12 Classic Watch Designs from 1910’s -80’s

Jeff is also a collector of note — check him out on Talking Watches — and one of the most knowledgeable guys in watches. Ahead of Phillips’s thematic Heuer auction this weekend, we wanted to bring you a full analysis from the master himself. Phillips has published a magnificent auction catalog, which is also available online , with stunning photos and detailed descriptions of these watches. While the auction catalog presents the watches according to themes — chronographs for racing, for pilots, for the water, etc. The cover of the Heuer Parade catalog. Please note that we have not examined any of the watches in person or reviewed the condition reports offered by Phillips. Accordingly, we provide the history of each of the watches included in the auction, but do not comment on the condition or authenticity of any particular watch.

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Signs of aging and wear History of the caliber Knowing when the caliber was first made and ended production would the first useful clue. A very straightforward example is the automatic diver which was introduced in to replace the aging model whose production years ran from to The had a market life span of eight years and was shelved by mid replaced by the current 7s26 caliber.

Many thanks to Soren Hawkes.

Have you ever wondered when your watch rolled off the assembly line at the factory? In other words, when was it manufactured? Questions relating to the production date of Seikos frequently pop up in various watch forums from time to time. And if you have that knowledge, you have an edge over the seller that could be very useful. Especially when it comes to bargaining for a better price for that new, old stock NOS Seiko that caught your fancy.

File photo of a typical watch store in Kuala Lumpur. I have gotten a few discontinued Seikos in this manner, saying “Hey look, this watch is eight years old! Seikos with solid casebacks plastic, stainless steel or titanium will have the 6-digit serial number etched in a straight line. Here are three examples of Seiko casebacks depicting their serial numbers.

Seiko 5 glass display back:

12 Classic Watch Designs from 1910’s -80’s

These watches vary greatly in design and style ranging from small refined dress watches to chunkier sports watches but all have in common their recognition as classic watches for one reason or another. The Renault tanks which Louis Cartier saw on the Western front inspired him to create this classic watch. Its rectangular lines and proportions mimic those of the tanks of the WWI battlefields.

It was the first watch designed as a piece of jewellery with style and comfort in mind and the inspiration for the modern wristwatch as we know it. The Reverso is a watch with a unique swivel case devised to protect the watch face. Cesar De Trey, while relaxing in a bar after a polo match happened to notice the smashed crystal on a watch worn by one of the other players, this led him to suggest the idea of a reversible watch to his friend Jacques-David LeCoultre and so the Reverso came about.

If you are able to determine that your mystery watch has a reference prefix e.

Measuring 42mm in diameter and 12mm tall, it sits in a comfortable middle ground between the larger watches that are very popular of late and the sub 40mm pieces of yesteryear. The top case of the SNZG is a brushed finish, and along the sides is polished finish. In fact, I bet in 20 years, a Seiko SNZG with its fair share of dings, scratches and a bit of patina is going to make for one bad ass looking military watch.

Dial The dial of the SNZG is good example of a utilitarian dial that while displaying considerable information, remains well balanced, clean and legible. Moving further toward the center of the dial, you will find a large hour numerical scale. A bit further in from there you will find a hour scale. This is common for the military field watch, and provides a touch of authenticity and utilitarian sensibility to the watch. Lastly, the hour and minute hands of the SNZG are fence post style and are fully luminescent, while jus the red pointed tip of the second hand is lume filled.

It features a signed deployment clasp, and we found resizing the bracelet to easy. Taking the bracelet off is fairly painless, bit getting it back on is quite difficult.

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Signs of aging and wear History of the caliber Knowing when the caliber was first made and ended production would the first useful clue. A very straightforward example is the automatic diver which was introduced in to replace the aging model whose production years ran from to The had a market life span of eight years and was shelved by mid replaced by the current 7s26 caliber.

Pics courtesy of Chronograph.

Some models need only a few minutes of sunlight to provide weeks of energy as in the Citizen Eco-Drive.

Blog Flags at half mast! The Post Office clock chimes 11am, and everywhere comes to a standstill to ‘remember’ on Remembrance Day, Sydney, Australia, November Some made the ultimate sacrifice, and for them, time stopped not just for 2 minutes but forever. Remembering Heroes in Time: I am the witness of every action, the chronicler of every second that the war ticks on… I am, in this way, the indispensable, the always-to-be-reckoned-with.

I am the wrist watch. Please have a look at our news page for details. During these special centenary years of the Great War, this site will continue to evolve and will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. The intention is not to simply strive to create an exhaustive list, or inventory of military watches, but to record and commemorate the sacrifices, achievements and memories of those who served and those currently serving by exhibiting a picture of their timepiece – along with their distinct, often unique story – in this archive and series of books.

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The earliest dated watch known, from Watches evolved from portable spring-driven clocks, which first appeared in 15th century Europe. Watches were not widely worn in pockets until the 17th century. One account says that the word “watch” came from the Old English word woecce which meant “watchman”, because it was used by town watchmen to keep track of their shifts at work.

However, other than the radio receiver, these watches are normal quartz watches in all other aspects.

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Usually the electricity is provided by a replaceable battery.

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The Carrera line was expanded with gold cases, either 18 karat or gold-plated.

12 Classic Watch Designs from 1910’s -80’s

Service watches produced during the War were specially designed for the rigours of trench warfare , with luminous dials and unbreakable glass.

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