I agree. Most of them seem to have been dress watches. The exception being the big chunky Seiko Bellmatic series that was more of a executive/sport cross-over. Some of them have the alarm-setting bezel marked with 60 minutes, but of course that means you can use it only one way or the other o|Hi everyone,
How come it's so hard to find a vintage mechanical watch with alarm, date, also with 60min bezel (something like the one in the picture)? Is this a rare combination?
The heyday of wrist alarms was the fiftires and sixties. At that time, loads were made with date but none with a bezel like that. Why? Because wrist watches in those days weren't very waterproof anyway and a lot of wrist alarms especially so (otherwise, the noise wouldn't have got out). Watches with a diving style bezel became popular in the late sixties and seventies at which time, the mechanical wrist alarm was struggling at least as much as the Swiss watch industry in general (everyone was into those damn beeping things which were much cheaper and could also act as a stopwatch as well as do complex equations at the same time!). The most famous diving wrist alarm, the Vulcain Cricket Nautical, didn't have a date and it didn't even have such a bezel (it had under-the-dial features to make it a diving watch). The closest you'll get before the seventies would probably be the one by Jaeger LeCoultre - rather rare and expensive when you see one!The simple truth is that the style you desire wasn't popular in bygone eras
So few were made, and they are quickly snatched up by collectors looking for vintage pieces with modern styling