Vintage Watch Update – 29 July 2022 | 29.7.22

Omega Cal.26.5 retailed by P.H. Hendry c.1935-1938 | 14ct Gold

This rare and beautiful mid-sized Omega wristwatch was retailed by P.H. Hendry, a jewellery business based in Kuala Lumpur. During the 1920s the firm were appointed Royal Jewellers to the Malaysian states of Negeri Sembilan, Selangor and Kelantan. The two-tone dial is double signed and the Hendry retailer’s signature is highly distinctive with the tails of the ‘H’ forming an oval frame around the name. All hands are blued steel with leaf-shaped hour and minute, and inverted sword-shaped subsidiary seconds. Cased in 14ct yellow gold, the bezel is chamfered and has a flat top.

Omega Ref. 131.019 circa 1965 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.131.019 circa 1965 | Steel

A classic Omega dress watch, the Ref. 131.019 was first introduced in 1962 and the present example dates to the mid-1960s. The silvered dial has applied Arabic numerals that are centrally faceted. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the calibre 601. This watch is accompanied by its original Omega presentation box.

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref. 166.079 circa 1969 | steel automatic vintage wristwatch

Omega Dynamic Ref.166.079 c.1969 | Steel

The majority of Omega Dynamic models were produced either without calendar or with just a date window – the Day/Date 166.079 reference is therefore one of the more unusual incarnations of the Dynamic. This example of the model has a speckled ‘star dust’ dial with a black base colour heightened by flecks of gold which give it an almost chocolatey hue; the day and date wheels have a silvered base with similar speckled finish and their colouring blends with the applied baton hour indexes. The dial’s surface is in excellent condition – some slight losses to the luminescent painted dots above the numerals. Elliptically shaped, the case is relatively large for a vintage model with a 41.5mm width.

Girard Perregaux Gyromatic circa 1970 | steel automatic centre seconds vintage wristwatch with hack feature

Girard-Perregaux Gyromatic c.1970 | Steel

A smart Girard-Perregaux automatic model, this watch has a stylish monochromatic dial with applied baton hour indexes and matching baton hands. Powered by the automatic calibre 42.2, the movement incorporates both a hack feature and a semi-quick date change facility. When the crown is pulled out to set the time, the seconds hand will stop, thereby allowing the watch to be easily synchronised to a time signal.

Smiths Ref. T.504 hallmarked 1960 | 9ct yellow gold manually wound vintage wristwatch

Smiths Ref.T504 hallmarked 1960 | 9ct Gold

Made in England, this Smiths 9ct gold Ref. T.504 was advertised in the company’s retail catalogues for just three years, from 1959 until 1961. This is a very handsome example with an excellent dial and vibrant blued steel hands. The watch is powered by Smiths’ excellent in-house 12.15 calibre which has a traditional English finish with frosted bridges. The watch is accompanied by a Wilson & Gill retailer’s presentation box. Wilson and Gill opened their jewellery shop in Regent Street in 1892, their building survived the blitz during the Second World War and continued to trade in London until 1969 when the business was renamed Hester Clarke and relocated to Buckinghamshire.

Time Travel Geneva Watch Roll - Black

Watch Rolls

We’ve just added two new watch rolls to the website. An ideal holiday accompaniment, the rolls have a soft suedette lining to the interior and three removable watch cushions which are each secured to their holders by steel poppers.

Choose from a soft black or textured blue vegan leather finish. Each roll is accompanied by a cotton slip bag and card outer presentation box.

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