I must be a magnet in my previous life as I have managed to attract and collect many spares watches of the similar kind..time to streamline and lose some weight...
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Just found this lovely and rare seiko 6159-7010 diver using Grand Seiko movement and with a depth of 600m. Initially, a fellow friend has wanted one and has asked me to find one for him. After finding the watch, he says he doesn't want it at the moment. So, it will have to join the rest of the gang now. Will service it ASAP.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
For the vintage watch collector, the Rolex hooded bubbleback is something special and extra ordinary. I was told that it was made for the American market. As the quantities of the hooded bubbleback are quite small (less then 1000 produced) during the late 1980-90s, there were many modified hooded bubbleback. One will have to observe the curve.
In addition, owing to the hooded nature of the watch, there is a tendency for the watch to have corrosion and spotted in case back etc..plus the challenge of refurbished dials...
I have managed to come across a nice hooded in original dial and very nice case condition as well as with a rare spring Rolex bracelet. Even though these "little" watches are not as popular as the bigger sports watches bubbleback has always managed to occupy a special position in my heart as it has a unique bubble case back and a simple yet timeless look. It seems that I have been brought back to the late 1980-90s where every bubbleback find adds much joy to my heart..
The prices of the Rolex Sports watches have increased so much that collecting these less expensive watches become quite a joy. Bearing in mind that these are 1930-40s watches, to find them in prestime condition is always a challenge, especially with the influx of reconditioned dials.
One thing I could not understand for the Rolex sports watches is the desire for aged look by some collectors. For the older collectors, our challenge is to look for vintage watches in prestime conditions. The so called Spyder dial for us is actually considered "cracked" and damaged dial. The so called "ghost" insert is actually badly faded insert, which is not considered desirable. Once these fever for damaged items are over, true collector will perhaps realize that the goal is to look for watches in pristine conditions rather then to let it deteriorate ...?
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
0mega was a successful watch company in the early 1950-60s and they have produced many nice watches. In order to stay focus, I have decided to focus on Omegas with special dials (such as the Omega Olympic series), Omega constallation Cal 504, gold constellation, pie pan dials... As a result, I have sold off the non pie pan Omega constellation to a fellow collector this afternoon in order to ensure that my collections stays tight.
The only non Constellation is the Omega 300 Seamaster diver (a must have cult diver's watch)'and the Seamaster with the Chronometer certification bottom photo, left) the Omega Seamaster chronometer was a nice watch as its markers are made of Onyx. Even as a Seamaster range, it is unusual to have the chronometer status..