“World’s Very First Digital Wristwatch” – It Ain’t Necessarily So by PAUL DELURY
The Direct Read watch – an idea whose time was long in coming by PAUL DELURY
Citizen X8 – Wearing a piece of Japanese electronic watch history by PAUL DELURY
Girard-Perregaux’s first production quartz watches Paul Delury In 1971, Girard-Perregeaux won the chronometer accuracy competition at the Observatoire de Neuchâtel against competitors from Switzerland and Japan. They did so with their newly developed quartz movement, the GP350. This was the first mass-produced quartz movement having a micro processor controlled... Read more
The Odd, the Unusual, and the Uncommon Paul Delury Here is an eclectic selection of timepieces that offer something different in design, technology, function or scarcity. Whatever the category, I venture that none are likely to be seen all too often. THE ODD. Wyler Incaflex demonstrater. Here’s a somewhat... Read more
Presidential Pockets: Illinois A. Lincoln & Hampden Wm. McKinley Paul Delury The two vintage pocket watches addressed here have model names dedicated to former US Presidents, both of whom unfortunately met their demise by assassination. The watches carry engraved signatures of the respective Presidents on the movements. Illinois A.... Read more
Lower-Jeweled Watches Paul Delury   Some modern watch enthusiasts may not be overly familiar with lower-jeweled watches, that is, anything with less than 17 jewels. To vintage collectors, however, such watches are encountered quite often. The fact is that jewels are not required at all to make a functional... Read more
Cushions of the 1960s & 1970s Paul Delury I find many of the cushion cased designs that emerged in the 1960s & 70s to be an acquired taste. Indeed, it took me quite some years of collecting to acquire any taste for them. Initially I would generally avoid such... Read more
The Differences Between Applied and Embossed Numerals Paul Delury Recently there was a discussion thread on the forum showing watches with applied numerals. Some of the watches shown actually had embossed numerals and there is sometimes confusion over these two types of markers. The info below will give some... Read more
Hamiltons and History I have collected a number of Hamilton 10 size watches over the past years. These are smaller, slim, watches, averaging around 45mm in diameter and often referred to as “gentlemen’s” watches. These are relatively unobtrusive to carry in comparison to the larger 16 and 18 size... Read more
An Award Watch on the Eve of War by PAUL DELURY Here’s a really nice 50 year’s service award presentation pocket watch, a Hamilton Grade 921 10 size owned by Rob B. I wanted to show the engraved caseback particularly as I think it’s a great example of the... Read more
Here’s a look at some watches a little out of the ordinary. Below is a bunch of digital or direct read mechanical watches from the 1960s & 70s. Direct-read pocket and wristwatches watches have been around for a long time. They made somewhat of a resurgence in the later... Read more
Presented in order of production date, (as far as I can ascertain for the later watches). 1974 Seiko 5 Actus, cal. 7019. 1976 Seiko 5, cal. 6309 TV-dial. 1984 Seiko 5, cal. 7009A. Late-1990s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. Late-1990s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. Early-2000s Seiko 5, cal. 7S26. (Ref:... Read more
Here are some examples of American-made pocket watch movements, presented in order of production date. 1890 Waltham Model 1889. 6 size. 1902 Waltham Model 1890. 6 size. 1916 Hamilton Grade 992L. 16 size. 1917 Waltham Model 1900. 3/0 size. 1933 Waltham Colonial A. 12 size on 14 size mainplate.... Read more
(Watches from the collection of TomG). Read more
These 3 are Hamilton Grade 912 size 12 watches, all from 1938. The first two are examples I obtained after seeing Rob B’s extremely nice example shown at the bottom. And, for refernce, here’s a pic of a Hamilton Grade 912 movement in another of my watches. Read more
Here are some NOS watches I have acquired over the years. My first NOS watch was this rather ugly 1973 Bulova Excellency cal. 11ANAC. It came with outer cardboard box, inner plastic box and hangtags. The original leather strap is permanently curved from sitting in the box for decades.... Read more
I haven’t had any redials done as yet, but I’ve bought a few. This Tissot Seastar Visodate auto was an early eBay purchase from a Hong Kong seller. I’d initially purchased a Rado Green Horse but when I was advised the shipping cost would be the same for up... Read more
This Omega Seamaster De Ville cal. 601 is one of my most-worn watches. Read more
Here’s three of ’em. (Watches as owned by TomG). Read more
(Watches from the collections of TomG and myself). Read more
1979 IWC “Jumbo” Ingenieur SL ref. 3003. (Watch owned by TomG). Read more
Here’s a shot I like. (Watches owned by TomG). Read more