Vintage Watch Blog.
The Hallmark of Geneva office is today part of TIMELAB – the Geneva Laboratory of Horology and Microengineering. The assessment is conducted by officially appointed sworn inspectors supported by at least one audit of the participating companies a month.
According to Vacheron Constantin, three strict conditions govern the award of the certification:
1. The candidate company has to be registered in the Canton of Geneva. It must also have carried out the assembly, adjustment and casing-up of the movement and any additional mechanical modules as well as the inspection of the cased-up watch.
2. The movement, additional modules and the exterior parts of the watch have to be approved by the technical committee of the Hallmark of Geneva, made up of seven sworn members. Its components are then regularly inspected at the company by the auditors of the Hallmark of Geneva office.
3. All the cased-up watches (without strap or bracelet) have to comply with the criteria of the Hallmark of Geneva. The inspections cover the water-resistance, the rate, the functions and the power-reserve of the watch.
Watches that qualify for the Hallmark of Geneva bear the official seal on the movement and on the case. If possible the hallmark must be engraved on the component that bears the serial number. If the movement has an additional mechanism, the hallmark can be stamped on the plate of the mechanism and/or on one of the bridges.
For a detailed history about how the Hallmark became official, please visit see: Origins of the Hallmark of Geneva
It occurred to me a few months ago while searching for vintage watches that would appeal to women. There are some really beautiful ladies vintage pieces available, I am referring to those originally intended for a woman. In fact, the deals to be had for solid platinum ladies vintage watches decked out in 2ct+ of diamonds is rather disturbing. However, vintage watches originally designed for woman have one big problem. The size of the watches are usually tiny. Unacceptable for most modern woman, regardless of the price. The solution? Men's vintage watches. Many great examples from a variety of American and Swiss fine watch manufacturers exist. Below is one example recently added to our Vintage Watch Shop in the Art Deco revival style of the 1960s. This Swiss Hamilton is of an average size for a modern woman's watch and is appropriately feminine - believe it of not - this was originally intended for a man. Add a colored crocodile strap like dark purple, blue or red, and this piece really makes a statement.
At ADAM VINTAGE, we will continue to explore this uncharted market of fine vintage men's watches turned modern women's watches and see were it leads. In the meantime, we look forward to hearing the opinions of all the women out there and will continue on our constant search for the best examples of vintage watches we can find.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
Phone: +1 413 219 1104
Mailing: 7 E Circle Dr. E. Longmeadow, MA 01028
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