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This announcement was made on March 6, 1946, by Hans Wilsdorf, the man who founded Rolex at the beginning of the twentieth century and was one of the leading figures in the Swiss war industry at the time. His plan did not come out of anywhere. Already in 1926, he registered the Tudor brand by the Swiss company Veuve de Philippe Hüther. With the help of big brother Rolex, Tudor takes his first steps into the world of watchmaking, but soon Tudor learns to stand on his own two feet. In addition, it emphasizes technology and focuses on modern man. Already in the 1950s, Tudor clearly shows its own face in an original advertising campaign for that time. In text and illustrations, the brand examines in detail qualities such as robustness, reliability and precision. The advertisements are illustrated by photos of working men in extreme circumstances such as road workers and mining workers. These images of unknown men ensure that men can identify with Tudor and give the brand a modern and reliable image. Tudor also proves itself in practice. Thirty watches accompany a group of British scientists on an expedition to Greenland in 1952. In the 1960s the brand designs a diving watch for the US Navy and the French Navy also calls on Tudor. In this way, Tudor manifests itself as a producer of stylish and technically advanced watches, inspired by professions that are considered dangerous. The watches stand out for their functional features such as a chronograph or date display. Well-known models from Tudor's history are the Oyster (1947), the Oyster Prince (1952), the Prince Submariner (1964), the Oysterdate chronograph (1970) and the Hydronaut (1999) The Tudor Pelagos represents the single greatest value in the dive watch sector; it is an example of supreme ethical pricing, as well as an amazing technical innovation, in an era lacking in true creativity and where watch prices have veered out of control. With its name derived from the Greek word referring to the deep sea, it is the ultimate divers watch. This version all in titanium, light and comfortable. Original box and papers included. So going into the summer is this a beautiful statement on the wrist! Happy diving!
Box and papers
A modern Datejust for a change. The Datejust has been around since 1945 and is one of the most popular watches of all time. The recognizable Oyster case with the fluted bezel is a lust to the eye and not an uncommon appearance on the wrists of refined men. This Datejust's size is slightly untraditional in a way. The Rolex Datejust had always been available in three sizes; lady, midsize and the regular 36mm. In 2009 Rolex added this model to the collection, the Datejust II with a 41mm. case for the men who think 36mm. is too small. This watch is in mint condition, there's almost no stretch on the bracelet and the case is like new. The shiny white gold fluted bezel makes this watch some sort of an eyecatcher but combined with the blue dial this watch remains a stylish piece. The original box and papers come with this watch making it a nice full set. Visit our store to get a hold on this big beauty. We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.
Including original papers
The first watch ever to feature both an analog and a digital time display in one case. The 1970s meant the beginning of the quartz crisis. Swiss mechanical movements became relatively expensive, and cheaper and more accurate quartz watches became more and more popular. Some Swiss watch houses felt the urge to partake in the quartz hype and come up with new watches for the changing market. In 1977 Heuer introduced an entirely new design never seen before in the watch industry, a watch with both an analog and digital time display. Precision was a hot topic in the seventies and that must've been the reason behind this interesting retro design. The analog watch is cool and interesting with its pumpkin tritium dots and small date window. The digital stopwatch on top is a cool old school LCD display for accurate time measurements for those who wanted to do easily legible time measurements in digits without losing their actual watch. The Heuer Chronosplit Manhatten is quite rare, and finding such a piece in good and working condition is a challenge today. To those who love this seventies style, visit our store! This cool and interesting piece comes even with its original papers. We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.
Full Set + No Date
Perfect condition + Original GF bracelet
A symbol for the prime days of motorsport. Motorsport and sports watches have quite a few things in common. At the and of the 1960s the competition among drivers and race teams to be the quickest was as fierce as the competition among watch manufacturers to produce the worlds first automatic chronograph. Zenith, Heuer, and Seiko were battling to be the first one to bring the automatic chronograph on the market, and where Zenith may have been the first one to put in their patent in January 1969, Heuer was actually the first one to put it out in the market with the Autavia 1163 later that year. Heuer was already a player to be reckoned with when it comes to sports watches. Since 1933 Heuer built dashboard clocks for sports cars, boats, and aircrafts, and in 1962 the Autavia became the worlds first chronograph with rotating bezel for more specific and practical timekeeping. This watch was very popular among race drivers, who were practically ambassador for Heuer and determined their success in motorsports. Mario Andretti? He wore a Heuer. Jochen Rindt, you guessed it; an Autavia on the wrist. And then there was Jo 'Seppi' Siffert, who wore one of the rarest of them all, the Autavia 1163 with a white dial and blue details, and that is the watch you're looking at. This composition with the white dial is has been produced only about 1000 times and had an ambassador of its own; Jo Siffert. Siffert who was known to be a Heuer fan since the Autavia's introduction wore his white automatic chronograph with pride until he crashed in 1971. Since that moment his name lives on with the story of this watch. The 'Jo Siffert' Autavia might be the most desired 1163 of them all with its pretty panda dial. The condition of this watch is great with just the right vintage character. The tritium dots are all present with a nice creamy patina on there. The contrast of the blue details on the white dial makes the face of this watch sporty and exciting in a way. The revolving bezel is still sharp, the tachymeter-ring has a little wear but it looks more like it had a good experience along the racetrack. The nice tonneau-shaped case is equipped with its original Heuer bracelet. Visit our store to see this cool Autavia among other cool Heuers. We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.
