Wyler Automatic late 70’s

 

   Wyler is a little known brand but for me it holds a special place in my collection.  My father sold this brand in his small shop during the sixties.

It had a unique shock protection system where the balance wheel spokes where in the shape of a spiral in effect making the whole balance wheel a shock absorber. Wyler called their system incaflex.

This watch from the late 60’s has a stainless steel monocoque case with a gold plated bezel. It uses the very good gold plated ETA 2777 movement. This watch is signed five times including a watermark “w” in the centre of the glass.

A very nice watch.

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Omega manual wind 1970

 

 

This one was a trade in before I realised that too many classics where passing me by unrecognised. And it was this watch’s beauty that made me stop and think.  To me this is a beautiful style from 1970, just before watches became ridiculously bulky. This, caliber 613, must be one of the last manual men’s movements that Omega produced and has that typical superb gold plated finish that makes me an Omega fan.

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Darwil 1970c

An almost unknown brand, I believe Italian with a Swiss UT6325 movement, was popular in the former Yugoslavia for a short time. I estimate the date of this one to be early 70’s.

There’s nothing really special about it but I liked this watch as soon as I saw it. It’s signed on the dial, movement, back and crown. The back has a rather impressive logo.

Unlike its contemparies, this watch has a sub second hand rather than a sweep hand. The movement is large, tough and not usually found in wristwatches but more comon in small pocket watches.

Even though not water resistant, it is shock resistant and quite robust. I believe it would have won the favor of East Europeans who where less technologically advanced than the West.

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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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