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Vintage Watch Newsletter No. 109

With a fantastic two-tone dial and incorporating one of the finest Swiss chronograph calibres, this week’s opening watch is a superb vintage Ebel which dates to c.1950. Like many watchmakers, Ebel used specialist ‘complication’ movement manufacturers for their chronograph mechanisms. In this instance, the movement is the legendary Lemania calibre 27 (pictured below) used by, amongst others, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet and Omega. All these watchmakers finished the cal. 27 to their own specifications, for example, in addition to their meticulous hand finishing, Patek Philippe modified the calibre with the addition of a perpetual calendar mechanism for use in their Ref. 3970, whilst Omega used the Lemania variant CH-27 C12 with additional hour counter, known to collectors as the Omega calibre 321 and used in the vintage Speedmasters.

The Ebel’s dial is in very attractive original condition with a silvered surface and a beautifully finished high sheen track for minutes/chronograph seconds. The numerals have a pink gilded metallic finish and the outer tachymetric scale is calibrated in red. Two subsidiary dials are placed at 3 and 9 o’clock, they are finely engine turned and count constant seconds to the left and chronograph minutes to the right. Within the minute register, the three elongated markers represent the post office fees that were once charged when making telephone calls – calls were frequently charged in 3 minute intervals and thus by running the chronograph, it could quickly be seen if one had run into the next unit fee.

Next is a classic Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6694 from 1968 – a great example of the model, this watch has a satin finished, silvered dial with applied indexes and a robust stainless steel case with smooth, chamfered bezel. Manually wound, the watch is powered by a Rolex calibre 1225 with 17 jewels. As part of this watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for

water resistance for depths up to 100 metres. Accompanied by agreen leather and wood Rolex presentation case with padded lining, we have also fitted the watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional wild boar leather watch strap in chocolate brown.

Continuing with Rolex and above is a mid-sized Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6466 which was originally sold in 1967. This watch has a lovely black glossy dial and the model retains its original numbered guarantee detailing its purchase at ‘Elka’ on the prestigious Kalverstraat in Amsterdam on the 16th of September, 1967. Also accompanying the watch is a green suede Rolex pouch.

In excellent condition for its age and photographed above is a great looking mid-sized steel Omega watch which dates to circa 1938. As the wristwatch became more widely adopted during the 1930s, in the early part of the decade, Swiss exports outgrew those of pocket watches for the first time. It was during this period that the first truly ‘classic’ wristwatch case and dial designs began to emerge and the present watch, with its circular case, polished chamfered bezel and gently down-turned lugs, is a style that remains popular to this day. The silvered dial has black Arabic numerals, a ‘rail track’ minute ring, finely engine-turned subsidiary seconds and blued steel hands. The dial is in very good original condition with light oxidation spots and a small patch of discolouration within the subsidiary seconds dial. This watch has been fitted with a Christopher Clarke for Black Bough shell cordovan watch strap.

Shown next is a Tudor/Rolex Prince Oysterdate Ref. 7966 which was made in 1962. This watch has a stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with an unusual and distinctive, polished and fluted bezel. The screw-down case back is detailed with the typical Rolex legend reading ‘Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva‘. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the Tudor finished ETA calibre 2462 which also has provision for semi-quick date change. This watch has been fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional stirrup hide leather strap in chocolate brown. As part of this watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

The Longines wristwatch photographed here is a 9ct yellow gold model which was manufactured in 1964. With a silvered dial and handsome, raised and gilded Arabic numerals, this watch also incorporates Longines’ excellent calibre 30L, manually wound, 17 jewel movement. This watch is accompanied by a Longines presentation case.

Complete with its original Omega guarantee booklet and presentation case, the Omega Genève Ref. 136.041 wristwatch photographed here was originally sold in 1972 and is in lovely original condition. The steel tonneau form case has a satin finished bezel which compliments the satin finish of the sunburst patterned, silvered dial. The dial is in excellent condition with a bright finish and has linear baton numerals with black inserts to their centres.

The final watch to be added this week is another Omega Genève model, this one, a Ref. 972, was made in 9ct yellow gold in 1961. The fashion for slim gold dress watches gathered momentum during the 1960s and this example has a champagne coloured dial which is in excellent original condition, with a vertical satin finish and applied gold indexes with black inserts. Manually wound, the Ref. 972 is powered by an Omega calibre 600 with 17 jewels and precision regulation.

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Vintage Watch Newsletter No. 108

Opening this week’s newsletter is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1500 from 1966. This watch retains its original paperwork, including numbered Chronometer Certificate & Rolex Guarantee booklet and is also accompanied by a Rolex presentation box.

Reference 1500 is a classic automatic Rolex model that was first introduced in 1962. The robust stainless steel case has a smooth, polished bezel and typical screw-down Rolex Oyster crown and case back. The silvered dial is in excellent condition and has applied indexes with finely ribbed edges and faceted centres. The inside case back is stamped for the year 1965 and the accompanying numbered chronometer certificate notes that the watch’s chronometer tests were completed on 1st October, 1965. The numbered Rolex guarantee booklet shows the original date of sale, just a few months later, in July 1966.

Next up is an 18ct pink gold Universal Genève Ref. 18501 which dates to circa 1942. A period of great creativity and innovation in wristwatch design, the 1930s and 40s witnessed the production of some of the most beautiful rectangular wristwatches ever made. The Art Deco period, as a whole, greatly influenced the watch industry and coincided with the wider adoption of the wristwatch as the timepiece of choice, with Swiss exports of wristwatches overtaking those of pocket watches for the first time in the early 1930s. Dating to c. 1942, this Universal model is an extremely attractive rectangular watch with a stunning three-tone dial. The main dial body is composed of two contrasting silvered finishes, whilst the calibrations for minutes are held within a high sheen, pink gilded track.

