The Value Proposition: The Speedmaster And The Speidel Twist-O-Flex Bracelet
Now this isn’t to imply that that pre-Quartz it was a brilliant age; there were comparably numerous shrewd, eager, flippant retailers and quote unquote brands before 1969 as in the past, however there were likewise a whole host of companies making a whole bunch of items that were expected to give, at a decent worth, a strong answer to a reasonable need of the normal watch owner that wouldn’t burn up all available resources. One such company was Speidel – on the off chance that you were watching TV during the 1970s you may recollect their TV commercial, despite the fact that they cheerfully utilized big name pitchmen just as irritatingly essential jingles where they could discover them. Here’s Peter Lorre, perhaps better known to you as the child killing chronic executioner from Fritz Lang’s M, or the carefully sociopathic Joel Cairo from The Maltese Falcon. Behold him now as “The Destroyer” – of watch groups. Has he met his match in the Twist-O-Flex? We should watch.
Expansion arm bands used to be a staple of watchmaking and perhaps the soonest answer for keeping an Omega Speedmaster on the wrist were development wristbands: the Omega 1039, just as the 7077 and 7912, which were a portion of the principal steel arm bands offered on the Speedmaster. (Indeed, Ian Fleming had James Bond wear his Rolex on an otherwise un-named metal extension arm band yet on the off chance that we wait for James Bond to approve all our choices we will be here the entire day.) It’s not a full-length development wristband (the stretchy area is confined to a few connections close to the fasten) however I thought a Twist-O-Flex arm band would be a decent estimate. At that point I understood I really had no clue if Speidel was as yet in business. Yet, they are.
This is a Speidel 230186WL development wristband and it is kinfolk to the Twist-O-Flex arm bands that Speidel started offering in 1959. The company was quite huge by at that point, with deals in the large numbers of dollars every year, except the company got its beginning much before: Friederich Speidel fired things up in Pforzheim, Germany, right back in 1867, in all honesty. The company at last moved to Providence, Rhode Island, and over the course of the years created the Twist-O-Flex, yet numerous different wristbands and items, at one point branching out even into making men’s aromas (during a period in which they were owned by Textron).
Today, the company is owned by Cerce Capital LLC who purchased it in 2009, they’re actually making and selling the Twist-O-Flex arm band. On the Speedmaster it looks extremely, sharp, and it however it is anything but an Omega arm band, it positively is basically period right for the Speedmaster’s 1950s-time plan. It’s truly comfortable on my seven-inch wrist, with no adjustment, and it has spring-stacked end-pieces that let you put it on anything from a 18 mm to 20 mm carry space. Here’s the kicker: I got dig on Amazon for just shy of 12 bucks (the low, low cost of only $11.95, to be accurate) and it’s one of the most pleasant retro-watch geek piece of pack I’ve ever seen.
They’re intense, they appear to keep going forever, and I’d urge you to give one a shot (truth be told I will put another on a Tudor Black Bay and perceive how that looks). This isn’t simply one more fashionable person amusing watch adornment – it’s a very cool piece of American and watchmaking history and at twelve bucks, pretty much anybody can bear to locate that out for themselves. A wonderful rediscovery (my dad essentially didn’t wear his watches on whatever else) and as watch embellishments go, about the best Value Proposition there is.
Check out Speidel’s present manifestation at Speidel.com .