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Dear Fellow WUS-vintage members.

I am trying to compile a list of the most iconic/valuable/collectible/beautiful vintage watches. I would love your help adding manufacturs and watchtypes to the list.
It can be designwise, movementwise or just the most beautifull model of it´s time.

Reasons can include but are not limited by: Watch worn on a historic time or worn by a historic person (f.e. Watch first worn on the moon or Watch worn by Formula One drivers during it´s time). Watch has introduced a mechanical advance / milestone (thinnest movement, Lightest movement...), Watch is a nice example of a ´lost´ watch brand (that has been since revived or not) (f.e. Angelus (Luxo)Datograph, Enicar KonTiki ). Watch is extremely rare due to certain reasons. Watch was issued to a military service. etc.



I will try to edit this first post as much as I can and hopefully create a comprehensive list of vintage wristwatches.


Any ideas on the layout of this list etc. are welcome as well.
In time I would like this to become as complete as possible.
I will link from this post to your post so please use a somewhat decent language and posting style.

Criteria to go on the list:

- Watch must be from before 1990
- Watch must use an Automatic or Mechanical movement (Exceptions can be made, f.e. Omega F300Hz , Thermic movements etc.)
- The poster must provide a good quality photo of the watch in question
- The poster must state the reason behind him wanting it on the list.
- The poster must provide adequate information about the production year, movement number etc.


F.e.:
The Omega Speedmaster ST145.012-67 made from 1966 (67 the year Buzz wore) to 1968 uses the Omega Calibre 321. (Based of the Lemania 2310). It was the watch Buzz Alldrin wore and so becoming the first watch to set foot on the moon. (Armstrong left his watch in the cockpit to replace a broken timer).

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[U][B][SIZE=5]A[/SIZE][/B][/U]
A. Favre et Fils
A. Lange & Sohne
Alpina
Angelus
Arcadia
Armand Nicolet
Atlantic
Audemars Piguet

[SIZE=5][U][B]B
[/B][/U][/SIZE]Backes & Strauss
Baume et Mercier
Ball
Bedat & Co
Bell and Ross
Benrus
Binda
Blanchet
Blancpain
Bovet Fleurier
Breguet
Breitling
Bulova

[SIZE=5][U][B]C[/B][/U][/SIZE]
Cartier
Certina
Chopard
Citizen
Corum
Concord
[SIZE=5][U][B]D
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Doxa
Dueber-Hamden[/SIZE][U][B]
E
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Ebel
Edox
Elgin
Enicar
Ernest Borel
Eterna[/SIZE][U][B]
F
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Festina
Fortis
FP Journe
Fréderique Constant
[/SIZE][U][B]G
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Gallet
Girard-Perregaux
Glycine
Greubel
Gruen
[/SIZE][U][B]H
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Hamilton
Heuer
[U]- Carrera 1163[/U] [/SIZE][/SIZE][URL]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8183367[/URL][SIZE=5][SIZE=2]
[U]- Autavia 1163T[/U] [/SIZE][/SIZE][URL]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8183367[/URL][SIZE=5][SIZE=2]
[U]- Monaco 1133B[/U] [/SIZE][/SIZE][URL]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8183367[/URL][SIZE=5][SIZE=2]
[/SIZE][U][B]
I
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Illinois Watchco
Ingersoll
International[/SIZE][U][B]
J
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Jaeger Lecoultre
Jaquet-Droz
John Arnold
Junghans[/SIZE][U][B]
K
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Kienzle[/SIZE][U][B]
L
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Longines[/SIZE][U][B]
M
[/B][/U][SIZE=2]Mathey-Tissot
Maurice Lacroix
Mido
Moinet
Movado
[/SIZE][U][B]N
[/B][/U][/SIZE]Nivada
Nomos
[SIZE=5][U][B]O
[/B][/U][/SIZE][SIZE=2]Omega
[SIZE=2][U]-Speedmaster ST145.012[/U][/SIZE] [[URL]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8182420[/URL]]
[/SIZE]Orfina
Oris
[U][B][SIZE=5]P
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Panerai
Patek Philippe
Piaget
Poljot[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
Q
R
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Rado
Raketa
Raymond Weil
Roger Dubuis
Richard Mille
Roamer
Rodania[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Rolex
[U]- Oyster Perpetual COSC White[/U] [URL][/SIZE]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8183411[/URL][SIZE=2]
[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]S
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Sandoz
Sector
Seiko
Sinn
Solvil et Titus
Stowa[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
T
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Tissot
Tourneau
Tudor[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
U
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Ulysse-Nardin
Universal[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
V
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Vacheron Constantin
Vostok[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
W
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Waltham[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]

X
Y
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Yema[/SIZE][U][B][SIZE=5]
Z
[/SIZE][/B][/U][SIZE=2]Zenith
[U]- El Primero 386[/U] [/SIZE][URL]https://www.watchuseek.com/f11/iconic-most-collectible-wristwatches-though-our-time-listed-z-brand-1066424.html#post8183367[/URL][SIZE=2]
Zodiac[/SIZE]
 

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The Omega Speedmaster ST145.012-67 made from 1966 (67 the year Buzz wore) to 1968 uses the Omega Calibre 321. (Based of the Lemania 2310). It was the watch Buzz Alldrin wore and so becoming the first watch to set foot on the moon. (Neil Armstrong left his watch in the cockpit to replace a broken timer).


