Sunday, December 29, 2013

AUTHENTIC VERY RARE ORIS CURVEX GENTS WRISTWATCH


BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC VERY RARE ORIS CURVEX GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS BY ORIS WATCH CO.
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1960's
MODEL: ORIS CURVEX
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: CLEAN ACCRYLIC CRYSTAL / BERSIH TANPA CALAR
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: ORIS 17 JEWELS MANUAL MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: D HOUR AND MINUTE
HANDS/JARUM: BLUE METAL DAUPHINE
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU:  BLACK ARABIC
CASING : GOLD FILLED CASE AND CASEBACK 
LUGS: 19mm
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 25mm DIAMETER w/o CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: -
CROWN: GP UNSIGNED
STRAP/TALI: BLACK RUBBER LEATHER STYLE BAND
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
WORKING CONDITION, RECENTLY SERVICE & KEEPING TIME
PRICE/HARGA: (SOLD TO NICK)

BRIEF HISTORY OF ORIS WATCHES
Oris was founded in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian at Hölstein, Switzerland. Oris produced no-nonsense time pieces which were both high quality and affordable. With the advent of quartz, as with many other Swiss watch manufacturers, Oris struggled to find its place in the watch market.
However, Oris continued to focus on the manufacturing of mechanical watches. Oris has been able to hold its own creating watches with unique mechanical features that distinguish from those with electronics and quartz. Since the mid-eighties, Oris has progressively launched more mechanical watches with features such as analogue date pointers, automatic movement, mechanical chronographs, and analogue world time display. Interestingly, despite the turbulent changes the watch industry experienced, Oris has found itself doing what it always has, producing great value quality mechanical watches.
In 2004, Oris celebrated 100 years of existence and is going stronger than ever. Oris boasts many names wearing an Oris such as Sean Penn, Harrison Ford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicolas Cage, and Meg Ryan. Oris is also a key sponsor of the BMW Williams Formula 1 team, helping them to grow their brand awareness, and expand internationally.
The 2008 Oris range includes the TT3, Divers, Artelier, BC3, BC4, Big Crown, Miles, Chronoris, Classic and Flight Timer collections.
You can view the latest Oris Watches collection online

Saturday, December 28, 2013

AUTHENTIC VINTAGE FRANCE ORVIN SKIN DIVER GENTS WRISTWATCH







BRAND:VINTAGE ORVIN SKINNDIVER GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN : FRANCE
CIRCA:1960's
MODEL: DIVER
CRYSTAL: VERY CLEAN ACRYLIC
MOVEMENT:FRANCE MONTRAX 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT
HANDS:LUMINOUS SILVER TONE HAND 
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: LUMINOUS ARABIC AND BATON MARKER
CASING : BASE METAL
BEZEL: SILVER TONE MARKER BLACK BEZEL
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 36mm DIAMETER w/o CROWN and 43mm LUG TO LUG
CASEBACK INITIALS: - ANTI MAGNETIC~WATERPROOF TESTED~BASE METAL BEZEL
CROWN: STAINLESS STEEL UNSIGNED
STRAP:  T MADE IN ITALY ORIGINAL GENUINE TROPIC SUB RUBBER BAND, THIS WILL BE SOLD SEPARATELY FOR RM400 - REPLACEMENT BAND WILL BE PROVIDED IF CHOOSE NOT TO BUY THE TROPIC STYLE BAND
STRAP SIZE: 8.5"
DISCONTINUED MODEL... VERY VERY RARE AND VERY HARD TO FIND!
EXCELLENT CONDITION AND KEEPING TIME 
PRICE/HARGA:RM650 (NEGOTIABLE)

There is not much information or history about Orvin watch brand. Orvin watches were sold exclusively by Sears and Roebucks. this Orvin Skin Diver was made by Montrax France, in house high grade movement. most of Orvin wristwatch were equipped with highly regarded movement from swiss movement manufacturer Felsa, Corterbert and A.Schild right after the second world war when the Swiss watchmaking industry dominated the watch market.  

SOUGHT AFTER AUTHENTIC VINTAGE VULCAIN ALARM GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH











BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE VULCAIN ALARM GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1960's
MODEL: CRICKET - ALARM
CRYSTAL: ACCRYLIC
MOVEMENT: VULCAIN 17 JEWELS CAL.120 MANUAL WINDING ALARM MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE
FUNCTION: HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND, ALARM - LOUD & CLEAR
HANDS: SILVER TONE
MARKERS: G RAISED SILVER TONE BATON MARKERS
CASING : 1 BASE METAL TOP and STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: 34mm DIAMETER w/o CROWN and 39mm LUG TO LUG
CASEBACK ENGRAVING: VULCAIN WATCH CO - STAINLESS STEEL BACK- INCABLOC - H.99.101
CROWN: ORIGINAL UNSIGNED SS CROWN
STRAP: NEW BLACK FAUX BAND LEATHER
STRAP SIZE : 8.5"
EXCELLENT CONDITION, KEEPING TIME, ALARM WORKS. NO BOX NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE: RM2,100 (NEGOTIABLE)

