Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6494 dated 1959
Vintage Watch Update – 9 April 2021 | 9.4.21

Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6494 dated 1959

Rolex Oysterdate Ref.6494 dated 1959

Opening this update is an especially handsome Oysterdate model, this Rolex watch has a silk matt 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.

This is vintage Rolex styling at its absolute best and examples of models such as this are becoming increasingly hard to find in good original condition.

Movado Ermetophon Ref. 901.507.031

Movado Ermetophon ‘Full Set’ Ref.901.507.031 c.1970

As many of you know, I’m a bit of an obsessive when it comes to Movado’s Ermeto range of watches and shown above is an exceptional example of the watchmaker’s Ermetophon. A travelling alarm or purse watch, this watch is complete with its original fitted box, retailer’s swing tag and guarantee booklet. The watch is in almost unused condition and has a rich two-tone dial with high sheen circular satin finish to the centre. The alarm time is indicated via a red-tipped central hand and is set via the left hand crown.

The alarm is remarkably loud and can be used as a reminder or, indeed, your wake-up call. To the back of the case is a retractable stand which allows the watch to be placed on a desk or bedside table and there is a loop attachment to allow a chain to be fitted if required.

Omega Ref. 121.001 -63 circa 1964

Omega Ref.121.001 steel c.1964

Smart and classic, this Ref. 121.001 Omega has a creamy silvered dial with raised Arabic and pointed baton hour indexes. The dial retains a good lustre with some small spots to the very edge of the dial beside 9 o’clock. Cased in stainless steel, the watch maintains good definition to the angles and edges of the lugs.

Omega Genève Ref.135.041 steel c.1970

More usually found with a light silvered dial, this Omega Genève 135.041 is fitted with a relatively unusual, light grey, satin finished dial. The dial colouration compliments the steel of the watch’s case and enhances the model’s monochromatic design. Also notable is the original Omega Ref.1122 steel sprung bracelet which was made for the watchmaker by Fixoflex. Featuring an Omega branded panel to its centre, the bracelet is detachable allowing the watch to be worn with a leather strap if preferred.

Smiths Astral ‘Full Set’ 9ct Gold hallmarked 1971

An almost unused example of this famous Smiths model, this watch is complete with its original box, papers and strap. This model features the highly regarded Smiths calibre 60466E movement, the same calibre as that found in the Smiths military W10 model. The movement incorporates a hack feature; the seconds hand stops when the crown is pulled out for hand setting, allowing the watch to be easily synchronised.

Presented for long service, the case back features a presentation engraving to the original owner.

Omega Ref. 720 circa 1950

Omega Ref.720 steel c.1950

This is a charismatic mid-century Omega model with unusual stylised Arabic numerals. There is a good lustre to the dial with light and even oxidation to the surface. Cased in steel, the watch has good definition to its angles and edges and retains its original unsigned winding crown. This model was Advertised in Omega’s catalogues for the UK market as a Ref. 720, the case was made for the watchmaker by the Dennison case company and is one of their most classic designs, featuring a polished chamfered bezel, gently down-turned lugs and flat, snap-on, back. Manually wound, the movement is a calibre 265 which is part of Omega’s highly regarded ’30’ series calibres.

Tissot Visodate Seastar Seven circa 1970

Tissot Seastar Seven c.1970

Vibrant and somewhat edgy, this Tissot wristwatch has an unapologetically orange dial with a contrasting black and orange calibrated outer track. In excellent condition, the watch has been only very lightly used. The cushion-form upper body has clean and crisp sun-burst decoration and the case back appears to retain an original stock label. The original Tissot strap is complete with its branded buckle. Manually wound, this watch has provision for semi-quick date change; by moving the hands backwards and forwards between 9pm and 1am the date can be adjusted when required.

Tissot cal. 27 hallmarked 1947

Tissot Cal.27 9ct gold hallmarked 1947

A mid-sized model, this Tissot wristwatch measures 30mm in diameter. The dial has warmth and character with light oxidation to the surface and the gold foil Arabic numerals add depth and contrast. Cased in 9ct gold, this model is classically 1940s in appearance with rounded lugs and a smooth chamfered bezel.

Wolf Cub Watch Winders

Wolf Watch Winders

We’ve just added a range of Wolf watch winders to the site which include these ‘Cubs’ in three different colours. The stylish winders will silently and efficiently wind your automatic wristwatch. Reassuringly sturdy and robust, the Wolf Cub is cube-shaped and covered with vegan leather which has a smart, lightly textured grain finish. Open the hinged glazed front to remove the cuff and mount your watch. Many watch winders on the market today offer only large cuff sizes as standard – we offer two different options to accommodate wrist sizes from either 178-228mm or 200-255.

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