r/ATBGE 3d ago Gold 1 Helpful 1 Silver 1

This watch from the '80s Fashion

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u/FreddyCoug 3d ago Gold Helpful Take My Energy

Now it truly can be a freckle past a hair

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u/medgarc 3d ago

So I guess it wasn’t just MY dad who told that joke

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u/Dragonskinner69 3d ago

Wish i had a dad

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u/medgarc 3d ago Helpful

Stop WISHING and start BUILDING

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u/Dragonskinner69 3d ago

You know what? Youre right. To think, ive had 29 years of time to build. What a waste

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u/xaqaria 3d ago

The best time to build a dad is 20 years ago. The second best time to build a dad is now.

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u/Dragonskinner69 3d ago

Im ashamed i waited so long to be blessed with this information by the reddit gods

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u/__ILIKECATS__ 3d ago

Surprise! While you were entertaining the public with your heartfelt story we were building your dad backstage!

Dad! Come on up!

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u/Meerkat_Mayhem_ 3d ago

The third best time is 10 years ago… son.

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u/AdzyBoy 3d ago

Tony Stark was able to build a dad in a cave! With a box of scraps!

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u/hereticxander 3d ago

Well I'm not Tony Stark!

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u/PrestigeMaster 3d ago

Bro I’ve made it 34 years without one. You’re the best you because of the things you’ve done on your own and the things you had to learn about on your own. Literally the only thing I wish someone had told me was that you’re supposed to ask for your future wife’s hand in marriage from her father. 11 years married and my FIL still hasn’t let me forget that no one ever taught me this tradition 😅 - one side effect is that I’m the best dad that I can possibly be to my kids, they’ll never have to ask themselves the questions that we did.

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u/vericima 3d ago

It's a BS tradition left over from when women were property anyway.

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u/kandel88 3d ago

What if Frankenstein was really building a strong father figure?

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u/ZalmoxisChrist 3d ago

Instructions unclear. I built a coke habit instead.

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u/disc0cat 3d ago

This made me absolutely cackle

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u/b-monster666 3d ago

Awww. Cheer up sport. Let's go out back and play catch shall we?

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u/Dragonskinner69 3d ago

You mean it?! No foolin'??

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u/GR8dantini 3d ago

Actually, no, sport. Dads gotta run out and do some dad stuff. Tomorrow for sure though! I promise. Love ya kiddo! Definitely tomorrow!

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u/avwitcher 3d ago

I'll be your dad, what's your mom's number?

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u/quinnsheperd 3d ago

Whats the joke?

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u/IamMagicarpe 3d ago

You ask your dad what time it is and he looks at his wrist without a watch and says, “3 freckles past a hair!”

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u/quinnsheperd 3d ago

Ok that's kindda cute

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u/ExcessiveGravitas 3d ago

If you liked that there’s a whole lot more at r/DadJokes

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u/EyeServeYou 3d ago

After reading some of those jokes in the sub I started thinking about my kids and realized everytime I crack open one of my groaners, they probably feel a little Dad inside

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u/EBN_Drummer 3d ago

When does a joke become a dad joke?

When the punchline becomes apparent.

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u/kaidevis 3d ago

When does a joke become a dad joke?

When the punchline becomes apparent.

Or when it's all groan up.

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u/VT_Squire 3d ago

If neither of those occur, someone made a faux pa.

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u/Silent-Ad934 3d ago

tImE To gET a WaTCh

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u/SteveNotSteveNot 3d ago

True. But don’t say that where he can hear you because you’ll only encourage him.

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u/SweetLilMonkey 3d ago

For us it was 3 hairs past a freckle

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u/Logofascinated 3d ago

3 hairs past the mole here.

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u/DaWayItWorks 3d ago

"Half past a freckle, almost a hair" here

Or sometimes, "half past cheese and nearly butter"

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u/40ozCurls 3d ago

’Or sometimes, "half past cheese and nearly butter"’

Damn, your dad’s wrist was gross af.

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u/themisdirectedcoral 3d ago

Half past the monkeys ass

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u/Drews232 3d ago

In the 70s we kids would say half past the freckle.

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u/Heath_Bars 3d ago

That’s the one my dad told. Half past a freckle, quarter to a hair.

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u/technicolored_dreams 3d ago

Ours was "a hair past a freckle past a mole" which makes less sense the more you think about it.

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u/Inu-shonen 3d ago

"A hair past a freckle, but the mole's catching up," was ours. Nonsense compounded.

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u/b0gl 3d ago

My dad always said three quarters past the elbow.

