Friday, April 29, 2011

NEW OLD STOCK - RICOH 9 GENTS RETRO DRESS WATCH (SOLD)







DESCRIPTION

BRAND : RICOH
MODEL : RICOH 9 - 21 JEWELS
AGE OF THE WATCH : 1970's
FEATURES : 1. TWO COLOUR 2. BLACK/MAROON COLOUR - ORIGINAL DIAL WITH DAY & DATE ON FIG 3. RICOH MARK ON CROWN. STAINLESS STEEL CASE & BACK, RICOH MARK & SIGN ON BACK, SERIAL # 061822. 21 JEWELS MOVEMENT. EXCELLENT CONDITION MOVEMENT. NEWLY INSTALLED 18MM BROWN LEATHER BAND.
MOVEMENT TYPE : AUTOMATIC - 21 JEWELS MOVEMENT, MOVEMENT RECENTLY SERVICED IN FULL WORKING ORDER & KEEPING GOOD TIME.
CASE & BACK : STAINLESS STEEL CASE & BACK.
CRYSTAL : MINERAL CRYSTAL
CASE DIAMETER : 35MM WITHOUT CROWN
CASE SIZE LUG TO LUG : 40MM LUG TO LUG
DIAL : TWO COLOUR ORIGINAL DIAL WITH DAY & DATE AT 3:00
BELT (STARPS) : NEWLY INSTALLED 18MM BELT.
MADE : JAPAN
PRICE : SOLD TO SHEIKH SAIFUL, FROM PJ
HOW TO USE IT

: DAY/DATE

: Push the upside button to change date individually.

: Move the hands for 24 hours to change Day/Date.


BRIEF HISTORY OF RICOH WATCHES
Ricoh started on February 6, 1936 as Riken Corporation (or per the Fact Book, "Riken Kankoshi Co., Ltd.") based on the work of Dr. Ookawati Masatoshi [which apparantly deals with photographic paper or "sensitized paper" as the Ricoh Fact Book calls it]. March 1938, the company name was changed to Riken Optical Industry (or per the Fact Book, "Riken Optical Co., Ltd.") and started production of optical devices and equipment.

May 1962 - Ohmori Plant and General Research Laboratory completed.
Apr. 1, 1963 - Name changed (again) to Ricoh Co., Ltd.
May 1967 - Ginza Office established.

Mr. Kiyoshi Ichimura [or Itimura] is shown as having a growing career within this company, as well as having various business leadership roles outside Ricoh. From the Fact Book,

Feb. 2, 1936 Kiyoshi Ichimura appointed executive managing director [until Jan. 11, 1946]

Jan. 12, 1946 Kiyoshi Ichimura appointed president [until Dec. 16, 1968]
Per Hokkaido, he died November 17, 2004 of chronic hepatitis per Hokkaido, but per the 2006 Fact Book: "Dec. 16, 1968 Founder and President Kiyoshi Ichimura passed away" I'm inclined to believe the official Ricoh document on this one!!

It is not stated outright, but implied, that Ricoh took over (bought out) the ailing Takano firm.

In 1962, Hamilton entered into a joint venture (60% owned by Hamilton) with the Japanese watchmaking firm Ricoh to produce electric watches meant primarily for the Japanese market. The partnership was dissolved in 1965. See the "group entry" for Hamilton Ricoh watches for additional background information.

