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Why We Love It
Its been a minute since we've had a Kobold come through our doors, probably because Kobold owners LOVE their watches, and don't often give them up!
This 42mm Titanium timepiece set the bar for the micro-brand tool watch movement in the early 2000s, and many a collector got into the hobby lusting after these wonderful beastly things. Not only was Kobold using top-notch materials and no-nonsense design, but their marketing materials were TOPS. (See last image!)
What may at first appear simple in design will ultimately impress upon closer inspection. That's when the Seal's many intricate design queues, such a the beveled edges on its lugs and the hand-applied brushed surface finish, will raise the eyebrows of even the most avid watch aficionados. Sure, the era of giant, no-nonsense tool watches dominating the collector conversation may have largely passed by, but if you're anything like us, a little nostalgia - and a badass diver for weekend shenanigans are essential.
So maybe it is time, time to Seal the deal (see what we did there?)
Founded in 1998, KOBOLD is one of the world's last independent, family-owned luxury goods manufacturers. They are located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Seal is the most iconic Kobold watch. Designed by James Gandolfini, the late actor and Kobold brand ambassador, the Seal has been in production since 2004. Often imitated but never successfully copied, the legendary Seal has a striking look thanks to its oversized rotating bezel and small face. The heft of the Seal is due to its bulk -43mm diameter and 17mm height- and its internal soft iron core, which protects its Swiss automatic-winding mechanism from the effects of magnetism.
The Kobold Seal was designed, engineered, fabricated, assembled and tested in the United States from U.S. and imported components.
Titanium case is approximately 42mm (excluding the crown). Calibre ETA 2824 automatic winding movement. Circa 2000s.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition overall, showing some minor wear and marks from use. Bezel shows some scratching from use. Black matte dial with Superluminova indices is in excellent, as-new condition. Luminous hands and orange lollipop second hand are in similarly excellent condition. Unsigned crown .
Includes 22mm KOBOLD brown leather strap and buckle.
Also includes outer packing box, inner and outer presentation boxes, one spare crown, one spare sweeping seconds hand, international guarantee and certificate of authenticity, care instructions, Kobold watches patch, SEAL information card, and multi-link titanium bracelet with signed deployant clasp with end links.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options