This week’s newsletter kicks off with an iconic Omega Speedmaster Mark II. Created in 1968, this model entered Omega’s International Collection in 1969. The large tonneau-form case was a dramatic departure from the traditional circular style of the first Speedmaster models and the watch’s aesthetic looked towards the angular, chunky styles that would become a feature of 1970s watches. The black dial is in excellent condition with a rich tone and good even colouring to the luminescent batons and hands.
A wonderful and rare 1930s wristwatch, this model has a long steel rectangular case with a multi-faceted upper body. The lugs are articulated, comprising multi-faceted hinged side pieces which hold a fixed bar onto which the strap is affixed.
The back of the watch is curved and this model incorporates Movado’s specially shaped calibre 510 movement which was also used in the watchmaker’s ‘Curviplan’ models.
This example of the Ref. 135.041 features a relatively rare dial variation with a combination of raised Arabic and baton indexes – the vast majority of examples of this model featured straight baton indexes only. The baton indexes are placed slightly further towards the dial centre than on standard versions of this model with a clear separation between the markers and the luminescent dots which sit above them, this forms the baton indexes into the shape of an exclamation mark. The watch is fitted to its original Milanese Omega bracelet.
This De Ville model also has a relatively unusual dial with a light grey tone and a combination of printed black Roman numerals and applied steel indexes. The watch is in excellent condition with clean chamfers to the angles of the case and a bright, well preserved dial.
This mid-century wristwatch has a robust stainless steel case with classic chamfered bezel and screw-down case back. The silvered dial is handsomely configured with raised gilded Arabic and disc indexes and retains a good lustre to the surface – there’s a small depression to the dial between 4 and 5 o’clock.
A very good copy of the first edition of this important book devoted solely to Patek Philippe wristwatches, published in 1988. This book was a follow up volume to Huber and Banbery’s 1982 work which had concentrated on Patek Philippe’s pocket watch production. The book begins with the origins and history of the company, biographies of the company’s founders, details of Patek Philippe’s inventions & patents relating to wristwatches, the history of the wristwatch and Patek’s development of the genre. There are summary tables with production numbers for some of the company’s most important wristwatches and movement serial number charts. The vast majority of the book, 167 pages in fact, are devoted to lavish illustrations in both colour and black and white showing the extraordinary variety and, of course, outstanding quality of this famous watchmaker.
A rare opportunity to purchase a new/old stock example of the English language 1st Edition of this important work on IWC published in 1987. The book is still contained within its card slip case. The book includes a history of IWC and its inventions. There are a host of both pocket and wristwatches illustrated from black and white archival photographs as well as modern (1980s) colour photos. This book also features a list of movement serial numbers and their corresponding calibres from 1885-1974.
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