Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mido Commander ca. 1990s

Hello again....

Now, I want to share my other Swiss watch.

Mido Commander, I felt that this watch has the taste of Rolex style.
This watch was from my uncle and given to my father.
While my father is not like a kind of watch maniac, so I take it by force, he...he.. :))

All parts are still in orginal, except the bracelet. Coz, already broke and I used Seiko one, hmm... the same hah ??
The case, and plastic mica glass have never been polished. So, it shows scratches here and there...
I like the watch which has day and date like this one. And since its new watch so the day date already had hacking system.I don't have the pic of the movement of this watch as the watch opened thru glass... And I haven't had the knowledge to open thru glass yet....
So, I don't know the movement of this automatic machine. Anyone?

Mido Commander, Automatic
Silver dial
Movement 8259??
Dia. 37mm and 38mm(w/crown), circa 1900s
Lug to lug : 42mm
Power reserve: +/- ?? hours, not yet tested..

Saturday, November 28, 2009

[Sold] Titoni 77 Airmaster-Gold plated caseback

Actually, I feel sad to let this go.... :((
But, sometimes sacrifice needed to be done for greater goods... which is a better collections!!

As you can see in Titoni section, I'll let my Titoni 77 go with new generic leather strap.

Asking price: Sold, thanks to RMD

Titoni 77, Airmaster
Pie Pan dial
Movement ETA 2452, Rotomatic/Automatic, 77 jewels
Dia. 34mm and 36mm(w/crown), circa 1970s
SN: 347-345
Power reserve: +/- 42 hours (Good reserve !!) and keeping the good time!

Titus 77 Titomatic part 2

As I promised before. Today, I'll talk about another Titus 77 of mine.

Basically, the physic is the same with the other one.
But this one has creme dial with flower pattern and dotted in the center of flower.
The index is the same and also the hands only this one using gold type not silver while the date using red color.

The edging of plastic glass not domed but rectangle and between lug at the top there is the SN not on the case back. Hhmmm.... reminds me of Rolex ;))
I combined it with yellow Paros strap.
Titus 77, Titomatic Jetpower Super
Creme with dotted flower pattern with cross hair
Movement Titomatic/Automatic, 77 jewels
Dia. 35mm and 37mm(w/crown), circa 1950-60s
Lug to lug: 43mm
Power reserve: +/- 47 hours (Good reserve !!) and keeping the good time!

Side by side my Titus 77.
And the triplet 77 jewels....

Monday, November 16, 2009

Titus 77 Titomatic part 1

Titus, an underdog Swiss watch but worth to collect for the affordable price.....
This is one of my collections of Titus 77.

Ok, cut the crap. Let's get on the watch as you could see the history in the article section.
On the silver-part aging dial it's written TITUS-Titomatic Jetpower super, 77 jewels and also with cross hair & the star.
I couldn't understand the meaning of Titomatic and Jetpower super? While another watch-Titoni claimed "Airmaster" ??
As I already explained in Titoni 77, this Titus also has 77 jewels which not all jewels have function as the "worker" but mostly as accessories just to show that the watch has so many jewels, he...he...

Anyway, the watch still have original domed plastic/mica glass with inner magnifier for date, spears hands, spears and bars index. Based on those criteria the watch was produced ca. 1950-60s.
Since produced at that time so doesn't have the hacking system for changing the date.
I should be patiently turn the hands 24 hours to change the date :D

Although, on the dial the brand shows TITUS but on the machine printed "Solvil et Titus", again don't know why??
The pic not from my watch, I'll update the machine from mine...

The watch is still in good condition and runs very very good.....

I have another one and will update soon....

Titus 77, Titomatic Jetpower Super
Silver dial with cross hair
Movement Titomatic/Automatic, 77 jewels
Dia. 35mm and 37mm(w/crown), circa 1950-60s
Lug to lug: 42mm, will update
Power reserve: +/- 47 hours (Good reserve !!) and keeping the good time!

Little about TITUS history...

I couldn't find any about Titus watches history even in Wiki...
But I found in about its short history.

Paul Ditisheim (1868-1945), a well-known watchmaker and inventor, was an extremely prominent figure in the Swiss watch industry of his time. In 1887, he named one of the initial models he created, Titus, and thus the brand Solvil et Titus was born. Solvil, an abbreviation of Sonvilier, is the Jura village in which a factory for making watch components stood and Titus was a highly talented and skilled Roman Emperor of the first century.Ditisheim was immensely interested in researching and manufacturing chronometers, and was extremely successful at it, demonstrated by the fact that his products hold records for precision as deemed by the prestigious international trials carried out by the Royal Observatories of Kew-Teddington and Neuchâtel. His products ranged greatly from navigational-purposed watches to chronometers with automatic display of sunrise and sunset time to the minute each day; from watches with perpetual calendars to ones that could strike and incorporated chimes, from chronometers with equations of time to many others with many complicated features.
Marketed under approximately thirty brands, all of these chronometers and watches substantiated his creativity, skill and innovational abilities.

