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Vintage Rolex Group Shot

Vintage Rolex Group Shot

Must Read: Rolex Passion Report ROLEX PASSION ROMA AND LONDON MEETING & 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF MT. EVEREST CONQUEST – yes, I am to lazy to retype sans capslock.

Check it out at: http://rolexpassionreport.com/12712/rolex-passion-roma-and-london-meeting-60th-anniversary-of-mt-everest-conquest/

Longines 2085 Tre Tacche

Longines 2085 Tre Tacche

Spotted: Longines 2085 with beautiful Tre Tacche case.

A bit heavy on the chronographs tonight eh? Well, here’s something more dressy for you.. Sturdy oversized Longines Tre Tacche.. Pure beauty!

Spotted at Cosimo: http://www.cosimo-online.com/en/watch/84/longines-2085-tre-tacche

Wow. For the first time in quite a while I got off work rather early today. So after hitting the gym for a bit, I thought it’d be nice to browse Antiquorum’s latest auction catalog to see if there are any nice vintage watches to be found.. Here’s what I spotted – I tried to stick to either my personal favorites or unusual pieces that caught my eye.. so no sports Rolex, you have plenty of resources to educate you on these 😉 .

Please note: the 36mm Rolexes in this auction can be found at: https://amagnetic.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/spotted-36mm-antiquorum-hong-kong/

Full catalogue at: http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/auctions/hong-kong-2013-06-22/lots

Rolex Bubbleback 2764

Rolex Bubbleback 2764

Lot 65: Rolex Bubbleback reference 2764

I don’t think I have posted a Bubbleback before on these pages, so it’s about time. I think a comeback is due for early Oysters.. Might not be in the next 1-2 years, but it will be coming – mark my words.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/rolex-ref-ref-2764-lot-273-65?page=7

Rolex Air-King 5500

Rolex Air-King 5500

Lot 67: Rolex Air-King in 14kt gold with unusual matching bracelet and stunning Sigma dial.

The clean look of the Air-King is a joy to behold. No fuss, just clean and clear lines. In full gold it is somewhat rare, and this one is fitted with a killer dial and unusual bracelet – a beauty.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/rolex-ref-ref-5500-lot-273-67?page=7

IWC Automatic Cal. 8531

IWC Automatic Cal. 8531

Lot 103: IWC Automatic Cal. 8531 in 18kt gold.

These IWC’s are wonderful, but somewhat overlooked in today’s market, especially compared to similar models from Omega like the Constellation. They are powered by great movement and the designs are -in the best IWC fashion- clean and sober. Why overlooked? Maybe since there is no model name? No stories attached to them? However, they represent great value and look stunning.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/iwc-lot-273-103?page=11

Mido 3478

Mido Multifort 3478

Lot 105: Mido Multifort ref. 3478 with enamel dial.

This is just great.. Mido with a stunning dial featuring an enamel map of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.. So charming!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/mido-ref-ref-3478-lot-273-105?page=11

Longines Cal. 528

Longines Cal. 528

Lot 106: another enamel piece – Longines Saudi Arabia cal. 528.

These cloisonne enamel watches are just to die for, although this one seems a bit ehm.. clean compared to others. Still lovely. You gotta love the Middle East for the great watches that they ordered!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/longines-lot-273-106?page=11

Universal Geneve 0233-1

Universal Geneve 0233-1

Lot 107: Universal Geneve Ref 0233-1 with cloisonne enamel dial made t.o commemorate the founding of Saudi Arabia by King Abdul al-Aziz III Ibn Saud .

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/universal-ref-ref-0233-1-lot-273-107?page=11

Omega 30 T2 SC Rg

Omega Chronometre 30 T2 SC Rg

Lot 110: Omega Chronometre 30T2 Pink Gold.