VULCAIN CRICKET - BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENT WATCH
Founded in 1858 and internationally renowned, particularly thanks to the 1947 presentation of the world's first mechanical alarm wristwatch, the famous Cricket, the company is once again producing Vulcain alarm wristwatches. The company presented its new collections, all equipped with the Cricket movement that made a major contribution to establishing the company's international reputation. The Cricket watch was also nicknamed "The Presidents' Watch", since Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson were all loyal customers and eminent ambassadors for the Cricket. This model, which has made its mark on watchmaking history, owes its name to its distinctive sound resembling the strident cry of the chirpy insect. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude, respectively President and CEO and Technical Director of the new entity have launched the production of 5,000 Vulcain watches this year and plan to increase production progressively to reach 10,000 a year in the medium term. The United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland are the first markets targeted by the new management team. The company has chosen not to exhibit at the spring trade fairs this year, preferring to focus its efforts on product developments and host its clients at the company head office in Le Locle.

1947 will remain a significant milestone in watchmaking history. 55 years ago, the first genuinely functional mechanical alarm wristwatch was presented by Vulcain. For the very first time, watchmakers and scientists had succeeded in achieving what many researchers had attempted before them: a mechanical alarm wristwatch powerful enough to actually wake up its owner.
For Vulcain, a company founded in 1858, the year 1947 was to mark the start of a new era. As soon the first alarm wristwatch models were presented, the whole world appeared to be clamouring for what would become "The Presidents' Watch". More than 50 years later, the watch Manufacture intends to rebuild on the foundations of this exceptional legacy to write a major new chapter in the history of the Vulcain brand.
It is in Le Locle, strategically located in the Neuchatel Jura region with its deep historical watchmaking roots that the company has decided to establish itself in order to revive the Vulcain brand and relaunch production of the Cricket movements in their original functions.
The new Vulcain philosophy is not to move mountains, nor to cultivate unbridled ambitions for the company. On the contrary, since the brand has not been particularly active during the past decade, it must first be revived before relaunching. It is through a policy based on a long-term vision that the new firm intends to regain a niche position in the watchmaking world of tomorrow.
The new company - In September 2001, Production & Marketing Horloger SA (PMH SA), based in Le Locle, acquired the Vulcain and Cricket brands as well as exclusive operating rights and production tools to the famous Cricket mechanical alarm movement.
President and CEO Bernard R. Fleury and Technical Director Alain Claude are the two main figures at the head of PMH SA. In light of the fine quality of the product and the exceptional horological heritage it represents, both men wished to revive the Cricket calibre and to give the Vulcain brand a new lease on life. PMH SA was set up on the basis of this determination.
Despite the brand's rich past, the new company does not intend to implement a backward-looking policy, either in marketing or sales terms. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude are not devoting their energies to replicating what was done fifty years ago. Quite clearly, it is on the strength of the mechanical alarm calibre that the new company must be built, but they intend to use it as a springboard towards new horizons. Nonetheless, the rebirth announced in the spring of 2002 naturally needed to clearly express the strong ties between the brand's heyday in the past century and the new entity

The President’s Wristwatch

In January 1953, when the Chairman of the White House Press Photographers’ Association presented the American President Harry S. Truman (President from 12.4.1945 till 20.1.1953) with a Vulcain Cricket, this marked the beginning of a tradition which continued right up to Bill Clinton’s term of office (20.1.1993–20.1.2001).
This tradition earned for the Vulcain Cricket the reputation of being the “President’s watch”. President Truman was so delighted with the usefulness of his Cricket that he wore it regularly. In particular he made regular use of the alarm-feature to remind him of important appointments.

