Beyond rare, this one handed Hermès wristwatch is a collectable, a conversation starter, and as with all our offerings a piece that can be past from one generation to the next.
Edition: Limited Edition at time of release (almost impossible to find today).
Circa: 1950, with signed movement.
Condition: Used (very good).
Item Number: 1901
Dial: Beautiful men’s timepiece featuring a masterfully refurbished dial with gorgeous blue hand. Large hour numerals with small minute numerals. This watch is one of the very earliest pieces to carry the Hermès logo, so early that the logo is not yet in it’s final form (the carriage driver is missing from in front of the horse).
Case: The case consists of a three-piece silver case.
Origin/Model: This wristwatch is an original creation of the the legendary House of Hermès (circa 1950). The combination of the antique signed movement, original case, and immaculately restored dial makes it an exquisite timepiece.
Movement/Mechanism: The movement is red gold filled 15 jewel screwed settings with that is signed Hermes, Paris. It is of the highest quality Swiss movement, is in great condition and running excellently. The watch is a manual winding timepiece, and has been regularly serviced.
Band: The watch is fitted with a 20 mm genuine leather band with a mild grain finish, with a traditional buckle that matches the case.
Dimensions: Case: 36.5mm (without crown/Signed) Lug to Lug: 43mm
Case Thickness: 10mm
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. But if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a modern Hermès Orange or Grey watch box.
Shipping: Free shipping on all orders. Two-day delivery anywhere in the United States for all purchases over two thousand dollars and ground delivery for all other orders.
Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring for Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: Hermès International is a high fashion creator of luxury goods established in 1837. Hermès, as it colloquially known as today, specializes in leather handbags, home furnishings, clothing, jewelry and watches. It’s logo since 1950 is an image of royal horse and carriage.
Hermès was foundered by Thierry Hermès, the sixth child of an innkeeper. He first opened a harness store that made the finest harnesses and bridles available serving Europe’s nobleman. In 1900 , the firm offered what they called a Haut a Couurroies bag. It was specially designed to allow riders to travel with their saddles.
The store at 24 rue de Faubourg Saint-Honore has grown in legendary status ever since it was opened in 1880. Thierry Hermès was succeeded by his son as the head of Hermès, and he was succeeded by his two sons.
Hermès was granted the exclusive rights to use the zipper in France shortly after it’s invention, which sparked innovation in the area of clothing. This included the first leather golf jacket with a zipper made for Edward, Prince of Wales.
In 1922, as the result of Thierry Hermès grandson’s wife complaining that she could not find a single handbag to her liking in Paris. This ultimately led to some of the most recognizable leather goods in the world today, among them the “Kelly Bag” created in 1935 and later renamed after Grace Kelly, the American actress who would became the Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III. Today, the Kelly Bag and the Birkin Bag are still hand stitched by a single craftsman and incredibly difficult to obtain.
The handbags were quickly followed by the square scarves which quickly became a staple in French culture not long after Hermès first released them in 1938.
In the mid-thirties Hermès teamed up with famous Swiss watchmaker Universal Geneve hiring him exclusively to work with Hermes as the brands first designer of exclusive timepieces, producing their first line of wristwatches for both men and women.
By the 1970s Hermès was a global brand admired by the who’s who from every aspect of society.
Quotes from the House of Hermès, which provide unique insight into the brand:
“The world is divided into two: those who know how to use tools and those that don’t.”
“We design, make, and retail our own products. The world may change, but this will never change.”
“We don’t have an image policy, we have a quality policy.”
“Every artist or designer that works for Hermès is taught to bring their own genius to the way our grandfather and his grandfathers created something more than a product - a work of art.”
“Every Hermès collection has a conscience, this is why we cannot create or sell something that ugly.”
Every Watch Has a StoryTM is in no way affiliated with Hermès and does not claim to be. We simply love their products and make them available to our customers who enjoy surrounding themselves with the best of the best.