Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vintage Omega Deville Dynamic

Just found a NOS Omega. The dial on this model is very rare indeed in OLIVE gold and is immaculate. It is clutter free with no hour graduations and only furnished with day/date window and sporting gold hour and min hands and a white second hand . The day/date are quick set . The dial is immaculate and the crystal is scratch free . It is totally original and includes a signed crown , dial , movement. Dial is like a 無字天書. Men's Omega Deville Dynamic 700L.107 Automatic Stainless Steel.

First created for the Prix de Ville de Geneve in 1965 the line was launched to the public in 1968, the Dynamic line lived up to its name.  The elliptical case shape was conceived to work with the anatomy of the wrist. The crown was integrated into the case so that it would not disturb the fairly aerodynamic flow of the line of the watch. The design of the dial was consistent with the clean functional aspects of the watch. It has an exceptionally clean, streamlined, and beautiful design that will never go out of style and still looks modern to this day. It was introduced as "the first watch designed especially for the human wrist" touting its "scientific" ergonomic design. The Dynamic perfectly encapsulated the spirit of its age which brought together the emphasis on science as we prepared to and on the moon with the human-centric focus of the socially progressive movement of the late 60s.

There are many Omega Dynamic but this special dial has a minimalist approach which has attracted my attention. This watch blend in well with my 1970s Rado stone dial watches.

Rado Balboa deluxe

This is a deluxe version of Balboa with special mineral dial. I'm really into vintage Rado lately with many cheap and good watches.

Vintage watch collection need not be expensive hoby as there are still many nice watches to be found. when comparing with the newly manufactured automatic watches, these watches prices are real value for money.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Rolex 1601 無字天書

In Hong Kong, some collector called this dial 反白字無字天書,. From a certain angles, the whote lettering dissappeared. I was lucky to be able to find the NOS dial and hands set that fit my 1973 Datejust. Besides being a 無字天書, it has also the so called Wide Boy fat and short markers and wider hands. The fun in collecting vintage watches also lies in the upgrading process. 

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Rado Diastar 14 Tiger eye

I have been active in my search for the Rado mineral dials watch recently. I am lucky to have join the Rado forum at Equation of Time and there are many Rado collectors offering their help. Just found a Rado Diastar 14 with Tiger Eye dial from UK from a senoir collector who has a wonderful collections of Rado.

Besides the Tiger eye dial, the case deign is also timeless and quite avant garde and ultra modern and unconvetional for its time. After collecting a few of these Rado, as resources are limited and the ranges of nice Rado watches are huge, I ithink I better stay focus on the mineral dials...

Rolex 16800 back from service

I have sent my Rolex 16800 to Rolex center for verification and complete overhaul. After several weeks of waiting, the watch is finally ready for collection. The watch has been waterproof and I could use the watch for swiming until the next service 5 years later.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Rado Balboa goldstone dials X 2

I really need to train up my patience and the capacity to accept or tolerate delay and wait. In my eagerness to find the Rado Balboa gold stone dial, I have now ended up in two of the same. I have found the first one on Yahoo Japan webpage but the seller refused to sell overseas even by Buyee. As a result, I have asked my Ninja J to help. I ahve never used their service before and didnt knowhow it works really.

Later on, I have managed to find one in Bangkok outskirts and I have asked my assistance Khun Pan to help negotiate for it owing to language barrier. In the end , I have managed to confirmed with the help of Khun Pan. However, during the process, Ninja J has also managed to help secured the first watch from Japan telling me that they have won the bid. Since I have already committed earlier, I shall therefore honor the commitment. Now, I am awaiting for the watch to be sent from Japan..

Anyone needs one can email me. Or if you have other coloured dials, we can swap...

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Rado Balboa Dark Blue stone dial

My collection of vintage Rado watches are gathering small momentum. I was lucky to be able to find another coloured stone dial in dark blue/black from the 1960-70s from a collector from Mexico. These minerals dials were rare.

Rado Starliner Daymaster

This RADO Starliner Daymaster came together with the Rado Balboa red gold mineral dial and it was from Nakornpathom. It has an uncoventional "Day & Night" split-color scheme dial, cylinder hour markers & triple calendar - displays day number, day & date. It has black-stripe steel hour/minute hands; black-coated steel second hand and unique resin-filled steel cylinder hour markers; main hours filled with black, minor hours filled with white triple-calendar: day number, day & date display window framed in steel at 3 o'clock
Movement: 30 jewels automatic 
Case: stainless steel
Case Width: 38 mm without crown 
Case Height: 42 mm with lugs 
Case Thickness: 10 mm 

Friday, February 03, 2017

Rado Balboa Red gold stone dial

This second Rado mineral dial red gold stone dial watch was found in Nakornpathom Thailand. The overall condition is superb and the has the multi faceted crystals.

Rado Balboa red gold stone dial 自動巻腕時計

Vintage Watch collecting is fun. I have decided to take a break from Vintage Rolex and started recently to study the vintage Rado watches from Equation of Time Rado Forum. I have realised that it has a certain range of unique Rado with special mineral dials. 

The Rado Balboa line was apparently sold mainly in the Far East. This watch is unique as it has a printed anchor logo, as opposed to the in-set rotating anchor found on most Rado automatics. The purpose is perhaps to protect the dial.

I first saw the watch from Yahoo Japan auction but the seller refused to send overseas. I have tried to use Buyee service but it would work as well. Finally, I have managed to find Ninja J to help!