link

Update! Additional Gefica images below...

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari
Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica Safari
Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariMore photos shown at ThePurists Gerald Genta forum --> Link

Sneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariThe Arena Biretro


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Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-1959

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-1959
A journey of classic vintage wristwatch advertisements
of the forties through the fifties...

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591947 Belvil
One of many Dali-inspired '
Persistence of Memory' ads

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591958 Technos
Atomic powered 'Atomium'
Ha, I wish, apparently just a design theme...

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591951 Prexa 'Self Going?' Watch
Those limp watchband legs are creeepy,
especially with that stiff gear-print suit.

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591950 Mondia
Is something being lost in translation here
or am I missing something?
The ad says, "The Cave Lion: How do you escape from roaring lost time?
Quietly rely on Mondia."
I get that it's a quiet watch and all, but...

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591951 Exactus
A great name for a fifties watch!
And in case you didn't see their name,
they want to be sure...

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591952 Ebel 'Videomatic'
Shown below - likely called Video because you can watch the movement from the skeletonized back (back when the word only meant 'to see')


Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-1959
Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591947 Pontifa
Before all the digital Nike sports watches,
people actually used their Chrongraph registers.

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591953 Atlantic
??? What's with the veiny corpse hand?

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591950 Election
Company logo vomitting the product, interesting approach

Mid-Century Watch Ads 1946-19591956 Doxa
Why doesn't the watch look as futuristic as the concept car
they are comparing themselves to??


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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

Paul Smith Dashboard WatchVintage Watching - 1971 Hamilton DatelineSatellite Telephone Wristwatches of 1979Girard Perregaux 1945 Jackpot TourbillonFlashing Dot 1968 Mondia 'Top Second' WristwatchBig Ben On Your WristSwiss Digital Envy - 1974 Sicura Instalite Electro-mechanical Jump HourSneak Peek - Gerald Genta 2007 Gefica SafariMid-Century Watch Ads 1946-1959Beware of Armed Thin-o-matic Owners

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