Oris Artix-GT Day/Date
The time has come to say good bye to one of my personal watches and one I have probably owned and worn the most beyond my Tudor. It'll definitely be sad to see it go but I know for a fact whoever owns this beautiful watch will not be disappointed! It was freshly serviced this year and is running great, I decided not to have it polished so it definitely has signs of wear to the bracelet but due to the polish and brushed styling it wears them well and you really cannot tell unless you photograph in direct light like I did for the photos above!
- 01 735 7662 4154 07 8 21 85
- Sellita SW-200
- Specific Age
- 25th August 2015
- Case Size
- Case Thickness
- Lug to Lug
- Box & Papers
- Yes, Both.
(There are 16 other products in the same category)
Finally a Straton, a brand I have seen plenty off on Instagram. In person it definitely makes sense, build quality is great and design is too. Plus the leather case it comes with is incredible quality and would make a nice travel case all on it's own! This is the Straton Curve-Chrono Version E, which is the all black DLC version. Runs a nice meca-quartz movement and wears well even on a small wrist like mine. The watch comes in barely worn condition, literally if I told you this was brand new you'd believe me apart from the ever so slight crease marks in the leather! A great buy at below retail and in as good condition as if you were to buy it at retail!
The fact that this watch still has its original box is already quite amazing, then we can go and take it a step further with the original guarantee which has the date signed 25th November 1946! Also included is the original hand written invoice stating it was sold to a Corporal Mathir from the RAF.
In 1946 the RAF was heavily involved in the Netherlands East Indies and actually pulled out on November the 28th 1946. Obviously I cannot say for certain. But in 1946 this sold to Corporal Mathir for £13, that equates to over £500 today! I cannot help but think maybe the Corporal was based in the Netherlands East Indies and got word a few days prior that he would be leaving to head home to his family and as a celebratory purchase for himself he got this watch.
Maybe it’s the dreamer in me but I would love it if that would be true! If only these watches could tell their story…
Let’s take a quick look at West End Watch Co. as a company itself.
The company was originally founded in 1864 but it wasn’t until 1885 that the name West End Watch was registered as a trademark by them. They have a lot of great history ranging from huge distribution in India to connections with Longines. The West End Watch base in Switzerland was in St-Imier and was only down the road from Longines, from as early as the 1910s Longines was providing West End Watch Co with watches with West End Watch branding and their logo to sell, they were the only company in the world to have this right and it contributed massively to their reputation. This continued until 1955 when Longines reconsidered this arrangement and then provided them with watch branded Longines only.
This is the best looking modern Aquaracer in my opinion! The directional lines that can be found on the white dial and also on the black rubber bezel, the bold black outline of the hands and indices, the raised numerals on the bezel, the pop of orange on the second hand, the date at 9 o'clock... I could really go on! I also think the value is incredible, the watch is powered by the Calibre 5 which is a classic automatic movement that can be viewed through the caseback, All of that and a full set, what's not to like?!
This BOLDR is by no means a small watch that will fit under the cuff of your suit jacket, but if you're looking at purchasing this watch I will go out on a whim and say that is probably not what you are buying it for! This awesome microrband has provided the watch with an ever reliable Seiko NH35, this has given them the confidence of knowing a great movement is inside allowing them to focus on design. Which is done amazingly! This is piece numer 44/500. This watch is in as good as new condition, no marks or signs of wear on even the strap!
Dan Henry is a brand that has been taking the collecting community by storm and proven incredibly popular, this 1970 was no exception. The watch is based on the super compressor divers of the 1970s and has done a very good job of paying homage to them whilst adding modern features. One thing immediately noticeable once the watch is in hand is the double domed mineral glass that is sapphire coated to make it more hard.
If you are looking for an affordable super compressor watch with heritage design but modern qualities then look no further, this watch offers an insane amount for the price, not least of which is an automatic movement.
