Vintage Watch Update – 21 February 2020 | 21.2.20

Omega De Ville Ref.146.017 c.1970

This update opens with one of Omega’s most attractive vintage dress chronographs. The De Ville Ref.146.017 was introduced to Omega’s international collection in 1970. There’s great detailing to the dial with a cross-hair constant seconds dial that is combined with a square date aperture – placed opposite the date’s usual 3 o’clock position, this ensures that the chronograph’s minute recording dial is kept clear from interference. The 30-minute register itself has attractive accenting beneath each of the 5-minute Arabic numeral indications. Further design details include the blackened hands which match the blackened centre of the applied hours indexes and, at the dial’s edge, the start of the tachymeter scale is indicated via a stylish arrow motif. Cased in stainless steel, the watch is two-part with a solid upper body and separate screw-down case back. We have fitted the watch with a new Hirsch black strap and a new Omega steel buckle.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref.E557 c.1968

A super smart Jaeger-LeCoultre is next. This watch has a satin finished dial with chamfered outer edge for the minutes/seconds. The bright satin finished dial is in great condition and has unusual tapered hour indexes at 6 and 9 o’clock, a theme continued by the tapering sword-shaped hands and the asymmetric date aperture. Cased in stainless steel, the watch has a robust design with relatively broad lugs and a screw-down case back. The model incorporates LeCoultre’s calibre Z883 which is automatically wound and has provision for semi-quick date change; whilst the date will change each day at midnight, it can be manually advanced by moving the hands backwards and forwards between 9pm and midnight.

Telda Triple Calendar c.1950

This triple calendar wristwatch is in almost unused condition with an excellent silvered dial and a super crisp, well defined case. The calendar displays days of the week and months of the year in the apertures below 12 o’clock, whilst the date is indicated via a red tipped central hand which points to the outer date ring which is calibrated with blue numerals. The days of the weeks and date automatically advance at midnight and the months require manual advancement at the start of each month via the pusher to the case side at the 2 o’clock position. Two further pushers at 4 o’clock and 10 o’clock respectively allow the quick manual advancement, if required, of the date and day.

Crusader retailed by Flinn & Co. Coventry steel vintage wristwatch circa 1935

Crusader retailed by Flinn & Co. Coventry c.1935

An unusual and charismatic model, this wristwatch was retailed by Flinn & Co., a jewellery and watch retailer based at 14 & 15 Broadgate, Coventry. Broadgate is right at the centre of Coventry and the area took its name from the ‘broad’ gate of the city’s castle which originally lay close by. The area retained much of its medieval layout until the Second World War, however, during the night of 14 November 1940, the Broadgate area was almost totally destroyed during a German bombing raid.

Longines Cal.284 gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1970

Longines Cal.284 9ct Gold hallmarked 1970

A classic gold dress watch, this Longines was made in 1970 and retains its presentation case and Longines booklet. Made for the UK market, the solid gold case was manufactured for Longines by the English case maker David Shackman & Sons whose stamp appears to the inside case back. Shackman produced cases for a number of watchmakers including IWC, Longines, Rolex, Tudor and Omega.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref.1655 18ct gold wristwatch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Ref.1655 18ct Gold hallmarked 1965

Of cocktail watch size, this small lady’s Jaeger-LeCoultre has a rich tone to the 18ct gold of the case. The silvered dial has applied gold baton indexes and the model incorporates the beautifully finished JLC calibre 840 movement.

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref. 166.079 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1970

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref.166.079 c.1970

The Omega Dynamic was produced in a variety of styles, including manual and automatic, date and non-date versions. The Dynamic with day and date indication appears far less frequently than standard versions of the model and this example has a particularly stylish two-tone dial with satin finished mid-blue and silvered rings. Automatically wound via the calibre 752, the day and date will advance each day at midnight, however, the watch also has provision for quick date change via a secondary crown setting, pulling the crown out to its second position causes the date to advance forwards; the days of the week are advanced by moving the hands through 24-hours.

Omega Genève Ref.135.041 c.1969

Ref. 135.041 was first introduced by Omega in 1968. The steel tonneau form case has a brushed finish to the top which compliments the satin finish of the sunburst patterned dial. There are applied linear baton indexes with black inserts to their centres. In very attractive condition, the dial is bright and clean and the watch retains its original signed Omega crystal and crown.

Handmade Leather Valet Trays

Also new to the website are these leather valet trays which are handmade by Taylor Kent in Worcestershire. The trays are lined in suede and are a useful place to stow all manner of ephemera from watches and cufflinks to keys and loose change. The tray is formed from a square of leather that has press closures at each corner that form the sides and corners of the tray when they are ‘clicked’ together. This makes the tray a useful thing to travel with as it takes up minimal space when it is flat. The inside of the trays are suede lined to stop the contents from sliding around too much. Ideal for use either on a desk or bedside.

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