Bring a Loupe: Some Killer Vintage Watches Including A Tudor And Speedmaster With Full Sets, An Original Owner Pre-Daytona, An Alarm Watch For Under $1,000 and A Crazy Fake Omega Speedmaster
Tudor 7928 Gilt Underline Full Box And Papers
Vintage Tudor is going through a bit of a flood right now – check out our video when we went inside the Tudor vault – and original pieces are close to impossible to find. Andrea Foffi of Ore del Mondo sent me this watch, which is a reference 7928 (first with crown guards) that features an underline dial, and full boxes and papers, and like every tag possible including the awesome Tudor anchor. There is no bracelet with this kit and you might be wondering about the hands, which are darker than the dial. Well, those are likely right. Look at the 7928 owned by Tudor themselves and you see the same thing. You don’t see Tudor kits like this practically ever, so if you’re interested, click here to contact Ore del Mondo.
Omega Speedmaster 105.003 With Full Box And Papers
Andrea sent me this other photo of a very cool Omega Speedmaster Reference 105.003 again with boxes and papers. The watch looks absolutely fantastic with the exception of the lume that fell out of the minute hand. Price here is about 14,000 euro, and more details are here .
Rolex Paul Newman Daytona 6264
Paul Newman Daytonas, right now, are close to impossible to find. Believe me, I know. This watch, coming from Watches In Rome, is interesting because it is the desirable black-bezel-on-white-dial configuration, yet what’s more is that it’s not a 6241 yet rather a reference 6264. This is the rarest of all Daytona references and with the exception of some pitting working on it back and the 9 o’clock lume plot missing its cap, the watch looks very great. Hope to pay a premium over a 6241, however a nice watch overall. More here .
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak With Military Dial
You don’t see rare Royal Oaks all that regularly, however here we have the seldom seen “military dial” RO. The watch dates to the pre-3120 days of AP, when they were still using JLC base calibers (and no, this is not the infamous 2120), so the price will be reasonable. This seller is asking $7,000 and the listing is over on Timezone. This is a cool watch featuring a great name and rare dial that AP will likely never make again. More here .
1950s Girard-Perregaux Alarm Watch For $899
This 1950s GP features a mechanical alarm and looks a bit like the early Tudor Advisors. This example is completely honest with an unpolished case, original strap and steel buckle, and even original crystal as you can see with the scratches all over it. A quick crystal swap would really make this vintage alarm watch pop, and you seldom find any watches of this age at any price point in this kind of honest and original shape. For $899, how can you turn out badly? More here .
1970s Heuer Autavia 'Orange Boy'
From the gentleman who sold a huge chunk of his collection on Crown and Caliber ( featured here ) we now have a killer Heuer Autavia Orange Boy. The Orange Boy comes from the crazy, self-winding years in Heuer history and while it is not as rare as the Dark Lord Monaco, it is rather uncommon. The listing claims only 30 are known in the market. Rare or not, this is a super cool looking watch that I’ve always had a weakness for. Original listing right here .
1940s Omega Air Ministry Navitor's Watch
This watch is in admittedly rough shape, however then again it’s 72 years old and likely saw action in the Second World War. It was issued by the “A.M.” – or Air Ministry – to either a pilot or a navigator back in 1942 and is marked as such working on it back. It features an original dial and even original crown. There is serious spotting to the dial and looks like some damage to the case, yet if you’re okay with that, you have a watch with a story for under $1,300. It’s listed here for 795 GBP .
1972 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Reference 5402ST
The Royal Oak Jumbo is hot again, and I can think of about five people who have told me in the last three weeks that they’d like to get one. This example is an early piece from 1972 that features all the right attributes, including original dial, GF signed bracelet, and heck, even an unsigned crown! This watch has some speckling to the dial, which is completely normal for these watches, though less than ideal. However, on the upside, the case appears to be quite sharp, and I know in excess of a few people who would pay great cash for that original and unsigned crown. The watch is available at The Keystone for $30,000 .
A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Timezone Buenos Aires Limited Edition
The Lange 1 Timezone wasn’t release in white gold in serial production until 2012 , however in 2010, a limited edition piece was made for the Argentine market. Few people know about it, and few people have seen these Buenos Aires edition Timezones. Made in only 100 examples and coming with white gold deployant buckles, these are really rare watches – and today there is one listed on Timezone for $32,000. It doesn’t feature the luminous hands like the later white-gold Timezone, yet that makes it perhaps significantly really interesting. The listing is here .
1940s Longines Calatrava 'Cylinder'
This 1940s Longines Calatrava is simply stunning. Okay, it’s quite small at 31 mm however I’ve worn a Patek 96 at length and with the right strap and a little portion of confidence, you can pull off it. This watch is absolutely unpolished and original, and obviously features that great mid-century Longines esthetic that is so popular today. This one is simply awesome if you can get over the size. Listing here .
Original Owner Rolex Pre-Daytona 6238
Nothing gets the juices flowing like an original owner Rolex, and Geoff Isringhausen has this absolute beauty of a pre-Daytona. This silver dial 6238 he describes as untouched, and it retains a flawless dial with all lume plots. The silver 6238 remains an undervalued watch in the grand scheme of collectible Rolex chronographs and this one looks as great as any. Contact him on Instagram if you’d like more details .
Purchaser BEWARE: Fake "Japanese Racing Dial" Speedmasters
Two weeks ago, the heroes at Wanna Buy A Watch posted this instagram of what many believed to be an Omega Speedmaster Racing Dial Tribute from 2004. The feedback on IG was overwhelmingly positive, and several folks offered to get it on the spot.
One individual did indeed get it, only to find out after some quick research that the watch was the very definition of a Frankenwatch. The watch came without papers, which is unusual for a piece only 11 years old, however not that crazy to arouse suspicion. However, upon delivery of the watch, the new owner noticed several attributes not in line with the Japanese watch.
The 12 o’clock marker was wrong, the minute dashes in the chronograph register were wrong, the hands were wrong, and the bracelet was wrong. And yet no one (including us for that matter) noticed this upon first glance. Finally, the icing on the cake – if you zoom in you can actually see where someone painted over “Mark II” on the dial.
Yup, someone took at Speedmaster MKII dial and tried to re-create the limited edition Japanese watch that is highly sought after. The folks at Wanna Buy A Watch surrendered this watch was not right and quickly discounted the purchaser’s cash, however this is simply one more lesson about watch buying. Sometimes you get so excited about the possibility of a decent watch that emotion overtakes reason and you make a mistake – which clearly every single individual who saw this watch on Instagram did. It’s a scary world out there people – as this watch shows – so as always, literally and proverbially, bring a loupe.