25 November 2008

Column Wheel Chronographs

One of my favorite movement type is Column Wheel Chronograph movement. As it is classic and beautiful.
Longines 30CH
Longinse 30CH Column Wheel Chronograp

Lemania 27CH the base movement of Patek Philippe 5070, 5970
Lemania 27CH

22 October 2008

Blancpain Leman Perpetual Calendar Men's Watch Flyback Chronograph

Blancpain Leman Perpetual Calendar Men's Watch Flyback Chronograph Stainless Steel Case Black Dial on Brown Leather Strap 2585F-1130-63
Gender/Size: Men's, Case: Stainless Steel , Bracelet/Strap: Brown leather, Dial Color: Black, Subdial Use: Hours, minutes, perpetual calendar (date, day, month, year, leap year, moon phases), chronograph with flyback function, Hour Markers: Arabic numerals, Crystal: Scratch reistant sapphire,
Movement: Automatic, Calibre: 55F8, Jewels: 35, Frequency: 21,600 VPH, Power Reserve: 40 hours,
Case Width: 38mm, 
Clasp Type: Pin buckle. 

IWC Portuguese Automatic 7 Day Power Reserve Mens' Watch Stainless Steel Silver Dial on Blue Leather Strap IW500107

IWC Portuguese Automatic 7 Day Power Reserve Mens' Watch Stainless Steel Silver Dial on Blue Leather Strap IW500107
Stainless steel case. Matte blue alligator strap. Silvered dial. Date displays at 6 o'clock position. Small seconds dial. 7-day power reserve displays in small subdial. Convex sapphire crystal. Case diameter 42.3mm. Automatic movement. Water resistant at 30 meters (100 feet). 

18 October 2008

Observation Watch History

In the 1930s and 1940s the so-called observation watches were an essential part of a pilot’s equipment. This observation watch served as a means of navigation in addition to the cockpit instruments compass and altimeter during the visual flights common at that time with previously fixed routes and turning points. Before the start of a flying squadron the crowns of the watches were pulled out and the watches were set to zero. When the captain gave the order "Start" the crowns were pulled in so that the watches of each pilots were running synchronously. After a certain fixed time an order previously determined could be performed. It was very important that the mechanical watch movements had to be of highest precision. The technical features of these watches were specified by the Reichs-Luftfahrt-Ministerium (ministry for aviation). The shape of the hands , the design of the dial, the typeface and also the dimension of the crown were defined by this ministry.

The number “12” on the dial, marked with an arrow, enabled the pilot to get a fast orientation in each situation, and by means of the disproportional big crown the watch could be handled without having to remove the gloves. In order to ensure that the dial could be read during night the hands and the numbers on the dial were equipped with radium, a radioactive material with high luminosity. These observation watches were classified with “FL23883”, a description for navigation instruments. This number was engraved on the outside of the case, on the opposite side of the crown.

Due to the high standard concerning precision and reliability the production of the observation watches was a great challenge for the watch manufacturers. In the 1930s and 1940s, only five companies were authorized to produce such observation watches: IWC in Schaffhausen, Lange + Söhne in Glashütte, Wempe in Hamburg, and Stowa and Laco (Lacher & Co.) in Pforzheim. From these five companies only two (Lange + Söhne and Laco) used movements of their own production. The other three companies used Swiss movements.

LACO Black Pilot's Watch Limited Edition only 50 pcs. in the World based on original Observation Watch design

Laco Black Pilot Watch Limited edition

10 October 2008

Panerai PAM4 PVD

I like my Panerai PVD (PAM4) a lot. But, I don't want to scratch it so I don't ware it so often. This black panerai goes very well with almose any straps (tan, brown, dark green, etc.). I normally use the watch as the model for taking photo of my strap collection.
Marino Calf Mustard (USD85)
Marino Calf Mustard

Marino Buffalo Tan (USD85)
Marino Buffalo Tan

Cordura (USD 150)
Cordura Strap

09 October 2008

Numbers LED Alarm Clock by Areaware

Numbers LED Alarm Clock by Areaware
A digital clock with a nice design. It's designed by Jonas Damon. You can place individual digit blocks separately and styled any way you like. Areaware is a New York City-based design company renowned for home decor and accessories with an emphasis on new materials and original expression. Click on the image for more information.

