Citizen Super Jet watch

A Model Citizen

Ask any diver in the late 1980’s which watch they wore and probably 90% would answer the same – A Citizen C0023 Aqualand. Immortalised by the film “Le Grand Bleu” the watch continued to gain mythical status right through the 1990’s and set Citizen onto the path of world dominance when it came to producing…

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The Rose and Crown

Born out of Hans Wilsdorf’s desire to offer a watch with all the qualities of Rolex but at a cheaper price point, Tudor was officially taken under Rolex’s wing in 1946.Sharing the same oyster case as Rolex as well as the self-winding perpetual rotor mechanism, these first watches were initially marketed to the working man.…

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Zodiac Sea Wolf Vintage watch

Stepping out of the shadows

Whilst Rolex is universally credited with producing and marketing the simplest and easiest to use GMT watch in the 1950’s, other swiss makers also tried their hand with varying degrees of success. However, one maker, in particular, stands out in that not only did it produce some of the earliest diver’s watches but it also…

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Mido multi-centre chrono advert 1930s

The original ‘tool watch’

Whilst Rolex are widely accepted as producing the first “waterproof” watch with it’s oyster case, it is easy to forget, that at the same time, other swiss makers were striving further. Launched in 1934, the Mido Multifort was one of the first watches launched to be waterproof, anti-magnetic and shock resistant. Prior to launching the…

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The Submariner In Depth

The Submariner, In Depth Rolex was founded in London in 1905 as ‘Wilsdorf & Davis’, before adopting the company name Rolex in 1915 and moving to Geneva four years after that. The name was chosen for its easy pronunciation in any language; its symmetry and brevity allowed it to fit easily on the dial of…

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Vintage Constellation Watches of Lancashire

Omega, Before the Moon

Omega, Before the Moon It can be difficult doing research on vintage Omega watches, as for the most part, Omega like to reinforce their status as the First Watch on the Moon, almost ignoring or glossing over the history that came before 1969. In all fairness, this is quite the claim to fame, and speaks…

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