Showing posts with label watches. Show all posts
Showing posts with label watches. Show all posts

Monday, March 4, 2019

Junghans vintage watch with Cal. 687 movement

My watch collection includes several German brand watches. I have written about the Glashuttes, the Laco, the Anker and the Pallas. This time, I write about another watch that is also quite collectible - Junghans. This is a 17-jewel manual wind watch I acquired only this year.

This watch has a simple dial - no day or date feature. It says Made in Germany at the bottom of the dial.
Side view showing the crown
The other side view. You can notice that the strap had been 'customized' so it would fit the 17mm lugs for this watch. Cutting off part of the leather can be tricky as the strap might become loose if more material than what was intended were removed.
A very clean case back showing the watch to be of stainless steel, shockproof and water-protected. I assume this Junghans was a model intended for the international market as, unlike the Glashutte watches I previously featured, the features are in English (instead of in German).
Here is a wrist shot of the watch
The watch runs on a Junghans Cal. 687 movement running at 18,000 bph with an original power reserve of 45h. This was a photo I took with the old strap still on the watch.
I have worn the watch several times and it runs very well. Each time, it has functioned for more than 40 hours while gaining only a few second over that period. Not bad for a watch that was probably made between 1963-1969, which makes this 50 or more years old.

Monday, February 25, 2019

King Seiko 5626 7040 Chronometer - BMBY

Today's my day and I write about a watch that has much sentimental value to me is one that I only recently acquired. It is a watch from my BMBY or birth-month-birth-year. I had thought previously that The Watch was supposed to be a Seiko slide rule model but then I was a bit lucky to have found this King Seiko.

The watch is a certified chronometer with a date and Kanji & English day feature
This features a hi-beat movement, which is 28,800 bph and the model numbers on the back match the model numbers at the bottom of the dial.
Case back showing the serial number and model number as well as the correct medallion for this model.
Signed crown
Another view of the dial and the baton hands
Here's yet another view featuring the signed crown
The watch came without a strap but I had already prepared for this with a handmade leather strap I had made by an excellent leathersmith I met online. I also have a Hirsch strap for this watch.

The watch's day feature wasn't working when I got it. And so I brought the watch to my suking watch repairman who cleaned the movement and fixed the day feature. It's now fully functional and keeps accurate time. Though I want to wear it more often, I've managed to make it part of a rotation that allows me to care for my favorites in my collection. That way, I am able to reduce the wear from using the watch so often. If this were something like a baseball or basketball game, the rotation of 5 would probably be this watch, my moon watch, the Futurematic, my favorite Kinetic and the Ocean Star. Honorable mentions would be my other hi-beat KS, my JR railway watch and the Landmaster. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Jaeger Le Coultre Futurematic vintage watch

Here's an example where the opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it without hesitation. Those were the circumstances for my finally acquiring this very interesting vintage watch from the 1950s with an in-house Cal. 497 bumper automatic movement. It is a Jaeger LeCoultre Futurematic, one of the most sophisticated self-winding (i.e., automatic) watches made from that time and perhaps even to the present.

Elegant dial on this watch showing the power reserve indicator and a sub-second dial, and bull head lugs
Side view showing there's no crown where there is usually in other watches
The other side view also showing no crown here, too
The watch's back with the crown cleverly located here - one of the innovations for this watch model
Close-up of the flat crown located at the back whose function is only for adjusting the time.
The watch the first time I wore it on my wrist
It is an everyday watch for me but because I also have to care for it (its more than 60 years old), I wear it on special occasions or whenever I want to. :)

The movement runs at 18,000 bph with an original power reserve of 40h. It runs well and keeps time. Not bad for a luxury watch produced sometime between 1951-1958. I will have to bring it for maintenance soon but I'm bracing myself for the cost considering these watches with their in-house movements cannot be brought for routine maintenance just anywhere including our "suking" watchsmith whom I entrust with other watches in my collection. I guess that's a price I have to pay for this not so inexpensive hobby.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Certina 288 Certi-date automatic vintage watch

My collection of Swatch group watches includes this automatic from Certina. The brand has many interesting current models I've seen in shops including chronographs that I've inspected up close (was really curious about them). I was tempted to get a new one but I was also aware that there are really good vintage Certinas out there so I waited for the opportunity to get one. As luck would have it, I got this 288 with a black dial, date feature and a distinctive blue second hand.

