This update opens with an outstanding example of a rare centre seconds lady’s model, this wristwatch is in almost unused condition and retains its original stitched leather strap. According to the Longines archives, this watch was delivered to Longines’ UK agent, Baume, on 23 November 1948. The steel case retains its original winding crown and has excellent detailing throughout with sharp and crisp tapered chamfers to the lugs, and clean vertically satin finished case sides. The dial has a salmon coloured tone with black Arabic and raised, polished disc indexes. Unusually this is a centre seconds model, the majority of ladies watches from this period featured subsidiary seconds or, indeed, no seconds. This watch is fitted with its original sewn-on fully stitched leather strap with plain pin buckle.
Direct from the original owner’s family, this is a great example of this smart vintage Omega model. The watch has a very attractive dial with applied gold indexes and a gentle and warm patina to the surface. The 9ct yellow gold case has a chamfered bezel and gently down-turned lugs. In contemporary Omega catalogues for the UK market, this model was referred to as a 921. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 420.
This Oyster model has a silvered dial with an unusual circular satin finish and applied baton indexes which are faceted downwards towards their outer edges, naturally following the curve of the dial surface. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has the typical screw down crown and case back as well as a smooth chamfered bezel. This example of the model has the higher grade, 21 jewel version of the calibre 1156 with pink gilded finish. Standard versions of the 7934 were issued with a 17 jewel version of the calibre and therefore, to highlight the special 21 jewel movements, the dials of the higher grade watches were annotated above the 6 o’clock position accordingly.
Our pocket watch and wristwatch pouches have both been redesigned and are available in tan, dark brown and black versions. The logo has been moved to the interior of the flaps, leaving a plain leather exterior. The pouches still have the leather backed brass poppers to prevent scratches to crystals or cases and the wristwatch versions come with a plain oval leather tongue which can be placed between the case back and bracelet of the wristwatch for added protection.
These new straps have a rugged vintage look but are also smooth and supple to the touch. The front and backs have matching calf leather which has a lightly oiled finish that will develop its own unique, weathered, worn-in look. The holes for the lug pins are reinforced with steel tubes and the buckles are available in either satin finished steel or polished gold plate.
OmegaMania Collector’s Catalogue
This important and comprehensive auction was held in Geneva on 15 April 2007 and realised more than 6 million Swiss Francs. The sale played a significant role in developing the huge growth in interest in vintage Omega watches. The auction catalogue was arranged by Antiquorum in association with Omega. Each of the watches was individually researched, photographed, fully catalogued and provided with a certificate of authenticity from Omega. An invaluable research tool, the catalogue contains a timeline as well as a series of charts including Omega reference codes, Omega metal codes, movement and case serial number charts. A few sample pages are shown over on our website together with the chapter layout.
We’re going to start introducing a new range of vintage watch advertisements which we’ve framed in Italian made, blackened metal frames. The first of these is an advert from 1939 with timepieces by Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre, all retailed by Kirby, Beard & Co. a prestigious Parisian firm. The frame measures 30 x 40cm. The following two adverts by Jaeger-LeCoultre and Universal have slightly smaller metal frame sizes of 21 x 29.7cm.
Jaeger-LeCoultre ‘Éloge du Temps’ 1946
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