Omega Seamaster Ref. 165.65003 hallmarked 1967 | 9ct gold automatic vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update – 25 February 2022 | 25.2.22

Omega Seamaster Ref. 165.65003 hallmarked 1967 | 9ct gold automatic vintage wristwatch

Omega Seamaster Ref.165.65003 hallmarked 1967 | 9ct Gold

First up this week is a stylish Seamaster model that has a solid 9ct yellow gold case and an excellent silvered dial with applied gold Arabic numerals. The numerals are noticeably raised from the surface of the dial with deep sides that give them great three-dimensionality. A blackened finish to the faceted upper surface of the numerals increases their contrast against the gold of the case and the silver of the dial. There are multi-facets to the angular lugs and the screw-down case back is centred with the embossed Seamaster logo.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.428 circa 1946 | Steel

Measuring 29mm in diameter, this mid-sized wristwatch has a handsome and charismatic two-tone dial with tumbling Arabic numerals. The steel case is a popular 1940s design with flared tear-drop lugs and chamfered bezel. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s calibre 428/2 which is beautifully finished with Geneva stripes.

Omega Ref. 14726-2 circa 1959 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.14726 circa 1959 | Steel

This model was available with a variety of different dial designs of which the present version, with its full Arabic numeral dial, is among the most sought after. There is a warm and even patina to the dial and light oxidation to the surface – the finish retains a good lustre. Cased in stainless steel, the edges of the lugs have fine chamfers which retain good definition and there are light scuffs and scratches.

Longines Ref. 8888 invoiced 1965 | steel vintage manually wound wristwatch

Longines Ref.8888 invoiced 1965 | Steel

A lovely looking vintage Longines model, this Ref. 8888 has a case diameter of 35mm. The silvered dial retains an excellent lustre and has raised Arabic and polished incised baton hour indexes. The case retains good definition with clear chamfers to the edges of the lugs and the slim bezel increases the dial’s perceived size.

The Longines Archives confirm that this watch was originally invoiced to their UK agent Baume, on 8 February 1965.

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref. 566.015 circa 1969

Omega Dynamic Ref.566.015 circa 1969 | Ladies’ Steel

This lady’s Dynamic model has an attractive mid-blue dial and the black/white baton hands have a contrasting light blue centre seconds. The steel elliptically shaped case is made from a single block of stainless steel and this is fitted with its original stainless steel Omega link bracelet. The watch also retains its signed Omega crystal and crown. Automatically wound via Omega’s calibre 681 movement, the watch has provision for semi-quick date change – whilst the date will change each day at midnight, the date can be advanced when required by moving the hands backwards and forwards between 9pm and 1am.

Omega Genève Ref. 166.0168 circa 1974 | steel automatic wristwatch with date and hack feature

Omega Genève Ref.166.0168 circa 1974 | Steel

One of the larger vintage circular Omega models, the Ref.166.0168 has a 36.5mm diameter. There is a vertical satin finish to the silvered dial and applied baton indexes. Cased in steel, the gently flared lugs are formed directly from the case which gives a satisfying depth to their profile view. The bezel has a slight chamfer but is recessed into the main body of the case thereby giving the watch a flatter, more streamlined appearance. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the Omega calibre 1012 which incorporates both a hack feature and a quick date-setting function.

Swiss, circa 1915 | oversized nickel chrome vintage wristwatch

Swiss circa 1915 | Oversize 38mm Nickel Chrome

An unusually large and early wristwatch, this model dates to the First World War period. Designed to limit the ingress of dirt and moisture, the case is made in two parts, the main body which houses the movement has no opening to the back and is threaded so that the bezel can be securely screwed down onto it. While not a waterproof watch, by eliminating the friction fitted-type closures found on more traditional hinged cases of the period, the case of this watch potentially afforded much greater protection to the movement within. A practical, utilitarian design, it seems likely that this watch may have been intended for military use. Tantalisingly, the movement and case back are both marked ‘Patent’ / ‘Déposé’ but sadly no patent number is inscribed.

The case measures 38mm in diameter and we have fitted the watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke bund watch strap made from Shell Cordovan leather.

Favre-Leuba & Co 'Marvel' Bombay-Calcutta circa 1940

Favre Leuba ‘Marvel’ circa 1940 | Nickel chrome

At the start of the 20th century, Favre-Leuba were particularly focused on trade with India and the dial of this watch notes the Swiss firm’s close links with Bombay and Calcutta. A mid-sized pocket watch dating to circa 1940, the white enamel dial is cleanly configured and remains in excellent condition. The movement was supplied to Favre-Leuba by the specialist Swiss movement manufacturer Cortébert.

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