CASE DIAMETER: 34mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
MOVEMENT: MANUAL WIND
You could easily look at this unassuming 34mm Oyster and think, this is just a 60's manual wind Oyster Precision, and its a fair assumption to make. But this is why we love the idiosyncrasies of vintage, the devil is in the detail. The 6429 is actually one the rarest references to bear the crown, seen in a narrow 2.0m serial range and with two different dials, one being the blank 3-6-9 variant we have here and one with Commando written in between the hands and the 6 numeral.
There are several theories to this watch's existence, The most common theory is the 6429 was made and offered to the US Army & Airforce Exchange Service, this is essentially the US version of the NAAFI, as a cheap, simple and sturdy watch for their troops. The left over stock that wasn’t purchased was then sold to the famous American outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch. A&F started retailing the 6429 in 1972 at the now mere cost of $108.75 with the word Commando printed on the dial. The Commando version of the 6429 is seen more commonly than the blank dial which makes you wonder how many were sold before A&F bought the stock?
The watch itself is a simple 1225 cal manual wind oyster based on the 6426, all the Commando's seen have the 6426 caseback like this one, but the case is stamped 6429. The hands are a baton style and the dial has an explorer style 3-6-9 layout with the Rolex coronet sitting high up next to the outer track. The watch still retains its 7205/60 rivet bracelet with the clasp stamp of 4/70.
The case is in superb shape on the watch, extremely full with little to no signs of polishing. The Plexi shows some wear but its what you would expect to see in a watch of this age. A new glass can be added at the buyers request but we prefer the original look.
For us this is a real stealth watch, it takes a trained eye to spot this ultra rare piece and that really is one of its biggest attractions. The watch has recently had a movement service and is running well.