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  1. Whatever I can find, wherever I can find it, whenever my usual rounds can begin again! Keep safe everyone in this worrying time.
  2. A great British brand name, and I do hope interested "Accuristees" will read my Forum contributions on Accurist. I draw your attention to my textual article entitled, "A Family Affair: The Accurist Story, 1946-2014", posted on 28 June 2019 in my topics section of the Forum. I also wrote a Forum topic on the Accurist Accu.2 range of watches entitled, "Accu.2 To You Too", posted on 11 September 2016, also in my topics section. The search feature of the Forum will bring these up for anyone to read.
  3. Well, dear @Weewards, I have also tried to find out more about this interesting watch but with little result. It would seem, as Norman has indicated, that the most likely contender for this piece is Numa Jeannin of the Ivy works, Fleurier, but I would like to be able to decipher the script trade name mark on the watch to see where that might lead. Like Norman, I have not been able to locate the patent either, which might give us a more accurate date for the watch; in my opinion it could be late 19th century moving into the early 20th.
  4. (pics from cdn.shopify.com) Pictured above is the automatic S-Force Colombo 1st ed. wrist watch, now reduced to £222 from £444 in the S-Force clearance sale. This basic watch, like others in the S-Force range, comes in different colourways (each individually named). My favourite S-Force watch is the plain steel version of the Colombo 1st ed. with grey dial, called the Wayne 1st ed., now half price at £202. S-Force watches are basically BIG and chunky, quite well made and specified for the price with the use of decent materials including anti-reflective sapphire crystals, marine grade steel and carbon fibre. They undoubtedly have a following but I'm afraid I'm out! Not only are my wrists too puny for such monsters but I don't really go for the somewhat naff inscriptions/mottos that the company likes to employ on the watches such as "STRENGTH OVERCOMES" which is on the dial of every watch, and "S-FORCE" with a little "TM" mark, which resembles the marking on a Chinese plastic toy. Judicious use of the brand name and the shield logo on the watches would be quite sufficient. Nevertheless, I want to avoid sounding snooty about S-Force watches, and for those that really like them and have the wrists to wear them well, this sale offers a chance to pick up one at a good price. S-Force Blood quartz chronograph with 50mm 316L stainless steel case, rubber strap with steel buckle, solid carbon fibre bezel and carbon fibre inlay dial, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, and Super LumiNova lume . Now priced at £150 down from £300 (pic from S-Force Ltd. at cdn.shopify.com):
  5. Dear @TDC, much has been written and said about the need (or otherwise) of a helium escape valve on dive watches. A quick look online will provide you with more than enough info to help you make your own mind up.
  6. This watch seems to be deliberately anonymous, with that "non-name" dial, and if I am correct, a line of wording or serial number has been erased from the back of the movement.
  7. The new members seem to be becoming very inventive with their user names. May I also welcome you to the Forum, Jim-Jam-Jon, and welcome Grand Old Duke as well, who I have now come across for the first time.
  8. I do agree with you there, Steve @WRENCH, and the same seems to be true of GQ Magazine. You are also right in mentioning the stuff available online - the bread and butter of much research and material for Forum topics on old and new watches alike. I wouldn't be without my personal collection of offline reference material, though, and I have quite recently joined the AHS (Antiquarian Horological Society).
  9. Right now I am looking at a watch with a fabric watch strap that fastens by means of a long velcro strip, and going, "hmmmm!" Why, you may ask? Well, the velcro fastening attracts all sorts of fluff from my jumpers when the watch is on the wrist and I have to keep pulling this unsightly debris from the velcro's clutches.
  10. I too quite like Nixon as a brand although their products do vary in quality somewhat, in my experience. I do like that LED/talking number, Lewie, and agree that it is surely a collectible piece.
  11. I must admit that to some extent, I subscribed to QP because there wasn't much else out there to read about watches and the current watch market, and it did sometimes give me ideas for Forum topics to write about. A disadvantage with QP was that it restricted itself to a small section of the watch market; a section which I and most people on the planet could not aspire to financially.
  12. I received a letter this morning to inform me that QP magazine is sadly no more and that publication has ended with issue 93. Just prior to receiving this letter, I had an unsolicited copy of the latest issue of Esquire posted through my door, which I concluded was a promotional free issue to persuade me to subscribe to that magazine as well as to QP - sent by Hearst, who also publish QP. It now transpires that Hearst are now sending me Esquire instead of QP until my current QP subscription runs out. I will certainly miss QP magazine, the only regular British specialist watch magazine, and I am not too keen on Esquire generally even though the magazine has a standalone watch section published once a year and called, "The Big Watch Book", which is included in the subscription. Perhaps Forum members could let me know their opinions on the annual Esquire watch book and let me know whether one can purchase it separately once a year.
