Check them out in the vintage watch shop before they go!
In this episode, Christian reviews two Tudors and a Hamilton W-10 – three of the six vintage watches that just hit the watch shop!
TUDOR “TUXEDO” REF. 7995
It is, without question, one of the most distinctive vintage Tudors we’ve ever offered. It’s nicknamed the “tuxedo” for its black bullseye center and silver inner bezel, which mirror the formal black tie color scheme; and it’s a rare one, too. This particular example is in remarkable condition – its steel oyster case is unscathed and matte black dial totally unblemished. Originally intended to be a strictly formal wristwatch, its versatility well demonstrated on this casual brown strap. So, if rare vintage Tudor with bold configurations in impressive condition are your thing, you’re in luck!
TUDOR OYSTER “ROYAL” REF. 7934
The “Royal” model line was introduced by Rolex in 1932 and exclusively carried pieces with centrally pivoted, rather than subsidiary, second hands. Fast forward nearly 30 years to the production of this example and we still see that “Royal” stamp, despite central seconds being much more widely accepted than at the time of their conception. Although the model line has since faded away, the rare family of Oysters, which were originally marketed as more legible, pieces are gems. It’s shared history like that that makes the vintage Tudor market pack so much of the punch of its Rolex brethren.
This is a true classic – it’s an ultra durable military-issued watch made specifically to handle the most brutal weather, to be battered on an army wrist, and to provide clean, predictable, and readable time.
And while here, form clearly follows function, it wasn’t far behind.
This watch was produced by Hamilton in 1973 for the British Ministry of Defense, for army personnel. The caseback serves as a register for the watch – identifying item and serial numbers, federal supply group and class – this one being “instrument for measuring time”. 99 is the country code for the UK. That broad arrow symbolizes it’s use for the United Kingdom.
Everything about this literal beater watch screams durable and practical. See that case – thick, rounded steel bulging on the sides? That’s called “Tonneau.” But, as opposed to typical Tonneau dials filling their case, these military models focused more on maintaining heft and protecting the watches integrity.
It features hacking seconds, military sword hands for maximum legibility reminiscent of the Rolex Military Submariner, a circled “T” marking tritium lume, and fixed bars. You could drag this watch through hell and back and it’ll keep ticking.
Military watches are extremely cool, in my opinion and representative of impressive history. They also happen to be extremely tastefully designed – this one features a matte black dial, beautifully aged luminous hour markers, including a triangle at 12, and a balanced an interesting dial. It’s not cluttered, no frills, just pure function – and it’s refreshing to see that.