Watch you looking at ..... just showing off the bling

afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,538
Where the action is!
hey @afire , bet ya ain't got one of these .
Well, it's not a Gruen, so I can't have one. But it does slightly remind me of a Gruen I would kill to own. I only have one picture from an long since ended auction. It's an extraordinarily rare solid gold Alpina-Gruen "hunter" (i.e., covered) wristwatch. In my searching, I regularly find gems like these that went through the big auction houses. I've set up alerts at many of them, but never get any notifications. It's as if they stopped handling Gruen watches the second I figured out that they might be a source for some special ones. :mad:
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hcsterg

Friend of Fred
Feb 13, 2012
6,560
France
This one has no battery and is light-powered (solar or electric) through its dial.
It's a prototype, made from recycled materials and metals.
My son has the blue one and he offered me the brown one, one of his pal choose the green one.
I have it for 5 or 6 years now and nearly never set up time.
A true workhorse, reliable and moreover lightweight
The brand has started regular production since : https://www.awakeconcept.com/

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Oh, it's even French designed and made... Surprising and incredible !

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JC higgy

Gretschified
Jun 6, 2008
11,830
Belfast Norn Iron
I've wore a watch ever since I learnt how to tell the time,currently I have a Hamilton Ventura, it's the new version,well 2007/08 new,I'd love a 50s version but I'm not made of money.
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I also have dads Tissot, which is a tribute to a 30s Hamilton, small and cool.
I have several others too .
 
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afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,538
Where the action is!
I've wore a watch ever since I learnt how to tell the time,currently I have a Hamilton Venture, it's the new version,well 2007/08 new,I'd love a 50s version but I'm not made of money.
A friend from a watch forum recently scored the apex of original Venturas. Only 10 made for the South American market in 18k rose gold. I can hardly guess what she must have paid for it, but I'm going to say a lot. The most common variant, 14k yellow gold, typically run $2500 or so in good shape. This one is the rarest of them all and in pristine, virtually unworn condition. I don't even know what something like that might fetch.
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afire

Friend of Fred
Feb 12, 2009
5,538
Where the action is!
Endangered technological species:

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You know, I don't really understand the whole concept of wristwatches being obsolete. I don't realize it until I forget to where one, but I look at my watch all the time. But the thinking seems to be that everybody has a phone, so you don't need a watch. Well, what's a phone that tells time? It's a POCKET WATCH. I don't know why the convenience of being able to tell the time with a glance at your wrist is any less beneficial today than when it was first realized a century ago, when pocket watches started to be phased out by wristwatches. And yes, Apple watches are wristwatches. They just happen to do other stuff too. Which also isn't an entirely new concept...
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audept

Senior Gretsch-Talker
Dec 1, 2010
29,437
Sydney, Australia
It was fun unraveling that one. My first impression was probably a relatively modest gold filled or plated watch from the 1930s, but a few barely visible markings revealed it to be solid gold, cased by one of the finest luxury watch case makers in the USA at the time.

I'm a single brand guy - Gruen. And my collection is relatively small, focused on a narrow range. I only collect Gruens made before 1936, and only ones with solid metal cases, gold, silver, or steel. No plated or gold filled watches.

Today, a 1923 14k green gold Gruen tank:
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If you're wondering what green gold is, notice the difference in shade between the green gold case and the yellow gold hands and numerals.

And who am I kidding? I never miss a chance to show off my watches. Nobody ever notices them in real life, so might as well share them online.

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And no, this E. Gübelin is not cheating. It was retailed by Gübelin, but its beating heart is a Gruen caliber 157.
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And if you notice that some of these watches look rather small on my wrist, compactness and streamlining were in style for men's watches from the 1920s to the 1950s. They started getting a little bigger in the 1950s, but it wasn't until the 1960s that big, chunky men's watches became fashionable. But for the truly fashionable, a small rectangular watch never went out of style...
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Absolutely stunning collection, those are some of the most beautiful watches I have ever seen!
 

