Omega Cal.283, 18ct, 1955, 36mm Oversize - Immaculate


Omega Cal.283, 18ct, 1955, 36mm Oversize - Immaculate

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All All OMEGA CAL.283, 18CT, 1955, 36MM OVERSIZE - IMMACULATE! OMEGA CAL.283, 18CT, 1955, 36MM OVERSIZE - IMMACULATE! 100% Genuine & All OriginalFully Restored, Serviced and GuaranteedA Very Well Cared For and Lightly Used ExampleSuperbly Restored Silver-White Dial with Original ‘Dauphine’ HandsHigh Grade Omega Cal.283, Hand-Wound Movement in Top ConditionHeavy 18ct Gold, Oversize Case, 36mm Diameter, excluding the Omega Signed CrownHigh Quality Brown Hirch Ascot Strap With Gold-Plated Omega BuckleAll in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning ConditionVGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*VGWL Lifetime Authenticity GuaranteeMahogany Presentation Box IncludedFree Worldwide FedEx DeliveryFree UK Special DeliveryVGW Reference:OM1092 Watch this item Add us to favourites Description Delivery Payment Returns About Us FAQ's Servicing Description Omega WatchesSince the company was founded in 1848, Omega has pioneered a huge range of innovations. Britain’s Royal Flying Corps chose Omega watches in 1917 as official timekeepers for its pilots and again in 1940, RAF Pilots watches were supplied by Omega. The 1940s also saw the first Tourbillon wristwatch and the first of the famous Seamaster watches, whilst the 1950s and ‘60s introduced the legendary Constellation, Speedmaster, Seamaster 300 and Railmaster. During these years, everyone from Presidents to Kings of Rock and Roll wore Omega watches on official duties. What’s more, in 1962, a U.S. astronaut took the first Omega Speedmaster into space on NASA’s Mercury Sigma 7 mission and in 1969 two Omega Speedmasters were worn by the first astronauts to walk on the moon.In 1932, the watchmaker became the official timekeeper of the Olympics, inaugurating a multimillion-dollar marketing effort. This was recently extended to the 2032 Games.DescriptionA beautiful example of a fully restored Cal.283 gentleman’s 18ct gold dress watch from 1955.At 36mm, this is a very large watch for the period and so is considered an Oversize watch by the standards of the time. This watch has seen lots of care and very little use and is therefore in superb condition. It also features a beautifully restored silver-white ‘2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10’ dial, but what lies beneath, is a landmark movement in Omega’s development. The Omega Cal.283 was a development of the tremendously successful Cal.30 series movement. This is simply one of the finest hand-wound watch movement designs ever conceived. It is also an important movement in the record books, for its incredible standards of accuracy and reliability attained at all the competitive trials it entered and won. See below.The quality of its movement and sturdiness of the watch case makes this a perfect hand-wound vintage watch for both evening wear and everyday use.The DialThe silver-white dial is furnished with applied ‘dagger’ hour indices and ‘2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10’ Arabic numerals, with art-deco influences. The dial is swept by the original ‘Dauphine’ style hands which have recently been restored to the almost as new condition you see here.The overall dial design speaks of a level of quality and confidence, in keeping with the high quality of the case and movement.The dial simply carries the Omega brand and signature, with ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom. A new lens has been fitted as part of the restoration.This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.The CaseThe high quality Omega Swiss made 18ct yellow gold case measures 36mm in diameter, excluding the Omega signed winding crown. This makes this an exceptionally large wristwatch for the period, when typical sized watches measured only 32 or 33mm diameter. The case is of a sturdy three-piece construction with wide bezel and strong lugs.After a close inspection, the watch case has simply required a careful clean and a gentle polish to bring it back to its current, almost as new condition. The case, the case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with almost no marks visible to the naked eye, indicating this watch has been very well cared for.The case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed. It is also tight-fitting and presses back with a pleasing and reassuring ‘pop’.Inside the case-back, all is correct and as expected; Signed ‘Omega Watch Co’, ‘Fab Suisse’ and ‘Swiss Made’, with the case serial number 11411881 and the model number 2686, along with 18ct Swiss Geneva hallmarks.As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.The MovementThe Omega Cal.283, 17 Jewel movement here forms part of the Omega 30mm series first released in 1939, which was so successful it remained in production until 1963. It became famous for winning first prize ‘for Precision’ i.e. accuracy and reliability, at the Kew Observatory trials in 1946 and went on to win back to back 1st prizes at the worlds most competitive trials in Geneva and Neuchâtel throughout 1947-1951. It not only beat all comers, including Patek Philippe, but also relegated Omega’s own Tourbillon movement to second place! The continued success of this calibre was due to its precision and resistance over time, its easy regulation and the simplicity and logical design of the movement that made it a favourite of watchmakers.As can be seen, this beryllium-bronze movement looks spectacularly pristine, having been well cared for and properly maintained. It is marked ‘Omega Swiss’ and ‘17 Jewels’ with the serial number 14541021 which dates manufacture to 1955.The movement has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our vintage Omega specialist watchmaker and the watch therefore winds, runs and sets smoothly and is keeping excellent time. Following its service, it has been calibrated and is currently running arrow straight at -10 seconds/day! This excellent for any watch of this age and has been verified on our electronic timegrapher instrument. The watch also has an excellent power reserve of 45 hours. We are therefore more than happy to offer 12 months warranty on the movement of this watch*.*Please note, our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.The Strap & BuckleA new, high quality Hirsch Ascot brown leather strap has been fitted, along with a gold-plated Omega buckle. We feel the strap matches the watch nicely, however, if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin, however, we can also obtain most types and colours at short notice from our partners WatchObsession.The Box and PapersAlthough there are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating this watch to 1955.A detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, along with our detailed receipt and 12 months warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.The vintage Omega box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.In ConclusionThis is a first-class example of a highly collectable and highly practical vintage gold watch from one of horology’s most famous names which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! This will make an excellent evening wear dress watch as well as a practical highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis.Vintage Omega watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong. This watch will make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece and even though vintage Omega prices have risen markedly recently, we feel fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability will become more limited so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring these to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.
Delivery

