Vintage Watch Update – 17th August 2018 | 17.8.18

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref.16014 c.1983

Opening this week’s newsletter is an excellent example of the Rolex Datejust 16014 with a stainless steel case and white gold fluted bezel. Automatically wound, this model incorporates Rolex’s calibre 3035 movement which was the first Datejust movement to incorporate a fast date change facility, allowing the date to be quickly advanced, when required, via an extra setting to the crown. The watch has an immaculate, satin finished, silvered dial and is fitted with its original Jubilee bracelet and accompanied by a Rolex leather and wood presentation case, outer card box, folder and Datejust instruction booklets.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 6917 lady's vintage wristwatch, circa 1978 

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref.6917 c.1978

One of Rolex’s most classic Oyster designs, this steel and gold lady’s wristwatch has a very attractive, midnight blue, satin finished dial. The stainless steel Oyster case has a gold fluted bezel and screw-down crown and the watch is fitted with its matching steel and gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet with adjustable folding clasp. Automatically wound via the Rolex calibre 2030, the movement also incorporates a hack feature.

Rolex Oyster Ref. 4444 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1945

Rolex Oyster Ref.4444 c.1945

A lovely example of this relatively early Oyster model, the watch’s dial has a wonderfully warm patina with a rich lustre to the surface. The modestly sized steel case is a two-part model with solid upper body and separate screw-down back. Rolex’s ref.4444 is especially unusual for its use of a scooped rather than chamfered bezel and this watch retains its original 1940s Rolex Oyster crown. This watch is fitted with a fully stitched vintage watch strap with steel pin buckle.

Movado Calendograf Ref. 14776 steel vintage calendar wristwatch, circa 1945

Movado Calendograf Ref.14776 c.1945

This smart triple calendar wristwatch has a two-tone dial with broad, matt finished, chapter ring that carries the Arabic and disc hour indexes. The calendar is displayed with central apertures for days of the week and months and, to the edge of the dial, the date is displayed with blue numerals, indicated via a central red-tipped hand. First introduced in 1938, the Calendograf with calibre 475 was one of Movado’s most significant vintage models and examples were exhibited at the 1940 World’s Fair in New York as well as at the Basel Watch Fairs throughout the 1940s.

Omega Ref. 720 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1951

Omega Ref.720 c.1951

Omega’s Ref. 720 is very much the archetypal vintage wristwatch model with a brilliantly proportioned case featuring a polished chamfered bezel, gently down-turned lugs and flat, snap-on back. The model was available with a variety of different dial designs and this example is one of the more unusual, with Arabic numerals at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock and slim baton indexes in between. Manually wound, this model is powered by Omega’s excellent calibre 265.

Jaeger-LeCoultre cal.496 gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1958

Jaeger-LeCoultre cal.496 hallmarked 1958

In wonderful original condition, this lady’s cocktail watch appears to be almost unused. The silvered dial has an excellent lustre and is calibrated with raised, gilded, Arabic numerals. The 9ct gold case retains crisp definition with especially attractive, sphere-form lugs. Manually wound via the flat winding crown which is concealed to the outside case back, this watch is powered by LeCoultre’s calibre 496 which is beautifully finished with decoratively damascened bridges. The watch is fitted with what is almost certainly the original, suede, cordette strap with gilt-metal clasp.

Longines gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1965

Longines cal.30L halmllmarked 1965

This Longines wristwatch has a lovely silvered dial which is in excellent original condition and retains a rich lustre. There are raised Arabic and faceted triangular numerals and a finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The solid 9ct yellow gold case was made for Longines by the Dennison case company and is a Dennison Ref. 13322. Dennison’s stamp of ‘A.L.D.’ can be found to the inside of the case back together with that of Baume, who were Longines’ agent in the UK. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the 17 jewel, Longines calibre 30L.

Omega Genève Ref. 136.041 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1968

Omega Genève Ref.136.041 c.1968

Omega first launched their model 136.041 in 1967 and the present example dates to 1968. Predominantly manufactured with a silvered dial, the model was also produced with coloured dials and the present example features a rarely seen, dark grey, satin finished dial. The stainless steel, tonneau form case has a satin finished bezel and screw-down case back. There are some oxidation spots to the dial.

Omega Seamaster de Ville, Ref. 135.001 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1967

Omega Seamaster de Ville Ref.135.001 c.1967

Complete with its original Omega branded strap and Omega presentation case, this is a smart dress watch with a slim profile, sharp lugs and classic chamfered bezel. Cased in steel, the watch retains excellent definition to its angles and edges and the Seamaster logo to the outside back is especially crisp. The watch is also fitted with its original signed Omega crystal and crown. The leather strap is still useable, however, there is a split to side of the leather towards the lower tongue section.

Pinnacle hallmarked 1953

This 9ct gold wristwatch has an attractive silvered dial with gilded Arabic numerals and an engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The 9ct gold case has slim but substantial down-turned lugs and a smooth, chamfered bezel. Originally sold under the Pinnacle brand name, this watch incorporates a Record calibre 022-18 movement.

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