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The 12 Apostles February 26, 2010

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The story begins with this watchshop owner who went to Switzerland in the mid 1990s, made an order of 10 pieces of “Apostle” watches, uniquely made in accordance with buyer’s wish. You are seeing one of them on this blog. This shop owner was asked by members of an Indonesian church to place such a special order – with the 12 apostles names forming the hour markers on watch dial where also a christian cross was placed. The church’s intention then was to give those watches to pastors. 

During the trip to Switzerland, in fact the watchshop owner ordered an extra piece, this 11th piece was meant as a special gift for his good friend (happened to be a pastor in the USA). The pastor friend promised to visit him in Singapore soon and to collect the watch.  However, his friend never kept the promise…

The eventual outcome – What you get to see here, it is the no.11th piece of the unique Apostle Watch!  The shop owner finally put the watch up for slaes after 4 years of waiting for his pastor friend to visit him but to no avail. Therefore such a wonderful piece ended up in my collection and readers now get to appreciate its beauty … and this watch comes with a mechanical movement.

This is a rare collection... Swiss Made.

"Later Jesus appeared again to the disciples..." John 21:1

Just Give Me Another Hour… February 23, 2010

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The combination of simplicity with a touch of inspiring attempt, the result is this model of Heart Series from 25HOURS in year 2002.  A limited production model with Mechanical movement displayed through clear case back.  This particular piece was numbered 001/2002 (first item from the limited production line), which makes it extraordinary

Now a hot item being sought after

Rare #001 of the production

S/No. 001

 

Hand-winding

TISSOT 1978 February 22, 2010

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If you are fans of the high-tech TISSOT watches of the new millennium, then this piece that is from the old era may stretch your imagination.

Sporty TISSOT watch, circa 1978

Follow-up On Zeno Diver February 19, 2010

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The following pictures are from the formal Zeno website and other blogs.  If readers were to look carefully, the Zeno Deep Sea Diver’s normal on-sales version is with the winding crown on its Right-hand (3 o’clock) side.  And, the second counter is on the 9 o’clcok instead.  Refer to the last post “Deep Sea Explorer” for closer comparison.

ILW’s collection (last posted) is a very rare special edition only presented at the Basel Fair when the model was first introduced at the international watch exhibition.

Note that the crown is on the right-hand sideThe Normal on-sales version

Great army diver watch... note that the crown is at 3 o'clock

Deep Sea Explorer February 15, 2010

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Zeno is famous in making pilot watches.  This special edition piece appeared in the Basel Fair in Switzerland a couple of years ago.  A submarine hatch design “heavy” screw-in crown is located on the left hand side of the watch casing.  It also comes with a longer version of rubberized diving strap for securing the watch on diving suit.

Classic Gold Bar February 10, 2010

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ZITURA produced some very classic fine gold wrist watches in the 90s.  This is one of the rare pieces; it comes with Swiss Bank Corporation 2-g gold bar s/no. 01872

JUST FINE GOLD… February 6, 2010

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Found this very special piece in Tokyo back in 2002.  The watch is in superb condition and tops it up with impressive 999.9 fine gold dial.  This is a rare example of combining simplicity and premium gold quality in one.

Collection by ILW