Pictured above is an 18ct yellow gold lady’s Cartier Santos which dates to the mid 1970s. The Santos is one of oldest vintage wristwatch models. Designed in 1904 by Louis Cartier for his friend, the Brazilian aviator, Alberto Santos Dumont, it is recognised as one of the most iconic of all wristwatch designs. Cased in 18ct yellow gold, this watch has a satin finished body with polished chamfers to the upper edges. The polished bezel is secured by 8 screws which are affixed from beneath, thereby giving the appearance of small pins to the front of the case. This watch is fitted with a maroon Cartier leather strap with 18ct gold Cartier deployant buckle and a red Cartier presentation case.

This stylish purse watch by Texina has a high quality sterling silver case with engine-turned covers and is hallmarked for 1931. The cover has a pleasing action: the user slides the cover backwards to reveal the time on the dial contained within and, when released, the cover springs closed along its concealed runners. During the 1920s and 1930s, a variety of different so-called ‘purse’ watches appeared on the market as an alternative to the wrist and pocket watch, the most famous of these was the Movado Ermeto. In the early 1930s when the wristwatch was still not universally accepted by the consumer, purse watches offered an alternative travelling timepiece that was at once stylish and contemporary, yet could still be carried in the traditional manner in a pocket, rather than placed on the wrist. The construction of the case of this watch provided protection to the glass as well as acting as a secondary casement for the movement itself.

Photographed above is a great example of the Omega Seamaster Cosmic. This watch, a Ref. 166.036, was manufactured in c. 1969. The model features an elliptically shaped case made from a single piece of stainless steel, with a satin finished bezel and polished sides. The dial of this example has a vertical, silvery grey, satin finish whist the outer edge is chamfered and has a higher sheen surface. The long rectangular aperture displays the days of the week and date. Ref. 166.036 incorporates the excellent Omega calibre 752 automatically wound movement with 24 jewels and precision regulation.

Also dating to 1969 is the Omega Genève Dynamic Ref. 135.033 shown here. This model has a deep black dial and contrasting applied indexes with white inserts. The unusual elliptical shape of the case and orange centre seconds hand enhance the model’s sporty design. The dial is in excellent condition and the upper case retains good definition, the back of the case has scratches to the surface where the bezel ring has been unscrewed to replace the strap in the past. The watch is fitted with an Omega Dynamic leather strap and steel pin buckle.

Continuing with Omega and photographed next is a lady’s Genève model 531.5001 which was made in 1962. This watch has a silvered dial with cross-hair to the centre, a feature rarely seen on ladies’ models. The applied gold triangular numerals are bold in style with multi-faceted surfaces. Unusually for a lady’s model, this watch has a centre seconds hand, the majority of similar references were manufactured without seconds. Cased in solid 9ct yellow gold, we have fitted the watch with a new Hirsch strap and the original gilt-metal Omega pin buckle.

And rounding of this week’s newsletter is an Alpina ‘Tropic Proof’ wristwatch which dates to c. 1965. This wristwatch has a smart, glossy dial with a stainless steel case made by one of the finest Swiss case makers. The dial is in excellent original condition and the silvered tracks and signature perfectly compliment the high sheen, black surface. For the construction of the case, Alpina turned to the specialist watch case making company 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 the company were specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. The company’s case stamp was F.B. within a cartouche. Borgel cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the superb screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.

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Vintage Watch Newsletter No. 107

First on this week’s newsletter is a fabulous Record Datofix triple calendar watch with moon-phases, made in c. 1950. This watch has an amazing dial with strong two-toning and crisply engine-turned subsidiary dials. The mix of colours for the calibrations, hands and moon-phases make this a pretty special piece that looks absolutely great on the wrist. There are convenient calendar adjusters in the band and whilst not a large watch, it packs a big punch. One of my all time favourites.

Next is a very smart steel and yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002. Made in 1965, this is a relatively unusual variant of the 1002 automatic model which is more usually found in an all steel version. The stainless steel case is in lovely condition with a sharp chamfered gold bezel and matching screw-down gold Oyster crown. The champagne dial has applied multi-faceted gold indexes and dauphine hands.

Above is an International Watch Co. Ref. 810 from 1969 with a rich, satin finished, champagne dial. Made in 14ct yellow gold, the upper case is in fantastic condition with clean facets to the lugs and bezel. The watch retains its original winding crown, IWC leather strap and pin buckle and nestling inside is one of IWC’s all time great movements, the coveted calibre 89 – a beautifully finished movement with damascened bridges.

By sheer co-incidence, following on from our last newsletter’s oversized Tissot Ref. 6740..here’s another, again with a massive 37.5mm diameter case and this time with a creamy silvered dial and raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals. An impressive looking watch, this example dates to 1956 and we’ve fitted it with a Chris Clarke for Black Bough pig skin leather watch strap which enhances the golden tone of the hands and numerals.

Shown above is a classic Longines model from 1964. This watch, made in 9ct yellow gold, retains its original blue Longines fitted presentation case. The silvered dial is in great condition with raised gilded Arabic and triangular numerals and a pronounced, engine-turned, subsidiary seconds dial. This watch has been fitted with a CC for BB brown lizard strap which has a wonderful grain and rich colouring.

Back to Omega and pictured here is an Omega Seamaster 30, Ref. 135.003 from 1963. The silvered dial has a rich creamy appearance with excellent lustre and raised gilded indexes. The stainless steel case has stylish, faceted lugs and a screw-down back centred with the Seamaster logo.

An immaculate lady’s 9ct yellow gold Omega Ref. 511.5002 is next. Originally sold in 1979, this watch retains its original presentation case, guarantee booklet, further Omega booklet and Omega pin buckle. The silvered dial has applied gold indexes which, like the hands, have blackened surfaces to increase legibility.

Dating to the mid 1930s, this stylish Longines pocket watch reflects the Art Deco period’s preference for slim ‘dress’ watches. At the time this watch was made, Swiss exports of wristwatches had only just exceeded those of pocket watches and despite the popularity of the wristlet, the market for the traditional pocket timepiece continued. Showing signs of light use only, this watch is in excellent original condition. The silvered dial has black Arabic numerals surrounded by a black ring with minute track above and there are traditional blued steel ‘moon’ hands. Cased in steel with combinations of polished and satin finishes, the bezels are stepped and faceted to both the front and back of the case.

