Saturday, October 17, 2015

AUTHENTIC ZENITH COSMOPOLITAN UNISEX RETRO DRESS WATCH












BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE ZENITH COSMOPOLITAN GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: ZENITH SWISS
CIRCA: 1960's
MODEL: RETRO DRESS
CRYSTAL: MINERAL
MOVEMENT: ZENITH/MOVADO 7 JEWELS HIGH GRADE QUARTZ MOVEMENT CAL. 11-7
DIAL COLOR: TROPICAL BLACK
FUNCTION: DRESS RETRO WATCH HOUR, MINUTE AND DATE AT 3:00
HANDS: GOLD TONE
MARKERS: RAISED GOLD TONE BATON MARKERS
CASING : GOLD PLATED BEZEL AND STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: 28mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN and 33mm LUG TO LUG
BACKCASE MARKING: ZENITH LOGO/ S/No. 27.1570.116
CROWN: ORIGINAL ZENITH GP CROWN
STRAP: ORIGINAL/GENUINE ZENITH BLACK LIZARD LEATHER BAND WITH ZENITH BUCKLE
STRAP SIZE: 7..5"
GOOD CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RARE FIND. NO B9X NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC 
PRICE: USD499(NEGOTIABLE)

Zenith was founded in 1865 in Le Locle, Switzerland by a 22-year-old clockmaker named Georges Favre-Jacot. Unlike competitors at the time, Zenith made its own movements. By 1875, Zenith employed almost a third of the town’s population to manufacture its pocket watches.
Acclaim for the company's products came fairly quickly. There was a gold medal at the Swiss National Exhibition in 1896, followed by a first prize for chronometers at a Neuchâtel Observatory competition in 1903. By the 1920's, Zenith had introduced its first wristwatches, which were cased in gold and reflected the Art Deco sensibility of the day.
Despite significant global disturbances such as the Great Depression in the 1930's and World War II, production increased until the 1950's, when Zenith was one of the unquestioned leaders in Swiss watchmaking (in that decade, its calibers won prizes from the Neuchâtel Observatory five years in a row).
A typical vintage Zenith dress wristwatch from 1955 had an 18k rose gold case, a silver dial, and a hand-stitched black patent alligator strap. Inside was a 135 caliber, manual-movement chronometer, which at the time was state of the art.
Sports models such as the Pilot, designed to compete with the Rolex Explorer, appeared in the 1960's, but the biggest news of that decade was the 1969 launch of Zenith’s El Primero chronograph movement. Watches from this era with this movement inside are among the most collectible vintage Zenith wristwatches available.
Work on this marvel of watchmaking (150 individual stamps were required to manufacture all its tiny parts) had begun in 1962. Despite subsequent advances in technology, El Primero remains the only integrated chronograph caliber with automatic winding in both directions, and the only mechanical movement to vibrate at a rate of 36,000 beats per hour, making it accurate to within a tenth of a second.
Zenith has a long reputation for the quality and precision of their watches, with 1,565 1st-place precision awards to date. Zenith, is one of the few Swiss watch brands that make their own mechanical movements - the Elite (standard movement) and the El Primero (chronograph). The El Primero movement has a frequency of 36,000 alternations per hour. This high rate allows a resolution of 1/10th of a second and a potential for greater positional accuracy over the more typical chronometer frequency of 28,000 alt per hour.

Ironically, at the same time that Zenith introduced it's greatest movement, quartz arrived to the watch world, an invention that would almost destroy the traditional swiss watch industry in the subsequent years. Zenith takes on the quartz challenge, preserving its precious tooling and waiting for the inevitable comeback of the mechanical movements. While many watch manufacturers ceased to exist during this rough years, Zenith was able to persist in part thanks to supplying its El Primero movement to other prestigious watch makers, the most famous being the Rolex Daytona.

The turn of the century saw Zenith reinvent itself and modernize its timepieces. In 2002 at the Basel watch fair, Zenith launched 4 new movements and 14 new models that represented an overwhelming 52 new variations. There have been several innovations made by Zenith in the 2000's and many new models have been launched. Currently, Zenith has been launching a collection of sport-chic watches entitled DEFY, and are further progressing the modernity of their timepieces.