‘Nuff said IMHO – pure elegance.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-lot-273-110?page=11

Omega DeVille Co-Axial LTD

Omega DeVille Co-Axial AT 168.1849

Lot 117: Omega DeVille Co-Axial Limited Edition Platinum AT 168.1849

These were the first Omega’s to be fitted with the Co-Ax escapement by George Daniels and this is the most rare version – platinum, limited edition of just 99 pieces. Such a joy! The markers are very reminiscent of vintage Constellations.. What’s not to love? Note – the following lot is the same watch in yellow gold.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-ref-ref-at-168-1849-lot-273-117?page=12

Omega Speedmaster BC 348.0062

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 25th anniversary BC 348.0062

Lot 119: Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 25th anniversary BC 348.0062 in white gold.

Although I love the Speedmaster, I find the standard version a bit dull.. I have seen way to many. But this one? YES PLEASE!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-ref-ref-bc-348-0062-lot-273-119?page=12

Patek Philippe 5050p

Patek Philippe 5050p

Lot 147: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5050 in platinum.

The 5050 is one of my favorite recent Patek Philippe’s, together with the 3940, 5004 and 3970. I love the clean and simple lines – and a perpetual calendar PP is a joy any day!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-5050p-lot-273-147?page=15

Patek Philippe 3940

Patek Philippe 3940

Lot 212: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar ref. 3940.

And there it is.. One of my other favorites from Patek’s recent history, the 3940. So discrete yet so wonderful. I love it.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-3940-lot-273-212?page=22

Universal Geneve 21307

Universal Geneve 21307

Lot 216: Universal Geneve Triple Date ref. 21307

I have a weak spot for UG. It is one of those brands that used to produce some stunning watches and movements, but sadly didn’t make it. Although mostly known for their chronographs, I find this Triple Date rather charming..

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/universal-geneve-ref-ref-21307-lot-273-216?page=22

Universal Geneve Compur

Universal Geneve Compur

Lot 220: Universal Geneve Chronograph Compur.

Speaking of Universal Geneve chronographs – this is cool beast. The previous lots featured a few other chrono’s, but I chose to feature this one since it has a rather unusual case in stainless steel and a cool -100% vintage- dial. I love patina. Great stuff.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/universal-geneve-lot-273-220?page=22

Universal Geneve Compur

Universal Geneve Compur

Lot 223: Universal Geneve Chronograph Compur

And here we have yet another Compur Universal Geneve.. Man – I think I’m in love! The NATO strap is a great match for this piece. The case looks very sturdy and the strap matches this tool-look perfectly. Killer.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/universal-geneve-lot-273-223?page=23

Universal Geneve Aero-Compax 22403

Universal Geneve Aero-Compax 22403

Lot 226: Universal Geneve Aero-Compax ref. 22403

WOW – quite a few awesome UG’s in this auction; maybe someone unloaded her/his full collection? Anyway, this is IMHO one of the coolest UG’s available – the Aero Compax.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/universal-geneve-ref-ref-22403-lot-273-226?page=23

Omega Cosmic 3944

Omega Cosmic 3944

Lot 228: Omega Cosmic 3944

The Cosmic is an old skool collectors favorite. And be honest – what’s not to love? Unusual case shape, killer triple date movement, great brand – please shoot me now.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-ref-ref-3944-lot-273-228?page=23

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

Lot 229: Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

Longines is such a great brand.. I really hope they can reclaim some of the glamour and charm from back in the days, but I think they’re heading in the right direction. This Monopoussoir Chronograph is rather cheerful – the following lot is a similar piece with the button in the crown, but I love the wire lugs on this one.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/longines-lot-273-229?page=23

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

Lot 233: Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph

You gotta be kidding me – so many lovely Longines in this auction!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/longines-lot-273-233?page=24

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph 2012123

Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph 2012123

Lot 234: Longines Monopoussoir Chronograph ref. 2012123

The strap is a rather poor choice, but the watch – to die for. Stainless steel case.. Killer.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/longines-ref-ref-2012123-lot-273-234?page=24

Patek Philippe Beta 21 3587

Patek Philippe Beta 21 3587

Lot 299: Patek Philippe Beta 21 Quartz ref. 3587

Beautiful? Maybe not. Yet I think the Beta 21 movements is very interesting from a historical point of view – it represents the struggle the Swiss had to go through during the Quartz-crisis.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-3587-lot-273-299?page=30

Cartier Tonneau Alongée A105674

Cartier Tonneau Alongée A105674

Lot 305: Cartier Tonneau Alongée A105674

Can you spell ELEGANCE?

