Thursday, May 17, 2018

Non action

Given the rising prices of the watches, I have decided to take a break. The prices of vintage Rolex sports watches are very high and even a simple GMT or submariner bezel can costs US$3000 and above making this an expensive hobby indeed. I have always find the so called mark 1 mark 2, mar 3 etc a joke as Rolex in its early days does not produce everything in house. Rather, it has sub-contract ed out the different watch components (such as bezel, dials etc) to different factories. As such, there are bound to have minor variations which is not really noticeable except to die hard hair splitting collectors. In addition, Rolex after sales service does not bother whether it was a mark 1 or 2.

However, these craze has affected the overall hobby as the dial and the bezel etc have costs so much that a simple watch can costs several thousands of dollars making this hobby beyond the reach of average collectors.




Sunday, April 22, 2018

Rolex 1625 Turn O Graph Thunderbird

I was visiting Mr. Wong and saw this lovely 1625 Turn O Graph aka Thunderbird in the rare blue dial. Most of the blue dial during that era were often damaged by its natural discoloration of dial. Lucky, this dial discoloration is only very minimal. This is my second 1625 as previously I have one in white gold and in silver dial. I have traded it plus cash for a rolex 6610 Explorer many years back.



Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rolex 1603 Bamboo bezel Datejust

I have been looking for the 1603 bamboo bezel for a while. Originally, I have seen one at Sheung Wan vintage watch shop but the seller wanted to keep it. I have seen another at TST but the price is very high. After some searching, I have finally found the Rolex Datejust ref 1603 with a very rare Bamboo Bezel at a reasonable price. According  to Osvaldo Patrizzi ’s book, this model has been produced for 1 year only, exclusively for the Italian Market. The watch dial has aged gracefully with a nice light patina...











One down, 3 to go for 2018....


At certain angles, the patina looks pinkish..

Monday, April 16, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Voit Diver watch ebay

This is a nice condition Voit. Vintage watch is a good investment. Looking at the prices, I am glad that I didn't sell my Voit diver watch (or should I say Sold but returned) as it is extremely rare as these are small micro watch produced for special usage.






Voit Diver revisited

I am not an expert in vintage Voit diver watches. Some so called expert has commented that my Voit Diver watch "bezel" is not original as it has a DOT at 12 o'clock position instead of the usual crown. I didn't want to argue as I am not an expert.


These are the regular bezel (photos from the net)


I was browsing through the internet one day and I found the old advertisement for VOIT diver watches and guess what...The old advertisement has model with the same bezel as mine watch.






Looking through the net, there are also examples:




Non action

Given the rising prices of the watches, I have decided to take a break. The prices of vintage Rolex sports watches are very high and even a...