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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:06 am 
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Fossils that remain in my junk/sell pile (most others were sold at flea markets years ago):

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My one Fossil "keeper", still cool after all these years:

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Looks a bit like this!

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:09 pm 
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Susan, I've had that same experience, as far as trying to decide which tin to pick.
Here is one that is clearly a throwback!


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:58 am 
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I didn't think I would have an opportunity to post a picture of a Fossil in this forum, but here's one I purchased new in the 80s, maybe early 90s?
Kind of trench watch looking, huh?
It's quartz, but has a layer of green oil in which mechanical parts are floating freely.
How did they come up with that idea??

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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Wow, that's crazy!

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:54 am 
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I don't know how I never bought a Fossil watch, coming of age in the '90s.

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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Susan, I was looking at your group pic of the 5 watches. My son owns that square one in the middle. He must like it, he wears it often. I like the white stitching on the strap. I'm a sucker for contrast stitches like those.

I just think in my own mind that Fossil got started when some execs from overseas got together in some fancy boardroom and said: what do people love in America? Nostalgia, that's it!! There's your angle, of course, VINTAGE! And then, after they saw that they were correct in their assessments, they just took the ball and ran with it, as it were.

Of course marketing reports probably helped the powers that existed then, in 1985- but I could've told them the same thing that they discovered, namely that, people are rooted in the past. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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NWI Mark wrote:
Susan, I was looking at your group pic of the 5 watches. My son owns that square one in the middle. He must like it, he wears it often.


PM me your address and he can have a back up. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 4:01 pm 
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Thank you Susan, I appreciate it.

Here's what I think is some sort of prototype, a 1997 Fossil automatic 21 jewel display back that my wife got me at the Fossil outlet in Myrtle Beach. I think it's pretty nice. A reliable runner still all these years later.


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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Susan, I got it running, but 4 different people had to work on it before finally, the owner of Exact Time in the mall got the back off.

Also, as I mentioned to you, you're not getting it back on without a press either!

All is well though, my wife , who I tried to give it to declined, that's ok I like it. Real men wear small watches, right Afire?


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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Forgot the pic, oops!


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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NWI Mark wrote:
4 different people had to work on it

Oh my goodness, I should have just done that for you here! I have these cheapie case pliers which I wouldn't hesitate to use on a Fossil. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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NWI Mark wrote:
Real men wear small watches, right Afire?

100% correct.

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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It's fine Susan, I gave up after a half an hour and then took it to a small watch repair shop, and that guy ultimately gave up as well, I thought, well maybe it's like she said, and I'll just get the strap off of it. But I must confess it was fun watching them struggle. The funny thing is that some Fossils are easy as pie and others you want to start cussing! :evil:

I wonder why Fossil never tried to make a Ventura re-issue, I would be on board u know?

Susan, I don't care what they say, I like Fossil. I also wonder why no books have been written on its history, not enough time has passed since its inception? I think it would make a great collectors book.


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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Someone recently has been up to a Pacer/Ventura rip-off:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271814865081?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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One of 3000 really? Too bad we can't get them all together and rent a steamroller!

I guess I dont blame the guy who is selling it, but my question is: who MADE that? And speaking of a steamroller, Mr. Arbib is ROLLING over in his grave about now don't you think?


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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retroworx wrote:
Fossils that remain in my junk/sell pile (most others were sold at flea markets years ago):

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My one Fossil "keeper", still cool after all these years:

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Looks a bit like this!

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Retro, I am really loving that Flintstone and Dr. Suess Fossil in your junk/sell pile! May just be the pediatrician in me, but would love to talk to you if you really want to sell those!


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 Post subject: Re: Unearthed a fossil
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My Fossil I purchased at Dillard's Dept. Store in 1995. Still has the original strap. This is the tin that it was displayed in the case in, and although they told me I could pick out any, I chose the one it was displayed in. It was far nicer than any of the others they had.


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