Vintage Watch Update – 11th March 2016 | 12.3.16

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This week’s newsletter opens with a stylish Asprey pendant watch that dates to the 1940s. Still owing much to the influence of the Art Deco period, this watch has a steel case with twin stepped bow and, most unusually, a glazed display back. The movement was supplied by the

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Swiss watchmaker Juvenia and, as can be seen in the photo above right, the movement’s bridges have been highly decorated, taking into accounts its visibility through the glazed back. Accompanied by its original Asprey presentation box, we have fitted the watch with a new silver neck chain.

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Next is a stunning and rare 9ct pink gold Longines Ref. 5185 wristwatch made in 1948. This watch has a superb case with strongly chamfered bezel and gently down-turned lugs. Measuring 35mm in diameter, the watch is large for the period of its production. The silvered dial is in great original condition with light oxidation that enhances its vintage look. All hands are blued steel. It is interesting to compare this watch’s styling with that of a very similar model (Ref. 23522) that we sold in 2015, the latter watch dated to 1947 and had almost identical hands and dial to the present watch. The 23522 can be found in the sold archive section of our website here.

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Above is a steel Omega wristwatch made in 1954, with a handsome silvered dial fully set with applied Arabic numerals. To its right is an extract from a 1952 Omega catalogue where this model is listed as a Ref. 720. Omega’s Ref. 720 is an archetypal vintage wristwatch model with a brilliantly proportioned case featuring a polished chamfered bezel, gently down-turned lugs and flat, polished, snap-on back. The model was available with a variety of different dial designs and the steel case was made for Omega by the English based Dennison case company whose signature appears above that of Omega to the inside case back. The manually wound movement is an Omega calibre 266 which forms part of the famous and highly successful ’30’ series, one of the most reliable of all vintage watch movements.

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Shown next is an Omega Seamaster Ref. 14722 which dates to 1959. This version of the model has a superb silvered dial that is in exceptional original condition with a silk matte sheen and combination Arabic and faceted triangular indexes. To the centre of the screw-down case back, the watch features the embossed Seahorse logo which remains crisp and well defined.

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Moving on 10 years and pictured here is an Omega Genève Ref. 135.070 from 1969. This rather more edgy design incorporates a textured dial with asymmetric applied Omega logo and applied baton numerals with black tips and matching hands. The steel case is two part with a solid upper body and screw-down back. Manually wound, it is powered by an Omega calibre 601.

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This lady’s Omega wristwatch is a Ref. 511.213 and was made circa 1967. The watch is manually wound and has a gold plated case with steel snap-on back and a satin finished champagne dial. Accompanied by a red Omega presentation case, the watch also has a gold plated Omega belt-form buckle.

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Rounding off this newsletter is a handsome example of the Tudor Oyster Elegante Ref. 7960 which was made in 1963. This is a classic example of the model with a satin finished silvered dial and attractive Alpha shaped hands. The ‘Elegante’ has a slim Rolex Oyster case, smooth polished bezel and typical screw-down crown and case back.

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