Friday, December 8, 2006

French Digital Jump Hour Watch Circa 1830

You think your digital watch is old? Try this antique sucker pushing 175 years. 140 years earlier than what we commonly think of as the earliest digital watches. Circa 1830's French 18k champleve enamel jump hour digital pocket watch by Blondeau, watchmaker to the King.

Napoleon could have owned this. Perhaps this is what he was holding in his vest pocket all that time? ...because he loved it so dearly? I can relate. Some watches make me wanna just touch them all the time too. (Napoleon died in 1821 but pretend with me, ok?)

Close-up of the dial - engraved with bugs & birds!