Opening the final update of 2018 is a large alarm wristwatch by Omega. Measuring 40mm in width, the ‘Memomatic’ was first introduced by Omega in 1969 and this version of the model has a very attractive, deep blue chapter ring with contrasting satin finished alarm discs. Unusually for an alarm watch, the Memomatic’s movement has a single barrel that maintains the power for both the time and alarm functions. This means that the automatic rotor will provide all the power required for the watch to operate; the majority of vintage alarm watches incorporated a separate manually wound barrel for the alarm. Another unusual feature of the model is the setting for the alarm time. The watch has two central discs which allow the alarm time to be displayed in hours and minutes, this contrasts with the more standard single pointer system used by other manufacturers. A pusher at 2 o’clock controls the alarm’s settings whilst a recessed pusher at 3 o’clock provides quick date adjustment. There is a scratch to the steel bezel close to the 5 o’clock position.
Reference 5500 was first introduced in 1957 and is a classic, automatically wound wristwatch. The robust stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back. This example of the model has a great monochrome look with a silvered, satin finished dial and applied, polished indexes to compliment the watch’s case. As part of this watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.
Omega introduced the Seamaster 30 in 1962. The silvered dial of the present example is in lovely original condition with a great lustre and raised, gilded, baton indexes. Cased in stainless steel, the model has a polished chamfered bezel and faceted lugs. The ’30’ refers to the watch’s movement which is from Omega’s ’30 series’ calibres – these movements had a diameter of 30mm and had gained a reputation for accuracy and reliability. By co-incidence, the Seamaster 30 was also water-resistant to 30 metres which has led to much confusion over the derivation of the name.
A rare and highly attractive model, this mid-sized watch has a wonderfully aged, two-tone, gilded dial with slim Roman and baton hour indexes. Beneath the 6 o’clock position, the dial is marked: ‘Importé de Suisse’, this indicates that the watch was supplied to the French market as Customs in France required imported watches to clearly state the country of manufacture, in French, on the dial.
Cased in steel and designed as a water-resistant model, the watch has a screw-down back and large crown. The bezel is twin stepped and each step has a chamfered finish, whilst the lugs have a pronounced downward curve with broad, tapering chamfers.
This Longines wristwatch has a handsome silvered dial which retains a rich lustre to the surface. 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.
The watch is accompanied by its original presentation case and guarantee booklet. Although the gold case is hallmarked for the years 1965-66, the numbered guarantee, which is stamped by the jeweller Edwards of Ealing, shows that the watch remained unsold until June 1970.
A very handsome dress watch, this Zenith model has block-form Arabic numerals and a finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The 9ct yellow gold case has a relatively slim profile and slender, angled lugs.
A classic dress watch, this Longines model has a smart, satin finished dial. The slim, applied baton hour indexes are centrally faceted at the quarters, whilst the intervening numerals have flat surfaces. Cased in stainless steel, the watch has a polished finish and retains its original Longines winding crown.
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