Monday, 29 June 2015

Fossil Big Tic Chinese Lunar Dragon JR 7997

Today's watch is one of the more recognisable watch lines, and one which has been copied by many different manufacturers.

As the watch has an analogue dial with a full face LCD for the seconds, many watch fans would be right in spotting this is a Fossil Big Tic.

The Big Tic design has come in many different variations over the years, and this model is one of the Japanese inspired designs. The first detail is the use of the Japanese writing language Kanji for the numbers on the hour markers around the edge of the dial (except for number 6 where the Fossil name sits). The seconds display also uses Kanji characters on an inverse style LCD. The dial is a 2 hand design with a quartz movement. The two hands are both lightly curved triangles, and are glow in the dark for nighttime use.

The case is a curved brushed stainless steel design, which curves into the matching steel strap. The glass is round, and has a Chinese Dragon etched into the back covering the whole width of the face.

The back is dominated by a large Big Tic logo with the other details around the outside. Just below the logo is the serial number and the model number, which is JR 7997. The other information reveals this is stainless steel with a 50m /165ft water resistance.

The back also shows the watch is covered by two US patents 6,084,828 and 6,147,933. Both patents cover a "Timepiece and chronometer with overlapping, separately driven analog and digital displays" and were filed in 1999 (after a 1998 Chinese patent).

This model isn't for sale anymore, but originally had a price of around $65.

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