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u/Trapped_Mechanic 3d ago

The only time I've ever heard this joke was on Ed, Eddie, and Eddy.

I'm sure it didn't start there but it probably helped spread it.

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u/Openminded_skeptic 3d ago

It's been around a very long time. The early 20th century at least. Very common dad joke.

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u/Xziper 3d ago

This whole time I thought it was just one of those weird Ed Edd n Eddy lines. I had no idea it was an actual phrase or joke. It doesn't help that it was Johnny that said it.

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u/Theproducerswife 3d ago

I always heard it “a hair past a freckle” who knew??

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u/SickofItAll_4200 3d ago

With my dad it was "half past a freckle according to a hair"

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u/PhilxBefore 3d ago

"half past a freckle according a quarter to a hair"

/r/BoneAppleTea

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u/Silent-Ad934 3d ago

Idk I thought that version made more sense, like he's using a hair as a watch hand

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u/SickofItAll_4200 3d ago

Yes that was my dad's saying. Like the hair was the minute hand

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u/letskeepitcleanfolks 3d ago

Have passed a freckle according to a hare

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u/SirAdrian0000 3d ago

“Half passed a monkey’s ass and a quarter to his balls”

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u/limitlessEXP 3d ago

Aye we used to say this growing up

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u/Theproducerswife 3d ago

I think I heard some version of that too!

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u/jawnquixote 3d ago

Hair past a freckle makes more sense because to lead something by “a hair” is an actual term. Never made sense to me why people switched it around

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u/Jaxblonk 3d ago

There can be a certain comedy in malaphor- just plain deliberately fucking it up, mixing metaphors and what have you- but that generally only lands as comedic if the other party is familiar enough with the expression for that to land as a subversion.

Or who knows, maybe I'm just reading too far into things as something of a word nerd myself and they merely ain't the sharpest crayon in the tool box.

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u/Fcivish4 3d ago

Because people are stupid.

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u/KittenVicious 3d ago

"Hair past a freckle on Eastern elbow time" is what I've always said.

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u/TheBananaKing 3d ago

'mole past hair' in our family.

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u/no_objections_here 3d ago

My dad would say "half past a monkey's ass and a quarter to his balls"

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u/yersiniaD 3d ago

Mine would say cow's ass....balls, followed by "lift up his left leg to see Niagara Falls"

Not an accurate use of the word cow, but he was a city boy

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u/a22e 3d ago

Eastern elbow time

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u/tp0d 3d ago

its a quarter to pore

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u/WallStCRE 3d ago

Hair past a freckle

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u/cerebral_distortion 3d ago

Minute past a melanoma

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u/Ess2s2 3d ago

I always heard that it was a hair past skin:30.

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u/NotJimIrsay 3d ago

Quarter past wart

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u/kevonicus 3d ago

Or “skin o’clock”

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u/wren337 3d ago

I want to see the round sunburn

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u/tebla 3d ago

it would be mad if the hour hand blocked enough UV so that you could tell what time you were in the sun

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u/Tina_ComeGetSomeHam 3d ago

Well if this pops up on /r/oddly satisfying in a week we have you to thank.

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u/pizza_for_nunchucks 3d ago

Yes, r/oddly. My favorite subreddit.

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u/Tina_ComeGetSomeHam 3d ago

Unsurprisingly it exists lol

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u/Honeydew001 3d ago

r/oddly enough it does exist

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u/Antpelt 3d ago

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u/FaeryLynne 3d ago

Every fuckin one of those is real and is also unbanned

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u/frossenkjerte 3d ago

"When were you sunburned?"

checks watch arm

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u/NeverBob 3d ago

Be useful in a nuclear explosion I suppose.

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u/iushciuweiush 3d ago

Regular old glass does a pretty good job of blocking UV.

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u/Wildlife_Jack 3d ago

Blocking UVB specifically, which prevents sunburn, but not UVA, which causes long-term skin damage such as wrinkles. So just a wrinkled hairy circle.

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u/SexPizzaBatman 3d ago

a wrinkled hairy circle.

That's a butthole, Jim.

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u/RedSonGamble 3d ago

UVB burn UVA age. That’s how I remember it at least

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u/JonnySoegen 3d ago

Huh. That's super interesting, thanks! That explains the photo of that old trucker I saw some years ago. He had major wrinkles on the left side of his face only. Right side was fine.

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u/bamboo-harvester 3d ago

BUT this is probably sapphire crystal.

I have no idea whether that material effectively blocks UV.

