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<HKD20,000: A Super Sexy, Affordable Caravelle Diver from 1971
A quick search on the internet will lead you to the history of Caravelle, which was actually a sub-brand of the more famous Bulova. And what you see here is a 36mm Caravelle diver that's waterproof to 666 ft (I'm pretty sure the exact numbering is purely out of marketing purpose), with your standard diver bezel with minute marks. What differentiates this particular watch from other run-of-the-mill divers, is the fact that it comes with a 3-6-9-12 dial, brilliantly patinaed as well as what we call a "lollipop" second hand that's rarely seen in modern wristwatches. The movement, Cal. 11DP, is not automatic, though. But that's quite okay. I couldn't imagine the future owner of this beautiful piece considering giving it a good winding every 2 days or so an annoyance.
This very interesting diver could be had here for around HKD4,800.
HKD20,000 - 50,000: A Vacheron Constantin Calatrava
This VC has a very likeable champagne dial with two distinct types of hour markers: applied Roman numerals for hours in even number and "nipple" (yes, it's actually an appropriate and neutral word used by collectors to describe this type of hour markers) markers covering hours in odd number - a stand-out treatment to the otherwise staid, restrained approach generally seen on a Calatrava. The central sweeping second hand will certainly give the wearer a more entertaining visual experience than say a sub-second or even more so, a 2-hand Calatrava. The rest of the watches are through and through Calatrava affair with your 18k yellow gold case (showing some honest ageing here), modest case size (35mm) and completely rid of any extra function other than time itself. The Cal. 454 powering it is finished to the highest standard - how much I wish these vintage pieces have display casebacks!
The amazing VC Calatrava is being offered here for slightly south of HKD40,000.
HKD50,000 - 100,000: A Modern Minerva Dress Watch
Minerva, founded in late 19th-century, has been a storied manufacturer producing well regarded pocket watches and wristwatches, also widely recognised for its excellent chronographs. In 2000, Emilio Gnutti, financier from Brescia and collector of watches and vintage vehicles, bought the manufacture from the Frey family who owned Minerva at the time. Determined to propel Minerva to become a true Haute Horlogerie brand, Gnutti launched a series of the finest dress watches by all standards, looking to compete with the biggest names in the game. And today's subject of recommendation was exactly from the Gnutti-era.
A 40mm dress watch in white gold, this Minerva is as restrained as a modern classic watch could be. The watch face is clean and tasteful, adorned with subtle Roman numerals and classic-shaped hands. As with many other top of the line dress watches, things get very interesting very quickly once you turn the watch over.
Powering the watch is the in-house Caliber 48, a completely hand-finished manually wound movement resembling some of the best old Minerva movements with the easily recognisable bridge shape. I'll let the movement speak for itself:
You can now own this fairly rare modern classic for a modest price of around HKD 51,000 here.
And......The Unicorn Find: A Certina Split Second Chronograph from 1940
Let's talk condition first, shall we. The Certina in question has a truly amazing, well preserved dial that shows signs of mild and graceful ageing despite being 70+ years old, underpinned by the even and beautiful patina-ing. Those who complain about the often small-ish case size of vintage watches (something I personally found captivating more than anything) would find relief knowing this Certina is actually 37mm wide, humongous by yesteryear's standard. The lug shape is decidedly Art-Deco, giving away the era this watch came from, adding to the watch's overall nostalgic flavour. All in all, this is an almost flawless specimen of the unique appeal of a vintage split second chronograph: double the timekeeping prowess, double the awesomeness.
You could enquire about this rare beauty here.