Borel 'Cocktail' circa 1955 | gold plated manually wound wristwatch with animated kaleidoscopic seconds
Vintage Watch Update – 31 March 2023 | 31.3.23

Borel 'Cocktail' circa 1955 | gold plated manually wound wristwatch with animated kaleidoscopic seconds

Borel ‘Cocktail’ circa 1955

With a mesmerising animated dial, this Borel wristwatch model was originally launched in 1953. Mounted above the main body of the dial are two continuously moving discs – the upper in place of seconds and the lower including a protruding red triangular indicator for minutes. Both discs have swirling lobed designs outlined in black, the upper disc has a transparent background, the lower disc a gilded background. As the upper disc turns, so the lobed designs of both discs appear to be continually meshing and releasing, creating a mesmerising kaleidoscopic display. The case is glazed to both sides so that the movement can be viewed by turning the watch over. In outstanding condition, this example of the ‘Cocktail’ model appears to have been only very lightly used.

Rolex Precision Cal. 1225 hallmarked 1971 | 9ct gold manually wound vintage wristwatch

Rolex Precision Cal. 1225 hallmarked 1971-72

A very smart gold dress model, this watch comes directly from the original owner’s family. The creamy coloured silvered dial has raised gilded Arabic numerals and baton hands. The 9ct gold case was made by David Shackman & Sons whose stamp appears to the inside case back. Shackman made a variety of dress watch cases for Rolex during the 1950s and 1960s and this example, with its fine, slim, lugs and steeply chamfered bezel allows the dial to completely dominate the design. The inside case back is stamped with London hallmarks for the year cycle running from 1971-1972; the outside of the case back has a handsomely engraved inscription detailing the watch’s presentation to the original owner in 1973. Manually wound, the movement is Rolex’s excellent calibre 1225.

Eterna Cal. 740 circa 1936-37 | steel manual vintage wristwatch with special 'patent pending' rectangular case

Eterna Cal. 740 circa 1936-37

A rare ‘waterproof’-type rectangular wristwatch, the steel case of this Eterna is made to the specifications of Swiss patent 189190 which had a priority date of 11 May 1936, and was granted on 15 February 1937 to Schmitz Frères & Co. S.A. Interestingly, the inside case back is stamped Brev. Dep. for Brevet Déposé, (French for Patent Pending) indicating that the case was manufactured before the pendant was officially granted in February 1937. The watch has a silvered two-tone dial with bold black Arabic numerals and blued steel hands. Cased in steel and with excellent shaping, the rectangular upper body has chamfers to the edges and the separate case back is curved to fit the contour of the wrist. The watch is accompanied by its original Eterna presentation box.

Omega Ref. 2413 circa 1946 | steel vintage wristwatch with two-tone dial

Omega Ref. 2413 circa 1946

Reference 2413 is a relatively rare Omega model that was first introduced in 1946. The model has a linear case design with a polished chamfered bezel that precisely meets the top of the case sides, thereby leaving no step between the two surfaces. The lugs have flattened sides and a distinctive downward curve. This is a great example of the reference with a beautiful two-tone dial that has acquired a warm and handsome patina with age. The main body of the dial has a silk matte finish while the outer minute track is highlighted by a secondary tone. The Arabic numerals have a silver foil finish and the intervening hours are marked by raised dot indexes. Positioned at 6 o’clock is a finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial.

Tudor Oyster Princess Ref. 7575/0 circa 1967 | steel lady's automatic centre seconds wristwatch

Lady’s Tudor Oyster Princess Ref. 7575/0 circa 1967

A classic lady’s Tudor Oyster model, this automatic wristwatch has a steel case with a steep chamfered bezel. There is a bright silvered finish to the dial which has an unusual horizontal satin finish; the hour indexes are applied batons – black surfaces highlighting those at the quarters. The watch is fitted with a Rolex Oyster riveted link bracelet with adjustable folding clasp and is accompanied by a red fitted Tudor presentation box.

Zenith Cal. 2532 circa 1965 | steel automatic vintage wristwatch

Zenith Cal. 2532 circa 1965

A watch that may at first glance appear to be a fairly classic, simple design, quickly reveals itself to be packed with great detailing. The sunburst finished dial has applied baton indexes with contrasting multi-faceted lozenges at the quarters. This tapering effect of the quarter markers follows through to the sword-shaped hands and the eccentrically placed wedge-form date aperture. Rather than placing the calendar window at its traditional 3 o’clock position, moving it between 4 and 5 o’clock actually creates a more legible dial – the quarters are more balanced and there’s arguably less cluttering. Automatically wound via the 30 jewel Zenith cal. 2532, this watch also has a semi-quick date adjustment.

Longines steel vintage pocket watch, circa 1935

Longines Cal. 37.9 circa 1935

Dating to the mid 1930s, this stylish Longines pocket watch reflects the Art Deco period’s preference for slim ‘dress’ watches. At the time this watch was made, Swiss exports of wristwatches had only just exceeded those of pocket watches and despite the popularity of the wristlet, the market for the traditional pocket timepiece continued. Showing signs of light use only, this watch is in excellent original condition. The silvered dial has black Arabic numerals surrounded by a black ring with minute track above and there are traditional blued steel ‘moon’ hands. Cased in steel with combinations of polished and satin finishes the bezels are stepped and faceted to both the front and back of the case. This watch is powered by the Longines 13”’ calibre 37.9 which the watchmaker first introduced in 1932.

Wolf Analog Shift Cork 8-Piece Watch Box

Wolf x Analog Shift Cork 8-Piece Watch Box

We love these new cork watch cases which draw their inspriation from a 1970s cork watch presentation box. Designed to hold 8 wristwatches, the cases are covered with cork to all sides, except the base which is finished with a suedette covering that provides extra cushioning and a non-slip surface. Wrap your watches around the soft suedette cuffs and simply slide the cushions snugly into position. Cleverly, the cuffs have polished metal protruding sides which slot into grooves within the box allowing them to ‘float’ – this ensures that the cushion cuffs sit level with one another to keep your watches perfectly aligned. A glazed lid means you can see all of your watches at a glance.

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