Shoot to Kilfitt - 1969 Prototype Camera-Watch Sells for $60,000!

Like a Russian Matrioshka doll, these obscure vintage and antique camera watches keep appearing and gratefully outdo themselves with each layer of the photohorological onion.

The first that caught my attention was the 1950s Steineck ABC wrist camera, which in turn, turned me onto the world of subminiature spy camera watches and the surprising discovery of this 100+ year old secret photographic history starting with this 19th century pocket watch camera.

And just when I thought I've seen them all, this
UKA 659 model by Kilfitt kills them all with a single 1969 prototype that never went into production and recently sold on eBay for nearly $60,000 (US). Update! It seems to have been relisted and is currently at $58,000 --> Auction Link

Kilfitt camera history-->Link


See also;
Subminiature Camera Watches
Steinheil Camera Watch
Victorian Camera Pocket Watch
1950s Minifon Spy Recorder Watch
Victorian Wrist Horn & Prototype Wrist Camera
James Bond Movie Gadget Watches
Satellite Watches of 1979


via Gizmodo (thanks to Felipe!)


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The Firm Hands of Jason Linde's Wenge Clocks

Architect Jason Linde has created a series of clocks with unique display with a single stationary hand and a rotating dial for hours. Some feature double dials for both hours and minutes. On wood veneered blocks and laser engraved dials, they range from $110 - $130.

Double Dial

Double Dial

Available here-->Link

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All Clock Posts

via Yanko Design


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Rado Ceramica Chronograph - Designed by Jasper Morrison

New from Rado, the 50 year anniversary limited edition Jasper Morrison designed "Ceramica Chronograph". Only ten of each will be made. I like the variation of chrono registers but $6500 for Quartz?


More about the Ceramica at Rado->Link
Available at Moss in New York City or through Rado.

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All Chronograph Posts

via Yanko Design



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The Jaeger LeCoultre Wrist Discotheque of 1975

As quickly as the time is displayed on an LED watch is about the same length of time high end Swiss brands produced them in the early seventies. Companies like Omega produced their gold brick of a watch called the "Time Computer" and Jaeger LeCoultre got their groove on in the same way The Rolling Stones toyed with Disco in songs like "Miss You" in 1978.

This 1975 Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital features a pretty cool asymmetric red crystal and light emitting diodes displayed on command by button and the original bands were a perfectly pretentious golden mesh.

Jaeger LeCoultre Master Quartz Digital-->Link


See also;
History of LED Calculator Watches
History of Dynamic Scattering LCD
History of Solar LED Watches
LED-LCD Watch Combos
Zenith Analog/Digital Hybrid
Other Analog-Digital Posts
All LED Watch Related Posts

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Math Watches Part 2.1249 - Vintage 1960s Juvenia Protractor Watch

Not long ago I featured some of the coolest in vintage geek wristwear with my Math Watches post-->here. And thought I'd follow it up with a phenomenally rare opportunity to own this vintage 60's Juvenia. The hour hand is a miniature protractor, the minutes a golden arrow, and the seconds is a double edged blade-propeller. Stainless steel, manual winding, and completely overhauled. $2495

Available from Derek at Watchestobuy.com here-->Link (part of his personal collection for fifteen years and just now for sale)

Slim sideviews

See also;
Math Watches Part 1.4593
Discs Instead of Hands
History of LED Calculator Watches
All Mystery Dial Posts
Collection of Gadget Watch Posts



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Time To F#%K - Vintage 1970 Erotic Mystery Message Watches

Two vintage mystery dial watches from the late sixties/early seventies with secret dials revealing a not-so-subtle message from a pair of scantily clad tarts. Each of these mechanical erotic novelty watches had a unique feature of discs that obscure the dial most of the time but slowly unveil the other dastardly dirty time of day.

One for those with highly overactive libidos (hourly display) and the other with a more respectable twelve hour time frame. Although anyone who actually wore these was likely not getting any anyway.

This model featuring the twice daily message

Classy stuff!
One with a transparent disc with floating seconds arrow.