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/cartier-ref-ref-a105674-lot-273-305?page=31

Omega Monopoussoir Chronograph 33.3 ST955380

Omega Monopoussoir Chronograph 33.3 ST955380

Lot 389: Omega Monopoussoir Chronograph calibre 33.3 ref. ST955380

Yes, Omega re-created this one in the Museum Collection.. And yes, this is the original.. So cool!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-ref-ref-st955380-lot-273-389?page=39

Omega Chronograph 33.3 49

Omega Chronograph 33.3 49

Lot 390: Omega Chronograph 33.3 ref. 49

Such a killer! At 38mm, the case is quite large for its day.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/omega-ref-ref-49-lot-273-390?page=39

Longines Wittnauer Weems Japanese Air Force

Longines Wittnauer Weems Japanese Air Force

Lot 395: Longines for Wittnauer Weems made for the Japanese Air Force

One for you guys into oversized watches – vintage 47mm Longines with military heritage.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/longines-wittnauer-lot-273-395?page=40

Patek Philippe 5004p

Patek Philippe 5004p

Lot 549: Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Split Seconds Chronograph ref. 5004 in platinum.

I already stated this is one of my favorite Pateks, so I of course have to feature it.. This one has a platinum case and black diamond set dial – I love it. The 5004 is very rare, but I have a feeling its becoming a commodity.. Although very few were produced, it is not that hard to find. I truly hope some will find a good home at a collector who loves this awkward little piece – I mean, look at that oversized co-axial crown!

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-5004p-033-lot-273-549?page=55

IWC Da Vinci 3750

IWC Da Vinci 3750

Lot 567: IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar 3750 in stainless steel.

I love the original Perpetual Calendar Da Vinci. The design is something you have to get used to, but I think people often mistake the historical importance of this watch and the perpetual calendar module as developed by genius watchmaker Kurt Klaus.  Go figure – mid eighties, quartz ruled supreme.. Only mechanical perpetual calendars available where from brands such as PP, AP and VC and they commanded deeeeeeeeeeep pockets.. And suddely IWC came onto the scene, with a perpetual calendar based on the VJ7750, with year indication -you might think this is bogus, but it can come in handy when setting the watch- and NO CORRECTOR BUTTONS IN THE CASE! This last bit is awesome. Somehow, after this, I always think corrector buttons on other perpetuals are a bit of a lazy solution…….

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/iwc-ref-ref-3750-lot-273-567?page=57

Patek Philippe 3923 'Japan'

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3923 ‘Japan’

Lot 596: Patek Philippe Calatrava limited edition for Japan in stainless steel, reference 3923

Pure elegance.. Should I add more?

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-ref-3923-lot-273-596?page=60

Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1

Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1

Lot 606: Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 3700/1

A post like this can’t be complete without at least one Jumbo – whether it’s AP Royal Oak, PP Nautilus or IWC Ingenieur SL. These are just killer watches. Forerunners in the high-end sports-watch segment. History.

http://www.antiquorum.com/catalog/lots/patek-philippe-ref-3700-1-lot-273-606?page=61

That’s it for now folks..

Longines 13ZN

Longines 13ZN

Spotted: Stunning Longines 13ZN chronograph in stainless steel with Roman numerals – almost bauhaus in appearance, very clean. The TheBeautifulWatch descriptions rank amongst my favorites, so a quote;

 It’s the most mythical movement ever of all chronos…the famous 13ZN!!!! Flyback, it’s for connaisseurs who know chronos. But here, there’s more to what makes this piece interesting. The dial is super mint, and 100% guaranteed or we’ll refund your money! The case is rare, very elegant and typical of the ’40s. Everything you’d hope for in a chrono of crazy elegance and above all one of the most mythical in the world. The must of all musts is to have a stainless 13ZN on your wrist. So much more chic than anything else!!