Points of Mention
This watch comes with it's original box & watch sleeve. The watch is used but in very good condition and working well.
This is the first Dan Henry I have had the chance to have for longer than 10 minutes, I have to say I am very impressed. From handling them at various events I was quite impressed, but getting some proper wrist time has proven how nice the watch is. Also don't be scared away by the dimensions, the watch wears very well even on smaller wrists.
What a special watch we have here! This Longines Admiral 5 Star features a very impressive Monocoque case, this means the watch case is made from 1 piece and opens through the front. If you pair a white dial with a yellow gold tone case I immediately get excited, no different here! The case shape of this watch is also incredible and hugs the wrist perfectly, the presence is also very special as it wears larger than its dimensions, thus making it perfect for someone wanting a smaller watch but not to look small on their wrist!
Points of Mention
The dial is in very good and clean condition with no markings or signs of aging. The case bears some marks and scuffs, slight fading and discolouration as photographed. Longines signed crown at 3o'clock. The watch comes paired on a worn black leather strap. The crystal is in good condition and the watch is running well.
I think Longines offer some incredible vintage watches and all still at very fair prices. For me this is the perfect watch to have a lot of fun with strap changing, I would really go wild with this watch and get some crazy colours! Red, Blue, Green... The white dial, yellow gold tone case and the case shape make it the perfect watch to do it!
There is some serious charm when it comes to a vintage watch that is essentially a mystery, this is exactly one of those! "Waterproof" stated on the sector dial with bold syringe hands, sub seconds at 6o’clock and lovely Arabic numerals. The design of this watch is what speaks most, the contrast of the high gloss gold ring on the outer edge against the vibrant blued hands… From dial, to case shape and size, this watch is all charm, both on and off the wrist!
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as watch only and comes with no box and paperwork. The watch has no service history, whilst it is running and keeping time a service would be recommended with any vintage pieces that are sold with no service history. The case is base metal and showing signs of wear, the crown requires you to pull and hold to change the time.
Is it perfect? No! Is it charming? 100% yes! This is one of those watches for a true collector, someone who enjoys something a little out of the ordinary and something that stands out in a good way. This will certainly attract questions and spark an interesting conversation.
The reference 16610 debuted in 1988 to replace the Submariner 1680. The changes included a Glossy Black dial as opposed to the flat black of the 1680. It was upgraded to white gold markers around Superluminova. One of the biggest changes was the sapphire crystal, a big change to the acrylic.
This reference 16610 is from 2000 and is a P serial, this means you get all the above mentioned upgrades but you also get solid end links. This makes a world of a difference when on wrist, you get a more comfortable experience. It is also in amazing condition. Coming with it's box and papers, outer box, all booklets and hand tags, the only thing missing is the Steel Anchor.
Points of Mention
The watch would have been serviced in 2014 when the previous owner of this watch purchased it from another UK based watch dealer, it is running very well still and is in great cosmetic condition. The bracelet is experiencing some stretch which is normal for a watch of this age. All spare links are provided with the watch. The watch was originally purchased on the 30/10/2000 in Pittsburg US.
This is one of the best condition 16610 I have seen. The Submariner is a watch I always felt both love and hate for, I felt like I saw them a lot and wouldn't enjoy wearing one for that reason. When this came in for sale I wore it for a day and I can safely say my mind has been changed forever! If I was to go for a Pre-Ceramic Submariner (Which would be my choice over the new Ceramic Submariner) I would go with this reference as it's easily a modern watch with near vintage appeal!
The first Frédérique Constant for the website and I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised! The build quality is excellent, the detailing on the dial is out of this world and the movement and finish is brilliant. All this for the price is just amazing, especially when you consider what you have to pay to get the same thing from a much larger brand with a more powerful name.
I think the price is justifiable for the dial alone, could photograph it all day long and I have to say, I nearly did! Pick this up if you're looking for a good value watch which will stand out in the room and blow people away!