Delivery

Delivery to any UK destination is free of charge and Vintage Gold Watches aims to despatch each order within three working days of receipt of cleared payment.


All UK deliveries are made using Royal Mail’s ‘Special Delivery’ Next Day service. Each package travels through a secure network which is separate from the regular post. The progress of each package is monitored at every stage via a bar-code tracking system. Accordingly, the Royal Mail guarantee that your delivery will arrive between 9am and 1pm on the next working day.

A ‘Get It Fast’ service is also offered whereby your order will be delivered within the UK at or before 9am next day. The cut-off for this service is 2pm. This does require an order to be received before 2pm along with cleared payment. An extra charge of £25.00 will apply for guaranteed delivery next day by 9:00am.


We also offer free international delivery. All International deliveries are generally made by FedEx as this has been found to be the most reliable and secure service available. FedEx delivery is 5 days max but often much quicker, typically one or two days to Europe, USA and Canada. While this is fast and secure, it is also one of the more expensive services available and typical costs with full insurance are £110 per delivery. However, Vintage Gold Watches offers free overseas postage. Vintage Gold Watches reserves the right to decline delivery to certain countries as advised by FedEx that present overly high risks through loss or fraud. From time to time Vintage Gold Watches may elect to use another courier for some destinations. International delivery is generally completed within 5 working days of order and cleared payment.


All our deliveries are insured independently for loss or damage.


All delivery times and dates are estimations.


Deliveries must be signed for by an adult (defined as person aged 18 or over) at the given address. Please ensure that your package is intact before signing for it, as once signed for, responsibility for the order is transferred to the customer and all liability for loss, damage or theft is transferred from Vintage Gold Watches to the customer at this point. Any parcel which has been damaged or tampered with should not be signed for and delivery should be refused.


Return Postage:The customer is liable for all return postage costs and adequate insurance costs, unless this is agreed in some durable form by a Vintage Gold Watches representative.


Collection:Watches may be collected by prior appointment from our offices in Bayswater, London W2. Watches will not be available for collection without an appointment. Our safes are time-locked from Friday until Monday during which time the staff have no access to our stock. A weekend appointment must be confirmed by the close of business on the previous working day. We don’t want you to have a wasted journey, therefore an appointment is advised.


