Trebor’s vintage watch collection

At Trebor’s Vintage Watches we specialize in restored vintage watches, including Omega, Longines, Rolex and other quality antique and pre-owned mechanical wristwatches. We do not normally sell current production timepieces but do offer a number of “New Old Stock” watches. We are based in Montreal, Canada and ship our professionally refurbished watches around the world. We have been in business for 25 years and have had a presence on the Internet since 1998.

All of our vintage watches are sold in good working order. Most have been serviced by our watchmaker, or in some cases were recently serviced elsewhere and have passed our watchmaker’s inspection. Servicing normally includes complete disassembly, cleaning, oiling of the watch movement and timing and adjustment upon reassembly. If during reassembly any parts show excessive wear the watchmaker will replace them with new original parts (if available), will find parts from another vintage movement or will sometimes make a part by hand. The outer case may be lightly buffed to remove surface scratches, and if required a replacement crystal installed. An original dial showing some patina and age marks that still looks nice will be left alone, but often the aging process has gone beyond looking nice and in these cases the dial will be professionally refinished (we always indicate if a dial has been refinished in our description). Most of our restored old watches are fitted with new leather straps. In short you will receive a magnificent looking antique timepiece that has been fully restored to its original condition.

#5503 Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 96 circa 1955 vintage

Rare 18K Harwood - world's 1st Automatic watch c1920's
Status: Available for $8900

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This is a 50’s vintage 18K Patek Philippe Calatrava ref 96 with 18 jewel cal-400c manual wind movement and fit with a 9K gold wristband. Watch has been lightly polished to remove minor scratches seen in photos and is in excellent working condition. This small size men’s watch is also suitable for women.
Photos are not actual size of watch, the case measures — mm across x — mm lug to lug and is fit as found with a 9k (non Patek) strap. If prefered gold strap can be changed for a high quality leather bracelet.
The first Calatrava reference 96 was introduced back in 1932, the same year Patek Philippe was acquired by the well known Stern family. Despite the world’s economic conditions at the time, this watch turned around Patek’s sales with its now famous elegant smooth bezel, and almost Bauhaus-esque dial design. The 31-millimeters wide, and incredibly slim 9-millimeter thick case, housed Patek’s in-house calibre 12-400. This manually wound movement incorporated 18 jewels, and was finished exquisitely with Geneva stripes on its curved, pocket watch-like bridges. Some examples even qualify as somewhat of a tool watch (hardly!), as some movements were “Adjusted To Heat, Cold, and Isochronism”. Today, the reference 96 has become an especially collectible Patek, as they’ve becoming increasingly more and more difficult to find in top condition.




#5505 Junghans Olympic chronograph - 1972 Munich Olympics

Junghans Olympic chronograph - 1972 Munich Olympics
Status: Available for $1050



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Junghans was the only German official timekeeper for the 1972 Munich Olympics. Offered for sale is an Olympic edition manual wind chronograph with rotating bezel, 30 minute register and date,and powered by a Valjoux 7734 (Junghans 688.10) movement. Case is stainless steel screwback (3 ATU), shock and water resistant and is inscribed RAG 25 Jahre. The manual wind movement is in excellent working condition and was recently serviced.
Photos are not actual size of watch, the case measures 41 mm across (not including crown) x 43 mm lug to lug and is fit with a new leather bracelet.




#5506 Omega Seamaster 120 Dive watch 1967 vintage

Omega Seamaster 120 Dive watch 1967 vintage
Status: Available for $1250



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This great looking manual wind Omega Seamaster 120 Dive watch with rotating bezel is from Omega’s 1967 International collection. The stainless steel case is screwback and has reference number 135.027 and (faint) seahorse logo on the outside. The cal 601, 17 jewel, 2 position movement has serial number 25070163 (1967) is in excellent working condition and was recently serviced.
Photos are not actual size of watch, the case measures 37 mm across (not including crown) x 44 mm lug to lug and is fit with a lightly used leather bracelet.




#5501 Rare 18K Harwood - world’s 1st Automatic watch c1928

Rare 18K Harwood - world's 1st Automatic watch c1920's
Status: Available for $2650



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This is a rare self winding bumper movement Harwood wristwatch circa 1928 in 18k gold which was presented to a US State Department employee Herbert Peck Fales. The first self winding wristwatch was invented and patented in 1923 by John Harwood, a watchmaker from the Isle of Man, UK. Harwood designed the self winding watch without a wind/set crown, it is set by turning the bezel. The company was not very successful, a good idea at a bad time is one explanation, and after only a few years closed their doors in 1931 with the onset of the great depression, and having only produced 30,000 watches (very few in 18k gold cases). As is often the case some of the biggest failures of the past result in today’s rarest collectable watches. With the failure of the company, the patent expired and other companies were now free to enter the market, Rolex modified and improved the Harwood design and it was the basis of their first automatic movement. This Harwood watch has just been serviced by our watchmaker and is in excellent working condition for a watch of it’s age. To set the watch turn the bezel which engages the set gears, after setting it is important to disengage the gears by turning the bezel in the opposite direction until a red dot appears in the round aperture above the numeral 6. The small size is typical of men’s watches of this era, watch is suitable also for women.
Photos are not actual size of watch, the case measures 29 mm across x 37 mm lug to lug and is fit with a new leather bracelet.

The first self winding wristwatch was invented in 1923 by a watch repairer from the Isle of Man named John Harwood. He took out a UK patent with his financial backer, Harry Cutts from Cheshire, on 7 July 1923, and a corresponding Swiss patent on 16 October 1923. The Harwood system used a semi circular weight that pivoted at the centre of the movement and swung through a 300 degree arc as the wearer moved his wrist or arm, and through a train of gears wound the mainspring. This was called a “bumper” design because the weight ran into a spring bumper at the end of its 300 degree travel, which the wearer could feel. When fully wound, the watch would run for only 12 hours, which was obviously a serious drawback. It did not have a conventional stem winder, so the hands were moved manually by rotating a bezel around the face of the watch.

They formed the Harwood Self-Winding Watch Company and commissioned the Swiss firms Fortis and A. Schild to make the watches using the Adolf Schild Calibre Cal. 350 as the base movement. The watches went on sale in 1928. They were not a runaway success in the market, and only some 30,000 were made in total. However, the presence of the patent meant that from 1923 no one else could develop a similar or improved version, so progress was essentially halted at a time when the wristwatch was becoming more and more popular. The Harwood company collapsed in 1931 during the Great Depression and, although the patent still existed, there was no one to exercise it so other companies were free to develop their own versions.

Emile Borer, son in law of the Aegler family and head of research and development at the Rolex Bienne factory, took up the Harwood design and used it as the basis for the “auto rotor” of the Rolex caliber 620 Oyster Perpetual. He improved the design so that the centrally mounted semi-circular weight became a rotor which could rotate smoothly through a full 360 degrees and was able to turn both clockwise and counter clockwise, rather than running the 300 degrees and then hitting the bumpers of the Harwood design.




#5502 18K Jaeger LeCoultre tank circa 1960’s vintage

18K Jaeger LeCoultre tank circa 1960's vintage
Status: Available for $1650



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This 18K Jaeger LeCoultre tank case wristwatch was made circa 1960’s but appears to have been rarely used, it is in near mint condition. Watch is fully signed on dial, case and movement and also has the logo on crown and buckle. The case reference number is 9012. The manual wind movement has just been serviced by our watchmaker and is in excellent working condition.
Photos are not actual size of watch, the case measures 23mm across (not including crown) x 38mmin lug to lug and is fit with a new leather bracelet.