How A ‘Fusee’ Watch Works Part 1 Date: Thu, 23 Oct 97 17:06:34 -0700 From: Tuan Ngo <> Subject: Fusee Hello Richard, Fusee (French word): means something conical (in fact fusee with an accent on the first e common meaning is used for calling a rocket, else in the... Read more
ARE YOU FINISHED?! Posted by Mycroft on January 01, 1998 at 9:46:00: Dear TZoners, Happy New Year!! I recently had a question from Musido about surface treatments, especiallyregarding SS cases, and I thought that I would post my answer here as it mayinterest others as well. I would stress... Read more
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California Legal Citation Re: Watch   serial numbers here!! Posted by bob w. on January 25, 1998 at 15:53:13: In Reply to: Re: a very important issue… Thanks Mr. Paige! posted by Bob w. on January 25, 1998 at 15:29:39: Here is what I found in the California Business... Read more
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITYINNOVATION IN THE WATCH INDUSTRYENGINEERING MANAGEMENT 255MANAGEMENT OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTBYARAN HEGARTY TYSONS CORNER, VANOVEMBER 1996“Use time, or time will use you.” – Old Proverb  PREFACEThe purpose of this paper is to explore the management of innovation. I will look at the changes in the watch... Read more

Tissot Ballade [5/98]

Archives October 14, 2002

TISSOT Ballade Posted by Frank T. on May 09, 1998 at 11:46:09: I realize that TZ reviews are usually welcomed on great watches such as AP, PP, JLC, etc. But since I have finally earned my “Watch Idiot Savant” badge I thought I would offer something for my fellow... Read more
One Way of Thinking About Watches and Collecting…(more) Forum: TimeZone – Advanced Forum Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 21:17:53 GMT From: Walt Odets I have been having a long E-mail correspondence with a TZ’er, whom I’ll call Mr. X, who owns a yellow gold Patek 5035 (annular) and wants... Read more
The Real Story Behind Swatch Posted by Jack Freedman on March 03, 1998 at 11:52:26: The following condensed article, written by myself, appeared in its entirety in several watch trade publications in 1985: The Real Swatch Story Contrary to press releases, the Swatch is NOT a revolutionary concept and... Read more
Confessions of a “Watch Junkie” TimeZone post by Time Flies. 12/97I am a watch junkie. The story is true.Well, it all began in the very early 50’s when I would watch my father put on one of his two watches. Nobody else’s dad had more than one watch. I... Read more
Christie’s Rolex Auction Highlights by James Dowling Posted by James M. Dowling on October 01, 1997 at 6:13:00:Hi Folks,I have just returned from the final hammer fall at the Christie’s London sale of the Ravenborg Rolex collection; It was phenomenal…. The sale room at Christie’s in Kings Street, London... Read more
How Good is Your 6th Sense…(long text) Posted by Mycroft on February 28, 1998 at 21:04:58:We are all fascinated by time, its measurement, telling the time and the instruments that tell and display time. Watches whether they are for decorative or functional purposes are at the heart of our... Read more
How To Value a Pre-Owned WatchPosted by R. paige on February 10, 1998Greetings,I get emails each week from people who are asking my advice as to how much their pre-owned watch should be selling for. This is a difficult question to answer since there are so many factors involved... Read more
Automatic 24 Hour Pilot Review and pictures by boB “This rugged watch will set you apart from the usual crowd” Now here’s a watch that is durable, rugged, and affordably priced. I’ve had this watch for a month now, and it is rapidly becoming my go anywhere, do anything,... Read more
The IWC Large 52 S.C. Calibre Pilot’s Watch The second professional-standard pilot’s watch from IWC was commissioned at the beginning of the Second World War by the German Luftwaffe. Fitted with IWC’s 52 S.C. calibre (second au centre – central seconds hand) pocket watch movement, it featured a sweep... Read more
That Elusive Type XX Posted by Michael Friedberg on April 29, 1998 at 18:57:18: A few years ago, when the Breguet Type XX was introduced, I greatly admired its styling: a sporty chronograph and, besides, it was a steel (and therefore almost affordable) Breguet. It had a wonderful military... Read more

IWC Pilot’s Watches

Archives October 11, 2002

FOUR STAINLESS-STEEL IWC PILOT WATCHES I’ve always felt that IWC makes excellent watches that have yet to receive the attention they deserve from collectors in the US. As of late, the IWC pilot watches (Doppelchronograph, Fliegerchronographs, and Mark XII) have been the object of numerous Forum inquiries. Which is... Read more

With Breitling

Archives October 11, 2002

TIMEZONE BREITLING CHAT Starting at 3:16PM PDT Note: BU = Breitling USA The first two answers are minus the original questions   BU: -Regarding the Spatiograph, the base movementis the 2892 A2. The module on top is custom designed for Breitling by Kelek. BU: -John, the crystal back Cosmonaute... Read more