Do as Ike does

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Truman’s successor as US President (20.1.1953 – 20.1.1961), wore a Cricket even before he was elected President. He too used the Cricket with enthusiasm during his period in office. And it is to him that the Cricket owes its legendary reputation in the United States. The slogan “Do as Ike does” is a reference to the way he like to be reminded by his Vulcain Cricket. It goes without saying that the advertisements of the time stressed the fact that the President wore a Vulcain Cricket.
And so the USA quickly became the most important market for sales of the Vulcain Cricket. It owed much of its fame to one single press conference in 1956.
US President Lyndon B. Jonson was a particular fan of the Vulcain Cricket. In the course of his period in office (22.11.1963 – 20.1.1969) he presented more than 200 people with a Cricket. And whilst he was on a visit to Geneva for a meeting of the United Nations, he gave orders to buy up all the Crickets available there. A personal letter of thanks from Lyndon B. Johnson to F. Ditisheim dated 15.5.1964 shows how the President trusted his own Vulcain Cricket and used it daily. He emphasized how much he appreciated the watch and that he did felt less than dressed without it.
And the succeeding Presidents of the United States had one thing in common – they all wore a Vulcain Cricket. In a ceremony on 20.1.1969, President Richard M. Nixon was presented with his personal Vulcain Cricket. Photos were taken of the event.
Besides being the wristwatch of the American Presidents, the Cricket also became the watch of the last Soviet President Michail Gorbachov. He too was received the Cricket as a gift from MSR. And he too grew to appreciate the practical usefulness of the watch. The cover photo of the Time of 31st December 1990 depicts Michail Gorbachov wearing his Vulcain Cricket.

RARE COLLECTION - AUTHENTIC VINTAGE BENRUS WRIST ALARM GENTS WRISTWATCH







BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE BENRUS WRIST ALARM GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1960's
MODEL: WRIS ALARM 
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACRYLIC 
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: BENRUS 17 JEWELS CAL. DS15 MANUAL MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: S GOLD TONE NICELY PATINATED FAIRLY DISTRIBUTED
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND AND ALARM 
HANDS/JARUM: SILVERTONE DAUPHANE AND RED ARROW ALARM HAND
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: RAISED SILVER TONE ARABIC MARKERS
CASING : SOLID STAINLESS STEEL
LUGS: 18mm 
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 35mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
BEZEL: SOLID STAINLESS STEEL BEZEL
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: BENRUS LOGO~WATERPROOF~SHOCK ABSORBING~ DUSTPROOF~STAINLESS STEEL~OPEN THRU CRYSTAL~SERIES#6810
CROWN: ORIGINAL BENRUS CROWNS FOR WINDING KNOB AND ALARM KNOB
STRAP/TALI: NEW BLACK FAUX LEATHER BAND
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 9.5" FULL LENGHT
DISCONTINUED MODEL... ALARM SET AND VERY LOUD!
EXCELLENT CONDITION, KEEPING GOODTIME, NO BOX and NO PAPER but GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE/HARGA: S PERSONAL COLLECTION BUT WILLING TO LET GO FOR RM950 (NEGOTIABLE)
LISTING RM950 SOLD RM

A BRIEF HISTORY OF BENRUS WATCHES
Although the company went out of business in 1977, large numbers of their well made and dependable fine Benrus watches are available as vintage collectors’ items.
Way back in 1921 three brothers called Oscar, Ralph and Benjamin Lazrus founded the Benrus Watch Company. History doesn’t tell us why Benjamin was the brothers’ name that was chosen but the company name, Benrus, is a combination of the first syllable of his name and the second syllable of their family name. Benrus watches is sometimes mistaken for a Swiss watch making company because early in its history the American owned and operated company leased one floor of factory space from a Swiss owned watch making company that was located in La Chaux de Fonds in Switzerland. Their reason for doing this was to help to circumvent the draconian regulations against the use of Swiss watch movements in foreign time pieces. The earliest models of Benrus watches featured precision movements made by the Schild Company, a well known and established Swiss watch maker. The first watch casings from the Benrus Watch Company are not marked with their brand name due to the Swiss regulations discussed previously.
In the decade of the 1930’s the innovative and creative styling of Benrus watches started to attract quite a following. Their chic designs featured such innovations as cushion watches and rectangular shaped watch casings. It was during this period of time that the Benrus Watch Company first became well known to the American consumer market. The company continued to be known as a leader in style and design in the watch making industry. During the 1940’s they made a range of fine time pieces that are avidly sought after by vintage watch collectors today. Perhaps the most famous of these was the manually winding calendar watch.
Other brands that sold under the Benrus name were 

SOVEREIGN

BELFORTE
In the 1960's through the late 70's, Benrus made military issue watches used by the Army and Navy. These were issued to servicemen fighting in the Vietnam War. 

Early in the 1960's Ben and Ralph Lazrus were in their 70's and ready for retirement. By the mid to late 70's Benrus Incorporated was a diversified manufacturer of a number of consumer products. Companies included: Benrus Watch Co. Watches, Wells, Inc. Jewelry, and Destino, Ltd. - Christian Dior Products. An attempt to consolidate all the various manufacturing enterprises under one roof proved to be a much more expensive move than anyone calculated, and a final blow to the company which subsequently filed bankrupt in 1977.

