"Philip Watch men’s Wisdom GMT automatic leather strap watch that has only been worn once. Comes in its original watch case and outer cardboard box, plus the owner’s manual. Originally retailed at $745.00."
This was pretty much all the seller had to say about this watch when I first came across it on feeBay. He had a couple of pretty decent pictures, and a very decent Buy-it-Now price. I've seen my buddy AJC wearing one of these beauties, and it always bowled me over, so I hit the BIN button and never looked back...
Here are the 'particulars'...
Strap: Genuine leather
Movement: Swiss ETA 2893 automatic
Strap Measurements: 9" L x 22 mm W
Case Measurements: 40 mm
Water Resistance: 5 ATM—50 meters—165 feet
Model Number (White): R8221176045
YES, I admit it; these 53 year-old eyes have a pretty - okay, very - difficult time reading all those 'place names' arranged so beautifully around the dial. But that's why I (1) keep reading glasses in just about every room in the house, and (2) keep the watch in a winder so any resetting I need to do is minimal. (So far, it's required no adjustments in the nearly one month I've owned it.) Of course, it's not at all hard to set this beautiful watch, but you do need to be comfortable with GMT, 'military' or '24-hour' timekeeping. (I figure all WIS and the vast majority of would-be WIS, like myself, are comfortable with this, but you never know, so I put it out there, just in case.) The hands reflect the wearer's local time, and the movable inner dial is lined up to the wearer's equivalent GMT time, indicated by the city nearest to his/her time zone. As a west-coaster, my local meridian is represented by the 'S.FRANCISCO' notation on the dial. Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy...
I've used my beautiful and beloved 1938 Zenith 'Round Dial' console radio (yes, it works!) as background because it too features a wonderful arrangement of foreign and often exotic places in a circular format on the dial. These two pieces - Philip Wisdom watch & Zenith Deluxe radio - both remind me of a time when travel was truly an adventure, and people knew the times in foreign places, not because they had to, but because it was the norm for radio listeners who didn't limit themselves to only the AM band, but went exploring up and down the shortwave dial, as well. At one time, the BBC on SW was nearly as popular as the AM broadcasts by the CBS, NBC and DuMont networks.
The watch is very comfortable on the wrist, due in large part to the very supple leather strap and the simple-to-adjust and use dual-deployant clasp. The thin case looks even thinner on the wrist, and its beautiful, highly-polished surfaces balance perfectly off the simple, dark brown strap (which just happens to match the color and even the texture of my dad's old USN 55J14 flight jacket).
You really do forget that it's there as you go about your day, though I never forget because I'm always admiring the way it looks on my freckly old wrist.
Many thanks to AJC for showing me this great watch in the WURW threads...it was only a matter of time before this deceased old SLUFFer would locate and purchase this fine Philip 'Wisdom.' Troublingly, though, I don't seem any wiser as of yet. Nonetheless, it's an amazing watch and I really enjoy wearing it - sometimes for days at a time.
Thanks for taking the time to look at this wonderful NOS beauty.