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  1. I have to say that I do agree with Wrench. Seiko usually gets things right, design-wise, but the hands on that Samurai are rather ugly in my opinion, especially compared to the much nicer hands on the Turtle. The Samurai hour hand has a stunted appearance when compared to the proper Arrow design of the Turtle minutes hand, and I am not that keen on matching that stunted arrow with the shape of the Samurai minutes hand.
  2. As members will surely know, the number of watch brands that have come and gone (or been resurrected) over the years of wristwatch production has been considerable to say the least, and as a researcher into the history of watches I encounter brands and companies that have almost no traceable history, sometimes because their lives were cut short. In this topic, I shall look at a brand that seems to have had a brief life and has not left much in terms of documentary evidence for its history. Fortunately though, we do have some extant watches, and they indicate that A.E.C. Watch as a brand name may have only lasted little more than a decade from the early 1940s until, and including, the early 1950s. A.E.C. Watch - was a brand mark registered on 18 April 1944 for Hans E. Meier Ltd., trading as Praesent Watch Co. Ltd. This firm also used "Praesent" as a brand name on watches and I do wonder if A.E.C. originated as an abbreviation of a company name (or partners names) where the 'C' stood for "Company" (perhaps a firm or partnership taken over by Hans Meier). The earliest date I have seen attributed to an A.E.C. watch is 1938, for a chronograph being sold online through Chrono 24, although this dating does not appear to be based on hard evidence such as an inscription, and the design of that watch could place it into the early 1940s. As mentioned above, we really only have firm evidence for the history of this brand in the surviving watches. For myself, I have a rolled gold Art Deco A.E.C. Watch ladies' watch with a square case and hand-wind movement dating to the early or mid 1940s. Anyway, here are some A.E.C. Watch wristwatches for your perusal, and may I end this text with an appeal for any information on this little-known watch brand... STOP PRESS: just before finishing this topic, I discovered an entry in the Swiss Federal Archives referring to "Meier HE, Praesent Watch Co. Ltd., Zurich," and giving the date of 1954 for the creation of this company. This reference may indicate something happening to, or within, the Meier concern rather than the actual inception of Praesent watch company, but whatever the case, the date of 1954 coincides neatly with my proposed date for when the A.E.C. Watch branding was dropped. An A.E.C. Watch gents chronograph dating to the late 1940s in 18 carat pink gold with a 36mm case and powered by a Landeron #148 hand-wind movement (pics from assets.catawiki.nl): A rare A.E.C. Watch 1940s regulator dual dial wristwatch probably for use by a doctor powered by a 15J movement (pics from timelyclassics.com): An A.E.C. Watch gents wristwatch dating to about the early 1950s and powered by a hand-wind AS1187-1194 movement (pic from i.pinimg.com/originals): A 1940s A.E.C. Watch wristwatch with 34.5mm (not incl. crown) plated base metal case. Subsidiary seconds register, and powered by a 15K hand-wind movement (pic from uhrforum.de): A 1940s 18 carat gold A.E.C. Watch chronograph with a 35mm X 11mm case, powered by a hand-wind Landeron caliber 50 movement (pics from assets.catawiki.nl):
  3. What an interesting watch, dear Lug. That must be the earliest Russian/Soviet wristwatch I have seen to date, made extra interesting by the engraving on the caseback. The engraving itself looks as if it might have been executed by an enthusiastic amateur. I wonder what form of gun controls were in force in the Soviet Union at the time of that watch?
  4. Very nice collection there dear Martin, and beautifully kept/displayed by those boxes . Thanks for showing us.
  5. May I echo the sentiments expressed here above by my colleagues bridgeman and KAS118. I think that you have given us a new twist in the design of watches, and brought new life to the single-hand wristwatch. I wish you all the best with this venture.
  6. I think that questions of security and available space are very relevant to this question of choosing between a fine car or a fine watch. I do like cars but there is no way I could fit a second car outside our terraced house - the parking is already a nightmare - and a classic car parked on our road might attract vandalism or theft. Oh, and by the way, I don't drive.
  7. I will just interject here to clarify a few things about this Permadate watch subsequent to my prevous post on this thread. Firstly, the monthly calendar feature is not powered by the movement in the watch and operates via the quickset date feature on the crown. Secondly, and with regard to attribution of this model, there are other models out there also bearing the Selectron name but probably not products of Ollech & Wajs. For example, the Lemania powered 41mm (case width) chronograph shown here below appears to be linked with the producer/original seller of Roy's watch shown above and is almost certainly nothing to do with Ollech & Wajs. And further to any firm attribution, I would be most interested to know of any link between Roy's Permadate watch and Rodania, @Shoughie0, as mentioned above by you. In the absence of any firm attribution, the likely conclusion drawn is that an unknown watch producer in the mid-1970s decided to use "Selectron" as a brand name but either went out of business relatively quickly or realised that there were legal concerns over using that name. (pics from forums TZ and atgvintagewatches.com)
  8. Thanks for showing that eccentric and rather interesting calendar watch, dear @Roy. Selectron was a brand used by Ollech & Wajs but it would appear that this model is not an Ollech & Wajs product but the product of another company choosing to use the Selectron name. I presume, going on evidence found online, that this particular watch dates to about 1975, is steel-cased with a screw-on back and is powered by a 25J AS2086 automatic movement.
