Vintage Watch Update – 22nd February 2019 | 22.2.19

Rolex Oyster Air-King-Date Ref.5700 dated 1966

A classic ‘everyday’ wristwatch the Air-King-Date Ref.5700 was introduced by Rolex in the 1960s. Similar in design to the Ref.5500 Air-King, the 5700 features a date aperture and a slightly larger case with a diameter of 35mm. This watch is fitted with its original riveted link Rolex Oyster bracelet and is accompanied by a Rolex insurance document dating to July 1969 which is detailed with the serial and reference numbers of the watch. The watch also retains a sales receipt stamped by Rolex Watches of Eire.

Rolex Oyster Royal Ref. 6444 steel vintage wristwatch, dated 1956

Rolex Oyster Royal Ref.6444 dated 1956

A really great looking mid-sized Oyster model, this watch has a lovely honeycomb textured dial with contrasting gilded hour indexes and hands. The steel case has a classic smooth chamfered bezel and the watch is fitted to a stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted link bracelet.

Most unusually this watch features the rarely seen and highly collectible ‘big logo’ clasp which was made for only a short period. Unlike standard Rolex bracelets, the Rolex logo fills almost the entire surface of the clasp and has a highly distinctive design. The clasp is date stamped for the year 1959 and the watch is date coded for 1956.

Zenith retailed by Barraclough, Leeds, steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1935

Zenith retailed by Barraclough of Leeds circa 1935

A fabulous example of an early wristwatch design, this Zenith has a multi-faceted upper case  with a recessed winding crown placed between the lugs above 12 o’clock. This positioning of the crown provides it with practical protection from accidental knocks and also ensures that the sharp lines of the case sides remain uninterrupted. The silvered dial has a wonderful two-tone design, the second tone being rendered in a higher sheen and contained within the outer minute track thereby giving added depth and contrast to the dial’s surface. The movement has unusual precision cam-form disc regulation which is based on a patented design first registered by Zenith in 1903 (patent 27541).

Shield gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1935

Shield 9ct gold hallmarked 1935

This handsome wristwatch has a multi-faceted gold case and a two-tone dial with black Arabic and baton indexes. In remarkably good overall condition for its age, the mid-sized case has a hinged back and is hallmarked for the year 1935.

Tudor gold vintage wristwatch hallmarked 1962

Tudor 9ct gold hallmarked 1962

A smart gold dress model, this wristwatch has a silvered dial with raised gilded hour indexes. The 9ct yellow gold case has stylish detailing to the lugs which have polished tapered facets to their edges.

Omega Genève Ref. 135.041 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1969

Omega Genève Ref.135.041 circa 1969

Ref. 135.041 was 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.

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