Sunday, April 24, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
This is a vintage watch made by Zila watch for sales in Marshall Field & Co departmental store in Chicago. Later the company was bought over by Macy. This is what the collectors called the baby Pam...
Most diver watch has plain steel coloured movement. I was pleasantly suprised to see a bi-colour steel and bronze coloured movement. The bronze movement reminded me of the vintage Omega movements.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
As a history student, I am always fascinated with vinatge watch with history. I am very lucky to be able to know a great collector of items from DPRK, Democratic People Republic of Korea, I.e. North Korea.
Vintage Automatic Men's Wristwatch OMEGA Geneve KIM IL SUNG Signature
Movement type : 23 Jewels Swiss High Grade 1022 made by OMEGA
From the collector, I have managed to find a real and official Kim Il Sung Omega watch from DPRK. My search for this watch has been on going for a while and finally, my wishes come true. The watch had been proofed real Omega item from Omega Service Centre (Hong Kong). This OMEGA wristwatch is a Swiss Made timepiece from the 70s! it was given to government officials and diplomats of North Korea. As per the news below, for Kim IL Sung's 60th birthday in 1972, he has presented watches to his key VIPs and officials.
CASE diameter : 35mm without the crown ;
18mm from lug to lug Original glass and crown with Omega logoDate&Day function in Korean
The watch is engraved in Korean with Kim Il-Sung's signature - The first North Korean dictator of the Kim Dynasty These limited edition watches was ordered to Omega from Pyoung-Yang specially for 60's birthday anniversary of Kim Il-Sung in 1972. Its the one of the few that exists, custom ordered for special occasions like head of state visits and presented to high ranking foreign officials(Head of state and delegacy,senior diplomatic representative and similar). Kim Il Sung was the first leader in the Kim dinasty of North Korea and ruled from its establishment 1948 till his death in 1994. He was declared as "eternal President" also know as the "Great Leader" or controversely as a communist dictator.
The is another watch whose origin is from Yugoslavia at that time, as North Korea and Yugoslavia had close diplomatic relations nurtured by the two leaders Josip Broz Tito and Kim Il-Sung. This watch is perhaps one of the most controversial watch for Omega.
Sunday, April 03, 2016
I have stopped adding new new sports models given the rising prices and the growing number of questionable fake and reconditioned dials. There are many collectors who are so sonecrn with mark 1 to 6 or 7 dials variations. Honestly, for those who understand how the spSwiss watch industries worked, one would understand that dial products were often outsourced during the early days and even now. As such, variations of dials exist. Moreover, during the early days, even brand like Rolex allow variations from different dials suppliers . What's the big deal? Moreover, the obsessions for jaded and aged dials and bezels are also another rediculous trends. One should aim for watches in prestines conditions rather then aged or jaded in any collections.. Guess these are trend started by dealers who helped them clear away their unsold stocks...
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Pocket watches are not my speciality. However, once in a while, I do find some nice one. I found one from Turkey many years back during holiday and another Duplex made for Qing Dynasty pocket watch. Just managed to find a small babinet for pocket watches for storage.