This Seamaster model by Omega has also just been added to the website. A Ref. 166.001, this watch dates to c. 1964 and incorporates Omega’s excellent calibre 562 which has provision for semi-quick date change. Cased in steel, the back is centred with Omega’s embossed Seamaster logo.

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This week’s headline act is a rare 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1514 wristwatch. Made in 1972, this watch has a very attractive and unusual, satin finished, caramel coloured dial. The signature and tracking is also in a complimentary creamy/caramel tone. Rolex used a uniquely textured bezel for its Ref. 1514, known as decor moiré, this is a decorative styling that produces a shifting, wavy optical effect that is specific to this Date series model. In excellent condition, this watch is accompanied by its original number punched Rolex chronometer guarantee paper and green Rolex box.

Next is a wonderfully crisp 18ct gold wristwatch by the International Watch Company. This 35mm diameter model is a Ref. 818A which was made in 1970 and has a beautiful satin finished champagne dial with applied gold indexes and a finely detailed, pearled, outer minute track. This watch was originally sold by the famous Zurich based watch retailer, Beyer, whose name can be found beneath that of IWC to the watch’s dial. To the underside of the top left hand lug, the Beyer stock number has been discreetly hand engraved. The 18ct yellow gold case remains crisp, retaining great definition to its angles, edges and the original crown.  Powered by the excellent IWC calibre 854B, the 25 jewel movement incorporates a hack feature – when the crown is pulled out to adjust the hands, the seconds hand will stop, thereby allowing accurate synchronisation to a time signal. This watch is accompanied by an IWC presentation box and is also fitted with its original IWC leather strap which shows only light use and retains its IWC gilt-metal pin buckle.

Next up is a fabulous, oversized, Tissot Ref. 6740 which was made in 1957 with a 37.5mm diameter steel and chromed case. The silvered dial has a fantastic lustre with strong two-toning and a combination of silver foiled Arabic numerals at the quarters and raised dagger indexes at the intervening hours. Chromed cases have a bright finish and can display, as in this instance, interesting yet subtle tonal variations as the light changes, from pure silvery tones to hues that have a hint of metallic blue. The case retains clean definition to its angles and edges, with a classically chamfered bezel and lugs which have a downward facet to their outer edges, there are light scuffs to the surface. A really great looking vintage wristwatch, this model is powered by Tissot’s 16 jewel calibre 27B-21.

Made by Omega just over 2 years before its presentation for bravery in 1949, this Ref.2394 wristwatch is typically 1940s in design with a rounded bezel and gently down-turned lugs to the case. The silvered dial has an elegant combination of silver foiled Arabic numerals and raised dot indexes. This wristwatch was presented by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) to W. C. Roberts for ‘very brave action’ at the Abadan refinery on 27th January 1949 and is engraved accordingly to the outside of the case back.

Pictured above is a Gilde wristwatch made in circa 1935. The Alpina Gruen Gilde brand was launched in Biel, Switzerland, in 1929 and was a co-operative of watch companies formed to pool resources to maximise their productivity throughout Europe. Created during the period of economic uncertainties following the Wall Street Crash, the Alpina Gruen Gilde collective was disbanded in 1939. This pretty watch has a three-tone dial that is composed of a silk matte silvered centre, white matte rings for minutes and outermost edge with a high sheen silvered chapter ring between. The dial is signed Gilde to the centre and below the 6 o’clock position, the full brand is given: Alpina Gruen Gilde. The circular case has a flat polished bezel and satin finished down-turned lugs.

Acquired directly from the original owners, this 9ct yellow gold lady’s Longines wristwatch was made in 1973 and has a silvered dial that is fully set with raised Arabic numerals. The numerals and hands have blackened surfaces which provide a contrast to the dial’s surface and increase their visibility. The 17 jewel, manually wound Longines movement is typical of the company’s high quality vintage production.

Above is an Omega Genève Ref. 136.0102 which was made in circa 1974. Measuring 36mm in diameter, this is a relatively large sized vintage wristwatch. The stainless steel case has a satin finish and the contrasting smooth chamfered bezel is slightly recessed below the tops of the substantial down-turned lugs. There is some very light and minor minor spotting to the dial. The manually wound movement is a fast beat Omega calibre 1030 with the balance oscillating at 28,800 BPH. The winding crown is equipped with two settings – when the crown is pulled out to its first setting, the date can be moved either forwards or backwards by rolling the crown in either direction; by pulling the crown out to its second setting, the hack feature engages, thereby stopping the seconds hand to allow accurate synchronisation to a time signal. Pushing the crown back towards the case re-activates the seconds hand.

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Headlining this week’s newsletter is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref. 16014 which was made in c. 1983. The 16014 incorporates Rolex’s fast beat calibre 3035 which has provision for quick date change via a second crown setting. The model was launched in 1977 and was in production until 1988. It was the first Datejust model to feature quick date change – the crown has an additional setting allowing the user to quickly advance the date when required. The watch has a silvered, satin finished dial that is in excellent original

condition. Cased in stainless steel, the 16014’s bezel is made in white gold and has a fluted finish. As part of the watch’s service it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres and is accompanied by inner and outer Rolex presentation cases, Datejust instruction booklet and Rolex plastic folder with further booklet.

Next is a Tudor Oyster Prince Ref. 7965 which has a silvered dial with unusual, circular, satin finish. There are applied arrow head indexes at the quarters and baton numerals at the intervening hours. The robust stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a polished chamfered bezel and typical screw-down crown and case back. Dating to 1960, this is one of the first Tudor models to feature the engraved detailing to the outside case back reading: “Original Oyster Case by Rolex Geneva,” prior to this period, the outside case backs were plain. This watch is automatically wound and as part of its service it has been pressure tested for water-resistance up to 100 metres. We have fitted the watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional wild boar leather watch strap in chocolate brown.

