Oct 4, 2015

1960s Vintage Titoni ETARotor "Shimmer"

Titoni ETARotor "Shimmer"
Citrca 1960s

Vintage watches have a timeless appeal, able to fit into any moment in past and present. This example is a classic case of fashion adaptability. Whether you're decked in office wear or tees for a sunny day out, Shimmer will be a suitable match for your outfit.

The nice domed acrylic crystal sets the stage for this elegant timepiece. It's got a good curve that magnifies the guilloche pattern of the dial ever so slightly. The shape of the dome is perhaps also what sets it in the place between dressy and casual - easy enough to fit under a cuff, large enough to catch the sun on an exposed wrist.

Moving along past the crystal, your gaze lands on the machined guilloche sunburst, emanating from the center of the dial outwards, with space enough to avoid cutting into the applied hour indexes. 

The beauty of guilloche on a vintage offering like this is the amount of patina and age that it gathers throughout the years. Being a used watch, the amount of artistic quality accorded by age will differ between each individual spacing, leaving for an art gallery of vintage charm for the loupe-carrying aficionado. 

And last but not least, there's the single shining jewel placed slightly above the applied 6'O marker, characteristic of Titoni watches. It fits snugly between the larger spacing of the guilloche pattern, and balances the dial against the Titoni logomark at 12'O,

The devil's in the details, and this guy has got it all. One of my favorites.

1960s Vintage Titoni ETARotor "Shimmer"
Hour, minute and seconds hands with date window
Manual date switching between 10'O and 12'O
Cream machine-cut guilloche dial
35mm stainless steel case
40mm lug-to-lug
18mm lug width
Titoni 23-jewel ETARotor movement @ 21,600vph
Acrylic crystal
Red aftermarket leather strap

*The manual winding for the movement is a little worn; 
won't wind well though automatic rotor still works*


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