In 1930, Ditisheim handed Solvil et Titus over to Paul-B. Vogel, who foresaw the necessities of broadening the market for watches and of creating an international distribution system. As the demand for exclusive articles was being overtaken by the mass market demand and assisted by the fact that the Swiss watch industry made impressive progress after World War Two, Solvil et Titus expanded. This meant an approach consisting of more dynamic commercial methods as well as a revolution in watch conception and manufacturing.Between 1950 and 1970, the watch market developed rapidly throughout the world. In 1963, the Société des Garde-Temps S.A (SGT) was created, and Solvil et Titus became one of the members of this important group. New geographic, sociological and economic markets started to appear and in the 70s, Solvil et

Titus was made available in the Asian market.Solvil et Titus launched its first series of romantic TV commercials in 1988, starring diva Anita Mui. Evoking a love story set in old Shanghai, the debut campaign promoted a watch line based on the theme of antiquity and proved immensely successful. As a result, sales of Solvil et Titus watches skyrocketed, with the brand becoming a symbol of romantic expression. Even today, the Chinese advertising slogan “天長地久” (translated as "Love lost is perhaps the love that remains with you for all time”) is widely remembered.The Solvil et Titus brand image was reinforced and enhanced by a further series of extremely compelling and moving advertisements. Featuring superstars such as Dave Wang Chieh, Chow Yun Fat and Andy Lau as well as world-renowned footballer Ryan Giggs, they have become classics of Hong Kong’s advertising industry.
After its success in Hong Kong, Solvil et Titus expanded its sales and marketing activities to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Mainland China. Since then, Solvil et Titus has become a popular watch brand throughout the region.Nevertheless, the public’s attitude towards love was influenced by changes taking place in the society. People were more reluctant to make a commitment to a lifelong love. As a trendy brand, Solvil et Titus redefined its brand image and adopted a new slogan “Follow My Own Time” to appeal to the independent nature of the modern society.

Still synonymous with love, the positioning of the brand was not confined to romance, but also embraced the love of family and friends as well as the concept of self-respect. Along with its new identity, the brand launched a striking brand campaign in 2003, successively featuring Sammi Cheng and Karen Mok, the icons of stylish and individualistic modern women. The design of the watches also became more contemporary to cater to the taste of the young and the young-at-heart.Together, Solvil et Titus represents a brand name of a watch company whose international reputation has grown steadily over the years. The renown the company enjoys today is not only due to its founder’s inventive genius, but also to the quality of their various watch components.Throughout its six years, Solvil et Titus has shared the topic of “love” with modern women through the use of its celebrity ambassadors. This has not only enhanced the brand’s status in the fashion and accessories market, but has also forged a closer relationship with its customers. Re-emphasising the brand’s romantic nature, Solvil et Titus launched an integrated brand campaign under the slogan “Time is Love” this summer. It invites modern men and women to share their points of view towards, and their experiences about, love. The campaign began with a “Time is Love” survey, with the results announced in June.

The survey was conducted in April by Synovate, an authoritative international research company, and covered nine cities from three countries - Mainland China (Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou), Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang). Approximately 1,200 men and women aged between 20 and 36 were interviewed about their opinions towards the correlation between among love, time and money. The survey results were disclosed in a series of teaser advertisements in newspapers and outdoor media to arouse public interest. Details of the survey results can also be viewed on and parallel websites in the other districts. Following the “Time is Love” survey, Solvil et Titus launched its first brand advertising visual in late June. The two taglines featured in the advertisement – “Take a lifetime to find love?” and “Seize a moment for passion?”, have brought about the contrasting attitudes towards love. The rabbit and wolf images used in the visuals also symbolized women of different personalities. The advertisement was aimed at igniting the audience to examine their own attitude towards time and love, and voice their views on online discussion boards. The campaign successfully enhanced interactive communication between Solvil et Titus and its audience, as well as the brand image among its group of target customers.

Hmm.... That's the story of TITUS, right now the brand is under City Chain-Singapore's company.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Seiko 5 Automatic-My Daily Companion

Seiko, Seiko.......
Japanese brand with worldwide quality.

