Opening this week’s newsletter is one of my favourite Air-King models from the 1960s, with the so-called ‘3-6-9’ dial. The dial is in wonderful condition and features a raised metal Rolex signature rather than the standard printed signature text; the dial also has raised Arabic and faceted dagger numerals, rather than the baton numerals which became the standard for the model in the later 1960s. This watch was made in 1964 and is fitted with its original sprung Rolex Oyster link bracelet.
Shown next is a beautiful example of the Tudor Oyster Ref. 7934. Straight from the family of the original owner, this watch is accompanied by its original receipt which details its purchase at Ollivant & Botsford of Manchester on 29th October, 1963. The dial has an excellent lustre and a stylish combination of Arabic and faceted dagger indexes. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down crown and case back.
It’s been ages since we had an Omega Speedmaster and the Mark II shown above dates to 1969. The Speedmaster Mark II is one of the most iconic of Omega’s vintage chronograph watches. Created in 1968, the model entered Omega’s International Collection in 1969. The massive tonneau-form case was a dramatic departure from the more traditional circular style of the first Speedmaster models. Designed in the late 1960s, the watch’s design looked towards the more angular styles that would become a feature of 1970s watches. The dial of this watch is in excellent condition, whilst the stianless steel case has marks and scratches throughout from wear.
A stylish automatic model, the Omega Ref. 971 pictured here has a lovely silvered dial with bold applied gold faceted indexes. Made in 1961, the 9ct yellow gold case has a polished finish and substantial, multi-faceted lugs. An automatic model, this watch is powered by Omega’s excellent calibre 552 with 24 jewels and precision regulation.
Next is an Omega Seamaster de Ville Ref. 165.020 which dates to 1966. This wristwatch is in excellent original condition with an unusual, textured, silvered dial which has applied Arabic and faceted triangular numerals. The stainless steel case retains its original signed Omega crown and crystal and the case back is centred with the Seamaster logo. The stainless steel uni-shell case is composed of a solid, single body, the movement being accessed by removal of the bezel, crystal and crown/stem. By limiting the number of case parts and negating the need for a removable case back, the risk of dirt and moisture entering the watch were greatly reduced. The watch is fitted with its original, detachable, stainless steel Omega bracelet which can be removed and replaced with a leather strap if preferred.
The tonneau-shaped Omega photographed here is a rare version of the Ref. 166.041 with a matt black dial and matching black date ring, this watch was made in circa 1968. The applied gold coloured indexes have black inserts, to which the hour and minute hands are matched in style. The watch retains is original Omega crystal with magnified date aperture. Ref. 166.041 was first introduced by Omega in 1968 and the serial number of the present watch places it towards the beginning of the model’s production. Although different versions of the model exist, the standard dial finish had a satin, silvered surface.
Pictured above is a 9ct yellow gold Omega wristwatch, made in 1952. This handsome model has a silvered dial with applied, gold, Arabic and faceted dagger indexes. The solid 9ct yellow gold case was made for Omega by the Dennison case company and is classically designed with a smooth chamfered bezel and gently down-turned lugs. There is even oxidation spotting to the surface of the dial which gives the watch a great vintage look.
In excellent overall condition, the 1953 Cyma watch shown next appears to be have been very little used and retains its original leather strap. The silvered dial has a wonderful lustre to the surface and there are crisp, gold coloured, raised Arabic numerals. The 9ct yellow gold case was made for Cyma by the Dennison case company and is a Dennison Ref. 12325.
And rounding off this newsletter are two ladies’ watches that are both in excellent condition. To the left is an Omega Ref. 511.019 which dates to circa 1964 and, to the right, a Cyma Ref. 2-9457 from circa 1955. The Omega has lovely, multi-faceted, angular lugs and the Cyma has a relatively deep case with chunky lugs and a screw-down case back.
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