1970s Mathey Tissot Seanymph
A solid 18 carat yellow gold Mathey Tissot Seanymph automatic watch. This is a very rare and unusual watch from an often underappreciated brand. The company was started in 1886 and was focused on complications such as calendar watches, and repeaters. It sent a number of watches to the Kew Observatory to compete in the Chronometer timing competitions. In 1914 it sent six to Kew, with all six being rated 'Class A' with the comment 'specially good'! They were chosen as the brand for the US Army's corps of Engineers for WW1, with General Pershing not only presenting them as awards to soldiers under his command, but also wearing one himself. In 1969 and 1970 Elvis bought himself and all those close to him Mathey-Tisot watches with his name and four stars on them. This was a clear and easy way to identify of his inner circle! If they were good enough for the king....! This watch presented is a very handsome and beautifully made piece. It is a very classic looking case with dropped straight lugs off a simple, clean round case. But it is a heavy gold case, not cheap, and no corners cut in making it. The eggshell white dial with black printing has a classic set of bead minute markers around the track. The hour markers are what probably make this watch most compelling. There are almost arrow head, or necktie style markers for most hours. Then a very Art Deco geometric shape for the 12, 3, 6 and 9 markers. The hands are a classic solid gold dauphine shape. A very handsome overall looking design with all of these design components brought together and working well. The watch is powered by a hard working and highly utilised A. Schilds caliber 1580. This movement was used by a host of watch companies such as; Waltham, Enicar, Juvenia. A 17 jewel, self winding caliber called the "Maximatic '' which made its debut in 1958. It had incabloc shock protection and beats at 18000 bph. A very reliable and hardworking movement that runs very well today. Overall, a handsome, classic looking wristwatch, but with a more interesting dial. It is also a good size. Coming in at 34mm, it wears a little bigger on the wrist thanks to the long dropping straight lugs. The condition is good throughout. The dial has some aging in areas, but nothing distracting, and in fact gives the watch its vintage charm, given that it is from the late 1960's. The case has light wear, as one would imagine. But, again, nothing above what would be expected. It is hard to find such a good looking solid 18 carat gold watch with great presence for better value. Also, the name itself is also something to raise a smile!