International Watch Co. Cal. 62 hallmarked 1954
Vintage Watch Update – 16 October 2020 | 18.10.20

International Watch Co. Cal. 62 hallmarked 1954

International Watch Co. Cal. 62 hallmarked 1954

Opening this update is a wonderful 9ct gold vintage IWC wristwatch. This model has a silvered dial with raised Arabic numerals and an outer pearled minute ring. The dial retains an excellent lustre with some very light and minor oxidation.

There are substantial flared lugs to the case which give the watch excellent shaping both to the front and profile views. Made for the UK market, the gold case was manufactured for IWC by the English case maker David Shackman & Sons whose stamp appears to the inside case back. Shackman produced cases for a number of watchmakers including IWC, Rolex, Tudor and Omega. It’s a manually wound model powered by IWC’s calibre 62 with decorative damascened bridge work.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 166.002 circa 1966 | steel automatic wristwatch

Omega Seamaster Ref. 166.002 c.1966

A classic steel Seamaster model, this reference was first introduced by Omega in 1962 and the present example dates to c.1966. The watch has a silvered dial with a light vertical satin finish and the applied hour indexes are centrally faceted. Automatically wound via Omega’s calibre 562, there is also provision for semi-quick date change – although the date will change each day at midnight, it may be manually advanced when required by moving the hands backwards and forwards between 9pm and 1am.

Omega Genève Ref. 165.041 circa 1969 | steel automatic vintage wristwatch

Omega Genève Ref. 165.041 circa 1969

Omega introduced Ref.165.041 in 1968. Most frequently found with raised silvered indexes and hands, the present dial features a more unusual combination of blackened baton indexes with blue centres and hands that are styled to match; the tracking, signature and legend are similarly toned in blue paint. This format gives the watch a distinctive and decidedly more sporty appearance than the standard dress watch versions of the model. An automatically wound model, this watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 552.

Longines Ref. 7855 -1 invoiced 1968 | steel manual vintage wristwatch

Longines Ref. 7855 invoiced 1968

A clean and sharp example of the Longines 7855, this watch has a great monochrome design with bold black Arabic numerals and a cross-hair subsidiary seconds. The case retains good definition to its angles and edges and has not been re-polished during servicing – there are some light scuffs and scratches. The Longines Archives note that this watch was originally invoiced on 20 May 1968 to their UK agent, Baume & Co.

Longines Flagship Chronometer Ref. 103 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1958

Longines Flagship Ref. 103 invoiced 1959

The watch has an elegant silvered dial with elongated baton indexes and an inner minute/seconds track which runs between the inner tips of the hour indexes. The bezel has a relatively steep chamfer which allows the dial a larger surface area and the use of the elongated hour markers further enhance its perceived size. To the case back the watch is engraved with the Longines Flagship emblem, this has been polished in the past so has lost some definition, however, it is still complete. The Longines Archives note that this Ref. 103 Flagship watch was invoiced to their UK Agent, Baume & Co., on 22 December 1959.

Cyma Cymaflex hallmarked 1952

Cased in 9ct yellow gold, this mid-sized wristwatch is hallmarked for the year 1952. The dial retains a good lustre with only light oxidation to the surface. The case has a smart chamfered bezel and rounded, down-turned lugs. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Cyma’s calibre R.458 with damascened decorated bridges.

Vintage Watch Dial Keyrings

These keyrings are inspired by one of my favourite vintage watch designs. Dating to the 1930s, the dial’s format can be found on watches by a number of different Swiss brands. The dials are usually composed of a gold or gilded dial plate which has a black lacquered surface. During production of these dials, the areas for the minute track and circular numerals are ‘masked’ so that the dial plate shines through in these areas. Watches with these dials almost always have circular-shaped cases with flat stepped bezels and concealed lugs. An example of a Universal wristwatch in this design can be found on our website here: Universal ‘Prince’

Made in England, the leather fob is fully stitched around the edge and features the watch design impressed to one side, the other side is plain. The keyrings are available with the leather fob either blank impressed or heightened with gold foil. The split rings are designed to accommodate standard any standard key.

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