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1960's Downhill Skiing Champion Karl Schranz

  1. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 28, 2017

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    Working with some bracelets yesterday and noticed that this 7077 type, produced in 1959, was engraved with the name Karl Schranz. Perhaps this once belonged to to the great Austrian downhiller. His career stretched from 1957 thru the early 1970's and he won many races but, unfortunately, had little success in the Olympics.

    While downhill skiers were amateurs until the early 1970's, perhaps this bracelet was part of a Speedmaster (or other Omega) given to Schranz following a victory. I imagine Schranz might have had it engraved (rather simply) sometime after. Or perhaps it has nothing to do with him at all.

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    Produced 2nd quarter, 1959
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    7077 type bracelet in stainless steel was the bracelet sold with the first Speedmasters, Railmasters and Seamasters.
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    Certainly must have received a few watches.
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  2. Larry S

    Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. May 28, 2017

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    Memorable style. Fun to watch.
     
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  3. jurisevac@

    jurisevac@ May 28, 2017

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    Sent him a call, I believe that he will remember.
     
  4. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 28, 2017

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    Do you think it inappropriate if I ask him if he has the 2 missing double springy links? :D
     
  5. jurisevac@

    jurisevac@ May 28, 2017

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    Sell me the braclet, and I will ask.
     
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  6. Vintagewtchzilla

    Vintagewtchzilla May 28, 2017

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    send it to austria where it belongs :D
     
  7. M'Bob

    M'Bob May 28, 2017

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  8. jurisevac@

    jurisevac@ May 28, 2017

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    Austrian you can blackmailed only when beers are involved in transaction.
     
  9. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy May 28, 2017

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    Looks like the great beginning for a signed Speedmaster Clasp Collection:thumbsup:
     
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  10. cristos71

    cristos71 May 28, 2017

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    Looking at the underside of that buckle a simple DNA test should provide you with your answer :D
     
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  11. efauser

    efauser I ♥ karma!!! May 29, 2017

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    Don't mean to piss in your punch bowl but I'm seeing Schram, with either an "n" or another "m".
     
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  12. rogart

    rogart ray it again, Ram. May 29, 2017

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  13. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 29, 2017

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    No problem with your interpretation, @efauser. Who ever engraved this bracelet was not very proficient. Certainly not a jeweler. It was done quickly with a commercial type of engraving tool and in a very tight spot.
     
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  14. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 29, 2017

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  15. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 29, 2017

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    Here is a picture of Karl Schranz wearing his 7077 bracelet. I think you will all agree that this is "absolute proof" of my major horological discovery. :D
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  16. rogart

    rogart ray it again, Ram. May 29, 2017

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    So it could be? Probably done with a ski stick :D
     
  17. TLIGuy

    TLIGuy May 29, 2017

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    Two things....

    1) In dealing with signatures I have found there is a huge difference between something signed in a persons traditional autograph style and a name engraved on something to prove ownership. They have never matched in my experience.

    2) If you are really curious I would simply send an email to the hotel that he owns and manages along with a picture of the clasp. He will either fail to respond or he will remember it and give you what he remembers about it. I've done this on many occasions and the response has always been good and respondents have always viewed my questions positively.

    I think if you sent your inquiry here it would find its way to him.

    http://www.hotelkarlschranz.com/en/hotel-arlberg/karl-schranz.html
     
  18. gemini4

    gemini4 Hoarder Of Speed May 29, 2017

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    Message sent!
     
  19. Omegist

    Omegist May 30, 2017

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    Schranz was one of the best skiers in the world and a true legend at his time
    Keep us updated
     
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  20. M'Bob

    M'Bob May 30, 2017

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    Sure you called the right party?

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