The joy of buying (and selling) vintage pieces lies in the uniqueness of each piece. Delving into what makes a watch interesting and what makes it stand apart from a seemingly identical example is what we live for here at HODINKEE. This week’s watches, in all their diversity, refinement, and splendor, encompass that joyful feeling you get when you hold your new old watch in your hand. A spectacular diving watch from Longines, an immaculate Heuer chronograph in olive green, and a Universal Genève with an amazing wooden dial are just a few highlights from this week’s selection.
1960s Longines Diver Ref. 7150-1
Starting in the 1940s and continuing on throughout most of the mid-twentieth century, Longines truly conquered both the air and the sky, with its incredible pilot’s Longines replica watches and then watches like the ref. 7150-1 meant for diving. The most innovative detail of this watch is its ability to increase water resistance based on the external pressure, and it was even awarded mention in John Goldberger’s book Longines Watches. Aesthetically, elements of this watch can be seen on Longines watches to this day.
1980s Heuer Automatic Chronograph Ref. 510.502
There are watches in great condition, and then there are those in exceptional condition; the TAG Heuer ref. 510.502 fake watches for sale are in the latter camp. Though a civilian watch, the look of this chronograph is purely military-inspired, from its olive green PVD coating and matching dial to the legible white lettering and orange accents on the handset. Add a matching bracelet in similarly incredible condition and you have quite the timepiece from right before Heuer became TAG Heuer.
1960s Universal Genève Slim Dress Watch With Wood Dial
We all know Universal Genève for their amazing chronographs and complications, but their simple time-only watches evoked the same clean lines and beautiful design codes. This example with a wood dial, however, is anything but simple. Different, and perhaps more subtle than a hard stone or lacquered dial Universal Genève copy watches, this is a rather interesting dial application preserved in exemplary condition. Fitted in a slim stainless steel case, this is a gorgeous watch that demands not to be overlooked.