Box and Papers.
Have you ever seen such a beautiful Day-date with reference 18038 with a black dial? With pride, we present you this Rolex Day-Date from 1980 with pleasure! Rolex first applied the 5-digit reference code for the Day-Date in 1978. Where in the case of this Day-Date the '3' stands for the type of bezel, 'fluted' in this case, and the '8' stands for the material, in this case, 18k yellow gold. On the horizon of the 3-digit DayDate, this reference includes sapphire glass and a newer caliber (3055). We know, a gold watch can be quite striking. However, we live in a time you may show you are successful and love beautiful things. A Rolex is for many people the ultimate brand, the Day-Date is probably the highest possible. We currently have some beautiful specimens in our collection. In white or yellow gold, with plexiglass or sapphire glass, with or without diamonds index, with or without a gold strap. This beauty features a black dial which gives this Rolex a nice appearance both, sporty and dressy. We can offer you this Rolex Date-just complete with box and papers, that makes this watch even more special. We would like to tell you all about it. After all, we are all passionate lovers of watches. Be welcome in Amsterdam @" Amsterdam Watch Company" and we would like to show you this watch with pleasure...
Rare Ref.+Buckley dial
Blue dial + incl. Papers
Do you want to steal the show with this Rolex date ref 1500? You have to take a closer look at this watch. This watch dates from 1977, the year that Saturday night fever came out. the type of timepiece the founder of Rolex was proud to create. Indeed, it comes with the same Oyster case with a screw-down crown that you can find on the celebrated Datejust; here it stands at only 34 mm, versus 36 mm for its cousin. The signature magnified date window allows for easy reading of the date and reflects Rolex’s practical attitude towards watches. But beauty was not forgotten in the mix, as you can see from the gorgeous blue dial with thin indexes. If you have become curious, we invite you to come and see this beautiful watch.
Buckley dial + Perfect condition
A landmark in the history of time measurement. The Rolex Day-Date is all about prestige since its introduction in 1956. The president of Rolex watches was the first watch ever to come onto the market with a full day of the week written on the 12 o'clock side, next to the date-function on the 3 o'clock. The Day-Date was only built with prestigious metal, and this piece we're offering is built with 18k. white gold all the way. Even though this is a very luxurious material to built a watch with, it should not be the main reason for anyone to buy this watch. The looks and timelessness of this watch are the reasons that will persuade you to choose this watch instead of others. The white gold case is impeccable and is complemented by its sharp fluted bezel. With a size of 36mm. this watch is elegant on any wrist, even more elegant and modest than its yellow gold relatives because you wouldn't see right away this is a gold Rolex. The total composition of this watch is what makes it so beautiful and desirable, in particular, the 'Buckley'-dial. The snow white dial with black printed Roman numerals is a highly sought-after dial in among Rolex enthusiasts. This dial got its nickname because of the American Rolex collector John Buckley. In the 70s the Roman printed dials weren't too popular but Mr. Buckley did like them and started collecting them, and eventually trading them. In the 21st century, the Buckley dials came back into fashion and became a much-appreciated characteristic again. The dial in this Day-Date is perfect and a pleasure to look at. The automatic movement still runs perfect and this timeless chronometer certified watch is equipped with a black leather strap. Visit our store in the Reestraat, Amsterdam, and see whether this Day-Date fits your wrist.
Highly collectible + 18k gold
There are a total of 1014 of these watches, #1 was offered to President Nixon and #2 was offered to Vice President Spiro Agnew. Both declined the watch though, for compliance reasons. During a banquet on the 25th of November 1969, 19 watches were offered to the NASA astronauts. Later on, other astronauts who couldn’t join the banquet or who did later missions (than 1969) also received their gold piece. This watch has the engraving “to mark man’s conquest of space with time, through time, on time.” A quote that Jim Lovell also gave during a Q&A session at the Speedmaster Event in Houston last May. There seems to be a bit of an uncertainty whether Apollo 13’s Jack Swigert and Fred Haise received one, but I’ve been told that they were offered one later on as well. However, they do not appear in any overviews of the watches given to astronauts. A number of watches (with another type of engraving) went to some Swiss managers of Omega and Lemania at the time. Read the whole article written by our friends of Fratello Watches.
