Omega WWW military steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1945
Vintage Watch Update – 7th December 2018 | 7.12.18

Omega WWW military steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1945

Omega WWW military wristwatch c.1945

Towards the end of the war, in 1945, the British War Department placed orders with several different watchmakers to produce a new type of robust, waterproof model for the army. These watches were to have: a black, luminous dial; 15 jewel, high precision movement; shatterproof ‘crystal’; water-resistant steel case with waterproof winding crown and solid, fixed bar lugs. The cases were engraved W.W.W. for ‘Watch, Wrist, Waterproof’ and were further engraved with the manufacturer’s serial number as well as the military store number – all of which can be seen to the case back of this watch. The present example, made by Omega, has a well preserved black dial with creamy/white Arabic numerals, signature, military broad arrow and minute track. There are luminescent accents above the hours and a large engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial which is again calibrated with off-white tracking and is indicated via a white painted seconds hand. Robustly cased in stainless steel, the case is composed of two parts with a solid upper body with integrated bezel, separate screw-down case back and fixed bar lugs.

Omega De Ville Ref. 166.3033 18ct pink gold vintage wristwatch, circa 1968

Omega de Ville Ref. 166.3033 18ct pink gold c.1968

This is an excellent example of the Omega de Ville that is rarely found in 18ct pink gold. The watch is in superb condition with a bright, blemish free dial and the gold case remains especially crisp, retaining sharp angles and edges. Made for the French market, this watch has the French eagle’s head hallmark to the outside edge of the lower right case lug and to the centre of the outside case back, these both remain well defined. The watch is fitted with its original black leather Omega stitched strap which is signed to the inside and terminates in a gilt-metal Omega pin buckle.

Accompanying the watch is the original, maroon, Omega presentation case with silk lined lid and burgundy velvet pad for the watch. Powered by a particularly clean example of the Omega calibre 565, the watch has provision for quick date change via a secondary crown setting.

Longines Admiral Ref. 8642 -4 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1970

Longines Admiral 5 Star Ref.8642 c.1970

This Longines Admiral 5 Star model has a really great looking light grey dial that is in lovely condition. At the edge of the track for minutes/seconds is a red ring which adds a colourful highlight to the otherwise monochromatic dial. Cased in a single block of steel, the watch has a robust design with a polished finish to the upper case and satin finish to the outside of the back. Powered by the Longines calibre 506, this watch incorporates a fast date change facility – whilst the date will change each day around midnight, the date can be manually advanced, when required, by simply pushing the crown in towards the watch case.

Accompanied by the original Longines presentation case and guarantee booklet. The guarantee booklet is blank, having not been filled out by the original retailer and the hinge to the black presentation box is loose.

Swiss nickel-chrome vintage wristwatch, circa 1935

Swiss Jump Hour wristwatch c.1935

Jump hour or ‘digital display’ wristwatches began to appear in the second half of the 1920s and quickly gained in popularity during the early part of the 1930s. Attribution for the brand or model of this watch is difficult since both the case and movement are unsigned – the movement itself appears to be, or is closely based upon, a Fontainemelon calibre. At the time of this watch’s production, it was still not unusual for there to be no brand or model name inscribed to the dial or case of a watch. A great Art Deco design, it’s really quite captivating to watch the seconds aperture constantly moving in the lowest aperture and the hours jumping forwards at the top of each hour.

The watch is accompanied by its original presentation case which is printed to the inside of the silk lining with the logo of the jewellers, Hyman Brothers of Strand Street, the Isle of Man.

Asprey silver travelling watch, hallmarked 1937

Asprey silver purse watch hallmarked 1937

A stylish purse watch with a pleasing, dual-action sprung closure, this watch was retailed by Asprey of London. The movement and dial were supplied by the watchmaker Crusader (a sub brand of the Swiss firm Henri Sandoz & Fils). The silver case was a collaboration between the Birmingham based silversmiths, Adie Brothers, and the watch case makers Dennison. The silvered, two-tone dial is in lovely condition with black Arabic numerals and blued steel hands. The inner case is hinged into the outer and ‘clicks’ into place with a lip at its lower edge allowing the inner case to be easily lifted to gain easy access to the winding crown. The main outer case has lizard leather covering the silver casement – the front is opened by sliding away to release the sprung cover which flips up to reveal the dial. To close, the cover is pressed down and slid back towards the user to secure it.

Omega Seamaster 600 Ref. 136.011 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1964

Omega Seamaster Ref.136.011 c.1964

Omega first released their Ref. 136.011 model in 1962. This example of the model, which dates to c. 1964, has a great looking silvered dial that is set with applied, centrally faceted, Arabic numerals. Cased in stainless steel, the screw-down case back is centred with the Omega Seamaster emblem and the watch is fitted with a signed Omega crystal and crown.

Rolex Precision gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1960

Rolex Precision 9ct gold hallmarked 1960

In excellent original condition, this lady’s wristwatch appears to have been only very lightly used and retains what is almost certainly the original, black suede strap. The silvered dial has raised gilded Arabic numerals and faceted triangular numerals. Cased in 9ct yellow gold, the single-set lugs are angular and centrally faceted. Available with a variety of dial designs, the model was advertised in an early 1960s Rolex catalogue with a retail price of £32 0s 0d.

Tudor 'Fifteen' gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1955

Tudor ‘Fifteen’ 9ct gold hallmarked 1955

Tudor’s ‘Fifteen‘ range was so-named after the 15 jewel movements that the models incorporated. This example of the model has an attractive silvered dial which has acquired a light, warm and even patination to the surface.

Omega Ref. 14713 -9 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1961

Omega Ref.14713 c.1961

A smart and classic Omega model, this wristwatch has a silvered dial that is in great condition, retaining a good lustre to the surface. The steel case has a chamfer to the bezel and edges of the lugs. This model is powered by Omega’s 17 jewel, calibre 268. Omega first introduced the Ref.14713 in 1960.

Omega Seamaster Ref. 566.026 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1970

Omega Seamaster Ref.566.026 c.1971

This stylish stainless steel lady’s Omega model has a solid upper body with satin finished rounded lugs and separate screw-down case back which is centred with the embossed Seamaster emblem. The watch is automatically wound via the Omega calibre 684 which has provision for semi-quick date change; whilst the date will change each day around midnight, it can be manually advanced when required by repeatedly moving the hands between 9pm and 1am. The silvered dial has applied indexes with black inserts to enhance legibility.

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