Vintage and neo-vintage Ikepod watches are beginning to garner more attention from the collector community and for good reason. The Swiss brand is most known for its round "pod" case shapes which resemble UFOs, stand out for being incredibly unique, imaginative and playful. Designer Marc Newson who co-founded the company in 1994 left a distinct brand identity. Analyzing Ikepod, one can easily draw parallels with the Apple Watch; another Newson design which was arguably his most successful and a product that went on to become the top selling wrist watch in history.
This Hemipode HD02 chronograph/GMT model circa early 2000's is in near new condition. The watch was clearly cherished and well cared for but has some unique qualities. The sub dials have taken on a warm tropical patina that ranges from brown to golden bronze, hence the nickname the "Tropical Panda." Perhaps even more exciting, this example comes as an incredible full set coming from one of Ikepod's Japanese subsidiaries, which we believe to be one of the, if not the most complete set to come to market. These Hemipodes are just a joy to wear on wrist and if you've been hunting for one, this is a great opportunity to acquire one of the best Ikepods to trade hands publicly.
Thank you to our friend, fellow collector and gentleman dealer Augustine Simat who sold us this incredible piece of Ikepod history.
Dial: The sub dials have take on an incredible tropical golden brown patina. There is a bit of patina toward the center of the dial but it is not distracting. No blemishes to note of under magnification.
Bezel: Very clean front side of case. Very light signs of use.
Hands: Are matching and their lume is all intact.
Case: Extremely clean with only the faintest sings of handling. Correct pushers and signed crown.
Bracelet: Correct rubber strap.
Crystal: Some light scuffs but no chips.
Accessories: Shopping bag, inner & outer boxes, COSC certificate, folder, catalogue with prices in JPY, US, Euro & CHF, set of postcards, service book.
The movement is running well on our timegrapher and comes with our 1-year mechanical warranty.
Year/era: Early 2000s
Dimensions: 44mm wide, 17mm thickness. Note that these pieces wear much smaller on wrist. (Appearance is closer to 41mm when worn).
Movement: Automatic ETA 7750 caliber.
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If it is sold, we can source one for you.