It’s a primary reason why that $35, 3-6-9, drug store three-hander lacks the same appeal of what is likely a very similar, at a distance at least, watch costing multitudes more. The Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 you see before you was purchased new in Frankfurt, Gerseveralin 1989. Today, we’ll take a look at a good example of pleasing design: a very simple, yet sporty watch that deserves consideration. I saw them initially with silver, gray and blue dials and although several looked quite old, several looked relatively modern. We’re here with a vintage Rolex, however warm up those fingers because winding is required; the Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 is on #TBT.
I was in London with my then girlfriend, now wife, during a long weekend and I ran across a lot of little used watch shops. The Rolex that forms the subject of today’s article is a real “under the radar” piece. Of course, Rolex’s were heavily featured in the windows and among the severalsports models and Datejusts, I kept running into these basic, however highly attractive Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 models. I actually don’t own this Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 and, quite frankly, hadn’t really ever seen an Oysterdate Precision “in the metal” up until 3-4 years ago. Pricing, I quickly noted, was rather reasonable in the thousand British pound range. The Rolex Oysterdate is a no-nonsense stainless steel Rolex that will suit anyone who doesn’t fancy a date.It’s interesting as the watch has a case from 1985-1986 however like a lot of later Rolex 6694′s, it either sat around unsold or Rolex pumped out a lot of cases in that time-frame before deciding to discontinue the model a few years later.
I found that these models were extremely popular in Europe, however less thus in the flashier, Sub and President-wearing, USA. It was introduced as the 6694 in the early 1960′s and made up until the late 1980′s; blogs show the model in the catalog as late as 1988. The thing, though, that really sparked my interest was that these Precisions were manual wind watches. So, it was off to the internet to do a bit of research. Aside from Daytonas, Cellini models and several older Explorers and Air Kings, I hadn’t realized that Rolex produced a manual wind model for thus long and until thus late.
My friend, however, bought the watch less than two years later in almost NOS condition for less than 500 Euros (then Deutsch Marks) after it had been, rather unnecessarily, serviced at the local Wempe. Since then, the watch has remained in the back of my mind and while I haven’t purchased one, a very good friend wears today’s piece frequently enough to remind me of its classic looks. Aesthetically, I find this Rolex to be timeless and gorgeous. It has classy, elegant air looks that seem suitable for the tennis court, a business meeting or any number of casual settings. I have fairly big wrists however easily get away with a 39mm watch. The dial has a silver, radiating finish paired with such simple, slender gold hands, indices and the Rolex crown. Small lume dots sit outside of each index and a simple minute track borders the dial itself.
Admitted, it is a watch with not a single complication, however it’s as well a watch that you will never get tired of and as written before, a high-quality watch that will keep its value over time as well. The 39mm diameter makes it a very interesting alternative to the 41mm Oysterdate models as well as to the smaller 36mm versions.
Let me begin by saying that I’m actually excited to show you guys my newest Panerai replica! As an genuine, the model was released sometime last year (2015) in not more than 99 pieces and in order to get your hands on one, you have to go to Florence, Italy, and pick it up personally (for about 20K). I’m sure you know the watch in question, I’m sure you’ve seen it by now and if not, I urge you to read this review.
The firm was founded in 1860 and managed to rise and become the official supplier of the Italian navy in 1990. One of their amazing vintage collections is the one called Radiomir and by the year 1938, they were supplying the whole navy with these great watches. The collection also comes with leather or alligator strap, a perfect addition to such stunning watches.
They also have a Historic Collection, which is one of the most amazing watches collections; if you get your hands on one of those, you will know what we mean. Apparently their masculine design combined with great durability and amazing mechanism made them the perfect watches for men who worked in the navy. The watches are stunningly crafted with a mechanism that is classic hand-wound and a great 56 hours power reserve.
You will make sure that you wear something completely special if you choose one of these fake watches; their design is also recognizable and everybody will know you are wearing a Panerai watch. Another nice collection from Panerai is the Manifattura line, which feature the in-house movements that were built by the brand. For example, the Luminor Submersible is an amazing diving watch as it is water resistant to 1000 meters and have amazing features such as a helium valve for decompression.
The Luminor watches are also remarkable, made with steel and titanium, meant to resist even the harshest conditions. It seems that these mechanisms are actually amazing as they give up to 10 days of power reserve, you can select whether to have your watch manually or self-wound and they come with great chronograph functions while maintaining a simple design, unlike other replica watches brands.
Just keep in mind that this Panerai replica watches are copy of an expensive and rare piece, thus as long as you don’t strut around with it, you’ll be just fine. And here’s the new video below, let me know how you like it!
