Vintage Watch Update – 5th January 2018 | 5.1.18

Wishing you a Happy New Year! This week’s newsletter opens with a really handsome and early version of the Rolex Oyster Ref. 6426. Dating to 1959, the watch has a fantastic silk matt silvered dial with great lustre, smart raised dagger indexes and Alpha shaped hands. We have fitted this watch with a new Hirsch Italian leather ‘Siena’ watch strap.

Next is an interesting model from Omega’s Speedmaster line, known as the Mark IV, the serial number of this watch dates it to circa 1973 which is the year this model was launched. The Mark IV features the automatic calibre 1040 which Omega developed with Lemania. The chronograph’s minute recording hand is fitted to the dial’s centre and features a winged tip to clearly delineate it from the other central hands. Beneath the baton indexes for the hours, there are Arabic numerals for the five minute markers and these, with the addition of the outer track with divisions for minutes and seconds, allow the chronograph readings to be easily taken. As the chronograph minute recording hand is set to the centre and read to the scales at the edge of the dial, there is of course no subsidiary minute recording dial and the space this creates is taken by an aperture for date. To the base of the dial is a chronograph hour recording dial and the sub dial at 9 o’clock combines constant seconds with a 24-hour dial, with triangular indicator and a grey sector for daytime hours. There is provision for quick date change, when the crown is pulled out to its first setting and wound away from the user, the date advances.

In wonderful original condition, the mid-sized triple calendar watch shown above dates to c. 1950 and was made by Auguste Reymond. The watch has a very handsome silvered dial which retains a rich lustre to its surface. The indications for days of the week and month are unusually calibrated in red, these match the red tipped central indicator hand which highlights the date on the blue calibrated ring to the edge of the dial. An aperture within the engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial displays the phases of the moon which, itself, is composed of a deep blue disc highlighted with gold stars and a golden, smiling, moon. The case has a chromed upper body and steel snap-on back.

An outstanding example of the Omega Ref. 921, the 9ct yellow gold wristwatch pictured here is complete with its original leather covered presentation case. Hallmarked for the year 1955, the gold case has a chamfered bezel, gently angled lugs and the case back still retains its original spun finish. The silvered dial is in outstanding condition with a superb lustre to the surface and handsome, applied gold indexes.

A stylish vintage chronograph measuring 37mm in diameter, the Chronographe Suisse wristwatch shown above was made in the mid to late 1940s. The copper coloured dial has even oxidation across the surface and two finely engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant/subsidiary seconds and chronograph minute recording. Cased in 18ct pink gold, the case’s angles and edges retain good definition and the watch is fitted with a vintage, fully stitched, pig skin, tan leather strap. Due to age and use, the movement is slightly loose in its case but the casing closes securely and both screws which secure the movement within the case are present and operational.

Elegantly configured and with a great lustre, the dial of the Omega Ref. 141 pocket watch shown above is fully set with raised Arabic numerals and a large and finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. Dating to c. 1964, this is a really great looking and classic pocket watch model. The casing is nickel-chrome and the watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 161 movement with gilded finish.

Pictured next is a stylish Omega Seamaster 600 wristwatch which was made in c. 1965. The silvered dial has a combination of faceted Arabic and baton indexes whilst the steel case has clean lines and a polished finish. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 601.

A great looking watch with typical mid to late 1970s styling, this ‘Yachting’ watch has a smart two-tone grey and silvered finish with colourful indications and a red centre seconds hand with rectangular luminescent panel towards its tip. The movement has a very unusual feature which allows the days of the week to be displayed in one of two languages – French or English may be selected (see inset detail above). This unusual watch is not signed with a brand name and whilst its movement is by the manufacturer ETA, it has not possible to determine the company responsible for its assemblage. The inner rotating bezel has its first fifteen minute divisions divided into 5 minute sectors, alternately highlighted in red, blue and white. By rotating the inner bezel and aligning the triangle with the minute hand, the minute hand can then be used to read off the five minute sectors as the time advances – useful for keeping an eye on your parking meter for example. The coloured sectors can also be used to help indicate the starting time of a yachting or regatta race.

Rounding off this week’s newsletter is an automatic Omega Seamaster de Ville wristwatch. A Ref. 165.007, this is a relatively unusual Omega model that was launched in 1967. This watch has an  elegant, linear design with a distinctive satin finished dial. At first glance, the slim blackened indexes appear to be printed on the dial, however they are instead applied to the surface giving them a subtle depth which contrasts with the otherwise flat design of the surface. A great looking watch with detailing characteristic of its period of production.

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