Movement : Manually Wound
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1970s
Case Size : 28mm
Case Thickness : 9mm
Lug to Lug : 45mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : None
Case Material : Gold Plated
Warranty : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original LIP box or LIP paperwork. The watch comes paired with a 19mm leather strap and gold plated buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is in worn, vintage condition but overall very good for its age as you can see from the photos. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Here we have a Rare 1970s LIP with a funky gold plated case. The unusual shape reminds us of a belt buckle with an extended elliptical ring fitted with fixed bars to allow the strap to flow over it. On the right side, the crown sits recessed. An elliptical crystal sits above a black dial. The minute track with white baton lines follows the shape perfectly as it widens to the sides. Elegant baton hands create symmetry in this understated dress watch. At 12 o’clock we have the LIP motif. On the reverse a snap-off case back. Inside a Manually wound movement. The watch comes fitted on its original leather strap with a gold-plated buckle.
We really do love stocking the weird and wonderful and it's even more fun when scrolling through the website I suspect you stopped at this one and went "What is that?" and just had to click to find out more... This is what's fun about the 1970s and watchmaking, when you think you've seen it all something else always appears!
In 1893 Emmanuel Lipman, with the help of his sons, founded the Lipmann Brothers Clock Factory in Besançon, eastern France. Shortly after, they produced the Lip stopwatch in 1896. Later in 1952, they introduced the first electronic watch, presented to Charles de Gaulle and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Due to financial issues in the company, it was made public in 1967; at this time, Ebauches S.A. (which became Swatch) took 33% of the shares. Ebauches S.A. became the largest shareholder in the 1970s with 43% shareholding. Lip launched the iconic Nautic-Ski, their first 200m waterproof watch in the same year. In 1973 Lip introduced the first French quartz watch, but unfortunately, due to aggressive competition from the States and Japan, they started liquidation proceedings in 1973. A worker's cooperative was formed and restarted production. During all this upheaval, Lip managed to produce a unique design collection in 1975 with the famous Mach 2000 designed by Roger Tallon, inspiring brands like Swatch, Bell & Ross, Braun and Porsche Design, to name a few. Through general strikes by the workers and a restart and then stop of production, Lips continued problems came to a head in 1977. With no sign of anyone taking on the business, they applied for liquidation in September 1977. Role-on to 1984 when Kiplé, a French watch brand, repurchased the Lip cooperative. This buyout didn’t last, and by 1990 they were looking for another owner. Jean-Claude Sensemat, a French businessman bought the brand in 1990 and quickly relaunched production using modern marketing methods to revitalise the brand. Today production is found in Europe and Asia, with movements coming from Japan and Switzerland.