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    Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    Hey guys, I ended up getting the "Chic" watch open.

    Here are some pictures as requested.



    The movement says:

    Lira Watch Co
    Two 2 Adjustments
    Fifteen Jewels





    It's really cool. I'm guessing it's from the 20s or 30s?

    P.S. - A Bonus - Does anyone know what this beast is?



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    I like them both. I'd guess thirties on the barrel shaped chic. Whats the twelve for on the other watch? looks like a calender watch but not enough numbers.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    Quote Originally Posted by lowme55 View Post
    I like them both. I'd guess thirties on the barrel shaped chic. Whats the twelve for on the other watch? looks like a calender watch but not enough numbers.
    I really don't know what that is on the other watch. Heck, is it even a watch? I have no idea what it is.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    I was thinking power reserve.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    I think the name Time-O-Phone gives it away it's a mechanisim for timing long distance calls. I guessing that it could be set at the number of minutes you wanted to talk and then you could track your remaing time while on the call.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    So do you think it went with a phone originally?

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    Not really, it was used when traveling, to time long distance phone calls. It was likely very useful for traveling salesmen. Back before cellphones long distance phone calls were realativly expensive

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    Weird... I think it belonged to my great grandfather. No idea why he would have it.

    Thanks for the info. It's kind of a neat piece.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    In the old days, phone calls were charged at so much per three minutes. That's why fifties chronographs frequently have 3-minute intervals on the minute totalizers marked. This must be some sort of chronograph with the minute totalizer at 12:00 converted the way it is. From the back, it looks a little like it should be clipped onto the phone or next to it rather than carried about all the time.

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    Re: Some of you may remember the art deco "Chic" branded watch I have...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hartmut Richter View Post
    In the old days, phone calls were charged at so much per three minutes. That's why fifties chronographs frequently have 3-minute intervals on the minute totalizers marked. This must be some sort of chronograph with the minute totalizer at 12:00 converted the way it is. From the back, it looks a little like it should be clipped onto the phone or next to it rather than carried about all the time.

    Hartmut Richter
    The 1990s Omega Dynamic made a nod to the 3 minute intervals on one of its subdials.




    That Time-o-phone is a very cool watch. I'd be thrilled to own it!
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