Fraud Screening:Vintage Gold Watches may carry out its own internal anti-fraud checks, including the right to contact you at any time, prior to dispatch of the item, in order to obtain a landline and/or business telephone number, which may be used to contact you directly and/or check against publicly available records to confirm details given by the buyer.

Vintage Gold Watches may, at its sole discretion, refuse to process and/or cancel orders if the customer cannot be contacted and/or Vintage Gold Watches might reasonably suspect that the transaction may be fraudulent. Vintage Gold Watches further reserves the right to dispatch items to the customer’s home and/or business address (on receipt of an email confirming the same, sent from a home or business email address). Vintage Gold Watches is not under any obligation to dispatch to an alternative delivery address requested by its customer without this information.



Payment

Payment viaCredit or Debit Card:Payment by card is welcome and we use Paypal to take your payment using any credit or debit card. You will not need a Paypal account if you do not happen to have one, you simply checkout as a “Guest”, which will take you straight to a secure and private area of the Paypal website, where Paypal will ask you for your credit or debit card details. We at Vintage Gold Watches will never see these details and so there is no risk of us losing them. You will also benefit from the additional security of having both your credit card company and Paypal to act on your behalf should something go wrong with the purchase or delivery.In addition to being ‘belt and braces’ secure, this also has the great advantage of being the fastest way to pay, wherever in the world you happen to be.


We also accept payment by card, whereby we simply send you an invoice by email and you follow a few simple instructions to pay with any credit or debit card.


Payment viaUK Bank Transfer:We encourage our UK based customers to pay by UK bank transfer. This is becoming a very popular method of payment, particularly if you use Telephone or Internet Banking. you simply request our bank details i.e our account number and sort code via email, then provide these to your bank by telephone or your Internet bank account, or even face to face at your bank, along with the transfer amount and your bank will usually make the transfer immediately, although sometimes it can take longer. By paying via this method, we can pass on the saving in transaction charges of 3% to you.


Payment via International Bank Transfer:This is also known as a Bank Wire Transfer and similar to a bank transfer within your own country, except your bank will request our IBAN number and our BIC /Swift Number.By paying via this method we can pass on the saving in transaction charges of 3% to you.

Returns

Sale or Return Policy:We offer a ‘No Quibble Sale or Return’ policy. This means that in line with ‘Distance Selling Regulations’ you may order and pay for any item advertised on this site and keep it for up to 14 days before returning it safely to us, should you decide not to keep it. Vintage Gold Watches will then issue a refund within a one week, during which time the watch or accessory will be checked for any signs of damage, misuse or wear. If the item cannot be immediately re-advertised, we reserve the right to make an appropriate deduction from the refund. Please note, ifyou wish to return an item you must contact us to request a returns authority reference number and details of our Secure Returns Delivery Address.


About Us

Vintage Gold Watches – London:Passionate about excellence…

As well as a web destination, ‘Vintage Gold Watches – London’is a partnership based in Bayswater, London, (W2) engaged in selling ‘fine’ Swiss watches from circa the 1950s and ’60s. We particularly love this time period for its elegance, craftsmanship and quality. In fact, we consider this to be the ‘golden age’ of Swiss watch making, when technical superiority, craftsmanship and design, each combined to provide us with some of the finest timepieces ever made. We are great admirers of 1950s vintage gold watches from Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Longines, IWC , and Zenith and so these form the basis of our collection.


Each of these famous watch ‘houses’ offer something different in terms of character, style and personality. Rolex is of course the most famous, most notably for the robustness of their movements and the record breaking success of their early automatics and Chronometers. However each has their own claims to fame and are on par and in some ways even better than the biggest brand which wears the golden crown!


Not only do we love the design, style and elegance, but we also consider these watches offer exceptional value for money – particularly when found in the condition and the quality offered here. If one considers the incredibly high cost when new (and adjusted for inflation), against the very high price of the new equivalent today, these top quality vintage watches offer tremendous value for money. Then, and only then, if we factor in double digit investment potential, – we have something of great appeal and which really adds up!


