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What are the most unique watches you have ever owned?


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Hello,

I recently came across a beautiful, but very unique 24-hour-one-hand watch from Botta Design, which kept my mind wandering off and thinking about special watches for a while. I have had some conversations with friends of mine about this topic, but unfortunately I don’t have so many watch-enthusiasts around me…the ones I asked only thought about smartwatches as unique and special, what hasn’t been what I was thinking about….
So I pass my question on to you: Do you like “special” or unique watch designs/concepts? What has been the most unique watch you have ever owned?

Thanks for sharing your stories and have a great day!

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Uniqueness is an absolute. Therefore one watch cannot be more unique than another. They are either unique or they are not.

However, I suspect that the watch I would have most difficulty finding an exact replacement for is this Marvin trench watch which, according to the hallmarks on the case, dates from 1917.

 

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1 hour ago, AVO said:

Uniqueness is an absolute. Therefore one watch cannot be more unique than another. They are either unique or they are not.

I agree with this under most normal usage of the word, so I don't see how any Smartwatch can be considered 'unique'.

This watch I own, however, could be considered 'unique'. It is a prototype of a model that was not taken up by the manufacturer, so is the only complete one in existence. Now that is truly 'unique'.

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I also draw the distinction between "very unusual" and "unique".

Being a snob, I like to wear unusual watches. I have one from Dornblüth (see today's WRUW thread) who produce only about 200 watches each year  --  spread across about eight styles. That would be regarded as pretty rare. Similarly, I have three from Moritz Grossmann, who produce less than five hundred each year (spread across a lot of styles). I have never encountered a duplicate of any of those watches "in the wild".

However, like @artistmike I have one watch which I believe really is unique  --  one of a kind . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

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2 minutes ago, yokel said:

I have one watch which I believe really is unique  --  one of a kind

That’s glorious. Where can I get one? :laughing2dw:

 

3 minutes ago, yokel said:

Being a snob, I like to wear unusual watches.

You are not a snob, you merely have exquisite taste.

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1 hour ago, SolaVeritate said:

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This is quite interesting. Its a 2 handed version of a one handed watch made by our very own Mr Horologist @Roy 

I believe @Peacefrog asked Roy to make a 2 handed version of his 1 handed watch and thats about all I know about it. Its nice, one of my favourites. 

I suppose that makes it unique.

Yeah, that's the one. 

It looks good on the braclet.

Enjoy.

 

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Most of mine are, that's what I want from a watch, something you don't see everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I've got my boring Speedmaster and Seamaster, but even with them I got the ones that aren't typical, like the Seamaster is the f300Hz hummer from the 70s/80s and the Speedy is the reduced automatic, not the typical moon watch everyone and their uncle has. Oddity is my style.

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Most unique was three tuning fork watches that were sent to me  by Max Hetzel and his daughter. These were tuning fork prototypes which he was going to mass produce but Bulova stopped him.  

I managed to get two working. One was returned to the Hetzels and the others were given to me.  

Mr Hetzel’s Accutron was also repaired and serviced by me.  
 

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This was about 25 years ago. 
 

 

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9 hours ago, mrzee said:

Not really as unique as @SolaVeritate example above but this Claro Beach star was kind of quirky:

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Second time I’ve posted a pic of this recently after not thinking about it for aaagggeess.

 

8 hours ago, chas g said:

Franck Muller conquistador in white gold. Never seen anyone else wearing one. 

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That's so gorgeous! Not at all a FM fan usually, but this is truly fantastic and drool worthy!

9 hours ago, mrzee said:

Not really as unique as @SolaVeritate example above but this Claro Beach star was kind of quirky:

Claro Beach Star Watch

Second time I’ve posted a pic of this recently after not thinking about it for aaagggeess.

You already know how much I love this one. Really dig the case and dial layout. Vintage color ways and designs have always had me at hello!

6 hours ago, yokel said:

I also draw the distinction between "very unusual" and "unique".

Being a snob, I like to wear unusual watches. I have one from Dornblüth (see today's WRUW thread) who produce only about 200 watches each year  --  spread across about eight styles. That would be regarded as pretty rare. Similarly, I have three from Moritz Grossmann, who produce less than five hundred each year (spread across a lot of styles). I have never encountered a duplicate of any of those watches "in the wild".

However, like @artistmike I have one watch which I believe really is unique  --  one of a kind . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

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Good lord that's near perfection! Really dislike the movement aesthetics from the back. Just reminds me of a bunch of the typical cheap Chinese skeleton movements too much. But the dial detail is near unrivaled!

2 hours ago, Bonzodog said:

Don’t know about unique,but the clasp on this is a bit different.

 

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Such an awkward but cool watch. Pretty much a gimmick really, though, as they call it a golf watch yet there's no golf specific function it performs, it's just a quartz watch with a unique strap adjustment system. Still, dig the dimple dial and cool strap adjustment feature nonetheless. Good watch for this post!

Just my most recent acquisitions, doesn't even include some of my older pieces. This Fiyta Spacemaster because the chronograph minutes subdial counts up to 45 minutes instead of the standard 30 or 60. Designed specifically for the Chinese lunar expedition to the moon.

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This Seamaster as I described earlier, love the barrel case and hummer movement.

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Anonimo because of the crown position and built in crown locking mechanism.

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The Oris Flight Timer BC4 because, well, just look at that knob sand you can see why. Odd looking bezel locking crown, but placed perfectly as long as you wear it on the left wrist. Otherwise good luck getting any shirt cuffs to fit over it.

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Alexander Shorokhoff, the guilloched carbon fiber dial is just sounding to see in person! Plus the blood orange dial really can look red or orange depending on the light source.

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Not the watch itself here, but the case engraving across it and the bracelet I've since taken it off of as well. Really cool and stand out!

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Serica 5303 because of the unique lug attachment system to the bracelet and it being a tapering mesh, which I've never seen before.

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Meistersinger single hand dial and gigantic moon phase function!

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Neminus because, well, just look...

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H2O racing dial Kalmar with the really cool perlage in the silver dial around the sides of it. Can't really make it out in this picture but it's very nice. Also the unique lugs which do help to keep this monstrous thing tamed to the wrist.

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