1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
Ref: 56487

1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" 35.5mm Manual
Regular price
£495.00
Sale price
£495.00
Unit price
per 

Specification

Reference : 56487
Movement : Manually Wound FHF Cal. 96-4
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1970s
Case Size : 35.5mm
Case Thickness : 10mm
Lug to Lug : 38mm
Lugs :
18mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
None
Case Material :
Chome Case
Warranty :
12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no Conteas box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its 18mm stainless steel bracelet with cut-out red diamond shapes and red accents in each link, secured by a seat belt style clasp and will fit up to a 7-inch wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1970s and is sold in worn, vintage condition but remains in all original and fair condition for its age, as you can see from the photographs. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.

For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MiwwrW_-NtVXCN0qqgKZwVhUdA2NSuro?usp=drive_link

4K YouTube video, skip to 26:39 - https://youtu.be/YMhgxLhvTfQ


The Watch

Here we have a quintessential 1970s Conteas Colourful "Seamaster 120" Manual with a 35.5mm Chrome “C” shaped case that tapers towards a lug-to-lug length of 38mm and a case thickness of 10mm ensuring a comfortable fit. On the right side is a push/pull crown. A bright red smooth rotating friction fit bezel has a white 60-minute scale. The domed crystal sits above a distinctive two-tone orange and beige dial, an outer minute track with Tritium pips is precisely executed surrounding white minute markers and black and orange painted baton indexes on one side and black minute markers and white painted baton indexes on the other side marking the hours, at 3 o’clock we have a framed date window, slender black baton hands filled with white are complemented by a white tapered second hand, at 12 o’clock we have the Conteas motif and an orange “Incabloc” underneath completing this funky colourful “Seamaster 120” inspired sports watch. On the reverse a screw-down case back, inside a manually wound FHF Cal. 96-4, 17 jewels, beating at a leisurely 18,000 beats per hour. The watch comes paired with its 18mm stainless steel bracelet with cut-out red painted diamond shapes and red accents in each link, secured by a seat belt style clasp and will fit up to a 7-inch wrist.


Personal Note

The moment I saw this Conteas I immediately thought of the Omega Seamaster 120, the design is clearly inspired by that model whilst the colour scheme was taken straight from a crazy 70s trip! I'm a huge fan of odd-ball watches like this one, they keep the hobby fun and bring a smile to our faces when the industry can often feel so serious.


The Brand

Conteas was founded in the 1920s by Petros Conteas, a skilled watchmaker from Greece, known for his attention to detail and craftsmanship. Initially, they sold watches in Greece and parts of Europe, but they quickly gained popularity for their quality and style and became popular among collectors. During the 1960s and 1970s, Conteas experienced a period of rapid growth and popularity. The company expanded its distribution network to North America and Asia, and its timepieces were worn by celebrities and athletes worldwide. Some of the popular models from that era include the Seamaster, the Chronograph, and the Dressmaster. Their Seamaster model was featured in the James Bond film "For Your Eyes Only." However, the late 20th century was not smooth sailing for Conteas watches. The rise of quartz watches and the economic downturn of the early 1990s harmed the brand's sales. Additionally, Conteas faced increased competition from established Swiss and Japanese brands and sadly they closed their business like so many brands at that time.