Zenith was purchased by luxury giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy) in November 1999, becoming one of several brands in LVMH's watch and jewelry division.

Presently, Zenith markets five watch lines, including the Chronomaster, Class, Port-Royal, Vintage, Defy, Star and the all new Omnipotence.

AUTHENTIC LE COULTRE FUTUMATIC POWER RESERVED GENTS WRISTWATCH








BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE JAEGER LECOULTRE FUTUREMATIC GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1960's
MODEL: POWER RESERVED - FUTUREMATIC
CRYSTAL: ACRYLIC
MOVEMENT: JAEGER LECOULTRE 17 JEWELS AUTOMATIC BUMPER MOVEMENT- CAL.497
DIAL COLOR: GOLD TONE WITH POWER RESERVED DIAL AT 9:00
FUNCTION: POWER RESERVED, HOUR, MINUTE AND SUB-SECOND DIAL AT 3:00
HANDS: GOLD TONE METAL HANDS
MARKERS: RAISED GOLD TONE ARROW HEAD MARKERS
CASING : 10K GOLD FILLED
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: 35mm WIDE and 44mm LUG TO LUG
BEZEL: 10K GOLD FILLED
ENGARVING: -
CROWN: NO SIDE CROWN - HAND ADJUSTED USING BACK BUTTON AT CASE BACK
STRAP: NEW BROWN LEATHER/TEXTILE BAND
STRAP SIZE: 8.5" FULL LENGHT

DISCONTINUED LECOULTRE MODEL... RAREST!
EXCELLENT CONDITION, KEEPING GOODTIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED
SOLD FOR RM
A BRIEF HISTORY OF LE COULTRE WATCHES
A brilliant inventor and self-taught watchmaker, Antoine-LeCoultre founded his first workshop in 1833, following the invention of a machine to produce watchmaking pinions. Ever since, the Manufacture Jaeger-Lecoultre has developed constantly around the founder's original workshops.
Surprisingly enough, it was neither a physicist nor an engineer who first measured the micron; it was Antoine LeCoultre, in 1844. He had created watch components that were so perfect no tool could actually detect their degree of inaccuracy. He followed that up by inventing the world's most accurate instrument: the Millionometer, which served as a benchmark for over half a century.
In 1847, LeCoultre created a revolutionary system that was to do away with the need for keys to rewind and set watches. His simple and brilliant solution was a pushbutton that activated a lever to switch from one function to another. It was the first keyless winding mechanism, and the first reliable system that eliminated the need for keys to wind or set a watch.
In 1866, when Swiss watchmaking was still structured around small home-run workshops, Antoine LeCoultre and his son Elie decided to bring together under one rood the many skills involved in making watches, and installed a steam-driven machine to operate their new tools. LeCoultre & Cie thus became the first Manufacture in the Vallée de Joux.
It was in 1903 when the Parisian Edmond Jaeger set Swiss watchmakers the challenge of producing ultra-thin calibres. It would lead to the Calibre 145, the world's thinnest mechanical movement, measuring no more than 1.38 mm, and the friendship of Antoine LeCoultre's grandson, Jacques-Devid LeCoultre. These two men would give a rise to a range of horological wonders, and eventually the birth of the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand in 1937.
In the year 1908, the Manufacture created its first rectangular-shaped calibre in response to the challenge created to miniaturize watches to wear on the wrist. By the "Roaring 20s" (1920s), very small ladies' wristwatches were all the rage, but extreme miniaturization always led to a loss of reliability and precision. The Duoplan brilliantly solved this problem by arranging its parts on split levels. It would lead to the world's smallest movement, Calibre 101. Outdoing the Calibre 145, Jaeger-Lecoultre miniaturized the Duoplan caliber to the extreme, weighing in at barely one gram and comprising of 74 parts. Its record is still unmatched to this date.
Since its founding, the Manufacture has created and produced over 1,000 different calibres in many varieties. Over 200 patented inventions have contributed to the progress of Swiss watchmaking in the field of movements, as well as that of cases, bracelets, dials, and watch functions.

