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A Day
Observed

A story presented by

Scene 1:
‘Morning’

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:
‘Noon’

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:
‘Evening’

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:
‘Night’

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

‘A DAY OBSERVED’
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

Foundwell

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A stainless steel Seiko chronograph "Pogue" automatic watch.  This is perhaps one of the best known of all Seiko watches produced, and most sort after.  Also known as the "Pepsi" Seiko, due to the distinctive GMT style red and blue bezel inserts.  There are two main reasons collectors look to purchasing this model; it is regarded as the first automatic chronograph watch made, and the first chronograph watch to go into space.

The movement that powers this watch is the caliber 6139 automatic chronograph movement which was introduced by Seiko in 1969, the year in which Heuer also introduced their automatic chronograph movement for the Heuer Monaco and other sport model watches.  In truth the first company to introduce an automatic chronograph watch was Zenith with the "El Primero".  Hence the clue in the name...!  The Zenith prototype was launched January 10th 1969.  The Heuer/Breitling/Hamilton-Bruen group all launched their versions at the Basel show in April 1969, however Seiko actually have serial number production examples that date to May 1969 for the "Speed Timer" model.  Chronomatic and El Primero models were not seen in production until June/July and September of that year, respectively.  Therefore it is fair to claim that Seiko beat the to the punch.  Making this was a real landmark piece. 

There are three dial variations of this watch; yellow, silver and blue.  It was the very distinctive yellow dial that was owned by Col. Pogue, and although he was issued a Speedmaster, it was not issued to him until shortly before the launch, so his trusty Seiko also accompanied him on his Sky Lab 4 mission November 16th 1973.  This blue version is not therefore the actual version of the watch that went to space with Col. Pogue, but is still the same model.

The dial is the second variation where the "proof" changed to "resist" in the depth rating at the nine o'clock position, and has silver print against the navy background. This reads well, along with the applied hour markers and the original tritium luminous material still glows a peppermint green under UV light.  The silver ribbed frame around the date help to brighten the dial and make it pop.  The mix of both which and silver printing on the watch and the "Suwa" logo above the date wheel let you know you have a classic Seiko.  The red sweep and sub dial hands match well with the blue and red bezel.  There is an inner bezel that is rotated via using the crown while it is in the pushed in position, this is also due to the fact that the 6139 caliber movement does not allow for hand winding.  This is all protected by a Seiko "Hardlex" toughened crystal.

It is perhaps the case design that is one of the most appealing elements to this watch.  Superb beveled edges and angles really provide a superb platform for this very handsome dial.  The screw back case is in superb condition throughout, and has not seen a polishing wheel.  All of the reference numbers are present on the back of the case; 6139 6005 221970 gives this watch a production year of February 1972.  This is one of the finest examples of this watch in the market. The original "H" link bracelet and case are in superb original, untouched condition and the dial and hand set are all without flaws.  If this is a watch that you have been looking for, you will be very hard pressed to find an example in better, original condition. These watches are becoming very sought after now, and will go onto to become a future classic.


Price $1,125.00

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Item Dimensions
Width
1.725 inches (4.3815cm)
Thickness
0.63 inches (1.6002cm)