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    Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    I'm a big fan of the classic dress watch in pink gold but the current Vacheron Constantin (Patrimony Contemporaine for instance) or Patek (5196 for instance) are just so expensive and I'm seeing some similar designs in vintage watches by Longines or Omega.



    My slight concern is their size. The Vacheron is 40mm and that's the type that works for my wrist, going down to maybe 37mm. So far the largest I've seen are a Longines Flasgship given for 36mm that went for $540 (seems a tad low to me ?) on eBay yesterday and an Omega (case reference 2714) given for 37mm.

    Would 36/37mm be the maximum size available on a vintage ?

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    Generally speaking I would say yes (but there are always exceptions). Even 35mm would be considered large for a vintage.

    I compared the dial diameters of my 35mm 1947 Omega dress watch to my 44mm Doxa Sharkhunter and they were virtually the same! You're getting a LOT of bezel on today's chunky watches.
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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    Good point, although the "wrist presence" would include both the dial and bezel I think.

    Your Omega watch looks great! Got any wristshots handy?

    I know we don't discuss prices, but are there any "traps" that you need to keep an eye on? The Longines Flagship I missed yesterday looked great, but didn't have the 18K "seal" in the back, the inside of the case was unsigned (replacement ?) and the dial had been refinished, and the movement was not one used on other similar watches, so I guess that accounts for its low price.

    Longines and Omega seem to be the "right" choice, stellar look, good size, reasonable price, any other brands to look out for?

    Thanks !
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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    All the classic makes are good.
    Fortis, Rolex, IWC, JLC, Omega etc etc.
    If I like the look of it, and the condition, I would not look on the Brand.
    Case material too is important, I would never buy a Gilded or Chromed base metal watch.

    And oh yeah, 33-38mm is what they are.
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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    Thanks, will check them out.

    Yes there seem to be varying qualities of gold, 10K filled, 14k, 18K.

    You mention 38mm, any model you can think of from the top of your mind ?

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    No model, but in the 1960ies and early 70ies 38mm was not unusual.

    Gold filled is a fancy name for a thick plating.
    14K is hard and nice, 18K more gold, but scratches more easily.

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    I'm not sure which Flagship you saw, but there were different levels. The manual wind calibers with subdial seconds at 6 are not as sought after as the automatic 340 series calibers that had the 3 mast schooners in raised relief on the caseback. Add the fact that prices are nearly rock-bottom during this economy, and you have your explanation for that price.

    Okay, to the question - dress watches rarely surpassed 35 mm back then. Maybe IWC offered one, but I'm not sure. If you find a classy looking pilot's watch you may be able to put a strap on it though. They were frequently much larger than dress watches but are less common and often counterfeited.

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    Thanks, the Flagship was this one (auction is over so OK to link I think?) below so yes seconds at six and unsigned case for some reason. Still it looked pretty nice...on the web !

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

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    Re: Largest Vintage dress watches ? 37mm ?

    Thanks, and even a 40mm fro 1935, amazing, they can't be too easy to find though !

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