Unearthed a fossil

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Unearthed a fossil

#1 Post by NWI Mark » Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:33 am

Hi everybody.

Well, I have to admit that I like Fossils, how un-vintage of me. The thing is, they pay homage to old styles from the 40's and 50's, and that's the time frame I enjoy.

I don't see anything wrong with them, I know they don't have the multi-layered appeal of a watch with a jewel levered movement inside, but ultimately, years from now, they may take their place in horological history ahead of other modern lesser known brands.

Today, I'm wearing this large square Arkitect to work. Put the strap on myself, it's from the International Watchman, 22mm, goes well with it I think.

Post your favorite Fossil if you like.
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#2 Post by retroworx » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:46 am

I run a daily eBay search for this Fossil Arkitekt model:
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Re: Unearthed a fossil

#3 Post by retroworx » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:48 am

Meant to add:

The Ventura reissues of the late 80s and the Fossil retro designs from the same period were my gateway drug into vintage collecting. I once had many, many Fossils. Will dig around and see if I can still find a few to post. . . .
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#4 Post by NWI Mark » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:21 am

Thank you Susan. Hey , that is the first time I've ever seen that Arkitekt. It's incredible with the crown at twelve and all.

Which Hamilton is it with the crown at twelve, the Contour? That's a great piece as well, and doesn't come up often I'll bet.

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Re: Unearthed a fossil

#5 Post by Dave » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:14 pm

Back in the 90's, I took my wife and kids to the mall and got us all Fossils. This is the one I got.

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#6 Post by stryfox » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:52 pm

I have one Fossil. I won't part with it.
My wife gave it to me when we were dating in high school 1992. It's from the Disney store.
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#7 Post by NWI Mark » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:22 pm

Dave, here's one that's from the same line, "Steel". You sometimes see the tag that came with the tin that says: "Styled in Steel" with the suit of armor helmet, the same exact promo that Hamilton used years ago.

Stryfox, that's a nice story.
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#8 Post by Dave » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:57 pm

I forgot that I still have the tin. It's put away in my big box of boxes.
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#9 Post by leibo » Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:53 pm

Here are some Fossil character watches that were some of the first watches that I had collected. I thought that they were decent size with decent graphics. I wasn't as comfortable with small watches at that point.

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Re: Unearthed a fossil

#10 Post by retroworx » Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:57 am

Proving, once again, that I never throw anything away :roll:
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Actually, these are the remnants of a larger box collection that eventually wound up with my kids. I kept these few to line a desk drawer — they are the perfect size to hold paper clips, post-it notes, etc.

The boxes and this thread remind me what an influence Fossil had on popularizing retro/vintage/hip. As a graphic designer, the packaging was very instrumental in the whole buying experience for me — sort of the way it is when you purchase an Apple product.

It was really cool if you purchased your watch at one of the Manhattan stores where they would let you custom-select the box you wanted with your watch from a gallery of boxes on the wall. I was like the proverbial kid in a candy store and would stand there forever trying to decide. :P
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