Vintage Watches

UNIVERSAL GENEVE 18 CARAT GOLD

(circa 1958/1960)

We are proud to offer  this fine,  classic  luxury branded timepiece   for sale from our eBay business listing.

It is priced at £1474.99 and  has the item  listing number 1548 9251 4940.

This classic watch draws on its heritage from the heyday of Swiss watch manufacturing.  The focus is on functionality and simplicity of design.  The butterfly- blue hands contrast  well against the  pale white face and  provide flashes of blue when the light strikes them in the right manner. The watch comes well presented on an alligator- grain leather strap that provides an excellent contrast against the 18 carat solid gold  case.  There is no inscription on the case back.

  The watch is powered by a  manually wound calibre 800 movement with 17   jewels that is running well.

 

The watch is triple stamped for 18 carat gold, namely on the case inner, the side of the  lug and of  course on the inner  rim of the case too. 

Like many luxury timepieces, it carries the branding on the face, the case inner and the movement itself. 

The case inner carries the Swiss marks for 18 carat gold, namely the “Head of Helvetia” which also appears on the case itself.

The watch comes with its original box which shows little signs of age related and  normal wear.

UNIVERSAL GENEVE 18 CT GOLD (CIRCA 1958/1960) EBAY LISTING NO. 1548 9251 4940 PRICE £1474.99

TUDOR BY ROLEX ( “LONG T” ) (circa 1947)

This extremely rare and iconic piece which goes back to the beginnings of the TUDOR adventure is being  considered  for sale.

The watch is in fair to good condition and has travelled well  through the decades.  It is in working condition.

It is powered by a 17 jewel 59 calibre movement. The case inner is marked “ROLEX SA” and carries  the number “250”.

OMEGA   SEAMASTER 600  Ref. 135.011 – (circa 1967)

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to acquire an outstanding  Seamaster  reference 135.011.

This iconic watch is becoming available for sale from  the Brave Collectables business listing on eBay.  The eBay item number will be updated shortly.

This particular OMEGA  retains its original stainless steel bracelet and acrylic crystal and is in good working condition . It features  a rather unusual combination of gold and black  coloured hands and markers set   against a satin silvered dial  that shows minimum age related patina.  It has only minor scuffs visible and has not been enhanced or machine polished.

The movement carries the serial number 25029482 and the reference number is clearly stamped on the case inner.



TAVANNES PURSE WATCH

STERLING SILVER (circa 1929)

We are pleased to offer for sale this solid silver Art Deco purse watch. It is being offered for  sale from our eBay business listing and has the item number 1530 4044 3375.  It is fully hallmarked and carries the opposed “F”  import mark for the Glasgow Assay Office and the date letter “g” which dates it to circa 1929. It  has a hallmarked silver case with sprung mechanism and engine turned decoration on the case.

It is in exceptional condition and  has travelled well through the decades, lacking the minor scrapes and dings so often collected along the way. It has not been polished and  this is reflected in the images.

HELVETIA MANUAL WIND  –  9 CARAT GOLD

This stunning, solid gold HELVETIA watch with centre seconds dial is reserved  and will be moved to our “SOLD” page shortly. 

The watch has been fully hallmarked for 9 carat gold and dates to the 1960’s. It is in overall good vintage condition and has clearly travelled well on its journey  through the decades.  The case and acrylic crystal show a minimal level of wear that is best seen under magnification.  The watch is powered by a 17 jewel movement stamped “H83.1” that is currently running well and that has the regulator bar set close to the mid-point position.

The movement is clean and bright and shows the benefit of previous services. “Helvetia” was originally a  trade name of the General Watch Company who were based in  Switzerland and were formed by Louis Brand in 1848, the founder of Omega. The General Watch Company  was reported to be the largest manufacturer of watches in Switzerland towards the end of the 1800’s.

Modern time travel is not without its risks however, and this watch does have a slight dent on its case back.

The case inner carries the marks of the London Assay Office and the date letter “e” which corresponds to the assay year for 1960.  Interestingly enough, “ECW” on the case inner stands for “Elco Clocks and Watches”  who were the importers of Helvetia watches into the U.K..

The watch is attached to a new, quality leather crocodile grain  style strap and will be supplied together with a rosewood effect, luxury watch box to help to keep it in fine condition.

