A Day

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Scene 1:

It was a bright cold day with glassy surfaces that looked hard.
Into the square frame he stood as if in a dream.

What emerged was precisely what he expected to find: a reflection of memory images. Contemplating his face in the photo frame he waited.

1960s lucite and chrome 3 image photo frame

By the steady hands of his watch, he listened to time. Every day for the past sixteen days he saw her. Silver lingered in the crease of
an open book.

Rolex burlwood dial, Jubilee bracelet Miniature
oar English university trophy, sterling silver.

So absorbed in his thoughts
he hardly saw the platinum catch-all, the key, or the revelation locked inside those lapis lazuli cufflinks tossed unmistakably in cold blue.

Hans Hanson catch-all. Mid-century, Danish sterling silver. Stirrup money clip, by Hermès. Padlock keyring, sterling silver " Tie bar-slide " Round lapis lazuli cufflinks" Square cufflinks, two tone rose and yellow gold, diamond."

Only by whirling on his heel could he hope to comprehend
the panorama.

Shoe horn, circa 1930. American sterling silver
Scene 2:

He remained.Trapped in that enormous room,
unmistakably familiar in feeling yet so peculiar.

Above the mantle was
displayed an Austrian hound
of impeccable integrity.

Hagenauer sculpture, 1930

His gaze fell on the letter opener. By accident she had learnt more about his life from the contents of that letter than anywhere.

Dunhill letter opener with lighter top, circa 1950

Cleopatra’s eye reflected
the sun. Through the hypnotism
of precious metals there
emerged a dark slender shadow.

Cleopatra’s eye magnifying glass. Mid-century, gold plated
Hermès weighted pen. Silver plated.

A lighter presented itself, smooth to the touch
it gave the impression of
intelligent company.

Table lighter St Dupont, circa 1960. Gold plate
Scene 3:

All this time light was receding from the room.

“I should explain why I spend so much time here”, said the silhouette. Leaves moved like shadows across her eyes.

Hermès rope bottle opener. Plated silver.

It’s not too late to turn back. Time moved with faint sounds.

Venini hourglass. Hand-blown lurid Murano glass.

He unscrewed the telescopic cup, rolled and remained still. Black eyes on the dice prophesied a new cycle.

Telescopic cup, J. E. Cauldwell. Gold plated. Dice,
Cartier for America. Vitreous enamel glass, silver

Staring down at the varnished surface her mouth worried him while her eyes examined the gold cufflink.

Audemar Piguet evening watch. gold plated, Roman dial, alligator strap
Scene 4:

Everything went crashing black.

Pale graceful hands placed
the gold stud box delicately
on the table.

Men’s Edwardian jewellery box, 1910. Gold plated.
Mid-century British cigar ashtray. Sterling silver and crystal.

He lit a match to make sure the watch had really stopped. Smoke lingered from its vesta case.

Realist wrapped tobacco leaf march vesta. Silver.

As the travel clock neared
one the figure vanished into dappled shadows.

Art Deco Jaeger LeCoultre travel clock.
Gold and silver plated. Retailed by Aspray.

On the newly varnished table two bronze shot cups sat alive like in a dream.

Tooth shot cup by Foundwell. Bronze and silver plated.
Set of 4, 3 silver 1 gold. Heath & Midleton champagne decanters circa 1900.
Sterling silver and glass.
The End

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy, creative direction OK-RM,
notes by Kate O’Brien and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

A story by FOUNDWELL
Photography Matthieu Lavanchy,
creative direction OK-RM
notes by Kate O’Brien
and objects selected by Alan Bedwell

Early and Rare Sterling Silver Gorham Martini Mixing Bucket

Golf Cocktail Shaker
and Matching Golf Bag Cup

Sterling Silver Woven Bottle Coaster



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An example of one of the most iconic and sought after wrist watches. The Omega Speedmaster is renowned for accompanying astronauts on their voyages into space during the 1960's space race, and has become one of the most iconic, and recognisable sports watches in the world. This particular example is a 'pre-moon' version, meaning that it was made before the watch embarked on space travel. The model was launched as part of the Omega "Professional" collection, to sit beside the Railmaster and the Seamaster in 1957. This model presented here, ST105.012 is almost as important as the first model launched as it is the model that landed on the moon.