Friday, September 25, 2015

AUTHENTIC HUBLOT MDM LADIES WRISTWATCH
















BRAND: AUTHENTIC HUBLOT MDM AUTOMATIC GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS BY HUBLOT WATCH CO.
CIRCA: 2000's
MODEL: 1391.2 MDM DEPOSE MODELE S/N 409117
CRYSTAL: CLEAN SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
MOVEMENT: HUBLOT QUARTZ MOVEMENT
DIAL COLOR: BLACK
FUNCTIONS: HOUR, MINUTES, SECOND CENTER SWIPE AND QUICK DATE AT 3:00
HANDS: SILVER GOLD METAL HAND
MARKERS: RAISED GOLD TONE MARKERS ON BEZEL
CASING : SOLID STAINLESS STEEL WITH GOLD TONE HIDDEN LUGS
LUGS: 12mm
MEASUREMENT: 28mm DIAMETER WITHOUT CROWN and 33mm LUG TO LUG
ENGRAVING ON CASEBACK: HUBLOT LOGO, MODELE,  5 ATM, S/N 409117 MODELE 1391.2
CROWN: HUBLOT SIGNED SOLID STAINLESS STEEL
STRAP: ORIGINAL HUBLOT RUBBER BAND WITH ORIGINAL DOUBLE FOLD HUBLOT GOLD TONE CLASP 
STRAP SIZE: 8"
EXCELLENT CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED. NO BOX NO PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE: USD650 (NEGOTIABLE)


Bried History of Hublot Wristwatch

A scion of the Italian Binda Group dynasty, best known for making Breil watches, Carlo Crocco left the company in 1976 to strike out on his own and create a new watch company. Moving to Switzerland he formed MDM Geneve and set about designing a watch that he named the Hublot after the French word for "porthole". The watch that he created featured the first natural rubber strap in the history of watchmaking. It took 3 years of research to create the strap. Despite failing to attract a single potential customer on the first day of its debut at the 1980 Basel Watch Fair, the watch quickly proved to be a commercial success with sales in excess of $2m in its first year.

The Jean-Claude Biver era

Carlo Crocco, preoccupied by his own design work and many activities for the Hand-in-Hand Foundation, a charity helping deprived children all around the world, set out to look for the man who could oversee his watchmaking business. In late 2003, Jean-Claude Biver, then president of Swatch Groups's Omega division, met Carlo Crocco, and in May 2004, Biver assumed duties as CEO, becoming a board member and minority shareholder in Hublot Watches.
Upon his arrival, Biver set about creating a new flagship collection that was unveiled in Basel in April 2005, with the Hublot "Big Bang" chronograph. It was an immediate success and orders increased threefold in one year. A few months later, in November 2005, the Big Bang chronograph was awarded internationally, receiving the "2005 Design Prize" in the "Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix", the "Sports Watch Prize" at the "Watch of the Year" ceremony in Japan, and the Middle Eastern Prize for the "Best Oversized Watch" at the Editor’s Choice "Watch of the Year" in Bahrain. Following the arrival of Biver in 2004, the brand's sales hit 24 million Swiss francs and by the end of 2006, sales were bordering on the 100 million Swiss franc mark. 

Acquisition by LVMH
In April 2008 it was announced that luxury goods group LVMH had acquired Hublot from founder Carlo Crocco for an undisclosed fee, adding to its existing portfolio of watch brands including TAG Heuer. 

Hublot WISeKey
At BaselWord 2009, Hublot unveiled a new method of detecting counterfeit watches. Using a WISeKey smart card, the system authenticates watches on Hublot's servers. The system went live in August 2009.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