  13. Welcome to the Forum. That G-Shock is really nice, and thanks for giving us such a friendly and personal introduction to yourself.
  14. I too have spent some time looking for the maker of this movement, @spinynorman, and I am impressed that you have come up with something possibly related. I feel that the two pigeon/dove marks are sufficiently similar to most likely be related to one another, but only more research will uncover the truth of the matter.
  15. I am also a bit puzzled as to what you mean by "NSN", Jet. I will say that I am a fan of Elliot Brown watches; I also like Animal watches although Animal seem to have cut their watch range down to the bare minimum these days.
  16. I'll just add a to my thank you for your wicked little post, Steve.
  17. I have not seen any information on, or references to, the use of the term "Swiss" as a stand-alone brand name for watches. What does occur, though, is the use of "Swiss" in conjunction with another word to form a brand name, such as "Swiss Legend" or "Swiss Military."
  18. Thanks everyone for responding. As I indicated in my topic, I was gobsmacked at the price of the Timegraph, not least because the standard version of the pen, priced at 40,000 CHF, is merely base metal with a black PVD coating and palladium plating. On first seeing the term, "palladium" in connection with the Timegraph, I thought it must be that the pen was made of solid palladium. Looks-wise, the Timegraph is a bit of a "Marmite" and I reckon it will turn out to be a very limited edition indeed, sales wise, with no need to actually state that the Timegraph is officially a limited edition.
  19. I stated in a previous Forum topic about Caran’d’Ache (Caran d’Ache and the Limited Edition 1010 Timekeeper Pen, posted on 30 June 2018) that, …"I have wondered if Caran d’Ache themselves will move into the production of luxury watches at some stage in the future" (See note at the end of this topic). And now, that suggestion seems prescient as the company has come one step closer to the actual manufacture of its own watches, with their new Timegraph, a combination of fountain pen and mechanical timepiece. Pics from Monochrome Watches at stackpathcdn.com and, below, specials-images.forbesimg.com The watch element is an insert at the upper end of the pen barrel and it is powered by a personalized version of the LTM 1000, a baguette-shaped hand-wind caliber measuring a mere 21mm X 9mm X 3.5mm and produced by Le Temps Manufacture in Fleurier. This 18J caliber has 99 components and displays just hours and minutes; the power reserve is 40 hours and the movement runs at 28,800 vph. In the Timegraph pen, the movement has been decorated with Geneva stripes both sides, to be viewed front and back through sapphire crystals. It might be thought that the presence of a watch movement at the end of the barrel might impinge upon the mechanics of handwriting but apparently this is not so, with the overall effect being a well-balanced writing instrument. The pen is 151mm long (when capped) and 15mm in diameter. The nib, which is available in different writing widths, from extra fine to broad, is in hand-polished 18 carat gold and it has its own viewing crystal in sapphire. All three crystals on the piece have an anti-reflection coating. The pen is finished in black PVD, with the metallic elements being palladium-plated. Pics from Monochrome Watches at stackpathcdn.com and, below, quillandpad.com The Caran d’Ache Timegraph can be customised by Caran d’Ache themselves at the company’s atelier, with various options available including personalized pen decor and movement finishing. The price for the Timegraph, including lacquered box and inkwell, has been set at a whopping 40,000 CHF (about £33,313). I presume Caran d’Ache has done due diligence on the likelihood of this pen-watch being sold in sufficient numbers to make it a worthwhile investment, so I won’t add my scepticism here. What is most interesting to me is the possible entry of Caran d’Ache into the luxury watch market with watches of its own manufacture; is the Timegraph a taste of things to come. After all, Caran d’Ache rubs shoulders with the high-end Swiss watch companies and surely has the credentials to commence production of Swiss-made luxury watches. Pics from images.squarespacecdn.com and, below, quillandpad.com NOTE: It has come to my attention that there have been a number of different boxed pen and watch sets branded for Caran D'Ache. However, it is my understanding that the watches in these sets are not of Caran d'Ache manufacture and the company is not (yet) recognised as being a watchmaking concern. As I have said above, I feel that this may change in the future.
  20. Yes indeed, Alan. I didn't mention Corum because they didn't use the Rolls name until well after Mark's watch was produced.
  21. It may also be of note that the brand name, "Rolls", was also registered by Ebel at the end of 1927.
  22. That is most interesting, @tick-tock-tittle-tattle, and something worth researching. I have no immediate knowledge of Josef Wyss' forebears and their possible role in the Swiss watch industry but it may be that the family, or a branch of the same clan, was active in the period when the watch you show was made.