So.. ’nuff said?

Spotted at TheBeautifulWatch: http://www.thebeautifulwatch.com/?P=2603

Longines 7413 30CH

Longines 7413 30CH

Spotted: Longines 30CH ref. 7413, stainless steel with pulsation scale.

I am slowly falling in love with vintage Longines. So discrete and so beautiful! This one in particular – a contemporary size, waterproof stainless steel case and a killer movement. What more could one ask for?

CarsAndWatches’ descriptions are very clear and a great proof of the knowledge of the seller – I will thus quote 😉 .

Great oversize Longines 30 CH Flyback chrono in perfect condition. This is one of the last 30CH’s made and delivered to Caracas, Venezuala in 1967. It has a large 38mm steel waterproof case with ref. 7413 and the 30CH movement is very clean and working perfectly. The original dial is the rarest variant they made for this model with steel indexes and blue Pulsations scale. Attached is a new period tropic band with Longines buckle which matches the blue scale perfectly. Classic yet sporty chrono and an excellent investment.

Spotted at CarsAndWatches: http://www.carsandwatches.com/longines/

Roel van Amsterdam Watch Company stuurde PoaG per mail foto’s een sneak preview van een Longines 30CH Türler. Sympathieke kerel die Roel!

Al eerder schreven wij op dit blog over de schitterende Longines 13ZN van Cars & Watches. Zoals u weet werd de 30ZN na zo’n elf jaar opgevolgd door de 30CH. De 13ZN is al een bijzonder uurwerk, de 30CH daarentegen wordt door velen beschouwd als een van de mooiste chronograaf-uurwerken ooit gebouwd. Een afbeelding zegt meer dan duizend woorden zegt men toch? Bij deze:

Helaas was de schitterende 30CH de laatste manufactuur-chronograaf die Longines zou produceren. Overigens zijn de meeste ‘time only’ kalibers van het merk ook een lust voor het oog – diegene vóór het ETA tijdperk althans.

De 30CH van AWCo heeft een roségouden kast van ca. 38mm, een maat die indertijd bijzonder groot was. De wijzerplaat is gebroken wit met opgelegde indexen en cijfers en deze is voorzien van een extra Türler dealer-signatuur. Over Türler staat een aardig stuk op het weblog van AWco.


Gespot bij Cars & Watches: Longines #2160 cal. 13ZN met ‘Mushroom’ pushers

Vintage Longines manufactuur chronografen zijn ons kikkerlandje nog redelijk onderbelicht, maar voor kenners en liefhebbers is het geen nieuws: de uurwerken behoren tot de mooiste ooit gemaakt.

Longines introduceerde haar eerste chronograaf kaliber, de 13.33Z, omstreeks 1910. Een kwart eeuw later kwam het merk met het kaliber 13ZN, het eerste uurwerk voor polshorloges met flyback-chronograaf. De 13ZN werd na circa 11 jaar opgevolgd door de 30CH.


De hier uitgelichte Longines draagt het referentienummer 2160 en is voorzien van de begeerlijke ‘mushroom’ stijl pushers. Zoals de titel aangeeft wordt hij aangedreven door kaliber 13ZN. De stalen kast meet een respectable 39mm en is voorzien van een klikdeksel en vaste bandaanzetten – NATO-time! In de woorden van Cars & Watches;

One of the rarest Longines chronographs ever made, the 13ZN oversize steel flyback chrono with Mushroom / Ombrello pushers. Only 4 references of this model exist with a few dial variants, this one bearing reference 2160 which was delivered to Italy in July 1939. The steel snap-back case measures a large 39mm excluding original crowns and has fixed lugs, it seems even larger because of the mushroom pushers. The original dial has aged and is showing it’s age beautifully, it’s the rare three color telemetre variant. Movement is the famous 13ZN flyback which is working perfectly. Attached is a new period brown braided band. This watch combines it all; style, quality, heritage, oversize, flyback and rarity.