Prior to the 1940s, rarely had wristwatch dials been entirely decorated with polychrome enamel, especially using the cloisonne technique. One can only speculate as to the reasons behind this, but one of the most likely was the quest for new and innovative men’s watches in the post-war years. Such artisanal dial decoration was a major risk for the watchmaker or artisan, because the right motif had to be selected to ensure commercial success.
Cloisonne enamel wristwatches made by eminent watchmakers like Patek Philippe, Cheap fake Rolex watches online and Vacheron Constantin command impressive prices at international watch auctions today, regularly fetching six figure sums. This propelled the watch into the realm of art, desirable enough to be collectibles that are sought after on the secondary market. By the time enamel-ling reached wristwatches in the 1940s, political events provided dial makers with renewed inspiration.
Named after the gold wires used to form the motif, cloison means “partition” in French, cloisonne was sometimes used to decorate dials of Art Deco miniature clocks of the early 1920s, but the first examples of cloisonne dial wristwatches begin to appear in the late 1940s. Most were produced in the years following the Second World War, when such watches enjoyed a new lease of life. The revolutionary nature of this phenomenon lay in the evolution of how enamelling was regarded: from a decorative operation that was secondary to the timepiece itself, to an art that transformed the watch dial into a crucial aesthetic element of the watch. Enamelled dials formed a trend that lasted for about 20 years until the 1960s, albeit in tiny numbers. The reverse of the chimera cloisonne dial with the star logo of dial maker Stern Freres. Photo courtesy Phillips Watches. Practically all of the enamel dial wristwatches of that era were decorated with the cloisonne technique. Production was limited by the scarcity of specialised artisans; consequently the number of such watches manufactured by all replica watches brands amounted to only a few hundred wristwatches. Many watch manufacturers choose to capture historical events on cheap replica Rolex watches enamel dials.
The novelty of such enamelled wristwatches lay in the variety of subjects depicted on the dial, as well as the artisan’s mastery of enamel. During this period, most cloisonne enamel dials were painted by a handful of artisans, such as Carlo Poluzzi, Marguerite Koch or Nelly Richard. This partly explains repetitions in terms of subjects as well as style and colour similarities. A cheap replica Rolex ref. 8651 with cloisonne dial depicting a chimera, made by Marguerite Koch. Sold for SFr569,000 in May 2016.
One of best-known makers of enamel dials was Stern Frères, which produced the dials for some of the most valuable enamelled wristwatches ever sold. Founded by the same family that now owns replica Patek Philippe, the firm started making cloisonne enamel wristwatch dials at the end of the 1940s, but it was not alone. Needless to say, none of these works bears any trace of a signature or visible initials of the artist, though they were usually signed by the dial manufacturer. Beyeler was notable as well, mainly for the dials it made for Rolex and Vacheron Constantin; the Geneva-based company was acquired by best luxury replica Rolex watches in the late 1990s. Cartographical maps were a popular decoration on 19th century pocket watches, often depicting maps of France or Italy on the case-back, painted using the champleve enamel technique.
While some watch manufacturers had exclusive rights to specific subjects, but the vast majority of enamel dials featured common motifs such as caravels, dragoons, lighthouses and geographical maps.
One particularly striking example is the map of a newly independent India in 1947, a motif developed by Universal Genève. Famous watch manufacturers such as Breguet or Vacheron Constantin presented pocket watches of rare and exceptional quality. And the map of Saudi Arabia was also frequently featured on Universal, Eska or Longines watches – likely to honour the memory of King Ibn Saud, the first king of Saudi Arabia who passed away in 1953.
Collecting enamelled wristwatches
So it is unsurprising cloisonne enamel timepieces did not encounter the anticipated success when they first entered the market, doubtless because of their avant-garde and somewhat extravagant appearance. Such motifs are ageless and can appeal to the widest audience, giving them greater long-term collectible potential.
While the decoration on enamelled wristwatches is diverse, today’s collectors tend to gravitate towards the simpler and general subjects, like ships or animals, rather than those that are specific to an era or country. While many innovative models have not had the success their makers might have hoped for, with hindsight one recognises that this could give them a favorable rarity edge.
With the ever-increasing interest by watch aficionados in fine cloisonne enamel wristwatches, historian Ivan Ponzo offers a brief yet insightful analysis of their history and appeal.Failing to choose the right motif at the right moment could condemn a watch to languish in a display case. Aesthetic innovation is unfortunately not a promise of commercial success.There is consolation in the fact that vintage cloisonne enamel timepieces have been achieving fantastic results at auction in recent years, vindicating the enamel artisans of decades-ago.