Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Vintage watches fever~~





















I have been collecting vintage since 1988. I remember very clearly that during that time, majority of the collectors are focusing on collecting the boysize watches, the Rolex bubbleback, Prince, chronograph, reverso, etc. Most collector will only collect pre 1960s watches are these watches are more then 30 years old. At that time, everyone looked down on the sports model as these were not "vintage enough".

However, the trend now tends to be towards the sports models. Perhaps, the sporst watches have finally managed to gracefully age with time.. more then 30 years old. My latest Rolex 5513 is >44years old..vintage enough i guess.

Anyway, looking and wearing these watches always give me the joy!

Read this interesting web with regards to Early Rolex sub from Singapore...:

http://diving-watch.org/ROLEX-SUBMARINER-5510

Nice 5513 gilt dial

My renewed interest in vintage watch was due to my ex-colleague Dominic. He is on the round the world trip right now.

Keep in touch if you happen to visit my blog..Enjoy!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Rolex 5513 gilt dial coming ~~~

I have finally found one nice condition Rolex 5513 with gilt dial.~~~ will be going to Hong Kong Rolex center for the transfer.

Rolex Submariner, reference 5513, bears the case number 17XXXXX dating from 1966, thereby making this one of the very last of the 5513s with the desirable gilt print 200m/660ft text on the gloss dial.

The 5513 were the first to introduce the 'Crown guards' or 'shoulders' and became the archetype for all diver’s watches. It has the original non triplock crown and domed crystal.

My 5513 is a second model with the rounded crown shoulders and the watch has the gloss dial with the printing in gilt and the indices have discoloured to an even yellowish cream tone. As the dial is over 40 years old, it does show some signs of age; there are some small spots under the lacquer and the luminous has spread a little (both problems associated with a humid environment) but it has not been relumed.

The 5513 has suddenly become desirable, after 20 years of sapphire glass models, has a “vintage” look whilst still being an everyday useable watch. Note the appearance of the 5513 on the wrists of models in all the high end advertisements and in their mail order catalogues.

The watch measures 40mm Diam, 48mm lug to lug and is 14mm high; it takes a 20mm strap and a heavy oyster bracelet is fitted to the watch.