After taking last week off (to launch the HODINKEE Magazine!), we have returned. And, much to our surprise, fall is somehow upon us. With the changing of the seasons comes a change in the tones we wear and the color straps we reach for, choices reflected in this week’s lineup. Included in the offerings are a 1980s Rolex GMT-Master reference 16753, a 1971 Zenith El Primero "Cover Girl" reference A3818, and a 1970s Cartier Reverso. Read more below or, head straight over to the HODINKEE Shop.
1970s Zenith El Primero Ref. A3818
The vaunted El Primero was the first automatic chronograph, introduced in 1969 (hence the name). Its high-frequency escapement and ability to measure to one-tenth of a second made it singular then, and it’s still impressive now. This El Primero, the A3818, was featured on the cover of Manfred Rössler’s Zenith: Swiss Watch Manufacture Since 1865, and consequently gained the moniker "Cover Girl." We delve deeper into the A3818 in this week’s Shop Journal post, and you can see the full listing here.
1985 Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16753
As functional as it is decadent, this Rolex GMT-Master dating from 1985 has everything you’d want in a vintage Rolex like this, including a matte black dial with yellow gold surrounds, a glistening handset, and an evenly faded bezel insert. As far as complications are concerned, the GMT is considered one of the most utilitarian, and the ref. 16753 houses a re-ordered handset and upgraded movement in comparison to the earlier ref. 1675. Two-tone is here, and it always has been – take a look at the full listing here.
1970s Cartier ‘Reverso’
This watch is not to be confused with the Tank Basculante, or the famous Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso for that matter. In the 1970s, Cartier created its own reversible watch with a case that flips from left to right (as opposed to the vertical swinging mechanism of the Basculante). This watch comes from the era of three separate Cartier maisons – London, Paris, and New York – and the dial here is signed Paris. These watches are rare, particularly in condition anywhere close to as great as this. Take a look at the watch right here.
The Full Set
But we would never come back after a week of no watches with just three offerings. Available on the Shop this week as well, we have a 1950s Omega Seamaster with "Explorer" dial, a 1957 Rolex Precision ref. 9708, a 1960s Breitling Cycolac Sprint 1/10 stopwatch, a 1960s Omega Seamaster ref. 105.001-62, a 1960s Universal Genève Aero-Compax ref. 890100/01, and a 1960s Universal Genève ultra-slim pocket watch. Get over there before it’s too late.