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Look at Legendary LEDs of Lloyd's Large Collection


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With the recent release of the $350,000 Opus 8 ->(link) and the de Grisogono Meccanico dG ->(link) with their mechanically mimicked LED digits, I wanted to also share this video and photos from the collection of UK LED collector, Lloyd "Theledwatch". He was recently featured on Antiques Roadshow (see video above) where he shared some of the best examples of early 1970s digital light emitting diode watches like the Pulsar Hamilton P1, Girard Perregaux Casquette, Omega Time Computer and my one-of-a-kind favorites by the Royal designer Andrew Grima.

Some highlights of Lloyd's collection including the rarest and most valuable vintage digital LED watches of the seventies; (text also from theledwatch.com)

The Hewlett Packard HP-01 LED Watch calculator was a marvel of miniaturization and intelligent design. It was HP's first watch and their first small algebraic calculator but it was more than just a wristwatch and a calculator in the same package.

It combined them to do things that neither could do alone. Its user interface combined the best of both worlds. For example, to change time zones, the user displayed the time, added or subtracted the appropriate amount and stored the result.

Three styles of the Hewlett Packard HP-01 Calculator Watches

In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's, Andrew Grima was commissioned by various members of the British and Scandinavian Royal family including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret, to make various items of jewelry.

Mr. Grima's work is very highly sought after and collectors pay many thousands of pounds for his rare and beautiful pieces.. During the 70's his work was sold in an exclusive gallery in Knightsbridge (LONDON) and would range form many thousands to a million pounds plus.

Another one-of-a-kind Grima LED!

The rarest calculator watch by Uranus


Girard Perregaux's perfectly designed sideview "Casquette"

GP Casquette in Macrolon (also avail in gold)

The first solar powered watch by Synchronar
Invented by Roger Riehl in the late sixties
(Read previous post about history of Solar watches-->Link)
Rare Synchronar Ad for Women

Roger Tallon's original 1975 asymmetric LIP Mach 2000 models
(above and below)


The first electronic digital watches on the market by Hamilton-Pulsar

1973 Pulsar P2 for Tiffany & Co.

The ultra-rare Pulsar P1 in solid 18k
Only a few dozen in circulation valued at around $20k

Pulsar Calculator watches in steel and solid gold
The original 18k models sold for $3950.00 in 1975

Original Pulsar Advertising

Before going under in 1978, Pulsar introduced their very rare "Greenie"

1973 Omega TC-1 in solid 18k gold


1975 Longines LED

1976 Breitling Navitimer
(only produced one year before the LCD version)

Very rare Benrus "Pop-Up" LED Sideview
(case physically pops up when button is pressed and time is displayed)



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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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1980s Japanese Transformers Watch Commercial


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1980s Japanese commercial for
Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, and Superion Transformer toy watches.



1981 Kronoforms Robot Watch Commercial
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Some (non-watch-related) toy robot commercials from 1961


The Robot Commando is here to help you! (1961)

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The Great Garloo! (1961)

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See Also;
Japanese Steampunk Watchmaker
1964 Gilbert James Bond Toy Gadget Watch
Vintage Kids Watches


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Rare Recovered Retrograde Wristwatches - Two 1972 Wittnauer Sector Futurama 1000

Rare Recovered Retrograde Wristwatches - Two 1972 Wittnauer Sector Futurama 1000There were very few double-retrograde watches made in the early seventies but here are two of the very best. The vintage automatic winding "Futurama 1000" by Wittnauer featured only two styles, silver dial and black dial with hours and minutes displayed in an arc (hours on left, minutes on right). As each hand travels to the bottom, they fly-back to the top rather than circularly rotate. These two are particularly fine examples each with their original bracelets. Deep-set magnified portholes for date display.

Black dial (shown above displaying 11:10)-->Link
Silver dial (shown below displaying 11:12)-->Link

Rare Recovered Retrograde Wristwatches - Two 1972 Wittnauer Sector Futurama 1000
Related Posts;
1900 Steampunk Retrograde Pocket Watch
Retired Retrogradation
Raunchy Retrograde
Hautlence
Urwerk
All Retrograde Watch Stories



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Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit

Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitI can't have everything I want, and that's okay (for now). With fellow collectors detailing their acquisitions in such detail as Jeff Stein of OnTheDash and Chronocentric has done with his recent purchase of a very rare 1977 Heuer Split Lap Unit made for the Ford RS Motorsports Team, I can live vicariously through him. The images might even be sharp enough for me to print out a paper version and assemble it on my wrist.

