In The Shop – Vintage Watches: A 1972 Heuer Skipper, A 1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional, And A 1968 Patek Philippe

By Brandon Frazin

The Wednesday vintage drop in the HODINKEE Shop is here, and this week, we’ve really got the goods. There’s a diverse group of eight watches up for grabs with a few common threads that tie them all together. You can choose from a pair of 1960s dress watches with integrated bracelets, one in 18k yellow gold and another in stainless steel, or maybe opt for a new-to-you chronograph, including a Heuer yacht timer, a classic Speedmaster, a Wittnauer with a beautiful burgundy bezel, and a gold-plated Breitling. Rounding us out today is a time-only Breguet from the late 1980s, prior to the company’s acquisition by the Swatch Group. Enjoy!

1968 Patek Philippe Ref. 3445/6 In 18k Yellow Gold With Integrated Bracelet

Patek Philippe debuted the ref. 3445 in 1961, and it remained in production until approximately 1985. This was the Swiss firm’s first wristwatch to feature an in-house automatic movement with a date complication, the caliber 27-460. Patek Philippe offered this reference in yellow, pink, and white gold as well as platinum; there were also a number of dial variations. The ref. 3445 seen here dates to 1968 and features a lavish all-gold execution. Everything is made from solid 18k yellow gold, from the dial and hands to the case and integrated mesh bracelet – we mean everything.

1972 Heuer Skipper Ref. 1564 With Original Strap And Buckle

This Heuer Skipper is quite special for a few reasons. First, it was sourced directly from the family of the original owner after being found in a drawer. It’s also in beautiful, all original condition, with a dial that has retained its vibrant colors and a case that still has its sharp edges. Finally, it comes with its original strap and buckle.

Heuer produced the Skipper for a few years, and a number of different variations are known. This particular example is a ref. 1564 from 1972, which was the first Skipper to feature an automatic movement. Interestingly, the Heuer Skipper ref. 1564 shares an identical case to the Heuer Autavia ref. 1165 and has a metallic blue MH bezel. The Heuer Skipper is a watch we hold close to our hearts in the HODINKEE Shop, and this is truly one of the best examples we’ve ever come across.

1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 145.022-68 ‘Transitional’

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