Shown above is a large sized Titus vintage chronograph wristwatch, made in c. 1950 with 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 pink metallic finish which provide a great contrast to the black surface, whilst complimenting the tone of the 18ct pink gold case. In 1951 Titus was listed together with Sovil as Solvil & Titus SA, based in Geneva. The company was part of the famous firm of Paul Ditisheim – it’s founder and namesake was a highly talented watchmaker who was especially interested in the effects of magnetism on watchmaking. Paul Ditisheim left the Board of Solvil in 1929 and died in 1945. Solvil and Titus continued to make watches and in the 1950s, Titus was imported to the UK by F. Allen of London. Like many watch companies during this period, Titus bought in their chronograph ebauches and the movement of this watch was made by the chronograph manufacturer, Landeron.

The handsome Omega Seamaster shown above is a Ref. 2846 and was made in c. 1958. This watch has an excellent lustre to the silvered dial which is handsomely detailed with a cross-hair design to the centre. The applied, multi-faceted tapered indexes have recessed luminescent tips.  Cased in stainless steel, the watch has broad lugs with chamfered edges and the case back is centred with the Omega Seamaster logo. We have fitted this watch with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional stirrup hide leather strap in chocolate brown.

Pictured here is an Omega Constellation Ref. 168.017 which dates to circa 1967. In 1964, Omega launched their first Constellation with the so-called “C” case, which earned its name from the case’s resemblance to two Cs. The “C” case was a departure from the more traditionally shaped Constellations of the 1950s and this model, the Ref. 168.017, continued this trend with its relatively slim case and combinations of satin and polished finishes. The silvered dial has a small surface mark at the minute track between the numerals at 11 and 12 o’clock but is otherwise in excellent original condition. The stainless steel case retains good definition to its angles and edges and the Constellation emblem to the centre of the case back is in crisp condition. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by an Omega calibre 564 which, when new, was chronometer rated. The movement also has provision for quick date change via a second crown setting. This watch is fitted with an Omega strap and steel Omega pin buckle.

Continuing with Omega and shown above is an Omega Dynamic Ref. 135.033 from c. 1969. This model has a deep black dial and applied faceted indexes. The unusual elliptical shape of the case and orange centre seconds hand enhance the model’s sporty design. The dial is in excellent condition and the upper case retains good definition, there are a couple of light scratches to the case back. The watch is fitted with a Dynamic leather strap and steel Omega pin buckle.

In lovely original condition and made in 1967, the 9ct yellow gold Tudor wristwatch shown above was presented to W. H. Thomas by the Directors of J & G Meakin for 50 years service and the case back is engraved accordingly. Meakin, founded in 1851, was one of the most famous names in English pottery production. In 1970, just two years after this watch was made, the firm was taken over by Wedgwood, however, production under the Meakin name continued until 2000. Interestingly, Meakin was based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent where the well-known retailer Henry Pidduck & Sons was selling watches by, amongst others, Rolex, Tudor and Omega, so it is very possible that Meakin had an arrangement with Pidduck for the supply of their long service watches.

This 1980s wristwatch is a Longines model commissioned by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD). The watch has an unusual grey textured dial which is detailed with the Turkish Railways’ logo above the 6 o’clock position. To the edge of the dial below 6 o’clock, the model’s reference number, 1659, is displayed together with Longines’ calibre number, 629. The watch is fitted with its original bracelet which has a finely ribbed clasp detailed with the TCDD abbreviation for the Turkish Railways. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by an ETA calibre 2892-2 which Longines named the L 629. This movement has a provision for quick date change via the crown’s first setting, there is also a hack feature which stops the seconds hand when the crown is put into the hand-set position, this allows the watch to be easily synchronised to a time signal.

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This week we’ve a plethora of coloured dials to suit every occasion, including blue, black, grey, brown and silver. Kicking things off is the smart Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King-Date Ref. 5700 shown above. The Air-King Ref. 5500 and Air-King-Date Ref. 5700 wristwatches have become iconic vintage models with their classic styling and unique script-form signatures. The 5700 is the larger of two models and has the addition of a date aperture. Although available with a variety of different dial colours, most examples of the Air-King-Date were produced with a standard silver coloured dial. Blue dialled examples of the model were already manufactured by Rolex in the 1970s, and if you head over to the watch’s listing on our website, you’ll find an extract from a 1970s Rolex catalogue which shows an Air-King-Date with the same dial colour and configuration as this watch. The serial number of the present watch dates it to 1983 and so the watch was actually 5 years old when it was sold at Zales jewellers in 1988 – this may explain the hefty discount shown on the original receipt.

The Air-King-Date retains its original steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, leather and wood presentation case, card outer box, original receipt and Rolex Oyster booklet. The precision movement is an automatically wound Rolex calibre 1520 with 26 jewels and hack feature; the hack feature allows the seconds hand to be stopped when the crown is pulled out to the hand-setting position, thereby allowing easy synchronisation to a time signal.

Next is an unusual variant of the Omega Chronostop series – this, a Ref. 146.010 made in circa 1969, is the so-called Driver’s model where the dial is specially configured with the 12 o’clock position shifted 90° to appear where one would usually expect to see the 3 o’clock numeral. This meant that the watch could be more easily read whilst the wearer’s hands were holding the steering wheel. Omega recommended that the watch be worn ‘under’ the wrist and marketed this model as a safer way to wear a wristwatch, especially for sportsmen, technicians, engineers and doctors and it was given the tag lines “Greater Visibility”, “Out of Harms Way” and “Stop-Watch Timing”. Omega launched the Driver’s Chronostop model in 1968 as a variant of the standard version of the model which had been introduced a couple of years before.

Back to blue and shown next is a stylish International Watch Co., Ref. 1828 wristwatch with a rather captivating, deep blue, satin finished dial and matching blue date ring. Dating to 1972, in the contemporary IWC dealer’s catalogue listing for the Ref. 1828, this dial was described as “blue sunray“. The applied indexes have black inserts to their centres which enhance their legibility and are matched in style to the baton hands, to the outer edge of the dial, the minute/seconds track is precision drilled in the perlé manner. Cased in a satin finished, tonneau form case, the watch reflects design elements that were popular in the late 1960s and 1970s, yet this is a classically styled model with clean lines and an emphasis on visual clarity. The watch is powered by the beautifully finished IWC calibre 8541B with hack feature and semi-quick date change.

