Monday, July 22, 2019

A new pickup...

I got this watch (from a friend) on my recent holiday. It is basically a brand less watch but I like it. I like the design and layout of the watch dial.

The watch...

I am sure the watch is assembled in China with parts sourced from the same place. But I have to say that I am pretty impressed by the overall build quality. I was told that it retails around USD150 to USD200. It comes in at 44mm.

I do like the fact that the sweep seconds register is at the 6 o'clock position instead of the usual 9 o'clock. And the lume on the watch is not bad. It glows blue (see post below). 

The onion crown. 

The Asian movement is based on the Unitas/ ETA 6498. I like the display back and the attempts to decorate the movement.

Closer view of the movement. Who knows, maybe I might just change the movement. I am sure I have an ETA 6498 somewhere. :)

The long hand of the fast/ slow indicator reminds me of another watch that have the same type display.

Closer view. 

The leather strap. The strap will be changed eventually. Perhaps this time I will try a different manufacturer. 

The pin buckle... looks familiar? Well the design of the strap is also familiar no? I will review the watch soon. :)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Going retro....

One of the brands I really like for the longest time is actually Rado but I never got any watches from the brand. And from the brand, the watch I like most is the DiaStar that Rado released in 1962. 

Anyway on the last holiday, I was at Pavilion Mall in Kuala Lumour for the IWC Exhibition when I walk passed this store. 

It was the Rado Boutique. I was really tempted to see what they had and when I saw these in the shop window...

These watches is part of Rado new Original DiaStar XL Collection. The watches in the collection that I was interested were these...

Photographs: Rado

Anyway I went in and had to try the watches ...

Closer view of the black dial version. I like how the light falls on the faceted crystal. 

This is the Limited Edition version in the new collection. It is a run of 1,962 pieces. :)

Tempting? yes indeed....

Prices... out of touch...

I am really out of touch with the prices of preloved watches.  On my last holiday, I spotted these watches and the prices were not what I expected....

Zenith Pilot...

Omega Speedmaster 57 Replica... Its called the Broad Arrow now?

And finally this one... Rolex GMTMaster II 16710. WOW!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Lume shot...

Brandless watch with (most likely) parts sourced from Asia.... :)

Have to say that the lume is not bad, especially the hands. 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Hermle Clocks..

I spotted these clocks at Hings Watch in BSC, my favorite watch shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when I was back for a holiday. I have no knowledge of the clocks but have to say that the clocks are very nice. 

From wikipedia,

Hermle clocks are made in Germany where they originate from. The brand was established in 1922 and is still a family owned business. The clocks are still made in Germany.  Cool...

Anyway the clocks...

This was very tempting...

As was this one...

Longines Legend Diver 36mm..

The Longines Legend Diver Watch is now available in 36 mm. A reimagined version of a classic 1960s diving watch, The Longines Legend Diver Watch features prominently in the brand’s Heritage line and has become an icon of the Saint-Imier company’s watchmaking and aesthetic expertise. 

These new Heritage Collection models are destined to become the daily companion of women and men in search of a vintage look and an authentic connection to the past. As with the previous models in this range, the new variations maintain the spirit and clean lines of the original piece, while adopting modern technical features. These new versions of Longines' classic 1960s timepiece will undoubtedly perpetuate the history of a legendary watch.

The new Longines Legend Diver Watch models house a self-winding movement in a 36 mm steel case. Topped by a domed sapphire crystal, the dial is offered in glossy black or shimmering white mother-of-pearl. Polished rhodium-plated hands coated with Super-LumiNova® provide excellent legibility while maintaining the models' distinctive mid-century styling. 

Photographs: Longines

As with the original 1960s era model that inspired them, the stamped image of a diver adorns the screwed back of these timepieces. A Milanese-style steel bracelet subtly emphasizes the simplicity of these watches, while white or black leather straps harmoniously blend with the dial colors.

A contemporary watch that is rich in history, The Longines Legend Diver 36mm will bring elegance and distinction to any wrist.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Borealis Adraga watch..

The Borealis Adraga stainless steel watch is a field watch suitable to most occasions and it is powered by a Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement. There are 9 models to choose from.

It is a watch inspired in designs of vintage field watches together with its own flare of modernity and timeless design. A high double domed sapphire crystal brings to life its classical and timeless design.

This automatic men's automatic field watch is built to last with a solid 316L stainless steel case, double domed thick sapphire crystal with anti reflective coating applied underneath and a premium jubilee strap with a custom engraved stainless steep clasp.

With a total height of 12.00mm (9mm excluding sapphire crystal glass) it is a durable and sturdy time piece capable of being your every day travel companion.

Basic watch specifications:

316L Stainless Steel Case

Dial with Swiss Made RC Tritec BGW9 or Old Radium X1 lume applied to indexes

Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement

Premium jubilee bracelet with clasp

Case diameter: 39.50 mm excluding crown

Lug to Lug length: 47.50mm

Watch height: 12.00mm (9 mm excluding sapphire double domed crystal glass)

Lug width: 20 mm with drilled lugs

Signed screw down crown with Borealis logo made of 316L stainless steel

Water resistance: 300 meters or 30 ATM

Sapphire crystal doubled domed glass with anti-reflective coating inside

Watch hands filled with Swiss Made RC Tritec BGW9 or Old Radium X1 (hours, minutes, seconds)

Commando or Mercedes hands with lollipop seconds

Screwed Case Back made of 316L Stainless Steel with engraved mermaid

Dial with applied markers

12 months warranty

Photographs: Borealis Watch

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