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Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model?

Post12 Dec 2017, 20:09

it has a polished finish with a blank case back. anyone familiar with this model? is this an earlier Optel case type?
just checking if this is a genuine vintage Optel DSM watch. Added more photos from the listing.....

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Post12 Dec 2017, 20:37

never seen before....just like someone has polished the front.
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model on ebay?

Post12 Dec 2017, 21:08

The seller claims he purchased it that way, polished. Most of the Optel watches I've seen have a heavily brushed finish. I also find it strange to have a clear back cover with no Optel engraving on it. The case design also seems to be very unique, unless it's some kind of prototype. LCD display clearly shows it's a DSM LCD panel.
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Post12 Dec 2017, 21:23

I more note: I noticed the case has a beveled area where the watchband connects to the watch, typical Optel case is smooth all the way to the watch band with no distinct beveling action going on near the band.
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model on ebay?

Post13 Dec 2017, 02:19

This all looks "factory" to me...but, in any event, it's certainly got one of the crispest, highest-contrast DSM displays I've ever seen. Probably worth more than the asking price, for that alone.
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model on ebay?

Post13 Dec 2017, 03:01

Thanks Bruce! I have not seen this watch model anywhere that's posted, and yes to your point about the display, I've seen posts that had very low contrast DSM modules, and I believe this is simply due to age.
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Post13 Dec 2017, 15:47

Update: I initially offered $250.00 and the seller countered at $300.00 so I accepted his offer. Will post updated photos, I still haven't seen this model with this case type. Seller stated the watch was purchased from Optel Corporation old stock when it closed, so I'm wondering if this was their last commercial DSM model before closing.
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Post13 Dec 2017, 15:50

That was a steal!
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model?

Post13 Dec 2017, 15:58

Thanks Richard! I still haven't been able to search the web for this particular Optel DSM watch model. So I'm not sure if this model didn't hit the mass market prior to Optel Corporation closing. I'm still researching on the history of Optel DSM watches as this is my first purchase of one.
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Post13 Dec 2017, 16:54

Because of the cost in producing the case, could it have been an earlier prototype/option by the end the were trying to cut costs as much as possible and the case manufacture did see cutbacks. I have various models, look at the early Mathey Tissot digital with a similar case, nothing polished but definite changes to the design were seen later.

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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model?

Post13 Dec 2017, 17:06

Thanks Adam, appreciate you sharing some bit of information on these watches. What's interesting about this model is on the case back there's no writing on the case back. All other Optel watches I've seen writing stating "Optel Corporation" or Stainless Steel caseback...etc. This one has a blank case back. Interesting.
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Post13 Dec 2017, 19:44

Apparently this ebay seller either worked for Optel Watches or took advantage of a flash sale when they went out of business. Looking at the sellers history he has sold over 17 Optel DSM watches. Unless he is an avid DSM watch collector deciding to liquidate his collection. Interesting....
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Post26 Dec 2017, 21:50

Sharing pics of my Optel DSM watch of my recent purchase. Watch is working perfectly and looks brand new, no scratches on the band or case. Nice!
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Post26 Dec 2017, 22:05

That display is amazing so crisp. And the case is pretty amazing too. Any more clues now you have it?
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Post26 Dec 2017, 22:24

Yes, the seller is Louis Zanoni's son, Greg Zanoni. Super nice guy. His dad purchased a lot of Optel watch inventory after it went bankrupt, thus the excellent condition of the watch. It definitely adds a special connection to the inventor of the LCD watch. The watch case style appears to be an unreleased version as I still cannot find a similar listing. Will share more as I get more information from Greg.
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Post26 Dec 2017, 22:29

I could do with a DSM panel if he has any left :grin1:
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model?

Post26 Dec 2017, 22:31

He sells only complete watches unfortunately as he sees more value selling them whole. He will be posting a flashing DSM model and a Field Effect display. If you're interested I can connect you with him.
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Post26 Dec 2017, 22:37

That's fine, I understand. I have a Delvina dsm that Id like a panel for. I'll find one one day.
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Post26 Dec 2017, 22:45

It appears DSM displays are much harder to find than Pulsar LED displays. I suppose it's because Pulsar had a higher volume of watches manufactured. Based on the crazywatches.pl website appears only 35,000 units of the DSM watches were ever manufactured. I suspect when the Field Effect LCD display models came out its power saving and greater operating efficiency made the DSM technology obsolete. I still like the super white DSM segments, adds a unique look to the watch.
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Post27 Dec 2017, 05:35

There was an obituary for a Louis J Zanoni in our local paper last week. Any connection? If it is the same person, he founded a company called Zantec(tac),. Specialised in electronic watch repair parts and services. He sold it many years ago, but I think they are still in business. I dealt with them 6-7 years ago. Peter
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Re: Anyone familiar with this Optel DSM model?

Post30 Dec 2017, 03:23

Yes, it is the same person. Sorry to hear this news...he was a pioneer in the realm of digital electronics.
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Post30 Dec 2017, 20:00

I'm not sure if this is the same Louis Zanoni, I did not his son's name, Greg Zanoni, in the family list. This listing that I found was in the Phoenix AZ area. Maybe a different Louis?
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