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Mercedes “Racing Alarm” April 30, 2010

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One of the early batches of wrist watches (this one with alarm function) made for Mercedes Benz racing heritage.   This watch is of hand-winding mechanical movement.

Car instrumental dial design with racing leather strap

 

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Black Cosmotimer, 1992 Collection April 26, 2010

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This piece was nick named “Black Cosmotimer” by some collectors, it was manufactured by Swatch Watch Co. in 1992 with automatic movement.  Pretty hard to come by. 

Beautiful illumination of dial & watch hands through the clear glass

“Blue Angel” April 25, 2010

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What you are seeing is a rare vintage collection piece of Rolex manufactured Tudor (Red Ranger), circa late 1960s.    It is the Prince Oyster Date model by Rolex, with crown and bracelet signed with Rolex logo.

The logo imprinted on the watch dial is not the mordern TUDOR logo but, a stalk of Rose signifying the Rose dynasty of England in its early era.  In the 1950s – 60s, Rolex manufactured watches bearing this Rose symbol specially for sales in English market, as then Rolex brand was not yet popularised in England. 

The dial design is yet anther special pattern first created by Rolex. It is called the “California Dial” by Rolex collectors. 

 

Work-horse Black Monster April 18, 2010

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This is a “work-horse” diver watch (200m depth), with Seiko’s well proven automatic movement 7S26.  Many of Seiko’s diving watches are using this movement.

This piece has a nick-name “Black Monster”.  There are others, such as “Blue Monster”, “Orange Monster”, “Red Monster” and “Night Monster” etc.

the Black Monster was launched in 2002/2003

Illuminating hour indicators in the dark

Seiko's diver watch logo on the case back (Waves)

The ACE… April 17, 2010

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If you haven’t got an Ace in your hand before, now you may try searching for this Ace – produced by Swatch Group.   This is one of the special edition Bond 007 series from Swatch, this one a highlight of James Bond’s movie Casino Royale.

This is an Ace you can bring it with you, wherever you go. 

Beautiful shiny grey dial showing poker colours

The bezel is specially treated with designed pattern, rare for Swatch watch.

Omega Classic April 17, 2010

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This is an old model “Seamaster De Ville” made by Omega, in the 1960s.

This piece was found in Cambodia, left by an American

The caseback of the watch is simple yet distinctive in its design

Classic TAG April 12, 2010

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The Tag Heuer professional 200m diver watch is shown here.  Inside the case is a quartz movement but the real unique part remains the matelic grey watch dial coupled with classic coloured Tag Heuer logo that’s not in use on new watch models.  This model was sold in Asia in 1995.    

This model features a rare watch dial among other Tag Heuer

Classic coloured logo ceased to be used for new models

Another Shot… Elgin Pro GMT April 11, 2010

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This is another beautiful shot of the Elgin “Professional GMT”. 

This piece looks exactly a replica of the Rolex's early version of explorer GMT. It was sold in Japan in 2002

ELGIN new discovery April 9, 2010

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Here readers should read about Elgin’s history: 

Elgin was founded in 1864, right as the civil war was coming to an end. The first watch Elgin made, an 18 sized B W Raymond railroad grade watch, was finished in 1867 and over the next 100 years, they went on to produce about 60 million watches. Elgin produced their first wristwatch around 1910, leading most other American watch companies by many years.

Today, collecting Elgin watches is quite popular. Because Elgin produced so many watches and produced so many spare parts, they can still be easily bought and fixed, so even a 100 year old Elgin can be used, with care, on a daily basis. While mechanical watches can’t compete with quartz watches for accuracy, there is something about having a watch that ticks that a quartz watch just can’t replace.

On June 1, 1965 after the company celebrated its 100 anniversary, it was announced that the main facility in Elgin, Illinois had been sold for an undisclosed amount. Eventually the South Carolina facility was closed. 

The new discovery – An Elgin GMT duo-time “explorer” wristwatch with Quartz movement.  This piece was sold in Japan.  (see picture below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Vintage April 6, 2010

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A Rolex vintage wrist watch matched by vintage stainless steel bracelet.  The watch, circa 1970s has a mechanical movement that is by hand-winding, comes with a rare and beautiful colour dial – Red.

A vintage that comes up with true lifestyle mood