  23. Current picture from "Baselworld Brands" showing the modern Jowissa logo and a ladies' watch with a facetted crystal (pic from media.messe.ch) The Jowissa watch company was founded in 1951 by Josef Wyss in Bettlach, canton of Solothurn, Switzerland. The name of the firm was derived from the founder’s/company name, Josef Wyss AG, and was registered in 1953. At first, Jowissa operated from Josef Wyss’ residence, and comprised just himself and two fellow employees. Initially, they concentrated on the assembly of watches for other companies, and there are examples where the Jowissa name is found inside the watch that is designated for another company on the dial/movement. The business prospered, and it became necessary to hire more employees and acquire a bigger premises; thus, in 1958, a new manufactory was built next to Josef Wyss’ residence. There are a number of watches extant from the early period of Jowissa that are branded for the firm although the main stream of Jowissa branded watches did not really begin until about 1960, with the 1970s showing a marked increase in production and innovative fashion styling. A 1970s Jowissa Special de-Luxe Daytomatic wristwatch with a 40 mm X 40 mm (excl. crown) brushed steel case and powered by a 17J hand-wind (stated as being acaliber 1217-21) movement (pics from assets.catawiki.nl): In the decades following the 1950s, Jowissa gained a reputation for producing creative designs and were a leading manufacturer of pendant watches with cut glass that had become fashionable; timepieces incorporating facetted glass cutting were to remain a speciality of Jowissa production. Jowissa became known as a company interested in watches as items of jewellery, and their ladies' watches have always been a major element of their watch range. A gold coloured hand-wind Jowissa pendant watch from the 1960s measuring three and a half inches from the top of the ring to the bottom of the hanging chains (pics from i.ebayimg.com): During the 1970s, Jowissa Watch Ltd was taken over by the second generation of the Wyss family. It has been stated that it was then that Josef’s sons Erich, Manfred, and Leander Wyss decided to start the manufacture of watches under their own brand name, Jowissa, and at the same time moved the firm's headquarters and factory to a new location in the centre of Bettlach. However, as has already been said above, Jowissa branded watches were made prior to the 1970s, but not in the same quantities or in such a profusion of designs and materials. Note that vintage watches by Jowissa from about 1970 usually have the name, "JOWISSA" on the dial immediately beneath a blocky "JWB" logo (perhaps an anagram for Jowissa Watch Bettlach or Josef Wyss Bettlach). The company managed to keep abreast of new techniques and technology, which no doubt helped it survive the Quartz Crisis. As early as the 1970s, Jowissa was producing its own in-house ceramic cases, and in the 1980s, the firm was able to adopt and implement quartz technology. Notable products launched in the 1990s were the “Woodtime” and “Stonetime” watches with innovative cases created out of wood and stone; part-wood watches had actually been made by Jowissa somewhat earlier, as shown by a picture here. A 31 mm diam. Jowissa 17J hand-wind wristwatch with wooden bezel from the 1970s (pics from i.ebayimg.com) Jowissa Uhren AG is still a family-run company, now in its third generation, and its market position has been stated as being, “Swiss made, mid-range luxury”. The firm prides itself on its quality materials and Swiss watchmaking prowess, and also the value for money of its products, and Jowissa has taken advantage of the growth of the Asian and Chinese markets for luxury watches. The brand is represented in 30 countries with over 400 sales outlets including the recently announced flagship boutique on the “walk of watches” in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently, annual revenue is about US$1 million and Simon Wyss is director of the firm; Josef Wyss, the founder of Jowissa, has remained active in the firm right through its history - at least up to a few years ago, when he was President of the Board of Directors. Jowissa watches form an interesting timeline of fashion styles and predilections over the years of the company's production, with a certain distinctiveness. I would also say that Jowissa watches have been somewhat overlooked by collectors; hopefully this topic will engender a change in those fortunes. A 1970s Jowissa mechanical jump hour watch with 42 mm (excl. crown) case and powered by a hand-wind 17J movement (pics from i.ebayimg.com): A 1970s Jowissa Aqua-Chief dive watch with a 40mm chromed metal case and powered by a 25J automatic movement (pics from articulo.mercadolibre.com.mx): A 1970s Jowissa De Luxe gents wristwatch with a 37 mm (excl. crown) chromed case and powered by a hand-wind 17J movement (pic from Worthpoint.com):
  24. A prize like that would have been a great incentive to achieve the necessary five years perfect attendance. Very nice.
  25. Interesting, Martin, and on looking online it does seem that the USSR designation was more used on items made for export, especially to the West, with the two designations being used over the same period. I don't know when or where the idea arose that CCCP as a country of origin mark was in use earlier than USSR, with the USSR designation tending to last longer than CCCP, with a long period where the two designations were both used. As you say, the use of these marks is related to exports from the Soviet Union, and my previous understanding, now revised by your post, was not watch-related but to do with certain other Soviet products.
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