Vintage Watch Newsletter No. 113
This week’s newsletter opens with an incredibly charismatic vintage Omega. A Ref. 2504 made in c.1948, this wristwatch has an exceptional and highly attractive two-tone dial – the main dial body has a silk-matte, silvered finish, whilst the chapter ring for minutes/seconds is calibrated in a higher satin sheen. The hours are composed of silver foiled Arabic numerals at the quarters with raised triangular indexes at the intervening hours. A large vintage wristwatch, at 36mm in diameter it is one of the largest models produced by Omega during the 1940s. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful wristwatches we have offered for sale, this Omega exemplifies the enduring allure of rare vintage watches.
Next is a pretty sensational Longines pocket watch that is in outstanding original condition. Made in c.1934, this watch has a 14ct yellow gold case. Surely one of the most beautiful examples of the period, the black dial has a wonderfully rich, deep tone that is perfectly complimented by the gilded Arabic numerals and feuille hands. To the base of the dial, the subsidiary seconds has a very finely engine-turned centre and gilded calibrations.
The gold case has the sharp chamfered bezels and slim profile so favoured by the Art Deco period, yet, interestingly, the cast decoration to the case sides is composed of flowers and foliage and harks back to an earlier period; similar motifs are found, for example, on many English watches of the early 19th century. The manually wound Longines movement is one of the finest produced by the company with decoratively damascened plates and precision, snail-form, cam regulation (detail shown above left). The cuvette (movement cover) is decorated with engraved medals which celebrate the prizes awarded to Longines for their achievements at the various international exhibitions held at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. This is a fabulous watch in a condition rarely seen from this golden era of watchmaking.
Photographed above is a very smart Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch from 1960 which has a solid 9ct yellow gold case with smooth chamfered bezel and a satin finished screw-down case back. The dial has a minimalist design with applied, slim gold baton indexes and matching hands. Automatically wound, this watch is powered by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s excellent calibre K880 which has decoratively finished, damascened plates. Calibre 880 was first introduced by LeCoultre in 1959, the year before this watch was made.
Next is a sporty looking Omega Genève Ref. 166.041 from circa 1968. Omega produced this model with a range of different dial options, the present watch features one of the more unusual variations with broad raised indexes which have blackened surfaces with blue centres. The Omega signature and dial texts, together with the outer track for minutes/seconds and frame for the date aperture are all calibrated in blue – this is all in contrast to the standard 166.041 dials which feature black ink for the calibrations and dial texts. This model incorporates the excellent automatic Omega calibre 565 which has 24 jewels and precision regulation.
The Tudor Oyster Date wristwatch shown above is a ref. 7962 which dates to the mid 1960s. Ref. 7962 is a slim Oyster model and is similarly proportioned to the Ref. 7960 ‘Elegante’. During the period of this model’s production, Tudor’s parent company was also offering the Rolex Oyster Ref. 6512, which they called the “Oyster Veriflat”. The “Veriflat” was reputedly only available in gold and the proportions of its case (most notably its depth) appear to be very similar to those of the Tudor Oysters 7960 & 7962. As the 1950s advanced towards the 1960s, slim dress watches were becoming increasingly popular and these slim Oyster models offered the option of a classic model with a slimmer profile, yet with all the advantages of the robust and iconic Oyster case. In good condition, this Tudor wristwatch has a smart silvered dial with applied wedge shaped indexes at the quarters with finely satin finished surface; the intervening baton numerals are centrally faceted with polished surfaces.
A classic lady’s Omega Seamaster model is next. This wristwatch, a Ref. 535.001 dates to c.1966 and is complete with its original Omega presentation case. The watch has a silvered dial with applied indexes and both the hands and numerals are centred with black panels to enhance legibility. Manually wound, the watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 630.
And rounding off this week’s newsletter is a 9ct yellow gold Record wristwatch which is hallmarked for 1965. 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.
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