Three Oddball Vintage Watches From Big Names In Watchmaking
Integrated bracelets: the concept of combining a watch bracelet and case into one cohesive design. The practice was made famous by Gerald Genta and the iconic AP Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus, but today we rarely see this design practice (apart from a few super-high end offerings). Back in the ’70s, though, this was a far more common practice, embraced by other big names in watchmaking (we’re talking Heuer, Omega and Rolex to name a few). To them, the style never really spread beyond that decade, and today the watches remain oft-forgotten oddballs on the vintage market.
Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000
What we like: The Seamaster name graced a variety of watches back in the day, but this Seamaster Cosmic 2000 variant might be the most peculiar. The watch features a sleek integrated design and is adorned with a rotating dive bezel (this despite the fact that the Cosmic 2000 was only ever given a 60-meter depth rating). Still, given this piece has aged well past the point of being a useful underwater time-teller, thus making it a rare wrist accoutrement that doesn’t cost all that much.
From the seller: Movement is fully functional, tested for originality and function.
What we like: You know the Carrera. The Autavia. Probably even the Monza and Camaro, too. But did you know that Heuer also made a Daytona? Yes, and Heuer went out of its way to make it as different as possible from that other Daytona. Thus, it has a brushed, rounded case and an integrated bracelet design, considerably different from Rolex’s offering. The black-to-blue gradient dial is another standout feature that’s relatively rare to find on watches from this era.
From the seller: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear in keeping with age. Dial is in very good condition with crisp printing and signs of age, including patina to the luminescent elements. Signed crown. Case back has some signs of use and wear in keeping with age.
Rolex Datejust 1530
What we like: Most folks know that Rolex made the OysterQuartz back in the day, and packed up its qurtz effort in a stylish, edgy case design; what few know is that Rolex also used this sexy case design for an automatic, and the reference 1530 Datejust was born. Not many examples were made, and this being a rare vinatge Rolex, they’re highly collectible, anc command “rare vintage Rolex” prices (in this case, around ten grand).
From the seller: This Rolex Date comes w/ Bob’s presentation box, 3-day satisfaction guarantee and one-year warranty.
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