Raymond Weil retro Quartz

Picked this up at an auction recently simply as I rather liked the retro styling.  I hadn’t seen this one in the current range and for me it evokes an earlier age with the sculpted lugs and the neat checkered dial pattern.

Gold plated retro Raymond Weil in quartz

Gold plated quartz with white dial with checked off white design to the inner, hourly applied Roman numerals, small round date aperture @6, bordered by a minute track.  Round case fitted to an authentic black leather Raymond Weil strap with signed pin buckle. The retro lug design looks really neat and sets of the watch quite nicely. The hour and minute hands are black steel and the seconds hand in gold with painted black pointer end for clarity.

Slim at 6mm and Raymond Weil leather strap

The dial is marked with the Raymond Weil name and Geneve – there is a Swiss mark at the foot of the dial and the back plate is marked Raymond Weil, RW, a case number and water resistant.

RW logo plain back

The case diameter is 31mm (37mm lug to lug) and at only just over 6mm this is a very neat dress watch indeed.  Suits my small wrist just about perfectly and this watch would be very wearable for a lady these days.

With older, old stock and pre-owned watch models it is often very difficult to find out the exact model. Details can be very hard to find, such as date of manufacture, retail price when current and even the question of provenance – is the watch genuine?  Auction houses or dealers in general usually try quite hard to ensure that items they sell are genuine and to that end they often remove the back to check the movement, usually a dead giveaway – but for quartz watches this is often not quite so easy.  The quartz movement may or may not be signed and could be of Chinese or Japanese origin.  However it’s fact that a Swiss watch could well have these as perfectly legitimate quartz movement suppliers, so it’s always a “buyer beware”.

On the wrist

This model is a true Raymond Weil and the watch size in keeping with the retro period it suggests.  The strap is certainly made for Gents wear with holes set for about 170mm minimum wrist size without extras added.  Generally the older the watch, the smaller it will be and this one at 31mm is similar in size to many other Gents watches I have of the same and earlier period.

One thing I do know as a collector who wears all my watches at some time or another is that this one looks pretty good on the wrist – and that’s what it was meant to do.

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4 thoughts on “Raymond Weil retro Quartz

  1. Any idea of the age of the watch? I have a similar model myself, I was told that It had a model number of 9124. Any rough estimate on the value, if you don’t mind me asking, what did you bid at for your model?

    Thanks for the help and the info!

    Rob

    • Hi Rob,
      As far as I can determine the RW watch is around 1990 date and it is a retro quartz model. Value wise in auction I would expect this to be estimated
      around £170 – £220 by the auction house. However even in perfect condition I would not expect it to go for much more than the lower estimate.
      I have seen the same model twice since (often new old stock) in auctions and that price seems about right.
      Hope this helps.

      • I don’t recall any specific site dedicated to Raymond Weil model identification, though there are a good few on Google that refer to the Company.
        One of the problems of course with many Swiss makers is the generally poor identification of models and dates. Much of the
        problem seems to be the number of management changes after the watch crisis some years ago and the subsequent direction change within the Company.
        Quite a bit of model launch Information from around 2002 onwards, but little before that.

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