Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier UFO Leather Strap

I've blogged a few watches by this designer before, but this one is a little different style to the others.

The watch is by the flamboyant fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Gaultier is known for his outrageous clothing designs (for example Madonna's famous cone bra) as well as perfumes and aftershaves, but he has also been designing watches (at least) since the late 90s.

I've been blogging a range called JPG (or J.P.G) before, which was a set of watches made by Citizen in the late 90s. This watch is also made by Citizen, but not part of the JPG range. Instead, this watch is marked with the Jean Paul Gaultier name/logo.

From what I've found, this model is called (or normally referred to as) the UFO, and it does have the feel/design that you'd expect for a 50s style idea of a UFO. The case is large round brushed steel with a slightly domed shape. In the centre is a round domed glass where the time is shown. The watch is an analogue design with a 3 hand dial. Inside is a Citizen 6031 quartz movement. In a link to yesterday's watch, the hour markers here are also made from the letters of a name with Gaultier used for most of the markers, but dots for the 3, 6, 9, and 12 o'clock markers.

Looking online for the watch, I only seemed to find Japanese links for this model (especially when calling it the UFO), so it may have been a Japan only release. I think the watch may be newer than the JPG range, which would suggest a 2005 manufacture (based on the serial number), but it could have been 1995. Some sites I found had suggested an rrp of just under ¥20,000 but I can't completely confirm this.

The full model number is 6031-G08661.

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