Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Panerai Prices Part 2

Seems I missed out on one.....

PAM00393 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso 42mm
NTD 725,000

Photograph: Panerai

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Panerai Prices

Here are the prices of some of the Panerai watches in Taiwan. Prices may have changed since I got them but should not be by much (additional 5% perhaps). Anyway, this is just a rough guide, final pricing is available at the boutique or AD.

PAM00372 Luminor 1950 3 Days 47mm
NTD 298,000 (may have gone up)

PAM00382 Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47mm
NTD 307,000

PAM00323 Radiomir 10 Days GMT 47mm
NTD 378,000

PAM00339 Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni 47mm
NTD 438,000

PAM00392 Luminor Marina 1959 3 Days Automatic 42mm
NTD 224,000

PAM00396 Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica
NTD 3,620,000

PAM00422 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days 47mm
NTD 315,000

PAM00423 Luminor 1950 3 Days Power reserve 47mm
NTD 318,000

PAM00424 Radiomir California 3 Days 47mm
NTD 241,000

PAM00425 Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days 47mm
NTD 241,000

PAM00438 Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica 44mm
NTD 468,000

PAM00441 Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica 44mm
NTD 359,000

PAM00448 Radiomir California 3 Days 47mm
NTD 256,000

PAM00449 Radiomir S.L.C. 3 Days 47mm
NTD 256,000

PAM00398 Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso 47mm
NTD 1,579,000

PAM00399 Radiomir 1940 47mm
NTD 819,000

PAM00395 Radiomir 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso 45mm
NTD 1,579,000

Photographs: Panerai

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Black Bay

I had the pleasure recently, to try on one of Tudor's 2012 novelty piece in the Black Bay (reference 79220). I have to say that I like the watch even though initially I did not like the watch. I felt it was a mismatch of a couple of Tudor vintage pieces and the red bezel insert did get to me. However after seeing the watch in the flesh, it was not that bad. 

First, the bezel insert is not red, but more burgundy (maroon?). Second, I thought the watch was 42 mm in diameter. It is actually 41 mm in diameter. Thirdly, the red ring on the crown, it is not a noticeable (when worn) as pictures suggest. 

The watch on my almost 8 inch wrist. Looks good. At the moment, only the steel bracelet model is available in Taiwan. I was told that the leather model will be in later. You can see from the photographs, the bezel is not really red but maroon? 

The watch again. It is a nice watch. I like the gilt printing on the dial. I like the dome crystal (not as domed as I would like it to be) and the domed dial (hard to see). I love the fact that there is no date complication (and associated cyclops). 

Now the ultimate question. Would I get it? Not at the moment because I would really like to see its sister the Pelagos. Even after that I don't think I would get any of them. I would like to, but I have to stop. 


Had a big scare recently when the crown and winding stem on my Tudor 7016 fell out of the case when I tried to set the watch. I unscrewed the crown and pulled out the crown and it and the winding stem popped out. A quick visit to my friendly watch guy solved the problem. 

The case back removed. You can see the markings and the watch is from 1970. My watch guy reapplied the grease for the gasket.

The movement. The crown and winding stem in place. Hardly any corrosion on the case. I like the decorations on the rotor.

The ETA 2483 that powers the watch. It is marked 17 jewels. From my readings and understanding, the ETA 2483 should come with 25 jewels, but watches (during those days) headed to the US were fitted with 17 jewels movement to comply with US laws.

Anyway the screw that holds the winding stem in place was loose and that cause the winding stem and crown to pop out. Put the stem back in and tighten the screw and we are all done. 

My watch guy timed the watch and even did a check for water resistance. With the equipment he has, he could only test the watch to 6 ATM. Passed and I am happy. The watch is not a daily wear watch for me, so I am happy with the water resistance.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Rolex service

I was at this place the other day. 

Why? Well to send in a good friend's Submariner 14060. The watch is in need of a good service, in fact based on his knowledge, this could be the watch first service and his reference 14060 is one of the first reference 14060.

After a quick look over by the Rolex technician, a quote and a go ahead. The watch in pieces....

Hope to do a review once the watch is returned after service.

Breguet Boutique

Congrats to Breguet on their new boutique in Taiwan. The new boutique in Taipei 101 is larger than the old Regent Boutique. Congrats to the team at the boutique as well.

The address:

4th Floor, No. 45, Shifu Road,
Xinyi District

Basically the boutique is on the 4th floor of the Taipei 101 Mall.

Photograph: Breguet

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Grand Prix D'Horlogerie De Geneve Exhibition

If you are in Shanghai between Oct 20 and 21st, make your way to the 18 Gallery where you have the opportunity to view more than 70 of the finest timepieces that are competing for one of Switzerland's most prestigious watch awards. The finals will be held in Switzerland on Thursday, November 15 at the Geneva Grand Theatre. 

