Opening this week’s newsletter is an interesting and early wristwatch by Omega. The watch has a white enamel dial that is in excellent condition without cracks or damage and all hands are blued steel – these provide a subtle contrast to the monochromatic dial surface. Originally retailed by T. A. Henn of Wolverhampton, Henn’s name can be found beneath the Omega signature to the dial. T. A. Henn opened their first jewellery shop in Wolverhampton in the late 1870s. The business remains family run to this day and the firm’s shop can still be found in Wolverhampton’s city centre.
Made as a gentleman’s wristwatch, the mid-sized case is manufactured in 9ct gold with a hinged, friction closure case back. The case was produced for Omega by Dennison and features an interesting lug design. Rather than having solid bars between the lugs (as is commonly found on early wristwatches) the watch has removable gold tubes fitted between the lugs, each of which is held in place by a single steel rivet. This design means that the watch strap does not need to be stitched or sealed over the bars and can be easily changed.
A very attractive rectangular wristwatch by Jaeger-LeCoultre, this model has a two-tone champagne dial that is double signed for both Jaeger-LeCoultre and the retailer, Parkhouse. For many years Parkhouse was an established watch and jewellery retailer based in Southampton, in 1995, the firm was taken over by Laings.
The steel case has a faceted bezel and the lugs, which elegantly extend from the case, define the watch’s graceful architecture. Heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement, the design is clean and filled with sharp, bold lines. A curved case back ensures a comfortable and natural fit to the wrist. There is oxidation to the surface of the dial and there are light scuffs and scratches to the case and crystal.
A handsome 1960s Tudor, this watch has a stark monochromatic dial with vertical satin finish and applied baton indexes. The steel case has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the 17 jewel, calibre 1156.
A great looking Longines wristwatch, the satin finished sunburst dial has a very attractive Arabic/baton numeral configuration with black inserts to the hands and batons providing subtle accenting. The steel case has a sharp chamfered bezel, angled lugs and screw-down case back. The dial is in excellent condition and the steel case retains good definition the its angles and edges with light scuffs and scratches.
This lady’s gold wristwatch is complete with its original numbered guarantee paperwork dated 31 October 1962 from G. & F. Cope & Co, a watch and jewellery retailer who were based in Bridge Street, Newark. The watch is also accompanied by an Omega ‘Appointed Agents’ booklet, clam-shell presentation case, card outer box and a receipt from 1977 when a service was carried out and a new strap added (this receipt is also issued by G. & F. Cope & Co.). The watch is fitted with a new/old stock crocodile leather Omega strap with gilt-metal Omega pin buckle.
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