Vintage Le Phare Mens Oversize Watch from 1960s with Handwinding ETA 1120 Movement
Vintage Le Phare Mens Watch from 1960s with Handwinding ETA 1120 Movement
Make: Le Phare Size: 35mm Movement: ETA 1120 Handwinding Movement Case Material: Gold Plated Strap Material: Brown Suede Leather Date: 1960's Mechanical Condition: Working perfectly and keeping very accurate time over our 48 hour test PhysicalCondition: Good
- History of Le Phare -
The brand was founded by Charles Barbezat-Baillot (1847-1938) and Henry Guye (1838-1877), however initially after naming it Guye & Barbezat they changed the name to Le Phare.
It roots start at 1888 in Le Locle high up in the Neuchâtel mountains, which later on gave birth to the Jean d'Eve watch range, which has left its mark on the story of Swiss watchmaking. Indeed, from as early as 1889 its watches were rewarded by the most eminent prizes : Gold medal at the National Exhibition of 1896 in Geneva, followed by the 1889 at the Great Universal Exhibition in Paris.
From its very beginnings, Le Phare specialised in the production of complication watches, including repeaters, calendars and chronographs. Interestingly, in 1915, Zenith briefly took over the company before relinquishing control again in 1922. During the 1940s and 1950s, Le Phare exhibited at the Basel Watch Fair and advertised their chronograph and other complication watches.
- About this watch -
This Le Phare vintage watch is a beautifully balanced piece, coming in at 35mm it will appeal to many wrists. The dial has a deep cream hue with a very light patina just peeking out and beginning to form. It just exudes 60's goodness with funky Arabic numerals and stunning teardrop indices.
The yellow gold plated case has developed a slight rose tint over its 70 year life, which contrasts sensationally against the cream dial and also the brown suede strap. The Italian hand-made suede strap was specifically chosen for this watch, a watch this pretty and with such a rich brand pedigree needed to be set off with a something special.
At its beating heart is a gorgeous copper plated 17 Jewel ETA 1120 Incabloc movement, a movement as my watch maker would say "with jewels in all the right places".
CASE: Good condition (very small dents on left side of case at 8-10 o'clock and 12 o'clock) DIAL: Good condition, patina forming (small blemished as shown in macro shots) BACKCASE: Great condition CROWN: Good condition CRYSTAL: Great condition. OVERALLCONDITION: Has been tested, cleaned and checked over and is in excellent working order. PRESENTATION: Presented in a vintage style presentation box, great for a gift or to simply keep the watch in. AUTHENTICITY: Certification provided upon request.
- Technical Specs -
CASESIZE: 35mm to crown
STRAPSIZE: Will fit the vast majority of wrist sizes
CASEMATERIAL: Gold Plated with Stainless Steel Back
BRACELET: Brand New Italian Suede Leather Strap with Contrast Ivory Stitching
- Shipping -
Worldwide shipping available, all items are shipped fully insured and sent as priority mail.
For outside of the EU customs or import charges will be paid by the customer (if applied).
- T&C's -
The watch is guaranteed to be in full functioning good working condition when it is posted from our store.
For your peace of mind Wilberforce Watches offers a 30 day mechanical limited warranty for all watches, please see full terms and conditions for full details, available at email request.
Whether it be two days after the sale or two years, please let us know the issue as we have got your back. However please bear in mind that due to the nature of vintage watches, we do expect reasonable treatment of all watches by their new owners. So, no cave diving or base jumping please.