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• Ernest Borel "Cocktail" Kaleidoscope bracelet watch, Swiss-made ~1960
• Wearable pop art! A unique gift for a woman with great taste...like yourself!
• Dainty 1960s Gold embossed brown leather bracelet. Fits wrists up to 6.25 inches around.
• Glittery gold-plated case with clear see-through "skeleton" back.
• 32 mm tall including the lugs / 25 mm without lugs.
• 26 mm wide including the crown ( Unsigned ) / 25 mm without crown
• Swiss hand-winding movement with 17 jewels (rubies) (doesn't use a battery)
• Fully serviced by my Certified Master Watchmaker with six month warranty!
Ready for wearable art that does something cool? How about a nonstop swirling kaleidoscope? Behold: Ernest Borel's “Cocktail” bracelet watch. This delicate-sized vintage womens watch is like the dictionary definition for UNIQUE GIFT.
If an ever-moving, mesmerizing kaleidoscope isn't enough, it also has a see-through skeleton back—which gives a fascinating look the internal workings. This statement piece will have you showing off to everyone you know (and maybe even some you don't). Perfect for a fancy dress cocktail party or anywhere you want tons of people to constantly notice it and come ask you about your watch. You've been warned!
"I've seen zillions of watches online. How have I never seen one of these before?" Three reasons.
1. Ask the internet for watches it'll show you pics of watches. Borel's kaleidoscopes are more like wearable pop art jewelry that just HAPPENS TO also be a vintage watch.
2. These mesmerizing mid-century modern masterpieces were never officially imported to the USA. They were sold exclusively on cruises and and upscale resorts and vacation spots in from 1953 through the 1970s.
3. They're rare! (They didn't make a lot of them.)
This gorgeous example features a gold-on-gold kaleidoscope against a gold dial with red hands. This particular configuration is exceedingly rare—less than 50 were ever made.
It's in excellent, used condition, with very few, very slight signs of wear commensurate with age—such as tiny micro-scratches on the case. Inspect the photos carefully to be sure the condition meets your standards. Keep in mind: My photos are so detailed that you may see tiny specks of dust and micro-scratches that aren’t noticeable to the naked eye.
Runs GREAT. It was fully serviced by my master watchmaker. That means we disassembled every single tiny piece—and cleaned, inspected, adjusted, reassembled, calibrated, and tested it. Six month warranty on the internal mechanical components. (Doesn't include cosmetic damage or damage from water or impact.) Wind it once daily by turning the winding crown counterclockwise 10-15 times, or until you feel resistance.
It's not water resistant. So, keep it dry!
One last thing: It's not about telling time, or any of that stuff. It's about how it makes you feel. Watches are a powerful tool for creative individualists—they amplify the expression of your individuality.
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I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.
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1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.
2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.
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