Men's Vintage Watches

Ernest Borel Men's/Unisex "Cocktail" Kaleidoscope Watch - Vintage 1970s - Extra Long Leather Band


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    If you're the kind of person where only the VERY FINEST will do, this is the watch for you.

    This elegant 1970s man's/unisex Ernest Borel “Cocktail” vintage 18k gold plated watch features a swirling kaleidoscope dial that spins nonstop while you wear it. These were never officially imported into the USA. Instead, Ernest Borel sold them exclusively on cruises and at fancy resorts in the 1950s-1970s. The see-through back lets you watch the mint condition Swiss mechanical movement ticking away and doing mechanical magic. The extra long band will fit any wrists up to a MAX 22.9cm (9") around.

    It's a perfect unisex size: about the same as the original 1980s Swatch, and a little smaller than a classic men's Rolex Datejust 36mm. It was sold as a man's watch, but it is a good size for both women and men.

    It's got that hip, space-age, retro-futuristic look—the look of a world with eyes on the space race. Everybody will stop you to talk about it. Blow their minds when you take it off and show them the inside, with all the tiny mechanical parts doing their tiny mechanical dance! The Borel Kaleidoscope has the same effect as a Roomba or a TV with the sound turned off, in that you'll find yourself just gazing upon it—incapable of stopping yourself.

    I have the biggest collection of Borel kaleidoscope watches in the WHOLE WORLD. It's true! This one is special for three reasons:

    1) Borel almost exclusively made these for women only. This is an extremely rare, larger men's model. There were less than 50 of this model made.

    2) The cosmetic and mechanical condition are both EXCELLENT. I've done a lot of research, and this is the most pristine example of this model ON EARTH. It even includes the rare, original, matching Borel men's extra long black leather band with their signature gold braid pattern print. The leather is still in wonderful condition after 70 years.

    3) It has a "high beat" movement. It "ticks" at 28,800 beats/hour. Normal watches from this era operated at 18,000 beats/hour. This was a high-tech innovation in the 70s, and it commanded a much higher price.

    This is lovely, ready-to-wear vintage piece. The inner movement has 17 jewels—rubies built into the mechanism, serving as bushings and bearings. Wind it by hand once a day. FULLY MECHANICALLY RESTORED to operate like new! We disassembled it, cleaned every single tiny part, put it back together, polished all surfaces, and calibrated it to keep good time. Sounds expensive and complicated? It was! It'd cost you about $350 to have this work done. YOU'RE WELCOME!

    SIZE: The 16mm original Swiss Ernest Borel leather bracelet is an extra long model. That means it will fit larger wrists up to a max of 22.9cm (9") around. Wrists smaller than 6.5" may require you to punch a hole in the band. Use a measuring tape to take the circumference of your wrist just above the wrist bone BEFORE YOU PLACE YOUR ORDER. Contact me if you have questions or special requests regarding the band.


    OF COURSE! I offer you a 6 month warranty on the internal mechanical movement—the stuff INSIDE the watch. Contact me if it isn't working as expected. I'll email you a prepaid shipping label, you pop the watch in the mail, and I'll take care of it. (Note: Cosmetic issues, wear and tear, damage from impact, and water damage aren't covered. BUT, yes, I can fix those things nonetheless!)

    • Men's/Unisex Ernest Borel "Cocktail" kaleidoscope watch—Switzerland, 1970s
    • 18k yellow gold-plated case with skeleton (see-through) back
    • Tonneau shaped case is 1.3" (33mm) wide including the gold winding crown
    • 1.5" (37mm) tall including the bracelet mount lugs
    • Original equipment Borel 16mm leather bracelet fits wrists up to 22.9cm (9") around.
    • Ernest Borel marked Swiss hand-winding 2801-2 HIGH FREQUENCY movement with 17 jewels (rubies)
    • FULLY RESTORED mechanical workings! Runs like new!
    • Six month warranty for the mechanical workings
    • Express shipping available at checkout
    • Gift wrapping available at checkout

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    Can I get a different colored watchband?

    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.

    Does my watch need a battery?

    It depends on the watch.

    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.

    3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.

    I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?

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    Will the vintage watchband fit me?

    Use a measuring tape to measure around your wrist.

    All my detailed descriptions include the max wrist size of the bracelet. Bracelets are standardized. They're not an integral part of the watch itself. It's easy to change the band.

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    Bigger/Smaller Bracelets?

    The bracelet (aka band or strap) is usually NOT an integral part of the "watch" itself. It's normal (and somewhat expected) that you'll have a jeweler adjust the band to fit you, or replace the band with one that you can try on in person. Watchbands are standardized and available from any jeweler, watch shop, and online.