However, first and foremost, we understand that buying a vintage gold watch is a significantmoment for our customers so our first priority is to make the process simple and as easy and pleasurable an experience as possible. We are very happy to speak with you for as long as you wish, about the key points and differences around all the watches you see here. We’d like to hear your preferences and to help guide you towards the perfect watch you really are seeking! As we oftenhave up to 25 watches undergoing full restoration at any one time, it may be that we have exactly the watch you are looking for, becoming available very shortly!


You may for example be seeking a watch manufactured in your birth year, or a watch with a particular kind of dial, or size or price. If so, please let us know as we may already have something of interest in stock. We have strong connections with a good number of fellow watch dealers, so we may well be able to find you a good example of exactly the watch you are seeking much quicker than hours spent on your own. Then if necessary, we will restore a watch for you, using only original parts to make it look as good as the rest of the watches you see available on this website.


For simplicity and your own convenience, we try very hard to select and restore watches only of a similar high standard. All are fully overhauled and restored as necessary to bring the watch back as close as possible to its original condition. All have beautifully restored dials and movements and come with solid gold cases without any personalised inscriptions. Generally and where possible, all of our watches have original crowns and lenses fitted.

While Rolex, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Longines, IWC , Zenith are the watches we specialise in, we are also willing to source other watches for you if you wish. For more information on this, please see the ‘Need Some Extra Help Finding Your Watch?’ section below and further details in our FAQs.


A Vintage Gold Watch as an Investment

It is rare indeed to find an investment a gentleman can wear…. and often quite surprising that these pieces of such beauty and elegance, from time honoured Swiss watch houses, can be acquired for such relatively little money. While we would always recommend to buy with one’s heart first of all and consider the investment potential second, the advantage of course in buying a vintage watch, is that the value will rise rather than fall from the moment you take it home! This intrinsic value is solid, reliable and as perpetual in fact as the timepiece itself!


If we were to take a quick look at trends since 2010, we will have seen double digit growth each year, across each of the collectible Swiss watch houses seen here on this site and since the new markets for high quality vintage Swiss watches expand, in China and across the developing world, the positive effect on prices is likely to continue in the foreseeable future.


Although it is not widely known, for the collector or the serious investor, there are some special tax advantages associated with buying vintage watches. Specifically, HM Revenue & Customs (in the UK) regard these items as “wasting assets” and so cannot charge Capital Gains Tax on the profits made when they are sold, (provided they have not been used in the course of business), so for the private investor, this strange anomaly is actually somewhat of a gift from the taxman. For example if money is retained in a bank account, the small amount of interest earned is taxable. With property, if a second property is purchased and then sold, again there will be tax to pay on the profit generated by the sale. The same applies for shares and other financial investments, but if the same funds are used to purchase a collection of vintage watches and then, in due course, these are sold at a profit, no Capital Gains Tax is owed to the Revenue. Of course we need to add the usual disclaimer not to treat this as ‘advice’ but purely background information for you to check with your financial advisor or HM Revenue & Customs.This situation is not unique to vintage watches – Antique guns, classic cars and motorcycles, antique scientific instruments and some mechanical toys also qualify as ‘wasting assets’ in the same way. But to repeat, ask your financial advisor about this. And perhaps, at the same time, you might ask why he/she hasn’t mentioned this before!! We could suggest, although of course we wouldn’t, that there is no potential commission here available for the advisor, if you buy avintage watch, or a small collection, or perhaps grow a large one over time!


A Vintage Gold Watch in everyday use

It is useful here to consider there are some similarities, in fact quite a few, in owning a vintage watch and owning a vintage car… For example, a carefully chosen vintage car, which is regularly maintained and well cared for, can be relied upon in day to day use, quite satisfactorily for a very long time. The same can be said of a vintage (Swiss) watch. Even though a Swiss watch is superbly engineered with legendary Swiss reliability, a vintage watch remains a piece of micro mechanical engineering, made say over 50 years ago and therefore one may not expect the ultimate performance and reliability of its modern equivalent. For example a vintage automatic watch may still need help with winding from time to time simply because vintage automatic watches are not as efficient as modern ones. Also typical accuracy may vary by say up to + or – 30 sec per day. However please note, when we restore a vintage watch we aim for a better than± 10 sec / day accuracy,when it leaves our hands.

