Sunday, March 19, 2017
As a fellow watch collector, it is never easy to let go watches. In order to keep my number of watches down, I have started to do some weight loss programme with Project RT. The main objective is to reduce the number of watches ...
The progress so far includes:
1. Letting go Grand Seiko 5722-9990 for a Rolex Eaton Bubbleback
2. Letting go King Seiko 5702 & lady Duward diver watch for a Rado Blue lapis
3. Letting go Duward diver for a Rolex 6298 Pre Explorer
4. Letting go ZRC for a Rolex 5501 Explorer white dial
5. To Let go Seiko 43999 for Tudor 7928
Saturday, March 18, 2017
I love the Rolex Explorer model. Over the last weekend, I was lucky to have found a Rolex reference 6298. This model is known by collectors (along with its slightly older sibling the 6098) as the Everest Explorer or Pre-Explorer. These watches were the prototype watches used by explorers in the early 1950s that led to the development of the Explorer line.
This model is also known as Big Semi ‘Bubblebacks’ or ‘Ovettones’. These large case watches (36mm) have a real presence on the wrist and are truly versatile and appealing. The normal bubbleback model size is 33 mm and other semil bubbleback 6084/5 is size 34 mm.
In 1952, the Rolex semi Bubbleback came in models 6098 and 6150 and became the prototypes of the Explorer. The watches had white dials and leaf-shaped hands. In 1953, they became the 6298 and 6350, displaying the famous 3-6-9 Arabic dial which is typical of Explorers. Later, the Mercedes hands were also added. After the Everest expedition of 1953, the name Explorer was inscribed on the dials of the 6350. The watch was made to be especially strong and able to withstand extreme temperatures, as a dangerous mountain climbing adventure would require.
According to Collecting Rolex Wristwatches by Patrizzi, this model 6298 had a production run of less than 1,000 and one wonders how many is still around after so many years? As mentioned, this model was taken on the Everest Expedition in 1953, that was highly promoted by Rolex in magazine ads to show how rugged this watch was
In 1959, Rolex replaced the Explorer 6150 with the 6610, which had a more flattened back than the previous model and has the current 3,6,9, black dial look. Then in 1963, this model was in turn replaced by the 1016. The 1016 was more water resistant than the 6610 and also had a new movement, the Cal. 1560. The 1016 stayed in production for 26 years, in which time it evolved quite a bit from having gilt dial to matt dial and eventually became the 14270, the Explorer in 1971. The history of Rolex Explorer II ref 1655, 16550, like that of the Explorer, are laden with stories of adventure seekers using the Explorer II during their journeys. The Rolex Explorer always bring joy to me...
Friday, March 17, 2017
I love Explorer. I am very happy to be able to find this 5501 Explorer in white dial from the late 1950s using cal 1530. It shall match nicely with the black dial 5501 Explorer. I was looking for the Rolex 5701 Explorer with date initially but the price was not right. I believe the demand of such transitional Explorer models will go up in the near future as collectors are getting interested in the evolution of the Explorer models, the Pre-Explorer watches as well as the dressed watch Explorer.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
After waiting for several weeks, my favorite Lapis blue dial has finally arrived from Germany. This mineral dials watches from the 1970s were quite rare and hard to find. It has taken me sevral weeks to find one form a German collector who happened to have one spare.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
I must admit I am not an expert in vintage Tudor watches. Previously, I just collected vintage Tudor watches as a result of getting a bulk purchase along with the other Rolex watches that I want from the dealers. Sometimes, one needs to take a "package deal" in order to close the deal. I think I only have three Tudor watches so far namely: One Tudor with the Middle East map, one Submariner in NOS condition and one Tudor Ranger 90220.
I have just found an original Tudor Ranger dial from the net to upgrade my correct Tudor Ranger that has a reconditioned dial. It took me 5 years to find one.... of course I wasn't actively looking for it as Tudor has also been perceived like a second class citizen in the past..and that perception is now changed completely! My efforts in the past months has been to look for correct and unique dials for watches... from 1601 to 1803 and now to this Tudor Ranger...