Vintage wristwatches with black glossy dials are increasingly difficult to find and above is an especially attractive example. This is a Ref. 14700 Omega Seamaster from 1961. Black and gold is a winning combination and the glossy finish of the dial’s surface works brilliantly with the rich yellow tone of the applied, faceted, gold numerals. The dial is in lovely original condition with only minor areas of light oxidation, the hands have evenly oxidised across their surfaces. The stainless steel case has a chamfered bezel and the lugs retain good definition to their faceted edges. Production of reference 14700 began in 1960 and the serial number of the present watch indicates that this example was made in c.1961. The model incorporates the excellent Omega calibre 552 with 24 jewels and precision regulation.

Continuing with Omega and up next is a handsome 9ct yellow gold Ref. 920 which is hallmarked for 1948. The silvered dial is fully calibrated with black Arabic numerals and, unusually this model is fitted with vibrant, contrasting, blued steel hands. There is light and even oxidation spotting to the dial’s surface. The gold case has great proportions with a chamfered bezel and gently downturned lugs. Manually wound, the movement is the highly regarded Omega calibre 30T2 PC.

Following on from the Ref. 920 is its cousin, made in steel and given the reference no. 720. The 720 shown here dates to 1954 and has a silvered dial with an attractive combination of applied Arabic and faceted dagger numerals, together with a large and finely engine turned subsidiary seconds dial. The dial has marks from oxidation and there is tonal variation to the aged lacquer. The manually wound movement is an Omega calibre 266 which forms part of the famous and highly successful ’30’ series as found in the Ref. 920 above.

Vintage watches by Record are popular for their classic designs and are recognised for the good quality of their movements. Founded in Tramelan, Switzerland, in 1903, The Record Watch Company moved its headquarters to Geneva in 1924. In 1961, a majority interest in the Record Watch Company was purchased by Longines. The gold wristwatch shown above was made in 1960 and is in great original condition, the silvered dial has an excellent lustre and is handsomely arranged with raised, gilded, Arabic numerals and an engine-turned subsidiary seconds. The 9ct gold case has slim but substantial down-turned lugs and a smooth chamfered bezel.

This week’s final watch is an 18ct yellow gold Baume and Mercier wristwatch which dates to the mid 1970s and retains its original inner and outer boxes, branded strap and buckle and numbered swing tag. The watch has a chocolate brown, satin finished dial and the gold case is curved to fit comfortably to the wrist. Manually wound, the watch is powered by a Baume & Mercier calibre 777.

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Headlining this week’s update is an elegant dress watch by Patek Philippe – this model, a Ref. 3484 was made in 1964. In excellent condition, the watch has a superb silvered dial that has a wonderful lustre. There are slim and smart applied gold indexes that are centrally faceted and match the faceted gold baton hands which have pointed tips. To the dial’s edge, the minute track is pearled, with each increment finely drilled into the surface, each having a perfectly conical shape. The Patek Philippe signature is fired in hard black enamel, the dial having first been engraved for the outline of the letters.

Cased in 18ct yellow gold, the watch has a slim profile and the lugs have a gentle flare to the sides; the case retains excellent definition to its angles and edges. The watch is fitted with a leather Patek Philippe crocodile strap and a later associated 18ct yellow gold pin buckle. This watch is accompanied by an Extract from the Patek Philippe Archives.

Next up is a ‘full set’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref. 16030 which was made in circa 1986. This watch is complete with its original accessories, including original certificate, booklets and inner and outer boxes.

The watch has a matte white dial with applied baton indexes that have polished, centrally faceted surfaces flanked by black edges. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case retains excellent definition and the watch is fitted with its original Rolex Jubilee link bracelet. As part of this watch’s service and overhaul, it has been pressure tested for water resistance for depths up to 100 metres. First launched by Rolex in 1977, the 16030 Datejust was introduced to replace the similarly styled Ref. 1603. The 16030 featured the new Rolex calibre 3035 which had a higher beat 28,800 movement, versus the 19,800 BPH of its 1570 calibre predecessor, as well as provision for quick date change via a second setting to the winding crown.

Next is a stunning and large gold Chronographe Suisse chronograph wristwatch from 1950. The watch has a 37.5mm diameter case that is made in 18ct pink gold and retains excellent definition to its angles and edges. The silvered dial is extremely attractive with a combination of slim black baton and gilded pink foil Roman numerals. Unusually the watch has vertical registers with the subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 45-minute register placed at 12 and 6 o’clock rather than the more standard chronograph layout of sub dials at 3 and 9 o’clock. Within the minute register, the 3rd, 6th and 9th minutes are marked with elongated batons. These long markers represent the post office fees that were once charged when making telephone calls – calls were frequently charged in 3 minute intervals and thus by running the chronograph, it could quickly be seen if one had run into the next unit fee. The silvered dial has outer scales in blue and red for tachymeter and telemeter.

Shown above is a gold mid-sized Rolex wristwatch which is hallmarked for 1952. In exceptional original condition, the watch appears to have been only lightly used and retains its original strap and 9ct gold Rolex buckle. Below is an extract from a 1954 Rolex catalogue which shows a very similar model with matching strap and buckle design.

The price list for the 1954 catalogue listed this model at £40 5d 0 which is interesting to compare with the price of a steel Rolex Explorer in the same catalogue, which is listed at £49 19d 6s.

Shown above is an early cushion form wristwatch in steel by Longines which dates to circa 1935. The cushion form case was one of the first ‘shaped’ cases to appear on the market after the mainstream introduction of the wristwatch in the 1910s. The blued steel hands with their ‘moon’ ends are in a traditional style, one that is often associated with the watches of Breguet from the late 18th and early 19th centuries and, despite its adoption by several different makers, it is Breguet after whom this style of hands is usually named. Interestingly, the 12 o’clock numeral is painted in red, a feature adopted by early wristwatch dial manufacturers to act as a quick reminder of its position – this was due to the fact that on open-faced pocket watches, the 12 o’clock position was usually located beneath the winding crown, i.e. the 3 o’clock position on a wristwatch dial (see the Omega pocket watch below for comparison).

