Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rolex Datejust Pink Gold bezel Buckley Dial

I was originally planning of getting in LE from a friend but he has changed his mind on selling. As such, my focus went back to vintage Rolex. With my current focus on building a collection of early Rolex Datejust, I have traded my Rolex early silver porcelain dial trench watch for a Rolex pink gold bezel Datejust with a pinkish Buckley dial. 

From the VRF, A true "buckley dial" MUST be:
painted black, champagne or white roman markers on white, champagne, black, blue or the very rare grey background. These dials were available on non quickset models from the mid 1970's and continued on to the early quickset models of the 1980's. These were the very first "exotic" datejust dials and laid the groundwork for the later applied small roman dial, applied big roman dial, pyramid big roman dial. Mine is a pinkish dial with pink gold bezel! Rolex seemed to have a huge variations for Datejust which make it an interesting series to collect. I am now looking for a 1603 with Bamboo bezel design. Cheers

Rolex 1600 smooth steel bezel  with a 1601 pink gold bezel.

I have put a metal bracelet for the steel Rolex 1600 which made the watch looks more modern and zen.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Vintage ZRC

This is an interesting ZRC with provenance paper for the Marine National.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Rolex 5513 & 1600

Rolex 5513 Meter first (production from 1960s-70) together with Rolex 1600. The determination of the dates of transition were done by collectors. However, we have to bear in mind that during the early period, Rolex watches were not as high positioning as now and very often, even Rolex center will  fit in different period items during servicing , especially the case back.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Rolex 1600 無字天書

Just traded my vintage Seiko watches for a Rolex 1600  無字天書 in all original unpolished condition, as part of my streamlining exercise. I am trying to bring down my number of watches and I have started to trade away other brands and focus on the few cores. 

The Rolex Datejust series watches are very interesting as it has the smooth bezel (1600), the fluted bezel (1601) and engine turned bezel (1603). In addition, there is also a avriations of dials such as the the Wide Boy series, and a hosts of different dials colours plus dials with code of arms for UAE, for Oman etc...

Friday, August 04, 2017

The Dirty Dozen www

I'm in the process of collecting the Dirty Dozen .,,www with seven more watches to go..,

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Rado blue Lapis Lazuli Diastar

This is an uncommon Diastar 8/1 model with tungsten-carbide case and a dial made of Lapis Lazuli. It is similar to most Diastars of the 1970s, with a faceted sapphire crystal, day/date display at 6 oclock and an NSA bracelet. However, the lapis dial sets this model apart from most. With a printed anchor logo (as opposed to the in-set rotating anchor found on most Rado automatics) and the white printing and marker elements setting off the stone dial material.  I love the Rado Diastar with the blue Lapis. Just found another piece that come with the original box and guarantee card.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Rado Diastar Tiger Eye 8/1

After months of searching, I have finally found the Rado Diastar in rare Tiger Eye dial. The watch may need some minor cleaning up. So happy!

From the adverstisment below, the Tiger Eye Rado was selling at US$395 during the 1970s!

Its US$2243.9 in 2017