04 October 2008

Steinhausen Single Watch Winder

Steinhausen Single Watch Winder (Cherrywood)

A watch Winder is a must for watch colloctors. These watch winders can be very expensive stuffs. However, there are some good and not so expensive watch winders. Chick on the image for a good one.

28 September 2008

German Watch Manufacturers

There is a list of the websites of the established German watch manufacturers at WatchUseek.com forum. Check out . I copied and pasted the list here. If you want the clickable link please visit the original post at the German watch manufacturers at watchuseek.com
A. Lange & Soehne
Alexander Shorokhoff
Alpha Time
Aristo Vollmer
Ars eTempus
Askania Uhren
Bagger & Gehring
Blancier Lotterman & Söhne
Bruno Soehnle
Chronosport now Guinand
Churpfälzische UhrenManufactur
D. Dornblueth & Sohn
Egon Hummel
Erhard Junghans
Erwin Sattler
George J Von Burg
Glashuette Original
Graf Zeppelin
Heinrich Geisen
Holdermann & Sohn
Jacques Etoile
Jochen Benzinger
John Harrison
Joerg Schauer
Lang & Heyne
Lindburgh & Benson
Marcello C.
Martin Braun
Mechanische Zeitinstrumente
MM uhren
MSC uhren
Muehle Glashuette
N.B Yäeger
Thomas Ninchritz
Nomos Glashütte
Otto Berger
Otto Schlund
Philippe Rosen
Rainer Brand
Rainer Nienaber
Schauble & Soehne
Schmeltzer 1881
Schneider Manufaktur
Tourby Watches Hagen
Union Glashuette
Volker Vyskocil
Zeppelin Uhren

07 September 2008

Laco Black Pilot's Watch with Original Pilot Strap

WatchKzy.com is carrying Original Pilot Watch Strap for pilot watches. The price is about USD75.

I attached the strap to my Limited Laco Black Pilot's Watch. It looks very handsome. During these few weeks, I use this watch every day. I got a lot of good comments about the watch. Someone just asked where to buy it.

Laco Black Pilot watch wrist Shot

28 July 2008

My new watch

My new Laco Black Pilot limited #03/50 has arrived last week.
I attached a RIOS Pilot strap to make contrast between strap and case. It's just a very cool watch for daily use.
The PVD case is very cool and the dial is very easy to read time. I just love it.

25 June 2008

Laco Black Pilot Watch Limited 50 pcs.

Laco Black Pilot's Watch
Limited Edition 50 pieces world wide


- Stainless Steel Black PVD case with 42 mm diameter
- B-Uhr (observers watch) dial
- Movement ETA 2824-2
- Big crown (bigger than showing in the photo)
- Domed Shappire Crystal
- Individual number on the case back
- Made in Germany
- Price: THB 32,500 or USD 1000 (Free shipping world wide)
- More information (in Thai) http://www.watchkzy.com/watch/laco/limited-black-pilot.html

17 June 2008

Laco Bangkok Limited Edition 30 pieces

January 2008, WatchKzy.com, Thailand authorized distributor of Laco watch of Germany, collaborated with Laco to produce a limited edition watch model for Thailand market.

Laco Bangkok Limited was the outcome. There are only 30 pieces world wide! very limited!!

Movement: ETA2824-2
Case: Stainless Steel
Diameter: 42mm
Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
Water resistant: 50m
Strap: Original Pilot Strap

Mine is number 03/30. I just love it. Now, I'm thinking of sending it for DLC coating.


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