Fossil Defender back again and limited

Time travel with us to almost a year ago when we saw the launch of the Fossil Archival Series with the release of the modern take of the 90’s mood watch – those things went fast! So fast, that I didn’t even get one and one could say with sure certainty that its success changed the roadmap for Fossil to release more of these retro releases.

Today we find ourselves with the latest addition to the Fossil Archival Series: The Defender. Did we mention it’s also a Limited-Edition Defender? Let’s make this official – today we are proud to welcome the first Fossil Defender to be included in the limited-edition club! Launched officially today this Defender has a run of 854 watches and these will go fast! Folks on our Fossil Collector’s Club Facebook group are talking about it and buying them up already.

Let’s talk about the watch & packaging first and then bear with us we’ll geek out at the end for all you Defender fans.

Many of us in the collecting world are obsessed with packaging. Fossil historically has the most fun and sometimes most thoughtful packaging on limited edition items and other special releases. The LE1062 comes in a steamer trunk replica leather presentation box with the Defender logo embossed on the top of the box.

The Defender comes with interchangeable bezels that rotate off & on easily. For long time fans of Fossil, you’ll find some similarities to the old Fossil LE1002: The Explorer, which features interchangeable bezels too in limited edition packaging. Our newest Defender also features a leather & nylon field strap --- so you’ve got options to make your Defender, your Defender! 

Fossil Defender LE1062

Here’s where we geek out on this watch. We love Fossil Defenders here at the Underground Fossil Collector’s Club – this site and community was built on people looking for Defenders. The original Defender line was DE and launched in 1995. Unlike more recent Defenders this latest addition is a tribute to those original Defenders.

  • Did you notice the logo on the face? That logo ceased to exist with the last of the original Defenders, the DE-1544 and was not featured on any future Defender releases except for advertising pieces.

  • Did you notice the crown position? Only 2 other Defenders ever had the 4:00 crown position – DE-1526 & DE-1527.

  • Lastly do you see the similarities! The LE-1062 is a modern take on DE-1527 with a larger case, but unfortunately, it’s not an automatic (aut-o-matic). Also unlike its predecessor which was rated at 200m, this new addition is only rated at 30m, which is “splash resistant”, so don’t take your new Defender swimming!

Fossil Defender DE-1527 and the newest Defender LE-1062

Fossil Defender DE-1527 and the newest Defender LE-1062

Overall this latest addition to the Archival Series is a much-needed win for us Fossil fans. Could they have done a few things better like the movement and water resistance? Sure, they could have, but that’s really not the point of these throwback designs from yesteryear. Fossil has a long history of military/aviation pieces and limited-edition collections that come in at an affordable price point and the new Defender is the perfect combination of each with a price at $255.

Welcome back Defender! Available now on Fossil.com

A Fossil intern is running the show - Design Major II

Another month and we have another new limited-edition Fossil watch to talk about. What a great time to be alive.

Years past we haven’t spent a lot of time or attention on newer Fossil pieces beyond the limited-edition pieces that are now hard to find (anyone have a LE-1015 or LE-1027). The relaunch of the new “official” Fossil Collectors Club is keeping us busy checking the website and staying in touch with all the latest news & drops and this brings us to August.

The August 2019 drop is a part two of the Curator Series….called the Design Major II. If you remember last year we had a similar drop of an intern designed watch – the Design Major, which had a similar color scheme but a much lower production number of 554 pieces. If you think about the concept for a minute it is a pretty impressive feat that a company as large as Fossil gives the design reigns to an intern to design a watch. We’re sure there has to be some supervision and approvals in place, but what if there wasn’t….think about the possibilities…..or maybe not, that might be scary! Fossil does actively recruit interns and if you are interested, please visit - https://www.fossilgroup.com/careers/find-your-dream-job/internships/

The Design Major II is marketed as the ultimate everyday watch and we wanted to test it thoroughly before posting about it because what good is a review or a post without wearing it first? The watch arrived on July 26th and in that time it has been on 2 camping trips, a river rafting trip and it went 120mph on the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point….which is near home base for the Underground Fossil Collectors Club. Pleased to say that after one month of wear it’s still in the regular rotation – the case is definitely huge at 46mm and might not be for everyone, but the comments and looks received have been noticeable including a trip to the Honda dealership where the dealer couldn’t stop looking at the watch and finally I had to tell him about it and where he could buy one! (advertising by word of mouth is still a thing).

Black is my happy color and I’m pleased that so many of the limited releases have black faces which makes for an easy purchase. The font of the numerals on the face are brilliant and really make the watch stand out on a somewhat busy face. I’d say Fossil has another winner and let’s give Mr. Cho a job!

The watch is currently available on Fossil.com and retails for $165. Get it now before all 1254 pieces are gone!

The Design Major II retails for $165 and is limited to 1254 pieces

The Design Major II retails for $165 and is limited to 1254 pieces

Sullivan – a new friend

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

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

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

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

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