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The pale beauty of the presidential family. The Day-Date is known throughout the world as a symbol of status and success. Different presidents and important people have had this watch on their wrists and it only has become more popular ever since. This was the first watch which displayed the days of the week in full on the dial. No watchmaker knew what the world needed when it comes to new watches but Rolex got it exactly right to put a full day and a date in a watch when they introduced this model in 1956. To produce it in only precious metals was another wise choice. The Day-Date just looks like a piece of wealth. This watch which we're offering is a modest one among Day-Dates. Do you want the story that comes with this watch but you don't like to be seen with such a flashy yellow gold screamer on the wrist than this is the watch you're looking for. The eye of an expert can tell right away this is a Day-Date by the presidential bracelet, however, in broad daylight it will not flash like it's yellow gold cousins. The looks of this watch are simply amazing. The fluted bezel is still sharp and the watch case is super tight, people have loved the oyster case for a long time and this 18k. white gold case is the best you can get. The original white gold bracelet has got very little stretch, for a 'soft' metal bracelet from 1966 this is quite a big extra. Furthermore, the bracelet developed a nice patina giving it a valued vintage character. The silver pie-pan dial is perfect for this piece, it has a very little spot on the 12 o'clock marker but it's even bigger on the picture than on the bare eye, this is part of the vintage experience in our opinion... Come see this beauty for yourself. We always have more Day-Date's in stock and it's our pleasure to tell you all about them. Our store is located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam, so visit for the full story 5 days a week.
Box&Papers + 321
After the successful landing of the Apollo 11 on the moon, the Speedmaster became known as 'The Moonwatch'. There are whole books written about the role of the Speedmaster in the moon landing and the rigorous tests that the watch had to undergo before it was selected, very impressive. The watch already has the 'new' style case - with the recessed buttons and elegant twist in the case legs - but still uses the beloved caliber 321. Of course the dial provided with the old-fashioned metal Omega logo. With great pleasure we offer the pre-moon Speedmaster complete with original box and papers, 321 movement, 1039 bracelet and unpolished guarantee.
B&P + Signed by Thierry Stern
And then you have a steel Patek Philippe Nautilus to offer. True, a used example, but still. Not via foreign grey middlemen but simply bought from the first owner. Small wear traces and correctly completed guaranty papers. It is already special enough that we can offer a jumbo Nautilus. Today the most wanted watch model in the world. Sold in 2014 in the boutique in Genève and special, delivered and signed by no one less than Mr. Thierry Stern himself. The contemporary owner of Patek Philippe. The model, which was also rarely stocked in 2014, was given to a good Dutch relation of the brand and is therefore double signed on the original papers. Once as standard print on the certificate and once with blue ballpoint by Mr. Patek himself. Even though we cannot look into the future, this is surely the model that we focus all our arrows on when it comes to investing in a wearable watch. Yes, we strongly praised it, with the future in mind. Do you find it too expensive? Just search further on the net and try to find one that is immediately available and with such a nice signature. Did you find one? No? Contact us and make an appointment. But be gentle, we are not in a hurry to sell this beauty.
Treat yourself like its 1969! The 1960s were strange times, watch business was booming but economy not that much though. Hippie culture took over and NASA took an Omega Speedmaster to the moon, and that is the watch you're looking at. The accomplishment of NASA to go to the moon and back with a manned space shuttle was a happening of big impact in history. This moment determined the lifelong success and love for the Omega Speedmaster among watch enthusiasts. This Speedmaster is one of the best out there. Let's start with the year, which is the year of the moon landing; 1969. This is the most sought-after year when it comes to Speedmasters. Then comes the dial, the so-called stepped dial has the three chronograph registers which lay slightly lower and are shaped like a small bowl. The tritium markers have gained a nice patina appropriate for its age. Moreover, the DON-bezel (dot over 90), which was discontinued in 1969, is still equipped on this beauty. This watch is finished with an appropriate vintage strap, but it's changeable upon request. There's a big variety in Speedmasters and this vintage piece ticks almost all boxes. We always have many Speedmasters in stock, visit our store and let us find the perfect one for you! We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam
Full set + DON bezel
Box and papers
A youngtimer in store. The Rolex Submariner is the benchmark for any divers watch on the market. The recognizable design of the 40mm sports case with its sharp rotating bezel and its solid Oyster bracelet is loved throughout the world. In 1953 the first true Submariner saw the light of day and it has only improved ever since. Waterproof up to 300m. this watch will be all you need when it comes to diving, however, most people wearing a Submariner in the 21st century wear it because they simply have fallen in love with the most well-known Rolex design. It's such a strange phenomenon, the love that people can develop for a certain thing over time. We've noticed the Rolex Submariner is more popular than ever so we're happy to offer you this perfect youngtimer. This Submariner has a luxury twist; the steel and gold combination gives the watch a more prominent appearance compared to full steel ones. The two-tone combination is now more popular than ever. This Rolex is accompanied by its original box and papers making it a nice full set. Visit our store to see this Submariner among others. We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.
