Sullivan – a new friend

by Terry Moss in


I’ve found a new friend; his name is Sullivan and up until a few days ago he came in 3 flavors. It sounds weird right? I work from home in a cone of silence, so nothing is weird anymore!

It’s rare that I fall so hard for a modern watch that isn’t a limited edition, military themed or from the 90’s, but Sullivan caught my eye right away. A clean, simple multi-function watch.

I still don’t understand the Fossil Outlet vs. Fossil Sale on the website, but on my daily jog on the Fossil site, I saw Sullivan and it was already discounted for $59. Typed in Sullivan and found 2 other models…..color me impressed, I bought 2 of them, the BQ2445 & BQ2447. There is a BQ2446 model that comes in olive green - the case is either rose gold or bronzed and personal preference tells me I wouldn’t wear it, but you never know — for the moment I stuck with the 2 pictured below. In the distance I can hear Meatloaf singing “2 out of 3 ain’t bad”

So far the BQ2445 with the black silicone strap has been my daily. I’ve worn it a waterpark, the beach and a few other ‘summer’ events and all good. Still looks fab. The BQ2447 is quite a watch for the price and I haven’t had the pleasure of breaking him out yet, but with a busy work travel season coming up, he’ll be traveling with me soon!

the BQ2445 fresh from the beach with a little sand and sunscreen - Happy Summer 2019!

the BQ2445 fresh from the beach with a little sand and sunscreen - Happy Summer 2019!

the BQ2447 waiting for the big reveal at a workplace near you

the BQ2447 waiting for the big reveal at a workplace near you

 


love in color #MakeTimeForGood

by Terry Moss in ,


A new limited edition to talk about and the proceeds go to a good cause? Tell me more!

Fossil has partnered with the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI) in honor of Pride Month. HMI proudly celebrates 40 years as the nation’s largest and very first LGBTQ+ Youth Services organization. HMI and we think everyone should believe that all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.

Okay let’s talk about the watch! What we like about this watch straight off the bat is the interchangeable straps allowing the watch owner to fully show pride in their own way. Old time Fossil collectors will notice that the straps are all 18mm which was “the size” of almost all collectible Fossil watches from years ago. It’s rare these days to have a new Fossil watch that utilizes this size strap — finally my 90’s stash of straps will come in handy!

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The case size is 38mm which is small for this day & age we admit, but the genius behind it is the watch is unisex and that size looks great on any wrist - any smaller it might be something that appeals to those of us accustomed to the 40mm + sizes that rule the day.

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One last thing to note is the face of this watch. The color palette is subtle and when paired with a sold colored strap it’s even more subtle, but what we noticed was the Fossil logo on the face — classy and very clean, something we hope to see in other releases that doesn’t flash the logo, but instead places it on the face in such a way that makes you say wow. Wow!

The limited edition Pride watch is limited to 1000 units and the proceeds all go to HMI, which is AMAZING! Something else to note is the rainbow nylon strap that you can purchase for $20 alongside the watch. If we had to wager these straps are going to go fast regardless of which 18mm lug watch you pair it with, so buy one now because like all good things they won’t be around forever.

Lastly during this Pride season, we invite you to #MakeTimeForGood and join all of us in supporting HMI and their impact on LGBTQIA+ youth in the community and if you would like to donate outside of the watch purchase please visit:

https://hmi.org/get-involved/fossil/

To learn more about the #MakeTimeForGood initiative please visit:

http://maketimeforgood.com

Fossil is certainly keeping us busy with all these new limited editions & collaborations launching. It’s a great time to be an Underground Fossil Collector - until next release!


A comeback limited edition and a launch party

by Terry Moss in ,


Let’s start with a little history lesson…. think back, like WAY back to 1992. I was more concerned about getting a sweet pair of Air Jordans and making sure my siblings didn’t touch the Super Nintendo, but Fossil was launching some of the earliest limited editions in their catalog. March 1992 we saw the launch of not 3, not 5, but 8 hologram watches!

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  • HG 9101 - Fossil Police

  • HG 9102 - Exploding Parts

  • HG 9103 - Fossil Orbit

  • HG 9104 - Tunnel Vision

  • HG 9105 - Route Fossil

  • HG 9106 - Paint in Time

  • HG 9107 - Night Flight

  • HG 9108 -Fossil All-star


All of these were launched at the same time – imagine that and all were priced at $60. It’s weird that in my lifetime I had to run the inflation calculator to learn what that equals today and oddly enough it’s about $110, which is close enough to Fossil’s newest limited edition hologram watch that is priced at $115.

