Buying a luxury watch…on a generous budget…in 1963 | 2.9.16

1962 retail blog

So it’s 1963 and you’re feeling flush, so of course you want to treat yourself to a fancy new gold watch. Above are three choices you may have considered from the Patek Philippe, Rolex and Omega catalogues of 1963 – each watch is an 18ct yellow gold automatic model – here’s what your money would have bought:

1: Patek Philippe Ref. 2584 in 18ct yellow gold £273

2: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref. 1601 in 18ct gold (with leather strap option) £195

3: Omega Constellation Calendar, Ref. EL.886  / 14393 in 18ct yellow gold £125

The average UK house price in 1963 was approximately £3,000