Around the same time, a digital version existed with the same message electronically requested in LED display. If anyone has seen the movie Autofocus about Bob Crane, Willem Dafoe shows his off at a bar to an unsuspecting lady. The filmmakers of Autofocus actually contacted me at the time of production seeking this watch but I could only provide some traditional vintage LED from Hamilton and Compuchron. They did use it for the scene but had to edit the message in.

See also;
1890 Naked Lady Pocket Watch
Debbie Does Switzerland - Antique Erotic Automaton


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Vintage 1970s Rotary LED & Seiko Memory Bank Commercials

I'm struggling to find some more interesting vintage watch commercials, here's a few new ones. You can see a collection of the rest at the links below...

1970's Rotary LED watch commercial-->Link



1978 Seiko Memory Bank Calendar Watch Commercial-->Link



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New Les Montres Vianney Halter Website


Les Montres Vianney Halter finally has a new website featuring his entire collection. I finally get to meet Vianney in a week and if anyone has a clever question for me to ask him, let me know!

Les Montres Vianney Halter website-->Link

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All Vianney Halter Posts

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I Totally Forgot! The Memoire1 Mechanical Memory Watch Was Unveiled

A new achievement in chronograph watchmaking -- The mechanical memory of the Maurice Lacroix "Memoire1".

via Timezone & Horomundi (much more information about the complications)

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All Maurice Lacroix Posts

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Busybodies - Timberland HT2 Craterface, Invicta Blockhead, & A Watch Worth Owning

Two new unique inexpensive mult-functional, multi-dialed beasts. Above, the HT2 with plenty of junk in the trunk. An overdose on your wrist with analog-digital displays, four time zones, altimeter, thermometer, barometer, and an analog and digital compass. If you know someone that likes to get lost and be on time...$295-$345

via Technabob

This one? I don't know, it's just big, offensive and ugly. And generally, I appreciate an ugly watch from time to time, just not sure this is one of them. From Invicta

Personally, if we're going for multi-function overkill here, I'd much rather have this 1890 gunmetal world-time pocket watch. The front has a respectable dose of information with time, month, day, date, and moonphase but the back displays SEVEN time zones! And also understand, this is a mechanical timepiece, those are all moving parts gauging that much information in a little pod of blackened steel.

Granted it's about $9700 more than the other two watches above...but doesn't that seem like a deal now? From Bogoff->Link

Related posts;
Two-timing Bastards
Multi-function Monsters
Arnold & Son True North
Michael Jordi Double Deckers
Andy Warhol Five Time Zone Watch
World Time Watches
Compass/Thermometer Watches
Bullhead Chronographs
Math Watches
Dual LED-LCD Watches
History of Calculator LED Watches
James Bond Gadget Watch History
Anadigi (Analog-Digital) Watches



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Buggin Out! More Arthropoidal Watchworks from Insect Lab Studio

Artist Mike Libby's medium consists of dead bugs and watch-guts. His second series of mechanically enhanced insect art (previously featured here->link) has just been released at his Insect Lab Studio and it includes entirely new specimens like the scorpion above. Also new to the collection are grasshoppers, Praying Mantis, and beetles with their entire wingspans displayed with the rest of their horological augmentations.

I asked Mike about the new series and details about the improvements and new species being offered...

  • "The quality of the work all around is notably improved due to higher quality insect specimens (larger ones too) and watchparts, also an improvement in insect spreading/handling skills has certainly made the final result more visually pleasing."
  • "Beetles continue to be a big hit and especially lately since I have learned to include their secondary interior wings (responsible for flight, whereas the first set of wings act as a wing case). "
  • "Development of new work with new specimens. Like I mentioned, scorpions, hoppers and praying mantis are all great new additions to my repertoire and have really challenged my customizing skills. I am always looking for a very thorough way to integrate the parts and gears to the specimen without overloading or suffocating it's natural form and beauty with technology. "How much is too much and how little is just enough?" is a question I ask myself constantly. All in all, the new hoppers (about 5" long!) and the improved beetles are certainly my favorite developments."

