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Why We Love It
It was serendipitous that we found this watch mere days after closing our deal to become part of the Watches Of Switzerland Group!
Watches Of Switzerland has been around since 1924, and like many brick and mortar watch and jewelry retailers, has at time produced private label products. In many cases, these type of 'house brand' products are fairly low quality, designed to be a low-level entry point for their customers, as well as a branding exercise.
Not so in this case!
Offered here is a Watches Of Switzerland branded Seafarer Automatic produced in the 1960s, a high quality Swiss Made timepiece befitting the retailer's commitment -- both then and now -- to exceptional quality and service. The watch is fitted in a 35mm steel case supplied by EPSA, the leading producer of Compressor and Super Compressor diving cases as used by brands such as Hamilton and Jaeger-LeCoultre during the golden age of diving watches.
The movement is a three hand date automatic by ETA, a Swiss manufacture powerhouse now owned by The Swatch Group, and the dial is a dark grey sunburst pattern with applied faceted indices, a framed date window, ornate applied Watches Of Switzerland crest, and Tritium luminous plots. An acrylic crystal provides warmth to the entire package, and an EPSA-sourced cross-hatched winding crown ties the entire package together.
Regarding the name 'Seafarer' and the fonts used on the dial, we are keen to believe that these watches were likely produced under contract by Heuer - although we are yet to confirm this.
Regardless of who did assembly of this beauty, it is an exceptional little watch with a story that is now part of our own. To say we're proud to offer this fantastic timepiece once again as part of The Watches Of Switzerland Group is a massive understatement!
Stainless steel compressor case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by ETA. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use. Luminous grey sunburst = dial is in excellent condition with rich patina to the Tritium luminous elements and matching handset. EPSA compressor crown.
Includes blue leather Analog/Shift strap with pin buckle
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options