This was the sixth version of the Speedmaster since its introduction ten years prior, and was succeeded by the 145.022. There were two versions launched: 145.012-67 and 145.012-68, which fall between the serial range 2406xxxx – 27xxxxx. This example presented here has movement serial number 260xxxxx, and is the -67. They are however the same watch.

The 145.012 is of major historical importance as it is one of the few Speedmaster references worn by astronauts on the Moon, notably by Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard, on Apollo 14. Their Omega Speedmasters were donated to the National Air and Space Museum Collection in 1977. Omega sent this reference to NASA for use during Extravehicular Activities (EVA) by astronauts during the Apollo missions. It also accompanied the astronauts during Apollo-Soyuz, and flew 25 revolutions around the Moon with Michael Collins aboard the Apollo 11 command module. It is therefore fair to count this reference as one of the most important watches in the history of the wristwatch in the twentieth century.

These early Speedmasters are powered by the Caliber 321 movement. This Lemania-based hand-wound movement is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful chronograph movements ever made, especially given its compact size. The Omega Caliber 321 movement is a collaboration between Omega and Lemania, and is based on Lemania's 2310 movement.Omega acquired Lemania in 1932 and the Lemania 2310 was introduced in 1942.The Lemania 2310 shares around fifty percent of its components with the Caliber 321. This movement was phased out with the reference 145.022 in 1969, the Speedmaster now had a new movement inside its case: also Lemania-based, Caliber 861. This remained in the Speedmaster until, amazingly, 1987! Such is its reliability and dependability. However, for most Moon watch collectors, the only true moon watches are powered by the 321.

The watch features its original, period correct, "dot over 90" original, classic, tachymeter bezel. These bezels were introduced onto Speedmaster watches from around 1960/1 and were fitted throughout the 1960's. Often replaced or lost over the years, they are less common and quite collectible in their own right today. It was covered with paint when we purchased the watch, as the owner used to paint while wearing the watch! Sadly, the paint has damaged some of the original paint on the aluminum bezel insert, but it does deliver a quite unique look to it, and again it is the original part to the original watch.

This is the original bracelet fitted to the watch. It is the classic flat link bracelet with expandable end links. It is stamped "1039", along with the date stamped "4 67", and stamped "516" end links present. It is in superb condition, and not polished, with a very strong Omega logo on the outside of the deployant buckle.

Probably the best feature to this iconic watch is the stepped dial that, on this watch, is in superb condition overall still showing all original long lume plots on all of the hour markers that breach the step. This dial is known as the "spaced T" dial. It has the applied metal Omega logo, "Professional" inscription, a spaced "T SWISS T" at the foot of the dial. There is a very slight lume loss to the tip of the three o’clock marker, which is only noticeable under a loop, and is mentioned for transparency. The "non-moon landing" case back is, of course correct, and features the double bezel and was one of the last Speedmasters to feature this case back. The original hands are also present including the tear drop center seconds stop watch hand, all of which react the same under ultra violent light.

Overall this is a superb watch is in excellent condition. The case has wear and marks to it, as you would come to expect from a tool watch that is now nearly sixty years old. It is lightly polished over the years, but still sharp and thick in its bevels that also define this watch. This represents a rare chance to buy a 'pre-moon' Speedmaster reference that was part of the most memorable moment in human history, complete with original papers, booklet and box it was originally sold with. It is a red Seamaster box, but this watch was purchased from the original owner, and it was the box the watch was sold with in 1968!

Price $14,750.00


Item Dimensions
Case Width (not inc.crown)
1.654 inches (4.20116cm)