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c.1960s Services Divers Watch - Submariner Style - 17 Jewel movement

£395.00GBP
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A c.1960s Services Submariner-Style Divers watch with a black tritium dial, bi-directional bezel and a 17-jewel movement.

Reminiscent of countless dive watches since, this Swiss Services watch proves the old adage 'they don't make 'em like they used to'. A quality piece of watchmaking with a military style to its design, the watch bears remarkable similarities to many Oris pieces produced since. It may have been that Services began to import and assemble Oris variants before the brand felt proud enough to put their name on the dial and movements. A mistake in our opinion: this is a beautiful vintage diver's watch.

This particular watch is in a fantastic original condition with a new black NATO strap. It even comes with it's original “Services” box as can be seen in the photographs. From what we have gathered below we can only presume that as our watch dial is marked " T Swiss Made T " and it is a 17 jewelled movement, that this is one of the "Oris" supplied watches from the c.1950s but there are no markings that we can find. 

The dial, a funky patinated grey/green colour, features a chunky large arrow hour hand and a red date eye at 3:00. The dial is also marked 'T Swiss Made T', the T indicating 'Tritium'. After the Radium Girls incidents in the US, radium as a dial paint was banned in 1968 due to its mild, but over years potentially harmful, radiating effects. Tritium became the staple of the late 60s and 70s, placing this watch after 1968, though we don't suspect by much.

The Services Watch Co. was founded in Leicester by Frank Liquorish sometime in 1926/27. It is believed it was dissolved on 26/11/2002 although it was gathered from Steve Burrage a former employee of the company that Services Watches actually stopped being produced in the late 1970’s. The company never actually made watches themselves but instead they either had them made by other firms or bought parts in which were then assembled in the Services factory in Leicestershire, England.

The earliest Services watches that people have so far come across were made in c1927 using 15 jewel movements made by the Fleurier Watch co., Switzerland. These watches were fitted into an Edinburgh hallmarked silver watch case. Sometime in the early to mid 1930’s it is believed that “Services” appear to have started sourcing watches from The Oris Watch Company, Switzerland, and this arrangement appears to have continued into the 1950’s. 

 

What's on offer 

A modest but visually impressive dive watch from the 1960s. The dial is funky, patinated and full of vintage character, but still looks sharp. The lugs are scratched from wear, and the case edges do show small signs of wear, though these are not as prevalent elsewhere on the watch. Given the brand name, it'd be ironic if this watch hadn't had a service. Luckily, it's currently with out expert watchmaker who's cleaning, timing and inspecting the watch to make sure it's in full working order for its next owner. It will come with a 6-month warranty based on this service from us. 

Additional information:

Made from

Case: Stainless steel.

Dial: Black, tritium T Swiss Made. 

Crystal: Plexiglass

Bracelet: Black fabric 'NATO' strap.

Technical specifications 

Winding: Manual. 

Jewels: 17

Waterproof: No. 

Purchase details

Condition: Good, with signs of light wear. 

Model reference: Trench Watch

Year of issue: 1915. 

Guarantee

Sold with 6-month guarantee. 

Dimensions

Width (without crown) 37mm

Height (lug to lug) 44mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.