Movado Ref. 18610 circa 1945 | steel mid-sized manual wind vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update – 4 February 2022 | 4.2.22

Movado Ref. 18610 circa 1945 | steel mid-sized manual wind vintage wristwatch

Movado Ref.18610 c.1945 | Steel

A mid-sized (30mm) Movado dating to the mid-1940s, this is a really wonderful looking model from the golden period of watchmaking. I’m particularly fond of minute/seconds tracks from this era that are calibrated, as in this example, for 1/5 of a second increments. While such tightly arranged divisions may seem excessive, this form of tracking tends to lend a watch the feeling of carefully crafted precision and this watch urges you towards the track by means of the red-tipped centre seconds hand, it being the only flash of colour given to an otherwise monochromatic design. The combination of hour indexes has been meticulously designed with bold Arabic numerals at the main 12 and 6 o’clock markers, long pointed batons at 3 and 9 o’clock and simple squares at the intervening hours. For the construction of the case, Movado turned to the specialist watch case making company Taubert & Fils, one of Geneva’s finest. With its sharp and crisp faceted lugs and twin-stepped/twin-chamfered bezel, this Movado retains super definition and clean vertical satined case sides. The watch also has its original bulbous winding crown, a distinctive Movado feature.

Rolex Oyster Ref. 6246 dated 1955 | a steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Rolex Oyster Ref.6246 dated 1955 | Steel

A handsome mid-century Rolex Oyster, this watch has a matte silvered dial with raised gilded Arabic numerals. The gilded leaf-shaped hour and minute hands contrast with the blued steel centre seconds and its counterbalanced tail. Cased in steel, the watch has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical Rolex Oyster screw-down crown and case back. We have fitted the watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough black lizard leather strap.

Omega Genève Ref. 165.002 circa 1968 | steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch

Omega Genève Ref.165.002 c.1968 | Steel

Rounded Arabic numerals combined with baton hour indexes is one of the all time classic dial configurations – simple, yet highly effective. On this dial the hour markers are applied rather than punched out from the dial plate, giving them an added weight and enhancing a sense of depth and contrast. The surface of the dial has a plain silk-matte silvered finish with a good lustrous finish. Cased in steel, the design is unfussy with a flat polished bezel, tapered lugs and screw-down back.

Omega Ref. 374 /2 circa 1945 | steel manually wound vintage pocket watch

Omega Ref.374-2 c.1945 | Steel

With unusual Arabic numerals and blued steel syringe-form hands, this Omega pocket watch has interesting and distinctive styling. There are small marks and scratches to the dial but the surface retains a good lustre, adding depth and contrast. Cased in steel, there are sharp chamfers to both the front and back bezels and the back is satin finished.

Everite hallmarked 1949 | 9ct pink gold rectangular wristwatch

Everite hallmarked 1949 | 9ct Gold

Everite was a brand name of the Swiss makers Moïse Dreyfuss, a firm that also included the Rotary brand. In addition to offices and factories at La Chaux de Fonds and Geneva. Dreyfuss had a presence in London. This mid-century wristwatch has a pink gold case which is warm in tone and the silvered dial is attractively configured with black Arabic numerals and script-form Everite signature. The watch is accompanied by a period H. Samuel’s retailer’s box.

Omega Genève Ref.511.0470 c.1974 | Steel

This sleek monochromatic wristwatch is a relatively unusual Omega model, especially so with its black matt dial. The baton hour indexes are faceted and these catch and reflect the light as it travels across their surfaces. The hour and minute hands are painted white to provide clear contrast and enhance legibility. At either end of the case, the upper body curves gently downwards with hooded lugs concealing the strap bars from view. We have paired this watch with a Hirsch suede finished strap in black. The dial is in excellent condition and there are some light scuffs and scratches to the case.

Omega Genève Ref. 136.0099 circa 1974 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.136.0099 c.1974 | Steel

Introduced in 1974, this Omega model incorporates the watchmaker’s calibre 1030 which includes both a hack feature and quick-set date. The crown has two settings, when pulled out to the first setting, the date can be advanced or reversed by turning the winder in either direction; pulling the crown out one step further engages the hack feature which stops the centre seconds hand while simultaneously allowing the hands to be set. A smart example of the Ref. 136.0099, this version features a silvered sunburst stain finish with black, so-called Breguet-style Arabic numerals.

Rolex Souvenir Teaspoons from Bucherer of Lucerne

Rolex Souvenir Teaspoons c.1970s/80s

A fancy spoon for sugaring your tea or coffee…or go wild and use one to eat an ice cream. These Rolex branded souvenir spoons were given to customers by the famous luxury watch retailer, Bucherer, in a variety of their shops in cities across Switzerland. The spoons shown here are all from Lucerne. Difficult to date precisely but these examples most likely date to the 1970s or early 1980s.

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