Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Ref. 114200 circa 2009 | steel automatic wristwatch with original guarantee card and presentation case
Vintage Watch Update – 2 June 2023 | 2.6.23

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Ref. 114200 circa 2009 | steel automatic wristwatch with original guarantee card and presentation case

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Ref.114200 c.2009

Opening this week’s newsletter is a neo-vintage Rolex Oyster Air-King. With a ‘V’ series serial number, this watch has a production year of 2009, and the original guarantee card notes that it was first sold in 2010. In addition to the Rolex numbered guarantee card, the watch is accompanied by a green Rolex presentation case and card outer box, green leather document wallet and additional Rolex service card from 2017. We have also had the watch serviced in 2023 at a Rolex approved service centre and the watch has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

This Air-King model is fitted with a sapphire crystal which features the secret etched Rolex crown emblem. The silvered dial has a satin finish and there are applied Arabic numerals at the quarters which are interspersed by applied baton indexes set with blue dyed Super-Luminova luminescent paint. The Rolex Oyster bracelet has a folding Oysterclasp steel bracelet – the maximum bracelet length is 182mm, the watch does not have additional spare links.

Omega Seamaster 'Sepcial' Ref. 166.010 circa 1966 | steel vintage automatic bracelet watch

Omega Seamaster ‘Special’ Ref.166.010 c.1966

Undoubtedly one of the smartest vintage Omega Seamaster models, the case of this watch has a particularly pleasing shape with thick and broad down-turned lugs, chamfered bezel and screw-down case back. This example of the reference retains its original rice grain Omega bracelet with flip-lock clasp. Originally launched by Omega in 1962, this model was designated the ‘Seamaster Special’. Automatically wound, the watch incorporates the excellent calibre 565 with precision regulation and quick date change via a secondary crown setting.

Omega Ref. 921 hallmarked 1955-56 | 9ct gold manually wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.921 hallmarked 1955 | 9ct Gold

Accompanied by its original leather covered easel-form presentation case, this is an excllent example of the Omega Ref. 921. In wonderful condition, the silvered dial has an excellent lustre to the surface and the hour indexes are applied in gold. The 9ct yellow gold case has a chamfered bezel, gently angled lugs and the case back still retains its original spun finish.

Omega Cal. 30T2 circa 1945 | steel vintage wristwatch

Omega Cal.30T2 c.1945 | Steel

Dating to the end of the Second World War, this wristwatch incorporates the famous 30T2 SC Omega movement which has similar finishing to those used in the Omega 2292 Air Ministry watches. The silvered dial has an interesting configuration with raised dagger and Arabic hour indexes – the Arabic numerals set noticeably inwards from the outer tracking. The steel case has a chamfered bezel and gently domed back.

During the Second World War, import restrictions imposed by many countries on watches for civilian use meant that, as restrictions began to lift, a boom in production followed. Indeed, exports of Swiss watches increased from 11.8 million units in 1944 to 18.8 million in 1945, and by 1956 had risen to nearly 40 million.

Tudor Oyster Royal Ref. 7934 dated 1963 | steel vintage wristwatch

Tudor Oyster Ref.7934 dated 1963

A classic example of the Tudor Oyster Royal, this watch has a great monochrome look. The smart silvered dial has raised baton indexes and dauphine hands. The robust stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has the typical screw-down crown and case back.

Tissot Navigator Ref. 44646 -2X circa 1973 | steel vintage automatic wristwatch

Tissot Navigator Ref.44646 c.1973

This smart Navigator model by Tissot follows the established designs of the diver’s watch, with its matt black dial and luminescent indexes. The bi-directional black bezel is calibrated for 60 minutes and can be used to mark time elapsed; by advancing the triangular marker to the minute hand, up to 60 minutes of time elapsed may then be read off the bezel’s calibrations. The stainless steel case has a solid upper body and substantial screw-down case back.

Record Cal. 022-18 hallmarked 1958-59 | 9ct gold manually wound vintage wristwatch

Record Cal.022-18 hallmarked 1958 | 9ct Gold

In excellent original condition, this Record wristwatch has been only very lightly used and is fitted with what is almost certainly the original leather strap. The watch is accompanied by its original card presentation box.

Vintage watches by Record are popular for their classic designs and good quality movements. Founded in Tramelan, Switzerland, in 1903, The Record Watch Company moved its headquarters to Geneva in 1924. In 1961, a majority interest in the Record Watch Company was purchased by Longines.

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