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For years, Stellaris was the in-house watch brand for Sears, Roebuck, and Company – and this sharp 1970’s Stellaris womans rectangular mechanical is no different. 

 

With an easily recognizable classic design, and - in particular - slender black hands, there’s more than enough visual contrast here to make the watch visually engaging.  Couple this with the rectangular case design and black strap and it all adds up to an engaging dress mechanical.

 

Before it was the house brand for Sears, Stellaris was a brand name registered in 1963 by Mondia;  while not a well-known brand, it produced some intriguing watches, such as the Mondia “Big Eye” chronograph and the Top Second.  It also put out a watch model called Stellaris with an unusual fluid case.  

 

How did Mondia and Stellaris evolve to be separate watch brands?  No idea – another mystery lost to the ages, akin to how both brands would become victims of the Seiko-initiated Quartz Crisis.  Watch periodical Fratello has speculated that, “Mondia was used as support to make Stellaris trustworthy.  Or, I suppose another possible scenario is that the Mondia Stellaris became so popular that Mondia decided to make it a separate brand featuring its own range of watches.  And there were quite a few of them, mostly later Stellaris electronic models.” 

 

Regardless, the Stellaris font and symbol didn’t change after it was established as a stand-alone brand, the clearest evidence of the relationship between the two.

 

This Stellaris comes on a black leather strap, and with rugged travel case and springbar tool.

1970's Stellaris Manual Wind Woman's Mechanical Dress Watch

$199.99Price
  • DIAL: Patina'd Stellaris-signed dial, with matching slender black hands.

     

    CASE: Rectangular case measures a svelte 19mm (21mm w/crown) x 31mm.  

     

    CRYSTAL: Domed acrylic crystal, no cracks.

     

    BAND: Black leather strap, with stainless-steel hardware.

     

    MOVEMENT: Manual winding 17-jewel Swiss mechanical movement.

     

    CROWN: Unsigned stainless-steel crown.

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