 

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Heuer Monaco 1133B One of three other watches that Heuer launched the Chronomatic Calibre 11 in in 1969. At that time marketed as the first Automatic self winding chronograph (Despite the Zenith El Primero being first. This particular model was worn by Steve McQueen in the famous LeMans movie in 1971. He borrowed Jo Siffert´s racing suit and Siffert gave him a Monaco to wear in the movie.



Heuer Autavia 1163TOne of three other watches that Heuer launched the Chronomatic Calibre 11 in in 1969. At that time marketed as the first Automatic self winding chronograph (Despite the Zenith El Primero being first. This particular model was Jo Siffert (the famous F1 driver) watch of choice. He was sponsored by Heuer and became the first Authenticated Distributor of Heuer Watches internationally.




Heuer Carrera 1163 One of three other watches that Heuer launched the Chronomatic Calibre 11 in in 1969. At that time marketed as the first Automatic self winding chronograph (Despite the Zenith El Primero being first.



Zenith El Primero A386 The actual first automatic Chronograph in the world. Released in 1969

 

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual White This watch was worn on the First ever expedition to the summit of the Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1952. The watch was actually worn by Tenzin Norgay because Sir Emdund Hillary would wear his Smith´s watch on the summit.

 

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Very clearly, Chronographe Suisse.

Are they a brand? Well - if you define 'brand' as 'something put on a dial beneath the 12' then clearly "yes, they are." Even though 'Chronographe Suisse' was an assembly of watch companies founded to produce and market affordable chronographs made possible by Landeron's introduction of the cam-operated (and thus mass-producible) chronograph.

Their historical significance: they brought the chronograph finally to the man in the street and thus prepared the market for later mass-market chronograph producers like Seiko and Citizen.

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Equally clearly: the West End Watch Co. Founded initially as the British Empire outlet for Alcide Droz & Fils of St. Imier, Switzerland, 'West End Watch Co.' became as much as a household name for "good, reliable watch" in India. At least some men in Lawrence of Arabia's regiment in the First World War wore them and they equipped pretty much all of the British-Indian Civil Service from the 1920s to the end of British rule in India, and for several decades later supplied the Indian Civil Service, Indian railways and the Indian Armed Forces. Practically each Indian watchmaker learned his trade on one of the many West End Watches sold there ;-)

And, by the way, West End Watches (especially those of the 1920s and 1930s) bear an eclectic choice of movements - besides ETA, FHF and AS you can find even Longines movements in them.

Note, though, that the arrow on their backs (contrary to what many ebay sellers want to make you believe) has nothing to do with a military past for this particular watch: it is the mark where the watchmaker ought to go with his tool to pry open the back.

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Zodiac Seawolf.

Released in 1953. It was the first serious drivers watch made for the masses. It was robust and water resistant to 200m/ 660 feet when most watches were as water proof as a tea bag. This meant that it was used by everyone from professional underwater welders to leisure divers. It was tough enough for American GIs and became popular with them. And so it was well tested by them during the Vietnam War.
Also not to forget that it was a Seawolf that was owned and worn by the infamous American serial killer: "The Zodiac Killer". The watch giving him inspiration for his name and the Zodiac Watch Co. logo as his creepy signature.







 

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Zodiac Seawolf.

Released in 1953. It was the first serious divers watch made for the masses. It was robust and water resistant to 200m/ 660 feet when most watches were as water proof as a tea bag. This meant that it was used by everyone from professional underwater welders to leisure divers. It was tough enough for American GIs and became popular with them. And so it was well tested by them during the Vietnam War.
Also not to forget that it was a Seawolf that was owned and worn by the infamous American serial killer: "The Zodiac Killer". The watch giving him inspiration for his name and the Zodiac Watch Co. logo as his creepy signature.
You omitted the most important point going for the Sea Wolf: it's just outstandingly beautiful:



A black-faced 'No-Date' is on its way to me, and I need to have a white-faced one, too :) (By the way, according to 'vintagezodiacs.com', the 'Zodiac Killer' wore a white-faced one.)

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