Thursday, October 12, 2017
I love the vintage ZRC watches and I have just found a rare LeJour branded ZRC 300 divers watch for the American market. ZRC has a strong following for french and diving watch fans. What makes this reference so desirable is the beautiful sunburst dial, this one being in excellent condition with perfectly matching patina on the dial and hands. Combine that will an all red day/date wheel and a faded two tone bezel and this makes for one uncommon, stunning vintage tool watch. I have always love restoring watches and I am now waiting for the watch to arrive and install a NOS bezel for it to bring it back to its previous glory.
I have already owned a ZRC spartaile but there are several differences:
- The Day is in English while the other one is in French.
- This one is named LeJour while the other is ZRC Spartiale
- One is with 17 jewels and another 25 jewels
- One more unique feature is that there is a spelling mistakes for this as it is spelled Self "Wimding", instead of Winding.
In addition, look at the advant garde design for its watch case, which makes it a timeless beauty. The constructions adhere to the principle of Forms follows Function and these are tools watches made for diving and very few of these watches were made and it took me years to find another piece.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
This is a late 1800s Nanking Clocck
Source : https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8D%97%E4%BA%AC%E9%92%9F
Monday, October 09, 2017
There are many collectors who are speculating and buying various sports models, where the quantities are actually quite huge. Under the radar is a very rare Driva Swiss Quarter Repeater watch. Made in the 1930s. Gold filled and Stainless Steel "Staybrite" gentleman's wristwatch. 15 jewels. Straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensa-tionbalance, blued steel flat balance-spring, repeating on gong by activating slide on the band. Full size of ~23mm wide by 48mm in height.
Truly once-in-a-lifetime chance to find a repeater with in-house movement. There were only 1500 examples made in the 1930s before production stopped. What made this quarter repeater unique is that its movement is a square movement versus a standard round shape movement.
1930-40年代製造 DRIVA レクタンギュラー 大変希少なクォーターリピーター モデルです。右サイドのレバーをスライドさせる事により鐘で時を告げる、この時代の腕時計としては大変希少な品で、厚みのあるステイブライトケースや、ブルースチール針を備えるブレゲナンバーのホワイトダイヤルなど、腕時計としてのサイズ感やデザイン性にも優れた逸品です。
Saturday, October 07, 2017
1930s pre-WWII to early WWII era German Luftwaffe pattern Fliegeruhr or pilot's watch. This is the large 41mm case (excluding the crown) with the double clamshell back and 15 jewel signed Helvetia movement.
Information from the internet
When Louis Brandt and his brother founded Louis Brandt and Fils in 1880, their firm would go on to produce watches under, among other names, "Omega" and "Helvetia." They founded a second watch firm, "La Generale" in Bienne and in 1895 transferred quite a few of their "Brandt & Fils" marks to the new company - Helvetia being chief among them. As late as 1900, Omega advertisements also heralded the quality of their "Helvetia" watches.
"La Generale" - or "General Watch Company," produced timepieces for more recognizable brand names than any other major watch firm. Makers for such names as Eterna, Mido, Longines, Oris and Helvetia, they became known for their attention to detail and ability to manufacture good timepieces in reliable quantities - just the qualities needed by a burgeoning military. It was because of this standard that the German military approached General Watch Company to make wrist and pocket watches for the "Deutsches Heer" - the German Army.
During the mid to late '30s, Helvetia produced aviator's wristwatches that were retailed in Germany, featuring high-grade 15 jewel "shock protected" mechanisms. Such models were designed to be worn over the sleeve of a flying suit and were fitted with a thick leather strap. These timepieces also were used by administration because, like the Army, the Luftwaffe had timepieces that were distributed to ground based personnel.
Apparently, examples of this model were used in 1937 in the Reich Luftwaffe's flying school in Oldenburg, similar to the Zeniths used in the flight school in Brandenburg-Briest during the same period. Today, such models are quite sought after by both horological collectors and military historians.
Wednesday, October 04, 2017
I love diver watches and I have been looking for a Droz Super compressor for a while. A super compressor is a design that was patented by case manufacturer Ervin Piquerez S.A. (EPSA). The name refers to this case’s feature where, because of the spring-loaded caseback, the case actually becomes sealed tighter as water pressure increases. According to the information from the net, since EPSA only made the cases, there were many different manufacturers that used these cases for their dive watches and the most notable brands that used the dual crown design include: Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, IWC, Droz, Girard-Perregaux, Hamilton, Bulova, Enicar, Universal Geneve, Wittnauer, Benrus, Hamilton, Lip, Blancpain, Bucherer, Tissot and Benrus etc. I am not an expert in super compressor but has decided to keep one for a start.
Just found one in Hong Kong at a good price. This is a classic 36mm case with dual crowns and a unique internal rotating dive bezel. The purpose behind this internal bezel was to avoid accidental rotation, a problem that divers had occasionally with the external rotating bezel.
Happy Mid Autumn mooncake festival!
When I was in Thailand, I was looking at an ebay auction selling the Droz in December 2016 but I have missed the auction. Someone must have won it and decided to let it out in the HKG market and some how it landed in my hands! Great joy!
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Monday, October 02, 2017
Despite the trend for big sports watches, I have always love the Rolex bubbleback Recently, I have been in luck for Pink as following the Datejust pink gold bezel watch with Pink Buckley dial, I have just found one Rolex Bubbleback with the pink dial and mercedes hands from Texas.