It is best to keep in mind that gold, particularly vintage 18ct gold, is a relatively soft metal alloy which is by no means as hard wearing as the modern equivalent. Therefore some care will be needed to avoid scratches or other damage, which will affect the value of your watch. It is also crucially important that vintage watches are kept away from water, dirt and dust. This is because a vintage watch is unlikely to be be water-proof, no matter what the original specification. We do not test this and it is not guaranteed therefore water and dust must be avoided as these will definitely cause harm if they come into contact with the movement.


Need Some Extra Help Finding your watch?

If you have a clear idea of the watch you are looking for, but your search is not proving very fruitful, or it is taking up too much of your time, why not let us do the searching for you? After all we do this every day and we enjoy it! We will undoubtedly have many more sources and contacts than your good self and for a deposit we will happily beaver away for you until we have found you just the watch you are looking for. We are particularly good at finding watches which have dates which coincide with a special birthday or special anniversary.Please see our FAQs for more details.


Need a little Time To Pay for your watch?

If you see just the watch you have been looking for here today, but it’s just at the wrong time in terms of your cashflow and you prefer to avoid lots of interest on your credit card, then why not use our ‘Layaway’ facility? It is so simple… we take a 20% deposit and provide you a sales invoice for the watch for the full price. The watch is then marked sold so it is yours, but we look after it for you in our safe while you settle the balance over up to eight months in equal 10% payments. No interest is paid because no ‘loan’ is made!

For more background about Vintage Gold Watches and our services please see our FAQs.

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions:


I’m a little nervous about buying an expensive vintage watch over the Internet. How do I know that all your watches are absolutely genuine?


This is a sensible and naturalconcern and one we get asked about a lot. We try to address this in the following manner..


Firstly we do assure you, all of our watches are 100% genuine, authentic and completely original, As you will see, this is clearly stated on every one of our listings. By this we mean no after-market internal parts or worse, molestation of the movement! Further, all the numbers on the movement are correct and the watch case is properly hallmarked and marked with all the brand and references which match the date of the watch. Also the watch has the correct dial for the model and year. We take this very seriously and we stand by this with our unique‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’, covering every watch we sell.


We also issue aCertificatewith the sale of every watch, certifying that your watch has been fully inspected and is completely genuine and we are also very happy to speak with you for as long as you wish and discuss any aspects of any watch, or chat about our service, to help you to become as comfortable and happy as possible with your possible purchase!


Also as you we are sure you will wish to know, we source our watches very carefully, buying almost all our watches from a select group of trade suppliers, whom we have known and trusted over many years. These ‘dealer’s dealers’, are very well established and also have strong reputations to protect. Additionally of course, we rely on the lifetime of experience of our vintage specialist watchmaker, who inspects and confirms the authenticity of each and every watch we sell.



We also try to provide you some theHighest possible resolution photographs available on the Internet.This isto give both expert and inexperienced buyers alike, the best possible view of each and every watch, from each and every angle! In fact our photographs are so large, you will see much more detail, including of the movement, than you would normally see if the watch was bought over the counter on Bond Street London or the Burlington Arcade in London W1. Indeed more also, than if the watch was on your wrist! Even under a high power magnifying glass…!


To see the highest resolution photographs click on any photograph to take you to the Product Description page. Then click again on any of the rotating photographs to show the large photographs which you can scroll through easily by clicking on the right or left hand arrows which appear half way down the photo (on the left or right). Now to see the largest sized photograph click on the top right hand corner of any of these photos to see a giant sized hi-res photo. Of which we have seen none larger, so far, from any vintage watch dealer on the Internet!


Incidentally, a quick word about fake / copy watches. For a number of reasons it is more difficult and less lucrative to recreate, vintage watches rather than new, or nearly new ones.Therefore there are much fewer fake/copy vintage watches made, when compared with new, or nearly new, high end brands. And if a fake / copy vintage watch is produced, it is much more likely to be of a particular, very high end watch.


