In The Shop: A 1975 Rolex Reference 1625 ‘Thunderbird’ in Yellow Gold, A 1960s Doxa SUB 300T Searambler, And A 1940s Longines Reference 5774 For The Marine Nationale

This week, we’ve assembled an assortment of vintage watches covering all categories. Whether it be a mono-pusher chronograph from the 1940s with an amazing set of lugs or a charmingly-patinated Longines made for the French navy, each piece possesses transformative details that set it apart. From sporty to elegant to historically important, any of these pieces would be a delight to own and wear. Read on for more details. 

1975 Rolex Reference 1625 ‘Thunderbird’ In Yellow Gold

Named for the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squad officially activated in 1953, the Rolex ‘Thunderbird’ was born in the 1950s as a Datejust modified for the active sportsman. The best part though was that it was initially produced exclusively with either yellow or white gold. This example from 1975 looks absolutely exceptional with its golden dial, and it makes a truly luxurious statement on the wrist. See more here

1960s Doxa SUB 300T Searambler

Created for divers and perfected in the depths of Lake Neuchatel, this Doxa SUB 300T’s legible dial and U.S. Divers official depth rating on the outer rim of the bezel gives the (correct) impression that this watch was built for action. That doesn’t mean that it lacks in the aesthetics department though. The tonneau case, orange accents, and silver dial all work together to create a statement on and off the wrist. Read more here

1940s Longines Reference 5774 For The Marine Nationale

Issued in December 1948, this Longines military wristwatch is perfectly charming, perfectly patinated, and perfectly balanced. Complete with a certificate from Longines identifying this watch as issued to an officer of the Marine Nationale, it sports military engravings on the caseback and a coppery, almost iridescent, patina. A truly exceptional watch at 33mm, but with a thick case, domed bezel, and elongated lugs – don’t let the diameter stop you. All the details here

Wait, There’s More

In addition to the watches mentioned above, we have a 1940s Sabina Suisse mono-pusher chronograph, a 1966 Tudor Advisor reference 7926, and a 1960s Gübelin Ipsovox. 

All are available now on the HODINKEE Shop


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