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The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975As quickly as the time is displayed on an LED watch is about the same length of time high end Swiss brands produced them in the early seventies. Companies like Omega produced their gold brick of a watch called the "Time Computer" and Jaeger LeCoultre got their groove on in the same way The Rolling Stones toyed with Disco in songs like "Miss You" in 1978.

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975This 1975 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital features a pretty cool asymmetric red crystal and light emitting diodes displayed on command by button and the original bands were a perfectly pretentious golden mesh.

The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital-->Link


See also;
History of LED Calculator Watches
History of Dynamic Scattering LCD
History of Solar LED Watches
LED-LCD Watch Combos
Zenith Analog/Digital Hybrid
Other Analog-Digital Posts
All LED Watch Related Posts

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Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor Watch

Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchNot long ago I featured some of the coolest in vintage geek wristwear with my Math Watches post-->here. And thought I'd follow it up with a phenomenally rare opportunity to own this vintage 60's Juvenia. The hour hand is a miniature protractor, the minutes a golden arrow, and the seconds is a double edged blade-propeller. Stainless steel, manual winding, and completely overhauled. $2495

Available from Derek at Watchestobuy.com here-->Link (part of his personal collection for fifteen years and just now for sale)

Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchSlim sideviews

See also;
Math Watches Part 1.4593
Discs Instead of Hands
History of LED Calculator Watches
All Mystery Dial Posts
Collection of Gadget Watch Posts



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Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message Watches

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesTwo vintage mystery dial watches from the late sixties/early seventies with secret dials revealing a not-so-subtle message from a pair of scantily clad tarts. Each of these mechanical erotic novelty watches had a unique feature of discs that obscure the dial most of the time but slowly unveil the other dastardly dirty time of day.

One for those with highly overactive libidos (hourly display) and the other with a more respectable twelve hour time frame. Although anyone who actually wore these was likely not getting any anyway.

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesThis model featuring the twice daily message

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesClassy stuff!
One with a transparent disc with floating seconds arrow.

Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesAround the same time, a digital version existed with the same message electronically requested in LED display. If anyone has seen the movie Autofocus about Bob Crane, Willem Dafoe shows his off at a bar to an unsuspecting lady. The filmmakers of Autofocus actually contacted me at the time of production seeking this watch but I could only provide some traditional vintage LED from Hamilton and Compuchron. They did use it for the scene but had to edit the message in.

See also;
1890 Naked Lady Pocket Watch
Debbie Does Switzerland - Antique Erotic Automaton


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Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab Studio

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioArtist Mike Libby's medium consists of dead bugs and watch-guts. His second series of mechanically enhanced insect art (previously featured here->link) has just been released at his Insect Lab Studio and it includes entirely new specimens like the scorpion above. Also new to the collection are grasshoppers, Praying Mantis, and beetles with their entire wingspans displayed with the rest of their horological augmentations.

I asked Mike about the new series and details about the improvements and new species being offered...

  • "The quality of the work all around is notably improved due to higher quality insect specimens (larger ones too) and watchparts, also an improvement in insect spreading/handling skills has certainly made the final result more visually pleasing."
  • "Beetles continue to be a big hit and especially lately since I have learned to include their secondary interior wings (responsible for flight, whereas the first set of wings act as a wing case). "
  • "Development of new work with new specimens. Like I mentioned, scorpions, hoppers and praying mantis are all great new additions to my repertoire and have really challenged my customizing skills. I am always looking for a very thorough way to integrate the parts and gears to the specimen without overloading or suffocating it's natural form and beauty with technology. "How much is too much and how little is just enough?" is a question I ask myself constantly. All in all, the new hoppers (about 5" long!) and the improved beetles are certainly my favorite developments."

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab Studio
Arachnidae: Name Unknown
Scorpion & steel and brass gears, parts and springs
5” long (8” full length)
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioCetonidae: Polyphemus Confluens
Flower beetle with steel gears & parts -
4.5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base, $600

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab Studio

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioDynastidae: Eupatorus Gracilicornis
Rhino Beetle with brass gears & parts - 5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base,
$650

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioOrthoptera: Tropidacris Dux
Grasshopper & steel, copper, brass gears, parts and springs -
5”
Displayed in 6" glass dome and walnut base, $900

Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioMantidae: Name Unkown
Praying Mantis & brass, and copper gears, parts and springs
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850


Insect Lab Studio-->LINK


Related Posts;
Insect Lab Studio I
Motorcyclogical
Japanese Steampunk
Art of Movements
Wood & Bone Watches
Bennett Robot Works
Mr. Jones Watches
Vasarely Op-Art Watches


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Born with Discs Instead of Hands!

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!A few interesting examples of vintage watches with off-center discs in place of traditional hands. Above and below are two 1960's Juvenia with this rare deformity.

