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I’ve just taken ownership of my Unimatic watch, and was wondering if any of you have a -matic watch you want to tell me about?

Or tell me about -matic watches you don’t own too - a list would be good :thumbup:
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I have a Tissot, and while it is not a “matic” brand or model technically, it houses the Powermatic 80 movement, and says so on the dial. So named for its world famous 80-hour power reserve. Feast your eyes!

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Nice one! Powermatic definitely counts :D

Seiko Lord Matic - one of my favourites :lol:
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Seiko bell-matic

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I’ve owned many watches with the word auto-matic on the dial but I suppose that’s too common to count here.

My JLC says Automatique but I suppose having a spelling mistake on the dial is what you get for buying cheap rubbish off the internet…

Speaking of spelling mistakes. A recent release from Zelos claimed to be Antimognetic, the hysteria with all things Zelos that goes on in the Zelos Facebook group had people speculating whether the Zelos god Elshan Tang had not only discovered a new physical property, he had also found the antidote and put it in a watch. Elshan burst everyone’s bubble by saying it wasn’t a mistake, but the quirky font he used made the lower case ‘a‘ look like an ‘o’. Just imagine though if he had discovered antimognatism….
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I think I found a picture of the Anti-mog... :lol:

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And there had to be some subatomic force keeping Mog stuck to the broom...

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It seems that the -matic suffix was affixed to many names or word roots to denote an automatic movement when it was something new and therefore highly desirable. An apothegmatic marketing trend from, one suspects, the 1950s. There is nothing especially new about Nomos’ Neomatik these days, for example, but the trend persists.

There is nothing very colourful in my watchbox. The Sealander, with its orange highlights, is the nearest I come to polychromatic. The Speedmaster (a paradigmatic chronograph) is distinctly dichromatic. Having starred in “Apollo 13” it is just as cinematic as the Bond watches.

The Cartier Tank is emblematic of a certain style. I have always thought it charismatic. The Ulysse Nardin, celebrating as it does incipient freedom from lockdowns and mental health issues, is rather post-traumatic, and very pragmatic in its functions, whilst the MeisterSinger, with all the emotions it invokes, is both dramatic and enigmatic. As I wore my Sealander almost exclusively through last year’s hot summer, I suppose it is climatic.

Apologies if this seems a little dogmatic. It’s just a bit of fun, in an epigrammatic way. :D

Back on topic, my vintage Kon-Tiki is an Eternamatic. :D


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Brilliant post @Amor Vincit Omnia :clap:
I was hoping you’d join in the conversation :D

It’s definitely the 50s I think of when I think of -matic watches. Women using super-matic gadgets in the kitchen while dreaming of becoming astronauts. A kind of optimism that -matic technology was going to usher in a new dawn :lol:
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Presumably, no spermatics required here :D

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@missF

Sorry, this is off topic, but it reminds me of a wonderful old French joke about three men in a car park.

The Nouveau-Richard was boasting about his new car: “Everything is automatic – gears, heated seats, windows, wipers…”

The aspiring young bourgeois had a 2CV: “My car has automatic doors – I close one and the other three open automatically.”

The Croquant (yokel) has a pushbike: “My bike is automatic – I push down on one pedal and the other one comes up automatically.”
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Another Eterna-matic here:

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Hamilton Intra-matic that doesn’t quite know what century its in. A 1969 watch with super-spaceage fonts on the dial - and Roman numerals... :-k

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@missF I agree that the above is symptomatic of an identity crisis. Such things are axiomatic in some brands.
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:lol: :clap:
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Shark-matic.
Four lines of text - four different typefaces

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