NEW OLS STOCK SWISS MADE MILITARY SCUBA GENTS DIVER WATCH (SOLD)







SWISS NEW OLD STOCK SWISS SCUBA GENTS DIVER WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1970's
SHINNING CLEAN BLACK DIAL WITH DATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK
CRYSTAL IS CLEAN, NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES
THE SWISS 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT
SILVER TONE LUMINOUS METAL HANDS
LUMINOUS BATON/ARABIC MILITARY MARKERS
SOLID STAINLESS STEEL ROUND CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 36mm EXCLUDING THE CROWN AND 41mm LUG TO LUG
UNSIGNED SS CROWN
NEW GENUINE GREEN NATO TETILE BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST
DISCONTINUED MODEL... !
WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED
PRICE: SOLD TO KPJVM MEMBER
SOLD: RM

NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER CURVEX GENTS WRISTWATCH








FRANCE MADE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER CURVEX MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1960's
SHINNING SILVER TONE DIAL WITH DATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN, NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES

THE SWISS ETA SA DUROWE BASED 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT CAL. 139-2M

SILVER TONE METAL HANDS

RAISED SILVER/BLACK BATON MARKERS

BASE METAL/SS BACK CURVEX SQUARE CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 28mm INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 38mm LUG TO LUG

UNSIGNED SS CROWN

NEW GENUINE BLACK BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... !

WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED

PRICE: RM700.00 (NEGOTIABLE)


History of Paul Garnier Wristwatch

Paul Garnier (1801-1869) was an a 19th century inventor, clock and watch maker who began in Paris in 1825. Paul Garnier was founded in 1825 in Hbr du Roi, Paris, France and specialized in clocks in railway stations. The Garnier company made watches with Swiss movement and casing were made in France and German. They were taken over in 1933 by Leon Hatot (the ones who developed the "Rolls" early automatic watch, later made by Blancpain) who were known for their electronic ATO clocks. These were marketed also under the name "ATO - Paul Garnier".


In 1967, the electrical horology branch of Lepaute took over the ATO production. A new type of seven segment digital clock was developed in 1978 and was immediately taken up by the French railways "SNCF". These clocks achieved such rapid success that they were copied on a grand scale. Although the Hatot Company adopted new production techniques and used miniature quartz crystals as time standards, the costs of research and development could not be recovered in small to medium series production. Competition from South East Asia forced the Hatot Company to abandon its industrial branch and concentrate on the sale of quality watches and domestic battery electric clocks marketed under the names "ATO-LEPAUTE" and "ATO - PAUL GARNIER".

History of Durowe - Watch Movement Manufacturer

DUROWE (Deutsche Uhrenrohwerke) is a German watch movement manufacturer that in the 1970s was the largest producer of watch movements in Germany.

In the early 20th century, the German watch-making industry primarily used movements manufactured in Switzerland. To help the German watch-making industry become independent of these Swiss movement manufacturers, DUROWE was founded in 1933 by Erich Lacher. Erich was the son of Frieda Lacher, the co-founder of the German watch maker Lacher & Co ("LACO").

Erich Lacher intended DUROWE to supply not only LACO but other German watchmakers as well. DUROWE grew strongly in the 1930s, with the number of movements produced peaking at 30,000 per month until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war, DUROWE continued to manufacture movements, in particular th

NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER CURVEX GENTS WRISTWATCH








FRANCE MADE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER CURVEX MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1960's
SHINNING SILVER TONE DIAL WITH DATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN, NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES

THE SWISS ETA SA DUROWE BASED 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT CAL. 139-2

GOLD TONE LUMINOUS METAL HANDS

RAISED GOLD/BLACK BATON LUMINOUS MARKERS

GOLD PLATED CURVEX SQUARE CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 29mm INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 38mm LUG TO LUG

UNSIGNED GP CROWN

NEW GENUINE BLACK BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... !

WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED

PRICE: RM700.00 (NEGOTIABLE)


History of Paul Garnier Wristwatch

Paul Garnier (1801-1869) was an a 19th century inventor, clock and watch maker who began in Paris in 1825. Paul Garnier was founded in 1825 in Hbr du Roi, Paris, France and specialized in clocks in railway stations. The Garnier company made watches with Swiss movement and casing were made in France and German. They were taken over in 1933 by Leon Hatot (the ones who developed the "Rolls" early automatic watch, later made by Blancpain) who were known for their electronic ATO clocks. These were marketed also under the name "ATO - Paul Garnier".


