Saturday, April 18, 2015

CWC vintage military chronograph

Just traded my extra Benrus military for a vintage CWC chronograph watch running on a Valjoux 7733 movement. It is issued in the 1970s to pilots of the RAF. It's an asymmetrical case unique to CWC.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Vintage Moeris military WW2

Just Found an old WW2 military watch marked with DH on the back (DH= Deutsches Heer or Dienstuhr Heer) 

I have always wanted to find one watch with the DH marking and finally found one at a very reasonable price point. Moeris was founded in 1893 in St. impiety by Moeri & Jeanneret.

Info on German Military Watches - WWII Era from the internet:

The German Army had special pocket watch and wristwatches for their Officers and special functions. (Deutsches Heer - german) - The German Army. Letters DH designated the watches made in Switzerland under the military order for Germany during the WWII. 

For Germans such watches were produced and retailed: ARSA (Auguste Reimond), Alpina, Mulco, Titus, Minerva, Record, Zenith, Silvana, Helvetia, Longines. And also (mixed up with German): Buren, Doxa, Dogma, Glycine, Gala, Mimo, Phenix, Record watch Co., Recta, Para, Leonidas, Revue, Tritona, Wagner, B.W.C., Grana, Helios, Moeris, Helma, Siegerin, Vogele, Zentra, Laco, Stowa ,Wempe, IWC, A. Lange & Sohne, Hanhart, Glashutte. 

The pocket as well as the wristwatch had screwed backs and were shock resistant. The dial was black with a small second hand with radium digits and hands. The back was marked "D.H." (Deutsches Heer), with the case number. The watches were partly deployed and written into the soldier's book, and also sold to army staff. It is not entirely clear what D H stands for. Some writers suggest the D stands for Deutsches (Germany) and the H for Heer (Army). However, I prefer the interpretation given by Konrad Knirim (, who has written that the D stands for Dienstuhr (Service Watch) and the H = Heer (Army). However, it is not entirely clear that DH watches were originally intended for the Army alone, given documented instances were the service record books of members of the Luftwaffe (Air Force) have been found with DH watch serial numbers written as issued to these troops. In addition to watches marked with D....H, there are some identical watches with only the letter D in front of the serial number and no H after the number. Collectors speculate that these D only watches were for the Luftwaffe. Others speculate that these watches were used by Para-military personnel such as those working in railroads. However, given that the WWII German records have been lost we really don’t know for sure how these watches were issued.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

New leather straps

I have been very discipline in my watch collection as I have not added any new vintage watches in my collection. I am glad that I have managed to swap my other watches for the watch s that will fit into my current portfolio in keeping my collection a little tighter.

Didn't get any watches but did managed to find these 26mm leather NATO straps for my vintage ..

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Watch collection direction

I was tempted to collect the Oysterdate but has decided to do away with it and to focus my watches to Prince, Bubblebacks, sports and unique dials. During the early days, Oysterdate and rolex President series were common watches  for the Ah beng but once the collectables run out, people began to start a new trend with the do called Stella dials etc.. My guess is once the fever is off, people would wonder why did they start in the first place?

Rolex 5508

PRolex 5508, dating from the second quarter of 1958 is one of the last of the “thin case” James Bond Submariners, and as far as I know was the last Submariner rated to only 100 meters.

The 5508 was a transitional model, using the same case as the 6536 but the later cal 1530 movement with 25 jewels and Kif flector shock protection. As it uses the old style case & dial and the much more modern cal 1530 movement, the 5508 is by far the most usable of the early thin case Submariners.

For details of this service dial please refer to the forum,+also+nos

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Orient vintage SK Divér

I have not posted any watch blog for a week as a respect to our late Prime Minister. 

The SK utilizes the Orient in-house movement Cal. 469---one that Orient has been using since the 1970's---and is VERY reliable (I own 3 Orients with this movement). The other Diver appears to have the same movement---either way, the Cal. 469--is a 21 Jewel, 21,600 BPH, and a 40+ reserve.

The meaning of the numbers on the inner turning bezel 20M, 30 M, 35 M and 40 M in different colors had to do something with non-decompression times 
The meaning of the markings are as follows:
20 M You can stay at 20 M depth during 45 to 60 minutes without decompression
30 M You can stay at 30 M depth during 30 to 45 minutes
35 M  You can stay at 35 M depth during 15 to 30 minutes
40 M  You can stay at 40 M depth during 0 to 15 minutes.

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Great Man

There will be no posting on watches today in memory of A Great Man, Mr. lee Kuan Yew..