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!And below, a vintage Russian Raketa "Rocket" (printed in cyrillic as Paketa) with double disc-hands. One solid sphere for hours and outline disc for minutes. See it here-->Link

Born with Discs Instead of Hands!1960s Raketa Sun & Moon Dial

Related Posts;
History of Russian Watches
Juvenia Architecture Watch
Alternative Time Displays
Jumping Hours

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LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!

LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!
I'm proud to announce the launch of the new Watchismo.com! Hundreds of really unusual vintage timepieces have been added and for the first time, a very select group of modern watches from LIP. A French brand I've collected for years and only now had the opportunity to own all the revolutionary Mach 2000 models by Roger Tallon, Jump Hours of Prince Francois De Baschmakoff, and the distinct ladies watches by Isabelle Hebey. And some interesting new directions as well. More about that soon!
LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!A large variety of LIP including chronographs, jump hours, and LED. Most are original designs from the early seventies. See my article about LIP in QP Magazine here.

LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!And of course, my first love, obscure and unusual vintage mechanical and early digital watches from the sixties and seventies. Everything from the Space Age including a mystery dial Mondia Moonstone, a Spaceman Audacieuse, and an Omega Speedmaster 125.

The site is super simple and easy to stroll through, even just for eye candy, it's all part of a hobby gone horribly horribly wrong...Enjoy!

Check em out--->LINK



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Just when you thought you've seen everything...

Just when you thought you've seen everything...I love being pleasantly surprised and appalled at the same time. It's a particular feeling that can't be summed up with one word, at least not in English. But the need for such a word has never been more appropriate than when laying my eyes on a watch owned by fellow collector Ruud in The Netherlands. He shared this recent purchase of a bizarre 1965 Jump Hour by Jean Chuard. I've found no information about this French brand but photos (or actions, whatever) speak louder than words...

Just when you thought you've seen everything...The band is a solid cuff of transparent red plastic, the dial has a plastic guilloche face, the time is displayed in three windows (Heure, Minute, Date) of mechanical digital rotating dials.

Just when you thought you've seen everything...The movement "capsule"


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Long Lost Urwerk Relative? A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresThe contemporary brand Urwerk creates some of the most phenomenally complex and understandably expensive watches today but when finding this beat-up rare vintage jump hour from the seventies, it only made me think of their wandering hour designs, especially their Hammerhead, and cost me $50,000 less! It'll satisfy me for about a week.

Someday Mr. Baumgartner, someday...

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresNot wandering, retrograde or even protracting hands, just a simple semi-sideviewing jump hour digital display with a low grade manual winding movement.

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresYou gotta admit, DNA tests might prove some relation. Especially the chin and lips.

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features
Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresOf course, I'd rather have any one of these Urwerks

Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar features

Related Posts;
All Urwerk Stories
All Jump Hour Stories

Urwerk website-->Link



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VINTAGE WATCHING - 1970 Prototype Concept Calculator Watch by Litronix

VINTAGE WATCHING - 1970 Prototype Concept Calculator Watch by LitronixThis week's "Vintage Watching" presents an opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind chunk of electronic watch history. A 1970's concept calculator watch by Litronix.

Litronix, primarily an LED supplier to the other vintage digital watch brands including the first Hamilton-Pulsar digital watches. Featured here are these two experimental prototype calculator concept watches Litronix was considering for development.

But what makes this strange watch special is the unusual feature of sliders instead of buttons. Likely an attempt to improve the data entry from multiple miniature buttons to a more tactile sliding mechanism. The sliders move over a commutator which is a pc board segment. I assume you move them to the desired number and press down for selection but it sure seems like a waste of time. I guess that's why it never went into production, huh? Maybe someone can let me know if this slider function has ever been developed into another product from that time.

VINTAGE WATCHING - 1970 Prototype Concept Calculator Watch by LitronixThe second model shown here is just a block of metal, likely an earlier prototype of the one above.

The owner auctioning it (ends in less than a week), says he bought them a few decades ago a local watch and clock collectors' meeting. It is non-functional but nevertheless an interesting segment of calculator watch evolution.

VINTAGE WATCHING - 1970 Prototype Concept Calculator Watch by LitronixThree battery compartments on back



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The Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!

The Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!Here is my fourth "Timewarp" column for the 26th issue of QP Magazine. This time I feature the innovative French brand LIP and their incredibly advanced Mach 2000 and others from the revolutionary designer series of the early seventies.

Click to view the article-->Link

Past Timewarps (Sideview displays, Macho 60s & 70s vintage chronographs, and the 1971 Pierre Cardin Espace watches)-->Link



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The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor WatchTime To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message WatchesBuggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab StudioBorn with Discs Instead of Hands!LAUNCH OF WATCHISMO 2.0 !!!Just when you thought you've seen everything...Long Lost Urwerk Relative?  A 1970 Jump Hour with very familiar featuresVINTAGE WATCHING - 1970 Prototype Concept Calculator Watch by LitronixThe Latest Timewarp is LIP Smackin Good!

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