The forgotten independent innovator… Roamer delivered great in-house movements, clever case solutions and beautiful dials – the full package! And better yet, iconic vintage pieces are still reasonably priced as they have so far avoided collector hype.
We are currently in a lockdown no: III. Little one is not allowed to go to school, keeping her in the workshop all day is not a option as Speedmasters do not make good footballs;)
I’m doing my best to get your watches sorted.
Apologies for any delays. Stay sane!
Like a long lost civilization, the Revue watch brand has been mostly forgotten by many. But after considering the manufacture’s history and high quality products it’s apparent they were on par with the best.
Supporting cast: Buser, Phénix, Vulcain & Marvin
A client has sent in his Elgin 17. The Elgin watch company are mostly remembered as an american watch manufacture, but by 1968 no more watches where made in U.S.A. This Elgin was made in Germany around that time. The movement is an interesting PUW (Pforzhiemer Ure-Rohwerke) that I will give a total score in this post.
A brief saunter into the internet on the subject of Nivada typically yields three key points – that they made the versatile Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver chronograph, that the Antarctic range was popular (and had some memorable period adverts) following their use in the International Geophysicial year of 1957/58, and that they were branded Nivada, Nivada Grenchen or Croton depending on locale and decade.
By: James Vincent
Head-to-head! In this comparison, I’m going to determine a winner based on a grand total of points awarded strictly on technical merit. The watches will be judged on build quality, innovation and special features. I’m not judging the watch on appearance, aesthetics nor personal preference.
Points range from 1-10, with 10 being the best rating.
A watch can gain extra bonus points for unique or particularly functional features. Every bonus point feature can add up to 5 extra points.
But first a short description of our competitors’ key features and specifications…
In the 1920s a Tokyo jeweler named Kamekichi Yamazaki presented a pocket watch manufactured in Japan as a gift to the young Emperor Hirohito. At that time Japan’s watch market was dominated by Swiss and American brands. Yamazaki-san’s first commercial pocket watch was given the brand name “Citizen,” suggested by Tokyo Mayor Shinpei Goto in the hope every citizen might benefit from watches produced by the new company – a desire proven remarkably prophetic.
Somehow I have gotten my hands on this classic Rolex Master-GMT.. It looks pretty clean, but the second hand is stuttering and the amplitude is low for a Rolex cal 1570. This has the two toned gold SS case, With a brown/burgundy gilt dial. This is the early mat dial version with the small luminous dots. This model has picked up the nickname “Eastwood” as it’s said to be Clint Eastwood’s favourite Rolex.