This week marks the return of Ebay finds that’s where we found most of our featured watches, with the very notable exception of the cover girl, a Rolex chronograph reference 6234 in superb condition (with a price tag to match). On Ebay, we found a double-signed Excelsior Park/Sinn Decimal that bears striking resemblance to a Gallet Decimal (for a good reason) and an early Eterna KonTiki diver with a tropical dial. To round out the selection, we conclude with a dressy Vacheron Constantin reference 6273, which comes full set.This is your Bring A Loupe for September 22, 2017.
Excelsior Park Decimal, With Double Signed Dial
For quite some time vintage Gallet have been on the rise, with the MultiChron Decimal chronograph being one of the hottest models around thanks to its catchy good looks (you can read an excellent overview here). Interestingly, the manual-wound chronograph movement found in those watches is the Excelsior Park EP40, which helps to explain the unusual branding of this dial.
Indeed, Excelsior Park is mentioned on the dial, but it is not the only name there as “Sinn” can also be spotted. It is not surprising given the close relationship between the two brands; Sinn often relied on Excelsior Park calibers for its chronographs. The Decimal quite a rare one the only recent trace of the watch is from a listing from five years ago, although another one seem to been sighted in 2003. This example is preserved in excellent general condition despite some aging to the dial (and some spotting), and it comes on a vintage bracelet, apparently manufactured by Gay Frres.
You can find thisExcelsior Park Decimal on Ebay with current bidding just over $3,000, with three more days to go.
Rolex Chronograph Reference 6234, With A Stunning Dial
The Daytona is undoubtedly the most famous Rolex chronograph, but it was definitely not created from a completely blank slate. The use of an Oyster case pre-dates the launch of the first Daytona reference 6239, as the references 6034, 6234, and 6238 already benefited from it. This explains why those are often nicknamed “Pre-Daytona,” although they very obviously do not carry a scale on their bezel the real design change that led to the Daytona as we know it.
The present reference 6234 shows an almost perfect dial, which allows us to experience the original beauty of its design. Its external scales are typical of the 1950s, in their printing and coloring, when the 3/6/9 demarcation on the minute counter was used for international calls paid in three-minute increments. The case condition matches; it is described as unpolished and judging from the thick lugs, it very much looks that way. The radium lume has taken on a very nice patina, which matches on both the hands and dial markers.
This very nice Rolex reference 6234 is offered for85,000 Euros (or around $102,000), which seems a strong ask, but the dealer feels the condition merits a premium.
Eterna KonTiki Diver, With Tropical Dial
The KonTiki name comes from the fascinating expedition led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who was reportedly wearing an Eternaback in 1947. The name was used on many watches by Eterna, some of which were even military-issued divers. The present KonTiki is an often-forgotten model originally released in 1958, just a few years after the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and the Rolex Submariner. Its design underlines the focus on legibility, hence the generous application of lume on the hands and indexes.
The black gilt dial of this early KonTiki has some obvious aging signs that would qualify as what collectors call tropicalization, especially on its center. As you can guess from the Eterna-Matic name, it relies on an automatic movemen, while its 37mm diameter guarantees that it wears well. It is mounted on the original bracelet, manufactured by Gay Frres; the seller discloses that only the crown and glass were replaced in the past 60 years.
This earlyEterna KonTiki is being offered at a Buy-It-Now price of 3,450 Euros (or around $4,130) on Ebay, with lower offers also considered.
Vacheron & Constantin Reference 6273, With Original Box And Papers
The reference 6273 is characteristic of Vacheron & Constantin’s offerings in the 1950s, of slim and elegant pieces. Inside, you’ll find the caliber 1001; with a 2.94mm thickness; the movement is based on the Jaeger-LeCoultre bauche 818, and wasalso used by Audemars Piguet. It isfamed for its beautiful finishing,as you would expect from Vacheron Constantin. The applied indexes and Maltese Cross, the as well as the raised enamel signature show that the same attention was given to the dial as well.
This yellow gold reference 6273 here is not only in great condition, but it also comes with the original box and papers, and more. It has a charming engraving to the back “Movie Star 25 Ted Littel” that could give some clue to its past owner (a quick google search did not yield much though). Its 32.5mm diameter is on par with the standards of the 1950s, and looks larger on the wrist given the relative thinness of the case.
Vesper & Co lists this beautifulVacheron & Constantin dresswatch for $5,995, highlighting not only the full set, but also the recent overhaul that it received.