The company was then sold, and after passing through several more hands, came under the ownership of the Hampden Company, which also owned "Fantasy Diamonds", with factories in both the Virgin Islands and Chicago. An attempt was made to bring back the Benrus brand under Hampden/Fantasy, which was somewhat successful but short lived. Among others, a reissue of Vietnam service watches proved very popular.

SOUGHT AFTER AUTHENTIC VINTAGE VULCAIN CRICKET GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH







BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE VULCAIN CRICKET GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1960's
MODEL: CRICKET - ALARM
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACCRYLIC
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: VULCAIN 17 JEWELS CAL.120 MANUAL WINDING ALARM MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD CHAMPAGNE
FUNCTION: A HOUR, MINUTE, SECOND AND ALARM - LOUD & CLEAR
HANDS: LUMINOUS GOLD TONE HANDS
MARKERS: GOLD TONE STICKS/RANTING KEEMASAN
CASING : GOLD PLATED TOP and STAINLESS STEELBACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: 33mm DIAMETER w/o CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
CASEBACK ENGRAVING: STAINLESS STEEL BACK
CROWN: ORIGINAL VULCAIN GP SIGNED 'V'
STRAP: ORIGINAL GOLD PLATED STRECT FLEXI BAND
STRAP SIZE : 8.5"
EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME, ALARM WORKS, NO BOX AND NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHNTIC
PRICE: RM2000 (NEGOTIABLE)

VULCAIN CRICKET - BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENT WATCH
Founded in 1858 and internationally renowned, particularly thanks to the 1947 presentation of the world's first mechanical alarm wristwatch, the famous Cricket, the company is once again producing Vulcain alarm wristwatches. The company presented its new collections, all equipped with the Cricket movement that made a major contribution to establishing the company's international reputation. The Cricket watch was also nicknamed "The Presidents' Watch", since Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson were all loyal customers and eminent ambassadors for the Cricket. This model, which has made its mark on watchmaking history, owes its name to its distinctive sound resembling the strident cry of the chirpy insect. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude, respectively President and CEO and Technical Director of the new entity have launched the production of 5,000 Vulcain watches this year and plan to increase production progressively to reach 10,000 a year in the medium term. The United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland are the first markets targeted by the new management team. The company has chosen not to exhibit at the spring trade fairs this year, preferring to focus its efforts on product developments and host its clients at the company head office in Le Locle.

1947 will remain a significant milestone in watchmaking history. 55 years ago, the first genuinely functional mechanical alarm wristwatch was presented by Vulcain. For the very first time, watchmakers and scientists had succeeded in achieving what many researchers had attempted before them: a mechanical alarm wristwatch powerful enough to actually wake up its owner.
For Vulcain, a company founded in 1858, the year 1947 was to mark the start of a new era. As soon the first alarm wristwatch models were presented, the whole world appeared to be clamouring for what would become "The Presidents' Watch". More than 50 years later, the watch Manufacture intends to rebuild on the foundations of this exceptional legacy to write a major new chapter in the history of the Vulcain brand.
It is in Le Locle, strategically located in the Neuchatel Jura region with its deep historical watchmaking roots that the company has decided to establish itself in order to revive the Vulcain brand and relaunch production of the Cricket movements in their original functions.
The new Vulcain philosophy is not to move mountains, nor to cultivate unbridled ambitions for the company. On the contrary, since the brand has not been particularly active during the past decade, it must first be revived before relaunching. It is through a policy based on a long-term vision that the new firm intends to regain a niche position in the watchmaking world of tomorrow.
The new company - In September 2001, Production & Marketing Horloger SA (PMH SA), based in Le Locle, acquired the Vulcain and Cricket brands as well as exclusive operating rights and production tools to the famous Cricket mechanical alarm movement.
President and CEO Bernard R. Fleury and Technical Director Alain Claude are the two main figures at the head of PMH SA. In light of the fine quality of the product and the exceptional horological heritage it represents, both men wished to revive the Cricket calibre and to give the Vulcain brand a new lease on life. PMH SA was set up on the basis of this determination.
Despite the brand's rich past, the new company does not intend to implement a backward-looking policy, either in marketing or sales terms. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude are not devoting their energies to replicating what was done fifty years ago. Quite clearly, it is on the strength of the mechanical alarm calibre that the new company must be built, but they intend to use it as a springboard towards new horizons. Nonetheless, the rebirth announced in the spring of 2002 naturally needed to clearly express the strong ties between the brand's heyday in the past century and the new entity

The President’s Wristwatch

In January 1953, when the Chairman of the White House Press Photographers’ Association presented the American President Harry S. Truman (President from 12.4.1945 till 20.1.1953) with a Vulcain Cricket, this marked the beginning of a tradition which continued right up to Bill Clinton’s term of office (20.1.1993–20.1.2001).
This tradition earned for the Vulcain Cricket the reputation of being the “President’s watch”. President Truman was so delighted with the usefulness of his Cricket that he wore it regularly. In particular he made regular use of the alarm-feature to remind him of important appointments.