Ok I now feel more reassured about your watches, – but who are you?


‘Vintage Gold Watches’is a partnership, based in Bayswater, London W2. We are very close to the North (Noth-West) side of Hyde Park and very handy for three tube stops as well as Paddington Railway Station.The two main partners have each over 20 years experience in collecting, buying and selling vintage watches and ‘Vintage Gold Watches’ of London offers a good combination of strong experience and old fashioned values of attention,service & reliability. Plus of course,Internet prices and convenience. – As we are predominantly an online business, you will benefit from considerable savings when compared with similar vintage watch dealers with expensive retail premises and other large overheads. Indeed there are some excellent London based ‘bricks and mortar’ vintage watch dealers we can point you to with prices double!! and sometimes treble!!! the prices you see here!


And who are the Partners?


Alan, is the principal partner who has been a passionate collector of vintage watches for over 25 years. In 2010 he decided to turn his paying hobby into a full-time business by forming a partnership with Brian,another lifetime collector and trader in vintage watches. Similarly in2012,Martyna watch collector joined us along with Louisewho handles our accounts. Then there is our genius, independent repairs and restoration team, which includes two watch makers, a watch dial restorer and a watch-case maker. We consider our primary suppliers to be business partners, because we work so very closely with them.


OK, I’d like to see a particular watch beforecommitting to purchase. How do we do this?

This is no problem…. The simplest way, is if you like the look of a watch and would like to try it on and see how it feels on your wrist, we recommend you to order and pay for the watch online, or indeed by calling us and paying over the telephone. There is no obligation to keep the watch at this point, because you have 14 days from the date of arrival to decide if you wish to keep the watch. If you decide against, for any reason, simply return the watch safely to us, within 14 days in the condition you received it, and we will provide you a full refund immediately after the watch has been checked back into stock.!We call this “Our 14 day no quibble sale or return policy”.


If you are within the UK, we use Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery Service for all our deliveries. And if you decide to return a watch to us we would ask you to use the same service, which will cost you around £11 including insurance.


Please note we fit high quality, mostly genuine crocodile straps to all the watches we sell and if a watch has been worn and the strap shows signs of use, we reserve the right to charge for a replacement.


If you are overseas, we are sorry but this policy does not apply.


I would really prefer to visit you and view a watch before I pay for it. Can we arrange this?


Yes, you are very welcome to pay us a visit if you have a particular watch in mind and you would like to view it. However, as we are an Internet only business we do not have a showroom as this would significantly add to our overheads and therefore our prices.


If you would like to meet us and view a watch, we will be very pleased to arrange a rendezvous at one of the larger hotels close by where you can relax over a coffee or tea and biscuits on us! And depending if you are using the Tube, Rail, or car, there are three Hilton Hotels within 2 miles radius of us to choose from! Please call us to discuss this with at least 24 hours notice because our stock is held securely at separate premises. We will of course do our best to fit in with your schedule.


Please also note, if we meet you to show you a watch, ‘distance selling’ regulations will not apply. This means if you buy a watch, the sale is complete and the 14 days sale or return policy does not apply. All other terms with regards to our 12 months Warranty and Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee will remain the same.


Which kind of payment methods do you accept?


We can accept cash on personal collection however for your safety and ours we prefer one of the following payment methods:- PayPal, Bank Transfer, (otherwise known as Wire Transfer), Debit and Credit cards in person(Chip and Pin).


If you wish to pay by Debit or Credit card, but not in person, we will send you aPaypal Invoice by email, – which you can pay with any credit or debit card. Paypal will then clear your payment and pay us, usually immediately, and then we can release your watch. This process is really simple and easy, it usually takes just a few minutes and you have proof of what you have paid for as well as‘belt and braces’Paypal and Credit Card Company Protection.


For reasons a little too complicated to go into here, our bank has advisednot to accept credit card or debit card payments over the telephoneand not to accept any form of paper cheques other than a ‘Banker’s Draft’. BankTransfers (/Wire) and Bankers Drafts (Photographic ID must be provided). Please allow 2 days for funds to be cleared and for administration and security checks to be carried out.


