Watches of Switzerland Pre-Owned Selections
Welcome to our inaugural round-up of some of our favourite preowned timepieces currently available through Watches of Switzerland Pre-owned. We’ve got an eclectic yet intriguing mix of pieces to share with you, from an exceptional A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar, to an exquisite ladies timepiece by Ulysse Nardin, a limited edition Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari and a trio of Tudors. We even have an exceptionally rare Oris mechanical alarm watch from the mid 1990’s, which is sure to turn the head of a few collectors. Each piece has passed through a rigorous assessment performed by our team of qualified watchmakers and is accompanied by a twelve-month warranty backed by one of the country’s most trusted fine timepiece retailers. So, keep reading to discover your next preowned luxury timepiece.
Ulysse Nardin Jade ‘No.008’
Founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin is today a full-scale, integrated watch manufacturer, capable of producing nearly everything in house, including its high-quality watch movements. One such example is the self-winding Calibre UN-310 found inside this stunning Ulysse Nardin Jade timepiece. It’s the first movement in the brand’s lengthy history that was designed and produced in-house exclusively for a ladies’ collection. Presented in a stainless steel elliptical-shaped case, measuring 36mm in diameter, it displays the time on an enchanting, diamond-set blue enamel dial with painted Arabic hour markers and silver-tone hands, complete with a discreet date window at 6 o’clock. Framing the dial is a dazzling diamond-set bezel. The Jade series pioneers a unique crown design, replacing the traditional winding crown with an integrated side pusher. This innovative feature allows effortless time and date adjustments, as well as movement winding. The Ulysse Nardin Jade is complemented by a white leather strap and a stainless steel butterfly deployant clasp. A harmonious combination of beauty and functionality.
Oris Reveil Alarm
Although somewhat lost to posterity now, mechanical alarm watches have a rich – if rather widely unknown – history in horology. Which makes prime examples, like this limited edition Oris Reveil Alarm, sought after by collectors. First patented in 1908, the wrist worn alarm watch didn’t really start to gain in popularity until the late 1940s. The following two decades saw a great deal of innovation, driving the demand for this rather useful complication. So much so that several former US Presidents are said to have relied heavily on their “alarms on the arm” to remind them of upcoming engagements. The advent of cheaper, more accurate quartz movements though relegated the mechanical alarm watch almost exclusively to the arena of the connoisseur. Which brings us back to the Oris Reveil Alarm Limited Edition on offer. This exquisite complication is presented in an equally exquisite polished rose gold tonneau-shaped case, measuring 33.5x41mm and 13mm in thickness. The unusual ivory coloured dial is finished with multiple guilloche patterns, with applied baton markers set in combination with Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock respectively. The alarm function can be wound and set using the crown at the 2 o’clock position, with the red central hand, indicating the selected time. Worn on gloss black alligator strap, and secured by a rose gold pin buckle clasp, the case is engraved ‘224/250’.
Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari No. 355
Taking its design codes from Ferrari’s sleek sports cars, this Big Bang UNICO Ferrari boasts a complex titanium case, exuding a bold, masculine style. Sized at 45mm, this watch offers the wearer a generous diameter to take in the intricacies of the skeletonised, sapphire crystal dial. The lugs and lateral inserts are made up of a black and red composite resin that complements the watch’s profile, which incorporates a red line across the elongated black PVD titanium pushers and crown. On the opposite side of the profile, gear heads will love the “Ferrari” lettering, which has been engraved in the carmaker’s signature red. All aspects of the dial pay homage to Ferrari, from the sub-seconds dial and date window at 3 o’clock, which are designed to resemble a car’s tachometer, to the automaker’s Prancing Horse logo at 6 o’clock and the seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, which comes in the shape of an air extractor. The date window reveals a yellow sapphire disc, the colour of which is certainly a nod to Ferrari’s shield. The in-house manufactured UNICO movement features a flyback chronograph with a column wheel transmission positioned on the dial side. Numbered ‘355’ of 1000 and delivered in near mint condition as a complete set, this Hublot Big Bang Ferrari is perfect for collectors.
Cartier Santos De Cartier Yellow/Steel Large
Feast your eyes on one of most iconic designs in luxury watchmaking – the Cartier Santos de Cartier. Considered by many to be the world’s first pilot watch – and indeed one of the first wristwatches, period, making its debut in 1904 – the contemporary version offers a modern design and luxury sports watch vibe. Measuring 47.5mm in length x 39.8mm across, this watch makes a statement on the wrist. Thanks to its slim case profile of 9.38mm, it can still be slide comfortably under a shirt cuff for those more formal occasions. The case is constructed from steel and shows a vertical brushed finish, whilst the bezel is in yellow gold. The silver opaline dial features Cartier’s distinctive Roman numerals and railway track chapter ring, with the date shown discreetly via a small aperture at six o’clock. The bracelet is in matching stainless steel with screw motifs in gold matching the bezel. It’s equipped with Cartier’s QuickSwitch system, which allows the wearer to quickly and easily change from the bracelet to a strap and vice versa, without the need for tools. And with Cartier’s clever SmartLink adjustment system, you can easily adjust the length of the steel bracelet to ensure the most comfortable fit possible. This model is sold with close to the full balance of Cartier Care (up to 8 years of International Limited Warranty).
