An “in the metal” look at the newest 6 watches hitting the Theo & Harris vintage watch shop!
Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803
Let me start here: I love gold Rolexes. I know, I’m disgusting. But I love gold Rolexes, I love the ostentatious era, gaudy culture and capitalist values they represent. And beyond that, their overall presence on the wrist is absolutely unmistakable, it’s irreplaceable. On to this example, it’s a vintage Rolex reference 1803 in yellow gold with a flawless silver linen dial. original stick hands and a rare (and totally beautiful) bark bezel. It dates to 1972 and frankly, it’s a model of condition. Not only are its lugs thick and sharp but its original case finishing is clear – notice the brushed finishing on top and the perfect shine on the side. A little more about the Day Date: introduced in 1956, it was the first watch to feature the day of the week on full text. With a power start like that, it’s really only fitting that the watch would soon become a global icon. From the wrist of LBJ to Tony Soprano, the Day Date became a symbol synonymous with success, power. Although children of the 80’s definitely remember these watches as awful accessories to the finely tailored and coked up, I find them extremely versatile. From presidential bracelet to black cordovan or a tan suede, it looks not only beautiful but incredibly different. You can wear them however you like, never fettered to the ghost of Glengarry GlenRoss.
Rolex Reference 1500
In the world of vintage Rolex, dials are king. And this sunburst taupe dial is something extremely special. Not only does it absolutely explode under any lighting imaginable but it’s it flawless in condition. It has even retained each of its puffy original tritium lume plots, each nestled behind their respective hour markers! Moving beyond the dial, the fact that this Oyster Perpetual comes complete with its original Rolex Oyster bracelet absolutely blows me away. Most often, we find these models on generic leather straps (which is no point of shame, by any means) but to be lucky enough to snag one on the steel Oyster bracelet it was born on is an almost surreal experience, even for me.
Omega Seamaster Professional
As far as American culture is concerned, this Omega Seamaster Professional reference 2531.80 is the “Bond watch.” While Rolex aficionados might scoff at the thought of anything but the Rolex 6548 Submariner holding that title, they’re not completely correct. Pierce Brosnan famously rocked this exact Seamaster Professional for over a decade as James Bond and, to no surprise, it’s ingrained in the minds of millions of Bond geeks. Moving beyond its cultural significance, the watch itself has great merit. From its incredibly durable steel bracelet and twisted lugs to its rich blue wave dial and creamy patina, it has remarkable character. And more important than that all, Omega has always, and will always manufacture watches to be proud of, watches to rely on.
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
The vintage Tudor market is on fire and rightfully so. It’s got the looks, durability, ultimate versatility and of course, the Crown. This Prince Oysterdate is a watch that can, and will, bring a smile to the face just as easily 15 years from now as today. Let’s dive in: it’s a Prince Oysterdate, a beautifully refined expression of the famous Rolex waterproof steel design. A little closer, it features a smooth steel bezel, a hugely desirable detail because of the slick vibe it gives the entire aesthetic. Take a second to admire the incredible condition of the steel case, too. We’ve got to recognize this for the tremendous value it brings to the market for a fraction of the price Rolex does. It’s a pure example of a classically simple vintage watch that was built to last lifetimes and to a vintage geek, that means the world.
Favre Leuba Harpoon
One of my favorite victims of the Quartz Crisis of the 1970’s, Favre Leuba always brought the heat. I mean, just look at this ‘Harpoon’ – it’s completely alternative. From its frosted dial and dagger hands to the beveled lugs of its single piece steel case, it takes virtually no cues from other more famous manufacturers, making this a design truly developed by Favre Leuba themselves.
If you follow T&H, you know our passion for vintage Omega bursts from our seems. They’re extremely well built, simple in design and executed with absolute precision from hands to caseback. Take a second to admire this beautiful example, an Omega Seamaster – Its clean and classic aesthetic speaks to me so clearly. From its eggshell dial and pink gold accents to its straight steel lugs, it’s the kind of piece that could never, and will never lose its desirability. I mean, how cool is that?
Check them out in the vintage watch shop before they go!