Seiko manual wind 1966

  

I think that the Seiko 66B is the last mens manual wind that Seiko made even though it was hugely popular movement produced from the early 60’s through to the mid 70’s

Most of the models that used this movement where basic dress watches, plain design yet elegant, reliable, shock resistant, accurate and easy to repair…. a favourite with watchmakers. This particular model from 1965 was extremely popular and was one of the many Seikos of the period that catapulted the brand into the number one watch manufacturer in the world.

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Bertoz Watch

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Not a classic (yet) but I’m very proud of these watches. It took a lot of searching over a long time to find exactly the styles and quality at the right price….finally, here they are.

   

Features are:

All stainless steel case

30m water resist

Quality leather straps with good stainless steel buckles

Stepped or textured dial with raised markers

Signed in three places, dial, back and crown

Quality Japanese movements (Myota)

Well finished hands

This last point might seem a little pedantic but I think that it’s the fine detail that separates most things especially watches.  When I look at a watch that I’m unfamiliar with, the first thing I do is look at the hands through my eyeglass. Believe me, there can be quite a difference in the finish from brand to brand. When I see that the manufacturer has gone to some trouble with the hands then it tells me that he has done the same with all other aspects of his product.

 

For Sale 

To get these manufactured at all let alone at a competitive price I had to order large quantities, so now, to allow us the capital to expand the range, we must sell them.

So these are the only watches listed in these pages that are for sale.

I am a watch fanatic; I wouldn’t put my name to a watch if it wasn’t good quality.

If you like our watches please leave a comment 0r contact me at jewelking@vision.net.au

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Bulova Dress 1965

 

How nice is this?  In 1965 the features that where desirable in a watch where, sweep hand, date and automatic wind.  This watch has none of those features and that’s why it’s so sleek.  All of  those features add to the thickness of the movement.

Add to that a texured dial with sub second, raised hour markers, the superbly finished 11AL movement and you have a beautiful watch.

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Enicar Dress Watch 1965c

   

The Enicar brand was established in 1854 by Artiste Racine who named it by spelling his name backwards.

I know little about Enicar history or its products before the sixties but a special time existed for it in the sixties and seventies when they developed there own movements and focused on sports watches.

Having said that, this as nowhere near a sports watch but a very slim, elegant dress watch. 

I date this in the mid sixties when a dress watch had no seals, usually no date and often not shock protected.

This watch would leak at the mention of moisture but does have the incabloc shock absorbers.

It is very slim, sits beautifully on the wrist and the in house, gold plated AR1140 (AR for  Artiste Racine) movement is efficient and attractive

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Seiko Chronograph 1973

Seiko had a really large range of chronographs during the 70’s. This is an example of the depth of the range, not many, if any, marks had a chrono in gold plate.

   This 1973 example with the legendary 6139 movement has a beautiful dial, contrasting gold with raised black markers, three tone hands and tachometer ring.

 Like all Seiko chronographs, this watch has a nice integrated bracelet with a signed fold over clasp

 Gold plate and without the colorful outer bezel, this was the slightly dressy sports chronograph

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Jaeger leCoultre 18ct gold c1969

Together with Patek Phillippe and IWC, the Jaeger leCoultra is in the top echelon of desirability for me.

    

On my limited budget, it took me a long time to find this exquisitely simple dress watch.  It’s all you would expect from a classic Swiss watchmaker, timeless design, ultra slim, top quality in-house movement, 18ct gold case and unpretentious.

Dating this watch proved difficult, this classic style could be anytime from the 40’s through to the present and serial number list don’t seem to exist.  The 818/2 movement came into service in 1959 and my best guess, by knowing the serial numbers of a couple of other examples, puts this watch at about 1969

Signed on the dial, movement and on the crown, this was a gentleman’s watch, to be worn in the office and on social occasions leaving the Omega Seamaster for the golf course and boating.

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Roamer Stingray Chronograph 1973

    

Of all my watches this is the one I have worn the most, for about 6 years constantly.  My father paid about $150 for it in 1972 (must be about $1200 in today’s value) and gave it me for my 21st birthday.

The ridiculously bulky case and square hands, which was the fashion of the day, is as unstylish as watches ever got. To make it worse, the bracelet integrates poorly with the case and looks like it’s a cheap aftermarket addition. But at the time I thought it was a beautiful watch (I also thought the Troggs where musicians and Yoko Ono was a talented artist).  Nevertheless I had many good comments on it.

Chronographs where THE sports watch of the day and there where no cheap ones on the market. If you where wearing a chrono, you paid big money (or at least your father did).

Roamers were popular with watchmakers because of their very robust, one piece case construction and good movements. This one is signed everywhere; dial, movement, back (in and out), crown, clasp and the glass.

I haven’t been very flattering about the styling of this watch but all is forgiven when considering the movement.  The Valjoux 736 is not only, what I think, one of the best chronos of all time, but also one of the prettiest.

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Tissot Seastar 1970

  

The Tissot of the 60’s and 70’s was the poor man’s Omega. The brand was in fact part of the same company although Omega and Tissot products had nothing in common with each other.

This was a workman’s watch, water resistant, tough with a big crown that made it easy for a big bloke to wind.  And, at a time when people only had one watch, it was also nice enough to wear out.

The style is square 1970, square hands, square and thick index markers, bulky case with sharp edges…….and yet, it still manages to be stylish. The dial is beautiful.

The nicely finished 781 was a great movement and, in this watch, is clamped into the case, a rare feature but adding to it’s resistance to hard knock. It was the workhorse of the Tissot and Lanco brands from the early 60’s through to the mid 70’s.

Very nice Watch

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Camy Sputnik 1960

 

  

I know little about the Camy brand but I fell in love with this beautiful watch at first sight.

In 1960, with a name like Sputnick, avant-garde design, solid, simple and practical it was aimed squarely at the futuristic market. 

The movement is a basic but reliable ETA 1080 and the gold Camy seal on the back together with the formentioned features seperates this watch from the mostly boring designs of the period.

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Seiko Sports 1973

    

Watches got a little radical in the early seventies, and with its orange coloured dial, here is an example. As a 1973 sports watch it was bulky and rugged with the crown tucked away for protection.  Features include water resistant, day and date with a quick date change mechanism, features lacking in many Swiss watches of the time. This watch has one of Seiko’s best ever movements, the 6119 (it looked as good as it performed)…. couldn’t kill it with a stick!!  It was also the base movement for the amazing chronographs of the day, the 6139 and 6138.  I’m amazed that Seiko discontinued this movement at about this time.

A good sports watch in it’s day

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