Hello, my friend,
- THAT was putting the benchmark for the rest of your series high again - what a pleasure read !
So nice, to again see the representation of this wonderful "concept watch" - a watch almost too good for its time,
- or as it seems too good to be brought over into modern times.
I'll also remember Nicolas' great post aboput it, and the portholes, I absolutely adore !
For sure the Futurematic is a piece , that I admire and like very much - and truly feels great !
( Finally saw some beautiful ones recently, but not yet for me at present).
And again, as so many times in other posts with old documents .. some nifty puzzles there, apparently ..
Holmes again on the rise ? - Can't do without those - ehh ?
Further to that little thing: just a kind and humble little notion, as you were referencing and asking
some of the code explanations/ translations:
- Thus just in relation to the reference code , you again were interpreting,
similiar to a previous post thread about the Jubile CODE ( also with a number of hints and explanations from Nico - remember ?):
- was from first week of may, if I remember correctly:
1/ we were under the impression it's a system for the french market, and the letters may have double meanings, ie, also the
position (!) plays a role
2/ the letters describe Form, Function and Features, mostly in that sequence
3/ what the number in the beginning stands for, was not completely clear ( Nicolas thought , it's in relation to diameter, if I recall)
- a letter in the end - maybe a catalog number or model (?)
so ad Position 1):
eg: an R in position 1 (Form) , for sure meaning Ronde ( Round) and nothing else
- whereas a R in the end ( Feature) meaning Reveil ( Alarm) , which is not not pertinent here for the lovely Futurematic
why? -. well, because a "C" in position 1 pretty sure means Carre ( Square), related to other catalogs we saw..
( sorry - can't find the correct accented "e" on my keyboard..)
ad Position 2)
A=Automatique , pretty clear, we all thought
E on position 3 ( function) is for Etanche - not "tight", IMO, but "anti-shock"
C on position 4 (Feature ) is for calendrier - Calendar, or R for Reveil ( Alarm)
( what the D in fact means, I am still not sure)
(I remember the following examples, just to illustrate, again the last letter not relevant here for Futurematic):
12 RAEC - Ronde - Automatique - Etanche - Calendrier or
RAER - Ronde - Automatique - Etanche - Reveil
I'll stop here, as this Jubilee Code is not really THAT important for your great post, but as you had brought it up , somehow
interesting to see the links and paths.
It has been a pleasure to read this great first start of your (holiday) Vintage ad series,
and as so many times, the thoughts and twists connected with it
Very nice, indeed !