TISSOT  14 CT  GOLD  AUTOMATIC (CIRCA 1945)

This fine TISSOT  automatic “bumper” watch is in good condition and is currently keeping time well. It has the movement serial number 1666019 which dates it to a production year of 1945.

This  watch has been reserved and will  appear on our “SOLD” page soon.

TISSOT  are a well established, premier Swiss watchmaking company first  established in 1853  in the small town of Le Locle in the Jura region of Switzerland.

The watch is triple signed on its face, its crown and on its calibre 28 automatic movement. The 17 jewel movement is running well and setting and winding as it should.

 

The watch has an acrylic crystal with some slight scuffs best seen under magnification.

The face has applied dot and baton hour markers and is in good condition.  There is some age related patina and  two tiny marks at the 4.00 position above the seconds sub-dial. The second sub dial is in good condition and shows delicate circular machining that catches the light in a striking and attractive fashion. The hands show some age related marking.

 

The watch  is attached to a  brand new quality Italian  leather Louisiana alligator  grain  strap.

CALIBRE 28 MOVEMENT SHOWING THE BUMPER MECHANISM  SPRINGS  – THE LARGER OF THE TWO SPRINGS IS A LATER RE-MANUFACTURED REPLACEMENT

The watch has been well looked  after over the years and has several service marks on the case inner, with the latest  service details    being  “DJM 07/18”.

The case has not been machined polished and  accordingly shows a range of minor scuffs associated with a vintage time-piece. Previous  case markings have been conducted with  care although  some marks are visible, best seen under magnification, on the lip  edges of the  opening.

The photographs below portray the watch is a variety  of lighting conditions.

Previous case openings have been conducted  with  care with  minimal wear being noted n this regard.  As mentioned, the case  has  not been  polished and minor scuffs can be seen in the  photographs above.

The  watch is provided with an attractive  quality rose-wood box  to keep it safe and secure.

RARE LONGINES (CIRCA 1937)  WOMEN’S  WATCH  IN  SOLID  SILVER 

This small, rare and elegant, manually wound LONGINES  watch with fixed lugs has the movement serial number 5354049.  It has survived through a  lot of history and significant world events, including the Second World War and  is still in remarkably good working condition for its age.  It is currently available for sale within the U.K. only, with the eBay item number being 153139276858.

The face shows a degree of age related effects but is still in good condition and even has an eye catching red Roman numeral X11.

The 15  jewel  movement is stamped 8.68Z and is currently running well and keeping time as it should.  The regulator bar is set to the  mid-point position.  The two piece watch strap would fit a wrist circumference of approximately 172 mm.

The inside of the case back is stamped for Sterling Silver.  Interestingly enough, it also has the import mark for the London Assay Office, the date letter “B” and the sponsor’s mark “AB” standing for Arthur Baume and Co. clearly stamped on it.

The wristwatch comes together with a quality box to help to keep it in great condition.

FINE ART DECO 18 CARAT  WHITE GOLD AND PLATINUM, SAPPHIRE SET WRISTWATCH 

(General Interest Item)

This striking cocktail watch manifests pronounced Art Deco style. It is attached to a dark purple leather strap that complements the four rectangular dark blue sapphires set in the bezel.

The watch has a signed sixteen jewel AXA manual wind movement. It is in very good overall condition for its age and is running well.

The watch has an engraved silvered dial (face) with a floral design and Arabic numerals. The word “SWISS” appears faintly at the 6 o’ clock position on the dial. The crystal has some minor scuff marks. The case is marked “PLATINUM TRIM 18K”.

One of the sapphires is missing a little of its surrounding metal – as shown in the photo. below.

The Art Deco period began in about 1915 and lasted into the 1930’s and to some extent the 40’s. It was characterised by a lifestyle which celebrated glamour, life itself and its enjoyment. It manifested itself in many different forms.  Forms ranging from architecture – as seen in huge, geometrically stylised skyscrapers, to jazz, to exotic cocktails, fine art, clothing and design; including jewellery and watches.

The Art Deco period was ultimately brought to an end by the devastating economic and social effects of the Great Depression of the 1930’s and the Second World War.

Art Deco items that are still in good condition today, are highly sought after as worthy collectables and taken good care of, should appreciate in value over time.

The case back (above) shows minimal signs of wear and there is no personal engraving which is often a feature of watches from this era.