Month: February 2024

1960s Avia-Matic automatic wrist watch

This vintage watch is an Avia-matic automatic watch dating from the 1960s. The watch has a Swiss 17-jewel ETA 2472 automatic movement, with Incabloc shock protection. The watch is working well and keeping good time.  Avia is a watchmaking company that has a long history and was very prominent in the 1950s and 60s. The…Read more

Eterna-Matic automatic wrist watch, 1968

The latest addition to my collection is this Eterna-matic 2000 Centenaire automatic wrist watch, dating from 1968. Eterna introduced the Centenaire range in 1956 to celebrate the centenary of the company. This is a classic dress watch, a little small by today’s standards, but certainly acceptable as a vintage timepiece. It is gold plated with…Read more

The Dirty Dozen watches

The story of the Dirty Dozen watches began in 1943 when the British War Department realised the necessity of having a general service wristwatch built to high standards. They commissioned a watch for its forces. The aim was to find a replacement for the old A.T.P. (Army Trade Pattern) watches that had been in service…Read more

1950s Cyma bumper automatic wrist watch

This vintage Cyma bumper automatic wrist watch exudes character. The Cyma brand is well-respected amongst vintage watch collectors. The watch, which dates from the 1950s has aged well and the watch keeps good time. The dial is branded Cymaflex, which was a proprietary shock protection system developed by Cyma in the late 1930s. Cyma Schwob…Read more

1970s Certina Bristol 235 wrist watch

This vintage Certina watch is stunning. It is branded, Certina Bristol 235, and has a good quality 17-jewel hand-winding movement, calibre 25-66, which is working nicely and keeping good time. The movement is clean and is fully signed with the Certina name. Certina Certina is a Swiss watchmaker founded in 1888 by Adolf and Alfred…Read more

Tag Heuer 1500 Series Professional 200m

I have owned this particular vintage watch is a Tag Heuer 1500 Series Professional (model WD1221-k-20, serial no. EK4341) for 25 years. It was my first “real” watch. I knew it was Swiss made, I knew of the Tag Heuer brand and I knew nothing about “real” watches. It is quartz and certainly doesn’t match…Read more