Tag Archives: Classic watch

Seiko Lord Marvel, 1967

A pure Experiment The accuracy of a watch depends on many factors; one of those is beat rate, which is the frequency at which the balance wheel oscillates. Or, put more simply, the faster it ticks, the more accurate it … Continue reading

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Seiko 5 Sportsmatic 1966

The Springboard to success In the early 60s Japanese products were a rarity in the western world. It was less than two decades since the end of the war, there was a prejudice that went with the war memories and … Continue reading

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Girard Perregaux Mid 40s

A Watch With a Secret? This is a mid 1940s example of one of the big names in Swiss watchmaking; Girard Perregaux. A very pleasant simple style, 37mm in diameter case, a nice size when the fashion was smaller (presumably … Continue reading

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Omega Digital 1978

  Panic in an uncertain future In the middle seventies, the traditional Swiss watchmakers saw their one hundred or so years of dominance threatened by quartz technology that came in two forms and from two directions, analogue from Japan and digital … Continue reading

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Omega Speedmaster

First Watch on the Moon 49 years ago today, Apollo 11 was whizzing through space and, in three days time, the landing module, Eagle, touched down on the Sea of Tranquility. As Neil Armstrong took the small step for a … Continue reading

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Omega Seamaster De Ville, 1966

A 60’s Masterpiece This is almost as good as it gets, a near perfect example of a 1966 Omega Seamaster De Ville, the gentlemen’s dress watch of the period. During the eminent years of watchmaking, the 60’s, the flagship of … Continue reading

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Titoni Airmaster 1969

Style with Practicality The little known Titoni brand was launched in 1952, a Swiss brand aimed at the Asian market. In 1969 they released a line called the Airmaster, (Anything suggesting flying was a buzzword in the year of the … Continue reading

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Railway Pocket Watch

This watch is a monster! When I showed it to a colleague, she broke out into a chant “I’m late! I’m late for a very important date.”  Of course, this evoked images of the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland sporting … Continue reading

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Rolex Oysterquartz 1987

Rolex is by far the most imitated watch. Imitations ranging from obvious cheap copies to difficult to pick fakes that feature every minute detail.  It is widely thought that if a watch that looks like a Rolex, has Rolex signed … Continue reading

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Poljot Sturmanski

The First Watch in Space (55 years ago today) In 1957, the Soviet Union put the first satellite, Sputnik 1, into earth orbit. A month later, Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, became the first living creature … Continue reading

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