Pictured here is a steel Omega open-faced pocket watch which was made in circa 1940. This handsome watch has a silvered dial with raised, gilded, Arabic numerals and there is a finely pearled outer minute ring and engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The blued steel moon hands have a vivid, rich colour. The steel case has chamfered bezels to both the front and back of the case.

The Omega Seamaster model shown above is a Ref. 135.005 from 1964 which is in good original condition, with a high sheen silvered dial and classic applied baton numerals. The stainless steel case has chamfered edges to the lugs and the screw-down case back is centred with the Seamaster logo. Manually wound, the watch is powered by the excellent Omega calibre 600 with 17 jewels and precision regulation. The watch retains its original signed crystal and crown and there is a steel Omega pin buckle. The hands have some oxidation to their surfaces.

Back to Longines and photographed next is a relatively large model from 1972 which has a 9ct yellow gold case measuring 35.5mm. The silvered satin finished dial is in excellent original condition and has applied gold coloured indexes which have blackened inserts to the centres of the quarter markers at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock and ribbed surfaces to the intervening batons. This watch is powered by Longines’ calibre 6922 manually wound movement with 17 jewels.

And rounding off this update is another Longines from 1972, this time a stainless steel Flagship model, Ref. 8634. This watch has a handsome blue/grey satin finished dial and contrasting, applied baton indexes which have white inserts. The stainless steel case is satin finished throughout and has a slightly tonneau-form shape, with circular bezel and unusual linear lugs with flat recesses. This watch, like the previous Longines, is also fitted with a Longines calibre 6922. The new Hirsch leather strap is fitted with a satin finished Longines pin buckle. There is some light spotting to the dial and scuffing to the case.

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Opening our first vintage watch update of 2017 is a fantastic Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref. 1600 from 1976. This watch has a fabulous, satin finished, champagne dial that is in outstanding original condition, with a rich depth of colour and a chamfered outer minutes/seconds track which creates a two-tone appearance and gives a greater sense of depth to the surface. The 1600 series Rolex Datejust has become one of the most iconic of Rolex’s vintage production and is also one of the largest, with a case diameter of 36mm. Although the smooth, chamfered bezel was a standard feature of other Rolex Oyster models, the Datejust is more usually seen with the reeded or milled bezels such as those found on the Refs. 1601 and 1603. This watch is accompanied by a Rolex wood and green leather presentation case and is fitted with its original Rolex Oyster bracelet which is date stamped for 1976. As part of the watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

Up next is a lovely example of another iconic vintage watch, this is Omega’s Speedmaster Mark II. Created in 1968, the model entered Omega’s International Collection in 1969. The massive tonneau-form case was a dramatic departure from the more traditional circular style of the first Speedmaster models. Designed in the late 1960s, the watch’s design looked towards the more angular styles that would become a feature of 1970s watches. This watch is accompanied by an Omega red zipped and padded service pouch. If you’ve been following our Journal, you may have seen our new series where Black Bough clients talk about a favourite piece from their collection – No. 4 is about an Omega Speedmaster II – you’ll find the articles over on our Journal here: https://www.blackbough.co.uk/blog/ 

Up next is a 14ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King from 1977. The handsome champagne dial is in outstanding condition and the clarity of the dial’s design is enhanced by the gold baton indexes that have black panels to their centres which increase the contrast between the numerals and the dial surface. The 14ct yellow gold case is rich in tone and retains good definition the its angles and edges. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by Rolex’s calibre 1520 movement with 26 jewels. The watch is accompanied by a green Rolex presentation case and is fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional dark brown lizard skin leather strap. As part of the watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

Pictured above is a super crisp Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch which dates to 1957. In almost unused condition, this is a stunning wristwatch with a case diameter of 35mm. The silvered dial has a wonderful lustre and applied hour indexes which are curved to fit flush with the dial’s surface. The stainless steel case is in unpolished condition with crisp angles and edges to both the upper case and the multi-faceted screw-down case back. Manually wound, the P800 Jaeger-LeCoultre movement is also in outstanding condition and has damascened finishing to the plates. The watch is fitted to its original leather strap which appears to be unused and is set with a steel Montal pin buckle.

Moving back in time to the Art Deco period, we have just added this sensational Movado Chronometre Ermeto travelling watch which is made in silver with black lacquered surfaces. The silver case is hallmarked for 1931 placing this in the early period of the Ermeto’s production. The black lacquered dial is in excellent condition with a rich depth of colour and contrasting, faceted, silver baton indexes and arrow-tipped hands. The silver case has black lacquered sliding covers which have light scuffs and only two minor losses of lacquer to the top corners of each shutter.  This model incorporates Movado’s ‘automatic’ case winding system that was patented in 1928. The lower corner of the case has a ring fixture, allowing the watch to be used with a chain.

Next is an excellent example of the Omega Seamaster Ref. 14761 from 1960. The silvered dial is in outstanding original condition with a beautiful lustre. The stainless steel case has broad lugs with a gently chamfered bezel and screw-down case back that is centred with the Omega Seamaster emblem. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by an Omega calibre 552 with 24 jewels and precision regulation.

Dating to 1962, the automatic Tudor Oyster Prince Ref. 7965 shown above has a classic silvered dial with applied steel coloured triangular indexes. The robust stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a smooth chamfered bezel and typical screw-down crown and case back. This watch has been fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional pig skin leather strap. As part of the watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water-resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

bove is an elegant Omega Genève Ref. 993 gold dress watch made in 1962. The case is made in 9ct yellow gold and has a relatively slim profile whilst the smart silvered dial has applied gold indexes which are centrally set with black inserts. Manually wound, this watch is powered by an Omega calibre 600. This watch is fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional black lizard skin leather strap.

