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    LeCoultre Compass

    I was digging around on ol' fleabay for something and stumbled across this listing:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/LeCoultre-Compas...item2eb53f5652

    I always forget about these. Man, if only I were a rich man! My want of one goes so far beyond a camera as a tool, that thing is a mechanical sculpture! Maybe they should chuck one under water so that someone could find it years later, a la the Antikythera mechanism! It would take future humans a while to realize how utterly genius those oldy timey film photographers were....

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    A few pics of the beaut...
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails compass camera 20.jpg   compass camera 9.jpg   compass camera 7.jpg  
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    Incredible camera! Now, if they could fit a rangefinder on that sucker, why not on the Rollei 35's??
    If you are the big tree, we are the small axe

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    Note that it was originally a PLATE camera, for single-frame 24x36mm plates. The rollfilm magazine is an addition. So it doesn't need a reange finder, only a ground glass and a good loupe!
    -- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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    If you are the big tree, we are the small axe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustafa Umut Sarac View Post
    Does it come from Jaeger LeCoultre Watch Makers ? They still develop the most expensive and complex wristwatches of today. Have a look to Gyrotourbillon
    Are you sure about that? I think that distinction would have to go to either Roger Dubuis or George Daniels. A genuine Daniels (he only completed 37 watches) is a priceless work of art. Dubuis sold a single handmade watch of his own original design for $1 million.
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    Thanks to both of you guys for posting these watches. I've never been more interested in "horology" (a new word for me!)
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    I like that!

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    What an amazing complication, some watches today are larger than this camera! Plus integral B&W filters! aweseome. I wonder how many shots you can get out of a roll, half of it must be the leader! xD

    So much elegance in such a little package, oh those Swiss tinkerers.

    Horology is another bad hobby of mine, it costs almost a much as photography and all I get to do it tell the time!

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    Reminds me of Switzerland: utterly precise and pointless!
    Using film since before it was hip.


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