Rolex Oyster Precision Ref. 6424 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1966
Vintage Watch Update – 9th August 2019 | 9.8.19

Rolex Oyster Precision Ref. 6424 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1966

Rolex Oyster Ref.6424 c.1966

Measuring 36mm in diameter, this is one of the largest of the vintage, time only, Rolex Oyster models. The handsome silvered dial has lozenge shaped indexes at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and these are interspersed by tapered faceted indexes. Reference 6424 is similarly styled to the Ref. 6426, however the 6424 is considerably rarer and has a number of distinctive features. First, in size terms, not only does the 6424 have a larger case diameter of 36mm, but the overall length (including lugs) measures 43mm, this compares to the 41.5mm of the 6426 reference. Unlike the ref. 6426, the 6424’s lugs are un-pierced to the outside of the case, leaving an unbroken sweep to the polished case sides. The larger case back of the 6424 is also shaped differently with a central satin finished circle surrounded by a broad polished chamfer – this compares to the flat polished back of the 6426. And, finally, the lug gauge is a larger 20mm in width.

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Omega Seamaster Ref. 165.003 steel vintage wristwatch circa 1966

Omega Seamaster Ref.165.003 c.1966

Reference 165.003 was advertised within Omega’s International Collection between 1962 and 1969. The watch has a smart angular case design with multi-faceted lugs and a flat bezel. This is an especially handsome monochromatic version of the model with a silvered dial that has applied steel indexes and hands which are centrally set with black inserts. The silvered dial has very light and even oxidation across the surface. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the Omega calibre 552 movement with 24 jewels and precision regulation.

Movado Ermeto Chronomètre steel and leather purse watch, circa 1930

Movado Ermeto Chronomètre c.1930

An early version of the Ermeto, this travelling watch incorporates Movado’s ingenious ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928. As the sliding covers are opened and closed, a pinion on the winding stem is engaged, which automatically turns the winding crown and winds the watch. The present example has a smart silvered dial with the Arabic hour indexes and dot minute track all raised above the surface.

Tudor Oyster-Prince Ref.7965 dated 1964

This automatic Tudor wristwatch has a great monochrome design with a light grey silvered dial that has a vertical, silk matt finish. The applied numerals have polished surfaces and are a combination of faceted wedge shapes at the quarters and triangles at the intervening hours. Cased in stainless steel, the robust Rolex Oyster case has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back. There is some light oxidation to the dial and some small scuffs and scratches to the polished case.

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref. 166.039 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1969

Omega Genève Dynamic Ref.166.039 c.1969

Omega introduced the Ref. 166.039 Genève Dynamic in 1969. This example of the model has a speckled ‘star dust’ black dial with bright, polished faceted indexes – there is a slight oil residue to the surface around the aperture for date and a small scratch within the minute track between 11 and 12 o’clock but the dial is otherwise in good condition. Elliptically shaped, the case is relatively large for a vintage model with a 41mm width and the watch is fitted with an Omega Dynamic stainless steel link bracelet with adjustable folding clasp. Automatically wound, the watch also has a quick date change facility.

Longines gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1965

Longines Cal.370 9ct gold hallmarked 1964

A great looking gold dress watch, this model has a slim profile and its narrow bezel exaggerates the silvered dial with its elongated Arabic and baton hour indexes. In good overall condition, the watch is accompanied by its original presentation case and signed black leather Longines strap with plain, gilded, unmarked buckle.

Omega Genève Ref. 136.070 steel vintage wristwatch, circa 1970

Omega Genève Ref.136.070 c.1970

A classic manual Omega wristwatch, the Ref. 136.070 was released in 1970. This example of the model has a silvered dial with a light vertical satin finish. The calibre 613 movement has provision for quick date change – whilst the date will change each day at midnight, it can be manually advanced by pulling the crown out to its second position, this action automatically advances the date forwards.

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