An all new HODINKEE website calls for a fresh release of vintage watches, and we are happy to oblige. The arrivals span the full spectrum of form and functionality. A simple Piaget dress watch belies a cool hard stone dial, a two-tone Rolex Oyster Date lends an air of casual elegance to your summer uniform, and a 1970s Heuer "Bundeswehr" with a flyback chronograph complication are just three of ten offerings available now. Read on below to check out some highlights.
1978 Rolex Sea-Dweller Reference 1665 With Box And Guarantee Certificate
This "Great White" Sea-Dweller, complete with its original box and guarantee certificate, is quite the prize. The Sea-Dweller arose from a need for a "real" diving watch for the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise (COMEX). Rolex modified the Submariner with a helium escape valve so that the gas present in diving bells wouldn’t shatter the Plexiglass crystal during decompression. This example is the last version of the 1665 with the bright white signature, and the coveted "rail dial." More about this watch here.
1970s Piaget Reference 9742 In White Gold With Jasper Dial
The hard stone dials that Piaget produced in the 1960s and 1970s echoed the kaleidoscopic and bohemian fashion of the era. Onyx, turquoise, malachite, coral, and tiger’s eye adorned the dials of many Piaget wristwatches, but this jasper example is a bit less flamboyant and more subtle than something like lapis lazuli. Depending on the light, the opaque dark green with red flecks take on different tones, depending on the light source. On top of all this gemological wonder, there’s an ultra-thin Piaget caliber 9P hidden inside the 18k white gold case. Check it out here.
1960s Wittnauer Professional World-Time Chronograph Reference 7004B
Don’t let yourself rest until you’ve visited all 29 cities on this Wittnauer Professional World-Time Chronograph. It offers huge bang for your buck, so you can snap it up now and still have plenty of coin left over for that next vacation. With a 24 hour dial to boot, this can be the ideal companion, no matter where you choose to take it. You can see the full listing here.
The Full Set
To round out the highlights above, we have a 1960s rose gold-plated Breitling Top-Time reference 2000, a 1960s Junghans Chronograph J88, a 1970s Heuer "Bundeswehr" Flyback Chronograph reference 1550 SG "3H," a 1970s Longines Admiral reference 8581-2, a two-tone 1987 Rolex Oyster Date reference 1500, a 1940s Alpina Chronograph with radium-filled numerals, and a 1960s Universal Genève Aerocompax reference 890100/01.
Scroll through the slideshow to check out these watches, and head over to the HODINKEE Shop to see the full collection.