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Collector tip: Changing the Aquastar Glasstar bezel

How to change the Aquastar Glasstar bezel I got this question a few times and I thought I write a short tutorial on changing the Aquastar glasstar bezel . If you want to know more about the Aquastar glasstar, please read our blogpost. What you need is shown here. A...

Marcel Boucher Designer Jump Hours from 1973

Marcel Boucher (1898–1965) was a French jeweller. In the early 1920s, he moved to New York City where he developed a passion for jewellery design, studying under Pierre Cartier as an apprentice.By the 1930s, he was working for Mazer Brothers. However, in 1937 he decided to establish his own...

Collectors tip: vintage Bullhead watches

What makes a Bullhead watch? Vintage bullhead watches are something different in the vintage watch field. This is stressed by the fact that new bullheads are brought to market today. Mostly based on their vintage predessor. Yet most non collectors have now idea what a "bullhead" is. Well simple. It...

Vintage watches : affordable quality timepieces

Why buy vintage watches? Vintage watches raise a lot of questions, the above question being the most important. So when asking yourself this question, you are actually asking several different things. There are various aspects to look into when considering buying a vintage timepiece over a newly produced one. After...

Bringing a TISSOT Visodate back to life

I have documented a recent restoration of a Tissot Visodate and thought it could be some interest for visitors on this site. The subject was in a rather sad state as found in box with other watches. The movement was stuck and the case in a miserable state. The...

Series review: Favre-Leuba Deep Blue

Favre-Leuba created the ‘Deep Blue’ range of diver’s watches during the 1960′s and early 1970′s. The year 1964 saw the launch of one of the earliest diving timepieces that was waterproof to 200m. It has a bi-directional count-down rotating bezel. The date window is between 4 & 5 o'clock...

Collectors tip: Watch care

Vintage Watches - Care and Maintenance A vintage watch is a piece of history that needs to be taken care off. Using it daily is not recommend and by following the next points, you will insure that your watch will be well maintained and reliable for years to come. 1....

Movements of vintage Chronographs

For a collector, the most interesting vintage chronographs are those produced in the period between 1920 and 1970. In the '20s, with the increased use of the wristwatch, all major producers began to offer their customers wrist chronographs, with some manufacturers specializing in the production of chronograph movements....

Watch book review: Cult Watches (Merrel)

Title: CULT WATCHES, The World's Enduring Classics Writer: M. Balfour Publisher + nr: Merrel, ISBN 9781858944852 Language: English Year: 2007 Pages: 189 Pictures: Many Size: 25 x 25 x 1,5 cm. This book is a great way to get some more knowlegde about the world of the watch collector and what makes the difference between a...

Collectors Tip: Stainless Steel Casebacks

There is much writing on a watch. The caseback seems to be the most popular location for writing. Typical text on a caseback will point towards the case itself. For instance, look at the caseback of an Enicar watch: It reads Antimagnetic, Swiss, Waterproof, Incabloc. It has a serial...

Series Review: Tissot PR516

As a collector of Tissot watches, as my collection grows I wonder. Which fine Tissot pieces shall I collect? The answer is easy: Buy what I like. As far as Tissot goes, this includes most of their early wristwatches from 1935 up to 1955. These are typically manual-wind...

Watch Book Review: Heuer Chronographs (Callwey pub.)

Title: Heuer Chronographs; Fascination of Timekeepers and Motor Sports: 1960s - 1970's Writer: A.M. Haslinger Publisher: Callway, ISBN 9783766717559 Language: English and German Year: 2008 Pages: 285 Pictures: 340 (watch images) Size: 28 x 21 x 3 cm. This is a book dedicated to only one brand, Heuer, and a short period in the existence of...

Watch design analysis: Bracelets, Part II

Before you begin. Did you read part I of this article: Watch design analysis: Bracelets, Part I? It is interesting to observe strap sellers compete furiously to sell the same thing. Vendors seem to shout out 'originality' when their products are essentially the same. Most straps come in a...

Series review: Breitling Longitude

There are many watches that have a way of indicating a second time (GMT) or a second time zone. As many people may know, time zones are delineated by the longitudes of the globe, differing exactly 1 hour and 0 minutes one from the next. So why show...

Watch book review: Armband Uhren (Callwey)

Title: Armbanduhren, 150 Jahre Entwicklungsgeschichte Writer: Kahlert, Muhe & Brunner Publisher + nr: Callway, ISBN 3766712411 Language: German Year: 1996 Pages: 500 Pictures: over 1500 Size: 28 x 25 x 4,5 cm. This is a book written for collectors! It takes you on a 150 year journey through watchmaker history. It offers information on many...

Collectors tip: Türler

The first thing you notice with a vintage watch is the dial. Whether you just started collecting or if you are intrested in a specific watch, the text on the dial gives the first clues into the watch's origins because that is where you will find the brand...

Watch design analysis: Bracelets, Part I

Straps are a quick, inexpensive way to change the appearance and fit of a watch. Often a strap can completely change a watch's appearance.What about bracelets? There are possibly more different types of bracelet than straps.Bracelets are generally more expensive than straps, but on the other hand, bracelets can...

Lemania chronograph: Two Vintage Tool Watches

The term "tool watch" can mean a watch that has many functions. "Tool watch" can also denote a watch that is designed with function in mind more than form. Two of the earliest examples of the tool watch are the Heuer Pasadena and the Orfina Porsche Design chronographs. Both...

Watch design analysis: PR516 Chrono Bracelets

From the vintage Tissot series, the PR516 is my favorite, mostly because of its sturdy design—"PR" stands for Particularly Robust—but also for the different dial variations that make them special. This series was produced for approximately three decades, and in the second millennium has evolved into the PRS-series—Particularly...

Series review: Breitling Spatiographe

Here is one of my all time favorites. I was lucky to buy it complete with box and paperwork and in great condition. I really love this watch. The Montbrillant models are great, but the Spatiographe version is even better because the movement was specially adapted for Breitling...

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