We are back this week with another assortment of vintage watch goodness. Today, we have a selection of some seldom-seen variants of iconic models like a Heuer Monaco with a rare, non-lume dial and a Universal Géneve Compax chronograph in pristine condition, in addition to some genuinely uncommon watches like a Tiffany-signed Patek Philippe Calatrava and a funky, deep-diving Certina DS-2 SuperPH 1000M. Enjoy!
1988 Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3919 Retailed By Tiffany & Co.
This Patek Philippe ref. 3919 Calatrava was originally retailed by Tiffany & Co. in the late 1980s. The ref. 3919 is considered to be one of the most classic Calatrava models made, with its iconic clous de Paris hobnail guilloché bezel and thin case; this watch is unequivocally Patek. Retailer-signed Patek Philippes are some of the most sought-after watches today, because of their rarity and for the fact that not all the watches retailed at a specific store featured an extra signature. Certain retailers like Tiffany & Co. are some of the most coveted, and Patek Philippe has maintained a close relationship with the famed New York jewelry house since 1851.
1972 Heuer Monaco Ref. 1133B With Non-Lume Dial
The Heuer Monaco is a watch that needs no introduction. It is a favorite among watch and car collecting communities alike, for its pole position in the race to release the world’s first automatic chronograph as well as for being Steve McQueen’s watch of choice in the 1971 film Le Mans. The example we have here today is nearly identical to the ref. 1133B that McQueen wore in the movie, but it is the more rare variant with a non-luminous dial. These little details make a big difference when it comes to collectability, and this is a good chance to own an uncommon edition of one of the world’s best-known chronographs.
1970s Certina DS-2 SuperPH 1000M Ref. 5801.302
The Certina DS-2 SuperPH 1000M is a special watch. Nicknamed the “Turtle” for its unique, shell-like case shape, this was meant to be a serious dive watch for professional use. It was designed to be super legible and have enhanced shock resistance and water resistance. It is a tool watch through and through, and it is equally full of character with a bold yellow dial with orange accents and a uniquely large hour hand. This model was also offered with a black dial, but the yellow really stands out in a sea of similar black-dialed sport watches from the same era. The sword-style hands remind us of other divers like the legendary Rolex MilSub and Omega Seamaster 300; this type of handset was used to provide maximum legibility in extreme conditions. Overall, the Certina DS-2 SuperPH 1000M is a funky and cool dive watch that you won’t see too often, and it is perfect for wearing during the long summer days.
The Full Set
In addition to the three highlights above, we have an essentially new-old-stock Universal Genève Compax chronograph from the 1990s with box and papers and a 1960s Wittnauer Skin Diver in great condition. Head on over to the HODINKEE Shop for a closer look!