Wednesday, 16 April 2014

BAP American Vintage cuff watch

Today's watch is another random brand, but one which suggests a long history - that I've not been able to find.

The watch is by BAP which says on the dial is an American Vintage line. According to the dial, the brand name was established in 1922, but I've not found any record of the brand online. The back continues with the same naming and says American Vintage BAP Style.

It is a 3 hand dial watch which is powered by a Japanese Miyota quartz movement. Inside it also has a printed stamp which suggests it was made in May 2010 (or that was when the battery was replaced).

For the design, the dial is adorned with stars (x7) and the brand name. The watch case in mounted on a wide leather strap which is studded and decorated with leather cross shapes. It is fastened with 3 straps with holes and 3 pegs, two of one side and one on the other.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Octagonal Mechanical Watch

Today's post will only be short as I don't have much info about this watch.

The watch is a mechanical watch with a two hand dial. It uses a white plastic case in a 'squashed' octagonal shape (-it is about 50% wider than it is tall). The case is a reasonable size, but the watch has a thin brown leather strap suggesting it's a women's watch.

Inside is a hand wind mechanical movement with 17 jewels. There are no obvious makers marks on the movement (which can be seen through the transparent back), and it only mentions the number of jewels.

There is a name on the dial in a handwriting font - unfortunately, the handwriting is not very clear. To my eyes, the signature looks like it says Hido Gavette, but this doesn't have any web hits.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Casio Batteryless BB-800

Today's watch is another that has had a little bit of mistreatment in its previous life.

The watch is an early Casio with the model number BB-800. It is marked on the face as being a Batteryless model, and you can see the solar panel just above the LCD display. This is where the damage has occurred on my one, with the solar panel having a crack across one corner.

The watch is an LCD model with 3 1/2 digits towards the left and two sets of 2 digits above each other on the right (seconds below and date above). There is also a day marker along the top of the panel.

It uses a 520 module, and there are no modes apart from time and date. There is no information I've found about the date, but I'd guess 80s. One site I found suggested that this was the first Casio solar watch, but that was really the SA-60 from 1984.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Alba Y797 LCD

I'd always associated the big watch brands with the more complex watches, but this is an incredibly basic watch.

The watch is by the Seiko brand Alba, and uses the Y797 module. This is the most basic Alba watch I've come across, with only time and date display. The LCD panel does have 6 digits and a pm marker, but is not used for much.

The case and strap are both stainless steel, but it has a very light and hence cheap feeling. It also has a basic design with very little additional information.

The full model number is Y797-4A00, but there is no serial number, so I can't identify the date (but I'd guess 80s).

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Fossil FSL LCD watch FL 8890

It's back to the 90s for today's watch from Fossil.

This watch is part of the Fossil FSL range of watches. The range covers tough looking LCD models, and it came out in the 1990s.

This model is the FL 8890 which came out around 1995 (based on the start date for the calendar). It is a small size model, so it likely for children or women, but it is an ok size for any small wrist.

It has a 2 line LCD display which is set into a reason case with an FSL logo light button mounted under. At the bottom of the LCD are markers for which mode us active, and those modes are time, chronograph, pace, timer, and alarm. It also has an 8 lap memory and is 100m water resistant.

The back has the water resistance quoted and the model number engraved in the metal, but the centre of the back is a black rubber circle with the FSL logo.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Body Max by Kansai Yamamoto - White Dial

Today's watch is another by the avant garde Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto.

Kansai Yamamoto is a  very famous designer in Japan, and known around the world as the designer for David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust outfits.

This watch is part of a range of watches called Body Max, which seems to have been a little sportier than the other watches, but the range also includes other accessories such as scarves and coats. Both the back and the strap have the statement 'Body Max designed by Kansai Yamamoto', and the watch face just has the words Body Max (although the text actually reads BodY Max as the Y doesn't go below the line).

The watch is a large and deep 3 hand dial design. The glass appears quite thick, with a slight magnification of the white face with clear black text. The crown is hidden under a screw cap that is fastened to the watch case with a chain, so although the watch doesn't say it, it looks like it should be quite water resistant. Inside is a Japanese quartz movement, but I haven't checked on the brand.

I'm not sure when this are out, but some sites have mentioned the 90s or 00s, and I have no reason to disagree.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

R Newbold KTL6019

I'd originally thought that today's watch was another of the unknown brand watches I've kept finding, but it turns out that the watch is a Japanese line for a major British brand.

The watch is by R. Newbold, and has their name along with a logo of a heraldic style lion (i think it is a' rampant lion' and is facing right). Upon searching, the brand is actually a Japanese only line of products from the Paul Smith designer label. The Paul Smith company was started by the English designer Sir Paul Smith, and is primarily known for its stylish menswear collections. The R Newbold line is one of 14 lines under the trendsetting label.

This model is has the number KTL6019, and is a black and blue watch with a 3 hand dial design. The case is large and clean looking with clear blue text on the black background. The hour numbers are on the dial along with minute markers, but the minute numbers are on the angled strip between the face and the glass. The design is completed by a black leather strap with matching blue thread.

The back of the watch has the model number, lion logo and material (stainless steel), but nothing else.

I think the watch is quite modern as I haven't found any reference to is that is before 2010.