Do as Ike does

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Truman’s successor as US President (20.1.1953 – 20.1.1961), wore a Cricket even before he was elected President. He too used the Cricket with enthusiasm during his period in office. And it is to him that the Cricket owes its legendary reputation in the United States. The slogan “Do as Ike does” is a reference to the way he like to be reminded by his Vulcain Cricket. It goes without saying that the advertisements of the time stressed the fact that the President wore a Vulcain Cricket.
And so the USA quickly became the most important market for sales of the Vulcain Cricket. It owed much of its fame to one single press conference in 1956.
US President Lyndon B. Jonson was a particular fan of the Vulcain Cricket. In the course of his period in office (22.11.1963 – 20.1.1969) he presented more than 200 people with a Cricket. And whilst he was on a visit to Geneva for a meeting of the United Nations, he gave orders to buy up all the Crickets available there. A personal letter of thanks from Lyndon B. Johnson to F. Ditisheim dated 15.5.1964 shows how the President trusted his own Vulcain Cricket and used it daily. He emphasized how much he appreciated the watch and that he did felt less than dressed without it.
And the succeeding Presidents of the United States had one thing in common – they all wore a Vulcain Cricket. In a ceremony on 20.1.1969, President Richard M. Nixon was presented with his personal Vulcain Cricket. Photos were taken of the event.
Besides being the wristwatch of the American Presidents, the Cricket also became the watch of the last Soviet President Michail Gorbachov. He too was received the Cricket as a gift from MSR. And he too grew to appreciate the practical usefulness of the watch. The cover photo of the Time of 31st December 1990 depicts Michail Gorbachov wearing his Vulcain Cricket.

PERSONAL COLLECTION - AUTHENTIC VINTAGE PRESIDENT'S WATCH VULCAIN CRICKET GRAND PRIX GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH










BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE VULCAIN CRICKET GENTS ALARM WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1960's
MODEL: CRICKET - ALARM
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACCRYLIC
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: VULCAIN 17 jewels CAL.120 MANUAL WINDING ALARM MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: SILVER BLACK DUST PATINATED
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: ALARM - LOUD & CLEAR
HANDS/JARUM: LUMINOUS ILVER TONE HANDS
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: SILVER TONE STICKS MARKERS
CASING : SOLID STAINLESS STEEL 
LUGS: 20mm
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 37mm DIAMETER INCLUDING CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: VULCAIN WATCH CO - SWISS 1858 - S 2326 B etc look at the photo attached
CROWN: ORIGINAL SS CROWN SIGNED 'V'
STRAP/TALI: GENUINE BLACK LEATHER
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION, ALARM WORKS, KEEPING TIME. NO BOX NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC.
PERSONAL COLLECTION - WILLING TO SELL IF THE PRICE IS REASONABLE
VULCAIN CRICKET - BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRESIDENT WATCH
Founded in 1858 and internationally renowned, particularly thanks to the 1947 presentation of the world's first mechanical alarm wristwatch, the famous Cricket, the company is once again producing Vulcain alarm wristwatches. The company presented its new collections, all equipped with the Cricket movement that made a major contribution to establishing the company's international reputation. The Cricket watch was also nicknamed "The Presidents' Watch", since Eisenhower, Nixon and Johnson were all loyal customers and eminent ambassadors for the Cricket. This model, which has made its mark on watchmaking history, owes its name to its distinctive sound resembling the strident cry of the chirpy insect. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude, respectively President and CEO and Technical Director of the new entity have launched the production of 5,000 Vulcain watches this year and plan to increase production progressively to reach 10,000 a year in the medium term. The United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Switzerland are the first markets targeted by the new management team. The company has chosen not to exhibit at the spring trade fairs this year, preferring to focus its efforts on product developments and host its clients at the company head office in Le Locle.

