Watch Reviews

A Vintage, Hermes-Crafted, Alternative to the iPhone As A Watch

by on Oct.20, 2010, under Review

It may come as a surprise to many regular ‘dink readers, but there are some people out there that don’t like wearing a watch – i mean, that’s what a cell phone is for, right?

Now we just wouldn’t be doing what we do best if we didn’t come up with a classy vintage alternative to an iPhone as a bon vivant’s primary time telling device. The watch we’ve found is made by Clarte for the always stylish Hermes, and it’s being sold (without reserve) in the upcoming Antiquorum auction in Hong Kong, in just a few days’ time.

This unusual watch dates to sometime in the 1930’s and is described as a purse watch – a ladies watch designed to be carried around in a bag, rather than worn (just like cell phones today – except without the phone bit). It’s elegantly small, 37 by 42mm, and it’s encased in a really lovely, signed, black enamel case, which is in good condition for it’s age. The manual movement is wound by a crown under the cap. What’s also really cool is that it’s a direct read, displaying the time digitally (See they had digital watches in the 30’s too) rather than with hands.

The estimate on this stylinsh and unusual art deco purse watch made for one of the great fashion houses is between $2,000 and $3,000.

Click here for more details.

PS – Remember this vintage Hermes clock we showed you a while back, the one with the Jaeger movement? Hot.


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