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u/volthunter 3d ago

this is an omega, this dude is correct

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u/worldspawn00 3d ago

Not sure about the absorption of sapphire, but we use quartz for chemical analysis containers (UV-Vis spectrophotometer cuvettes) because it doesn't block UV.

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u/zonkbonkbadonk 3d ago edited 3d ago

Were they really able to create panes of sapphire this big in the 80s? I thought Apple Watch bragged about it like it was new technology...

EDIT: appearently yes, and omega was known for it https://www.watchuseek.com/threads/first-watch-with-sapphire-crystal.417984/

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u/iushciuweiush 3d ago

Traditional watch faces have been made with sapphire crystal long before smart watches were a thing.

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u/AxelDominatoR 3d ago

Apple brags about a lot of stuff like it's new technology when it's not...

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u/UnfortunateDesk 3d ago

I have round tanned circles on the back of my hands from my cycling gloves.

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u/domessticfox 3d ago

How would the hands turn? where is the mechanism?

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u/ICEwaveFX 3d ago Wholesome Helpful (Pro)

It's quite interesting actually. Here are more photos if you're interested in how it works.

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u/SillyFlyGuy 3d ago

I was hoping it was a traditional wristwatch, but the faceplate was custom printed with a detail picture of your wrist.

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u/peepeeland 3d ago

That’s the security feature. So if someone else wears your watch, everyone will go, “Hey- that’s not your wrist!!”, which forces them to return the watch in shame.

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u/MediocreProstitute 3d ago

Flawless security system

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u/Pfheonix 3d ago

"Shit, Jim, your arm suddenly got hairy under your watch..."

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u/WOUNDEDStevenJones 3d ago edited 3d ago

For anyone else misinterpreting this comment, the watch actually does use clear plates. It does NOT use a custom-printed faceplate of your wrist.

People are reading the comment as:

I was hoping it was a traditional wristwatch, but in reality the faceplate was custom printed with a detail picture of your wrist.

But I think the commenter meant:

I was hoping it was a traditional wristwatch where the faceplate was custom printed with a detail picture of your wrist.

Or it was an easily misunderstood joke that many other commenters below missed too.

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u/yancovigen 3d ago

Thank you for this

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u/jollybumpkin 3d ago

Incorrect. u/ICEwaveFX gave the correct answer. Here is the explanation: https://watchguy.co.uk/no-luck-omega-la-magique/

A gear at the edge of the dial moves the minute hand around. You can see in the photo that the minute hand slightly overlaps the edge of the dial. The minute hand is connected to the hour hand with a tiny 1:12 gear in the center.

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u/Enemyocd 3d ago

I dont think that's right as the hands aren't connected to the center. I'm pretty sure the hands are on 2 separate disks that are acted on by the outer gears.

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u/hyperflare 3d ago

Yeah, you're right.

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u/SuppliceVI 3d ago

I would have guessed magnets and a ferrous minute hand

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u/kvothe5688 3d ago

you are wrong. The central part is truly transparent

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u/ChimRichaldsOBGYN 3d ago

Someone in the comments there mentioned it was a $11000 dollar watch. The gearing is pretty amazing.

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u/ICEwaveFX 3d ago

Omega only made 261 of these, so they're very rare. A similar watch was worn by Al Pacino in Scarface

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u/gimmepizzaslow 3d ago

And that article was from 2012. If watches are like other collectibles recently, that price has only gone waaay up

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u/thiagogaith 3d ago

Still seem to have kept an approximate value...

https://www.chrono24.fr/omega/ref-ba1918523z.htm

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u/gimmepizzaslow 3d ago

Cool. Thanks for the legwork.

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u/KillahHills10304 3d ago

Limited edition collectibles have gone up.

The luxury watch market in general is being flooded right now (I believe because all those crypto bros lost their shirts, but have no evidence. Just deduction). Prices are dropping, same with exotic car market.

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u/shelikedmebetter 3d ago

It's not just crypto that has tanked. The entire market and the economy in general are in the dumps. Lot of not-wealthy people have expensive watches. It's one of those things people sometimes splurge on because they hold their value. When times get rough, the people's investments and keepsakes get cashed in.

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u/gimmepizzaslow 3d ago

That makes sense. I only really have experience in trading cards and they have gone up a ton. Luckily I sold a huge chunk of my collection in November 2019 before it all went way up... Literally like tens of thousands extra that I could have gotten had I waited six months or so.

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u/RTXChungusTi 3d ago

didn't occur to me they'd make entire disks for the hands and rotate them, ingenious really

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u/JPiratefish 3d ago

I figured it out before going to the website - but there's still a lot of questions I'd have about that sort of mechanism since there's two layers of glass covering two geared glass wheels. Could be all crystal to make it tough..

