Another Wednesday in the HODINKEE Shop is upon us, and that means a fresh batch of vintage watches is at the ready and waiting for you. This week, we have a nice selection of stainless steel sports watches of the dive and chronograph variety to get things going. There are the usual suspects, like an Omega Speedmaster and a Rolex Submariner, both from the 1980s, but we also have a couple of watches that are few and far between, like an Enicar Sherpa Jet GMT and an Eberhard Contograf.
1983 Rolex Submariner Ref. 16800 With Matte Dial
Rolex produced two different versions of the Submariner ref. 16800 during the reference’s lifespan. One came with a glossy black dial and white gold surrounding the hour markers, and another featured a matte dial and no white gold surrounds. This example is the latter version, in all its matte glory, and it is perfect for the person who wants the vintage styling found in Submariners of yore, but also appreciates the more robust specs and features found in modern Submariners. While this watch may look the part of the previous ref. 1680, it features an enhanced depth rating (300 meters), a sapphire crystal, and the improved caliber 3035 with quick-set date functionality.
1960s Enicar Sherpa Jet GMT Ref. 148-35-02
With watch collecting – as with other areas of collecting – it’s the details that make a difference. And the Sherpa Jet GMT we have today is full of the cool little touches that will make any collector sit up and take notice. Let’s start by calling out the case and dual crowns – one is for rotating the inner bezel, the other for setting the time – that give the watch a whole different look. Next is the super cool, checkered-style GMT hand in red and black, adding a pop of color to the dial and complementing the red text of the date wheel. The last detail we’d like to point out is the futuristic font of the Sherpa Jet script toward the bottom of the dial. All these little details combine to fill this watch with character and make it a worthwhile addition to any collection.
1982 Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 145.0022
You know it. I know it. We all know it. The Speedmaster is an undeniable classic in the chronograph genre. Originally meant to be a drivers’ watch (hence the “speed” in Speedmaster), Omega submitted the chronograph to NASA for use during the Apollo missions, where it passed with flying colors. The rest is, as they say, history, and the Speedmaster, even today, is flight-qualified for all manned space missions.
The defining characteristics of the Speedmaster Professional have not changed much over the years. The 42mm case with twisted “lyre” lugs, black dial with white accents, and tachymeter bezel of this Speedmaster from 1982 look nearly identical to today’s version. Its enduring aesthetic is simply another reason that the Speedmaster is regarded as one of the very few watches that can start, finish, or complement any collection.
The Full Set
In addition to the three watches above, we have a beautiful Rolex Datejust ref. 1603 with a grey dial from 1971 and a killer 1960s Eberhard Contograf chronograph available today. Head on over to the HODINKEE Shop to take a closer look!