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History of the Mickey Mouse Watch

While the Disney Company of today may be a merchandising machine, it was not always this way.  The early days of the Disney brothers’ company saw them often strapped for cash, prompting Walt Disney to first sell merchandising rights of Mickey Mouse to a man he me in a hotel lobby who wanted to sell writing tablets featuring the famous mouse—Disney earned $300 cash from this first deal.  A few.. Read More

Roger Moore and the Watches of James Bond

Roger Moore, the actor famous for portraying James Bond in seven “007” films between 1973 and 1985, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 89.  I thought that this would be a good time to go over the watches he wore in his James Bond films. 1973/1974 Roger Moore’s debut as James Bond, in Live and Let Die, and its follow-up, The Man with the Golden Gun.  In those movies, he.. Read More

Watches from the Movie Aliens

Alien Covenant was the number one movie this weekend bringing in over $36 million dollars in ticket sales.  It is the latest in the Sci-Fi series about a creepy acid spewing space alien. I thought that this would be a great time to go over the watches that were made famous from the first movie “Aliens’ with its star Segourney Weaver. Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 worn by Ripley in Aliens. The original.. Read More

Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe Watches up for Auction

Christie’s has announced that, as part of its June 21 Rare Watches and American Icons auction in New York City, it will be selling a Cartier Tank watch owned and worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The watch was a gift given to Jackie by her brother-in-law, Prince Stanislaw Radziwill in 1963. Jackie wore the watch regularly for years and it can be seen on her wrist in many well-known photographs… Read More

Sapphire Watch

Greubel Forsey has just unveiled its Double Tourbillon 30° Technique, a luxury watch featuring an all-sapphire, completely transparent face. Heralded as the “pinnacle of transparency,” not a single piece of metal is used in the dial and case which means that wearers can see all of the movement parts and its workings.   The million-dollar watch is created from a one large sapphire crystal.  Sapphire is used in every aspect in the.. Read More

Worlds Thinnest Mechanical Watch

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Squelette watch is, by a margin of just 0.05 millimeters, the thinnest mechanical watch in the world. The previous record of the thinnest mechanical watch was held by the Piaget Altiplano 900P, which came in a case that was just 3.65mm thick. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Squelette is a mere 3.60 millimeters thick – that is, of course, including the case, movement, dial, hands, and both sapphire crystals. It also.. Read More

Wooden Watches

The handful of brands specializing in wood were born from a common idea, sustainability, and the future safety of our planet. So not only will you be sporting a slick  new timepiece, you can also be content in the knowledge that your purchase is supporting the future of our forests for the next generations. Types of wood used to make a wooden watch case: Cork wood watches are extremely comfortable,.. Read More

Hamilton Ventura

January 3rd, 1957, The Hamilton Watch company introduced the very first electric watch movement.  Called the 500, this watch used a battery to drive a complex gear train, which in turn pushed the hands.  The watch was not a commercial success and a decade later, the quartz crystal technology put the Hamilton 500 out of action for good.  The 500 was used in a few different cases, the most popular.. Read More

Watches and Clocks that are “Frozen in Time”

In Victorian times, people would stop a house’s clocks at the time of an occupant’s death. Although this tradition continues somewhat today, there are some death clocks that weren’t stopped on purpose. Instead, they were broken by terrible circumstance, frozen forever to mark the last moments of disaster. These clocks are reminders of past tragedies. The story of the Titanic is well-known. On the night of April 14, 1912, the ship.. Read More

What is a Helium Release Valve?

In the 1960s, Rolex and Doxa co-created the helium escape valve and introduced it in the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex Sea-Dweller, and the Doxa Conquistador. Today, plenty of luxury watch brands will include a helium escape valve in their serious dive watches.   At that time, Rolexes were being used by the SEALAB and COMEX divers and others in the field of commercial diving, when diving bells and underwater habitats were just coming into use. The.. Read More