This week’s newsletter opens with an exceptionally well preserved Ermeto, this purse watch incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928. As the sliding covers are opened and closed, a pinion on the winding stem is engaged which automatically turns the winding crown and winds the watch. An ingenious piece of horological engineering, each opening and closing of the case was designed to provide 4 hours of running time, therefore, the user was only required to open their watch 6 times a day to power it for 24 hours. The Ermeto was designed to be used with or without a chain and could simply be placed in a pocket or bag. The case is silver-gilt which is overlaid with a black leather covering.
An excellent example of Omega’s Ref.14759, a model that was originally launched in 1960, this watch has a clean linear design with a chamfered bezel, angled lugs and applied faceted baton hour indexes. Retaining sharp definition throughout the case, the screw-down back has an especially crisp, embossed Seamaster logo.
This watch is fitted with a vintage Omega steel buckle with applied logo and is accompanied by a red Omega presentation case.
Omega introduced the Ref.166.039 Genève Dynamic in 1969. This example of the model has an unusual and attractive, light blue, speckled dial that is in excellent condition. The large elliptical case, which is made from a single block of stainless steel and measures 41mm in width, has some scuffs and scratches. Powered by the automatic Omega calibre 565 with 24 jewels and precision regulation, this watch also has provision for quick date change. If the date requires manual advancement, this can be achieved by pulling the crown out to the second position.
This watch is accompanied by a modern red Omega zip protective case with foam fitted interior.
A very attractive version of the lady’s Omega Genève, this watch has a deep blue satin finished dial with bi-colour, white and black hour/minute hands and a contrasting orange centre seconds. The stainless steel, tonneau form case has a satin finished bezel and screw-down case back. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Omega’s 17 jewel, calibre 630.
With strong and deep two-toning, bold black Arabic numerals and rich blued steel hands, this Buren has great vintage styling. The mid-sized 9ct yellow gold case has a classic chamfered bezel and gentle down-turned lugs. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Buren’s 15 jewel, calibre 1420.
Jaeger Framed Vintage Advert 1934
This eye-catching advert dates to 1934 and features an early examle of Jaeger’s Reverso wristwatch. The advert is framed in a new, Italian made, blackened metal frame. You’ll find further framed vintage adverts in the watch book section of the website.
These loupes (eyeglasses) are made by the renowned watch tool manufacturer Bergeon, a Swiss company founded in 1791 and based at La Chaux-de-Fonds. With 1.5” focal length, the loupe provides 6.7 x magnification and is ideal for examining watches up close. They have a durable smooth plastic finish for comfortable use. Measures approximately 30mm in height and 39mm at the widest point.
Vacheron Constantin Collector’s Catalogue
This important and comprehensive auction was held in Geneva on 3 April 2005 during the 250th year anniversary of Vacheron Constantin. The auction catalogue was arranged by Antiquorum in association with Vacheron Constantin and included 250 lots. Each of the watches was individually researched, photographed, fully catalogued and provided with a certificate of authenticity from Vacheron. Many of the watches were illustrated with additional detail photographs of cases and/or movements. A very useful research tool, the catalogue contains a timeline as well as a chronological historical summary of Vacheron Constantin.
Also just added to the website are these tropical 1970s-style silicone rubber watch straps which are available in black and dark blue. The mid-1970s Tissot watch shown above (not for sale) is fitted with an original Tropical strap and is flanked to either side with one of the new tropical straps to illustrate just how faithful these re-issued straps are to the originals. Comfortable to wear, they are a practical every day watch strap and are especially suitable for summer wear – the backs of the straps have a deeper honeycomb finish to allow the straps to breathe more easily. Buckles are available in either satin finished steel or polished gold plate.
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