Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Citizen automatic chronograph

These watches are produced during the early 1970's as a countermeasure to the Seiko bullhead chronograph. The 8110s are also nicknamed Citizen bullhead. 8110 is equipped with a 23 jewels automatic with quick set day-date function. It is also a flyback chronograph with 2 subdials (30 minutes and 12 hours).  With crown signed 'CTZ" and 2 push buttons on the 12 o'clock position of the watch. These chronographs are actually value for money comparing to Seiko bullhead and their Swiss counterparts like Omega and Tag Heuer of the same era. 

Exacron Chronograph; Valjoux 7734

Here is my first 7734 acquired through ebay bidding. This watch is in mint condition with the original dial and stainless steel case and bracelet intact. Valjoux 7734 is a manual winding 17 jewels swiss made mechanism. The only different between valjoux 7733 and 7734 is that the 7734 has a date function. I am trying to find more information on the manufacturer Exacron at the moment.... Anyone with more info can kindly email or drop me a message, thanks.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Houston I just saw a rabbit flying by...": Omega Speedmaster Professional

That is what Neil Armstrong going to say if the Chinese Fairytale comes alive in the moon..... So we won't have the fancy saying of "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." In Chinese fairytale... there are a man "Wu Gang", a goddess Chang-e and a jade rabbit with a tree on the moon.... Neil Armstrong and his crew as well as those NASA engineers and scientists at their Houston base would collapse with disbelieve!!!!

Why talking about Neil Armstrong???? Well this is the first watch wore on the moon by mankind.... Whether Aliens wear any watches? 

Omega Speedmaster Professional "Moon watch"

I purchased this watch from a friend's shop as second hand. I am never a big fan of Omega to start with... and Speedmaster is the only model I am willing to pay for. Prior to this I have another Speedmaster automatic. This watch is equipped with the omega cal.1861 movement. Omega Speedmaster professional used Cal.861 movement until 1996. The 18 jewels rhodium plated cal 1861 is based on Lemania 1873 movement and has a vibration rate of 21,600 vph. The most beautiful part of this watch is its caseback which has the words "Flight Qualified by NASA for All Manned Space Missions" and "The First Watch Worn on the Moon".