If you have found the watch you like but don’t quite have the funds at this moment, we are open to a deposit of a minimum 20% and then payment over a few months (maximum of 10). We will not charge you any interest since the date of the sale is delayed to coincide with the date of your last payment.


So far all of my watches have been battery powered. Please could you explain ‘Automatic’ and ‘Manual’ or Hand Wound Watches?


Most high-end watches come equipped with an Automatic or Manual watch movement. These movements are not operated by a battery as they are in a Quartz watch. When you purchase an Automatic or Manual watch, it is highly likely that you will need to wind the watch once you receive it in order for it to build up a power reserve to keep time. The automatic watch will continue to keep time through the self-winding mechanism from the movement of your wrist over the course of the day, if the automatic watch has been sitting for a period of days and has not been stored on a watch winder it may need to be wound to set the time and build up a power reserve. A manual watch will need to be wound by hand and set every morning to keep time throughout the day.


Why are the prices of your watches cheaper on your website, than on ?


We advertise nearly all of our watches on the website, but we need to add a little extra to the price to cover the costs of selling. You will therefore save between £50 and £100 by purchasing directly through us. You may also save around 3% by paying us by a bank transfer or cheque, instead of by PayPal, Visa, Mastercard or Amex etc. Please call us or send us a message in advance, if you wish to pay by bank transfer requesting this discount and we will be very pleased to oblige.


Has this watch been checked over and properly serviced?


Yes indeed, all of our watches are fully inspected, cleaned, serviced and calibrated by a highly experienced professional watchmaker, before listing on our website. This is why we are happy to offer 12 months warranty as standard on all the watches we sell. Most of our watches have also been fully restored. So in addition to a mechanical overhaul, the case and dial will be restored. This is highly specialist work which is carried out by expert craftsmen and we use the best we can find. The watch case is carefully cleaned in a special solution and inspected for any weakness around the lugs, seams and case-back. And if necessary these are strengthened, invisibly, by adding more gold to the inside of the case. The case is then very lightly and carefully polished to bring out the highlights and make it look (almost) new again. Where necessary the dial will be expertly restored (or refinished) by one of the foremost expert dial restorers in the UK. This is incredibly specialist work which involves very carefully stripping the dial of any paint and lacquer. The dial is then repainted and refinished using the same processes, or better, than the original. In this way, the best restored dials look as good as new and may well last longer than the original. Vintage watch case and dial restoration at this level is so good it often defies belief.

For more information please seeServicing /Repairs / Restorationat the very bottom left of the home page.


So far all of my watches have been battery powered. Please could you explain ‘Automatic’ and ‘Manual’ or Hand Wound Watches


Most high-end watches come equipped with an Automatic or Manual watch movement. These movements are not operated by a battery as they are in a Quartz watch. When you purchase an Automatic or Manual watch, it is highly likely that you will need to wind the watch once you receive it in order for it to build up a power reserve to keep time. The automatic watch will continue to keep time through the self-winding mechanism from the movement of your wrist over the course of the day, if the automatic watch has been sitting for a period of days and has not been stored on a watch winder it may need to be wound to set the time and build up a power reserve. A manual watch will need to be wound by hand and set every morning to keep time throughout the day.


What may I reasonably expect, in terms of accuracy, from my vintage wristwatch?


Please see the table below:-


Type of watch and seconds gain/loss per day: Worst Typical Best

Vintage mechanical Swiss watchin good repair +/-60 +/-15 +/-5

Modern mechanical watch non-certified +/-10 +/-5 +/-2

Modern mechanical watch chronometer certified +6/-4 +/-3 +/-1

Modern quartz watch non-certified (normal) +/-2 +/-1 +/-0.1

Modern quartz watch chronometer certified (rare) +/-0.02 +/-0.02 +/-0.0


Please can you explain to me all about Gold measurement and K, k, ct, karats andcarats. And Yellow gold, White gold, Rose, Pink, Red and more?


A Carat (Ct or ct) is a weight measurement in reference to precious gemstones such as Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies.

