Vacheron Constantin Ref. 2045P made 1974 | white gold and onyx automatic vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update – 17 June 2022 | 17.6.22

Vacheron Constantin Ref. 2045P made 1974 | white gold and onyx automatic vintage wristwatch

Vacheron Constantin Ref.2045 made 1974 |18ct White Gold

Headlining this week’s update is a superb white gold dress watch with a sophisticated monochrome look. It’s a watch that looks great with both casual and formal attire and being slim in profile, this model fits easily under a shirt cuff; its design is unfussy yet extremely stylish. The 18ct white gold case contrasts brilliantly with the stark dial which is made from a layer of jet black onyx. Being made from stone, the dial is of course not susceptible to damage from light or oxidation. Beautifully finished, the calibre 12”’-1120 Vacheron Constantin movement has a depth of just 2.45mm and is decoratively finished with Geneva stripes, the automatic rotor is edged in 21ct gold. The gold rotor edge increases the rotor’s weight, thereby increasing its oscillation and the efficiency of its winding.

Accompanying the watch is a Vacheron Constantin tan leather watch roll which has four compartments, three of which have individual zipped closures. Fitted with a black alligator Vacheron Constantin strap, the watch retains its original 18ct white gold buckle. The accompanying Extract from the Vacheron Constantin Archives confirms production of the watch in 18ct white gold with black onyx dial in 1974.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 14700 /61 circa 1960 | steel automatic centre seconds vintage wristwatch with bracelet

Omega Seamaster Ref.14700 c.1960 | Steel

Omega Seamaster 14700 was first introduced in 1960. The model has distinctive lugs with flat upper surfaces and chamfered outer edges. This automatic Seamaster has a creamy coloured silvered dial with applied pink gold Arabic and faceted triangular hour indexes. These indexes have significant depth which means that they sit in unusually high relief on the dial’s surface. There are some marks and light scratches to the dial. The watch is fitted to an Omega rice grain link bracelet with adjustable folding clasp.

J. W. Benson, London, hallmarked 1936 | 9ct gold rectangular manually wound vintage wristwatch

J. W. Benson hallmarked 1936 | 9ct Gold

A really fabulous looking Benson wristwatch from 1936, this is in unusually good condition for a rectangular watch of the period. The watch has a wonderful two-tone sector dial which provides undulating contrast as light crosses its surface. Cased in 9ct yellow gold, there are pronounced steps to the sides of the case, a downward curve to the lugs and a curved case back. For the movement, Benson used the excellent manually wound Cyma/Tavannes calibre 364 which is handsomely finished with Geneva stripes to the bridges.

Longines Ref. 8035 -5 invoice 1959 | steel vintage manually wound wristwatch

Longines Ref.8035 invoiced 1959 | Steel

This Longines wristwatch is handsomely configured with combination Arabic and faceted triangular indexes. Measuring 35.5mm in diameter, the watch is relatively large for the period of production and the substantial stainless steel case has a faceted bezel, down-turned lugs with fluted sides and a deeply-set, double chamfered case back. The dial has a warm and even patina with very light spotting.

The Longines Archives confirm that this watch was originally invoiced to their UK agent Baume, on 19 May 1959.

Ertus circa 1950 | steel and chrome manually wound vintage wristwatch

Ertus circa 1950 | Steel & Chrome

A most attractive mid-century wristwatch, this 35mm diameter cased model has a super two-tone silvered dial. The dial has a variety of interesting design elements including a high sheen finish to the dial’s edge, combination hour indexes, vibrant blued steel hands and a finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial with miniature Arabic numerals. The chromed upper case has pronounced, flared, horn-shaped lugs.

Tudor / Rolex Oyster Ref. 7935 dated 1964 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Tudor / Rolex Oyster Royal Ref.7935 dated 1964 | Steel

This stylish lady’s Tudor wristwatch has a full Arabic numeral dial which retains an excellent lustre to the surface. The steel Rolex Oyster case has a classic chamfered bezel and a screw-down crown and case back. There are light scuffs and scratches to the case.

Omega Genève Ref. 166.0120 circa 1972 | steel automatic wristwatch with day, date and hack feature

Omega Genève Ref.166.0120 c.1972 | Steel 

There’s something particularly pleasing about this watch’s sharp lines and flat case top with its satin finish mirroring that of the vertically grained, silvered dial. The dial itself is in excellent condition with applied baton indexes and a long twin-aperture for day and date indication. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the Omega calibre 1022 which incorporates a hack feature and the facility for quick adjustment of the day and date displays.

Omega Ref. 166.0202 circa 1978 | steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch with hack feature

Omega Ref.166.0202 c.1978 | Steel

This late 1970s Omega model has a light grey silvered dial with vertical satin finish and the signature and ‘automatic’ designation are printed in a distinctive block-form font. Cased in stainless steel, the watch houses Omega’s calibre 1010 movement which, in addition to being automatic, incorporates a hack feature and quick date change facility. There are scuffs and scratches to the steel case throughout.

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