Arachnidae: Name Unknown
Scorpion & steel and brass gears, parts and springs
5” long (8” full length)
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850

Cetonidae: Polyphemus Confluens
Flower beetle with steel gears & parts -
4.5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base, $600


Dynastidae: Eupatorus Gracilicornis
Rhino Beetle with brass gears & parts - 5" width
Displayed in 6” glass dome & walnut base,
$650

Orthoptera: Tropidacris Dux
Grasshopper & steel, copper, brass gears, parts and springs -
5”
Displayed in 6" glass dome and walnut base, $900

Mantidae: Name Unkown
Praying Mantis & brass, and copper gears, parts and springs
Displayed in 6" glass dome & walnut base, $850


Insect Lab Studio-->LINK


Related Posts;
Insect Lab Studio I
Motorcyclogical
Japanese Steampunk
Art of Movements
Wood & Bone Watches
Bennett Robot Works
Mr. Jones Watches
Vasarely Op-Art Watches


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Jim Henson's Time Piece - 1965 Experimental Film




Jim Henson's 1965 Experimental Film "Time Piece"-->Link

"Dislocation in time, time signatures, time as a philosophical concept, and slavery to time are some of the themes touched upon in this nine-minute, experimental film, which was written, directed, and produced by Jim Henson-and starred Jim Henson! Screened for the first time at the New York Museum of Modern Art in May of 1965, Time Piece enjoyed an eighteen-month run at one Manhattan movie theater and was nominated for an Academy Award for outstanding short subject."

Jim Henson, puppeteer, Kermit creator, surrealist filmaker?


For more, visit the Time Piece Wikipedia page here-->Link



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Free LIP Watch Giveaway at Cool Hunting! - From My LIPs to Yours

I've teamed up with Coolhunting.com to give one of my new Roger Tallon Mach 2000 or other Revival Seventies LIP watches away for free. Valued at $300. Learn how to enter at Cool Hunting-->Here

And see the entire line here-->LIP LINK

Here are the new models the winner can choose from.

From upper left going clockwise (what other way would I go?);

1. Roger Tallon "Diode" LED Digital -1975 Design
2. Prisca Briquet "Mythic" Jump Hour -2007 Design
3. Prince Francois de Bashmakoff Jump Hour -1969 Design
4. Roger Tallon Mach 2000 -1974 Design
5. Roger Tallon "Frigo" -1975 Design
6. Roger Tallon Mach 2000 Asymmetric -1974 Design

LIP LINK

Good luck!
LIP Watch Giveaway-->Link

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1947 Wrist Lighter from Mechanix Illustrated


In addition to the knife watch from Sicura, strangulation watch from James Bond and the self-Defenseband, this antique novelty lighter watch is the perfect gift for that murderous paranoid arsonist in your family!

"Wrist Lighter
is the latest novelty for the smoker. Strapped on the wrist, and outwardly resembling a watch, it lights when the cover is flicked back, as demonstrated above. It is being marketed by Samuel Jones, Ltd., London."

via Modern Mechanix

1947 Issue of Mechanix Illustrated


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Flipping out over the new Antiquorum Flip-Catalog!

There is a incredible new feature for exploring the upcoming Antiquorum "Important Collector's Wristwatches, Pocket Watches, and Clocks" auction on Sunday December 5th in New York City.

Antiquorum developed a really fantastic online flip-catalog where you can view over 400 lots including some of my favorites like a vintage asymmetric Gilbert Albert Patek Philippe, ginormous Omega Ploprof, iconic Heuer Monaco Chronograph, as well as some really interesting antique 1930's Leon Hatot & Atmos Art Deco clocks, classic Rolex Explorer & Daytona, and modern masterpieces such as the mind-boggling F.P. Journe Vagabondage & Seconde Morte, bizarre Gerald Genta retrograde Grand Complicaton, revolutionary Urwerk Nightwatch, stylish Patek Philippe Nautilus, Pagoda & Bombe, retrograde Vacheron Constantin Mercator, confounding Audemars Piguet Grande Complication, and 1 of only 3 ultra-complicated Breguet 250 year anniversary watches.