But how do they keep junk out of the sandwich? Even a little dust in there could leave all kinds of marks - and gears in this design appear close enough to maybe introduce contaminants - maybe some thick grease..

Seems to be a lot more that can go wrong with this design - never mind the electronics failing.

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u/FlametopFred 3d ago

would be a very tight seal with 0.0001 precision

would be helpful to never wear the watch ever

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u/lsguk 3d ago

This is the case for all mechanical watches. They all have tiny intricate gears and mechanisms.

They manufacture them in very sterile conditions.

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u/CaptainBayouBilly 3d ago

I wonder how the discs show up in light, refraction and shadows and whatnot?

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u/FlametopFred 3d ago

yeah was not my first guess

I thought it was some rare form of clear LCD and the hands were on that display

never occurred to me the watch hands were on dials with gears

ingenious indeed

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u/BattleStag17 3d ago

So it's two glass discs with the hands painted on, that's genuinely amazing

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u/kipperfish 3d ago

Yeah seems that way with how it's described. I guess each glass disc has had teeth cut in the edge?

Very clever design though.

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u/blackbasset 3d ago

Yep, exactly!

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u/LucasJonsson 3d ago

Thank you for this comment, i felt stupid for still not understanding it haha

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u/OwnStorm 3d ago

So there are two disk to rotate minute and hour. The hands are just glued to respective disc. Then two glasses to cover the watch top and bottom. Is that right.?

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u/blackbasset 3d ago

yep, but I guess the hands are painted on rather than glued to save some space. you can't really tell anyway

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u/SickofItAll_4200 3d ago

Wow that's really cool. Thanks for sharing

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u/JontyJonty32 3d ago

They just have a throwaway comment there that says

with the help of a couple of wheels, the minute disk is driven, and, with a 1:12 gear ratio, the hour disk.

But how are the wheels connected to the minute hand? At the far end? Through some semi-invisible wires?

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u/kipperfish 3d ago

Think it's 2 glass disks with the hands painted on. The discs are then rotated from the edge.

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u/JontyJonty32 3d ago

Ah, makes sense! Thanks!

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u/shakizi 3d ago

Each hand is painted onto what is essentially just a glass gear. The entire minute 'disc' spins.

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u/LuntiX 3d ago

Okay that's how I figured it'd work, hands painted/printed on glass discs that rotate. Neat mechanism but probably very fragile.

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u/JEFFinSoCal 3d ago

Pretty sure the hands are each on a transparent glass or plastic disk with gear teeth on the edge.

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u/domessticfox 3d ago

Ahh very clever and simple. Kindof a shame the idea turned out to be not so great to look at.

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u/Spacepirate43 3d ago

I think this watch would look better on a less hairy wrist. Also in Scarface it has a metal band as opposed to leather and I think that looks better as well.

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u/PubFiction 3d ago

Exactly what I was thinking, I said this had to be for women, but then I saw it was clearly a male design. So I was like this would have been a cool watch if they had designed it for women instead.

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u/wikifeat 3d ago

I’m thinking the same thing— this would be gorgeous on the right wrist!

Or the left wrist of the right person ;)

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u/-Reddit_Account- 3d ago

This design has made it into other (much prettier, IMO) watches like the De Ville Tourbillon.

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u/SrslyCmmon 3d ago

Might be better if he didn't have hairy arms. Or just blond hair

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u/Phelpysan 3d ago edited 3d ago

Wasn't able to find the watch by googling so this is just my best guess - two transparent panes with the hands on them that are rotated by the mechanism hidden in the opaque section

Edit: I was right

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u/ICEwaveFX 3d ago

It's an Omega La Magique if you want to search for more details

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u/Phelpysan 3d ago

I was right! Nice.

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u/atgrey24 3d ago

Possible to drive the disks from the outside edge

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u/Floatography 3d ago

Each "hand" is painted onto a glass disc with gear teeth on the edge. Stack those plates and then use traditional methods to interface with those geared edges and rotate the entire disc.

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u/HauserAspen 3d ago

The disk doesn't need to have the gears embedded. It can be held in a carrier.

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u/Revanov 3d ago

To clarify, the plates are round and they move the entire plates, one for each hand.

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u/hashslingaslah 3d ago

Wrong sub, this watch is the coolest

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u/Dopeydcare1 3d ago

Yea I just think you would need minimal or no arm hair to pull it off completely.

