Bring a Loupe: Unusual Vintage Watches From Zenith, Omega, Heuer, Certina, And More
A Dressy Omega Reference 6899 In Pink Gold
Omega is notable for the Speedmaster, and of course for its sports and specialized watches all in all, yet they have always made truly delightful dress watches as well, as demonstrated here by the reference 6899. This one is exquisite with a capital E, from the 36 mm rose-gold case to the two-tone dial with sharp dauphine hands. It glanced smashing during the 1950s and still does today, demonstrating that extraordinary design ages well; just gander at the equilibrium of the cross-hair sub-second! What’s more, for comfort, it is fueled by a programmed development (the Omega type 491), so you will not need to physically wind your watch like your granddad used to do.
The vendor Matthew Bain is offering this gorgeous Omega for $4,900 here .
A Certina Argonaut Chronograph Reference 8401 501
Panda dials are always seductive, and this Certina is no special case. The square case design is from the last part of the 1960s, and fortunately the edges are crisp and very much preserved, as is the contrast among brushed and polished surfaces. Moreover, it comes with a Certina-signed beads-of-rice arm band, and some quite incredible patinated lume. Inside, you will discover the type Valjoux 23 – a classic parallel grasp, section wheel, hand-wound development – playing out the chronograph work, as demonstrated by the red accents on the dial and red focus chronograph seconds hand.
This Certina is listed for 2,500€ (or around $2,780) on Rarebirds website here ; note that this seller also offers the reverse panda variety as well.
A Zenith S.58 Diver With Bakelite Bezel
The reference S.58 is a genuinely obscure jumper from Zenith, however its attractive features deserve more acknowledgment. Dispatched in 1958, it first accompanied a manual-injury type 120 without date, prior to transitioning to the programmed development 2542 with a date complication, as seen here. The dial was either dark or dim, each with its own merits, and luminous numerals are reminiscent of the Rolex Explorer. While the first version had a smooth bezel, the last boasts a splendid dark bakelite bezel. With an impossible to miss lumed dauphine handset, this jumper looks pretty exceptional inside Zenith’s creation, yet at the same time bears the characteristic star crown – as well as a profoundly engraved case back, to ensure you recall this outstanding reference.
A French gatherer is offering this uncommon Zenith jumper on a discussion’s commercial center here , and he is considering offers above $8,000.
A Zenith Defy Reference A3648 With Orange Dial
Another plunge watch from Zenith, the Defy A3648, with its octogonal case and brilliant colors, is fundamentally unique in relation to the S.58. Surely, the entire watch is an incredible illustration of a combination of the multitude of elements to be found in a specialized jump watch from the 1960s or ’70s, with a sturdy case, distinctive and vigorously lumed hands, and brilliant orange dial. Alongside the extraordinary design comes incredible water resistance – it’s evaluated to 600 meters, making it competitive with watches like the Omega Ploprof and the Rolex Sea-Dweller. In the same way as other vintage Zeniths, its collapsed arm band was produced by the acclaimed wristband creator Gay Frères. Far better, this Defy comes full set, with papers reporting its sale in Argentina in 1971.
The seller is considering offers over 3,000 euros (or around $3,500) here .
A Gold Heuer Carrera 2456T
The Heuer Carrera, perhaps the most famous chronographs at any point designed, needs no presentation (especially to standard HODINKEE readers). Yet, the uncommonness of yellow-gold examples must be emphasized. You truly don’t see those references around frequently, as gold was suspected unseemly for sport watches at that point. Gold case aside, notwithstanding, this is still a classic Carrera. All that we love about the watch in steel is there, from the pined for faceted lugs to the perfectly decipherable dial that made Heuer so famous, with a red tachymeter scale. As with its three-register steel counterparts, this gold variation is fueled by the type Valjoux 72 chronograph development. What’s more, you get a crisp case and spotless dial, as you should always focus on with vintage Heuer.
Analog/Shift is selling this splendid Carrera for $16,000 here .
A Montblanc Chronograph With Unusual Date Placement
For sure, this chronograph has nothing to do with the pen company, which dispatched its own line of watches a lot later than the 1970s. We were unable to discover much about the history of this chronograph, especially since the development and case back are unsigned. Nonetheless, its attractive features are obvious, with an appealing level bezel and striking orange place chronograph seconds hand. The date window at 6 o’clock indicates that the producer used the solid Valjoux 7734, which can also be found in the contemporary Tudor Monte Carlo.
The Italian seller CasoWatches just listed this fairly baffling chronograph here , with a 3,500 euro (or around $3,900) asking price.
A Bulova Chronograph Type C, With Prototype Handset?
We included this 43 mm chronograph from Bulova two months prior on Bring A Loupe here . However, there is a significant distinction between the one we have today and most of the examples I’ve seen: the shade of the handset. The standard arrangement is red; this one has hands in a flashy orange. The seller accounts for his by representing this watch as a model – henceforth this brilliant arrangement that I can just saw elsewhere in a similar chronograph that was marked Kelek. It is difficult to say whether the handset is absolutely right, however the shape of the hands matches the usual creation red versions, and the orange tone is positively in accordance with the generally speaking funkiness of the watch.
You can discover this Bulova Type C offered on Instagram here .