Vintage Watch Update – 19th July 2019 | 19.7.19

Omega Flightmaster Ref.145.036 c.1973

One of the largest of Omega’s vintage models, the Flightmaster was designed for use by both professional and amateur pilots, as well as intercontinental travellers. Although at first glance it appears to be a complex arrangement of hands and subsidiary dials, the design is in fact highly legible. The main dial is arranged as a standard chronograph with three subsidiary dials. An additional blue plane-shaped hand is a secondary hour hand which can be independently adjusted to display the hour of a second time zone. The case has colour coded crowns to the left side for adjusting the secondary hour hand and also for rotating the inner bezel. The stainless steel case of this Flightmaster model has been reconditioned and it is fitted with a service replacement Omega Flightmaster case back which features (as is standard for this model) a line-engraving of a DC-8 Super 61 Jet. The watch also has service replacement Omega Flightmaster pushers/crowns with their colour coded highlights.

Jaeger-LeCoultre retailed by Asprey Ref. E385 gold vintage wristwatch, sold in 1964

Jaeger-LeCoultre retailed by Asprey Ref.E385 sold in 1964

This smart Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch is complete with its original guarantee paper and presentation box. Purchased in 1964 from Asprey in London’s New Bond Street, the watch was presented as a retirement gift from Shelton Iron and Steel Works in Stoke-on-Trent. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s calibre K880 and the 9ct gold case has a screw-down case back. The dial is in excellent original condition and in addition to the maker’s signature, features the retailer’s name ‘Asprey’ to the lower half of the dial.

Tissot Oversized Ref. 6181 -3 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1948

Tissot ‘Oversized’ Ref.6181 c.1948

Measuring 38mm in diameter, this is an extremely large watch for the period of production and is in very attractive condition. The silvered dial has an excellent lustre with black Arabic hour numerals and an engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The case retains clean definition to its angles and edges, with a classically chamfered bezel and the lugs have a pronounced downward curve, there are light scuffs to the surface. A really great looking vintage wristwatch, this model is powered by Tissot’s calibre 27.

Omega Genève Ref. 136.0102 steel vintage wristwatch sold in 1976

Omega Genève Ref.136.0102 sold in 1976

This watch’s steel case has a satin finished body and the contrasting polished chamfered bezel is slightly recessed below the tops of the substantial down-turned lugs. Ref. 136.0102 has a diameter of 36mm and was available with either a leather strap or steel bracelet – the present example retains its original, detachable, model 1193 Omega bracelet. This stylish bracelet has flexible yet relatively thick ‘hinge’ links which are satin finished to compliment the style of the case. The bracelet end pieces are perfectly formed to provide a flush-fit with the watch’s case. The calibre 1030 movement incorporates a hack feature and has provision for quick date change.

Omega Genève Ref. 166.0202 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1978

Omega Genève Ref.166.0202 c.1978

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.

Zenith cal. 2541 gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1971

Zenith cal.2541 gold hallmarked 1971

A handsome mid-sized model, this Zenith is in lovely condition and has a bright silvered dial that is arranged with raised Arabic numerals and a cross-hair subsidiary seconds dial.

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