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I am such a sucker for limited edition watches and the unique packaging that comes only for this watch. I have lucky 054 out of 654 and life is good. I’ve been wearing this watch for a few days and now I’m craving the open road – almost like a subliminal message…summer is here, get on your bike, in your car or whatever and hit the open road – well done Fossil! The watch is fresh take on those older hologram watches with a nice clear face - I’ve gotten many compliments already on it and will be wearing it on a business trip to NYC next week. Look out! It’s just one of those unique pieces that only Fossil can pull off and we are all looking forward to many more for years to come.

As an added bonus the Underground Fossil Collectors Club was invited to & attended the launch party for this latest Hologram watch at the Haas Moto Museum in Dallas. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the team behind the Archival Series of watches along with the designers and fans alike of the brand at a beautiful location with some of the slickest motorcycles I’ve ever seen. Connections were made, pictures were taken, Fossil items from the past & present were on display and there was drinks and food – does that mean we made it?

I think so!

A big THANK YOU goes to the team that got me down there and coordinated a wonderful office tour & launch party. I can speak on behalf of the many Fossil fans out there that we are excited about the Collector’s Club and new watches, events and new friends along the way. 

Enjoy some pictures of the latest limited-edition watch, the Hologram LE1054 along with photos of the event provided from Fossil because I was too excited to take any good photos on my own!


Fossil Red Star Line

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Fossil Red Star Line? Okay it’s made up, but after 30 years anything goes. The pre-1990 Fossil watches are truly niche and certainly a much more acquired taste than the collectible and larger Fossil watches of the 90’s and up.

Are they valuable? Nope.
Are they cool? Some.
Are these on collector’s radars? Yup!
Was 1985 the best for movies? Yes and don’t try to change our minds!

In 1989 a Fossil catalog featured a page of “red star” Russian themed watches. Pre-Defender military watches! Now that we’ve got your attention, take a look!

Welcome home “Oversized Russian inspired GF-4211” to the Underground Fossil Collectors Club.

Now that the GF-4211 is home, we’re on the hunt for others featured on this page. It was refreshing the simplicity of this watch and after a quick cleanup of the Prestige Time 1 jewel movement, it was up and running in no time.


Fossil & Crosley / Crosley & Fossil Limited Edition Watches & Turntable

by Terry Moss in ,


Hot dog! We’ve got a new limited-edition Fossil watch to discuss and it’s a big one. Proudly presenting the first limited edition launched in the new official Fossil Collectors Club…….and we are already in love with it. Leave it to Fossil & Crosley to come up with something totally unique – a mashup of 2 of our favorite things, music & watches and just in time for Record Store Day on April 13. As someone with 7 filing cabinets full of 45RPMs in his basement, it’s almost like Fossil & Crosley knew I’d be all over this!

Here it is — The latest Limited Edition from Fossil, the LE1060

Here it is — The latest Limited Edition from Fossil, the LE1060

The watch obviously was inspired by a Crosley turntable - the groove dial reflects the same grooves in a vinyl record and the spinning disc second half reflects record player tonearm. It’s quite mesmerizing to watch (especially during conference calls) and with only 500 of each (men’s & women’s) these might sell out quicker than the limited-edition mood watch from September 2018.

Similar to other limited editions we’ve praised, the LE1060 & LE1061 both have such great detail that flows from the packaging to the back of the case. What you won’t read anywhere else however is my love for the strap of this watch. I know it’s weird to discuss the strap on a watch post, but at first glance it took me back to older Fossil straps and their sturdiness and as soon as I put it on it felt comfortable and familiar. The strap is 22MM wide and leather, but has a silicone/rubber backing that feels solid and so comfortable – seriously this watch and strap combination is something meant to be worn with no break-in period required.

As an added bonus (BONUS!) the collaboration between Fossil & Crosley has also led to a limited-edition turntable. Yes, friends you heard that right, a limited-edition turntable! Who knew such a thing existed.

The record player is Crosley’s signature turntable with Fossil’s signature brand graphics and aligning with the black and rose-tone accents of the watch. We’ll post about the turntable in a later post because it’s on order!

For now enjoy the pictures of the Fossil & Crosley Limited-Edition LE1060 watch, numbered 170 out of 500 and check out the collection with more information on Fossil’s website


A RETURN BACK TO THE OFFICIAL COLLECTORS CLUB

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Howdy Fossil Fans!

Today is a red letter date in the history of Fossil collectors - after 21 years the official Fossil Collectors Club has relaunched from Fossil. Yes, you read that right, it’s 2019 and Fossil is relaunching the Fossil Collectors Club. How did this happen? Cue the flashback….

