<HKD20,000: A Longines Conquest with Unusual Date Placement
Without going into too much details, Conquest was first introduced in the 1950s as the company first move in a new marketing strategy of having a named line/ family of watches and has seen become a very recognisable, arguably flag-bearing offering from Longines. This particular rendition you're looking at comes in a reasonable 34mm case, full applied hour indexes and guess what, a date window at 12 o'clock! 99% of the time you'd see the date window positioned at either the 3, 4, or 9 o'clock. And this, is one of those 1% cases. Even without the unusual treatment of the date window, the watch itself is still very lovely to look at. You have the perfectly balanced dial layout, syringe-shaped hands, the signing "Conquest automatic" to spice things up too.
This very attractive Longines is being offered here for around HKD9,300.
HKD20,000-50,000: A Beautifully Patina-ed Wittnauer Chronograph
If we look at vintage chronographs as what they really are, with the exception of products from a couple of distinguished maisons, it's not hard to realise the differences between them aren't really that significant, given how they almost always used ebauche movements in one way or another. Thus, the decisive factor behind the market value of a chronograph from the bygone eras most often lied with their individual condition. And here we present a gracefully aged Wittnauer powered by none other than the legendary Valjoux 72 movement (the cult classic UG "Nina Rindt", ran on one too).
Those who are interested in understanding Wittnauer's history could pay a visit here. In short, Wittnauer was one of the many watchmakers who have had their heyday before eventually pushed out of business during the Quartz Crisis. We are glad its products remained, though. This particular 36mm chronograph has the kind of patina one could only dream of, reflected in the even, coherent brown-creamy hue throughout the dial. The sign of graceful ageing extended consistently to the hands and indexes too, hinting at the originality and correctness of the parts. These, coupled with the various subtle display of colors (the numeral markings in light blue along the tachymeter, for instance), make this Wittnauer an instant winner.
This charming chronograph is being offered here for around HKD22,000.
HKD50,000-100,000: A Rolex Veriflat Precision
Housed in a 34mm 18kt yellow gold case, the Veriflat Precision is as unclustered as a Rolex could get. The lack of the date function puts this manually wound Rolex (powered by the cal.1000, the first ever completely in-house Rolex movement) squarely in the dress watch category (to understand what makes a watch a dress watch, check out our earlier account on the matter) and I mean, just look at the watch. It is so amazing to see a Rolex that's so un-Rolex. Everything about this Veriflat (which suggests how thin this watch is, with a thickness of only 9mm) such as the sharp yellow case, dauphine hands and sub-seconds are so uncharacteristic of a Rolex that we were absolutely pleasantly surprised. This would make a great, interesting addition for any discerning collector.
This pristine Rolex is being offered here for around HKD58,000.
And......The Unicorn Find: A Super Rare Pink Gold Patek Ref.2508 with a Wonderful Bracelet
The first thing that greets you is the striking "salmon" dial featuring the name "Hausmann & Co." which makes it very clear that this is not just another Calatrava (if "just" another Calatrava even makes sense as an expression). But what's more crazy about this Calatrava is the all original, PP-signed pink gold bracelet. We understand a full gold bracelet might not be to everyone's liking but when it comes to purchasing vintage watches, originality is everything and if the watch was sold on a gold bracelet, you should be damn glad that the very bracelet in question has survived through decades making the deal a complete package. And here you have exactly that. The bracelet is pretty much a beauty in its own right with a unique look and construction.
Hardly the most valuable Patek but this Ref. 2508 has all the desirable, individual features coming together under one case that makes it so irresistible. And this, is our Unicorn Find of the Week.
It is currently offered here. Price upon request.