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THE WATCHISMO TIMES WATCH BLOG A reliquary of obscure timepieces from bygone eras as well as the cutting-edge watch designs of today.

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Horror-logical - Multi-function Monsters


Ok, if R2D2 and a tropical parrot made love, you might get this horror-ogolical concoction called the Chronozone Dakar by Invicta.

These watches are kinda like a train wreck on your wrist. I'm highlighting a few that stand out from the crowd. And they obviously really really want that.

Horror-logical - Multi-function MonstersCitizen reissue of their 1980's Ana-Digi Temperature Watch
(pocket protector not included)


Horror-logical - Multi-function Monsters62mm Nautica NMX Compass Chronograph
(comes in ammo box with binoculars)


Famous for little over an hour - Andy Warhol Times/5 Movado

Famous for little over an hour - Andy Warhol Times/5 Movado15 Minutes up? You got four more quarter hours with this rare Movado by Andy Warhol. Just sold at the Antiquorum - Important Collectors’ Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, Clocks & Horological Tools Auction - for $6000 (US). Only a fraction of the 11.5 million value of the entire auction and 1/3 of it's original 1988 price of $18,500. Timing is everything. Yeah, I know, it's hard not to pun when talking about watches...Give me a break.

The "Times/5" watch, only 250 made, featuring five separate black stainless steel watch cases/dials linked together for world time. Dials showcasing five different photographs of New York City. Quartz movements.

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II Prototype

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeFlight II Hamilton Electric Prototypes

Wanted to continue on the subject from an earlier post about Hamilton and their current limited edition X-01 (prop watch of "2001 - A Space Odyssey").

Back in 1966, Hamilton (John Bergey, Ed Speakes and Ken Durr) created this alternate futuristic concept watch that Stanley Kubrick didn't choose. A variation of one of the rarest Hamilton Electric Flight II models. Recently up for auction on Ebay, I missed my opportunity to own one of the three shown (without movement).

See more about it on the NAWCC message board.

Hamilton Odyssey Oddity - Flight II PrototypeOriginal prop watch chosen for film


24 Hours 39 Minutes - Mars Wristwatch

24 Hours 39 Minutes - Mars WristwatchMars dial designed for JPL team

The Mars Exploration Rover engineering team had a problem...

A day on Mars is 24 hours and 39 minutes long. Dealing with the needs to align the team to Mar's solar day, they contacted a local watchmaker to create the very first Martian Watch. Due to his inability to produce only a few digital timepieces with the extra 39 minutes for a reasonable cost, he experimented by manipulating a traditional mechanical watch by slowing the watch down with weights.

It seems a missed opportunity by what could have been a much more interesting design in the end. I think the JPL should approach an appropriate watch company (or vice versa, they're busy!) to produce a mutually beneficial and aesthetically desirable timepiece for dual Earth-Martian time. I'm sure there are enough geeks out there who'd buy one. At the same time, there is more charm to this story as told in the article and video below. A bit more of the NASA spirit. What am I talking about? God, blogs are silly.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Article

Video about the watchmaker from Discover Channel

The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed

The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
The Fauxture of Time 02 - Time-aid Watch - Live World Clock Feed
Using a satellite/video interface, Time-aid can be programmed to display any clock face the user chooses, in real time, from a local clock tower to a sundial halfway around the world. This personal object contains advanced technology that, paradoxically, connects the wearer to history and the larger world. New and old, personal and global, Time-aid inspires an awareness of time and space. It uses technology to recuperate a connection with the reality of the world, all the while celebrating its potential. It is a very poetic solution that lets the mind roam and inspires the imagination. It reduces distance, enabling the wearer to view real-time feeds from both local clocks as well as those distant, shrinking the world in an instantaneous and palpable way. One imagines the intimacy of the experience being almost startling.

Part of the Timex 2154 Series. Wink...

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006Azimuth's offering a Watchismo worthy concept watch for 2006, their self described "Man Toy" or more officially named "Gauge Mecha 1 BMF" retailing for around $2500 with only 300 produced.

Features - Torx drive cheese head tamper resistant screws
- Automatic ETA 2836-2
- Hours displayed on disc with arrow (upper right)
- Minutes on retrograde bar (left side)
- Day/Night 24 hour indicator (bottom right)
- 50 mm 316L stainless steel case

Fun quotes from their website;

"
the case is forged out of hardy 316L solid steel blocks, CNC cut into signature tonneau shapes in no less than 80 arduous steps."

"
It is a tribute to all men with a thirst for all things fast and furious."

Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006Gauge Mecha 1 BMF




Mecha-lomaniacal - Azimuth Gauge Mecha Concept Watch 2006

Bomb-astic! Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric

Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1961 Hamilton Vega

Richard Arbib - Influencial designer of 1950's futuristic cars like the 1955 Nash Astro-Gnome, 1957 Century Coronado boat, vacuum cleaners and WWII Bombs! It was revealed that the Hamilton Electric series (Hess Article) including the first battery powered watch, the 1957 Ventura was based upon some of his bomb designs. Also mentioning that fact when admitting his inspiration for putting fins on cars.


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric


Bomb-astic!  Richard Arbib's Hamilton Electric1940 Sketch for Airex Radial
First around the pylon is this black beauty by Richard Arbib, penned during his brief career at GM. Up front sits a radial engine straight out of an aircraft. Alas, there's no traffic-clearing propeller; instead, the chrome front bumpers provide a visual facsimile.


Wrist Barbell - Desotos Cuff Busting Chrono

Wrist Barbell - Desotos Cuff Busting Chrono
If a watch could kick your ass and take your lunch money, this is the bully who'd do it. Only he'd go home and make out with your mom afterwards.

This bad motha is the early 1970's 60mm asymmetrical Desotos Chronograph, fitted with Valjoux 7734 mechanical movement. Super superwide case that, I can only imagine, was created to stick out of your ultrawide 70's cuffs without pushing those stiff polyester sleeves. Not like they'd get wrinkled if you did...

Recently featured in the LTD article of 70's Chronos.

This watch is even too butch for Shaft. Shut yo mouth...

Super-Duper-Uber-Rare 1978 Heuer Ford Chronosplit RS Motorsport

Super-Duper-Uber-Rare 1978 Heuer Ford Chronosplit RS MotorsportDid I make my point about how rare this watch is? Well, multiply that by 100. It's just unheard of, they never appear on the vintage market. And Graham has one in new-old stock condition, fully functioning with original box/paperwork. It's so uncommon to see working that I had no idea it had an LCD logo of the Ford company. He also offers the original tool for opening the spark plug pod battery pods. All I can say is wow.

Part of the holy grail collection of Heuer Chronosplit.

Chronosplit (LED/LCD)
Ford RS Motorsport
The Manhattan
The Senator

Super-Duper-Uber-Rare 1978 Heuer Ford Chronosplit RS Motorsport

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