Do You Own a Watch of Obscurity? Show Us!

It was about the the mid 90’s when I would haunt outlet malls for cool swag and duds. Often, there would be a Nordstrom Rack, an Eddie Bauer and a Fossil store handy to dapper-up my lanky frame…as well as my precious image. It was this time I acquired my Fossil FL 8904 sport watch.

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This morning, I recovered the Fossil from the back of a dusty drawer, installed a new CR 2025, replaced the speaker spring with a new longer one to make the speaker work, and polished its yellowed translucent case to a more presentable state. 

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I remember now why I bought this watch. It screamed 90’s and had functions galore. Researching the internet I have found nothing on this watch. Is it rare because it’s cool…or that it simply faded into obscurity?

Show us your watch so rare or obscure that there is no (or little) information about it. 

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This was my grandfather’s watch.  No info about the manufacturer. 

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Davemcc

This was my grandfather’s watch.  No info about the manufacturer. 

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What a great looking watch! Smashing bracelet!

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Check this thing out. Nixon - The Megatron. It was an eBay find/impulse buy. Pretty strange. It came on a leather cuff strap, but it was missing one of the spring-bars (29mm lug width!!!), and was pretty gross, so I scrounged up a new (fat) leather strap. 
 

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mortalenema

Check this thing out. Nixon - The Megatron. It was an eBay find/impulse buy. Pretty strange. It came on a leather cuff strap, but it was missing one of the spring-bars (29mm lug width!!!), and was pretty gross, so I scrounged up a new (fat) leather strap. 
 

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That is very sweet!

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Since I was a kid I've been a lover of all things Peanuts, especially Snoopy.  I have this old Fossil watch, which is very rare because it has 3 of Snoopy's most iconic characters on one watch.  I don't wear it, but have it on display with my Snoopy collection in my office.

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TimexBadger

Since I was a kid I've been a lover of all things Peanuts, especially Snoopy.  I have this old Fossil watch, which is very rare because it has 3 of Snoopy's most iconic characters on one watch.  I don't wear it, but have it on display with my Snoopy collection in my office.

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You're strongly influencing me into getting a character watch! 

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Bzilla

You're strongly influencing me into getting a character watch! 

Go for it, I'm a 58 year old short balding fight guy, if I can do it anyone can.  lmao!!  If anything, it will put a smile on your face and a reminder not to take life or yourself too seriously!

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TimexBadger

Since I was a kid I've been a lover of all things Peanuts, especially Snoopy.  I have this old Fossil watch, which is very rare because it has 3 of Snoopy's most iconic characters on one watch.  I don't wear it, but have it on display with my Snoopy collection in my office.

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Snoopy scout leader is my favorite.

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TimexBadger

Since I was a kid I've been a lover of all things Peanuts, especially Snoopy.  I have this old Fossil watch, which is very rare because it has 3 of Snoopy's most iconic characters on one watch.  I don't wear it, but have it on display with my Snoopy collection in my office.

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Joe Cool covers up the 8 AND the 9. Typical. 

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Usually, I type some numbers into a search and I get a plethora of information when I look up a watch. Not so for this Citizen. Most things that pop up are listings to sell it (used) and 1 reddit post. It's a weird one all around. 

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Bzilla
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Usually, I type some numbers into a search and I get a plethora of information when I look up a watch. Not so for this Citizen. Most things that pop up are listings to sell it (used) and 1 reddit post. It's a weird one all around. 

Yeah…especially as it’s titanium and a chronograph. 

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This Felca is rather an obscure one.  It's a Swiss brand from the 60's who changed name to Titoni but I've not been able to find a picture of another like it.

It's about 36/37mm wide with a bidirectional bezel, tritium lume and a thick acrylic crystal.

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Tunokies
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This Felca is rather an obscure one.  It's a Swiss brand from the 60's who changed name to Titoni but I've not been able to find a picture of another like it.

It's about 36/37mm wide with a bidirectional bezel, tritium lume and a thick acrylic crystal.

Very cool! Sorta Amphibia like.

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Davemcc

This was my grandfather’s watch.  No info about the manufacturer. 

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So, I started down the Cornell rabbit hole.  Cornell was a brand name used by several companies. They originally made pocket watches in Illinois. They were founded by Paul Cornell, who was instrumental in the founding of Elgin. In the 1870's they moved to Berkeley California and became controversial for hiring Chinese workers. After a bankruptcy they sold watch making equipment to a company in Japan, thus indirectly contributing the beginning of the watch industry in Japan.

The Cornell name was also used by an importer in New York in the 1920's. By the 1950's Gruen used the brand name on some of its watches.

I would guess based on the picture that this is a Gruen of some sort.

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Aurelian

So, I started down the Cornell rabbit hole.  Cornell was a brand name used by several companies. They originally made pocket watches in Illinois. They were founded by Paul Cornell, who was instrumental in the founding of Elgin. In the 1870's they moved to Berkeley California and became controversial for hiring Chinese workers. After a bankruptcy they sold watch making equipment to a company in Japan, thus indirectly contributing the beginning of the watch industry in Japan.

The Cornell name was also used by an importer in New York in the 1920's. By the 1950's Gruen used the brand name on some of its watches.

I would guess based on the picture that this is a Gruen of some sort.

That’s awesome.  Thanks for that information.  I haven’t looked into Cornell for years but didn’t find anything last time.