1947 will remain a significant milestone in watchmaking history. 55 years ago, the first genuinely functional mechanical alarm wristwatch was presented by Vulcain. For the very first time, watchmakers and scientists had succeeded in achieving what many researchers had attempted before them: a mechanical alarm wristwatch powerful enough to actually wake up its owner.
For Vulcain, a company founded in 1858, the year 1947 was to mark the start of a new era. As soon the first alarm wristwatch models were presented, the whole world appeared to be clamouring for what would become "The Presidents' Watch". More than 50 years later, the watch Manufacture intends to rebuild on the foundations of this exceptional legacy to write a major new chapter in the history of the Vulcain brand.
It is in Le Locle, strategically located in the Neuchatel Jura region with its deep historical watchmaking roots that the company has decided to establish itself in order to revive the Vulcain brand and relaunch production of the Cricket movements in their original functions.
The new Vulcain philosophy is not to move mountains, nor to cultivate unbridled ambitions for the company. On the contrary, since the brand has not been particularly active during the past decade, it must first be revived before relaunching. It is through a policy based on a long-term vision that the new firm intends to regain a niche position in the watchmaking world of tomorrow.
The new company - In September 2001, Production & Marketing Horloger SA (PMH SA), based in Le Locle, acquired the Vulcain and Cricket brands as well as exclusive operating rights and production tools to the famous Cricket mechanical alarm movement.
President and CEO Bernard R. Fleury and Technical Director Alain Claude are the two main figures at the head of PMH SA. In light of the fine quality of the product and the exceptional horological heritage it represents, both men wished to revive the Cricket calibre and to give the Vulcain brand a new lease on life. PMH SA was set up on the basis of this determination.
Despite the brand's rich past, the new company does not intend to implement a backward-looking policy, either in marketing or sales terms. Bernard R. Fleury and Alain Claude are not devoting their energies to replicating what was done fifty years ago. Quite clearly, it is on the strength of the mechanical alarm calibre that the new company must be built, but they intend to use it as a springboard towards new horizons. Nonetheless, the rebirth announced in the spring of 2002 naturally needed to clearly express the strong ties between the brand's heyday in the past century and the new entity

The President’s Wristwatch

In January 1953, when the Chairman of the White House Press Photographers’ Association presented the American President Harry S. Truman (President from 12.4.1945 till 20.1.1953) with a Vulcain Cricket, this marked the beginning of a tradition which continued right up to Bill Clinton’s term of office (20.1.1993–20.1.2001).
This tradition earned for the Vulcain Cricket the reputation of being the “President’s watch”. President Truman was so delighted with the usefulness of his Cricket that he wore it regularly. In particular he made regular use of the alarm-feature to remind him of important appointments.

Do as Ike does

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Truman’s successor as US President (20.1.1953 – 20.1.1961), wore a Cricket even before he was elected President. He too used the Cricket with enthusiasm during his period in office. And it is to him that the Cricket owes its legendary reputation in the United States. The slogan “Do as Ike does” is a reference to the way he like to be reminded by his Vulcain Cricket. It goes without saying that the advertisements of the time stressed the fact that the President wore a Vulcain Cricket.
And so the USA quickly became the most important market for sales of the Vulcain Cricket. It owed much of its fame to one single press conference in 1956.
US President Lyndon B. Jonson was a particular fan of the Vulcain Cricket. In the course of his period in office (22.11.1963 – 20.1.1969) he presented more than 200 people with a Cricket. And whilst he was on a visit to Geneva for a meeting of the United Nations, he gave orders to buy up all the Crickets available there. A personal letter of thanks from Lyndon B. Johnson to F. Ditisheim dated 15.5.1964 shows how the President trusted his own Vulcain Cricket and used it daily. He emphasized how much he appreciated the watch and that he did felt less than dressed without it.
And the succeeding Presidents of the United States had one thing in common – they all wore a Vulcain Cricket. In a ceremony on 20.1.1969, President Richard M. Nixon was presented with his personal Vulcain Cricket. Photos were taken of the event.
Besides being the wristwatch of the American Presidents, the Cricket also became the watch of the last Soviet President Michail Gorbachov. He too was received the Cricket as a gift from MSR. And he too grew to appreciate the practical usefulness of the watch. The cover photo of the Time of 31st December 1990 depicts Michail Gorbachov wearing his Vulcain Cricket.

AUTHENTIC PRYNGEPS PORCELAIN VINTAGE RE-ISSUED TWO REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH





BRAND/JENAMA: PRYNGEPS PORCELAIN VINTAGE RE-ISSUED TWO REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 1990'S
MODEL: TWO REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: ACRYLIC CRYSTAL 
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: SWISS CHRONOGRAPH VALJOUX 7756 MANUAL WINDING 17 JEWELS MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: WHITE PORCELAIN RED OUTER AND TRIPPLE INNER CIRCLE TACHYMETER and CHRONOGRAPH SUB DIALS
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: 2 REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH and DATE at 3:00
HANDS/JARUM: G BLACK METAL HANDS
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: BLACK ARABIC MARKERS
CASING :  ROUND STAINLESS STEEL GOLD FILLED CASE
LUGS SIZE: 20mm 
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 38mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN 43mm LUG TO LUG 
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: NONE
CROWN: GOLD PLATED ONION CROWN
STRAP/TALI: GENUINE BROWN LEATHER BAND
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8.5"
EXCELLENT CONDITION, WORKING,  ALL CHRONO WORKING AND RESET TO ZERO, NO BOX AND NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE/HARGA:  RM5,500 (NEGOTIABLE)

