Saturday, February 06, 2016

Gub cal 28.1

I have been looking for the Lange GUB watch with caliber 28.1 for a while. As seen from the previous post, it was one the the in house movement of Lange before the division of Germany into East and West Germany. Even though the watch is found in used condition, I like it very much as it as the vintage all original look. In addition, the dial has stated "Germany" instead of West Germany or East Germany. Moreover, the movement nos is very early making this an early example of the watch manufactured using the cal 28.1. 

There are many reconditioned dial for this model and for me, originality is key...lucky, I have sold off one simple diver watch earlier in order to fulfill my one out and one in policy...��

The "Q1" marking, which you'll see on both Lange VEB and GUB watches with the Cal 28.1inside translates to "A1", meaning they contain movements of the highest standards

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Omega Chronograph ref 2451


This is a really nice vintage Omega chronograph in 100% original untouched condition with original finish and even the original grains of rice steel bracelet.

Original stainless steel case is decidedly massive and sporty for the 1950s. Dimensions are 35mm diameter by 13.8mm thick. Massive screw back. Highly domed acrylic crystal. Round pump-style chronograph pushers and large winding crown. Case appears to be never polished and to have its original sharp edges, corners and bevels.

Original untouched dial started out as silver but has developed a champagne patina to very nice effect. Applied '12', Omega logo and hour markers. Sunken subdials with concentric guilloche. Tachymetre scale at the dial's periphery. Original hands.


Article from. Net:

A. Lange & Sohne makes some unquestionably beautiful movements, and the Glashutte-bred brand is considered one of the world's finest.  But, as we've mentioned to you before, Lange went through a forty year period of dormancy after the brand's property was expropriated to the pro-Stalin government of East Germany, along with several of the other Glashutte watch manufacturers.  But, for the first few years of the GUB (Glashütter Uhrenbetrieb), the Government-run conglomerate of Glashutte watch makers known for some pretty unexceptional pieces (Eastern block Germany was vehemently opposed to all things luxury), they used a pretty exceptional caliber.  Caliber 28 and 28.1 as they are known, was so exceptional because it was, in fact, a movement designed and built by A. Lange & Sohne themselves - the first and only wristwatch caliber from Lange not only built before the division of Germany, but before the rebirth of the brand and subsequent introduction of the Lange 1 in 1994.  Here is the rest of the story.

A. Lange & Sohne produced some spectacular pocketwatches throughout its history.  Those of the highest caliber, denoted with "1A" on the movement, are still highly sought after by collectors today.  In the 1930s, Lange began to recognize the future wristwatches may hold to the industry.  But, they simply did not have a movement of their own that would work in a wristwatch.  So, they partnered with Swiss company Altus to create some early Lange wristwatches.  The movement in these were an Altus caliber, but finely finished by A. Lange & Sohne.  Lange did use some other Swiss movements in their watches throughout the 1930s and early 40s as well, but remember, these were not in-house Lange calibers.

An Early Lange Wristwatch - Though The Movement Is Swiss MadeThe Lange caliber 48, the large and reliable movement the brand had developed as a pocketwatch movement for its pilot watches, seemed like the perfect base for what would be the German mark's first wristwatch caliber - and it was.  The creation of Caliber 28 took place in the mid to late 1940s and the result would be the first truly in-house Lange wristwatch movement.  But, the Lange brand was handed over to the DDR in 1948, along with all of its machines, employees and factories.  The Caliber 28 was, however, put into production as the GUB recognized the quality of the movement and they used it for years to come.  You will find early Lange Caliber 28's inside watches signed "Lange VEB" on the dial.

A Lange VEB wristwatch with Caliber 28 (it should be noted this dial has been refinished)From 1948-1951, Lange VEB produced only 5,067 watches with with the caliber 28 movement inside.  The 28 features a subsidiary seconds register.  Original Lange VEB watches with Lange signed movements are increasingly difficult to find, especially outside of Germany.

A Very Clean Original Lange 28 Movement - Notice the "Q1" denotationAfter 1951, the Lange VEB company was enveloped by the GUB.  Still, the quality of the caliber 28 was recognized and the use of caliber 28.1 (the same caliber with central sweep seconds) was put into use in the GUB's higher-end watches.  While both the dial and movements of these watches were signed "GUB," the caliber was marked as "28 Q1", and these were produced by the former employees of Lange & Sohne.  The "Q1" marking, which you'll see on both Lange VEB and GUB watches with the Cal 28 inside translates to "A1", meaning they contain movements of the highest standards, just like you'd see on older Lange pocket watches.  (Does anyone else see the irony in communist Germany purposefully labeling some of their products as of greater quality than the rest?)

