Friday, August 04, 2017

The Dirty Dozen www

I'm in the process of collecting the Dirty Dozen .,,www with seven more watches to go..,

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Rado blue Lapis Lazuli Diastar

This is an uncommon Diastar 8/1 model with tungsten-carbide case and a dial made of Lapis Lazuli. It is similar to most Diastars of the 1970s, with a faceted sapphire crystal, day/date display at 6 oclock and an NSA bracelet. However, the lapis dial sets this model apart from most. With a printed anchor logo (as opposed to the in-set rotating anchor found on most Rado automatics) and the white printing and marker elements setting off the stone dial material.  I love the Rado Diastar with the blue Lapis. Just found another piece that come with the original box and guarantee card.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Rado Diastar Tiger Eye 8/1

After months of searching, I have finally found the Rado Diastar in rare Tiger Eye dial. The watch may need some minor cleaning up. So happy!

From the adverstisment below, the Tiger Eye Rado was selling at US$395 during the 1970s!

Its US$2243.9 in 2017

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rado Mineral dials

I have been collecting vintage watches for over 20 years. After months of collecting, my Rado mineral dials watches are as follows. These Rado mineral dials watches are from the 1960-70s and these were sold more expensive versus Omega and Rolex at that time. As the dial is made from mineral stones such as Lapis, Tiger eyes, black stone, etc, the dials are fragile and therefore difficult to make. As such, the logo are printed logos instead of the usual Rado rotating logo. Believe me, these are harder to find compare to Omega or Rolex watches...

Sterile 6BB: The Lost Navigator W10

I have finally managed to get the closest hands for the Lost Navigator. There was a huge delay in shipping and I'm glad it has finally arrived. No one knows who made these but the mystery has added more charms to the watch.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Vintage military watches

One of the most difficult theme to fulfill is the military watch collections as it involves many countries and types. My third attempts in collecting military watches seemed to be able to gain traction.

a. The Czech Pilot wastches (need to find Etena)

b. Pilot Chronos

c. Benrus Type 1, Type 2 AB

d. IWC Mark X, XI

e. The Dirty Dozen (7 more to go)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rolex Big bubbleback 6105

Vintage 1952 Rolex ref. 6105 Bubbleback

I have always love the Rolex bubbleback, especially the Big bubbleback. Given the escalating prices of vintage Rolex sports, these dress models have become extremely value for money I have slowly build up a small collection of bubbleback over the years. This is a big Rolex bubbleback from the 1952 with the rare Pink gold bezel and crown from Texas USA. The Rolex 6105 differs from the 6104 as the latter has a smooth bezel.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Restoration Project 4: Chronograph

I have always find joy in restoring old vintage watches irregardless of the values of the watches. Often after restoration, the watch shall be able to work for many years to come.