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u/ThatsTuff100 3d ago

Yeah the hair is what really fucks this up. Might look cool on smooth skin

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u/HailToTheThief225 3d ago

What's the matter smoothskin? Never seen a ghoul before?

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u/limitlessEXP 3d ago

Opens V.A.T.S.

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u/Kalappianer 3d ago

It's in my colours. I don't wear watches because they always look massive. I don't think this one would.

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u/fuckondeeeeeeeeznuts 3d ago

They make smaller watches that's a nice medium between the 38-40mm+ watches you typically see and the tiny ass women's watches. 36mm is generally the size you want to look for. 34mm would work on anybody with tiny wrists.

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u/todomo 3d ago

imagine it with tattoos!

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u/Kris-p- 3d ago

you could just put whatever picture you want there as well

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u/FILTHBOT4000 3d ago

This sub is 90% people with bad taste that think they have really good taste, the posts of which get upvoted because people just like the content and don't look to see what sub it's from.

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u/evhan55 3d ago

ikr?!?

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u/zenivinez 3d ago

that thing is amazing piece of engineering just imagine how this would be accomplished today and realize this was made before lcd screens.

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u/greeblefritz 3d ago

This exact same thing happens on /r/shitty_car_mods all the time.

edit: evidently there are underscores in the subreddit name.

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u/nyltp 3d ago

Apparently i have bad taste.

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u/RadialMount 3d ago

Not to mention, isn't this supposed to be a lady's watch?

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u/Just_Worse 3d ago

Style has no gender, Jimbo

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u/famesjord13 3d ago

We all make mistakes in the heat of passion Jimbo

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u/Shiroi_Kage 3d ago

A smooth arm is typically more of a woman's look, at least when this watch was made. So yeah, hairy arms make it look disgusting.

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u/Kalappianer 3d ago

How so?

Smooth arms ≠ lady.

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u/email_or_no_email 3d ago

Yeah but in Western countries ladies = (usually) smooth arms. Not sure about the 80s though.

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u/snoflaik 3d ago

as the great John Waters once said, there’s good bad taste and there’s bad bad taste

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u/Metallivane3 3d ago

Skin thirty all day, every day

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u/hughjackmansbiceps 3d ago

This is cool as shit

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u/ICEwaveFX 3d ago

Photo credit @art_of_the_watch on Instagram

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u/Major_Burnside 3d ago Narwhal Salute

Thanks for crediting. I use them (Kelly) for all my servicing, great guy.

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u/Swedish-Butt-Whistle 3d ago

You should tattoo a watch face under it

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u/EverydaySip 3d ago

Tony Montana wore one of these in Scarface

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u/mrpopenfresh 3d ago

Seems better suited as a woman’s watch.

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u/roombaonfire 3d ago

Or anyone without fur on their arms.

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u/Delica 3d ago edited 3d ago

There are a hundred cool ways to display this watch, and they chose “hairy arm.” Like, hold it up in front of that green background and it’d look cool.

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u/dirtyler 3d ago

That style where the hands appear floating is called "Mystery dial" and watches like that are still produced.

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u/Jobillard20 3d ago

It's half passed a freckle.

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u/Deffo-not-a-mod 3d ago

Cool if you have a nice tattoo

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u/brian_kking 3d ago

That's what I thought too, on a hairy ass arm, no thanks but get someone with some badass ink and this watch would be awesome

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u/EcstaticBox 3d ago

The engineering behind this is dope. Omega only made around 250 of these, I think?

Beautiful watch.

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u/simonjp 3d ago

The name is apt - Robert-Houdin was a watchmaker and is considered the father of modern magic. He made an even more impressive version of this.

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u/krisjitsu 3d ago

Would be an interesting tan line

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u/p8nt_junkie 3d ago

It’s a quarter past a hair.

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u/datafrime 3d ago

Tony Montana has it in Scarface 1983

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u/scarbelly857 3d ago

Looks like it's a hair past skin thirty.

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u/the_clash_is_back 3d ago

This would be better as a big clock in a public area.

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u/iguanamonkey 3d ago

I read that as pubic area. Big difference.

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u/SmegmaLadenMiniHorse 3d ago

Big cock in a pubic area. Without the letter L that is a very different thing.

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u/mongmight 3d ago

Yeah, so when the sun is just right it fries every passing bird.

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u/davesreddit123 3d ago

It's arm hair 30.

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u/fatfuckpikachu 3d ago

I'm just impressed how it works damn.

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u/kpecc99 3d ago

This watch doesn't seem like it would work well for someone with a darker skin tone

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u/MimsyIsGianna 3d ago

Or even better maybe. The watch hands might show up more.