A GUB Made Wristwatch With Caliber 28.1GUB continued the production of watches with the Cal 28.1 through 1957 and produced 16,396 units.  These too are extremely difficult to locate (your best bet would be taking a trip to Dresden).  After Caliber 28.1 was retired, the GUB went on to create many of their own calibers that simply pailed in comparison to the Lange 28.  Also, you may see GUB watches for sale but the odds that they contain a Caliber 28 is unlikely.  While there was a total of only ~21,000 Cal 28 and 28.1s, the later GUB calibers had the following production numbers:

GUB Cal. 60 (1952-58): 280,410 pcs.
GUB cal. 62 (1951-58): ca. 191,900 pcs.
GUB cal. 63 (1953-59): ca. 361,149 pcs.
GUB cal. 67.1 (1960-67): 190,360 pcs.
GUB cal. 69.1 (1960-71): 411,750 pcs.
GUB cal. 70.1 (1960-71): 388,820 pcs
GUB cal. 74 "Spezimatik" (1964-80) 1.857,966 pcs. 
GUB cal. 75 (1964-80): 1.858,466 pcs.
GUB cal. 77 (1959-70): ca. 181,101 pcs.
GUB cal. 11-26 "Spezichron" (1978-85): ca. 290,880 pcs.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vintage watch collecting

Looking back, I have streamlined much of my watches to make space for a tighter collection. These are the watches that I have let go...

1. Movado 
2. Enicar Guide GMT 
3. Chauuny chronograph
4. Sandoval mystery
5. Seiko 6309
6. Omega 120
7. Omega 300 - reserved
8. Omega day date
9. CWC chronograph
10. CWC military
11. Orient SK diver
12. Benrus VN war single case
13. Omega seamaster stainless steel
14. Seiko 62 Mas
15. Fortis Moonphase
16. Sicura divers
17. Norexa
18. Cyma steel rectangular
19. Cyma sub
20. Hedomas 8 days
21. West end porcelain
22. IWC
23. Rolex 6694 gold top
24. Rolex Pioneer

Monday, January 18, 2016


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Record triple date moonphase

Even though the Movado triple calendars watch is attractive, this 1940's Vintage Record Triple Date Moonphase is the watch that attracted much of my desire. I have finally traded it for a DATOFIX Calendar 18k Rose Gold watch (one key reason ) with Original but aged Dial with Applied Rose Gold 2, 4, 6, 8,10 and 12 Arabic Markers and Alternating Dot Markers. Triple Signed. Swiss. 

The Record Watch Company of Switzerland was not able to sell watches under the same name in North America due to patent restrictions, so sold under several aliases such as Rivera, Banner and Kingston in the first half of the 20th century. 

What is unique about the Record  moonphase is the position of the moonphase at 12 o'clock position instead of the usual 6. Moreover, the size of the watch was considered large during that time and is a nice size to wear now too!

This shall be my first traded vintage watch for 2016 as only when one watch is out before another new one gets in. Need to keep the number in check 

After much searching, I was fortunate to be able to find an near new old stock spare dial that will fit the Record moonphase watch. Waiting for it to arrive ... Life is good! 

Note: Please remember, when setting triple date moonphase watches such as this one, never use the button pushers between 10:00pm to 3:00am as it is possible to damage the inner workings. At that time the components that change the calendar functions are engaged and the pushers will not work properly. If they are pressured, this could damage the parts inside.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Movado calendomatic

In my efforts to reduce the now of watches, I have traded some Swiss watches for this Movado. Movado watch was created in La Chaux de Fonds in 1881, and became Movado in 1906.

The word Movado is Esperanto for "always moving". The watch dates from the early 1950s. This was a beloved mid-level complication during that period, as the additions to the basis calibre are relatively modest to achieve the weekday, month and date complications, yet earned significantly more money for the maker and the retailer. These kinds of watches were aimed at the mid-level consumer, someone who was willing to pay extra for a modest complication as long as it served a purpose, and having a watch that told you the day of the week and the month, as well as the day of the month remains important today, as virtually any electronic watch does that as a matter of course.

Movado is jointly responsible with Zenith for creating the "El Primero" caliber ca 1969. El Primero is the Zenith name, the Movado was called "Datachron", soon shortened to "Datron".
All calibers were made in-house 'til the late 60s when they merged with Zenith.

I used to own such complications watch with Election watch but has sold them many years ago.... Somehow, I am trying to collect back watches that I misses...

Vintage watches collection fever

With the Internet and Facebook sites dedicated to vintage watch collection, there are a growing trend towards watch collection. One consequence is the increase in prices of all kind of vintage watches. Many "non collectable" watches suddenly all became collectable with ever increasing prices.

Moreover, with the influx of collectors, many damaged Rokex dials were given fanciful names such as ghost dials, spyder dials etc to increase the desirability and the values with the constant bombardment in the social media like  in the face book. The real question is whether can these watches hold its values in the long term? 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Enicar Guide GMT

Vintage Enicar makes some fantastic looking pieces. This Sherpa Guide is their GMT model featuring the in-house developed Enicar 166 movement. The outer bezel shows worldwide cities and the red index can be rotated 360° to keep track of any of the cities featured. Tracking a second timezone, the inner bezel is rotated with the crown at 2. 

Goodbye 2015

Goodbye 2015

Today is the last day of 2015. As a fellow watch collector, I thought it will be good to do a review on how my watch collection progress.

My top 10 buy/ trade in 2015

1. Rolex bubbleback. This is a nice BB with original dial.
2. Rolex Pink gold 1601 & 6424
3. Another Rolex bubbleback
4. Orient limited edition.
5. Orient limited King's birthday
6. WW2 German military
7. Rolex non crown guard
8. Zlaolust 
9. Rolex Tru Beat