Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Titus box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original integrated stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1973 and is sold in worn, vintage condition. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.
In 1887, TITUS was founded by Paul Ditisheim, a watchmaker and inventor in the small Jura village of Sonvilier. The brand was registered as Solvil et Titus. His interest in Chronometres won him several awards for precision after development and trials were carried out by the Royal Observatories of Kew-Teddington and Neuchâtel. In 1930, Ditisheim sold Solvil et Titus to Paul-B. Vogel broadened their market share and created an international distribution network. As demand grew they revolutionised their watch design and manufacturing. Forming three sub-brands Solvil was their high-end offering which continued Ditisheim's legacy, Ditis was their modern interpretation of the chronometer and finally Titus which was their moderately priced antimagnetic watch. In 1963, the Société des Garde-Temps S.A (SGT) was created, and Solvil et Titus became one of the founding members of this group which included brands such as Avia, Elgin, Helvetia, Sandoz, Invicta, and Waltham. Due to the “Quartz Crisis” this illustrious group of brands dissolved in 1981. Undeterred, Solvil et Titus survived and saw the brand breaking into the Asian market. Becoming successful in Hong Kong, with sales and marketing strategies in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Mainland China. Since then, Solvil et Titus has become a household name in the region and to strengthen this fact they adopted a new slogan “Follow My Own Time” which reflected the populations changing modernist attitudes. Using celebrity ambassadors they continue to grow a modern fashionable brand. They are part of Stelux Holdings International Limited based in Hong Kong.
Here we have a 1970s Titus Tuning Fork with a 38mm stainless steel case. The case curves over your wrist with a lug to lug length of 43mm and a case thickness of 11mm ensuring a comfortable fit, its integrated profile flows with elegant lines. On the right side is a signed crown, a smooth bezel holds a domed crystal above a striking blue dial featuring a honeycomb texture that reflects the light in an interesting way as you rotate your wrist. Applied thin baton indexes mark the hours, and at 3 o’clock a framed date window. Slender baton hands are complemented by a tapered sweeping second hand. On the reverse is a screw-down case back, inside an electronic Tissot Cal. 2010 (ESA 9162) has an electrically controlled tuning fork. The movement was produced from 1973 until 1977. F300Hz is considered one of the very best tuning fork movements. Designed by Max Hetzel, who had previously worked for Bulova; he was also responsible for the Accutron 214, which was released In May 1972. This is the same movement that is used in the Omega f300 tuning fork watches. The watch comes fitted on its original integrated stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp.
From this week's drop I suspect this will be one of the quickest to sell, just take a look at that dial, the condition is stupendous and the texture is mesmerising, even more so when you see the price! Plus the fact the watch features a tuning fork movement that has just come back from a service, it doesn't get much better!