In 1967, the electrical horology branch of Lepaute took over the ATO production. A new type of seven segment digital clock was developed in 1978 and was immediately taken up by the French railways "SNCF". These clocks achieved such rapid success that they were copied on a grand scale. Although the Hatot Company adopted new production techniques and used miniature quartz crystals as time standards, the costs of research and development could not be recovered in small to medium series production. Competition from South East Asia forced the Hatot Company to abandon its industrial branch and concentrate on the sale of quality watches and domestic battery electric clocks marketed under the names "ATO-LEPAUTE" and "ATO - PAUL GARNIER".

History of Durowe - Watch Movement Manufacturer

DUROWE (Deutsche Uhrenrohwerke) is a German watch movement manufacturer that in the 1970s was the largest producer of watch movements in Germany.

In the early 20th century, the German watch-making industry primarily used movements manufactured in Switzerland. To help the German watch-making industry become independent of these Swiss movement manufacturers, DUROWE was founded in 1933 by Erich Lacher. Erich was the son of Frieda Lacher, the co-founder of the German watch maker Lacher & Co ("LACO").

Erich Lacher intended DUROWE to supply not only LACO but other German watchmakers as well. DUROWE grew strongly in the 1930s, with the number of movements produced peaking at 30,000 per month until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war, DUROWE continued to manufacture movements, in particular the large chronometer-grade movements used in the Beobachtungsuhren (B-Uhr) commissioned by the German government for use by the Luftwaffe, of which Laco was one of five manufacturers.

At the end of the war, the DUROWE factory in Pforzheim was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid. However, DUROWE and Laco had recommenced production by 1949. With the assistance of the Marshall Plan, a five-storey building to house the Laco and DUROWE operations was built which housed more than 1,400 workers by the middle of the 1950s. Production of movements rose to 80,000 per month.

During the 1950s, DUROWE developed a number of innovative movements, including one of the first German automatic movements and some of the slimmest German movements manufactured at the time. However, due to a downturn in business, the DUROWE and Laco brands were sold to the Timex Corporation on 1 February 1959. The primary motivation for the purchase was so that Timex could gain access to research that DUROWE had done into electronic timepieces, however the watches were generally not commercially successful. Six and a half years later, on 1 September 1965, DUROWE was purchased by the Swiss movement manufacturer ETA SA to gain access to the European markets of the then European Economic Community. ETA accordingly re-focused DUROWE on the production of mechanical watch movements.

VINTAGE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER GENTS WRISTWATCH







FRANCE MADE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1960's
SHINNING SILVER TONE DIAL WITH DATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN, NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES

THE SWISS ETA SA DUROWE BASED 17 JEWELS AUTOMATIC WINDING MOVEMENT CAL. 1362-63

SILVER TONE LUMINOUS METAL HANDS

RAISED SILVER/BLACK BATON LUMINOUS MARKERS

SOLID STAINLESS STEEL ROUND CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 37mm INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 38mm LUG TO LUG

UNSIGNED SS CROWN

NEW GENUINE BLACK BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... !

WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED

PRICE: RM950.00 (NEGOTIABLE)


History of Paul Garnier Wristwatch

Paul Garnier (1801-1869) was an a 19th century inventor, clock and watch maker who began in Paris in 1825. Paul Garnier was founded in 1825 in Hbr du Roi, Paris, France and specialized in clocks in railway stations. The Garnier company made watches with Swiss movement and casing were made in France and German. They were taken over in 1933 by Leon Hatot (the ones who developed the "Rolls" early automatic watch, later made by Blancpain) who were known for their electronic ATO clocks. These were marketed also under the name "ATO - Paul Garnier".

