This week in vintage watches we’ve done our best to tempt you with some pretty impressive selections. A duo of vintage Rolex anchors this week’s offerings, supplemented with some stunning chronographs, a seriously interesting tool watch, and a Patek Philippe dress watch straight out of the 1970s. Don’t stop reading now.
1961 Rolex Pre-Daytona Reference 6234
The perfect vintage Rolex to pair with your summer denim, we’ve brought you this “pre-Daytona” reference 6234 with a gorgeous silvered dial that has aged to a light robin’s egg blue. The blue telemeter scale, however, still pops against the applied gold dagger indexes and handset. This phenomenal chronograph comes on a period-correct stretchy bracelet for comfort. Do you love a pre-Daytona more than a Daytona? Decide for yourself here.
1974 Patek Philippe Reference 3599 In Yellow Gold
What you are looking at is a purely 1970s dress watch from Patek Philippe, the reference 3599 with a blue dial in 18k yellow gold. Aesthetically, it strikes us as a (really cool) marriage between the Cartier Tank and an Ellipse, though the case is slightly larger than your average Tank. It comes with a Patek Philippe leather strap fitted for hidden lugs, and is a joy to wear on the wrist. See more about this piece here.
1950s Eberhard & Co. Extra-Fort Chronograph In Rose Gold
No one did oversized chronographs in rose gold quite like Eberhard. They are luxurious, yet created with functionality in mind, and are an almost unheard of size for the era. The dial layouts of these 1960s Extra-Forts are truly spectacular and well-balanced, with sharp rose gold dauphine hands and applied indexes. Add to that a few more rose gold touches on the dial, a navy blue base 1000 scale, and a slide function and you have an extremely well-done wristwatch. See it here.
The Full Set
In addition to the above offerings, we have several more fresh vintage pieces this week, including a 1960s Enicar Chronograph with a cool multi-colored dial, a 1960s Favre-Leuba Bivouac reference 53213 with altimeter and barometer, a 1970 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date reference 1500 with no lume dial. Check them all out on the HODINKEE Shop.