These 3 are Hamilton Grade 912 size 12 watches, all from 1938. The first two are examples I obtained after seeing Rob B’s extremely nice example shown at the bottom. And, for refernce, here’s a pic of a Hamilton Grade 912 movement in another of my watches. Read more
Last year at the Indy 500, I first saw the all black ARS on François-Paul Journe’s wrist. For two months, anticipation built until the excitement really began. The presentation box looks ultra cool also designed in black aluminium. Inside is the new Octa Sport in Aluminium (model ARS). This... Read more
In the Fall of 1997, IWC introduced a new model line, called “GST”. Within the GST model line-up was a classic diving watch, the GST Aquatimer ref 3536. With a black dial signed “T Swiss Made T”, the early IWC Aquatimer GST used a mix of both Tritium and... Read more
Zenith’s new Pilot Type 20 is a fabulous piece which doesn’t look too big on the wrist. What is ironic is that they call this the Pilot’s watch, when in fact the only military customers for it were the Royal Navy, who used it as a deck watch for... Read more
Significant chronographs: Lange 1815 Chronograph Peter Chong 24 May 2013 This post is dedicated to my good friend Eddie Sng, whose watch is featured here today. The 1815 Chronograph was introduced as perhaps a purer version of the iconic Lange Datograph. Simpler without the trademark outsized date, but as... Read more
Here are some NOS watches I have acquired over the years. My first NOS watch was this rather ugly 1973 Bulova Excellency cal. 11ANAC. It came with outer cardboard box, inner plastic box and hangtags. The original leather strap is permanently curved from sitting in the box for decades.... Read more
Montres Journe SA concluded their week long annual fair where collectors, dealers and the press were invited to discover the new Quantieme Perpetual with instantaneous jump. I was excited to see the watch in person and was really impressed. The Quantieme Perpetuel replaces the Octa Calendrier and will be... Read more
It took me a long time to learn how to post pics on Timezone, even though I read the instructions (link included here). It’s still common to see a lot of people struggling to post pictures of their timepieces, so having a little free time on my hands today,... Read more
Basel 2013: De Bethune Mystery Clock & the Imperial Fountain
I haven’t had any redials done as yet, but I’ve bought a few. This Tissot Seastar Visodate auto was an early eBay purchase from a Hong Kong seller. I’d initially purchased a Rado Green Horse but when I was advised the shipping cost would be the same for up... Read more
Hello Folks, Dating from 1915, this watch is considerably older than Jack Heuer and as well preserved. Essentially a silver lady’s pocket chronograph with a 13′” movement; Heuer did the same thing that Vacheron did & rotated the case and dial through 30 degrees, in order to clear the... Read more
On my recent trip to Geneva I had the opportunity to spend some time with the Chronometre Optimum – a remarkable chronometer that represents the culmination of a concept Francois-Paul Journe came up with over ten years ago. The design incorporates many of the distinctive features of FP Journe... Read more
The 42 mm Senator Chronometer is the first officially certified chronometer from Glashütte Original. Precise to the second, German chronometers must pass a battery of performance and accuracy tests housed within their own cases. Certification is administered by the State offices for weights and measurements of Thuringia (LMET) and... Read more
The Senator Meissen Tourbillon is classical in its 40 mm rose gold case. The rose gold as used by GO is “rich” in color. The white Meissen porcelain dial is marked by hand-painted Roman numerals. Powered by the GO Caliber 94-11, the balance, pallet lever, and escape wheel are... Read more
BR 123 Commando (prototype) BR Vintage 123 Commando Prototype BR Vintage 123 Commando: 41mm, matte black PVD finish, grey dial, 100m WR BR 126 Commando chronograph BR Vintage 126 Commando chronograph BR Vintage 126 Commando chronograph: 41mm, matte black PVD finish, grey dial, 100m WR BR 03-92 Commando BR... Read more
GRAHAM recently announced its role as the Official Timing Partner of the Los Angeles Kings and, last night, GRAHAM invited a handful of local watch journalists to the Staples Center to watch the LA Kings duel the Columbus Blue Jackets. Graham USA’s Managing Director Samir Shah wearing the new... Read more
2012 TimeZone Watch of the Year A. Lange & Söhne LANGE 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Finalists for the award represent a selection of the best timepieces of the year as chosen through a two-step voting process by TimeZone moderators. The winner is chosen exclusively by the TimeZone community, the... Read more
On my recent trip to Geneva I visited Les Cadraniers – where all FP Journe dials are manufactured. I had no idea the complexity required to produce a dial. I was completely blown away and impressed. Here are two photos to share. My full write up soon! Read more
Hi All, Patrick Heiniger ran Rolex for sixteen years, between 1992 and 2008; which might seem like a fleeting moment, compared to the 90 years at the helm of his two predecessors in the job, his father Andre and Hans Wilsdorf. But under his management, Rolex changed more than... Read more
Last week I had the opportunity to join a exclusive viewing of the Portuguese Siderale Scafusia. Benoit de Clerck, Managing Director of IWC North East Asia introduced the watch followed by a short video presentation. The event was held in a private room at Cafe Grey in Hong Kong.... Read more