Sunday, 19 January 2014

How To Change A Watch Bracelet to Strap on Rolex Tudor Omega etc & Another Way to Change Up Your Timepiece

Wanted to share on 2 things in this post. One was on changing up the look of your watch through strap changes and the next... will come after that ;)  [Note for all the sites i point folks to to get stuff i gain absolutely nothing from it and it's just an option and you can choose whatever seller works for u]


thinking of what i needed for this shoot... originally had wanted to do videos with my lx7 but they turned out pretty dark... and had a couple of watches to play with for this post
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Now if you are antsy about taking sharp hard metal objects to your precious 1+k, 10+k, 100+k watches then don't do this at home. bring it to a watch servicer/repairer and pay them to bring a sharp hard metal object to your precious :) i don't recommend getting your retailers to do it as they may not take too much care or be very proficient at it, depending from person to person.

one way is to get a bit proficient at it yourself and to try and remove springbars and put them back in yourself with A LOT OF care and attention. u could practice on cheaper watches too. At any point if you think you might scratch something or spoil something, i suggest u don't push your luck and head over to a watch repairer to save the day. only do what u're comfortable with. folks who want to do this themselves will need to have uhm cojones as there is a need to use some force and instruments that can damage your watch case. 

1. get the right instruments - eg. bergeon tools to deal with all kinds of springbars. you can check out tools here LINK or ebay. note there are cheaper versions out there but bergeons tend to be a reliable standard and is used by watch servicers too. [eg bergeon 6285 is a good tool if u are changing a lot of bracelets where the holes don't pierce through the case] u can use tape as well around the springbar areas to to prevent scratches if u wish to take more care.

the claw and the pointy end... note these are unofficial terms :) 
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fork tips
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2. next remove the bracelet or strap

a. accessible springbars [6111] - yank the strap down to expose some of the springbar grooves and use the claw to pull it down so it pops out of the hole.

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b. old rolex with the springbars viewable on the outside of the case [pointy tip] use pointy tip to press the springbar down and voila

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c. springbars that are harder to reach coz they've got stuff round it [
fine fork tips on 6111 or 6285] - these are tougher  to remove as you have to make an effort to ensure one end doesn't pop back in when you are taking out the other. finer fork tips needed to get into tight spaces

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3. change it to the strap that you liketh or have buyeth and put it back in - i didn't take pics of this as i just use my thumb and whatever nail is on it to push the springbar down and shove it between the lugs and get the springbar into the hole (all sexual connotations are not intentional... or r they? hmm) 


anyways this is how i see most folks do it too but if u have the 6285 it could help as you could hold in both springbars as you place the bracelet or strap end back into place


on nato and tudor on a leather bund strap
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  • for nato straps i have gotten it through a mate who is just starting out on selling em. his site is still under construction but u can drop him a line there and check with him what he has in stock LINK
  • for low end leather straps i typically go through ebay. these will cost less than US$40 normally. 
  • for better quality bespoke straps that folks wish to charge a lot of $$$ for, you will have to do your homework for who makes decent straps in your city/area
  • get official straps sold by the brand - this may be pricey but u can trust that they will rely on decent strap makers(for most brands) 
next on changing up the look of your timepiece ~ switching from a solid caseback to a see through sapphire case back

there are watches out there of course that have movements that shouldn't be seen but there are many that have decent enough movements and finishing for a see through case back. a steel caseback is about as exciting as staring at... well a blank boring steel caseback. the movement in some of these watches may have functional to minimal finishing but it's definitely more fun to flip a watch over and have something worth looking at more than blank steel... 

the first watch i swapped out to a sapphire caseback was my Omega Speedy... LINK
and i don't ever want to change it back to the solid back... and this past week i just got round to doing these... 

say hello to a fine tuned zenith el primero, Rolex style! :) the 4030 found in the 16500 series Daytonas... 
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column wheel auto chrono
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zoom in on the rotor
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and a final shot
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next up my trusty submariner with it's bulletproof 3130 movement
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solid casebacks chilling... 
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i won these 2 sapphire casebacks through ebay auctions, bidding on auction listings of this chap, Thomas Preik LINK  who also has a website selling em LINK  ebay auction listings are a better way to go for this as you may be able to win this at a lower price at auction than the price offered at his official site or at 'buy it now' on ebay.