Next is an unusual Longines Admiral Ref. 2315 wristwatch which was made in c. 1972. This watch has a silvered dial with vertical satin finish and unusual applied indexes which have royal blue inserts. In addition to their luminescent panels, the baton hands have three different finishes with ribbed edges, satin surfaces and blue highlights to match the dial’s surface and numerals. The minutes/seconds track is also finished in blue. Cased in stainless steel, the upper body is made from a solid block with recessed winding crown and a screw-down case back. This watch is fitted with its original stainless steel Longines link bracelet which has an adjustable folding clasp; the bracelet can be detached and replaced with a leather strap if preferred. Automatically wound, this watch is powered by the fast beat Longines calibre 6651. The dial is in good original condition and the case and bracelet have light scuffs and scratches throughout from past use.

Also dating to the early 1970s is the Omega Ref. 166.0163 Genève model shown photographed above. The watch has a classic silvered dial with applied baton indexes that have black inserts – the hands are styled to match with both black and luminescent panels. Cased in stainless steel, the upper body is made from a single block of steel with integrated chamfered bezel and a separate screw-down case back. The watch is automatically wound via an Omega calibre 1012 which has a hack feature and provision for quick date change; when the crown is pulled out to its first setting, the date can be advanced either forwards or backwards.

Recently added to our website is the fantastic new book: Patek Philippe, The Authorised Biography by Nicholas Foulkes. As Foulkes writes in his introduction, “Patek Philippe is a watch brand that inspires an almost religious fervour in its devotees”. Being a total Patekaholic myself, these are sentiments I can relate to and it was a very welcome Christmas present when my copy of this book turned up on Christmas eve. Foulkes is an excellent writer and with wit and scholarly insight, the story of Patek Philippe unfolds from the birth of its founders to the present day. The book is filled with fascinating facts and some wonderful anecdotes – one of my favourites being a rather tardy letter which Tsar Nicholas II sent to Patek Philippe to thank them for, let’s face it rather a special watch (an 18ct gold, hunting cased, perpetual calendar, minute repeating, moon-phase watch) which they had presented to him….10 years earlier.

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Opening the last vintage watch update of 2016 is a lovely example of the original Patek Philippe Calatrava design – this is the Ref. 448, a mid-sized Calatrava, made in 1953. This is a rare version of the model with an 18ct pink gold case that retains excellent definition and has a wonderful, rich, coppery tone both to the case and the large, original, winding crown. Accompanied by an Extract from the Archives, the watch also retains its original, 18ct pink gold, Patek Philippe pin buckle.

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The silvered dial has applied pink gold faceted/lapped indexes and the signature and subsidiary seconds track are fired in hard black enamel – this technique required the dial plate to be first engraved for the outline of the signature and subsidiary seconds before the enamel paint was applied and then fired, to harden it, in a specialist kiln; the enamelling is all wonderfully clear and in excellent condition. The outer minute track of the dial is a style known as ‘perlé’, a technique which requires each minute marker to be precision, diamond-drilled; this technique is of the highest quality and under magnification the symmetrical cone formed for each minute division is visible. The surface of the dial has some age related tonal variation to the lacquer.

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Next is one of Cartier’s classic wristwatch designs, the Panthère. This is a lady’s model with a quartz movement and this example was originally sold in 2002. Both the case and bracelet have polished and satin finishes and the bracelet has a concealed, twin folding clasp.

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The watch is in excellent condition and retains all its original accessories, including red document folder containing booklets and the original numbered certificate, as well as a red Cartier presentation case and the card outer box which carries the original serial label for this watch.

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Next is an extremely handsome IWC wristwatch which was made in 1970. The watch is in great original condition and has a lovely silk matte finished dial with applied steel indexes with blackened surfaces and faceted sides. Large in size for the period of production, the case is made in stainless steel and measures 36mm in width. The case has a satin finished body and a polished, circular, chamfered bezel. The model uses the legendary IWC calibre 89, which is greatly favoured by collectors of the brand for its superior quality and finishing – it is also the calibre used by this watchmaker in their famous IWC military Mark XI. We have fitted the watch with a new Hirsch strap to which the original IWC pin buckle has been added.

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Next is an absolutely stunning lady’s small Movado wristwatch which dates to the early 1940s. The watch has a superb black dial that has a rich lacquer to the surface with contrasting silver foiled Arabic numerals. The watch’s design is still heavily influenced by the Art Deco period and the stainless steel case has a curved upper body with polished chamfered edges and satin finished sides. The period, light tan stitched strap still retains a Movado sales tag.

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Above is a rare version of the Rolex Ref. 6480 with a ‘herringbone’ sector dial which is dated for 1956. The style of the dial is reminiscent of the 1950s ‘honeycomb’ dial, yet the herringbone design creates a completely different look, quartering the dial in this way allows the light to play across its surface in a similar way to sector dials of the Art Deco period. The handsome combination Arabic and faceted dagger numerals further enhance the appeal of the dial’s design. As part of this watch’s service it has been pressure tested for water resistance for depths up to 100 metres. This watch has been fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough shell cordovan leather strap.

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Pictured here is a Tudor/Rolex Oyster Prince, Ref. 7995 which dates to circa 1968. The watch has a satin finished silvered dial with unusual applied indexes that have black inserts to their centres and polished outer squares at their tips. The stainless steel Rolex Oyster case has a smooth bezel and typical screw-down Rolex crown and case back. Automatically wound, the watch is powered by the 25 jewel calibre 2483. As part of this watch’s service and overhaul, it has been pressure tested for water resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

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Shown next is a slim rectangular watch by Zenith which dates to circa 1980. In excellent original condition, this wristwatch appears to have been only very lightly used. The watch has an unusual, vertically striped, silver dial composed of satin and polished strips. Cased in stainless steel, the upper body has a curved, polished profile. This watch is accompanied by the original Zenith swing tag which is stamped with the watch’s serial number and the black Zenith presentation case which has a red lined interior.

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Pictured above is a classic Omega wristwatch from 1957. This model is cased in steel and has a silvered dial that is fully set with applied Arabic numerals. There are oxidation and age related marks to the dial, but the dial has a good lustre and a handsome vintage look. This model is powered by the calibre 267, which is from Omega’s excellent ’30’ series.