Go here for the flip-catalog-->Link

Paul Boutros of Timezone also features some of the above in his large intimate four-part photographic reviews-->Link


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Watchismo Holiday Watch Gift Guide - $100 to $100,000

When I proposed to my wife three years ago, I did so by hiding the ring in a vintage watch box. And after receiving many watches from me over time, (one of the many benefits of being married to Watchismo!) she was always prepared for another. It was the perfect concealer for the antique 1920s engagement ring that hid inside.

As she prepared to open the watch box, a tipsy southern man inopportunely standing near us leaned over and drolly drawled, "Whut iis itt? A DIIAMOND RIING?" My wife, being as polite as she is, said (box is still closed at this point) "No, actually it's a vintage watch, my boyfriend...(opening box)...Uh, wait...yeah, it is a diamond ring!" The man turned a bright color purple of which I've only seen on a startled cuttlefish in a National Geographic documentary.

He turned away quickly and she said yes even faster. And now for some interesting watch gift ideas for the holidays...

Under $100; (Above) This modern mystery dial with discs for hands spin with opposing colors for hours, minutes and seconds-->Link

Under $200; (Above) This unused mint 1968 Gladius Jumping Hour digital watch with manual winding movement, spinning wheels with numbers printed on each lining up to tell the time through windows-->Link

Under $300; (Above) The modern reissue of the "Diode", Roger Tallon's innovative 1975 LED watch with one-piece case-integrating leather strap-->Link

Under $400; (Above) This vintage 1970 mechanical digital jump hour by Mentor. Also unused for almost 40 years with manual winding movement, discs for hours & minutes through left porthole. And best of all, the original flexisteel bracelet-->Link

Under $500; (Above) The 2007 "Mach 2000" Chronograph. A Roger Tallon classic with updated design by French designer Prisca Briquet. Protruding balls as stopwatch pushers & crown inside the negative space of the asymmetric aluminum watch case-->Link

Under $800: (Above) 1972 Jump Hour by Kienzle, a German company that manufactured everything from early computers to dashboard clocks for VW, Mercedes and Porsche ventured into 'wrist dashboards' with this 1972 'Life 2002' mechanical digital jump hour wristwatch. An enormous asymmetric case with separate windows for 12/24 hours, minute and seconds disks. And best of all, the original box/packaging-->Link

Under $1000; (Above) 1957 Hamilton Electric Victor with rare white pattern dial (as detailed in Rene Rondeau's book, "The Watch of the Future"). The first electric-mechanical watches ever made. 10k goldfilled square case with asymmetrical placement of crown on upper right corner. Designed by Richard Arbib, the man who designed fins on vintage American cars of the forties and fifties-->Link

Under $3000; (Above) Vintage 1973 Omega Speedmaster "125" Automatic Chronograph Chronometer limited edition. Commemorating the 125th anniversary of Omega in the seventies. One of the largest, most substantial chronographs ever made at 51mm long and 15mm tall-->Link

Under $16,000; (Above) 2007 Sarpaneva Supernova by Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. One of only ten Supernova made with only one left here-->Link

For more info, read Curtis Thomson's article here-->Link and the PDF here-->Link

Under $60,000; (Above) MB&F's brand new Horological Machine No.2 with double porthole display in enormous solid white gold case. Jumping hours and concentric retrograde minutes on the right, while the retrograde date and bi-hemisphere moonphase on the left dial-->Link

Under $100,000; (Above) 2007 Urwerk 103.08 in super hard TiAlN treated steel (Titanium Aluminum Nitride). A wandering hour watch with rotating satellite hour dics and a fixed minutes arc-->Link

For more, go here-->LINK

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The Winner of the Watchismo Vintage Chronograph Giveaway

After thousands of entries and one random selection, a guy named Mike George of Virginia has won the vintage chronograph giveaway. Upon hearing the news, he wrote back, "This is great, I was thinking if I had ever won anything before and alls I could come up with was a few months ago I received one of those personalized covers from Wired Mag. It was not really winning but I counted it as so at the time." Here is a self-portrait Mike sent me;

After learning about The Watchismo Times through BoingBoing.net, Mike has been a regular reader of my blog. He even mentioned his own desires to build a mechanical watch someday. More good luck to you Mike and thanks to everyone that entered and who subscribe!

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