THE PRYNGEPS
In 1956 Farinola family founded Pryngeps watch company in Milan. The company was located in Via dell'Unione in Milan. During the first years of the development, the company had been specializing in the production of watches for other brands. Later, the company entered the market with its own production with the company logo in the form of the crown and the “Pryngeps” inscription. In the 1980s — 1990s, the company headquarters were moved to Via Torino, where they are located nowadays. In the 1990s, Jamaica Sound model was released, it was distinguished by its plain design and was a great success among the young people. This famous watch inspired the Pryngeps watchmakers to create a new collection, known as Jamaica Time. These watches were characterized by the bright and rich colours and unusual lightness, they were designed for young, active and energetic people. While creating Jamaica Time watches, the Pryngeps watchmakers strictly adhered to the old traditions of horology. The colours and shapes of the cases make these models unique and inimitable. 
salon Pryngeps
The wrist watches by Pryngeps
Pryngeps
 reflect the old tradition of Italian watchmaking. Pryngeps name has become the synonym for Quality and Elegance. The cases of men's and women's wrist watches, produced from steel, are decorated with Swarovski crystals. 

Pryngeps watch company released the following collections:

DIAMOND - the collection includes watches, made of stainless steel, with mineral glasses, water resistant to 3, 5, or 10 ATM. The watches are equipped with the automatic Caliber Valjoux 7750 movements.
GOLD — the collection presents the models with 18K golden cases, guilloche dials, mineral glasses. The watches are based on the Swiss ETA movements.
POCKET WATCHES — the collection consists of pocket watches.
STONE — the watch cases of this collection are made of stainless steel, the crystals are mineral, the water resistance is up to 3, 5, or 10 ATM. The models are equipped with the quartz movements.
CROCE DI MALTA - collection includes the models with cases, made of stainless steel or 18K gold. The crystals are mineral, some models have the guilloche dials. The water resistance is up to 5 or 10 ATM.
PRESTIGE — the models from this 
Pryngeps
collection are equipped with the scratch-resistant sapphire crystals, the cases are made of stainless steel. The watches optionally come either with the steel bracelets or leather straps. All models are based on the reliable Swiss movements.
TIMONIER — this collection includes the luxury wrist watches, decorated with precious stones, as well as models, made of stainless steel, with guilloche dials, leather straps and steel bracelets.
TIMONIER ADVENTURE — the collection includes the models, with steel cases with IP coating. The hands are treated with the luminescent coating. The watches are water resistant up to 10 ATM. 
Since 2000, Pryngeps company has been producing the collections of exquisite  jewelry with the elegant design, made of silver. The luxurious and unique jewelry by Pryngeps company is decorated with precious stones or Swarovski crystals.
You can buy the watches and other products of the company at the jewelry stores in Italy and in many countries all over the world. The brand has its own boutique in Hong Kong

Friday, December 27, 2013

AUTHENTIC RARE COLLECTION UNIVERSAL GENEVE MOONPHASE DRESS WRISTWATCH


















BRAND/JENAMA: AUTHENTIC RARE COLLECTION UNIVERSAL GENEVE MOONPHASE DRESS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN/BUATAN: SWISS
CIRCA/TAHUN: 2000's
MODEL: DRESS WATCH
CRYSTAL/CERMIN: SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
MOVEMENT/ENJIN: HIGH QUALITY UNIVERSAL GENEVE ETA 7 JEWELS QUARTZ MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: GOLD TONE with BLUE MOONPHASE at 6:00
FUNCTION/FUNGSI: DRESS WATCH
HANDS/JARUM: GOLD TONE
MARKERS/TANDA WAKTU: BLACK BOXES MARKER
CASING : S SOLID 18K GOLD SYMBOL & BEZEL, SOLID STAINLESS STEEL CASE and CASEBACK
LUGS: 14mm
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN: 33mm without CROWN and 39mm LUG TO LUG
DITANDA/ENGARVED BACK CASING: UNIVERSAL GENEVE LOGO~MODELE DEPOSE~WATER RESISTANT~STAINLESS STEEL CASE & BACK~REF 235.100~S/N 67681~18K GOLD SYMBOL AND BEZEL
CROWN: Original Gp Universal geneve CROWN
STRAP/TALI: GENUINE BLACK LEATHER with ORIGINAL UNIVERSAL GENEVE LOGO GP BUCKLE
SIZE STRAP/SAIZ TALI: 8"
EXCELLENT CONDITION, WORKING, KEEPING TIME, RARE TIME PIECE
BEUTIFUL. NO BOX AND NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE/HARGA : RM950.00 (NEGOTIABLE/BOLEH DIRUNDING)
LISTING: RM950.00 SOLD: RM