Tudor Black Bay 32
The popular Black Bay 32 can be thought of as the minimalist option from the Black Bay family – being the only one not to feature a rotating bezel. A versatile piece – boasting a certain sporty elegance that lends itself to more formal settings, whilst still remaining perfectly suited to more casual scenarios. To achieve this, the middle case was redesigned and slimmed down – allowing the wristwatch to slide under a shirt cuff more easily. This is further accentuated by the deliberate use of a flat sapphire crystal (the only collection in the Black Bay range to do so). The crystal sits flush with a gold capped bezel, which is brushed for a subtle finish. On offer is a near-mint edition of the Black Bay 32, with most of its factory stickers still intact. Presented in Tudor’s signature steel and gold, the case is complemented by a two-tone, yellow gold and steel bracelet. The warm champagne dial features luminous gold-tone hour markers and hands, providing excellent legibility, while the luminescent material ensures visibility even in dim lighting conditions. Offered as a watch only, this Tudor Black Bay 32 is backed by our 12-month warranty.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph
The Memovox Polaris was first released in 1965, building on the success of the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea – the first dive watch with a mechanical alarm (to remind divers to begin their ascent). More than fifty years later, Jaeger-LeCoultre created the modern Polaris collection, introducing a new line of luxury sports watches. Among them was the excellent Polaris Chronograph, of which we have an outstanding example for sale here. Presented in a 42mm stainless steel case, the black dial showcases three finishes: combination of satin and media blasted finishing and small-scale concentric circles on the sub dials. The bezel case bevels are finished in a high polish, while the case flanks and lugs feature a deep vertical brushed finish. Time is shown centrally, along with the chronograph seconds, with a bi-compax layout for the chronograph counters at 3 and 9 o’clock respectively. Around the periphery of the dial is a tachymetric scale graduated from 60 to 500 km/h. Worn on a brown calfskin leather strap, this piece is delivered with original warranty cards, in excellent condition. The Warranty card is dated 2022, meaning the new owner will benefit from six years remaining of the original factory International Limited Warranty.
Tudor Royal 28mm
Launched in 2020, the Tudor Royal collection has quickly found favour with Tudor fans looking for a watch that offers upmarket luxury (without the associated price tag), whilst still delivering that subtle sports watch flavour. On offer here is the 28mm version, presented in steel case with polished and satin finish, complete with a matching five-link steel bracelet, with the centre links covered by a 0.2mm yellow gold cap. What will really turn heads though is the gem-set white mother-of-pearl dial with applied Roman numerals, framed by a fixed yellow gold bezel set with a further sixty diamonds. The steel screw-down winding crown – covered by a 0.1mm yellow gold cap – helps ensure the watch stays waterproof to 100m (330ft). Offered in mint condition and with over 4 years of factory warranty remaining, this is an excellent opportunity to snap up this beauty at a substantial discount on retail.
A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Annual Calendar
Since being introduced in 1995, the 1815 series – which pays tribute to the birth year of company founder, Ferdinand A. Lange – has grown to become one of Lange’s most popular collections. Initially intended as a gateway to the brand’s more complex models, it has evolved over the years into its own legitimate range with several interesting complications, including this exceptional Annual Calendar. Delivered as a full set and having recently returned from a factory maintenance and refinishing with A. Lange & Söhne, the piece offered here is in near mint condition. Presented in a 40mm 18ct white gold case, it stands a mere 10.1mm high for that svelte feeling on the wrist. The dial is made from solid silver and features Arabic serif numerals and a railway-track minute scale around the periphery – hallmarks of the 1815 Collection. The main hands are blued for the hours and minutes, while the calendar hands and small seconds hand match the case’s material. The calendar indications are hosted on two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock, with the moon-phase display integrated into the subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock (the moon phase is extremely accurate by the way and only needs to be corrected once every 122.6 years). The date is shown in analogue form along with the day of the week on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock, while the month is shown on the sub-dial at 3 o’clock. Inside is the manually-wound Calibre L051.3, designed, assembled and finished in-house by Lange’s expert artisans.
The Tudor Pelagos is a serious dive watch. Offering 500m water resistance, its 42mm case is hewn from lightweight titanium and features an automatic helium escape valve, making it suitable for suitable for saturation diving (if you feel so inclined). The case shows a muted satin finish, in keeping with the tool watch aesthetic. This version features a rich blue dial with a matching unidirectional ceramic bezel and square index markers for the hours. These stretch to a rectangle at 6 and 9 and change to an upside-down triangle at 12. The markers, along with the distinctive snowflake hands and all the text are in white, which ensures max contrast against the dial. And all the key indications are treated with white luminescent material, meaning they are still legible even in low-light conditions. A big stand-out on the Pelagos is its titanium bracelet featuring a steel folding clasp with a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by TUDOR. This technical system allows the bracelet to be adjusted during the dive, contracting when the combination is compressed at greater depths, and expanding when the pressure decreases again during the diver’s return to the surface. A complimentary rubber strap is also provided, equipped with an extension system that makes it easily adjustable for all diving conditions.