Watch photography


Original Omega Constellation Auto Chronometer Vintage Watch from c1961

Omega Automatic Chronometer, Constellation

Omega Constellation

Omega Crown

Omega Automatic Movement

This is an all original Omega Constellation Chronometer dating from 1961. It has a 24 jewel automatic calibre 551 movement. It has a stainless steel case with the original signed Omega crown. The batons on the dial are gold-plated, each with a black enamel stripe through the center. The case is 33.6mm wide excluding the crown and 43mm from lug to lug. A beautiful looking vintage timepiece after 50 years.

Images © Bip Mistry 2011


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust – Legendary Watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust signed crown

Rolex Oyster Perpetual automatic movement

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust auto movement

An amazing looking stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, one of the most popular gents Rolex watches along with the Rolex Daydate, also worn by ladies who prefer a large dial.

The watch has a ‘certified chronometer’ which means it has been tested by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC). COSC was set up in 1973 as an independent Swiss organisation that certifies a chronometer under strict conditions which include different positions and temperatures.

Images photographer © Bip Mistry 2011

Omega vintage watch: macro watch photography

Calibre number on a vintage Omega watch

Omega reference number on the movement

Signed crown on an Omega watch

Omega signature on a vintage dial

The calibre number on the movement, in this case ‘265’ will help to establish the quality of the movement. Quite often the presence of a calibre number suggests the movement is of a higher quality than a standard movement. The reference number helps to date the watch to the year of manufacture. There are websites where watch enthusiasts and dealers have put up reference number details. The watch manufacturer can also supply details. An original signed crown adds value to a vintage watch.

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Rolex Oysterdate Super Oyster Precision vintage watch

Rolex Oysterdate Precision

Rolex Oysterdate Precision – movement

A 1952 Rolex Oysterdate (Super Oyster) [model reference no. 6144] with red centre seconds hand, date in red, and a mid-size stainless steel screwback case. The crown is original and signed. The Swiss made 17 jewel movement is adjusted to two positions,  has a patented superbalance and is signed Rolex.

Images © Bip Mistry 2011

Ulysse Nardin 1960s classic vintage watch

Ulysse Nardin stainless steel watch

Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin automatic movement

Ulysse Nardin movement

Stainless steel inside back

Swiss made, Ulysse Nardin stainless steel gents watch with an automatic movement. Circa 1960’s. The watch has a quick set date adjuster. The inside back signed ‘Locle’, denoting the origins of the Ulysse Nardin brand.

Heuer Chronograph Vintage Watches

Heuer vintage steel chronograph

A beautiful Heuer chronograph, circa 1943, reference 403 with a Valjoux 22 movement.

Heuer chronograph

Valjoux 23 movement

Edouard Heuer established the company in 1860

A Heuer vintage pilot chronograph, ref. 406, Valjoux 23 chronograph movement, incabloc, 1946-50, Serial no. 432332. Stainless steel.

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Omega Constellation Movement cal. 561

Omega Constellation Movement

Omega Constellation Movement 2

Images of the movement from an Omega Automatic Chronometer Officially Certified Constellation, circa 1964

The movement is signed Omega Watch Co Swiss, calibre 561, 21301259, Twenty-four 24 jewels, adjusted five (5) positions and temperature.

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Omega movement

Omega Swiss vintage watch movement

Photo: © Bip Mistry 2010

IWC International Watch Company movement

International Watch Company movement

This is an IWC Schaffhausen movement. In keeping with their Latin motto (1903), Probus Scafusia: ‘good, solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen’.

Photo © Bip Mistry 2010

Fusee movement in Verge Fusee clock

Fusee movement housed in this ornate case

Fusee movement showing Egyptian pillar

Fusee movement detail

Chain that drives the fusee

This is a fusee movement from an English Verge antique pocket watch from the 18th century. It is an unique watch handmade by Richard Lervis, a watchmaker from Wincanton.

It is not been established when the fusee was invented and it may not have been clockmakers that were the first to use the system. Quoting from Wikipaedia: ‘In a fusee clock, the barrel turns the fusee by pulling on the chain, and the fusee turns the clock’s gears.’

Images © Bip Mistry 2010