Opening this week’s newsletter is an Omega pocket watch with a fabulous, Art Deco designed dial that has strong and broad two-toning. The large subsidiary seconds dial, with its engine-turned finish, provides a further contrasting texture to the surface of the dial. As the case’s bezel is slim, the dial dominates the overall design, maximising its visual impact. The blued steel hour hand, with its large circular detail, has a planetary feel as it ‘orbits’ the central, matt silvered, disc.
The 9ct yellow gold case is relatively thin in profile, with a chamfered bezel, straight sides and shallow case back. There is handsome detailing to the bow with pairs of decorative blocks to each side and the stylish and unusual, octagonal shaped winding crown is styled to match.
Reference 6426 is a handsome, manually wound, Rolex model with a case diameter of 35mm. This example has a silvered, satin finished dial that is in lovely condition, with multi-faceted triangular numerals which are of equal size around the dial; this design does not allow the quarters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock to dominate and instead accentuates the Rolex crown emblem at the 12 o’clock position, it being the only ‘numeral’ of differing design. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a smooth polished bezel and the case back is date stamped for the year 1963. This watch is fitted with a new, Hirsch Siena, calf leather strap.
A smart, automatic Oyster model, this Tudor wristwatch is date stamped to the inside case back for the year 1963. The silvered dial has a great monochromatic look with just an accent of colour from the handsomely patinated luminescent panels within the hands, as well as the luminescent dots above the numerals.
A very pretty diamond-set cocktail watch with bundles of charm and character, this watch dates to circa 1940. These cocktail watches were often, as in this instance, unsigned, although occasionally the dials would carry the name of a retailer. The case is set with round and baguette-cut diamonds which, together with the fancy-form lugs, form an impressive overall design.
Reference 121.001 was introduced by Omega in 1964. This example of the model features the more unusual, elongated Arabic numerals; the majority of examples of this reference were fitted with baton numeral dials. There are some scuffs to the left side of the dial between the dial centre and the 9 o’clock position, but the dial otherwise retains a good lustre. The classic stainless steel case has a chamfered bezel and faceted lugs and incorporates a calibre 269 Omega movement which belongs to the highly regarded Omega ’30’ series.
This wristwatch has a handsomely configured silvered dial which retains a good lustre and is set with applied, gold, hour indexes. The 9ct yellow gold case, which is hallmarked for 1961, has down-turned lugs with stepped edges. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 285 with 17 jewels.
A very handsome model from the Astral line, this Smiths watch is complete with its original card box and guarantee paper which notes the watch’s original sale in 1962. In lovely condition, the dial has a warm and even patina and the case retains crisp definition to its angles and edges.
This watch has a classic silvered dial with applied baton indexes that have black inserts – the hands are styled to match with both black and luminescent panels. Cased in stainless steel, the upper body is made from a single block of steel with integrated chamfered bezel and a separate screw-down case back. The watch is automatically wound via an Omega calibre 1012 which has a hack feature and provision for quick date change. Accompanied by an Omega presentation case with retailer’s sticker for W. B. Scott & Sons, a Jewellers formerly based at 4, High Street, Ludlow – not far from present day Black Bough.
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