Saturday, September 27, 2008

1930s Cushion Case Cyma Gents Watch

Hi Watch Collectors,

Cushion Case, or Pillow Case is typical of the 1930s era. The case is either in Solid Pink Gold, Rolled Pink Gold or Stainless Steel. The sweeping second hand at six.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Various models of Ladies Omega

Hi Watch Collectors,

I have found this bag containing a number of Ladies Omega, the first, to be introduce is an 1940s model. It is a solid pink gold, the Omega hallmark has faded. The wired lugs are typical during that era.

These pieces are 1950s Ladies Omega.

The following piece is an Ladies Omega called Ladymatic. It is an automatic lady watch. It is rare to find lady automatic watch.

This is an piece of Ladies Omega, it is called Geneve.

This is another piece called DeVille.

The last piece is an 1970s Geneve Model.

These pieces are as they are. These pieces are not restored yet. Whenever, they are restored I will displayed them. I hope you learn something from this lot.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Early 1950s to Late 1950s design of watches

Hi Watch Collectors,

Here are some samples of the Early 1950s model of watch. The lugs are tear drops in design, pretty typical during that era.

In the late 1950s, you can see the transition of the lugs and the design of the case had changed. The concentration is on the design of the dial, more fanciful and texture.

These lovely watches are no longer with me but in the hands of someone who loved them more than I do now. Thank you for taking care of these babies. I hope the you watch collectors learn something today.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

1960s Rolex Tudor Oyster Prince

Hi Watch Collectors and RWC (Rolex Watch Collectors),

Here is piece of 1960s Tudor (Rolex Oyster Prince) - the symbol is a Flower or Rose, I quite like it. The new symbol for Tudor is a shield.

This piece has been in my collections for nearly over 20 years, I thought of sharing with you watch collectors the inside of such a piece. This piece will be handled to the old retired watchmaker and once the restoration is done, I will show everyone the result. The watch glass has lots of scratches and cracks. It is missing a Rolex Crown and also not working at all.

You can see the above the cracks on the watch glass and the missing of the Rolex Crown.

The earlier Tudor were using the Rolex Case with serial numbers on the side of the case.

The above diagram shows you the inside of the watch. I am amazed, after twenty years, the watch is still in the same condition as the first day I bought it. No rust on the movement or the inside of the case.

There is a hallmark stamp on the inside of the case.
Once this piece has been restored, I will show you the final result. I have faith in the old retired watchmaker.......I am lucky, he does not charge alot, unlike some of the shops but I have to email him all these pictures before he accepts or rejects.
I hope you learn something again today.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

1940s Swiss Gents Watch

Hi Watch Collectors,

Here is another piece, this time a piece from the 1940s era. It is really rare and lucky to get a nice piece of 1940s watch because of the WWII and if you are a watch collector, you will know many of those watch in those era are either melted down for the metal or the case was in really bad condition. The size of 1940s is usually around 28mm in dial. This one is a military one.

This piece has been restored to its working condition.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

1930s Art Deco Gents Pink Rolled Gold Watch

Hi Watch Collectors,

I just got this piece restored by the retired watch maker. The result a working piece of vintage watch.

The dial is unique, inlay with mother of pearl and the hand craft patterns.The numerals are typical of the 1930s era. Hope you learn something.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Movement number and symbol location

Hi watch collectors,

Here are possible location where you can see the movement number and symbol,

Hope you learn something and enjoy collecting watches.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Post 1980s Omega Stop Watch

Hi Watch Collectors,

Here is another piece of my collection. It is an Omega Stop Watch. I bought it almost 5 years ago, thought of taking it out and educate the watch collectors. You can hang this stop watch around your neck or the back is a watch stand itself, pretty neat. The red backing is made of plastic. The case of the watch is cast iron.

Collecting watch is about fun and buy within a budget. Go hunting around your flea markets and you will never know what you will find. Collect a wide range or specialise in brands, theme, era or whatever fancy you. I collect widely to increase my knowledge but my speciality is watches around pre-1945 watches. I like them because of the workmanship and its simplicity. I am glad to find a good retired watch maker to cater my needs. Find a good, trusted and honest watchmaker who look after you and not just after your money is very important.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

1940s German Pocket Watch

Hi Collectors,

This is a typical German made pocket Watch. Made in West Germany to be exact.

There are various brands, like York Level and Coronet that uses this movement from Germany. The cost of the watch can vary from $40 to $70 pending on its condition. I have sold a few to some collectors.

Friday, September 05, 2008

1950s Rare Day Date Month Swiss Gents Watch

Hi Collectors,

Another day, another piece from my collection. Unforunately, the Balance Staff is broken and I have not got the time to bring it to a watchmaker to fix it. Whenever you got Broken Balance Staff, be prepared to pay a price for fixing it. Always insist on original part.

Here is the watch.

The Operation of the swiss watch:

Two winders, the one on 3, is use for winding the main spring and for adjusting the time. The winder at 10 is used to adjusting the date and adjusting the month on 12. First, you align the day with the date and month. The red hand will move with the hour and minute hands. The red hand is like a day pointer. Once the hour hand reach the 12 midnight, the red hand will point to a new day. I have now seen many branded watches revitalise the old design in their new range of watches. I am sure this design will be copied once again.

I hope you learn something today.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

1910s rare Silver Case Wristwatch

Hi watch collectors,

Here is a rare 1910s Silver Case Wristwatch, apologise but it had been sold, but just for your viewing and education on the characteristics and design of a typical 1910s watches.

Mainly, during that era 1900s, majority of the watches are pocket watches. This is the begining of the conversion of pocket watches into the wristwatch. Typical Numerals during the early era, the most obvious is the crown to wind the watch up. It is a pocket watch crown.

The watch can be opened by unscrewing the top, and the whole movements can be removed easily. You can see the hallmark of the silver case and there is a groove where the stem sits.
The dial is porcelaine and second hand at six.

Monogram decoration on the back of the silver case, usually the initial of the owner.

I hope you all learn something today.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Development of Japanese Quartz Watches over the years

Dear Watch Collectors,

Seeing is believing, here you are, I have opened the cases and you can see what is inside of quartz movements from 1970s up to 1990s.

Early 1970s model - you can see the balance staff is still around, only the power by the main spring has changed into battery. That means the power to push the hour hands, the minute hands and second hands are done by the battery.

Late 1970s model, you can see the balance staff had been changed into a stepping motor. If you see the quartz watches, you an see the jerking movements of the second hands.

1980s model - circuit and transistor included and size been reduced to give a slimmer quartz watch in size.

I hope these pictures give the beginner collectors the inside and the development of quartz watches.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Quartz Watches from Seiko, Citizen and Orient

I bought these lot of quartz watches over the weekend to look into the inside of these watches. I am just curious. Over this week, I will open the inside and show you the development of these quartz watches over the years. The Japanese is ahead of the quartz movement, before quartz movement, there was the electric movement which if I do get hold of some old TIMEX, you will see the inside. The first three, I need to find out the batteries model because they are missing when I bought them. I was lucky to get last two SEIKOs working again, just by changing their batteries. So the money I spent to get these watches is worth it. Especially, the last two pieces with Roman Numerals are ideal for Gents Office Wear.


Late 1970s ORIENT Quartz


Late 1980s SEIKO Quartz with ROMAN Numerals

1990s SEIKO QUARTZ with ROMAN Numerals