Saturday, November 29, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
The world is crazy in my opinion when people are out there looking for faded inserts for the Rolex GMT or Submariners. In the past, our aim as collector is to find vintage watches in pristine conditions. However, the trend now is to find used, or damaged dials and inserts. Some collector has resorted to sandpaper or using of chemical to bleach their bezel insert in order to give it as used look, which to me is totally crazy.
The real challenge is to find a vintage watch that look like brand new rather then to purposely aged the watch, dial or insert... Right?
Sunday, November 16, 2014
During the past few months, I have branched out to the IWC collection and Military watches but I have since let go the IWC and focus on the vintage military and Rolexes. The only exception was the large Gubelin automatic Moonphase which is quite a rare find.
I am hoping to find a Rolex green sub 50th anniversary...
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
I know there are many collectors who love to have the aged look for their vintage watches. For me, my preference is to have vintage watches in pristine condition. As such, I have chosen to replace the pinkish bezel with a brand new Pepsi bezel which make the whole watch looks in pristine conditions!
Monday, November 03, 2014
Just received the Rolex 16800 back from SAB Bangkok service with a brand new bezel as the previous one was without the luminous pearl.
Initially I was thinking of finding a replacement from eBay or watch forum but in the end, getting from Rolex center is much cheaper then elsewhere. Even though the watch is a relatively newer one, as it has been discontinued, it joins the rank of vintage.
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014
After my secondment to Bangkok plus the hassle of packing and moving, I have promised myself not to buy another more watch unless I am able to sell one before I can one in in order to keep the number of watches under control. This afternoon, I was fortunate to be able to trade my IWC automatic date for this original dial with Arabic numerals , reflective minute track, red 24 hour military track, and blued steel hands, Oyster Pioneer.
In Canada, the model names include Centregraph, Raleigh, Victory, Lipton, Pioneer and many were marketed to WWII soldiers in Canada and other Commonwealth countries. The cases tended to be either steel or gold filled. This 1940s watch is made by ROLEX for the Canadian market only and these watches were sold at PX military stores in WW2 to soldiers going overseas. The smaller case size made them less like to be damaged during battle. It uses the caliber 59 ROLEX.