Monday, December 05, 2016

Benrus Type 1 & 2


Benrus Type 1 & 2


The prices of these militaery time pieces have increased so much ...

 







Saturday, December 03, 2016

Lemania “Majetek Vojenske Spravy” military watch

Lemania “Majetek Vojenske Spravy” watch

This is my second piece of Lemania military as I have sold one away a few years back. “Majetek Vojenske Spravy” stands for “property of the military administration”: it is cleanly written all over the caseback, with a unique number, usually 3 or 4 digits. This watch was never sold to the general public, there are no markings on the dial so collectors call it the “Lemania Majetek”. This watch was a model used by the Czech Air Force (CAF), during late 1930 and mid 1940 and was produced by three different manufacturers at the time. Longines, Lemania and Eterna. There is some variations between the brands (Longines Majetek was distinctive with its coin-edge bezel and Cathedral hands), the Longines also had a turning bezel. There are two sizes of watch cases, the smaller 37mm and the larger of ~39mm. 

Finally found one back after several years of searching...





Tudor ref 7809 from 1950s

Tudor ref 7809 from 1950s

A rare steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch. The reference 7809 is a rare Tudor model. Interestingly, examples of this reference were used during the British North Greenland Expedition of 1952-1954. The expeditionary team consisted of 30 members, all of whom were sponsored by Rolex with a Tudor Oyster Prince which Hans Wilsdorf (Rolex’s founder) had especially chosen for the mission. On 24th November, 1953, J. D. Walker, Captain of the Royal Engineers, wrote to Rolex to express his gratitude and admiration for his Tudor Ref. 7809 which he said had been highly reliable and accurate throughout the expedition, despite being exposed to extremes of temperature from +70°F to -50° F, heavy daily use and immersion in water. A copy of Walker’s letter to Rolex and illustrations of one of the Ref. 7809 Tudors used during the expedition can be found in Isnardi, A., Tudor Anthology, 2013, pp.232-235. The Tudor cal 390 was often called the butterfly movement.
After, in 1954, it has been used in the submariner Tudor references 7922 , 7924 , 7928. other references with 390 are: 7808 , 7909 , 7949 and 7950.

Just traded my Marchsall Field diver watch for this beauty...


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Rolex Prince

Rolex Prince

The price of a Rolex Prince was quavalent to the price of a car during the early 1930s and this model have been negelected by new collectors who has only focussed on the Rolex Sports. It now finally has its position and reclaiming its former glory...


Rolex 8171

Rolex 8171

If prices of sports models with simple automatic movements can go up so high, Rolex triple calendars moonphase automatic deserves its place together with the sports as well.

Revival of the Rolex bubbleback

Revival of the Rolex bubbleback

After being neglected for so long, prices of bubbleback has revived! The Bubbleback is an iconic watch as it was the Rolex first automatic watch and the world's first RELIABLE automatic watch..

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Latest auction


Prices for 1019 Milgauss and 6202 have increased so much..









Monday, November 28, 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Early Rolex

Early Non sports Rolex


Recently, there seems to have a revival of vintage Rolex non sports models, especially for the one with unusual dials. The prices of the sports models have become ridiculous and there are too many speculators using the auction prices as target. Sometimes I wonder if one pays US$200,000 for a sports watch, will he be able to sell it when he needs the cash? With these kind of money, one can get tourbillon watches or an apartment.

Special prototype made for the China market

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Eaton

Eaton Rolex watch

As a former history student, I am always love watches with unique history. After waiting for 25 years, I have finally managed to find another Eaton watch in automatic version to accompany the earlier Eaton winding model.




Early Rolex Trench watches

Early Rolex Trench watches

These are 1914-1918 vintage trench watches made for use during WW1. Found the white dial many years ago and now the black one with 3 piece case..