Jewellery and Watches (6 September 2016)
Date of Auction: 6th September 2016
Sold for £180
Estimate: £200 - £300
FootnoteThe idea of biorhythms was introduced at the beginning of the 20th century by the Austrian psychologist Hermann Swoboda from Vienna and the German doctor Wilhelm Fliess from Berlln, claiming that everyone’s life is affected by rhythmic biological cycles and these can be calculated. The three cyclic rhythms are composed of: the physical, having a duration of 23 days, the emotional (28 days) and the mental (33 days).
Biorhythms became popular in the 1970s and this watch allowed you to assess your ‘good and bad days’ through the three colour discs for Intellect (red disc), Emotion (blue) and Fitness levels (green) for the current day. The fourth disc gave the day of the week. To enable the wearer to do this, when purchased, the watch was set up with the purchaser’s birth date.
The Bio Star watch uses the ESA 9156 transistorised balance wheel movement, and was the only watch produced to use this movement. The 9156 is essentially the same as the common 9154, but had the added complications for the biorhythms discs.