Dainty Cocktail Watches

Trippy Vintage Cocktail Watch Bracelet | Wearable Pop Art | 1960s Ernest Borel Ladies Kaleidoscope Watch | White "Special Snowflake" Pattern


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  • Details

    • Ernest Borel "Cocktail" Kaleidoscope bracelet watch, Swiss-made ~1960
    • Wearable pop art! A unique gift for a woman with great taste...like yourself!
    • Bejeweled spinning kaleidoscope dial
    • ORIGINAL dainty 60s gold embossed white leather bracelet (width = 12mm = 1/2"). Fits wrists up to 6.25 inches around.
    • Glittery 18k gold-plated case with clear see-through "skeleton" back.
    • 33 mm (1.3") tall including the strap mounting "lugs"
    • 26 mm wide including the crown / 25 mm without crown (about 1")
    • Swiss ETA1311 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 women's 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 into the 1970s.

    3. They're rare! (They didn't make a lot of them.)

    This gorgeous example features a white-on-gold kaleidoscope against a white dial with red hour and minute hands. It retains the original leather bracelet. It has a very uncommon "snowflake" kaleidoscope pattern. I've had 100+ of these watches and never seen another snowflake. This particular configuration is exceedingly rare—less than 50 were made.

    It's in excellent, used condition. It shows very faint signs of wear commensurate with age—such as tiny micro-scratches on the case. The front and rear crystals are like new—appearing unused. The original 60 year old Borel 12mm bracelet is NEW OLD STOCK. Sixty-year-old leather watchbands are delicate. Be careful with it. If you plan to wear it every single day you may want to replace the band with a sturdier, contemporary bracelet—put the original one in a drawer for safe keeping. (Any 12mm watchband will fit. Contact me for more info.)

    Inspect the photos carefully to be sure the condition meets your standards.

    Runs GREAT. 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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