The watch that started it all: Fossil Cruise-O-Matic

by Terry Moss in ,

Back in 1996 I visited a Fossil outlet store and was immediately drawn to this Fossil Cruise-O-Matic watch. I loved the vintage 40's style and the price was fantastic ($20).


It came in a little cardboard box and I had no idea at the time it was a limited release or part of a bigger collection. I wore this watch from about 1996-1999.

In that time I sent it back to Fossil three times for repair. Once was a leather band/battery combo. Second time the crystal broke and the third time it was unrepairable. Fossil sent me a replacement catalog and I picked the most expensive watch to replace my Cruise-O-Matic. Along with the request for a replacement watch I asked Fossil to send me my old unrepairable watch back to me. They fulfilled my request and here it is. Still my favorite watch.


Watch details:

  • Fossil Cruise-O-Matic Limited Edition Collector's Watch.
  • Watch #2 in a 5 item set of Around the World Series.
  • This watch is #19993 of 20000 made
  • Model #LE-9434