for these casebacks, just bring them to a watch servicer(preferably with experience with the brands u r changing the backs for) and they can swap it out for u for a small fee. hope this post gives u ideas on how to change up the look of your watch to keep things interesting, refresh it a little or give em a different dimension.  

cheers, raph

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Pre-Basel OMEGA enticement with news of a new Speedmaster Mark II

oh i was thinking of getting another Omega and had been looking at some of the vintage pieces. there are so many nice ones but the one i was actually tracking(on several sites) was the Omega Speedmaster MkII with the racing dial as it stands out with it's bright-ish colors in a sea of black and white(metal) speedies... Omega must be tapped into my, and probably loadsa other collectors' minds, as a new version of that piece will be introduced soon. definitely looking forward to seeing this in the metal! 


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Press Info: 1969 was the year mankind set foot on the lunar surface wearing OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs. The same year, OMEGA introduced the new-look Speedmaster Mark II. 

The OMEGA Speedmaster Mark II is an exciting reintroduction of the original 1969 Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound caliber 861 found inside the famous Moonwatch. The 2014 version of this classic timepiece has been updated to include an automatic movement and tachymetric scale that is visible in the most limited light – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Goodbye 2013... Hello 2014! [Some Swatch Sistem 51 info and AP ROO Rose Gold Pics Follow]

2013 was an interesting year for me professionally and personally. I moved on to a role in another bank and had some tests on the personal end but i won't go into details of dat of course :)

to some watches then... the first watch purchase for me in 2014 will likely be one of these! Swatch Sistem 51. now i know deliveries have started in Switzerland for Euro150 but they are still not in SG. They should be coming Mar/Apr and will retail for S$209 which is a fantastic price i might add, and are significant because they feature a movement entirely made by machines[makes me think of Terminator somehow... u know the scene with machines making the terminators ;)] and made at low cost and with very good accuracy. (swatch images courtesy of swatch singapore marketing)

blue - the first model shown when these were announced and will likely be a popular model
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red - this one caught my eye though and may be my choice :)
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black - interesting movement pattern. oh all the movements viewable coz of transparent rotor. these guys are automatic
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white - again another interesting colorful lookin movement 
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u can't go wrong with these if u r into watches and they are genesis for what may be of significant impact to the industry and to Swatch group's bottom line.

SISTEM51: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

A closer look at the technical aspects of SISTEM51 reveals the audacity and reach of the innovative approach to watch design and construction that made it possible. One hundred percent of the movement parts were newly conceived, engineered and built specifically for use in SISTEM51; the company has applied for seventeen separate patents. 


  • Parts: 51 Modules: Plate with wheel train, gear train, hand fitting and date / Mechanical stem module / Escapement module / Automatic device module / Oscillating weight 
  • Diameter: 30.00mm Height: 4.80mm Case: 42 mm 
  • Display: Hours, minutes, central seconds hand, date window 
  • Functions: Automatic winding, 90 hour power reserve Frequency: 3Hz Rate precision: +/- 10 seconds/day; set by laser at the factory 
  • Design: Printable surfaces, including oscillating weight and modules 
  • Assembly: Under clean-room conditions on a fully automated, 20 meter long assembly line 
and reviewing some pics of this watch for several reasons got me thinking... i love the black themes and rose gold version of it but i am warming more and more to this new rose gold ceramic version. i keep hearing of AP lowering ROO prices but don't think it's happened yet. when they do, they may become even more worthwhile price wise.

full frontal ;)
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beautiful aesthetic with the brushed finishing and ceramic bezel and pushers
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hmm... this parts not too good... small movement in big case
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yes even the buckle is nice ;)
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closer look at themovement... 3126 and modular chrono... still
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and that's it. have a great 2014 ahead and enjoy the journey! cheers, raph

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