A watch that speaks to the imagination. The second World War was at full tilt and throughout a big part of the world, times were tough. It was no time for luxury or jewellery, all European economies transformed from free markets to war economies helping their people through the war. Potatoes were apportioned among the population and many things became scarce. One country was an exception to this situation; Switzerland. Switzerland was under some sort of surveillance, but they were neutral and didn't take part in the war. They continued to do what they are famous for, produce wristwatches. The demand for traditional wristwatches vanished with the start of the second World War, but fortunately for Switzerland, a new customer knocked on the door; the British army. The war had already started and the British army realised that new, more precise and watertight wristwatches could come in handy in such a big war and their local watch producers weren't as good as the Swiss ones. Then the Minister of Defence invited all Swiss watch manufacturers to build them watches with all the same standards. Chronometer precision, easily legible, waterproof, stainless steel casing and approximately 35mm in diameter. A dozen watch manufacturers got their hands dirty and built these watches, ultimately producing the watches today are known as the 'Dirty Dozen' watches which are now more famous and desirable than ever. One of the most popular pieces from these twelve dirty watches is this Omega. It has all the characters described in the previous paragraph and still runs like it's 1944. The condition of the case is incredible considering its age and history. Furthermore, the dial is in great shape and really gives you the military feeling with the arrowhead below the Omega logo. This collector's item is finished with the appropiete case back engraved with a military number and W.W.W. Visit our store for the full story under the delight of a cup of coffee. We're located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.
Plexiglass + incl. Papers
An exciting vintage piece from 1992. You're looking at Tudor Submariner, the little cousin of the Rolex Submariner. To those who don't know the relationship between the two; Tudor was founded in 1926 by Hans Wildorf, the same man who founded Rolex in 1905. This might have been the biggest marketing trick in the history of watchmaking in a time when marketing was negligible. Wildorf founded Tudor because he wanted to give the market a watch with the same standards as a Rolex watch but for a more modest price. He knew there was a big market for tool-watches already and so Tudor became an instant success. This Tudor has the exact same case and crown as the Rolex 5513 and 1680, ensuring you that you'll get a true divers watch, waterproof to 200m. This is even engraved in the case back. The bracelet on this Tudor is a folded Oyster bracelet, similar to the Rolex bracelets which were used up to 1975. Where Rolex upgraded their Oyster bracelet to solid links in the 1970s, the one on the Tudors stayed with the 'older' folded model, which had to be done in order to keep Rolex the 'bigger brother' and of course to explain the price difference between the two... However, the folded links are still in good condition and the looks haven't changed at all, so why bother the extra expense? Many people actually experience the vintage folded bracelets as more comfortable. A nice extra with this watch is its extremely vintage character for a 1992 watch. The Tudor Submariner continued producing a little longer with matte dials with tritium compared to many other brands, today this is actually a much-appreciated character in the vintage watch market. Another vintage gimmick; the thick plexiglass which lays 'above' the case giving this watch more dimension in a time when sapphire crystal was available. The intentional delays in Tudor's technical development have resulted in an increased desirability for these type of watches. Moreover, this watch comes with its original papers, which do need a little extra attention. Unlike Rolex, Tudor delivered the warranty papers unpunched and blank to their retailers because the same warranty papers were used for different models at the time. It was the responsibility of the retailer to make these in order when selling a watch. The warranty papers with our watch date back to 1992, with a stamp of the Amsterdam jeweller 'Elka', the date of sale and model reference. In the 1990s this was enough for a customer to go back to their jeweller in case the watch had problems to claim their warranty. Writing down or punching the papers did not happen often back then, there are many original papers out there without the case number filled in. Our papers date back to 1992, with that year printed on it and written on it, corresponding with the year of this Tudor watch and model which can be precisely dated by its case number and a stamp of a jeweller which today doesn't exist anymore. Come by for a cup of coffee and the full story. Let us tell you more in our beautiful store about this desirable vintage diver. We are located in the Reestraat, Amsterdam.