Friday, October 31, 2014

Beurus Type 2 Class A

There were 9,223 Type II, Class A watches made, around 6,000 Type I, and maybe 1000 Type II, Class Bs...

I have found the Type II class B & Type 1 Class A

Need to get a Type II, Class A to complete the range
Benrus Type II Class A, US Issue
Case Diameter: 43 mm
Case Height: 16 mm
Case length: 47.5 mm
Lug Width: 19.5 mm
Movement: Benrus signed KG1D2, 17 jewel, hacking automatic. This is a ETA 2821 movement modified (by Benrus) to meet government specifications
Case material: Stainless steel, anti-magnetic to 125 gauss
Crown: screw down
Bezel: Bi-directional, no index
Water resistance: 1,200 feet
Vintage: 1973

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Benrus Type II Class B

I love wearing the two Benrus type 1 & 2 military watches as the watch design is so simple and without any brand name in front, really made it unique. Moreover, these were the last few real Made in USA watches.

The dome shaped crystal and the overall feel of the watch is really nice to touch and looking at the size now, it is right for the wrists and make reading time an ease. 

For those who love military watches should try to find them..

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Earth watch

I first saw this WN1 in Bkk during the watch fair at Siam Paragon. Owing to the lack of time, I didn't manage to get it. After almost 10 years, I finally came across a nice condition one. The WN-1 is very interesting watch as the. globe rotates in a 24-hour period - just like the real earth.  One has to read  the hours from a small, which moves counter clockwise and the minutes from an orange sphere which moves clockwise. 

Seiko Wn-1‘s titanium case is not only uncommonly tough but also featherweight spanning 45 millimeters in diameter and 23 millimeters in thickness. Wn-1‘s cloth band offers handsome looks and comfort. Protecting the Seiko Wn-1‘s display is a synthetic sapphire display window. With the bluecolor dial, the watch shows perfect color impact. Highly accurate quartz movement is utilized to insure world class accuracy. 

For details

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

Benrus Type 1 and Type 2

After months of searching, I am happy that I have finally managed to find both the Benrus Tyoe 1 and Type 2 with the help of Matthew. Even though the conditions of the watches were used, it's does show its signs of active duties...

Gubelin moonphase

Vintage Gubelin SS Triple Date Moonphase AutomaticSun, 03 February 2013 11:32
Gubelin is one of Europe's leading retailers of fine jewelry and high grade timepieces, and has often colloborated with the finest Swiss watchmakers (examples  Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet) in the production of watches under their name.

I have found a 1950's vintage high-grade 25 jewel double-adjusted triple date moonphase automatic with horn lugs. It has a Large  37mm stainless steel screw back case with four calendar and moonphase push buttons and fancy horn lugs , signed 25 jewel double adjusted triple date calendar moonphase automatic movement (Felsa calibre 693), near-mint signed silver satin dial with full arabic numeral markers, day and month apertures at 12:00 with moonphase aperture at 6:00, steel hands and sweep seconds with arrow-tipped date hand pointing out outer date chapter ring, acrylic crystal, 20mm black leather strap. 

The great thing about the Gubelin Moonphase is in its size as its about the same size as the 8171

The calibre 693 was part of the second generation Bidynator automatics produced by Felsa, starting in the late 1940's, and was the most complicated movement of this series. The Bidynator series was the first automatic movement to wind in both directions, and represented a milestone in the development of the automatic wristwatch. 

Rolex 16700

In the past, I have not thought of keeping the 16700 but since I have the opportunity to trade for one, I have decided to extend the GMT family from 6542,1675 to this 16700. This is a good middle way from the amazings 1675-16750 and the modern Gmts with ceramic bezel. This is my second transitional models, after the 16800..

The watch is from 1997 and is one of my modern this is a birth year watch for JJ, I shall keep this watch for home when he turns 21... 

I have goggled and found that many of the Pepsi dial red has turned pink and I am still contemplating whether to send to Rolex center for a change in bezel?

Some details

Ref. 16700
Production Period: 1988-1999 
Model Name: Rolex GMT Master 
Caliber: 3175, 28800A/h, hacking, quickset (direct)
Pressure proof to 100m/330ft
Bracelet: Oyster 78360 and 78790 (Oysterlock starting 1989), JubilĂ© 62510
Glass: Sapphire crystal
  • Tritum up to U-Series 1997: T<25 dial
  • Luminova starting 1998: Swiss dial (variant: Luminova on T<25 dial)

1988 the Ref. 16700 replaced the Ref. 16750. The Ref. 16700 was cheaper compared to the Ref. 16710 which got introduced at the same time.
The caliber 3175 (same functions as the 3075) had still the non-independant hourhand which was the main difference between the Ref. 16700 and the Ref. 16710.

New introduced with this watch:
  • Sapphire crystal
  • White gold indexes (altough some predecessors (Ref. 16750) were also already equipped with these).
  • New case

Date-wheel has vintage open numbers until 1992/1993.
Only available in Stainless Steel.
Bezel colors:

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Rolex 16800 service

I just send my Riolex 16800 for a complete overhaul and change the bezel as the luminous dot at the bezel is missing. It will take about 3 weeks. Looking forward to receiving it soon.