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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 1970's automatic, stainless steel, large sized dive watch by Zodiac.  This watch was part of the 'Sea Wolf' line originally launched by Zodiac in 1953.  A well loved watch among the diving community, in 1959 the Sea Wolf was part of a group of watches tested by the US Navy Experimental Diving Unit along with famed rivals such as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and the Rolex Submariner, such was its appeal and reputation within the diving community.  Although the Blacnpain eventually won out, the fact that this watch was considered was very much a feather in the cap for the popular watch.

This watch was developed for deeper dives, and so incorporates a much thicker, screw back, case with a toughened, thicker crystal.  The crystal is original, and does have a couple of scratches, but nothing that detracts overall.  These cases were able to withstand greater atmospheric pressure, hence the depth rating on the dial was increased to 75 atmospheres. The crystal has a very industrial looking ring closure on the top, surrounded by a bi-directional dive timing bezel, timing up to an hour.  All of which gives a real "tool watch" feel.  The large screw down crown helps seal the watch while diving.  The case is quite possibly unpolished, showing very few signs of wear.  Very often, being such tool watches, they are heavily worn.  This is a fine example with great chamfers to all the edges and no major dings, with the original sunburst, matte finish to the top of the case in tact and scratch free.

The movement inside this thick case is an automatic caliber 70 72.  A Swiss made caliber based on the A Schild calibers 1687/1688.  This seventeen jewel movement was a joint development of Doxa, Eberhard, Favre-Leuba, Girard-Perregaux, and Zodiac.  The '70' and '72' stood for automatic and automatic with date.  This model could also be found with day of the week, and was also upgraded  to include a quick set date function.  Being an earlier example, this watch is not.

The radium of early Sea Wolf models, as with all Swiss watch makers, was replaced by the Tritium luminous material.  The dial is marked 'Swiss t < 25 MC' just below the six o'clock marker.  The dial itself has turned tropical, and when the sun catches it it turns a beautiful brown, with different gradients throughout it. The lume plot surrounds, which were orange when new, have also turned tropical over time, blending very well with the overall look of the dial.  The very distinctive hand set on these watches is all white.  Unlike some that are orange and white, this has an 'albino' set.  Under UV light they glow similarly to the markers, and hold the light for a similar period of time.  It is possible the hand set is a later replacement, however, they are the correct hand set for the watch, and perhaps could have been changed for aesthetic purposes to be all white upon ordering the watch.

The Zodiac company were bought out from Japanese ownership in the early 2000's by the Fossil Group, and subsequently have re-introduced many of these very popular early diver models.  This Super Sea Wolf is no exception.  The watch is now known as the "Super Sea Wolf 68 Saturation".  Making these hard to find originals in increasing demand.

 


Price $2,350.00

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Item Dimensions
Width not inc. Crown
1.7 inches (4.318cm)
Length
1.97 inches (5.0038cm)