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Mismatched Omega Serial Numbers

September 23, 2013 Ray 2

Franc got the Moonwatch we bought from Chuan Watch in Singapore last year, serviced by Omega, in Australia a few weeks ago. It was working fine but he wanted it running 100%. It had a full maintenance service which included replacement of the plexiglass, crown, pushers and seals. It cost close to $800 and the watch is now working as good as new. The service also helped confirm something that I have read about – and experienced once before in a Moonwatch I owned for a short time about 7 years ago. Franc’s watch has mismatched serial numbers. The serial numbers Read More

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Chopard – Don’t be d__k

September 23, 2013 Ray 0

If you subscribe to this blog you would have seen the post about the Chopard watch project I was helping Dick with. Watch was repaired and within seconds of handing it back to Dick, the quickset date function stopped working. Brought it back to Unique Time for him to look at and he confirmed what I suspected i.e. that Dick had tried to set the date between 9 and 3 o’clock. For those of you with automatic watches with day or day / date functions, please DO NOT try and set the date or day between 9 and 3 o’clock. Read More

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Chopard Mille Miglia

September 10, 2013 Ray 4

Just completed another project watch. Dick’s Mille Miglia date setting was broken and he could not change the date on it. Got the gear replaced and lightly oiled and it is now working fine. Per this picture, it is running at +6 seconds per day. Whilst this is not ‘good’ for a COSC certified chronometer, I think it is acceptable given that the watch is not worn every day. I have had this date setting problem occur in other watches with ETA movements before. To help avoid this happening to your watch, two of the things you should do are: Read More

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Omega Cal 265 – subsecond

September 4, 2013 Ray 0

Another ‘project’ watch I have had the chance to be involved in, is this very well presented, vintage Cal 265 Omega that was an heirloom given to DS by his uncle. The picture does not do it credit as I just got an iphone a couple of days ago and am learning how to take pictures with it. If you look closely and if you are familiar with watches from that era, you will be able to discern that the face and hands have been expertly re-furbished or replaced at some point in the last decade or so. There are Read More

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Pronto Watch

September 4, 2013 Ray 17

The original Pronto watch company was established in the famous Jahre region of Switzerland in 1890. It was one of the Swiss brands that could not recover from the Quartz watch onslaught in the 70’s and finally ceased operations in 2000 when it was sold to Stelux Holdings. Stelux is a Hong Kong based company and also owns the Universal Geneve, Cyma and Solvil et Titus brands and either have the same ownership or a close business tie-up with the City Chain group who carry these brands in their outlets. These brands may still have similar Quality and build as Read More

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Vintage Watch Specialist – Tiong Bahru Market

September 2, 2013 Ray 2

I was chatting to my colleague Desmond and noticed that he was wearing a gold-fill ENICAR watch. Always liked ENICAR’s and I have been on the lookout for a decently priced Enicar Sherpa for years. Those that I have found in my price range have had pretty banged up bezels, which I think are impossible to replace given that the watches were not that popular. The Sherpa was named after the 1956 Swiss Himalayan expedition to Everest which relied on Enicar timepieces. Many say that Enicar was the first watch ever to have been taken to the top of Everest and not Read More

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Just A Sec

September 2, 2013 Ray 3

I have been pretty quiet lately but that does not mean I have not been busy working on watch ‘projects’. Infact, I have 5 projects that I am working on and this is a little unusual as I seldom have so many projects running at the same time. Have a Bell & Ross Vintage that is in the midst of getting polished at Tootkei, after coming back from the agent in Singapore, FJ Benjamin. Josh has already said he would like to have it so it’s his as soon as I get it back. Have a 50’s sub second Omega Read More