Depending on where you are in the world a Carat may also be used in place of the term karat. However the term karat is never used in regards to gemstones

A karat (K or k) is the measurement of the purity of gold. Gold itself is very soft, and like silver, it needs to be alloyed with other metals to make it stronger and less expensive. 24 karat gold is considered pure gold, or 100% gold. While many people think 24 karat gold is the best quality you can buy, the soft metal is less durable and it can scratch or damage easily. To prevent this, gold is alloyed with metals such as silver, copper and zinc. When producing white gold alloys, nickel, copper and zinc are used. So, the karat is measured by the ratio of gold to the alloyed metal.

The standards…


18 karat ( .750) contains 75% pure gold.

14 karat ( .585) contains 58.5% pure gold.

10 karat ( .417) contains 41.7% pure gold.

9 karat (.375) contains 37.5% pure gold.


10k 14k and 18k are standards used in the U.S.


9k and 18k are standards used in the UK and Europe


1 karat of gold = 1000/24. So 9 karat is 37.5% gold.Divide the carat of gold you have by 24 and the result is the percentage.


9k 9/24 37.5%

10k 10/24 41.67%

14k 14/24 58.33%

18k 18/24 75.00%


The remaining percentage of the metals are based on the type of gold you have:


Yellow Gold – Copper, Silver

Rose, Red and Pink Gold – Copper, Silver

White Gold – Nickel, Zinc, Copper

Green Gold – Silver, Zinc, Copper

Servicing

Servicing, Repairs and Restoration


Vintage Gold Watches London has built some considerable experience in servicing, repair and restoration, through buying hundreds of vintage watches each year and restoring them to the very high standards you see on this website. This involves completely dismantling a watch for cleaning and close examination, replacing parts with genuine originals, rebuilding and then testing and calibration. Almost always, the dial and case will also require professional restoration. We only buy in the best quality watches we can find, however our customers will often provide us with watches in quite poor states of repair and in need of some serious restoration work. This is quite often a watch which has been passed on from father to son, or it may have been grandpa’s watch which has remained in the back of a drawer for many years and become part of his estate. Sentimental reasons aside, it is almost always worthwhile to repair and restore a vintage watch and as long as the watch has not been too badly damaged through corrosion or abuse. In some cases, minor miracles can be achieved in the hands of our experts in bringing good quality vintage watches, back to life!


In more detail, repairs and restoration may involve any or all of the following:-


The Movement – It is often surprising just how long a high quality Swiss watch movement will last. The answer is, with care and regular servicing, almost indefinitely. This is not only because Swiss watches have always been so very well made, but there is almost always a good supply of parts available for replacement, so it is well worth keeping your watch properly serviced as this will prevent the lubrication from drying out on critical parts of the watch, therefore prolonging the life of the parts and so the watch.


The Case – Surface scratches will occur with use and are usually no problem as these can often be removed without any loss of definition to the case. Deep scratches and engravings are far more difficult to repair / restore, but can be repaired by a specialist wristwatch case-maker. If the case is in very good original condition and has never been polished, it is better to clean the case and not polish it, in order to retain the original look and feel of the watch.


The Case-Back – Unwanted engravings can be successfully removed, again by a specialist case-maker. The results can be dramatic with no loss of thickness of the gold. However this is highly skilled work and an estimate can only be provided when we have inspected the case-back.


Lugs – Where the strap or bracelet fixes to the case, one of the four lugs can become damaged or even break away, but this can be repaired.


The Dial – Scratched, pitted and mottled dials can be restored or ‘refinished’ to a very high standard. If the best dial restorers are used, the results are often spectacular and as good as new. However, this again can be expensive and if the dial is in good condition, it may be better to leave the dial alone to retain the originality of the watch.


The Hands/Winding Crown – Over many years, hands and winding crowns are often replaced with generic crowns. We can usually source period hands/crowns but these can be scarce and expensive.


The Lens – While scratched acrylic lenses can be polished, we prefer to replace. A little more expensive, but in our opinion, well worthwhile.


To summarise, the restoration of a valuable vintage gold watch can be expensive, but almost always worthwhile. The cost is usually less than the value added to the watch and perhaps more importantly, brings back to life something which will always be treasured and enjoyed for generations to come!


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