Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6031 circa 1955
Vintage Watch Update – 2 July 2020 | 3.7.20

Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6031 circa 1955

Vacheron Constantin Ref.6031 c.1955 18ct gold

Opening this week’s newsletter is a Vacheron Constantin which comes straight out of the golden era of vintage watch production. A fine wristwatch cased in 18ct yellow gold, the watch has flowing downturned lugs and a smart chamfered bezel. The champagne coloured dial has applied gold hour indexes and these are multi-faceted, allowing light to play across their surfaces, thereby enhancing a sense of depth and contrast. Manually wound, the slim calibre 1002 movement is superbly finished with decoratively damascened bridges. The watch is accompanied by a burgundy suede Vacheron Constantin pouch.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 165.002 sold 1968

Omega Seamaster Ref.165.002 sold in 1968

A great looking example of the Seamaster Ref. 165.002, this watch has a silvered dial with an excellent lustre and richly toned applied gold hour indexes. The steel case has a sharp, flat bezel and angular lugs. Accompanying the watch is a red Omega presentation case and Omega guarantee booklet. The guarantee booklet appears to have been incorrectly annotated at the point of original sale since the 8 digit serial number of the present watch and the 8 digit serial number quoted on the guarantee booklet are identical save for their last digit. On the guarantee booklet the serial number ends with a ‘1’ while the movement’s ends with a ‘0’.

Zenith retailed by Irvine Hindle, Halifax circa 1950

Zenith retailed by Irvine Hindle, Halifax c.1950

In 1907 Irvine Hindle (1882-1940) opened his jewellery and watch business at Southgate, within the Halifax Borough Market block. The business continued for 88 years, finally closing in 1995. The practice of retailers signing the dials of watches alongside that of the maker was a common one during the first half of the 20th century; for many, the name of the trusted local jeweller might be more important than that of the watchmaker.

The silvered dial of this Zenith watch has gold foil Arabic numerals, a popular style during the mid twentieth-century. A large subsidiary seconds dial, clear outer minute track and simple baton hands create a highly utilitarian design. Interestingly the base of the dial is signed ‘Made in France’ rather than ‘Swiss Made’. In addition to their Swiss operations, Zenith also had a factory at Besançon in France which produced wristwatches and pocket watches from the 1920s until the mid 1970s. This is a great looking vintage pocket watch with an excellent dial, there are some scratches to the case and there is wear to the finish of the pendant’s chrome plated bow.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 027/4500.49

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref.027/4500.49

Also added to the site is this new Junghans Max Bill chronograph model which has a rich black glossy dial. The dial makes full use of Max Bill’s specially designed Arabic numerals which, like the hour and minute hands, are painted with luminescent Super Luminova. The watch has subsidiary recording dials for hours and minutes and a twin aperture for day and date indication. Automatically wound, the movement also has provision for quick adjustment of the day and date indication. The watch is fitted to a steel Junghans Milanese bracelet.

Omega Ref.162.002 hallmarked 1964 9ct gold

This smart Omega dress watch was supplied to the UK market and is hallmarked for the year 1964. The silvered dial is in excellent original condition with a rich lustre and applied faceted baton indexes. The model is powered by Omega’s calibre 562 movement which has 24 jewels and precision regulation. Calibre 562 also has provision for semi-quick date adjustment – whilst the date will change each day at midnight, it can be manually advanced when required by moving the hands backwards and forwards between 9pm and 1am. The case has not been re-polished during servicing and there are light scuffs and scratches to the gold, the crown has some wear to the Omega emblem.

Longines Ref. 7111 -1 invoiced 6 May 1960

Longines Ref.7111-1 invoiced May 1960

The Longines watch shown above has an unusual and distinctive dial with a champagne coloured, ‘linen textured’ finish. There are incised baton indexes which have a polished finish, these catch the light as it travels across the dial’s surface. Beneath the dial’s signature, the Longines winged hour glass logo has engraved detailing and is applied to the surface. The stainless steel case, which has the original Longines winding crown, is relatively large for the period of production with a diameter of 35mm and there are long, slender lugs that are gently downturned. We have fitted the watch with a new, unsigned, steel Milanese watch bracelet – this can be replaced with a leather strap if preferred.

The Longines Archives confirm that this watch was invoiced to the watchmaker’s UK agent, Baume, on 6 May 1960.

Omega Genève Ref. 131.019 circa 1968

Omega Genève Ref.131.019 sold in 1968

This steel dress watch comes directly from the original owner’s family. The watch retains its original numbered guarantee booklet and both the Omega presentation box and card outer box (the hinge to the red presentation case is a little loose). The watch has a bright silvered dial with slim raised baton indexes and matching hands.

Omega Ladymatic Ref.566.002 circa 1968

Omega Ladymatic Ref.566.002 c.1968

A lady’s wristwatch model that was originally released by Omega in 1966, the watch pictured here has a bright silvered dial and a stainless steel case with screw-down back. Automatically wound, the model also has a semi-quick date change facility. Whilst the date will change at midnight, it can also be manually advanced by moving the hands repeatedly between 9pm and midnight.

Cyma cal. 162 hallmarked 1947

Cyma Cal.162 hallmarked 1947

This is a great looking mid-sized wristwatch made in 9ct gold. The case has attractive slim lugs with sharp downward facets and the silvered dial has gold foil Arabic numerals which are particularly bold in appearance. The hands have an Art Deco feel and are reminiscent of a skyscraper’s silhouette; this design of hands was especially favoured by Cyma. The watch is accompanied by a presentation case from David Summerfield jewellers of Newcastle.

Cyma Cymaflex 9ct gold hallmarked 1960

In excellent overall condition and retaining its original stitched leather strap and Cyma buckle, this is a very attractive vintage lady’s wristwatch. The silvered dial is blemish free, and the gold case with its faceted lugs retains the original Cyma winding crown.

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