AUTHENTIC VINTAGE NICOLET WATCH SUPER GENTS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH










BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE NICOLET WATCH CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1960's
MODEL: CHRONOGRAPH SUPER
CRYSTAL:  ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
MOVEMENT: SWISS 17 JEWELS CHRONOGRAPH MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT VALJOUX CAL.7733
DIAL COLOR: METALIC BLUE CLEAN & MINT
FUNCTION: HOUR, MINUTES, SWIPE SECOND, 2 REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH
HANDS: GP METAL HANDS
MARKERS: RAISED GP BATON MARKERS
BEZEL: NONE
CASING : GOLD PLATED TOP AND STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: LARGE 35mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN and 43mm LUG TO LUG
BACK CASE ENGRAVING: NONE
CROWN: UNSIGNED BIG GP CROWN
STRAP: GOLD PLATED MESH BELT STYLE BAND
STRAP SIZE:  8.5"
WORKING CONDITION, RECENTLY SERVICED, KEEPING TIME, DISCONTINUED MODEL
NOTICE: VINTAGE WATCHES AGED 30YRS IS NO LONGER GUANRANTEED IT'S WATERPROOF AND WATER RESISTANT SO AVOID FROM DIRECT CONTACT WITH WATER. WATCH IS WORKING, CHRONOGRAPH WORK, RESET TO ZERO. NO BOX OR PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE: USD450  (NEGOTIABLE)

EXTREMELY RARE VINTAGE LARGE LANCET CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH







BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE LARGE LANCET LARGE CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1950's
MODEL: CHRONOGRAPH
CRYSTAL:  ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
MOVEMENT: SWISS 17 JEWELS CHRONOGRAPH MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT LANDERON CAL.48
DIAL COLOR: CREAM CHAMPAGNE CLEAN & MINT
FUNCTION: HOUR, MINUTES, SWIPE SECOND, 2 REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH
HANDS: BLACK METAL COBRA HANDS
MARKERS: BLACK ARABIC MARKERS
BEZEL: NONE
CASING : CHROME PLATED TOP (SOME BRAZING ON EDGES) AND STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: LARGE 40mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN and 46mm LUG TO LUG
BACK CASE ENGRAVING: NONE
CROWN: UNSIGNED BIG SS CROWN
STRAP: GENUINE BROWN LEATHER BAND
STRAP SIZE:  8.5"
WORKING CONDITION, RECENTLY SERVICED, KEEPING TIME, DISCONTINUED MODEL
NOTICE: VINTAGE WATCHES AGED 30YRS IS NO LONGER GUANRANTEED IT'S WATERPROOF AND WATER RESISTANT SO AVOID FROM DIRECT CONTACT WITH WATER. WATCH IS WORKING, CHRONOGRAPH WORK, RESET TO ZERO. NO BOX OR PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE: PERSONAL COLLECTION but willing to let go for USD700 

AUTHENTIC SPECIALLY MADE FOR RELIABLE STORE CORP - VINTAGE COLUMN WHEEL CHRONOGRAH LANDERON CAL.39 GENTSWRISTWATCH








BRAND: AUTHENTIC VINTAGE COLUMN WHEEL CHRONOGRAPH GENTS WRISTWATCH SPECIALLY MADE FOR RELIABLE STORE CORP.
MADE IN: SWISS
CIRCA: 1950's
MODEL: CHRONOGRAPH
CRYSTAL:  ACRYLIC CRYSTAL
MOVEMENT: SWISS 17 JEWELS COLUMN WHEEL CHRONOGRAPH MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT LANDERON CAL.39
DIAL COLOR: CREAM  CHAMPAGNE CLEAN, MINT
FUNCTION: HOUR, MINUTES, SWIPE SECOND, 2 REGISTERS CHRONOGRAPH
HANDS: BLACK COLOUR METAL HANDS
MARKERS: BLACK ARABIC MARKERS WITH SNAIL PULSATATION
BEZEL: NONE
CASING : GOLD PLATED TOP AND STAINLESS STEEL BACK
LUGS: 18mm
MEASUREMENT: 35mm DIAMETER EXCLUDING CROWN and 42mm LUG TO LUG
BACK CASE ENGRAVING: NONE
CROWN: UNSIGNED GP CROWN
STRAP: GENUINE BROWN MILITARY TEXTILE BAND
STRAP SIZE:  8.5"
WORKING CONDITION, RECENTLY SERVICED, KEEPING TIME, DISCONTINUED MODEL
NOTICE: VINTAGE WATCHES AGED 30YRS IS NO LONGER GUANRANTEED IT'S WATERPROOF AND WATER RESISTANT SO AVOID FROM DIRECT CONTACT WITH WATER. WATCH IS WORKING, CHRONOGRAPH WORK, RESET TO ZERO. NO BOX OR PAPER BUT GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC
PRICE: NOW USD600 (NEGOTIABLE)