I’ve been collecting Fossil watches since 1996. I would find watches on eBay, Craigslist, garage sales, resale shops and always find a little flyer or brochure in the tins talking about the Fossil Collectors Club. The short lived Collectors Club ended in 1998 and there was NOTHING online about it and zero community around it. In those dark years I would collect & gather any materials I possibly could find from Fossil including newsletters, brochures, catalogs, web archives and anything else.

Sometime in 2009, I decided I had enough Fossil content and frustration with the lack of community that I had enough to start the site www.fossilcollectorsclub.com

The site was launched with the hopes of bringing Fossil collectors together AND re-igniting the Fossil Collectors Club from Fossil HQ themselves vs. just a passionate Fossil fan from Cleveland. I had the URL, Facebook group, Flickr page setup and probably a few other sites all linking back into this site to bring people together who collect (not buy & resell) these fine timepieces & collectibles. I’ve had some communication & one awesome trip to Fossil headquarters over the years to discuss history & various product lines, but no mention of ever re-launching the Fossil Collectors Club came up until just a few weeks ago.

And that brings us to modern day….

Starting today (March 25, 2019) the www.fossilcollectorsclub.com will be redirecting over to Fossil’s official Collectors Club page and eventually be owned by Fossil altogether. On this page you’ll have the ability to read about Fossil’s new Collectors Club, the Archival Series of Limited Editions and signup! Please signup!

For the fans I’ve acquired over the years, our little fan site will always be located here:

https://fossilcollectorsclub.squarespace.com

In the coming weeks & months, you’ll see some changes in this site’s identity and branding. I’m super excited and can’t say now how this fan site fits into the Fossil ecosphere, but please remember this is all still coming from one passionate fan from Cleveland and not Fossil. The overall identify and future main URL is currently in the works, but I’ve been assured that we have a home in the future now that the Collectors Club is back in action!

So here’s to a new generation of Fossil Collectors Club starting in 2019! I’m very proud of the community we’ve built here & on Facebook. Now a little blurb about the OFFICIAL FOSSIL COLLECTORS CLUB that was recently announced at Baselworld:

A tribute to more than three decades of design, this curation of limited editions celebrates Fossil's innovative spirit. Rediscover our beloved past styles with the reissues of the Archival Series, or explore our collaborative exclusives with the Curator Series. Welcome to the only club where Fossil fanatics can continue collecting one-of-a-kind accessories for years to come.

More to come obviously stay tuned to Fossil, Fossil Collectors Club and this site for the latest!

Here’s to the new  www.fossilcollectorsclub.com

Here’s to the new www.fossilcollectorsclub.com


Oh those Limited Editions! The Modern Machine LE1030

by Terry Moss in ,


Taking a short break from our journey through the Fossil Times newsletters, let’s discuss collector’s lore – Limited Editions! We love limited editions and like a fine automobile or in my case a clean pair of sneakers we enjoy sporting them on special occasions.

The Modern Machine Assembly LE1030 released in 2014 was a very limited run of 654 pieces. I’ve only just obtained one recently because these sold out fast at 495USD and rarely have come up for sale since. The reviews of the design and packaging have been discussed and envied for years now and I finally have one in my possession! Description from the booklet because I can’t say it better than Fossil:

A stylish watch set that harkens back to the aeronautic industrial era of the 1940s. Fossil’s Limited-Edition Modern Machine can be disassembled using multiple interchanging machined parts that reassemble into two very distinctive time-measuring instruments. Mix the bezel, band or even the watch center core for a new look, for a total of 32 different time-telling combinations. Its double 316L stainless steel shell is both robust and shock absorbent, with water-resistance of up to 100 meters, and the dial faces are designed with luminescent hands and markers to be read in low light or night. Along with its wristwatch combinations, the Modern Machine set features an optional field timer for everyday field carry. Packaged in a Limited-Edition gift box, this tough yet timeless set comes complete with four interchangeable batteries, one topstitched leather belt strap and one Zulu-inspired military weave strap with matching hardware, as well as a hefty three-row plated stainless steel solid bracelet. This sleek and modern set is all the wearer will need to complement any wardrobe choice. Limited to 654.

Limited Editions are the essential piece for any Fossil collector and we’ve seen all sorts of Limited-Edition collectors over the years. Some only collect Disney or Superman or other TV characters, while some like the sports releases (Nolan Ryan!) I tend to collect the military/field collections with the snazzy packaging and the LE1030 has been high on my list for almost 5 years now. The elegant leather box with the grey felt lining and presentation of the interchangeable bezels is beautiful. Some of these bezels aren’t found anywhere else and don’t get me started on the fonts – it’s a real treasure.