Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref.1500 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1974
Vintage Watch Update – 10 January 2020 | 10.1.20

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref.1500 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1974

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref.1500 c.1974

One of the all time classic Oyster references, this Ref.1500 Rolex has a bright silvered dial with applied gilded indexes and matching baton hands. Cased in stainless steel, the Oyster design has a  smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back. Automatically wound, this model is powered by Rolex’s calibre 1570 with hack feature, when the crown is pulled out to set the time, the seconds hand is stopped, thereby allowing easy synchronisation to a time signal. The watch is fitted with a model 78350 Rolex Oyster bracelet with adjustable flip lock clasp.

Tudor Oyster 'Big Rose' Ref.7934 steel vintage wristwatch, dated 1959

Tudor Oyster ‘Big Rose’ Ref.7934 dated 1959

A great example of this increasingly hard to find model, this watch features a distinctive cross-hair dial with elongated dagger and arrowhead hour indexes. The large raised rose motif, which lends the watch its nickname, sits at the 12 o’clock position. The so-called ‘Big Rose’ model has become one of the most iconic of Tudor’s vintage production. During the 1920s and 1930s, Tudor used only their brand name on the dials of their watches. However, from 1936, the watchmaker began to use the emblem of the Tudor rose on their dials in much the same way as their parent company, Rolex, used the crown symbol. The Rose emblem was at first a small logo contained within a shield, the ‘Big Rose’ was featured on only a small number of models. A history of the development of the Tudor logo can be found in: Isnardi, A., Tudor Anthology, 2013, p.2.

One of the earliest examples of this version of the ‘Big Rose’ model, the dial of this watch is in excellent original condition, retaining a rich lustre to the surface. The detachable riveted Rolex Oyster bracelet is date stamped for 1972 and was therefore most likely added during a servicing, there is some stretch to the bracelet links.

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Ref. 145.014 steel vintage chronograph wristwatch, circa 1969

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Ref.145.014 c.1969

The Speedmaster Mark II is one of the most recognised of Omega’s vintage chronograph watches. Entering Omega’s International Collection in 1969, the model’s large tonneau-form case was a dramatic departure from the traditional circular style of the first Speedmaster models and the watch’s aesthetic looked towards the more angular styles that would become a feature of 1970s watches. The hands are replacement Omega Speedmaster hands, however, the original hands are included with this watch and are supplied in a sealed container – these have losses to the white paint and luminescence.  There is stretch and wear to the steel bracelet which is detachable and may be replaced with a strap if preferred. The case has scuffs and scratches throughout and there are some small marks to the dial.

Omega Seamaster Ref.165.002 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1967

Omega Seamaster Ref.165.002 c.1967

A great looking monochromatic version of the Seamaster, this wristwatch has an unusual black cross-hair motif to the centre of the dial and black inserts to the applied hour indexes. The steel case has a flat integrated bezel and the screw-down case back is centred with the embossed Seamaster logo. The watch retains its signed crystal and crown. Automatically wound, this watch is powered by Omega’s excellent calibre 552.

Omega Seamaster de Ville Ref. 135.010 vintage wristwatch, circa 1965

Omega Seamaster de Ville Ref.135.010 c.1965

This handsome Seamaster de Ville has a relatively slim profile and a classic silvered dial with applied baton indexes. Omega’s double model ‘branding’ of the Ref. 135.010 as a Seamaster de Ville, emphasized the watch’s sporty nature (for which the Seamaster models were well-known) whilst also drawing on the watch’s classic, dress-style look which the “De Ville” range was intended to represent. A manually wound model, it is powered by the 17 jewel Omega calibre 601.

Omega Genève Ref. 166.041 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1969

Omega Genève Ref.166.041 c.1969

Direct from the original owner’s family, this example of the Ref.166.041 has a satin finished dial with unusual ‘outlined’ baton indexes. This model was produced with several different dial variations, however, those with black highlights to the numerals usually have their baton indexes centrally set with black panels – on this watch, the whole outer frame of the numerals have a black surround. This surround, coupled with the polished ‘mirror’-finish to the centre of the numerals, gives the indexes are more pronounced appearance.

Reference 166.041 was first introduced by Omega in 1968. The model incorporates the excellent automatic Omega calibre 565 movement with 24 jewels and precision regulation. Calibre 565 includes provision for fast date adjustment via a secondary crown setting. The stainless steel two-piece case has satin finished surfaces and a screw-down case back.

Winegartens London gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1960

Winegartens London 9ct gold hallmarked 1960

In very attractive condition, this wristwatch appears to have been only lightly used and retains its original Winegartens card presentation box and what is almost certainly the original leather strap and pin buckle. Winegartens, a retailer based in Bishopsgate, London, were perhaps best known for the railway regulator watches that they produced from the early part of the 20th century. For the present watch, Winegartens used a good quality 17 jewel calibre by the specialist Swiss movement manufacturers A. Schild. The gold case was supplied to Winegartens by the English case maker, Dennison and is the latter firm’s case model 12325.

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