Chronoswiss Opus

Archives October 11, 2002

Chronoswiss Opus by mj@basepath.comChronoswiss OpusSkeleton chronographModels: CH 7521S ($15,000) 18 ct. solid gold case (53g) CH 7522S ($9,900) 18 ct. solid gold/stainless steel case (14g) CH 7523S ($7,500) stainless steel caseMovement:Self-winding chronograph, 30-minute and 12-hour timer and date, exclusive Chronoswiss caliber C.741S, 25 jewels, skeletized movement, precision adjustment for... Read more
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grand Taille: A Great Watch in Disguise Posted by Eugenio Demmenie on December 31, 1997 at 6:06:55: Hi Forumners and WIS, With the holidays, I had some time to write a watch-review, you will find below. From the Netherlands I wish you all a Happy New Year.... Read more
Fortis Divers Review Due to the interest I’ve seen in Fortis watches lately on the Public Forum and Watchnet I’ve decided to offer my impressions after admittedly a short period of ownership. Richard P. had mentioned that such texts belong here and therefore my choice of posting arena but... Read more
Vintage vs. Contemporary Watches Posted by Michael Friedberg   Lately, my collecting tastes have gravitated towards vintage watches rather than contemporary ones. For a number of reasons, I am beginning to think that vintage watches are better buys not just in an economic sense, but for collectibility and aesthetic... Read more
Buying Myself a Birthday Present by MJ It’s my 50th Birthday today (June 12), I’m in New York for a little vacation, and I’ve decided to buy a nice watch as a gift to myself. I’m not sure I’ll succeed, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have loads of fun... Read more
Is IWC the Only Brand Made in the German Part of Switzerland Posted by Jack Freedman on June 25, 1998 at 04:28:59: In Reply to: Is IWC the only brand made in the German part of Switzerland posted by Fred Bart on June 25, 1998 at 03:03:37: Posted from... Read more
Definitions of a Watch Idiot Savant Posted by LStone on June 03, 1998 at 23:38:47: self trained to sleep in 5 positions with wearing his/her COSC certified chronometer in bed. opens the back of a new Patek on the first day of acquisition and hand winds the rotor in... Read more
Legal Ramifications of Selling Fake Watches   18 U.S.C. Section 2320: Criminal Penalties for Counterfeiting The maximum penalties provided are 10 years imprisonment and/or a $2 million fine in the case of an individual, and a $5 million fine in the case of a business. The law includes an... Read more
MY EXPERIENCE WITH LARGE WATCHES   Posted by Justin Time on May 17, 1998 at 13:09:05: The tremendous response to Walt O.’s post on large watches piqued my curiosity. I was especially intrigued by the two recurring themes in the posts. Many viewed the large size of current watches... Read more
Watch Size–A Test!   Posted by Paul Schliesser on May 17, 1998 at 12:34:02: With all of the recent talk about big watches, I decided to do a goofy test, based on some observations about watch design. The illustration below is a group of made-up watches, loosely based on... Read more

Zodiac Super SeaWolf

Archives September 25, 2002

Zodiac Super SeaWolf.. Size Matters Part II, A Review by Mike Breinin   I just got a Zodiac Super SeaWolf and I though I would review it for anyone interested in one mean dive watch. For anyone unfamiliar with this watch it is a massive professional diver’s watch, water... Read more
IT’S A GIRL!!! and a review…… Posted by Richard Paige, TZ father on May 25, 1998 at 11:02:13: Review of the new addition to my collection. The Name I personally lobbied for “Chronograph Timezone Paige”…but the company decided that the name “Juliette” would have more international appeal. It was... Read more
TIME ON-LINE, THE NEW GLOBAL GREY MARKET By Jeff Prine, Senior Editor, Modern Jeweler Magazine, a Cygnus Publication. November 1998 issue. There’s a new competitor out there fighting for your watch business. This retailer is open 24 hours a day every day of the year, offering all the brands... Read more
The Very Un-official TimeZone Watch Survey Posted by DJC on July 20, 1998 at 11:48:46: Hello everyone… I have just compiled the results for the Time Zone Watch Survey. I wanted to include graphs, charts, etc in my presentation, but I am having problems with that. If anyone has... Read more
by Paul Delury It was dark and stormy night. The sort of night no decent CITIZEN would be out. The knocking at the door was loud enough to wake even an old FOSSIL like me. In fact, whoever was out there was making one hell of a RAKETA. A... Read more
Fortis Pilot’s Chronograph Posted by Richard Gross on October 28, 1997 at 8:25:58 Having just taken possession of a new Fortis Pilot chronograph, I felt it was time to update the Fortis reviews. First of all, it comes in a in can filled with closed cell foam. Nothing fancy... Read more
More Random Thoughts… Posted by Time Flies on March 29, 1998 at 5:53:04: Up early got to thinking, and so here are some more of my random thoughts (not necessarily Gaussian distributed, my thoughts tend to be highly leptokurtic) Here goes. I wonder WHEN: the urge to wear watches... Read more
IWC Ingénieur Ref. 3521  Posted by Bob L. on May 25, 1998 at 18:35:49:I bought this watch from a major auction house with the intent of reselling it. After wearing it for a week, I’ve concluded that not only is it not for sale, it has replaced my Submariner... Read more

Minerva Pythagore [4/98]

Archives September 24, 2002

Minerva Pythagore . . A review Posted by Mike Breinin on March 24, 1998 at 23:04:07: Hello everyone. As I promised yesterday I am now going to attempt to review my new Minerva Pythagore. I apologize in advance for having to do it in parts but long posts always... Read more
A Review of the TAG Heuer 2000 Automatic by SJX   I purchased this watch about 8 months ago, long enough for me to get the “feel” of the watch. It is a full size TAG Heuer 2000 Series (1997 model) auto with a blue face. Case, bezel and... Read more
General Thoughts for Watch Enthusiasts Posted by Greg on March 31, 1998 at 17:20:26:I was recently e-mailing a friend , and thought everyone could find some value in some of my experiences, so here they are. (Some of this is from one of my previous posts, but I like... Read more
Fortis Pilot’s Automatic Posted by Steve Duncan on March 13, 1998 at 13:19:07 For those of you who have no idea what this thing is, the Fortis Pilot’s Automatic is a very simple watch. ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, simple face (white on black) – designed after an aircraft gauge,... Read more
Faces & Hands Posted by Michael Friedberg on May 01, 1998 at 05:18:27: Appreciation of fine watches can be increased when one understands how a fine watch is made. Great skill in executing a design is required. Beyond the movement, which frequently is unseen, that skill manifests itself especially... Read more