  9. Pity Simon Freese is ex STS rather than ex SAS; he could then put the frighteners on and get Swisstime to get their act together and do the job right. I have often wondered just how easy it is for dodgy watch repairers to either bodge a job or do only the minimum work required to prevent the watch owner from noticing...
  10. This thread should hopefully fill up with interesting contenders for the $500 watch and already there have been some great watches shown. I am really at a loss for making a firm choice - I prefer to blow in the wind and get hooked on different watches when I see them and can afford them on my tight budget.
  11. Thanks for posting that, dear @niveketak. Tempic is a brand of mixed quality over the years and might be worth a topic at some time. There is some information available online if one searches using Google but the history of Tempic needs to be carefully pieced together, and added to, if a useful history of the brand is to emerge. Here is a 1980s Tempic chronograph with a slightly oval 40mm wide (not incl. crown) rolled gold case for your perusal, powered by a Poljot caliber 3133 hand-wind movement: Pics from thumbs.worthpoint.com:
  12. Those of us who know some Italian may wonder why the finely wrought Gattopardo wrist watch, launched in 2018 by Dolce & Gabbana was named after a big cat - the leopard. In fact, the inspiration for the watch was a famous 1963 film by Visconti entitled, Il Gattopardo, and starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, and Claudia Cardinale. Dolce & Gabbana have a history of active interest in Italian cinema, even to the point of involvement with classic film restoration, and the epic historical and aristocratic drama played out in Il Gattopardo makes a nice framework for the design of the Luxurious Gattopardo watch. Pic from imagizer-cv.imageshack.us) Leaving aside references from within Il Gattopardo, the eponymous wristwatch certainly slots into the Dolce & Gabbana aesthetic philosophy and is a sumptuous, if rather expensive, addition to the DG7 watch collection, albeit being a piece of neo-baroque showmanship. I say “watch” in the singular but there are in essence two models - the gents’ Gattopardo with an 18 carat rose gold case and mother-of-pearl dial - with a choice between two colourways - and the ladies’ Gattopardo which comes in three flavours, as we shall see. The gents' D & G DG7 Gattopardo watch - black colourway (pics from horologi.it and,below, aeworld.com): The common features shared by the men’s Gattopardo and the ladies’ model are headed by the intricate hand engraving that covers the 18 carat rose gold case, the movement rotor, and the pink gold side buttons of the strap snap closure. This delicate decoration is carried out using a burin - a thin steel chisel used to engrave precious metals. This form of decoration, called “ornato” and carried out by master engravers, is time consuming and Dolce & Gabbana (D & G) claim that each watch takes over 20 days for this work to be completed on the case and clasp, with the rotor decoration adding further time and craftsmanship. In addition to being finely engraved, the rotor also has a gold insert bearing the D & G logo. As for the movement, the Gattopardo watch uses a modified ETA 2892 automatic calibe which has a 42 hour power reserve. Both the men’s and women’s Gattopardo feature sapphire crystals - the women’s watch crystal being domed - and display backs as well as 18 carat gold plated markers/numerals. In terms of the differences between the men’s Gattopardo and that intended for women, the main difference is in case size, with the ladies’ version having a 34mm case as opposed to 40mm for the men's model. The back of the gents' DG7 Gattopardo showing the ornate engraved decoration (pic from Buro247.me): For gentlemen, the watch comes in a choice of two options. The first has a black mother-of-pearl dial and black alligator strap, while the second option features a pink mother-of-pearl dial and burgundy alligator strap. The two colourways - black and pink - of the men's Gattopardo (pic from aeworld.com): For the ladies there are three versions to choose from, all of them having ten gemstones set on the non-numerical gold plated markers and a ruby set in the (screw-down?) crown. Colourway 1 features black diamonds, black mother-of-pearl dial, and black alligator strap: Colourway 2 features rubies, pink mother-of-pearl dial and Bordeaux alligator strap; and colourway 3 features colourless diamonds, black mother-of-pearl dial, and black alligator strap. The three versions of the Gattopardo for women (pic from aeworld.com): As far as prices are concerned, I have found what seems to be the current price of the gents’ black dial; £17,500 or 19,500 euros. And that is basically it. Indeed, in terms of marketing/pricing information, I can find very little readily available online about the Gattopardo - both the ladies’ and gents’ models - which seems rather strange. After all, the watch is not billed as a limited edition and it was only launched - with some “fanfare” - last year. Perhaps D & G (have) over-reached themselves with the Gattopardo watch in their pursuit of higher degrees of luxury in their watches, pushing the envelope of prices too far as a fashion brand and trying to succeed in the world of high class luxury watch companies with their horological and craftsmanship heritage and excellence. My own feelings about the Gattopardo are mixed because although I am not averse to watches that place the art of decoration above horological interests per se, watches that aim high in the world of truly high-end products do, in my opinion, benefit from combining superior, sometimes innovative, elements.
  13. Thanks for posting that link dear Steve. Most interesting and not just because of the Warhol Rolex. Beautiful watches, all of them.
  14. That's good news about your watch enterprise. I was concerned you had perhaps given up your "watching" side of the business, through pressure of other work and Forum matters.
  15. Thanks for the additional information on this thread, dear @kevkojak - I am always happy for others to expand and/or improve on what knowledge I manage to in part in topics. I am learning all the time...
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