Saturday, June 19, 2010
The Rolex Jubilee Serti dial is found on later model Rolex watches. These dials are usually machine engraved at the factory using a metal base and the markings are placed in areas where the dial has not been recessed. These dials are very popular and greatly enhance the beauty of both men's and ladies watches.
The above dial is used on a Rolex Oyster Date Precision men's watch. This dial was a very plain. The diamonds were added along with the Serti markings.
One unique feature of the Serti style dial is its ability to change colors depending on the angle it is viewed from.
This shows the different colors these dials can display. The base color is a light blue color and from different angls it can also appear to be a silver color.
This picture shows the dial installed on the Rolex watch. This Rolex Oyster Date model has a plastic crystal and a stainless steel case.
This is another view which shows the unique color change of the Serti dial.
Looking at the Jubilee Serti dial mounted onto the watch showing the color change from light blue to almost a silver color.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
These fancy hunter case pocket watches are very rare items. It has been estimated that very few of these have survived as many of them over the years have been melted down and sold for scrap metal values.
The Howard 21 Jewel RailRoad Chronometer is a very nice pocket watch. These were actually made by the Keystone Howard Co.
The dial on this watch is a true Montgomery style dial which has the minutes numbered around the outer chapter of the porcelain dial.
These dials are rather unique as they snap onto the movement. There are no dial legs that hold the dial in place.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
These watches were made in about 1959 by Elgin. They were sold under the Lord Elgin name. They were advertised as "The Modern Way To Tell Time." The movement has two disks that are made of plastic and painted with the numbers. At some point in time someone tried to remove the minute disk and it was damaged and then glued into position.
The movement has 21 jewels and is adjusted.
Case is gold filled and has a thick plastic crystal over the date wheels.
The inside of the case has two spacers or rings that hold the movement in place. One is shown in this picture.
This shows the movement installed into the case. The second retainer ring is shown around the movement and the crown is now installed.
Here you can see the two date wheels through the plastic window or crystal.
Another view of the watch with the date wheels showing.