Monday, July 31, 2017

Rado Mineral dials

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...

The Lost Navigator W10

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.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Vintage military watches

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.

a. The Czech Pilot wastches (need to find Etena)

b. Pilot Chronos

c. Benrus Type 1, Type 2 AB

d. IWC Mark X, XI

e. The Dirty Dozen (7 more to go)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rolex Big bubbleback 6105

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.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Restoration Project 4: Chronograph

I have always find joy in restoring old vintage watches irregardless of the values of the watches. Often after restoration, the watch shall be able to work for many years to come.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Vintage ZRC series 3

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.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Rolex Oman dial 1603

Rolex has delivered some special dials models to the UAE and for Oman both in the sports and dress models. I have been into the Rolex "Made for the Middle East" markets lately. This is a Rolex 1601 dial made for the Oman market. Asprey London was the official reseller who ordered the special Oman signed dials and watches at Geneva and delivered them to the Sultan of Oman under made to the special order for the Royal Household of the Sultanate of Oman. There are red, white, gold and a green khanjar dial version. The 'Khanjar' dial, displaying the ‘Khanjar’ symbol, part of the national emblem of Oman were made on special request from His Majesty Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, and presented as gifts to his closest dignitaries and servants.


Below are reprinted dials from the web:

Vintage Galo Chronograph


This is a very cheerful watch with space age design which will brighten up your day each time you take a look at it. Housed in its 100% original stainless steel screw back case fully signed and hallmarked : STAINLESS STEEL SWISS MADE WATER PROOF ANTIMAGNETIC INCABLOC 4000. The Large case measures 35 excluding crown, 39mm including and 44mm lug to lug made it an easy wear watch. 



2  registers with 45 minutes counter at 3:00 and subsidiary seconds  at 9:00.  Colorful tracks with white, yellow, orange and blue sectors with Colorful chrono hands with date at 6 o'clock.

Spy watch

Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy Eli Cohen in Damascus, Syria, in the early 1960s, wearing the watch that ...