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Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces

Tired of circular and rectangular shaped cases? Me too! So then, here is a varied collection of triangular watches over the decades...

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1950s Cartier driver sideview watch
"Baguette à cadran incliné et mouvement Duoplan"
Dial is hinged at the apex allowing to rotate on axis

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1970s Jaeger LeCoultre

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1959 Patek Philippe prototype designed by Gilbert Albert
(valued well over $100,000)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1940 Jaeger LeCoultre "Duoplan" driver style sideview watch
(smallest mechanical movement)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1990 Gerald Genta "Les Nights"
with triangular hands and pyramidal stepped bezel

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1961 Prototype Hamilton Electric Ventura
Mahogany & Mother-of-Pearl Pacer Prototypes

And there can't be any definitive triangular retrospective without the mysterious world of Masonic watches...

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1940s Cervine Masonic Wristwatch

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided TimepiecesOther Masonic Watches
Top: 1920 Tempor 8 day keyless Dashboard Timepiece
Bottom: 1930 Tempor & Hiram Pocketwatches

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided Timepieces1950s Louvic Mystery Dial
(hands on discs)

Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided TimepiecesUnknown 1970s dynamic scattering LCD sideview
Very rare triangular prototype


Photos via Antiquorum and Rene Rondeau


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Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP "Memo"

Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP Just came across this strange vintage LIP "Memo" from 1970. At first glance, a typical looking vintage watch but look at the rotating bezel, it contains a variety of images intended to remind the wearer of something they need to remember. A phone, an envelope, a car, a heart, and a few others not shown.

A little bit more advanced than tying a string around your finger but not quite as modern as a Post-it note.

Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP Call your mom

Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP Get a lube job

Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP Do you really need a reminder?

Reminder Watch - 1970 LIP Wow, email in 1970!


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Vintage Watching - LIP Sector Retrograde, Unusual Heuer, and a Sandoz Mystery Dial

Vintage Watching - LIP Sector Retrograde, Unusual Heuer, and a Sandoz Mystery DialClick to view LIP Retrograde auction

This week on Vintage Watching, I'm featuring one of my favorite watches, the 1973 LIP sector retrograde. They came in a few styles and rarely found for sale. The one above features double retrograde hands (they fly back to the left instantly when reaching the far right) showing hours on bottom and minutes on top.

Vintage Watching - LIP Sector Retrograde, Unusual Heuer, and a Sandoz Mystery DialClick to view the Heuer Auction

Just when I think I've seen every oddball Heuer chronograph of the sixties & seventies, I stumble upon another like the one above. Featuring a very unusual off center 60 minute register. (Update - This might be a fake according to vintage Heuer expert Jeff of OnTheDash.com) Oh well...


Vintage Watching - LIP Sector Retrograde, Unusual Heuer, and a Sandoz Mystery DialClick to view Sandoz Mystery Dial auction

I've seen a few interesting vintage mystery dials from Sandoz, but this unusual 70's "Duplex" above features double-sided hour and minute hands that alternate in length and color when rotating into the visible top portion of the dial. Paul Smith also created a contemporary watch with this style of display->link. Day and month are displayed vertically in the lower obscured hemisphere. Supercool!

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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


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From Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut Wristwatches

From Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut WristwatchesClick photo for close-up

Every now and then, I find someone who rivals my perversions for collecting timepieces. This is doubly true about a man named Ill-Phil, a self-diagnosed terminal watch pervert. His is a rare disorder of Russianitis, a condition that propels him to collect and document in great detail, everything you need to know about Russian watches.

Kidding aside, Phil's Russian Times is overwhelmingly thorough with photos of every imaginable Russian watch as well as the technical information about every factory, brand, movement, marking, and cyrillic translation.

And one of my favorite parts of the site, the lovingly assembled and obsessively researched portraits of cosmonauts and their watches.

From Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut WristwatchesFrom Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut WristwatchesFrom Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut WristwatchesFrom Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut Wristwatches
Ill Phil's Russian Times-->LINK



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Finding Proof of the Jovial "Vision 2000"

Finding Proof of the Jovial Recently finding evidence of this rare 1970s Jovial "Vision 2000" from a vintage advertisement, I still had little hope of ever finding photographic proof of it's existence. But thanks to my deep reaches into the crevices of obscure watch collections, a guy from Italy sent me these photos of his well-worn specimen. He described how he found it at an old watchmaker's shop near Venice almost 20 years ago, right before the store went out of business. How do you say "Please sell it to me!" in Italian?

