Yema purchased by Ambre

Posted by Harry Bishop on Sep 5th, 2009
Sep 5

Last year I posted about the bankruptcy of Yema, a company that despite all the “French company, French manufacture, French brand” chest-thumping of the firm, was actually a Seiko sub-brand between 1988 and 2005. I first became aware of them through their Seiko 4S15 based SeaSpider diver models.


After finding out a bit more I then became interested in some of their earlier watches (from when they truly were a French brand, and indeed a partially French manufacture), especially their earlier divers and various xxx-GRAF model lines. I see these come up on eBay every so often, usually selling for a fair dollar. For example this Valjoux 7736 based Yachtingraf just sold for US$710.


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Citizen NY2300-09LB on it’s way

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jun 11th, 2009
Jun 11

It’s surprising what watches I’ve been able to pick up for my target price quickly, and what’s taken some time. I decided a while back that I wanted to see what the Citizen 200m divers were like, and picked the current (ie new not vintage) “blue dial + pepsi bezel + crown on the middle right” version on rubber, the NY2300-09LB.


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Bucket o’ eBay – Spring ’09 wrapup

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 22nd, 2009
May 22

There was a nice post a few years back on TimeZone that spoke about the appeal of basic clean looking and unadorned dial watches. It really appealed to me, I kept the link, and have since looked every so often for some of the brands it listed. You can see what I mean by some of the images on the post, of the following lovely vintage Cyma, Enicar (which is the last name of the maker Artiste Racine spelled backwards by the way, that’s how that brand name was created), and Bulova (in this case a Sea King, which you can tell from the “whale” logo) from that post.


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Bucket o’ eBay – spring ’09 misc brands

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 20th, 2009
May 20

Here’s another auction musing from the past few months. Almost finished the backlog, one more after this!

First up, a brand that I knew very little of, Mortima. Most of the Mortima models I’ve seen for sale have been fairly “meh” level watches, nothing special, typically one or two for sale at any time on eBay. The exception to my lack of interest is this model, examples of which I’ve seen and bid on a few times now. The slightly scalloped cyclops, green lumed hour markers, red and white internal inner bezel and outer GMT bezel, marker design, and size all speak to me as a great example of 70s watch styling,.Having lost our before with lowball bids, I upped things a bit this time to $100 max, but this Mortima Super Datomatic went for $103, just beating my offer. Sigh.


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Bucket o’ eBay – Spring ‘09 Seiko

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 18th, 2009
May 18

Despite my love of 70s watches including Swiss brands, I still collect mostly Seiko watches. There weren’t a lot of Seiko auctions of real note in the past few months, more of the “same old, same old” that I’ve reported on before, but even so a few items worth mentioning.

Let’s talk about the three that got away first. First, this vintage Seiko went for $US$159 … my bid didn’t quite make it. For a watch from (roughly) 1944 it’s in really good shape. It was called a “Seiko banana” on the auction, have not heard that phrase before, it might be a Japanese to English translation glitch. Putting that aside, this is a wonderfully patterned dial for the era, with the old Seiko “S” symbol, looks great.


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Bucket o’ eBay – Spring ’09 Felca & Favre-Leuba

Posted by Harry Bishop on May 16th, 2009
May 16

Although I’ve been taking a break from posting for the past few months, I’ve still been trolling eBay and other watch auction sites, looking for deals. Here are a few interesting items I’ve noted during that time.

First, since I purchased a vintage Felca a while back and have enjoyed the watch, I’ve kept my eye out for the brand. Expecting mostly low to mid level prices, I blinked when this 1960′s Felca “Seascoper” auto diver watch sold for US$605! Built using the “SuperCompressor” case of the time, similar to other high-quality divers, it’s still a lot of change to see pass hands for this brand.


While I’m on the topic of Swiss brands, another one I keep my eye out for is Favre-Leuba. This is a storied brand, with several technical innovatiuons such as being the first to incorporate an actual mechanical depth meter into a diver watch. Since then the brand died, then was revived again as a “new” old brand. Some of their current watches are nice, but it’s not regained the luster as a brand that it used to have.

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Bucket o’ eBay – 1950s/60s Seikos

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 7th, 2009
Jan 7

Today is completely Yahoo Japan, as an exercise to show you the sort of things always available at reasonable prices on this auction site, that for a North American Seiko collector are interesting to see at these prices (compared to what we see on eBay). Certainly you have to add agent fees, shipping, and duty, but it’s still an opportunity to find and purchase good quality vintage Seikos for comparatively good prices.

So no “oddities” in this post, just some nice reasonable vintage mid range Seiko watches. :-)

First on the list today, this 1965 Lord Marvel, with a 23 jewel high-beat (36000) 5740 manual wind movement, gold-plated case version 5740-8000, running about +10 seconds/day, with wabi yet fairly good condition dial, went for 7000 Yen ($88) on YJ.


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Bucket o’ eBay #18 – Orvitax, Orient, Ricoh

Posted by Harry Bishop on Jan 2nd, 2009
Jan 2

Actually this post should be titled “bucket o’ Yahoo Japan”. :-)

So now that I’ve decided to acquire some more of the Alba Orvitax line, of course now I check my Japamart list for the first time in a long while, and find I’ve missed a number of them in the last few months. Sigh.

Prices seem to be dropping. Two 15501 on stainless were sold recently, the first back in August for 15,000 yen ($175) but the second more recently for only 3122 yes ($40)!

15501-jp-15000 15501-jp-3122

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