This is my first automatic watch I bought(2003-2004) and with its loyalty has been accompanying me for almost 5-6 years, without missed a single minutes, and still....

I didn't know why, I just felt in love with the logo "5" but other feels that that logo is for cheap watches.. :((.
I know, you could buy the Seiko "5" especially cal. 7S26/7S36, with below USD 100. With that amount you could get automatic watch. Some calls Seiko "5" as a million watches because of its mass production and the cheap value.

The logo "5" reflects the five essential features of the watch: shock resistant, water resistant, automatic, and day & date display.

My daily Seiko 5, it has black dial with repeated logo "5" printed on it, using bar index, even the hands too.
The crown located near 4 o'clock.

Since this watch was produced after 2000 then the case back is see thru glass. We can see the movement thru it.

Seiko 5, Automatic
Black dial with repeated "5" logo on it
Movement cal. 7S26, 21 jewels
sn: 2O2958 (almost faded)
Dia. 35mm and 37mm(w/crown), circa Oct 2002
Power reserve: +/- 42 hours and keeping the good time!

Enjoy.... :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Titoni 77 Airmaster-Gold Plated

Hello All,

We meet again...
It's been a while and today I urge my time to upload one of my collections.
Let's started...

Titoni, one of the most branded Swiss watch.
As you can see the model is Titoni Airmaster, the dial is black with smoothed circled lines(the color tends to very very light brown, maybe coz of the aging??).
The date is using red color.

Although the watch from 1970s but it moves ok and keeps the good time.
Still using the original crown and plastic/mica cover with inner magnifier to read the date, it has slight crack but you couldn't notice it, could you?

I know, maybe some of you compare it with Titus77(I'll upload soon..), maybe at that time the jewels represent the prestige of the watch but actually only 17-25jewels operated.
After most of the watches put more jewels with less function during that time the Swiss watch association(I don't know the exact name), forbid the usage of unnecessary jewels.
As you can see current watch, even the high-end class do not use as many jewels as this (Titoni77/Titus77).

Also, compares to Titus77, Titoni overs 1 advantage which is using additional 18K gold plated on the case back. Usually this gold plated already removed coz of the value rather than the watch itself :((.

Titoni 77, Airmaster
Pie Pan dial
Movement ETA 2452, Rotomatic/Automatic, 77 jewels
Dia. 34mm and 36mm(w/crown), circa 1970s
SN: 347-345
Power reserve: +/- 42 hours (Good reserve !!) and keeping the good time!

hmmmm.... interested...?? ;-)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Hi All,

Thanks for visiting my web.
I know.... I only uploaded just 2, 1 was for my collection and the other for sold watch.
Soon... I'll upload all of my collections. Since I'm a working person so my free time only on Saturday & Sunday to upload.

Just wait and I'll share my collections......

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tin Toys -Ice Cream

This is my others boys toys.....
I know is a bit out of the context to post this toy but hey... the machine is operated using mechanical power and spring...

I don't know when this was made?? Maybe around 30 years before (ca. 1970-1980).
It was made by PRC(People's Republic of China), I know maybe some of you is skeptic about product of China.

But frankly said, during that time the quality was beyond current period.
As you could see the toy already 30 years but only small rust appeared and it runs in good condition with the bell sound. kring.....kring.....kring.....

Since I didn't play this toy in the past, so it's never too late to start over what I've missed. :-))
Hope you enjoy it....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

TITUS, Pocket Watch ca. 70

Today, it's my first time to upload one of my collection.

And one of it is Titus Pocket Watch, I had this watch fro
m my father and maybe he got it from his father too.

I had some difficulties when taking pics of the pocket watch because the dial and the plastic-glass was reflecting the sunlight and also I was using camera phone. At last, not 100%! But, it's ok right?

The pocket watch is hand wound and still in great shape, no rust! Unfortunately I only had the watch minus the original chain :((.

The dial is in silver with smooth lining pattern, 42mm, 44mm with the crown, the hands consist only for hour and minute, the index using roman numbers, and there are 17 jewels inside that mechanical pocket watch.
And I don't know whether the crown still original or not? But it looks original to me.

Also I don't know when was the pocket watch made? Anyone? It's from 70s, thx ro chezz..

Hope you enjoy it.
This is my private collection.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

[Sold] Wenger Field Grenadier-Sold

Purchased on Dec 09, 2008. Wenger Field Grenadier, quartz movement, type 72965W, with date on 3 o'clock.
The leather straps have never been used , still NOS. Case back has some scratches due to daily usage.
Diameter 40mm, good condition, full set with box and paper.
Price: SOLD.