From my original post-->Link


Finding Proof of the Jovial Finding Proof of the Jovial
Finding Proof of the Jovial From the original 1970s ad

Finding Proof of the Jovial
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Vintage Watching - Hamilton Odyssee 2001 & Altair Electric

Just noticed a couple of my favorite vintage Hamilton watches are up for auction this week. The 1969 Odyssee 2001, introduced in conjunction with Stanley Kubrick's "2001 - A Space Odyssey". Hamilton was hired by the film to create a watch worn by astronauts of the future. Unfortunately, they didn't release the prop version to the public but they did try to cash in on the success of the movie by producing this one. To avoid lawsuits, they altered the spelling from Odyssey to Odyssee. And just last year, Hamilton released an interpretation of the film version in a signed limited edition of...2001.

Vintage Watching - Hamilton Odyssee 2001 & Altair ElectricClick for the 1969 Hamilton Odyssee 2001

And below, the ultra rare Altair Electric. Released in 1961 in very low numbers leading it to be one of the more collectible of the Electric series. Dramatically asymmetric design by the master of Lancaster, Richard Arbib. Their other auction features the original mesh bracelet!


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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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Vintage Chronograph Giveaway! The Watchismo Times One Year Anniversary!

Vintage Chronograph Giveaway! The Watchismo Times One Year Anniversary!Not only is today is my two year wedding anniversary but also the first year anniversary of The Watchismo Times! Just one year ago today, I decided to share my particular and sometimes peculiar horological tastes of extraordinary antique, vintage and modern timepieces on this blog. All part of a sincere and sometimes obsessive attempt to spread my passion for perfect design, complex watchmaking, and appreciation for the unusual.

To celebrate, I'm giving away this 1970s vintage chronograph pictured above. Complete with original gradating circular cut racing bracelet, stainless steel case, automatic winding mechanical movement, and original box -- all in fantastic condition.

To be in the running, all you have to do is enter your email below. Your entry will also subscribe you to the regular email updates to the blog. That ain't so bad, is it? Anyone already subscribed by email updates will automatically be entered into the giveaway, no need to re-enter. And for all my feed subsribers that want to be entered into the giveaway should also enter their email below.

Deadline for submissions is by Halloween (October 31st, 2007). The winner will chosen (by random) by the lovely Mrs. Watchismo and announced the following week.

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Omega Speedmaster "Missions" Collection

Omega Speedmaster Omega Speedmaster After the phenomenal success of the Omegamania auction this summer, Antiquorum is offering many more vintage and contemporary Omega watches at the upcoming Important Collector's Wristwatches auction on September 26th in New York City.

Highlighted here is the rare collection of commemorative Moon Mission watches, a tribute to the legendary 'Speedmaster Professional', which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 1997. Omega offered an exceptional collection of 23 Speedmaster watches presented in a case covered with genuine spacesuit cloth. The case contains a special series of 22 stainless steel Speedmaster watches, each with a different official NASA mission patch on its dial at 9 o'clock: from the August 1965 Gemini V to the November 1973 Skylab SL-4. The collection also includes a replica of the original 1957 Speedmaster. The Omega Speedmaster valise was produced in a numbered limited series of 50: 40 examples for commercial sale, including this one, plus 5 presentation sets and 5 'artist's proof' examples.

Buzz Aldrin above with his velcro'd Speedy.

Omega Speedmaster Estimated between $80,000 and $100,000
Auction-->LINK

And if you prefer the real deal like me, here are a few of their actual Omega moon watches for auction;

Omega Speedmaster 1965 Speedmaster "Pre-Moon Alpha"
est. $2000-3000
Auction-->Link

Omega Speedmaster 1969 Speedmaster Professional
est. $5000-7000
Auction-->Link

Some of the additional highlights of the Antiquorum auction-->Link


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Triangulorology - Thirteen Three-sided TimepiecesReminder Watch - 1970 LIP "Memo"Vintage Watching - LIP Sector Retrograde, Unusual Heuer, and a Sandoz Mystery DialAt the Auctions - 1930 Tissot 1940 Rolex 1950 CartierFrom Russia With Lust - History of Communist and Cosmonaut WristwatchesFinding Proof of the Jovial "Vision 2000"Vintage Watching - Hamilton Odyssee 2001 & Altair Electric1934 Midget Icebox - The Coolest Watch in the WorldVintage Chronograph Giveaway! The Watchismo Times One Year Anniversary!Omega Speedmaster "Missions" Collection

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