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December 14, 1994 | RICHARD O'REILLY
The incredible shrinking personal computer is not yet small enough to strap onto your wrist, but a couple of new products from two venerable watchmakers, Seiko and Timex, are pointing in that direction. The Seiko MessageWatch, $80 to $120, not only provides absolutely accurate time, all the time, but also is a pager that can display telephone numbers, sports scores and stock market data.
June 22, 2004
A San Diego judge has dismissed a federal suit by a man who believed he owned the watch worn by astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. during the 1969 moon walk. Stephen Morley of Long Beach filed a lawsuit seeking information from the government that he believed would authenticate the watch. Aldrin's watch was lost in the early 1970s during shipment to the Smithsonian Institution. Morley bought the watch from a college student whose father found it while walking on a beach in Santa Barbara.
November 23, 1987 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
Digital watches can help balance a checkbook and measure a pulse. They will dial a telephone number or tell how far a person has walked. And, oh yes, they tell time, too. So why are digital watches, which have recently shown signs of life after a long decline, still shunned by many watchmakers, retailers and consumers? Well, for one thing, digitals are considered ugly ducklings in an industry dominated by stylish fashion watches.
In an attempt to halt a rash of violent Rolex watch thefts, Los Angeles City Councilman Nate Holden on Thursday said he will introduce an ordinance requiring buyers of the luxury timepieces to register the serial number with police. Holden said registration would make it difficult for crooks to sell purloined watches.
September 18, 1986
AT&E Corp. announced an agreement with Hattori Seiko Co. for use of AT&E technology in Seiko wristwatches that will be capable of receiving messages from standard telephones. The agreement provides Seiko with exclusive manufacturing rights in Asia, exclusive selling rights in Asia and nonexclusive selling rights in the United States and Canada.
March 18, 1989 | From Reuters
In an era of high-tech electronic gadgets, the Soviet Union's old-fashioned mechanical watches are conquering fashion-crazy Italy. Genuine Soviet-made watches are selling in classy Italian jewelry shops as fast as the Soviets can produce them, and the rest of Europe and the United States are the next targets.
September 1, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police reported Friday that wearers of pricey Rolex watches fell victim to robbery at the rate of one each day during August and warned that the thieves may be carefully studying the daily routines of their intended victims. Police said the crimes follow a familiar pattern in which thieves target those who wear the most expensive Rolex timepieces--preferably top-of-the-line models such as the President, which sells for $10,000 and more.
November 21, 1992 | David Coulson and staff writers Mike Hiserman, Theresa Munoz and John Ortega contributed to this notebook
Cal State Northridge athletic officials have been falsely accused in a rumor making its way around campus. Several players from Northridge's 1990 football team observed coaches wearing watches that commemorate their Western Football Conference co-championship. The players deduced the watches should have gone to the players and were pilfered by the school. The rumor spread that the WFC sent the watches to Northridge expecting school officials to distribute them among the players.
November 23, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Thousands of counterfeit watches, cheap Hong Kong imports that were re-stamped with labels such as Rolex and Gucci, have been seized in San Mateo, federal agents said. The FBI and U.S. Customs Service said David Taiway Hui, 29, was arrested at his San Mateo home on charges of smuggling and trademark counterfeiting. The previous day, 16,000 to 18,000 counterfeit watches were found in a rental self-storage unit, agents said.
April 21, 1987 | United Press International
The U.S. Customs Service says it will sell two dozen jewel-studded watches seized from Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the Indian guru, before he was ordered out of the United States in 1985. The watches are valued at $500,000, but the Customs Service hopes they will fetch more for the Treasury. Customs spokesman Clyde Kelly said 23 items of jewelry, mostly watches, were seized from Rajneesh in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct.
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