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Also by Omega is the 920 reference shown here. This model was manufactured with a variety of different dial designs, the present example has an unusual variation of the full applied Arabic numeral dial, with the numerals given a more ‘squared’ shape than the more rounded styles usually found on these models. The dial is in good original condition with a handsome lustre and large engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. The 9ct yellow gold case is extremely classic in design with a polished chamfered bezel, gently down-turned lugs and flat, snap-on, back. Accompanying the watch is the original Omega tan leather presentation case which folds out to form a stand. This watch has been fitted with a Christopher Clarke for Black Bough traditional wild boar skin leather strap in dark brown.

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In excellent original condition, this lady’s Cyma cocktail watch has an elegant upper case with decoratively moulded lugs. Made in circa 1955, the silvered dial has raised pink gold coloured Arabic and triangular numerals and matching hands. Manually wound, the watch is powered by a 17 jewel, Cyma calibre R.384K.

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Above is an Omega Genève Ref. 131.019 which the company first introduced in 1962 – the present example dates to circa 1968. The watch has a relatively slim profile and a handsome silvered dial with a satin finish. Manually wound, this model is powered by Omega’s calibre 601 movement. The new Hirsch leather strap has been fitted with the watch’s original steel Omega pin buckle.

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And rounding off this newsletter is a 9ct yellow gold Garrard wristwatch, made in 1982. An automatically wound watch, the movement is an ETA calibre 2892 with hack feature – when the crown is pulled out to alter the time, the seconds hand will stop, thereby allowing the watch to be easily synchronised. The date will advance each day at midnight but it also has provision for quick date change via a secondary crown setting.

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Opening this week’s newsletter is a superb Tissot World Time wristwatch. Known as the ‘Navigator’ Ref. 4002, this model was first released by Tissot in 1951 and the present example dates to 1952. One of the most iconic and important vintage models produced by this watchmaker, the Tissot Navigator is a large automatic wristwatch with indications for 24 world locations. In 1930, Tissot had merged with Omega and the influence of Omega can clearly be seen in the calibre 28.5-N21 movement of this watch (see image below right) which is extremely similar in design, layout and finishing to Omega’s early bumper automatic movements. Based on Tissot’s first automatic calibre (the 28.1) which had been launched in 1944, the calibre 28.5-N21 was specifically made for the Navigator and featured an additional pusher which allowed the uncoupling of the central World-Time disc to allow the local time to be set.

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The time is read in the usual 12-hour format against the outer black track, which has corresponding hour numerals to the bezel. This track is calibrated to 60 in the usual fashion and there are thicker batons at each hour (or 5 minute) increment. The inner revolving disc is calibrated in blue for 24 world locations which indicate their time against the applied gold Arabic and triangular numerals which are in 24-hour format. You’ll find a video demonstration of the world time set-up on this watch’s listing on our website. One of the finest examples of this model we have seen, the dial is in exceptional original condition and the case is crisp and unpolished.

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Next is a handsome Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Chronometer Ref. 1500 which dates to 1967. This watch has a silvered, satin finished dial with applied baton indexes and elongated markers for minutes/seconds. An automatically wound watch, this model is powered by the Rolex calibre 1570. The stainless steel case is fitted with a riveted link Rolex Oyster bracelet with adjustable folding clasp. This watch is accompanied by a green suede Rolex pouch and, as part of its service, has been pressure tested for water resistance for depths up to 100 metres.

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Back to Tissot and above is a rare date model, Ref. 6445, from 1949. The case is relatively large for the period of production, measuring 35mm and the strongly two-tone dial has a red date ring with corresponding red-tipped date indicator hand. Cased in stainless steel, the bezel is unusually scooped and the outside of the screw-down back has the script, Tissot signature.

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Pictured next is a stylish Movado ‘Ermeto’ travelling watch. This piece dates to circa 1940 or perhaps a shade earlier. The silvered dial is in excellent original condition. In addition to the raised Arabic and baton indexes, the whole minute track is also fully raised. The blued steels hands are stunning and are rich in tone with unusual, bold, arrow-head tips. The shutters are leather covered and ‘automatically’ wind the watch when they are opened and closed. An ingenious piece of horological engineering, the Ermetos were a favourite of the artist Andy Warhol who owned at least 6 diferent versions of the model from a range of periods. Concealed to the case back is a hinged stand which conveniently opens up to allow the watch to be stood on a desk or bedside table.

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Above is a smart Longines gold wristwatch which is hallmarked for 1964. This watch retains its original Longines branded strap and presentation case and is in lovely overall condition. A manually wound model, the watch is powered by the Longines calibre 370 which, like the rest of the watch, is in lovely crisp condition.

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Another 1960s watch by Longines, this time a Ref. 7630 dating to 1966, is shown next. This watch has a silvered, satin finished dial and unusual multi-faceted losenge shaped numerals with arrow-head indexes at the quarters. The stainless steel case has a polished finish with a screw-down case back and the watch is powered by the Longines calibre 701 with provision for semi-quick date change.

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Onto Omega and above is a 1973 Omega Genève Ref. 166.0168. This model has a bold stainless steel case with satisfyingly chunky lugs and case sides. The blemish free silvered dial has a vertical satin finish with applied indexes that have black inserts. Automatically wound via the Omega calibre 1012, the watch has a hack feature which is activated when the hands are adjusted and a second crown setting allows the date to be quickly advanced forwards or backwards when required.

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The Omega Dynamic Ref. 166.039 shown above has a deep blue dial and contrasting light blue centre seconds hand. This watch dates to 1969 and is in great condition with a sharp stainless steel case with satin finished bezel, Omega crystal and crown. The watch is fitted with an unused, dark blue, Omega Dynamic branded strap and the original steel Omega pin buckle.

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And rounding off this newsletter is a large cushion cased Omega  De Ville which, like the Dynamic has an unpolished case which retains superb definition. The immaculate silvered dial has a vertical satin finish and unusual square numerals with black inserts. There is a  long aperture for day and date indication. Dating to the very end of the 1960s, this watch is satisfyingly chunky and heralds the new era of the 1970s.

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