Saturday, August 18, 2012

Investment & saving

I am not familiar with investment in stocks and shares, gold or commodities. As such, besides buying the usual insurance and trust funds, I spent all my saving in watches.
I used to invest in vintage hifi equipments but owing to the need for constant maintenance, huge storage place, time plus my lack of electronics knowledge, I have decided to sell away all my vintage equipments to audiophiles who has knowledge and passions.

With the clearing away of my vintage hifi gears ( and keeping only one simple set for daily use), I have redirected all my funds in the purchase of vintage timepieces, whom i believe Is a right choice as I love watches : )

My major find for 2012 includes the Rolex 8171 Moonphase, Rolex 16550 cream explorer 2, Rolex 1624 and 6609 thunderbirds, Gruen jump hour doctor's watch and the Rolex 1019 Milgauss.

Yesterday, I have managed to find a great condition hooded bubbleback 3065 made for the US market. This is my second hooded bubbleback after 20 years. My first was a pink gold & steel and this is yellow gold and steel version.

I have always loves the Rolex bubblebacks as these are the pioneer series leading to the current Rolex series. During the 90s, these watches were very sought after and expensive. Owing to the demand for bigger sports watches now, these less in demand vintage pieces have become very affordable. My own believe is that the trend for smaller watches will make a comeback some years from now. Collecting the "unpopular" items may be a good investment strategy...what do you think?

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Cream 16650

After weeks of waiting, RSC has finally called to say that the verification of my creamy is complete and they should be able to give me a service quotation by end of August, which is a long time as by the service is complete, the whole process will take around 8 weeks...

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Location:Metropolis Dr,,Hong Kong

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rolex Milgauss 1019 (1963 - 1989)

Recently, I have sold off most of my hifi gears following the house move. In addition, I have also cut love one of my precious Patek 2552 to Ken since I have already have the PP first and second generation 2526 and the 3113.
My original intention is to get a Double red sea dweller. However, the seller has sold the watch. As such, I will have to settle for the next best, the late 1960s milagauss

Milgauss...has a very simple and common look. The Milgauss has a 1580 movement, with the special M movement nos, a social shield cover and a rather big case. Given the trend for bigger watch, the Milgauss at size 38mm is perfect for todays's taste and preference. In addition, the simple zen design is also timeless and elegant..what do you think?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rolex milgauss

Doing some research on the Milgauss...Information from the web...

The origin of Milgauss had an essential association with the electrification of modern industry. As the grogress of modern science and technology, as well as the maturity of electromagnetic technology, the watch’s application was also facing a new challenge. More and more scientists and technicians were exposed to the electromagnetic working condition, in order to successfully complete their precise working content, a reliable watch was needed to compute the time accurately. Unfortunately, in the electromagnetic environment, which was more than 60 to 70 Gauss, the traditional watches they were wearing were easily affected by electromagnetism and walked at random. When the electromagnetic intensity was greater than 1000 Gauss, the movement completely stopped. Rolex decided to accept such technical challenge, researched and developed a watch with high anti-magnetic ability, after several years of researching and striving, Rolex finally invented Milgauss.

Milgauss watch could still work normally when the electromagnetism was up to 1000 Gauss, the name of Mil-Gauss was combined with mille(1000) and Gauss, which indicated it had the anti-magnetic ability of 1000 Gauss. Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Milgauss Ref. 6541, which was very rare and stunning today, was the first watch developed by Rolex and had 1000 Gauss anti-magnetic ability. Most of the existing 6541 Milgauss had a bezel with black scales, which was similar to the early Submariner watch, the unique Lightening Bolt second hand with a small red arrow at the top, 6541 Milgauss was made in 1958, it was equipped with Calibre 1080, which was 25 jeweled. The dial of Milgauss 6541 had distinctive honeycomb decoration, 3-6-9 hour markers were triangular and made of steel, the other hour markers were radium-coated rounded dots. Milgauss used Oyster case and bracelet, its anti-magnetic property depended on the protection from the soft iron in the three-tiered case, the dial was also made of soft iron, the screwed down case back had an extra cross-shaped accessory.

Today, we could even have the chance to see another version of Milgauss 6541, it was more rare and also used Calibre 1080, but the bezel had no black scales, its production year was slightly controversial, some people thought that it was made earlier than the 6541, which had black scales on the bezel, perhaps in the end of the 1950s. Whatever, in 1960, the second generation of Milgauss, Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Ref. 1019, was officially unveiled, it was equipped with Calibre 1580 movement, which was 26 jeweled. Ref. 1019 cancelled the black-scaled bezel of Milgauss Ref. 6541, the hour markers were changed into rectangular metal markers, the second hand also gave up Lightening Bolt and used linear hand, but it still had a red arrow. The case diameter of 1019 Milgauss was 38mm, not only 1019 Milgauss could be anti-magnetic to 1000 Gauss, but it was also water resistant to 50m. Milgauss 1019 was discontinued in 1980, which drew the ending song of whole Milgauss series....until the release of the new Milgauss recently..

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Location:công trường Lam Sơn,,Vietnam

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Rolex 6542

This vintage Rolex 6542 GMT is the first generation GMT as it has no crown guard, it comes with a smaller arrow for the GMT and it comes with a pressure fit gilt dial (without the legs) from the 1950s. The Bakelite bezel has been replaced as it has been broken but considering the age of the watch, I am quite glad to be able to find the replacement parts and keeping the watch working nicely..

This is how a pressure fit dial look like .. It has no"feet"...

Honor Blackman  (Pussy Galore ) wearing a 6542..a lady wearing a men's watch from the 1960s..

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

A poorly managed web forum R33

I have been participating in the Hong Kong Review33 forum for the past years. However, last night, my membership has been terminated as I have remarked to Jacky that : "being a moderator, you should not be biased and should not use vulgar language" in the forum

As a result of my comment to the moderator, my membership has been terminated. What a shame! Talking about freedom of speech and expression? How sad that a forum can be so dictatorial in management..

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Vintage Glashutte diver

This is the vintage Glashutte diver made in Germany. Case: chrome plated; diameter excl. crown approx 38mm; lug to lug approx. 46mm; lug wid...