The watch head after I removed the leather strap it came with
This is what appears to be the serial numbers that survived what also appears as a buffed/polished back
Side view showing the signed crown
The watch after I fitted it with a new leather strap
The watch on my wrist the first time I used it
The movement is a cal. 25-681 running at 28,000 bph with an original reserve of 42 hours
I only wear the watch on some occasions as it is more a casual watch for me. I am also thinking about letting go of this watch if the conditions (i.e., price) are right. I already asked friends to post it in their online shop to see if someone's willing to pay for it. Apparently, there isn't much appreciation for this watch. Here's what I've found on the internet about this watch: Certina 288 - The high-beat rarity

I like the watch design and probably will keep it for a while...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Helvetia vintage watch

Many of the smaller Swiss watch companies succumbed to the so-called quartz crisis of the 1970s. Here is what I've found about the Helvetia Watch Company:

The Helvetia featured here is of a more recent vintage, probably the mid to late 1960s to the early 1970s based on its movement, which is no longer the in-house ones Helvetia produced earlier. It is a fine catch as the watch is in overall very good condition.

Simple dial with raised hour indices and second sub-dial
Side view showing the crown
The other side view showing the very good condition of the case
Case back showing the watch to be water and shock-resistant
Hallmark for this gold plated watch
This watch is powered by a Unitas 6310N movement that runs at 18,000 bph with an original reserve of 47h.
Here's the obligatory wrist shot

The watch runs well and keeps time. I will keep this one... for now.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Zenith vintage watch with Cal. 106-50 movement

Here is another watch that sort of "fell unto my lap". It is a vintage Zenith from the 1950s. Zenith is a well known brand that survived the quartz "crisis" of the 1970s. This looked like a pretty beat up watch and perhaps that's why it was under the radar and those who initially took interest in it didn't pursue it.

I like simple watch faces. This one doesn't have any day or date complications but has a sweep second hand instead of a sub-dial.
Side view showing the crown and the lugs
The other side view
Case back showing the serial number
Here's a wrist shot after I had the leather straps changed.
Inside the case's back cover and the movement
The Zenith Cal. 106-50 runs at 18,000 bph and had an original power reserve of 38h.
The watch runs well and I have not had it serviced since I acquired last year. I will probably have it serviced soon but I am enjoying it for now. It gains little time (seconds?) in a day and so is reliable to me. Its currently part of my weekly rotation and is definitely a keeper among the current vintage watches in my collection.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Anker vintage watch with PUW 500 movement

My collection of vintage watches includes this German watch from 1940. I got this Anker from one a seller from Serbia who's become something like a friend already. It's perhaps I give him good business and he delivers on his part ensuring the watches I got from him arrive in good condition. :)

Simple dial with sub-second feature. Note, too, the lugs on this watch that is commonly referred to as a bull's horns
Side view showing the crown
The other side view
Case back showing the watch back to be of stainless steel but for the body to be 20 microns gold plated
Inside the back cover, there are etchings from previous repairs and maintenance. I haven't gotten to deciphering the dates from these but it would be interesting to establish the history for this watch.
Here's the PUW 500 movement that runs at 18,000 bph with an original power reserve of 43 hours
The watch on my wrist after I fitted it with a Hirsch strap. I thought it was just appropriate for this vintage timepiece.
Here is another wrist shot

I timed the watch recently and it lasted about 42 hours on a full wind. Again, this is not bad for a 79-year old watch. Of course, I use it sometimes like the 83-year old Laco I also have. That way, they get to run from time to time. Needless to say, these vintage watches need some routine maintenance like cleaning and oiling by our suking watchman.

Friday, February 1, 2019

King Seiko 4502 7001, Hi-Beat Manual Wind

We start the month of February with a watch feature. My collection includes this King Seiko also from my birth year of 1972. Hi-Beat here stands for 36,000 bph. Of course, I prefer this to the hi-beat Lord Marvel models. The latter were the first to come out but I guess the movements on the KS is the more refined ones?

This King Seiko also has that simple yet elegant design found in the KS 44 model
Side view showing the signed crown
The other side view.
Case back with the KS medallion and serial number indicating this was manufactured in August 1972
Close-up of the bottom of the dial
The watch's 4502A movement is in great condition
The watch the first time I wore it after fitting it with a Hirsch leather strap

The watch lasts about 43 hours on a full wind. That is not at all bad for a 46-year old watch. I have also observed it to be gaining only a few seconds per day so it is still a very reliable piece.