NOT the first mechanical digital watch

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    NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    OK, so maybe this is just a petulant dummy-spit, but I really have to say this:

    The Di Grisogono Meccanica DG is NOT the 'world's first mechanical digital watch'!!

    Digital watches have been around since the late 17th century and they've been in fashion several times every century since.

    I have a Ruhla Digi 73 and a Nelson Digital, both jump-hour digitals from the 1970s, that I wear regularly, and I have an 1885 Gedeon Thommen jump-hour/jump-minute piece awaiting restoration.

    What the heck is this if it isn't a mechanical digital watch, eh?


    I'm sorry for the outburst, it's just that I'm getting really pissed off that when I google "mechanical-digital watch", I've got to trawl through pages of Di Grisogono pretentiousness before I get to the good stuff.

    If you feel the same way, please post pictures here of your own mechanical digital watches.

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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    You are right! But Di Grisogono IS the first to build a Mech-digi in a such overcomplicated, stupid and overpriced way !

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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    I'm pretty sure that Nixon also makes one.

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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    No, it is not the first, not even close.


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    OK, So Di Grosigino Isn't the First To Do It...

    But they're the first to generate such a buzz with the idea. The fact that people are talking about it at all (whether in a flattering or unflattering way) means their marketing department is doing something right.

    Call me crazy, but I kinda like their design with the green one. I could see wearing it with t-shirt and jeans... if someone gave it to me for free.

    P.S. Just for curiosity sake, does anyone know the retail price? I imagine it's something like $50K for the titanium version, but I'm just curious.


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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    No, it is not the first, not even close.

    I love that ad. Thanks for sharing!

    So Di Grosigino are not even the 'world's first' in making spurious 'world's first' claims regarding digital watches

    It's true that they are the first to attempt to mechanize 7-element digits in a watch, which is impressive enough, but to put such a spin on it does nothing for their credibility.

    Somebody should make a quartz version with simple electromagnetic switching of the digital elements, just to show them up. What could they do? Sue? All the busses in this town display their route numbers by the same system so the extenal appearance is hardly patentable.

    Here's one of my other digitals:


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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    You guys are absolutely right. however I think that Digrosogno is the first to produce a mechanical in which the digital display changes like that of an LED or LCD digital display.

    It is true though, mechanical digital watches have been around for a long time. aren't these also called Jump-hour watches?

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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Isthmus View Post
    however I think that Digrosogno is the first to produce a mechanical in which the digital display changes like that of an LED or LCD digital display.
    I think you nailed it. There has not been, as far as I have seen, a watch with has mechanical elements *emulating* every single segment of the changing LED / LCD style digits. Each single segment of each digit is a mechanical, free-moving piece!

    Impressive feat, but fugly according to my own tastes!

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    Re: NOT the first mechanical digital watch

    IMHO that Di Grosigino looks great. I believe the price is way more than $50k

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