Heuer Split Lap 77-->Link

The varied reactions Jeff received upon wearing it for the first time;
  • one bad ass watch
  • the ugliest watch I have ever seen [his wife's reaction]
  • a statement . . . a very loud statement
  • a cool-looking machine
  • one rock-solid watch
  • I thought you were getting into the Bubble-backs?
  • what in the world is it?
Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitOriginal 1978 advertisement

Partial ad translation; "Built for those with the higest of expectations. With the ambitious standards of motorsport, - with obsession, with the love of perfection & measuring equipment. If you want to wear a timecomputer, that will remain a styling & technology rarity"


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A Century of Rolex Watches - Antiquorum Thematic Auction

A Century of Rolex Watches - Antiquorum Thematic Auction
Antiquorum celebrates a century of Rolex watches with a thematic sale.

The year 2008 marks the 100th anniversary of Rolex. Antiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s leading auction house for timepieces, will celebrate this important event with the exceptional sale “Revolution: The Evolution of the Rolex Sport Watch” on April 17th at Antiquorum’s US headquarters located at 595 Madison Avenue in New York City.

See highlights of the auction here-->LINK


(Featured above)
Rolex “Space Dweller” Ref. 1016
Extremely rare, first introduced to the Japanese market in 1963, just after a visit to Japan by the Mercury astronauts.
Estimate: $20,000 -$30,000 (US)


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When you buy a man's watch, buy a MAN's Watch. 1960s Macho Watch Ads

When you buy a man's watch, buy a MAN's Watch.  1960s Macho Watch AdsAbove, a 1969 Rado Diastar advertisement appealing to men with abnormally large & hairy arms. Below, a 1960s Hamilton Thin-o-matic ad for the punctually homicidal end of the market.

When you buy a man's watch, buy a MAN's Watch.  1960s Macho Watch Ads
Have an old magazine with some cool watch ads? Email them to me!

See also;
The Zodiac Killer's Zodiac Watch
1960 Live Television Timex Torture Test Failure
1970s Timex Commercial Collection
1960s Timex "Underwater Dating"
1978 Texas Instruments
1961 Bulova Accutron
Laser Beam Wristwatch
A New Age in Quartz
1940s Jam Handy for Hamilton
1970s Seiko Memory Bank
1940's Conquer by the Clock


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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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Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch Advertisements

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsI love coming across random vintage watch ads of the seventies. For some reason, this simple looking 1970's Precimax watches above allowed you to be on time for key parties and ABBA concerts.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsTotally Cubular - 1975 jump hour watches by LGP (Leon Georges Petit) just lounging about in a Verner Panton landscape.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsMontremo, a company that built watch components (and still does) made this great looking industry ad in the seventies.

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsVintage 1975 Sicura & Hamilton advertisement featuring watches that can walk on water and stand upright. Holy and modern...

Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch Advertisements
Six Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsUnidentified flying wristwatch by Spatiale Z.R.C.

See also;
All vintage watch ad posts


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Shoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!

Shoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!Like a Russian Matrioshka doll, these obscure vintage and antique camera watches keep appearing and gratefully outdo themselves with each layer of the photohorological onion.

The first that caught my attention was the 1950s Steineck ABC wrist camera, which in turn, turned me onto the world of subminiature spy camera watches and the surprising discovery of this 100+ year old secret photographic history starting with this 19th century pocket watch camera.

And just when I thought I've seen them all, this
UKA 659 model by Kilfitt kills them all with a single 1969 prototype that never went into production and recently sold on eBay for nearly $60,000 (US). Update! It seems to have been relisted and is currently at $58,000 --> Auction Link

Shoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!Kilfitt camera history-->Link

Shoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!
See also;
Subminiature Camera Watches
Steinheil Camera Watch
Victorian Camera Pocket Watch
1950s Minifon Spy Recorder Watch
Victorian Wrist Horn & Prototype Wrist Camera
James Bond Movie Gadget Watches
Satellite Watches of 1979


via Gizmodo (thanks to Felipe!)


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Look at Legendary LEDs of Lloyd's Large CollectionVintage Watching - A Bumper Crop of New Old WatchesRare Recovered Retrograde Wristwatches - Two 1972 Wittnauer Sector Futurama 1000Living Vicariously Through Other Watch Collectors - 1977 Heuer Split Lap UnitA Century of Rolex Watches - Antiquorum Thematic AuctionWhen you buy a man's watch, buy a MAN's Watch.  1960s Macho Watch AdsRIP Ettore SottsassSix Pack Ads - Vintage Watch AdvertisementsShoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!

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