Vintage Watch Update – 17th March 2017 | 17.3.17

Vintage Watch Newsletter No. 107

First on this week’s newsletter is a fabulous Record Datofix triple calendar watch with moon-phases, made in c. 1950. This watch has an amazing dial with strong two-toning and crisply engine-turned subsidiary dials. The mix of colours for the calibrations, hands and moon-phases make this a pretty special piece that looks absolutely great on the wrist. There are convenient calendar adjusters in the band and whilst not a large watch, it packs a big punch. One of my all time favourites.

Next is a very smart steel and yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002. Made in 1965, this is a relatively unusual variant of the 1002 automatic model which is more usually found in an all steel version. The stainless steel case is in lovely condition with a sharp chamfered gold bezel and matching screw-down gold Oyster crown. The champagne dial has applied multi-faceted gold indexes and dauphine hands.

Above is an International Watch Co. Ref. 810 from 1969 with a rich, satin finished, champagne dial. Made in 14ct yellow gold, the upper case is in fantastic condition with clean facets to the lugs and bezel. The watch retains its original winding crown, IWC leather strap and pin buckle and nestling inside is one of IWC’s all time great movements, the coveted calibre 89 – a beautifully finished movement with damascened bridges.

By sheer co-incidence, following on from our last newsletter’s oversized Tissot Ref.’s another, again with a massive 37.5mm diameter case and this time with a creamy silvered dial and raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals. An impressive looking watch, this example dates to 1956 and we’ve fitted it with a Chris Clarke for Black Bough pig skin leather watch strap which enhances the golden tone of the hands and numerals.

Shown above is a classic Longines model from 1964. This watch, made in 9ct yellow gold, retains its original blue Longines fitted presentation case. The silvered dial is in great condition with raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals and a pronounced, engine-turned, subsidiary seconds dial. This watch has been fitted with a CC for BB brown lizard strap which has a wonderful grain and rich colouring.

Back to Omega and pictured here is an Omega Seamaster 30, Ref. 135.003 from 1963. The silvered dial has a rich creamy appearance with excellent lustre and raised gilded indexes. The stainless steel case has stylish, faceted lugs and a screw-down back centred with the Seamaster logo.

An immaculate lady’s 9ct yellow gold Omega Ref. 511.5002 is next. Originally sold in 1979, this watch retains its original presentation case, guarantee booklet, further Omega booklet and Omega pin buckle. The silvered dial has applied gold indexes which, like the hands, have blackened surfaces to increase legibility.

Dating to the mid 1930s, this stylish Longines pocket watch reflects the Art Deco period’s preference for slim ‘dress’ watches. At the time this watch was made, Swiss exports of wristwatches had only just exceeded those of pocket watches and despite the popularity of the wristlet, the market for the traditional pocket timepiece continued. Showing signs of light use only, this watch is in excellent original condition. The silvered dial has black Arabic numerals surrounded by a black ring with minute track above and there are traditional blued steel ‘moon’ hands. Cased in steel with combinations of polished and satin finishes, the bezels are stepped and faceted to both the front and back of the case.

This Seamaster model by Omega has also just been added to the website. A Ref. 166.001, this watch dates to c. 1964 and incorporates Omega’s excellent calibre 562 which has provision for semi-quick date change. Cased in steel, the back is centred with Omega’s embossed Seamaster logo.

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