International Watch Co. Ref. 803A circa 1963 | steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch with date
Vintage Watch Update – 10 February 2023 | 10.2.23

International Watch Co. Ref. 803A circa 1963 | steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch with date

International Watch Co. Ref. 803A circa 1963

The classic dress watch style is one that was perfected by IWC in the 1950s and 1960s. This Reference 803A incorporates IWC’s excellent calibre 8541 automatic movement which is the same calibre used in the second generation of the famous IWC Ingenieur, as well as the Ingenieur SL. The date ring of the cal. 8541 was enlarged from the preceding cal. 8531, thereby making the numerals easier to read.

Omega Chronostop Genève Ref. 146.009 circa 1969 | steel vintage chronograph

Omega Chronostop Ref. 146.009 circa 1969

A handsome example of the Chronostop model, this Omega has a matt grey dial which is in excellent condition. The luminescent dots above the numerals have an attractive, warm tone with perfect colour match to the luminescent panels within the hands. The stainless steel case retains good definition and has an Omega signed crystal and crown – there are some light scuffs and scratches to the case.

Ref. 146.009 was first introduced in 1968. The chronograph movement allows the centre seconds hand to be used either as a constant seconds hand or to time events up to one minute in duration. The pusher for the chronograph will start the seconds hand running when pressed for the first time, pressing a second time will automatically zero the seconds hand to the 12 o’clock position.

Longines Admiral HF Ref. 2304 -2 circa 1973 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch with hack feature

Longines Admiral Ref. 2304 circa 1973

A really great looking vintage Longines model, this watch is accompanied by its original Longines presentation box. The steel tonneau-form case measures just a shade under 37mm, and the blue dial has great clarity with unusual luminous rectangles beneath the quarter hour markers.

Telda circa 1950 | chrome and steel triple calendar vintage wristwatch

Telda Triple Calendar circa 1950

Bright and gleaming, this is a new/old stock Telda triple calendar wristwatch made in c.1950 with a super crisp, chrome and steel case. The days of the week and date automatically advance at midnight and the months require manual advancement at the start of each month via the pusher to the case side at the 2 o’clock position. Two further pushers at 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively allow the quick manual advancement, if required, of the date and day.

Lip Eclipso circa 1930 | nickel and leather covered concertina purse watch

Lip Eclipso circa 1930

An unusual manually wound purse watch, the Eclipso was developed by the watchmaker Lip. Introduced around 1930, the model was a competitor to Movado’s Ermeto and, like the Ermeto, the Eclipso was available in a range of metals and with a variety of decorative designs to its covers. The Eclipso has a pleasing concertina-like action with the two halves of the case opening to reveal the watch within.

Treasures from the Patek Philippe Museum - Slip Case, Two Volumes

Treasures from the Patek Philippe Museum

Hot off the press is this twin volume book set produced by the Patek Philippe Museum. The two books are housed in a solid slipcase. Both books are written by Peter Friess, the curator of the museum. The brown covered volume explores pieces made by Patek Philippe and is set out chronologically. The preface is written by Philippe Stern, the Honorary President of Patek Philippe. The volume goes on to explore the development of the company and the clocks, pocket watches, purse watches and wristwatches that they have made. It includes famous examples of their work including Duke Ellington’s Ref. 1563 watch. The blue covered volume concentrates on the watches in the collection that were not made by Patek Philippe themselves. This includes some of the very first examples of the watch from c. 1550; the remarkable Jehan Cremsdorff watch from c. 1650 and beautifully enamelled pieces from throughout the ages; form watches from the 17th Century including one in the shape of dolphin and another of cruciform. Later pieces include watches that incorporate automata, and also important mechanical developments in watches by Abraham-Louis Breguet, Jacquet-Droz, George Margetts and Thomas Mudge.

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