Friday, January 25, 2013

Quartz Vs Mechanical Watch

Quartz movement introduced by Seiko in the late 60s shocked & swept the Swiss monopolised watch market! its accuracy, new technology & less costly charm the world even till today. 

although among serious watch collectors & 2nd hand watch markets, Quartz watch usually don't fetch a good price, many Big Names who're the authority in the Complicated Mechanical Movement do produce Quartz watch. the pic above shows the highly publicised Patek Philippe 24-Diamonds Lady watch. Happy Fish & Diamond series of Chopard are Quartz watch.

once asked a big fan of Patek of his opinion of a solid gold Rolex Quartz. his reply was 'Quartz! Free also Don't 1'! 

Mechanical Movement is either Manual Wind or Self-Wind (Automatic). an expert watch dealer highlighted that if your job is desk bound then better don't use automatic watch coz such watch depends on your hand movement. he felt a guy who's always on-the-move suits Auto watch better. 

Battery of Quartz watch needs to be replaced once a year. of course some last longer. Don't leave the dead battery in the watch for too long. it'll damage other parts.

Mechanical watch best to be serviced every 3 to 5 years to lubricate its parts, check accuracy etc. watch dealers or technicians also recommend that.

whether it's Quartz or Mechanical Watch, one must Enjoy what he or she owns. 

pic below shows an Automatic watch by the Creator of Quartz movement, Seiko.

Happy Watching!     25/1/13, 8.00pm. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big 4 Watch Non-Swiss

this a bold attempt to put Big 4 Non Swiss Origin watch that have made it. also strict not to include brand that make other items eg jewellery. thus sorry to my fav Chopard (Italy), Cartier (France) & Bvlgari (Italy). would luv to add in Hamilton (USA) but it went through many hands.

base on market interest, the list is as follow:

1. A. Lange & Sohne, Germany, 1845, by Mr Ferdinand Adolph Lange.
    this Dream Watch uses expensive materials. insist on the finest design & craftsmanship.

2. Panerai, 1860, Italy, by Mr Giovanni Panerai.
    this highly in demand watch only went into the public market in the 1900s. both its In-House 
    & non in-house movements are nice. known for its big bezel, avg 47mm.

3. Vulcain, 1858, USA, by Ditisheim Brothers.
    The Presidents' Watch for various former USA Presidents wore it. in around 1947 it invented 
    the famous Cricket Alarm Watch.

4. Seiko, 1881, Japan, by Mr Kintaro Hattori. 
    its Quartz invention in the 60s caused a major Watch Revolution! swept many swiss brands out.
    its mechanical movement is good too. without a Seiko, your collection is incomplete. here i've a
    Seiko Limited Edition for her 130th Anniversary in 2012, World Time, Automatic.

22/1/13  4.32pm.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Big 4 Watch - Status

in chinese music scene, we've the 4 Heavenly Kings. interestingly in watch market, internationally marks Patek Phillippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet & Jaeger-Le Coultre as the Big 4! especially the first 3 brands, each easily commands a 5-figure sum. all are old brands with Great Complications eg Tourbillon, World Time, Chronograph, Power Reserve, Minute Repeater etc.

one who wears any of the above will usually be known as rich, status symbol, know the stuff etc. a friend told me a rich china chinese man in s'pore wore his newly bought Patek to Suana! next moment he questioned the Patek staff that what kind of expensive watch was this that failed him at the health centre! 

i'm glad to own the above, a 5119 Rose Gold Calatrava. hope to have the other 3 brands too. 

21/1/13  6.53pm.

Big 4 Watch - Sales

according to Mr Walter Von Kanel, President of Longines, this 181 years old brand, ranks 4th or 5th after Rolex, Omega and Cartier! he must be referring to Sales Popularity. i'm pleased to own all these 4 Beauties. pic shows my 1st Vintage watch, Longines Tank Quartz of the 70s or 80s. feel it deserves better respect so i replaced the ordinary leather strap to Croc skin type!    21/1/13, 6.22pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Rolex the Virgin

after some write-ups on this new hobby in another blog, a strong urge to start a standalone Watch Blog. i'm just a beginner to this wonder world of watches. in, enjoy reading what's the time, the oldest watch, seiko, vintage watch, business times supp, rolex & friendship, & timeless treasure. perhaps you can find your Dream Watch in 

kick off with Rolex, a name young n old, man n woman will know. it's a brand that one loves to own, just like Benz. not too old brand, founded in 1905 by 2 relatives, Mr Hans Wildorf & Mr Alfred Davis in London . many innovations. the earlier Panerai used Rolex movements. feel that Panerai is liked an oversized Rolex Precision or DateJust.

status symbol or snobbishness does play a part. market put it Rolex King, Son & Grandson! if you wear a Full Gold Rolex, they call you a bookie or big brother! if you wear a stainless steel DateJust, they feel that you're not there yet. now Sports range especially Daytona is Hot! even if you can't swim but wear a Submariner, you're Somebody!

now Rolex is still the Best Selling Brand. not really that costly compare to some other brands. resale value is the top. also most copied watch.

if you read Rolex History & News, it's amazing to know it's many creations & achievements, eg the Deep Sea. its Success isn't just marketing or brand snob.

happy watching. 19/1/2013, 2.30pm.