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Ernest Borel Cocktail Watch

With mesmerizing kaleidoscopic dial


This wonderous, kaleidoscopic Borel Cocktail watch was introduced in 1952 and was made until about 1980. The main attraction to this watch is the animated kaleidoscopic dial. The center of the dial is occupied by two disks with patterns printed on them, an bottom disk with a reflective back and an top transparent disk. When the top disk spins, a mesmerizing kaleidoscopic effect occurs from the interaction between the patterns on the two disks. This type of watch is also known as a "mystery dial" because the body of the hands are hidden from view.

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The Borel Cocktail watches were made with five different kaleidoscopic patterns:

  • flower
  • sun
  • arrows
  • star
  • wheel

This example has a flower pattern. This men's watch is a medium size (32mm) and due to the transparent plastic front and back case, it is quite light in weight and easy to wear. This is a good watch to wear on sunny days when the gold gleams and you can watch the kaleidoscopic dial spin and sparkle.


Case: Excellent.
The case is in near mint condition with a fine polish and no visible dings or scratches.

Face / Hands: Excellent.
The dial is in fine condition and the red paint on the dials is not faded or chipped. The watch does have some tiny particles of dust that are visible inside of the watch through the fully transparent case front and back.

Crystal: Very good.
The crystal is in near perfect condition. There is a tiny stain on the inside of the back crystal near the crown as can be seen the photos.

Band / Bracelet: Very good.
The band is new and not the original, though it matches the style of the watch nicely. It is in fine condition.

Function / Accuracy: Excellent.
This watch winds smoothly, sets easily, and runs perfectly.