Rolex Oyster Royal Ref. 6246 dated 1957 | steel herring-bone sector dial vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update -15 October 2021 | 15.10.21

Rolex Oyster Royal Ref. 6246 dated 1957 | steel herring-bone sector dial vintage wristwatch

Rolex Oyster Royal Ref.6246 Dated 1957 | Steel

Direct from the original owner’s family and opening this week’s newsletter is a Rolex Oyster Royal with an unusual and highly distinctive herringbone sector dial. The design is reminiscent of the 1950s ‘honeycomb’ dial, yet the herringbone styling creates a completely different look – quartering the dial in this way adds depth and contrast and allows light to play across its surface. There are bold raised numerals with block form Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock separated by multi-faceted dagger indexes in between. The Alpha-shaped hour and minute hands contrast with the blued steel centre seconds with its counterbalanced tail. Cased in steel, the watch has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical Rolex Oyster screw-down crown and case back.

Omega Seamaster 30 Ref. 135.003 -62 circa 1963 | steel hand wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Seamaster 30 Ref.135.003 c.1963 | Steel

One of the most handsome and wearable Seamaster models of the 1960s, this reference was first introduced by Omega in 1962. There’s a great lustre to the plain silvered dial and the baton indexes have bold tapered quarter markers. The Seamaster legend to the base of the dial has the distinctive hook-form ‘S’ and the engraved logo to the case back is in crisp, clean condition. Measuring 35mm in diameter, the case is a robust design with a screw-down back; the lugs have good detailing with facets to their outer edges. This watch retains its original Omega crystal and crown.

The ’30’ refers to the watch’s movement which is from Omega’s ’30 series’ calibres – these movements had a diameter of 30mm and were known to be both accurate and highly reliable.

Omega Cal. 267 circa 1959 | steel manual wind vintage wristwatch

Omega Cal.267 c.1959 | Steel

A mid-century design, this watch has an especially attractive dial with applied hour markers that combine Arabic numerals with faceted triangular indexes. The hands are Alpha-shaped and the large engine-turned subsidiary seconds dominates the lower half of the dial. Cased in steel, the bezel is chamfered and there are further subtle chamfers to the outer edges of the lugs. There is a well executed engraving to the outside case back, detailing this watch’s presentation as a retirement gift in 1960.

Zenith Cal. 106-6 circa 1950 | steel mid-sized manual wind wristwatch

Zenith Cal.106-6 c.1950 | Steel

A well proportioned mid-sized wristwatch, this watch has a silvered dial with black painted Arabic numerals. The Zenith signature is placed just above the subsidiary seconds dial thereby leaving the upper half of the dial clear – this was a deliberate design feature which allowed retailers the possibility, if desired, to add their own brand name. Cased in steel, the bezel has a pronounced chamfer with a flat polished inner rim. The watch is powered by a crisp, gilded, Zenith cal.106-6 and the leather strap is fitted with a handsome Zenith star logo steel buckle.

Zenith Cal. 2532 circa 1965 | steel automatic vintage wristwatch

Zenith Cal.2532 c.1965 | Steel

A watch that may at first glance appear to be a fairly classic, simple design, quickly reveals itself to be packed with great detailing. The sunburst finished dial has applied baton indexes with contrasting multi-faceted lozenges at the quarters. This tapering effect of the quarter markers follows through to the sword-shaped hands and the eccentrically placed wedge-form date aperture. Rather than placing the calendar window at its traditional 3 o’clock position, moving it between 4 and 5 o’clock actually creates a more legible dial – the quarters are more balanced and there’s arguably less cluttering.

Omega Genève Ref. 511.0469 circa 1973 | steel rectangular hand wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Genève Ref.511.0469 c.1973 | Steel

This sleek monochromatic wristwatch is a relatively unusual Omega model, especially so with its black matt dial. The baton hour indexes are faceted and these catch and reflect the light as it travels across the surface. The hour and minute hands have white surfaces to provide clear contrast and enhanced legibility. At either end of the case, the upper body curves gently downwards with hooded lugs concealing the strap bars from view. We have paired this watch with a Hirsch suede finished strap in black.

Tudor / Rolex Princess Oysterdate Ref. 92400 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1984

Tudor/Rolex Princess Oysterdate Ref.92400 c.1984 | Steel

This lady’s Oysterdate model has a silvered, satin finished dial with faceted hour indexes which are centrally set with black panels to increase visibility. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a classic polished finish with chamfered bezel and screw-down case back. Automatically wound via the Tudor finished ETA 2671, the movement has provision for quick date adjustment via a secondary setting to the crown and there is also a hack feature – when the crown is unscrewed and pulled out to set the time, the second hand will stop, thereby allowing accurate synchronisation to a time signal.

Omega Genève Ref. 511.357 circa 1971 | steel rectangular lady's wristwatch

Omega Ref.511.357 c.1971 | Steel

The sharp, crisp lines of this lady’s watch’s steel case are complimented by a light grey vertically satin finished dial. In very attractive condition, this is a manually wound model powered by Omega’s 17 jewel calibre 485.

Die Uhr. Geschichte Technik Design: Eine Chronologie des 20. Jahrhundert - Alexander Barter - Signed Copies

Die Uhr – Geschichte Technik Design

I’m pleased to say that a German language version of my book has just been published by Prestel. Available to purchase now in German bookshops, we also have some signed copies available directly from our website. The original English language edition is now on its third print run and is available from bookstores throughout the UK – signed copies can be bought directly from our website.

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