In 1967, the electrical horology branch of Lepaute took over the ATO production. A new type of seven segment digital clock was developed in 1978 and was immediately taken up by the French railways "SNCF". These clocks achieved such rapid success that they were copied on a grand scale. Although the Hatot Company adopted new production techniques and used miniature quartz crystals as time standards, the costs of research and development could not be recovered in small to medium series production. Competition from South East Asia forced the Hatot Company to abandon its industrial branch and concentrate on the sale of quality watches and domestic battery electric clocks marketed under the names "ATO-LEPAUTE" and "ATO - PAUL GARNIER".

History of Durowe - Watch Movement Manufacturer

DUROWE (Deutsche Uhrenrohwerke) is a German watch movement manufacturer that in the 1970s was the largest producer of watch movements in Germany.

In the early 20th century, the German watch-making industry primarily used movements manufactured in Switzerland. To help the German watch-making industry become independent of these Swiss movement manufacturers, DUROWE was founded in 1933 by Erich Lacher. Erich was the son of Frieda Lacher, the co-founder of the German watch maker Lacher & Co ("LACO").

Erich Lacher intended DUROWE to supply not only LACO but other German watchmakers as well. DUROWE grew strongly in the 1930s, with the number of movements produced peaking at 30,000 per month until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war, DUROWE continued to manufacture movements, in particular the large chronometer-grade movements used in the Beobachtungsuhren (B-Uhr) commissioned by the German government for use by the Luftwaffe, of which Laco was one of five manufacturers.

At the end of the war, the DUROWE factory in Pforzheim was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid. However, DUROWE and Laco had recommenced production by 1949. With the assistance of the Marshall Plan, a five-storey building to house the Laco and DUROWE operations was built which housed more than 1,400 workers by the middle of the 1950s. Production of movements rose to 80,000 per month.

During the 1950s, DUROWE developed a number of innovative movements, including one of the first German automatic movements and some of the slimmest German movements manufactured at the time. However, due to a downturn in business, the DUROWE and Laco brands were sold to the Timex Corporation on 1 February 1959. The primary motivation for the purchase was so that Timex could gain access to research that DUROWE had done into electronic timepieces, however the watches were generally not commercially successful. Six and a half years later, on 1 September 1965, DUROWE was purchased by the Swiss movement manufacturer ETA SA to gain access to the European markets of the then European Economic Community. ETA accordingly re-focused DUROWE on the production of mechanical watch movements.

VINTAGE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER GENTS WRISTWATCH







FRANCE MADE NEW OLD STOCK PAUL GARNIER MEN'S WRISTWATCH CIRCA 1960's
SHINNING SILVER TONE DIAL WITH DAYDATE WINDOW AT 3 O'CLOCK

CRYSTAL IS CLEAN, NO CRACK NO SCRATCHES

THE SWISS ETA SA DUROWE BASED 17 JEWELS MANUAL WINDING MOVEMENT CAL. 391-3

GOLD TONE METAL HANDS

RAISED GOLD/BLACK BATON MARKERS

GOLD PLATED ROUND CASE MEASURES APPROXIMATELY 35mm INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 39mm LUG TO LUG

UNSIGNED GP CROWN

NEW BLACK BAND FITS 8.5" WRIST

DISCONTINUED MODEL... !

WORKING CONDITION, KEEPING TIME AND RECENTLY SERVICED

PRICE: RM750.00 (NEGOTIABLE)


History of Paul Garnier Wristwatch

Paul Garnier (1801-1869) was an a 19th century inventor, clock and watch maker who began in Paris in 1825. Paul Garnier was founded in 1825 in Hbr du Roi, Paris, France and specialized in clocks in railway stations. The Garnier company made watches with Swiss movement and casing were made in France and German. They were taken over in 1933 by Leon Hatot (the ones who developed the "Rolls" early automatic watch, later made by Blancpain) who were known for their electronic ATO clocks. These were marketed also under the name "ATO - Paul Garnier".

