Opening this week’s newsletter is a rare, 14ct pink gold, Omega wristwatch made in in c. 1943. The watch has an extraordinary, copper coloured dial which changes from bright to dark tones as the watch is tilted from side to side in the light. The Roman and baton indexes are particularly slim and have a pink, mirror foil finish which is outlined in black. To the edge of the dial, the seconds/minutes are fully calibrated to fifths. Although there are oxidation spots to the dial, the surface itself retains a good lustre. With elegant proportions, the 14ct pink gold case is rich in tone with coppery hues which compliment the colour of the dial. The lugs are slim and centrally faceted with a gentle downward curve, whilst the bezel is steeply chamfered, which creates a larger surface area for the dial and increases the eye’s perception of the watch’s size.
This is a beautiful mid 1940s wristwatch which is signed by E. Moser of Lucerne, Switzerland. The watch has a particularly handsome silvered dial with a combination of black Arabic numerals and gilded, recessed, dot indexes. The 14ct yellow gold case was by the C. R. Spillmann whose ‘poinçon de maître’ key mark (no. 136) can be found to the inside case back. Spillmann were makers of high quality watch cases (including cases for chronographs) and supplied a variety of different watchmakers, including Rolex. The case is made in two parts with a solid upper body and separate screw-down back.
This is an especially handsome Tudor Oyster which retains its original Rolex Oyster riveted link bracelet and accessories including guarantee paper, booklet and boxes. The silvered dial has an excellent lustre and there are bold hour indexes and smart, tapered, hands. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the 17 jewel, calibre 2422.
A great example of the lady’s Tudor Oyster, this watch is accompanied by its original instruction booklet and Tudor guarantee paper which details the watch’s sale at Boodle & Dunthorne’s Liverpool branch in December 1982. The watch’s papers are contained within the original Tudor plastic document wallet. This wristwatch has a very attractive satin finished grey dial with white printed tracks and signature. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a classic polished finish with chamfered bezel and screw-down case back.
Made in 1956, this wristwatch has a highly unusual ‘herringbone’ sector dial. The style of the dial is reminiscent of the ‘honeycomb’ dial, yet the herringbone design creates a completely different look, quartering the dial in this way allows the light to play across its surface in a similar way to sector dials of the Art Deco period. The handsome combination Arabic and faceted dagger numerals further enhance the appeal of the dial’s design. There are age related marks to the dial and there is wear to the silvered surfaces of the hour indexes.
In excellent original condition, this Tudor wristwatch is accompanied by a fitted presentation case and Rolex guarantee booklet which details its sale at Christmas, 1965. The 9ct yellow gold case retains excellent definition with clean chamfers to the edges of the lugs and a sharp, chamfered, bezel. The silvered dial retains an excellent lustre with only minor oxidation to the surface. Also accompanying the watch is the original Rolex gilt-metal pin buckle.
A classic Seamaster model, this wristwatch has a smart satin finished dial with slim, raised, baton indexes. The stainless steel case has a polished finish to the upper case and a contrasting, satin finished, screw-down back that is centred with the Omega Seamaster emblem.
A handsome version of the Omega Dynamic, this watch has a deep blue dial and contrasting, light blue, centre seconds hand. The large elliptically-shaped case is made from a single block of stainless steel and measures 41mm in width. The watch is fitted with a signed Omega crystal and crown.
A large watch for the period of production, this watch has a case width of 37mm. The classic silvered dial has bold baton indexes and the surface retains a good lustre. Cased in steel, the watch has a satin finish to the bezel and contrasting, polished, sides. Automatically wound via Eterna’s calibre 1489, the movement has provision for quick date change via a secondary setting to the crown – when the crown is pulled to the second setting, the date advances.
This lady’s mid-sized wristwatch has a sensational black dial which is in outstanding original condition with gilded numerals, tracks and hands. A rare model, the steel case has a most unusual multi-faceted, tonneau-form shape. The watch is also accompanied by its pig skin covered Omega presentation case which folds out to form a stand and still retains its suede covered inner cushion.
Omega launched the Ref. 2496 in 1949 and the serial number of the present watch places this example towards the beginning of the model’s production. The silvered dial has faded and developed a patina to the surface with age, giving the watch a unique vintage look. There are raised Arabic numerals and the leaf-shaped minute and hour hands contrast with the blued steel of the centre seconds. The steel case has attractively, faceted, angled lugs and the case back is slightly domed in order to incorporate the bridge and wheel work for the centre seconds.
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