OzzPocket

Synchromatic
Aug 11, 2020
642
NYS
Never stoped wearing one . I've got a nice little collection , nothing fancy . Always liked the " moon phases " but don't have any . What I really love are pocket watches , especially the rail road types . I've got 2 pocket watches and one on the way . I've got an oldie wrist watch from when my uncle died ( I was 16 at the time ) and my grandmother gave it to me ( it was her brother ) It's from about the the 1930's and member @afire has sparked my interest in it . Can't thank him enough ...... I'm going to have it overhauled starting next week

When my father was a young guy, before his law enforcement days, he worked for a while on the railroad....I'm not sure doing what.....but, "an old-timer" as he put it, gave him a pocket watch that he kept for the rest of his life...and it then stayed with my mother until she passed. It now has a place of honor on my hutch

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ramjac

Synchromatic
Aug 14, 2011
998
Wisconsin
You know, I don't really understand the whole concept of wristwatches being obsolete. I don't realize it until I forget to where one, but I look at my watch all the time. But the thinking seems to be that everybody has a phone, so you don't need a watch. Well, what's a phone that tells time? It's a POCKET WATCH. I don't know why the convenience of being able to tell the time with a glance at your wrist is any less beneficial today than when it was first realized a century ago, when pocket watches started to be phased out by wristwatches. And yes, Apple watches are wristwatches. They just happen to do other stuff too. Which also isn't an entirely new concept...
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Phones get the blame, but everything has an automatically updating digital clock on it these days. When people aren’t staring at a phone, they’re starting at a laptop or cable TV, both of which provide the time. Almost every appliance shows the time. In the car? Clock. My insulin pump has a clock and so do all my thermostats. I’m surprised my headstock tuner doesn’t have one. Phones are only pocket watches for old guys like me who actually put their phone in their pocket for extended periods. Most people have a phone in their hand all the time and barely take their eyes off it. If you do that with a pocket watch they send you someplace special for observation. Apple watches tell the time, but unlike calculator watches, they’re actually sophisticated transducers that just happen to tell the time and probably don’t need to display it. I bought that Movado watch 20 years ago thinking I’d wear it to the end of it all, but now it’s just another object that reminds me what time it is. And that’s all it does. And nothing ruins my day quite like knowing what time it is.
 
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thunder58

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Dec 23, 2010
26,660
tappan ny
When my father was a young guy, before his law enforcement days, he worked for a while on the railroad....I'm not sure doing what.....but, "an old-timer" as he put it, gave him a pocket watch that he kept for the rest of his life...and it then stayed with my mother until she passed. It now has a place of honor on my hutch

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That's a Hamilton isn't it ? .....treasure it
 

Merc

Friend of Fred
May 6, 2017
5,446
Florida
Scrolling through I see some really beautiful time pieces. I’ll have to dig them out, but I’ve got a Movado self winding watch, two Tissot pocket watches, and a late 40’s Hamilton pocket watch. In what feels another life time ago, I almost went to school for Horology.

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I’m sporting the Versa 3 Fitbit that I received for Christmas. Really it’s more of an extension of your smart phone rather than a watch. But I’m starting to appreciate it for what it does. It tracks my sleep and breaks it down between REM, light, and deep sleep. More importantly my BPM for my heart (not that I can’t feel it when it’s acting up). A bit handy when receiving a text at work because I can simply look down and read it as it flashes. Plus the calories burned and steps counted to keep track of. I still have to add my credit card to it as a digital wallet for faster payments. I can also change digital faces whenever I please. It’s way more useful than I imagined and super comfortable. Recommended for anyone wanting to track their health a little.
 

Merc

Friend of Fred
May 6, 2017
5,446
Florida
I went to college in Waltham, MA, known as Watch City. This is a watch I got a few years ago that was made in Waltham supposedly in the 60s just before the factory closed. It was not valuable or expensive.
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The Waltham factory building is still there. My mother worked in the building for awhile with another company that rented it out. I’d love to one day pick up a Waltham watch as well.
 


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