In 1967, the electrical horology branch of Lepaute took over the ATO production. A new type of seven segment digital clock was developed in 1978 and was immediately taken up by the French railways "SNCF". These clocks achieved such rapid success that they were copied on a grand scale. Although the Hatot Company adopted new production techniques and used miniature quartz crystals as time standards, the costs of research and development could not be recovered in small to medium series production. Competition from South East Asia forced the Hatot Company to abandon its industrial branch and concentrate on the sale of quality watches and domestic battery electric clocks marketed under the names "ATO-LEPAUTE" and "ATO - PAUL GARNIER".

History of Durowe - Watch Movement Manufacturer

DUROWE (Deutsche Uhrenrohwerke) is a German watch movement manufacturer that in the 1970s was the largest producer of watch movements in Germany.

In the early 20th century, the German watch-making industry primarily used movements manufactured in Switzerland. To help the German watch-making industry become independent of these Swiss movement manufacturers, DUROWE was founded in 1933 by Erich Lacher. Erich was the son of Frieda Lacher, the co-founder of the German watch maker Lacher & Co ("LACO").

Erich Lacher intended DUROWE to supply not only LACO but other German watchmakers as well. DUROWE grew strongly in the 1930s, with the number of movements produced peaking at 30,000 per month until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war, DUROWE continued to manufacture movements, in particular the large chronometer-grade movements used in the Beobachtungsuhren (B-Uhr) commissioned by the German government for use by the Luftwaffe, of which Laco was one of five manufacturers.

At the end of the war, the DUROWE factory in Pforzheim was destroyed by an Allied bombing raid. However, DUROWE and Laco had recommenced production by 1949. With the assistance of the Marshall Plan, a five-storey building to house the Laco and DUROWE operations was built which housed more than 1,400 workers by the middle of the 1950s. Production of movements rose to 80,000 per month.

During the 1950s, DUROWE developed a number of innovative movements, including one of the first German automatic movements and some of the slimmest German movements manufactured at the time. However, due to a downturn in business, the DUROWE and Laco brands were sold to the Timex Corporation on 1 February 1959. The primary motivation for the purchase was so that Timex could gain access to research that DUROWE had done into electronic timepieces, however the watches were generally not commercially successful. Six and a half years later, on 1 September 1965, DUROWE was purchased by the Swiss movement manufacturer ETA SA to gain access to the European markets of the then European Economic Community. ETA accordingly re-focused DUROWE on the production of mechanical watch movements.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

VERY RARE AUTHENTIC VINTAGE CITIZEN LEOPARD SUPER BEAT 28800bps GENTS WRISTWATCH

















BRAND/JENAMA : CITIZEN LEOPARD SUPER BEAT
MODEL : LEOPARD SUPER BEAT GN-1-5
MOVEMENT/ENJIN :CITIZEN HI BEAT 28800 26 JEWEL CAL. 7200
ORIGIN/BUATAN : JAPAN
NO. SIRI/SERIAL NO. : D0520517
CIRCA/TAHUN : 1970
CASING/KEMASAN : SOLID BRUSHED STAINLESS STEEL
FUNCTION: HOUR, MINUTES, SWIPE CENTER SECOND HANDS, DAYDATE AT 3:00
DIAL: SHINNING SILVER TONE
BEZEL: SS
MARKINGS/TANDA JENAMA : DIAL,BACK CASING, MOVEMENT, BANDS
BAND/TALI : FULL LENGTH ORIGINAL CITIZEN WIREMESH BAND
CROWN: ORIGINAL CITIZEN "C" CROWN -
LUGS SIZE:
20mm
BAND WIDTH: 20mm
LENS/CERMIN : HARDLEX MINERAL
MEASUREMENT/UKURAN : 36mm w/o CROWN and 41mm LUG TO LUG
WATER RESISTANT: 200 Meters
CONDITION/KONDISI : MINT, WORKING AND KEEPING TIME
PRICE/HARGA: RM1100
(NEGOTIABLE)

