Thursday, December 28, 2017

Goodbye 2017

2017 is coming to an end as we welcome the arrival of 2018. For 2017, the number of watches In and Out for the year has been quite huge. There were times where I did impulse buying and regretted later. Fortunately, I have managed to streamline my collection and managed to tighten my collection to the following. Overall, 2017 is full of fun and with great find.  
  • Rolex Datejust series, 
  • Military watch series, 
  • Vintage Dive watch series 
  • Rolex and Gruen Doctor's watch series
  • Rolex Bubbleback series
  • Eaton Quarter Century Club series
  • Rado mineral dial series.
Looking at the collection, the ranges are still too large and for 2018, I shall need to be more discipline and tighten it even further.

1. Rolex 1601 Watch found in Bangkok with new old stock dial and hands from Sweden. Love it as its know as the  無字天書 dial plus its a wide boy dial.

2. Rolex 6605 Watch found in Bangkok. Love it as its the predecessor of the Rolex 1601 Datejust and it comes with the white gold bezel instead of yellow.

3. Rado mineral dials found from Bangkok, Mexico, Japan, UK and Germany

4 Rolex 1803 Found this in Bangkok and serviced by RSC. 

5. Very rare Rolex Eaton Watch from Canada in Bubbleback format (My Star find!)

6. Tudor 7928/0 Watch from Hawaii, Honolulu with dial turning chocolate brown.

7. Rolex 5501 Dress Explorer without date. Watch from Taiwan

8.. Rolex 6298 Pre Explorer Watch from Thailand collector

9. Rolex 5701 Dress Explorer with Date in black dial Watch from Quebec Canada

10. Rolex 6104 Big bubbleback: Found in Thailand (from a European dealer)

11. Rolex 1600 with special dial: Found in Thailand

12. Jardur Chronograph 1950s - One owner watch: Found in Thailand

13. Rolex 1601: Watch from HCMC

14. Z.R.C. étanche grands fonds series 2 Watch from France and Belgium (Another star finds owing to rarity!)

15. Vintage W10 Military watches. Watch from US and UK

16. Rolex 6426 made for the Middle East Saudi Airfoce (Al Quwat to Jawiya) Watch from Japan

17. Rolex Oman ref 1603 (From Japan) Traded Angelus Dato

18. ZRC Series 3 from France

19.Rolex Big Bubbleback ref 6105 Watch from Texas

20.. Rado Blue Lapis (Watch from US)

21. Rolex 1600 (Watch from Hong Kong) Traded with Seiko Bullhead.

22. Rolex 5513 Meter First (Watch from Hong Kong watch fair)

23. Rolex 1601 Buckley dial with pink gold bezel (Watch from Hong Kong) Traded with Rolex silver trench watch

24. Rolex Bubbleback from Texas

25. Driva 1930s Quarter repeater from Shanghai

26. Nanking Clock from Shanghai (after more then 10 years of searching!)

27. Le Jour ZRC diver from USA with NOS bezel from Switzerland

28. Rolex Eaton Prince Quarter Century club (from Hong Kong collector). Important find! Traded Rolex Precision, Rolex Oyster, Rolex Royal

29. Voit diver (from Hong Kong). A rareone!

30. Rolex 1601 wide boy (from Hong Kong) Traded Election mystery dial, military watch

31.Rolex 5506 gilt dial (from Hong Kong) Traded with Seagull Tourbillon watch, Doctor watch, Helvetia pilot watch

32. Tritin Spirotechnique (from Miami, US) Another star find!

On my 2018 wishlists, I am hoping to find...
  1. Blanpain Fifty fathoms dive watch to join with the ZRC, Triton Spirotechnique
  2. Rolex Prince Jump hour to join the Doctor's watch
  3. Rolex 1603 Bamboo to complete the Datejust series
  4. Lemania Nuclear submarine chronograph  to fit the Military watch series.
  5. Rolex 1601 Lapis 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jacque Cousteau & crew Watches early 1960s

Jacque Cousteau Watch early 1960s

Recently, I have been focusing on the vintage diving watches and my collections of vintage dive watches in connection with the famous Jacque Cousteau and crew are:

1. Triton - Spirotechnique

2. ZRC 

Monday, December 18, 2017

December 2017 Q4 Review

The 2017 last quarter`s discovery.

1. Driva 1930s Quarter repeater from Shanghai
I have been eyeing on this Quater repater for several years and finally decided to get it as modern repeater watches are too expensive.

2. Nanking Clock from Shanghai
There are many replica when comes to the Nanking clock and to get a genuine one needs time and some luck. Managed to get from someone's father collection.

3. Le Jour ZRC diver from USA with NOS bezel from Switzerland
Who can resist a ZRC cult watch? Have managed to restore the ZRC with NOS bezel and fixed the bracelet.

4. Rolex Eaton Prince Quarter Century club (from Hong Kong collector)
After many years of hunting, finally managed to find one in HKG. Needed to trade Rolex Precision, Rolex Oyster, Rolex Royal for it.

5. Voit diver (from Hong Kong)
An accidental find but I glad to find one with the rare VOIT dial.

6. Rolex 1601 wide boy (from Hong Kong)
I have one yellow gold and steel wide boy and this white gold and steel will fit nicely to the Datejust theme. Traded Election mystery dial, military watch

7. Rolex 5506 gilt dial (from Hong Kong)
This Air King is special as it is with the rare gilt dial that has changed to brown colour. Traded with Seagull Tourbillon watch, Doctor watch, Helvetia pilot watch for it.

8. Tritin Spirotechnique (from Miami, US)
I have been looking for one for quite a while and was really pleased to find one!

As usual, I have traded away the following watches in order to keep the number of watches down. Its never easy but I will need to follow my One In One Out rules in order to keep the quantities of watches manageable.

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...