Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sports gathering

Sports gathering day..







Explorer 1 & 2








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Friday, October 26, 2012

Rolex 1016 Gilt dial

The fun part of the hobby of vintage watch collection is that you will never know what you will find when you visit the flea market, meet the collectors or visit the antique shops. Initially, I was looking to add a 1675 into my watch collection.
This evening, in order to streamline my watch collection, I have to trade my Rolex bubbleback + Lemania WW2 military + JLC WW2 Military + cash for a vintage Rolex 1016 Gilt dial. What is the most important is that the watch was produced the year of my birth..haha, life is good!
This is my third gilt dial Rolex with the first being the Gilt dial 6202 turn-o-graph, and second, the sub Rolex 5513 gilt. Given the temptation of the gilt dial, the 1675 will have to wait..




Just some additional facts of the Explorer from the net.
According to information published in the book, "Rolex Wristwatches -- The Best of Time," by James Dowling and Jeffrey Hess, there are a flew variations in the Explorer.
The ref. #6610 Explorer was introduced in 1959 to replace the previous Explorer model, the ref. #6150, and it was subsequently replaced in 1963 by the ref. #1016 Explorer. All of these models are very similar in appearance, but use different movements.
The ref. #6150 models use a calibre A.296 movement (one of the last "bubbleback" derivatives), while ref. #6610 models use a calibre 1030 movement, and ref. #1016 models use calibres 1560 and 1570 movements.
According to Rolex, calibre A.296 movements were produced from 1950 through 1955, calibre 1030 movements were produced from 1950 through 1957, and calibres 1560 and 1570 movements were produced from 1965 through 1967 and 1979 respectively. The calibres 1560 and 1570 are essentially identical, except for the number of vibrations per hour of their balances; the 1560 calibres are 18,000 beat, while 1570 calibres are 19,800 beat.








I believe the Rolex Gilt dial 1016 Explorer 1 should be from the early 1960- to perhaps 1966-68. Given the relatively "smaller" size, it is also one of the more affordable sports series after the Thunderbird. For those of you who may want to invest in vintage watches, the 1016 is a good consideration as the Sea dweller, sub, Gmt, Daytona's prices are already on the high sides, leaving more room for these under values watches to appreciate in prices. In addition, the sizes of these watches are 36mm making them nice to wear watch, and you can even wear them as a "dress" watch for work and meeting.







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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vintage 1930s~40s~50s




I have started my vintage watch collection since 1988. I can still remember the hunt for these vintage watches and the joy it has given me.

This afternoon, I have managed to find a nice Emboosed Rolex crown oyster date from 1954. Even thought these "smaller" size watches have lost some of its glory as many tend to go for the big sports models, my passions for these vintage continues as it is extremely difficult to find these in original dials.

These lovely watches are from the 1930s,40s, and 1954..enjoy!

















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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Old & new Milgauss

The old Milgauss meets the new. The old Milgauss looks much smaller now when comparing with the new but both has the everlasting look..






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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Old meets new

Since there is not much to do this Saturday night, I have taken some photos of my watches..











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Thursday, October 18, 2012

1968 Rolex price list

During 1968, the prices of Rolex 1016 is $205 while a 5513 was $175, 1675 was $245,



Interesting, a Rolex Milgauss in 1968 was retailing at $245, while a ref 1625 Thunderbird was more expensive at $370. I think many would not believe that the prices of the 1019 Milgauss will be so much more expensive then 1625 Thunderbird.










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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tudor sub

I do not normally buy new watches. This latest Tudor submariner was an exception.
This watch has its "vintage" feel of the early submariner without its crown guard. There are not much stocks available in Hong Kong and I will have to use my source to get it from the US..













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Monday, October 15, 2012

Rolex turn O Graph

Early 6202 with 1625




6609 with 1625



1625 , 6202, 6609





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Sunday, October 07, 2012

Military watches

I have attempted to collect vintage military watches with limited success. With only 5 military watches: Laco pilot 55mm watch, Hamilton military, Lemania WW2, and Jeger Lecoultre WW2, pula a Longines WW2 (not in picture), I can hardly consider myself a collector of vintage military watches. Nevertheless, whenever I come across any vintage military at very good prices, I tend to buy them..hopefully, I could form a nice collection too..but no pressure...no hurry...enjoy















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Vintage Milus alarm

I was walking around the old streets in Samsuipo this afternoon and come across a nice condition Milus alarm watch with its original strap from the 1960s. There are not many brands of watch producing alarm with the famous one from Jlc..











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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

2012 harvest

2012 has been a busy year. With the need to move apartment, I have decided to give up my hifi collection and as a result I have subsequently sold off my WE124 amplifiers, Tannoy Mini speakers, Philips Fullrange drivers, WE 350 quad set of tubes, Tad 300 speakers etc..
In the end, I am back to my original hobby, vintage watch collection. Owing to the small size and easy storage, this hobby has drastically reduced much stress as I no longer need to worry about the maintenance of these vintage hifi. With my constant travel, I have very little time to maintain these vintage hifi gears.
In the end, these vintage watches have given me much joy plus the fact thT it can be used daily..




















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