BRIEF HISTORY OF CITIZEN WATCHES

Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (シチズンホールディングス株式会社 Shichizun Hōrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha) is the core company of a Japanese global corporate group based in Tokyo Japan. The company was originally founded as Shokosha Watch Research Institute in 1918 and is currently known as the manufacturer of CINCOM precision lathe machine tools as well as CITIZEN watches. The trade name originated from a pocket watch CITIZEN sold in 1924. It is one of the world's largest producers of watches. For almost eight decades, Citizen has been ahead of its time. Citizen brand has always stood for innovations and high precision that make life better for everyday people and now they are raising their sights to meet the needs of the new Millennium.

In 1924, when Citizen's forerunner, the Shokosha Watch Research Watch Institute produced its first pocket watch the "CITIZEN". The then Mayor of Tokyo, Mr Shimpei Goto, named the watch "CITIZEN" with the hope that the watch, a luxury item of those times, would become widely available to ordinary citizens and be sold throughout the world.

Time and again Citizen has pioneered groundbreaking technologies and helped to make watches an indispensable part of modern life. Introduced in 1956, Parashock was the first shock resistant watch made by a Japanese manufacturer. And three years later, Parawater was hailed as the country's first water resistant watch.

One of the latest milestones is our Eco-Drive system. Bringing new thinking to the art of watchmaking, this is a light powered solution that eliminates the need to change batteries - a revolution that made it the first watch technology to receive the Japan Environment Association's Eco Mark for environmentally friendly products.

And in 2003, Citizen continues to evolve and be ahead of its time with the launch of Stiletto. This is the World's thinnest light powered watch - a watch so revolutionary it combines eco-drive technology with a refined, sleek and sophisticated case and bracelet from 4.4mm thick.

Citizen is, however more diverse then simply watches. In fact watches only represent less than 40% of the company's business. Today Citizen is drawing on a heritage of proven quality and technologies as we develop the market for watches, clocks, jewellery, eyeglass frames and health care products.

BRIEF INFORMATION ON RARE COLLECTION OF CITIZEN LEOPARD HI-BEAT

Some 40 years ago, as the 1960's drew to a close, the development of Citizen's automatic wrist watches was reaching its peak, in terms of both range and quality. Around the middle of that decade the company switched from it's geared 'jet' rotor design to the more reliable and widely used oscillating weight type, and the late '60's saw the launch of the Chrono Master high grade automatic alongside a range of other new models.

In 1969 Citizen launched the evocatively named Leopard line, based on the 7200 calibre. Although this movement was used in other models, the Leopards were distinguished by one key characteristic not to be found in the others – they were all high-beat, running at either 28,800 beats per hour (bph) or 36,000bph. These were Citizen's first watches to run at these speeds, reflecting the quality and reliability they could achieve by that time. These fine movements also all feature a micro adjuster on the balance to assist with accurate regulation.

In a relatively short space of time the Leopard line offered an extensive range of watches, with different jeweling, styles and price points, and can perhaps be best described as 'upper mid' to 'high' grade pieces.

Besides the high-beat common denominator, the Leopards are also characterized by their jewel counts, which are always even numbers – i.e. 28, 26, 24, and later in the production run, 22. Other models using the same base movement usually carry odd number jewel counts, for example the Custom V2 and Seven Star V2, with jewel counts of 25, 23, and 21 (the only exception to this I can identify is calibre 7790, running at 21,600bph with 22, 24 and 26 jewels).


The production run of the Leopards was short-lived – just as the development of mechanical watches was reaching new heights, the introduction of the much more accurate and soon the much cheaper quartz module in the early to mid-1970's brought that development to a halt. The latest Leopard movements entered the market in 1971, just two years after the first model was introduced.
(This articles on Citizen Leopard was brilliantly written by Mr Stephen Netherwood, who has made a lot of research about this watch. His original article on this Citizen Leopard can be viewed at
http://seikoholics.yuku.com/sreply/344/Citizen-Leopard)