Opening this week’s newsletter is a very handsome and unusual Rolex ‘Coin-Edged’ wristwatch which is hallmarked for the year 1956. The watch has a yellow gold case, the sides and lugs of which are milled, a design seldom seen on vintage Rolex watches. The dial is in attractive condition with a gentle, warm patina to the surface and the gold coloured, leaf-shaped hands contrast with the blued steel of the centre seconds.
Accompanying the watch is a green Rolex presentation case and a Rolex service receipt from 1992. The watch is fitted with a crocodile leather strap with a Rolex, gilt-metal, pin buckle.
A large sized vintage chronograph, this watch has a case diameter of 37mm. The bezel is slim and therefore the dial is given the maximum surface area. With a very attractive black, silk matt finish, the dial has finely engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30-minute register. All tracks and numerals have a coppery-pink metallic finish which provide a great contrast to the black surface, whilst complimenting the tone of the 18ct pink gold case.
This is a great looking Tudor wristwatch, the cream coloured dial has a ‘honeycomb’ textured finish which has acquired a wonderfully warm and even patina. The steel case retains good definition with a crisp chamfered bezel and substantial down-turned lugs. One of the last models to feature the ‘Rose‘ motif within a shield to the dial, at the time of its manufacture, the Tudor logo was on the cusp of being transformed to feature a larger rose motif that would no longer be bordered by the shield motif.
Above is an especially handsome example of the Seamaster de Ville, with a classic silvered dial and applied baton indexes. Omega’s double model ‘branding’ of the Ref. 135.010 as a Seamaster de Ville, emphasized the watch’s sporty nature (for which the Seamaster models were well-known) whilst also drawing on the watch’s classic, dress-style look which the “De Ville” range was intended to represent. The watch is fitted with a signed Omega crown and crystal.
This mid-sized model has a two-piece case with solid upper body, moulded bezel and screw-down back. Interestingly it is very similar to the Omega Ref. 2165 – in 1930, Tissot and Omega had merged, forming an alliance under the banner of the SSIH. The collaboration enabled Tissot and Omega to pool resources and explains the close similarities between the Omega 2165 and this model – the dials are almost identical and the cases of both models, which share the same proportions, were made by the same case maker. The main difference between the Tissot and Omega models lie with the bezels: the Tissot has a scooped bezel, whilst the Omega 2165 has a chamfered bezel.
Written by Gene Stone and Stephen Pulvirent and…hot off the press…this is an updated edition of a book first released around 10 years ago. The book provides a useful historical summary of 50 major watch brands. The brands are dealt with in alphabetical order and illustrations of notable models accompany each entry. The book ends with a section dedicated to buying, collecting and maintaining watches with personal views by a number of collectors.
We’ve just added these new sports style watch straps to the website. Made from padded canvas, the straps are lined with soft black calf leather to ensure a comfortable fit on the wrist. The straps are fully stitched with contrasting grey stitching to the upper surface and black stitching to the lining. Buckles are satin finished and available in steel or yellow gold plated versions.
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