Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vintage watch collecting

Looking back, I have streamlined much of my watches to make space for a tighter collection. These are the watches that I have let go...

1. Movado 
2. Enicar Guide GMT 
3. Chauuny chronograph
4. Sandoval mystery
5. Seiko 6309
6. Omega 120
7. Omega 300 - reserved
8. Omega day date
9. CWC chronograph
10. CWC military
11. Orient SK diver
12. Benrus VN war single case
13. Omega seamaster stainless steel
14. Seiko 62 Mas
15. Fortis Moonphase
16. Sicura divers
17. Norexa
18. Cyma steel rectangular
19. Cyma sub
20. Hedomas 8 days
21. West end porcelain
22. IWC
23. Rolex 6694 gold top
24. Rolex Pioneer

Monday, January 18, 2016

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Record triple date moonphase

Even though the Movado triple calendars watch is attractive, this 1940's Vintage Record Triple Date Moonphase is the watch that attracted much of my desire. I have finally traded it for a DATOFIX Calendar 18k Rose Gold watch (one key reason ) with Original but aged Dial with Applied Rose Gold 2, 4, 6, 8,10 and 12 Arabic Markers and Alternating Dot Markers. Triple Signed. Swiss. 

The Record Watch Company of Switzerland was not able to sell watches under the same name in North America due to patent restrictions, so sold under several aliases such as Rivera, Banner and Kingston in the first half of the 20th century. 

What is unique about the Record  moonphase is the position of the moonphase at 12 o'clock position instead of the usual 6. Moreover, the size of the watch was considered large during that time and is a nice size to wear now too!

This shall be my first traded vintage watch for 2016 as only when one watch is out before another new one gets in. Need to keep the number in check 

After much searching, I was fortunate to be able to find an near new old stock spare dial that will fit the Record moonphase watch. Waiting for it to arrive ... Life is good! 
Note: Please remember, when setting triple date moonphase watches such as this one, never use the button pushers between 10:00pm to 3:00am as it is possible to damage the inner workings. At that time the components that change the calendar functions are engaged and the pushers will not work properly. If they are pressured, this could damage the parts inside.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Movado calendomatic

In my efforts to reduce the now of watches, I have traded some Swiss watches for this Movado. Movado watch was created in La Chaux de Fonds in 1881, and became Movado in 1906.

The word Movado is Esperanto for "always moving". The watch dates from the early 1950s. This was a beloved mid-level complication during that period, as the additions to the basis calibre are relatively modest to achieve the weekday, month and date complications, yet earned significantly more money for the maker and the retailer. These kinds of watches were aimed at the mid-level consumer, someone who was willing to pay extra for a modest complication as long as it served a purpose, and having a watch that told you the day of the week and the month, as well as the day of the month remains important today, as virtually any electronic watch does that as a matter of course.

Movado is jointly responsible with Zenith for creating the "El Primero" caliber ca 1969. El Primero is the Zenith name, the Movado was called "Datachron", soon shortened to "Datron".
All calibers were made in-house 'til the late 60s when they merged with Zenith.

I used to own such complications watch with Election watch but has sold them many years ago.... Somehow, I am trying to collect back watches that I misses...

Vintage watches collection fever

With the Internet and Facebook sites dedicated to vintage watch collection, there are a growing trend towards watch collection. One consequence is the increase in prices of all kind of vintage watches. Many "non collectable" watches suddenly all became collectable with ever increasing prices.

Moreover, with the influx of collectors, many damaged Rolex dials were given fanciful names such as ghost dials, spyder dials etc to increase the desirability and the values with the constant bombardment in the social media like  in the face book. The real question is whether can these watches hold its values in the long term? 

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Enicar Guide GMT

Enicar Guide GMT

Vintage Enicar makes some fantastic looking pieces. This Sherpa Guide is their GMT model featuring the in-house developed Enicar 166 movement. The outer bezel shows worldwide cities and the red index can be rotated 360° to keep track of any of the cities featured. Tracking a second timezone, the inner bezel is rotated with the crown at 2. 六七年代口號,戴錶請戴英納格,又準又夠格。

Goodbye 2015

Goodbye 2015

Today is the last day of 2015. As a fellow watch collector, I thought it will be good to do a review on how my watch collection progress.

My top 10 buy/ trade in 2015

1. Rolex bubbleback. This is a nice BB with original dial.

2. Rolex Pink gold 1601 and 6424
3. Another Rolex bubbleback

4. Orient limited edition.
5. Orient limited King's birthday
6. WW2 German military
7. Rolex non crown guard
8. Zlaolust 
9. Rolex Tru Beat

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...