Monday, November 20, 2017

Favre Leuba Mercury chronograph

This is a special watch as it was given to me by my exboss Gonpo for my efforts in the acquisition of Cosa Libermann in the year 2010.

MERCURY Chronograph FL301

Mercury, is inspired by two unique events – the birth of the Favre Manufacture in Le Locle in 1737 and the eclipse of the planet Mercury by Venus in the same year- All models of the Mercury collection are fitted with the automatic Favre-Leuba calibre. Individual versions are available, but all have one thing in common – perfection in every detail - Nothing less.

Movement

Self-winding mechanical movement, calibre FL 301 Chronometer certified COSC, 28,800 vib/h, 55 jewels, 297 components Power reserve of 44 hours

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, date Chronograph with 45 minutes counter Patented Embedded Running Indicator (ERI)

Case

Pink Gold (18K) diameter 44 mm Cambered sapphire glass with anti-reflection coating Patented Bidirectional / Crown Locking System (B/CLS) Screwed in caseback and bezel Water-resistant to 100 meters

Dial

Galvanic treatment and guilloché on gold models (multilayer construction) Hands and indexes applied in gold (18K) with superluminova, excepted big second in pfinodal

Bracelet/strap

Genuine alligator or rubber strap, folding clasp in gold (18K) or in steel with twin safety lock system

http://montre24.com/brand/Favre-Leuba/KnowhowFavreLeuba/

http://www.europastar.com/magazine/features/1003798469-favre-leuba-rises-from-the-depths.html

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Paul Newman's personal Paul Newman Daytona

Paul Newman's personal Paul Newman Daytona sold for a record-breaking $17.75 million, making it the most expensive wristwatch ever sold



Saturday, November 04, 2017

Vintage 70s Mickey Mouse watch from Hong Kong

This is a Made in Hong Kong Mickey Mouse watch using Swiss Movement

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Vintage ZRC diver watches

Vintage ZRC diver watches. One more hole to fill as the Le Jour ZRC is send for replacement of the bezel. These must be on eof the most challenging watches to collect.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Grana WWW

As you know, I have restarted my vintage military watch collections and I have slowly built up a small collection of 5 WWW watches. The Grana WWW is the rarest of the twelve watch manufacturers who produced W.W.W. watches for the British military during World War II, known collectively as 'The Dirty Dozen'. Out of the 145,000 W.W.Ws produced, it is estimated that only 1000 - 1,500 were from Grana, making it exceptionally sought after, especially for collectors seeking to own all twelve W.W.Ws. 



I am lucky to be able to find a WWW Grana in good condition. This Grana W.W.W. is from circa 1945 and retains all of its military case-back engravings. The dial features the British military broad arrow, as well a Arabic numerals, a painted minute track and applied Radium index markers. The luminescent material on the hands has aged to a dark brown patina as have the index markers.

The watch is housed in a 36mm stainless steel case with fixed lugs and it has anti-magnetic hands, with an anti-magnetic cage protecting the manual-winding Cal. KF320 movement. The W.W.W. watches were renowned for their timekeeping accuracy, regulated to a chronometer level as this was a fundamental specification required by the British Armed Forces.

The attrativelness of this timepiece is largely underpinned by its exceptional rarity. With sports and military watches very much in demand today, due to its casual and utilitarian feel, this particular piece certainly fits the bill, especially with its wearable 36mm case and with both dial and case in exceptional condition. After finding the Grana WWW, perhaps my collection of the Dirty Dozen can be completed in the foreseeable future. Life is good!



Saturday, October 28, 2017

Eaton quarter cenury club doctor watch

After much searching and waiting, i have finally managed to find one nice all original condition Eaton quarter century club doctor`s watch by Rolex. 

Rolex Prince made for Timothy Eaton department store in Canada. These watches were known as Quarter (1/4) Century Club watches and given as gifts to employees celebrating 25 years of employment with the company.

The male employees were offered a wrist or pocket watch, both made by Rolex, while the women were offered a gold Rolex cocktail watch or a diamond ring.

This watch is one of the first series of watches ordered by Eaton’s from Rolex, the flared case Rolex Prince model 1490. After this model are the Rolex bubbleback, handwind round shape and automatic round watch.

The watch is modeled in 14 karat yellow gold and with squirrel hallmark and case stampings.

Inside the watch is powered by a 15 jewel Rolex calibre 300 that is timed and adjusted to 6 positions. The movement is also marked as a Chronometer and graded as an Extra Prima model within the Rolex hierarchy. This was the pinnacle of Rolex watchmaking at the time. The earliest Quarter Century Prince models were given out in the mid 1930’s and were the same model as this example a reference 1490. Some have speculated that Eatons purchased them in bulk orders and dispensed them as needed. Adding to that theory was the fact that as late as the 1940’s Eatons was still presenting Rolex Princes to their employees.

This watch was presented in 1940. This watch features the original silver plate dial with enamel pattern and lettering spelling out 1/4 CENTURY CLUB at the hour markers. This corporate arrangement is the only example of a re-branded Rolex Prince that is known to exist.

The yellow gold case measures 23 mm wide across the narrowest section and where the lugs flare, 26 mm. The case is an elongated 42 mm long.