Rolex Oyster Royal Ref. 6144 circa 1951 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch
Vintage Watch Update – 4 November 2022 | 4.11.22

Rolex Oyster Royal Ref. 6144 circa 1951 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Rolex ‘Super’ Oyster Royal Ref.6144 c.1951

A truly wonderful Oyster Royal with a fabulous two-tone dial, this 32mm diameter Rolex is in excellent original condition. The model is fitted with an original Rolex ‘Super Oyster’ crown. Introduced for a short period of time from c. 1951-1953, the Super Oyster crown was developed as an alternative water-resistant-type crown to the traditional Oyster screw-down crown that Rolex had first launched in 1926. However, following the launch of the Super Oyster crown, production quickly reverted back to the screw-down Oyster crown in c.1953. Many of the Super Oyster crowns were replaced with screw-down crowns during later servicing and examples of the Super Oyster models are becoming increasingly scarce. The Super Oyster crown acts in the same way as a standard crown and can be wound from the resting position.

Zenith Ref. 01.0640.171 circa 1975 | steel vintage manually wound wristwatch

Zenith Ref.01.0640.171 c.1975

In almost new old stock condition, this is a super crisp and large Zenith wristwatch which dates to the mid-1970s. The case still retains remnants of the original blue protective film to the case sides. Multi-faceted, the octagonal case has scooped, satin finished segments to the upper case and a contrasting polished bezel. There is a deep blue metallic finish to the dial and the applied indexes have white painted surfaces that match the baton hands and increase their visibility.

Omega Genève Ref.166.041 circa 1968 | steel vintage automatic wristwatch

Omega Genève Ref.166.041 c.1968

This is a rare version of the Ref. 166.041 with a matt black dial and matching black date ring. The applied indexes have satin finished surfaces and, like the baton hands, are centrally set with black panels. This design gives the watch a great monochrome look that is distinctly different from the standard version of this model. Ref. 166.041 was first introduced by Omega in 1968 and the serial number of the present watch places it towards the beginning of the model’s production. Although different versions of the model exist, the standard dial finish had a satin silvered surface.

Omega Genève Ref. 136.070 circa 1970 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch with date

Omega Genève Ref.136.070 c.1970

Reference 136.070 was introduced by Omega in 1970 and the serial number of this watch dates it towards the early period of the model’s production. The model was made with a variety of dial designs, however, this version features an especially unusual brush textured dial. There is also interesting detailing to the applied baton indexes which have multi-faceted surfaces and flat black lacquered tips. The two-piece stainless steel case has a solid upper body with chamfered bezel and a screw-down satin finished case back.

Omega Ref. 14387 -3 circa 1960 | steel manually wound vintage wristwatch

Omega Ref.14387-3 c.1960

A classic dress-style Omega, this model has a relatively slim profile with straight lugs and handsomely configured Arabic/baton index dial. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the 17-jewel, Omega calibre 520 movement with precision regulation.

Tudor Royal Cal. 1156 hallmarked 1956 | 9ct gold manually wound vintage wristwatch

Tudor Royal Cal.1156 hallmarked 1956 | Gold

This 9ct gold Tudor wristwatch has a creamy silvered dial with engine-turned chapter ring and raised gilded numerals. The 32mm diameter case has faceted lugs and a plain chamfered bezel. There are light scuffs and some scratches to the dial.

Swiss hallmarked 1924 | early silver manually wound vintage wristwatch

Swiss 1924 | Silver

An early Swiss wristwatch, the mid-sized sterling silver case has the sponsor’s mark A.G.R. for Arthur George Rendell. This mark was registered to the premises of Robert Pringle & Son, gold and silver workers based at 40 & 42 Clerkenwell Road, London, and appears to have been used solely for imported watch cases.

The white enamel dial has a recessed centre with matt finish that contrasts with the polished outer edge, this creates an interesting two-tone effect. There are some light hairline cracks at the edge of the dial between 3 and 4 o’clock and a small chip to the edge by 9 o’clock. The watch has a good quality, Swiss,15-jewel, gilded movement.

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