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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post
    Does that include or exclude the amount found under school desks and park benches?

    Or as I recall, stuck under the lid of somebody else’s desk so that they couldn’t open it.

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    • The first company to make a watch with a date aperture? Not Rolex, but Mimo. The first company to make a watch with a slide rule? Not Breitling, but Mimo. Well, very nearly. Helvetia had been making watches with a date window since 1932, but the date was in the upper dial. In 1939, the Mimo-Meter was the first watch to have a date window at 3 o’clock, six years before the Rolex Datejust. In 1940, the Mimo-Loga was the first watch to have a slide rule, one year before the Breitling Chronomat - but it wasn’t a chronograph. Mimo is a splendid brand name, but Mimo dropped it in favour of Girard-Perregaux, having bought the defunct company in 1928. Mimo was no more, and we were deprived of the hyphenated Mimo-Marvels that might otherwise be delighting us today.

    • The Seiko 6309 is probably the best-selling dive watch of all time, but it was never sold in Japan. Japan had the same watch with a better movement, but why the disparity? Because an international customer wouldn’t have known that the Japanese watch had four more jewels, and might not have paid the higher price of the uprated watch. For Seiko, success in international markets meant being conspicuously cheaper than the Swiss, but at home it mattered less. Cost performance is a factor for every mass-market brand, but Seiko had to contend with not being Swiss. And maybe that’s the answer to: “Why do the Japanese keep all the best watches for themselves?” The question is less asked today, now that Seiko has taken mighty strides into premium markets.

    • Unlike NATO, TROPIC was a brand name, and the Tropic may have been the original rubber dive strap. First appearing in the 1960s (some say the 1950s), the Swiss-made strap was sold through ‘Bestfit’, a parts and accessories supplier. The Tropic was adopted by Rolex, Blancpain, and the divers of the French navy - and then it vanished, together with Bestfit. If it wasn’t the first rubber dive strap, it might as well have been. You can buy a branded Tropic today, but the current maker has no connection with the old.

    • Georges Favre-Jacot, the founder of Zenith, was so keen on buildings that he was removed from the board because the cost of the buildings was getting out of hand. The Zenith buildings, still in use today, are an outstanding example of industrial architecture, and form part of a UNESCO world heritage site. Georges Favre-Jacot was the first person to commission a project by Le Corbusier, and worked with another architect on the design of Zenith’s presentation boxes.

    • Citizen is the leading supplier of Swiss lathes. Dating back to the nineteenth century, the lathes were critical in the industrialisation of Swiss watchmaking. Once driven by belts and pulleys, they are now CNC operated and you won’t make a mechanical watch without one. The President of Citizen’s machine tool division says they can barely keep up with demand from China, America and Europe. He doesn’t say whether Citizen’s Swiss lathes are exported to Switzerland.

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    Another wonderful batch. Thank you, Alan!
    Too many watches, not enough wrists.

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    Excellent. Most please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    [*]Georges Favre-Jacot, the founder of Zenith, was so keen on buildings that he was[/LIST]
    Any relation to favre-leuba?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffbot View Post
    Any relation to favre-leuba?

    Not that I know, and Favre-Leuba was two people.

    Quite a striking bloke, Georges Favre-Jacot -


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    I assumed 2 people, hence my correlation
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