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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A stainless steel Seiko automatic diving watch on the original rubber strap.  This model is the smallest size that Seiko made in this diving range.  Measuring in at 33mm across, not including the crown, this model was introduced more for the ladies market, at the time.  However, being a thick case, thanks to the patented "Hardex" crystal, strong case, and thick coin edged bi-directional bezel, it wears larger than the size may suggest.  With its more unusual, vibrant orange dial, this one is hard to miss, and easy to love.

The design of this watch is iconic Seiko; the case has the screw down crown located at the four o'clock position with crown guard, aforementioned size and bezel design. The dial with arrow marker at twelve o'clock, sword and arrow handset, with lollipop sweep, the normally red "Water Resist" is printed in a beautiful navy blue on this contrasting orange dial the Diani-Seikosha symbol above the six o'clock marker on the dial.  This represents the factory from which this watch was designed and produced.  The screw back case also features the iconic Tsunami engraved design which represents the watch's ISO dive rating abilities, and was found only on their dive watches.  This screw back case also has the original purple wax still present from the factory!

This charming watch is full of character, and design detail that is very appealing.  Many of these watches were powered by quartz movements.  However, this more unusual example is powered by a caliber 4205 movement.  Aside from being a higher quality offering, the sweep seconds hand moves at six times per second, as apposed to the more clunky one with the quartz alternative.  Once fully wound, it should run for approximately thirty two hours, once taken off the wrist.   The watch also features a "quick set" date changing function by pulling the crown out one step once unscrewed.  The small date window is found to the left of the three o'clock marker.

This watch, along with the orange dial version, also for sale on the website, are very much in 'new old stock' condition.  This watch was made in September of 1982.  It looks like it was made last week.  There are no marks to the case, or the bezel.  The dial and hands are perfect.  A rare opportunity to buy a dead-stock version of an iconic, and great looking piece of Japanese watch making history.

Price $645.00


Item Dimensions
Case Size
1.33 inches (3.3782cm)
Case Thickness
0.54 inches (1.3716cm)