revisiting an old friend

It was about 28 years ago when I got interested in vintage watches. At that time my 2 favorite brands were Hamilton and LeCoultre, they were also the only ones I could afford. My all time favorite was the LeCoultre futurematics. I must have owned at least 15 of them over the years, all different in small ways.

About a year ago I was going through some dealer web sites and lo and behold there was another. I found one with a combination of steel and rose gold and I could not resist. I have had about a year and to me they are still one of my favorites and they look as good as they did 28 years ago.revisiting an old friend

Re: revisiting an old friend
01/22/2008 - 00:17

What a lovely watch, John. I do like the combination of steel and RG. A lovely case with a really elegant bezel and a simple dial, with a beautiful layout.

My father's old Tissot from the late 1940's, which I now wear, is that combination. I believe it was more common to find these 2 metals together 30-60 years ago.

Wear it in good health.


Re: Re: revisiting an old friend
01/22/2008 - 01:11

Joseph, Wouldn't it be a pleasant surprise to see this combinatination at this years SIHH. I like that you are wearing your fathers watch. I think, years ago watch collecting was fosussed around the older vintage pieces. Much of todays market is geared around the newer watches, which btw I also like. The new watches in the 80's were not that nice imo. There were a couple of nice examples but many more not so nice. Todays watches are pretty spectacular, I just hope the older vintage don't get forgotten.


Lovely and Contemporary
01/22/2008 - 01:40

That simple, elegant design would not be out of place in a new watch today!  I recall that IWC had great success with steel cases and gold hands/numbers in the early 90's and even today with the Portugeiser.

Exactly the IWC Portuguese also combines steel case with RG numerals I
01/22/2008 - 11:04

really like this combination.

The Futurmatic was definately a very interesting watch technically. If I recall the crown does not wind the movement all you need to do is give it a little shake to get it running again.

Its great to rediscover these oldies but goodies.

Re: Exactly the IWC Portuguese also combines steel case with RG numerals I
01/22/2008 - 13:23

Thats correct, I believe its the 815 mvt but not 100% on that. It's what they called a bumper automatic. The rotor travels less than 180 degrees and runs into a fixed stop & then goes back. You cannot manually wind this watch. You also set the hands from a slide button on the back...very difficult and awkward but part of the charm.

Very, very nice
01/22/2008 - 13:41

and you can almost feel the relationship between JLC and VC

Congrats to a classic watch!


talking about the relationship between JLC and VC it is surprising
01/22/2008 - 16:25

that VC did not come out with its version of the Futurmatic.

Re: talking about the relationship between JLC and VC it is surprising
01/22/2008 - 17:18

Good point, you can say the same for the Alarms that LeCoultre made. Both of these watches were very popular, perhaps LeCoultre didn't want the competition?????

VC did make the ultra rare ref 7778 alarm wrist watch in the
01/22/2008 - 17:29

mid 60s but you are probably right about not wanting the competition.

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Alex, You never cease to amaze me...where do you
01/22/2008 - 20:04

find all these rare watches?????

LOL :-) I've tried building a documentary base through the years (nt)
01/22/2008 - 20:53


When you see this VC,
01/22/2008 - 22:34

You have to admit that JLC did the nicer one

I never seen this before and don't need seeing it again


Doc...what can I say, you have excellent taste
01/23/2008 - 00:57


LOL !!
01/23/2008 - 13:01

Perhaps a bit hard in my judgement,

but even the best can make a misstake



that is one sweet watch...
01/25/2008 - 15:33

classic, timeless beauty!