Friday, March 29, 2013

Rolex GMT








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Rolex octagonal

There are two Verizon's of the Rolex octagonal, the oyster and non oyster.

Below is the example of non oyster version.


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Price of a steel early Rolex Octagonal oyster

For those who is keen to know the price of the early Rolex octagonal oyster...


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter




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Maurice lacroix

Interesting watches from Maurice Lacroix


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Return of the Prince

Afer much waiting, my new Prince has arrived from overseas. Once received, I immediately sent the watch for a complete overhaul and today, the watch has finally returned. As mentioned previously, The vintage Prince series watches are always one of the few hidden diamonds as these watches are under value at the moment.

There are many reaos why one should collect the Prince. Firstly, it is one of the few iconic watches of Rolex, i.e. the Doctor's watch. ( 手錶面盤上除了時分面盤外,另外還有一獨立分離秒針面盤 (換句話說,其錶面為Dual Dial 設計) ,可以方便醫護人員測量脈搏的手錶。)

Secondly, the Prince is one of the successful rectgular movement of Rolex and is time with 6 positions. The Prince is a very elegrant dress waych that will not fade with time..When I wear it on my wrist, it fits perfectly with my writs that I dont feel that I am wearing a watch, which is a nice advantage for those who does not like o wear a watch..

Looking at my down sizing of my vintage hiifi gears in order to generate funds for these watches, I have no regret as my true love has always been collecting vintage watches. Vintage hifi gears are nice but require much time and efforts in maintaining which I currently do not have the luxcury to do so.

Love watches...










"The room is quiet except for the tic-tic of the doctor's watch.
My nail is bleeding. I put my finger to my mouth and taste salt blood on my tongue."
From “Confessions From Suburbia” by Jennifer Bredl


參考資料 References:
1. The Gruen Watch Company by Paul Schliesser
2. Rolex's Charming Prince by Michael Friedberg of Timezone








Saturday, March 23, 2013

Early Rolex

These are early Rolex from the 1920s to 70s...





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Rolex octagonal oyster steel

This afternoon, I have traded my vintage 1960 Rolex auto using the butterfly movement for a 1920s early Oyster Octagonal in steel. It must sound strange but the steel version is much rarer then the gold one..

I love this early pieces as it has a special look and flavor especially with its full numeral dial and the subsidiary second hand. Recently, I have introduced a "one in one out strategy" to ensure that my collection stay tight and follow the thematic scheme that I have set.

This Watch will fit nicely with my early Rolex Prince and the octagonal collection....












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Friday, March 22, 2013

Vintage Shanghai watch made for Military commander

These are vintage Shanghai watch made exclusively for Chinese military commader.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Rolex Prince

The 1930s Rolex Prince has always been my favourite together with the bubbleback. The price of the prince during the 1930s were considered ultra high then.
As mentioned, these watches are currently "under value" as many collectors are only chasing after the sports models that are very high in prices. In economic, we have learn to do the opposite to buy low and sell high. Given the relatively low prices for these "not so popular" products, over the years, I have managed to find many of these watches relatively cheap and I believe the prices for these watches will escalate in the near future. From the recent trend, one can see the return to smaller size watches as these are more comfortable to wear. Dress watch will always hold its place in the heart of the real watch connoisseur.
From the net:
The Rolex Prince is a  beautiful watch, but one that was neither water-resistant nor self-winding. Even though it was rectangular, a shape that infrequently has survived and one that has not been used by Rolex for many years.. The Prince has a high-quality movement. It was an elegant watch. Clearly a product of the 1920s, the fine design of the Prince in the 1930s allowed a Depression-era clientele to retain a symbol of luxury. Rolex advertising promoted the Prince as "the watch for men of distinction" .
If the Rolex Prince primarily represented an object of fashion, it did so with aplomb. Introduced in 1928 –shortly after the Oyster advertising campaign following Miss Gleitz's swim, the Prince sported a movement developed a few years before. This movement, by Hermann Aegler, was a shaped (rectangular) one, which had its winding barrel at one end and a large balance at the other end. This theoretically allowed a larger barrel, which in turn allowed a longer mainspring – and therefore longer autonomy (reportedly 58 hours). At the same time, this layout theoretically allowed a larger balance in a small watch, increasing accuracy. The movement, which is depicted at right and is from a similar watch by Gruen, shows the balance at the top and the barrel at the bottom. When used in the Rolex, the movement was regulated in six positions and often was sold as a Chronometer
 




There are many reasons for my purchase. Firstly, it's a stainless steel ( the are many gold replica cases in the market, so be aware). Secondly, it comes with the original dial which is getting harder to find nowadays. Thirdly, it will fit nicely with the rest of the Rolex Prince..



























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Rolex Prince

The 1930s Rolex Prince has always been my favourite together with the bubbleback. The price of the prince during the 1930s were considered ultra high then.
As mentioned, these watches are currently "under value" as many collectors are only chasing after the sports models that are very high in prices. In economic, we have learn to do the opposite to buy low and sell high. Given the relatively low prices for these "not so popular" products, over the years, I have managed to find many of these watches relatively cheap and I believe the prices for these watches will escalate in the near future. From the recent trend, one can see the return to smaller size watches as these are more comfortable to wear. Dress watch will always hold its place in the heart of the real watch connoisseur.
From the net:
The Rolex Prince is a  beautiful watch, but one that was neither water-resistant nor self-winding. Even though it was rectangular, a shape that infrequently has survived and one that has not been used by Rolex for many years.. The Prince has a high-quality movement. It was an elegant watch. Clearly a product of the 1920s, the fine design of the Prince in the 1930s allowed a Depression-era clientele to retain a symbol of luxury. Rolex advertising promoted the Prince as "the watch for men of distinction" .
If the Rolex Prince primarily represented an object of fashion, it did so with aplomb. Introduced in 1928 –shortly after the Oyster advertising campaign following Miss Gleitz's swim, the Prince sported a movement developed a few years before. This movement, by Hermann Aegler, was a shaped (rectangular) one, which had its winding barrel at one end and a large balance at the other end. This theoretically allowed a larger barrel, which in turn allowed a longer mainspring – and therefore longer autonomy (reportedly 58 hours). At the same time, this layout theoretically allowed a larger balance in a small watch, increasing accuracy. The movement, which is depicted at right and is from a similar watch by Gruen, shows the balance at the top and the barrel at the bottom. When used in the Rolex, the movement was regulated in six positions and often was sold as a Chronometer
 




There are many reasons for my purchase. Firstly, it's a stainless steel ( the are many gold replica cases in the market, so be aware). Secondly, it comes with the original dial which is getting harder to find nowadays. Thirdly, it will fit nicely with the rest of the Rolex Prince..



























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Friday, March 08, 2013

Vintage Rolex & Patek Philippe

Vintage watches of the military era. The trend for sports and big watches have dominated the vintage watches scene for a while. My preference is always for slimmer and classical design watches as these watches are more comfortable to wear and for every day use. The vintage sports, nevertheless, sizes are still wearable...



Patek Philippe 3445 using the famous 240 caliber...











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