BRIEF HISTORY OF UNIVERSAL GENEVE WATCHES


In Locle, one of the most important watch centers in Switzerland, located in the mountains of the Jura on the 18th of January 1894, 8 o'clock in the morning on a Thursday, the company "Universal Watch" was founded. The two watch manufacturers Numa-Emile Descombes (born at Locle in 1863) and Ulysse Georges Perret (born at Locle in 1868) registered the name "Universal Watch" at the rue du Collège for the "production of watch-cases, domes, watch dials, movement, fitted boxes and packaging for watches". This was a classical formula at that time, which enabled the protection of the make and all related promotional material. In the same year they patented a 24 hour indication watch. Just three years later Numa-Emile Descombes died at the early age of 34. Consequently on the 22nd July 1897, all makes were transferred to the names of Ulysse Georges Perret and Louis-Edouard Berthoud.
Universal Watch was amongst the first to recognize the enormous potential of wrist-watches and chronographs in particular. In 1898 superior quality wrist-watches with chronograph and 30 minutes recorder were introduced. During the following years the brand "Universal Watch" profitted from rapidly growing reputation in Europe and the two Americas. The company decided to move the headquarter to Geneva, rue de l'Arquebuse in 1919. Research on self-winding systems for wrist-watches was undertaken. In 1925 Universal created the model "Auto-Rem", a self-winding system with an oscillating weight mechanism with spring-buffers, similar to the system of John Harwood. On the 12th of August 1933 Georges Perret died. The management of the company was taken by his son Raoul. Supported by new investors the company changed to "Universal Watch Co Ltd. Genève" in 1934. During the same year the first chronograph wrist-watch with two push-buttons was presented. In 1935 the company moved to 43, Rue du Rhône with an entrance at the famous Grand Quai, next to Patek Philippe. The name "Universal" was registered. Parallel to this, a chronograph with an additional 12 hour register was presented as a world premiere.
With the registration of the brand "Universal Genève" a new logo was introduced in 1937. Despite of the world-wide economic depression, the models "Compur" and "Compax" were such a great success, that the factory in Geneva could no longer meet the demand. As a result a chronograph factory was opened in Pont-de-Martel in 1941. The famous "Tri-Compax" model was presented in 1944. Selling watches all around the world, Universal was getting a synonym for quality, reliability and good taste. Louis-Edouard Berthoud died on the 3rd March of 1947 just before the introduction of the new precision automatic calibre 138 with an oscillating mass with single direction winding. Shortly after the inauguration of the new factory in Geneva on the 28th of April 1954 the model "Polarouter", later on renamed to "Polerouter", was presented. The watch, fitted with above mentioned movement, was used by the SAS crews during their polar flights. On the 2nd of March 1955 Universal Genève patented the calibre 215 "Microtor", a new form of an automatic calibre with the rotor mass incorporated in the movement.
Since the first chronograph wrist watches, Universal's endeavour was to combine quality with good classic taste. The make had many admirer, from Harry Truman to Juan Peron. The artist Jean Cocteaux composed the dedication "Les temps lui-meme regarde l'heure à la montre Universal", which can be found on the dials of the new tourbillons. Various sheiks and arabic ministers ordered luxurious custom made watches. Golden watches with exquisite enamel dials are still very sought after. Gerald Genta, considered to be one of the most famous watch designers of the twentieth century, contributed to the success of this make by, designing two models which have subsequently become world-famous: the "Polerouter" in 1954 and the "Golden Shadow" in 1966. These two watches gained Universal the "New York Diamond Award", the "Golden Rose" in Baden-Baden, the Grand Prix of the "Ville de Genève", the "Città di Basilea" prize and the 1st price in the "Exposition Nationale Suisse" in 1964.
After the company was managed by the heirs of the founders for generations, in 1986 Lennard Oldman was appointed as new President of Universal Genève. In 1988 the headquarter moved to 29, Rue de Jussy in Geneva-Thônex. In the same year the logo changed to its present design. After a prolonged crisis which had struck the Swiss watch industry, Universal was acquired by the Stelux holding group, Hong Kong on the 1st of April 1989. A new production unit was open at Bienne in 1993. After several relocations the head office is now located in Geneva-Acacias. Today Universal Genève is focusing on its qualities and tradition. The actual collection includes several watches in a very attractive "retro-design" with reference to some of the most fascinating models of the company history. The objective is to create new models, derived from the famous Calibre 66, which will become the new generation of Universal Genève watches. Recent highlights besides the revolving Janus models with two dials include complications like Solar-Equation and Tourbillon.