The Shanghai Exhibition will be held at 18 Gallery, 18 Zhongshan East 1st Road Huangpu, Shanghai.

For more information:

New blog

A good friend and fellow WIS have decided to start up his own blog. The blog is his adventures in watch collecting and is and will be pretty interesting. So, why not give it a visit and have fun.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Sea Dweller....

One of the watches that I really really like. Why? 

Crazy lume at night....

And crazy lume during the day.....

Strap change

One of the joys of collecting Panerai watches is the ability to change straps. However, this is not very true for me when it comes to my Radiomir. Since I have only 1, it did not make sense (for me) to get many straps (also the fact that the strap is 27mm). However since I now have 2, I thought I might as well get a couple. So the hunt began for 27mm straps. I realised that these straps are hard to come by and have to settle for the 26mm straps. 

As I was getting some 22 mm straps (for the Longines and JSAR), I asked the supplier if they had any 26 or 27mm straps. They had the 26mm straps. It was a plus since I like the workmanship, quality, design and mostly the price. :) I ordered 2, one black and the other brown. These straps are locally made.

Since I am travelling, only the PAM210 is with me. So the watch will get first dibs on the straps. 

The Radiomir Base on the JV strap and the new straps on the left and right. I decided to go with the brown for the base and the black for the Black Seal. :)

Details, details, details. Gaskets on the tips of the lugs. 

The Radiomir Base with the new straps. 

The watch with the new strap on the wrist. The strap is very soft. Review coming soon.

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Art of Time Exhibition

If you are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia between Oct 4 to 14, take some time off and make your way to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur for the Swiss Watch Gallery's The Art of Time Exhibition. The opening hours are between 1030 to 2100 hours daily. Registration is required at: 

Brands on exhibit includes:

Bell & Ross
Richard Mille
Tag Heuer

Lume shot

This time it is the Omega X-33. I love this watch......

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Small GTG

Had a small GTG with a couple of friends. Sadly we were occupied with dinner that I forgot to take some photographs of the watches there. My bad......

In attendance....

PAM00092 Arktos.

Some 22 mm straps I got. These are locally made and finished by hand. These will be fitted on the Longines Legend Diver and the Marathon JSAR.


A table shot. Missed out on the Rolex Submariner reference 14060 and AP RO Two Tone. 

Seiko Bloody Teeth Monster or Seiko Dracula, Logines Legend Diver (not mine), PAM00210, PAM00243, Omega X-33 and others.

Great time with great friends. 

Being home....

Happy to be back home. Many reasons for it and these are some of the reasons. English magazines on watches and others from good friends. 

Have to say it is a great way to add to my knowledge base. Some of the magazines (locals) ones are pretty cheap, with the magazines starting at about USD 3 and onwards.....

Revolution magazine. Some great articles inside.

Zenith, lots of information. :)

Great magazine at a great price.

Lots of interesting articles.

Nothing much to say about this one. 

Thanks to some great friends (and enablers) for these.

Interesting articles on the Pelagos and Black Bay.

AP ...... 

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Royal Oak 40 Years

After travelling around the world, ie New York, Milan, Paris and Beijing, the Royal Oak 40 Years Exhibition will be coming to South East Asia. The exhibition will be held in Singapore. 

Date: 10-14 October
Venue: Tanjong Pagar Railway Station (Former), 30 Keppel Road

The Exhibition will end its rounds in Dubai.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Yet another best laid plans.....

It all started with visiting one of the local watch shops selling pre-loved watches. The idea was to check out the watch for a friend. That was the idea anyway......

The watch in question. The Panerai PAM00210 Radiomir 45mm. I like the watch. It is a close as I can get to the Panerai 3646 or PAM00021 or even the PAM00232. Big shoes to fill......

The PAM00210 with my trusty and lonely PAM00183 Radiomir Blackseal 45mm. Looks like a matching pair.

Since I was there at the shop I thought I check out the other Panerai they have on sale. Trust me, they have lots. Here is the PAM00422 and the PAM00424. Nice. I like the PAM00422. I also had the opportunity to view the PAM00372, PAM00292, PAM00074 among many many others. Should have taken photographs of them all.....

Back home and the PAM00210 with the PAM00183 and PAM00337. 

A closer view. 

Again the PAM00210 and the PAM00183.

The PAM00210. Nice watch, simple, classic and plenty of DNA.

The end result? The Pamily.....

Yes, what started as a visit to check out and buy the PAM00210 for a friend, ended as another watch in the ever growing family. I really have to stop.....