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Royal Presentation May 31, 2010

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One for the memories… a Rolex vintage collection  circa 1940s among the early Oyster models. 

This piece is designated as “Oyster Royal”, with stainless steel casing, hand-winding movement and yellow gold bezel.

Spirited SEIKO May 25, 2010

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The Seiko “Spirit” model houses the 6R15 automatic high calibre movement. This is one of the elite mechanical movement made by the manufacturer. Watch dial is of vintage design with the hour markers in Abrabic numbers which is uncommon with Seiko. Beautiful movement layout.

Not to be missed Seiko mechanical watch

Presidential Seal May 22, 2010

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“Seal of the President of the United States”  imprint on the watch dial. This is a watch for the special operation forces, in this case for the secrete service agents of the president.  It was imported from the US to Singapore several years ago and left “unnoticed” in a special military accessary shop.  

This piece was found from an Army accessary shop

Marilyn Monroe (Andy Warhol) by Zitura May 15, 2010

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The picture shows an authorized limited collection of Marilyn Monroe watch with the dial imprinted with Andy Warhol’s famous artwork.  The caseback signed “Andy Warhol”.   This collection was produced circa 1990s.  This is a very rare piece of collection around in association with Andy Warhol’s artwork.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was a key figure in Pop Art, an art movement that emerged in America and elsewhere in the 1950s to become prominent over the next two decades. 

Warhol was fascinated with morbid concepts. Sometimes, however, the results are astonishingly beautiful, such as the resonating, brilliantly colored images of Marilyn Monroe. The Marilyn canvases were early examples of Warhol’s use of silkscreen printing.

Raymond Weil Classic Bubble Back May 13, 2010

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Picture shows the model of Raymond Weil classic with bubble back circa 1990s.

The watch case is 18K gold plated with leather strap.  Swiss automatic movement.

Bubble back is rather rare in modern time

The hour, minute & second hands on the dial are of blue-steel material

Seamaster Gold Revisited May 11, 2010

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Showing here is another set of beautiful pictures of the vintage Omega Seamaster (gold-capped)…  fixed on high quality Omega leather strap with solid gold buckle.

There’s the story about the transaction of this watch.  It was kept by the shop owner for several years in Cambodia until he found the right buyer to appear…

This watch has a real classic look that withstand the time

The Gold Seamaster Story May 9, 2010

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This is a fond legacy to be passed down… as part of this collectible piece of Omega vintage Seamaster with very special 18k gold-capping case, circa early 1970s.

The gold watch was produced in an era that in Europe, gold material was in short-supply (late 1960s – 1970s).  Some of the established watch companies went on to produce such gold-capping products for the markets.  The gold-capped watches would have a layer of real gold “hard cover” on top of the steel watch casing.

This piece of Omega gold-capped seamaster was found in Cambodia.  It was most likely a gift to a local lady by her American boyfriend then.  Eventually this watch ended up in a watch shop and sold for a couple of hundred USD.

It could string along a beautiful love story embeded in time… through this collection.

Elegant & matured... and time tells many stories

Lomgines or Longines? May 7, 2010

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Someone observed the latest Longines advertisement in a magazine called, The Peak.  It is very interseting to note that advertised new model is named “Lomgines” Admiral.  Or is it simply an typo error?  Or Longines has simply created a new name for its new model?

 

FORTIS – Military & Space Lineage May 4, 2010

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FORTIS has been linked to military flying and international space missions for a long period of time, by supplying reliable watches to pilots & astronauts.   

This is the 95th anniversary limited edition by FORTIS Watch launched in 2005/06.  Simplicity in design with striking orange & black colour scheme on the watch dial.  Hand-winding movement.  This edition is limited to 950 pieces worldwide.

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Vintage SpeedTimer 6139 Chrono May 3, 2010

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Most of the Seiko early batches of automatic chronographs survived the days would look very worn-out. But not this rare piece Seiko (Sports) SpeedTimer circa 1971.  The collection piece shown here remains in mint condition and very accurate in keeping time due to careful preservation by its previous collector.  One of the pictures below shows a typical worn-out piece of 6139 model (from Internet) which is the common state for vintage Seikos.

Seiko 6139 model in mint condition (author's collection)

Most Seiko vintage chronographs are in worn-out state, like this one