Piaget Ref. 9057 Cal. 9P1 hallmarked 1972-73 | 18ct two colour gold vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update – 28 April 2023 | 28.4.23

Piaget Ref. 9057 Cal. 9P1 hallmarked 1972-73 | 18ct two colour gold vintage wristwatch

Piaget Ref.9057 hallmarked 1972 | 18ct yellow & white gold

Piaget launched their ultra-thin calibre 9P in 1957. With 89 components the movement had a depth of just 2mm and created a sensation at the time of its release. Its introduction allowed Piaget to begin production of a new range of slim and highly refined watches of which the present piece is an excellent example.

Made in two colour gold, the case top and back are made from 18ct yellow gold with white gold case sides sandwiched between. While the gold to the tops and sides of the case are given a satin finish, highlights are created by mirror polished white gold chamfers to the bezel and edges of the case top. The case retains excellent definition with crisp detailing, hallmarking and numbering; there are few minor marks.

Most remarkable are the hour indexes. Made in gold, each one has a unique profile; these indexes are applied and wedge-shaped, but to maintain the watch’s slim design, their facets and perspective have been intentionally exaggerated. Each index has been individually cut and tapered according to its position on the dial; this creates an optical illusion so that the eye perceives them as having a far greater depth and three-dimensionality than they have in reality. To help achieve the effect, the tops of the indexes are satin finished while the sides are polished.

Longines Cal. 12.62 invoiced 1930 | a silver and leather covered purse watch

Longines Purse Watch invoiced 1930 | silver

A very rare example of a Longines purse watch, this is an early vesta-style purse watch which was originally invoiced to Longines’ Swiss agent, Wirth, on 24 January 1930. The model has a pleasing action with a retractable sliding front cover which, when opened, releases the hinged inner case – the latter springing upwards to a fixed, angled position; this places the watch in an ideal position for viewing when placed on a desk or bedside. The front, back and sides of the case are covered with red lizard leather.  Italicised Arabic numerals surround the silvered dial and the hands are of so-called ‘cathedral’ form. This watch is accompanied by an Extract from the Longines Archives.

Jaeger-LeCoultre cal.P480/c circa 1954 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Cal.P480/c circa 1954 | steel

Mid-sized and mid-century, this Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch has angular, multi-faceted flaring lugs. The two-part case has a solid upper body with an integrated bezel that is stepped and chamfered. Manually wound, the calibre 480 movement is beautifully finished with decoratively damascened bridges.

In lovely original condition, the watch retains excellent definition to its angles and edges and is fitted with a vintage stitched leather strap.

Smiths Astral 'Aquatite' hallmarked 1965-66 | 9ct gold manual vintage wristwatch

Smiths Astral Aquatite dated 1965 | 9ct gold

Made in England by Dennison, the Aquatites are among the best quality cases used by Smiths. This example, produced in 9ct gold, is composed of two parts featuring a solid upper body with integrated bezel and a separate screw-down gold case back. The silvered satin finished dial has a sunburst patterned finish and is in excellent condition with raised gilded Arabic numerals. There is a wedge-shaped date window at the 3 o’clock position – only a few Smiths models were produced with a date display.

Omega Ref. 2903 circa 1959 | steel vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.2903 circa 1959 | steel

This classic Omega wristwatch has silvered dial with applied faceted indexes and a crosshair subsidiary seconds dial. There are chamfers to the edges of the lugs and a bold, faceted bezel. There are a couple of abrasions to the dial by the 8 o’clock index and some very light surface oxidation. The case retains good definition to its angles and edges and has light scuffs and scratches to the surface.

Fitted with a new Hirsch Duke strap, the watch retains its original Omega buckle. A particularly handsome buckle, it has substantial tapered sides and a bold applied Omega logo.

Omega Genève Ref. 166.041 circa 1969 | steel automatic vintage wristwatch

Omega Genève Ref.166.041 circa 1969 | steel

Reference 166.041 was first introduced by Omega in 1968 and incorporates the excellent automatic Omega 565 movement with 24 jewels and precision regulation. The calibre 565 includes provision for fast date adjustment via a secondary crown setting. This example of the model features a satin finished silvered dial with applied indexes, each centred with black inserts. The stainless steel two-piece case has a satin finish and there is a screw-down case back.

International Watch Co. cal. 95 circa 1928 | 14ct gold open-faced pocket watch

IWC cal.95 circa 1928 | 14ct gold

A really super quality pocket watch, this model has a richly toned gold case with all covers (bezel, case back and inner cuvette) made from solid 14ct gold. The dial has a strong two-tone finish and both the applied Arabic hour numerals and hands are also made in gold. At the edge of the dial the minute ring is pearled, with each of the minute markers executed with a precision drilled recess which leaves a polished conical finish to each. The subsidiary seconds dial is finely engine-turned and carries its calibrations on an outer chapter ring. There are scratches to the dial between 1 and 2 o’clock and a scuff above the hands, but otherwise the dial is in lovely condition with a great lustre. The concealed inner cuvette carries a decoratively engraved monogram reading ‘OK’, the outer case back cover is plain. Within is IWC’s calibre 95, this is a 17”’ manually wound movement which is beautifully finished with damascened bridges.

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