Monday, 24 December 2012

Gallucci Skeleton Automatic with Date

It'll be smart watches for me for the next couple of days. It's time for the family parties to start for celebrating Christmas.

Today I decided on a large automatic watch by Gallucci. The Gallucci name is a watch and jewellery brand owned by R AND S INTERNATIONAL LIMITED and started in 2002. The name was chosen due to it's association with the celestial atlas (Theatrum Mundi el Temporis) by Giovanni Paulo Gallucci. The website then says "The buyer could admire the delightful Gallucci's products and could discover our new celestial objects and development".
R & S International Ltd is a Hong Kong manufacturer of LCD and analogue watches. It was started in 1987 and has the objective to make elegant modern watches with good quality and competitive prices.

This particular model is an automatic watch with a skeleton movement. It has a 3-hand dial with two small dials on the face. The small dial at 3 o'clock shows the date, while the one at 6 o'clock is a 24-hour dial. Date setting isn't done with the crown, but there is a small button below which advances the date by one with each press. The face design has large roman numerals around the edge, and the middle is cut out so you can see the movement.

The back of the watch has a glass panel so you can see the weight that spins to wind the automatic movement, along with the heavily cut-away and engraved mechanism. The movement is open enough that you can see all the way through is several places.

I've not found the exact model, suggesting that this model is not sold anymore. The closest looking watch currently on sale has a RS-M0159 movement which looks pretty much identical. I also don't know the model number, but it will be of the format WT2xxxxSK.

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