Movado Calendograf Ref. 14858 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1950
Vintage Watch Update – 6th April 2018 | 6.4.18

Movado Calendograf Ref. 14858 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1950

This week’s update opens with a wonderful example of the Movado Calendograf Ref. 14858 from c. 1950. This wristwatch has a two-tone dial with raised Arabic and disc numerals. There are central apertures for day and month indication and the date ring is calibrated in blue to the edge of the dial – indication is via the central red tipped hand. The steel case is in unpolished condition and retains sharp definition to its angles and edges with lugs that are centrally faceted and have satin finished sides.

The case was made for Movado by Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th Century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva based case makers and specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. The case of this watch is in two parts with a solid upper body and separate screw-down case back and the pushers for calendar adjustment are of water-resistant type. Borgel cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.

Next is an especially handsome Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6494 from 1959. This watch has a silk matte silvered dial that is in lovely condition with a good lustre and a smart numeral configuration. The date alternates between red and black numbering, with its so-called ‘roulette’ date wheel – a popular feature of the early Oysterdate models. The stainless steel case has a pronounced, broadly chamfered bezel with smooth finish and the typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back.

Eterna steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1946

Pictured here is a stunning early automatic model by Eterna which dates to 1946. Eterna released their first automatic calibre (cal. 834) in 1938. The movement in the present watch is the watchmaker’s 1076H automatic calibre which was put into production in c. 1944. A ‘bumper’ automatic calibre, the movement has a weighted semi-rotor which activates the winding system as it buffers back and forth off two coiled springs. In lovely condition, the two-tone silvered dial has a rich lustre and stylish combination hour indexes outlined in black and highlighted with gold foil. The steel case retains excellent definition with crisp angles and edges.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 6517 lady's vintage wristwatch, dated 1968

Next is a lady’s classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 6517 which was made in 1968. This is an automatic model with stainless steel case and white gold fluted bezel. The matt white dial has applied faceted baton indexes and matching baton hands. The watch is in attractive condition with well defined fluting to the bezel and a good, clean dial.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 166.003 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1964

Above is an Omega Seamaster Ref. 166.003 from c. 1964. This is a great looking version of the model which dates to c. 1964 and has a silvered dial fully set with applied, centrally faceted, Arabic numerals. The dial’s surface has a classic satin finish and the aperture for date has a framed surround. Cased in stainless steel, the lugs are multi-faceted and the screw-down back is centred with Omega’s embossed Seahorse, the emblem of the Seamaster line. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the 24 jewel, calibre 565, which has provision for fast date adjustment via a secondary crown setting.

Longines Ref. 6783 gold vintage wristwatch, sold in 1965

Photographed above is a lady’s small, 9ct yellow gold, cocktail watch by Longines. Originally sold in 1965 by the jewellers A. R. Whibley and Sons of Worthing, the watch is complete with its original leather fitted Longines presentation case, guarantee booklet and protective envelope.

Bulla retailed by Harrods silver pocket watch, hallmarked 1923

This elegant silver pocket watch, which was made in 1923, was presented by the Staff at Harrods to one of its employees and the cuvette, which covers the movement and is concealed beneath the hinged back cover is engraved: “Presented to Joseph Austin as a mark of esteem from his fellow workers of Harrods Exhibition Dept.” The watch is accompanied by its original Harrods leather covered and velvet lined presentation case and a silver curb link chain which has two rubbed silver coins suspended from it. The watch is in good overall condition with crisp engine turning to the covers and the frosted gilded movement was made by the Swiss watchmaker, Bulla.

We’ve expanded our Scatola del Tempo leather storage case range with the black leather travel case shown above which holds 6 watches. Made in Italy, these stylish cases have a hard protective shell covered with padded black leather and a zip closure. Ideal for travelling with, they are also great for stowing in a drawer or safe. These cases are intended for wristwatches with straps but they can also accommodate watches that have metal bracelets which fold flat ‘in the round’ like a strap.

The larger style Scatola del Tempo box for 4 watches (shown above) has now also been added in a dark brown option. These luxurious watch boxes and cases are a total pleasure to use and are fully covered with Italian leather and lined with jacquard silk.

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