Just traded my vintage Seiko watches for a Rolex 1600 無字天書 in all original unpolished condition, as part of my streamlining exercise. I am trying to bring down my number of watches and I have started to trade away other brands and focus on the few cores.
The Rolex Datejust series watches are very interesting as it has the smooth bezel (1600), the fluted bezel (1601) and engine turned bezel (1603). In addition, there is also the Wide Boy series, and a hosts of different dials colours plus dials with code of arms for UAE, for Oman etc...
This is an uncommon Diastar 8/1 model with tungsten-carbide
case and a dial made of Lapis Lazuli. It is similar to most Diastars of the
1970s, with a faceted sapphire crystal, day/date display at 6 oclock and an NSA
bracelet. However, the lapis dial sets this model apart from most. With a
printed anchor logo (as opposed to the in-set rotating anchor found on most
Rado automatics) and the white printing and marker elements setting off the
stone dial material. I love the Rado
Diastar with the blue Lapis. Just found another piece that come with the
original box and guarantee card.
I have been collecting vintage watches for over 20 years. After months of collecting, my Rado mineral dials watches are as follows. These Rado mineral dials watches are from the 1960-70s and these were sold more expensive versus Omega and Rolex at that time. As the dial is made from mineral stones such as Lapis, Tiger eyes, black stone, etc, the dials are fragile and therefore difficult to make. As such, the logo are printed logos instead of the usual Rado rotating logo. Believe me, these are harder to find compare to Omega or Rolex watches...
I have finally managed to get the closest hands for the Lost Navigator. There was a huge delay in shipping and I'm glad it has finally arrived. No one knows who made these but the mystery has added more charms to the watch.
One of the most difficult theme to fulfill is the military watch collections as it involves many countries and types. My third attempts in collecting military watches seemed to be able to gain traction.
Vintage 1952 Rolex ref. 6105 Bubbleback
I have always love the Rolex bubbleback, especially the Big bubbleback. Given the escalating prices of vintage Rolex sports, these dress models have become extremely value for money I have slowly build up a small collection of bubbleback over the years. This is a big Rolex bubbleback from the 1952 with the rare Pink gold bezel and crown from Texas USA. The Rolex 6105 differs from the 6104 as the latter has a smooth bezel.
Lately, I have been asking myself what should be my focus. Given the high prices of vintage Rolex sports models, it does not make sense to buy them at such prices any more. As such, I have decided to collect some small micro brands with history as my core collection and the ZRC is my current focus as I love the design and the diving history it has with the French divers.
This is a vintage ZRC series with date in leather strap from one of my regular dealer from France. The overall condition is quite nice with clean dial and a relatively clean bezel as well as many of the bezels tended to have scratches owing to usage. This watch will fit nicely with my small ZRC collection consisting of the ZRC Spartiale, ZRC series 2 and another series 3 without date. Given the rarity of the ZRC, I couldn't resist getting this. Just wondering if I should get a bracelet to upgrade it as a project or leave it as it is?
This shall be my last watch for the year unless I can sell off some watches.