Delicate and dressy would be an apt description for this 1970’s self-winding Regency by Accurist. Though it appears to be of more diminutive manual wind size, the watch houses a powerful and reliable Japanese-made Citizen 1400 calibre automatic movement. Secure in a shockproof gold plated case, underneath the acrylic crystal is a gorgeous silver tone dial with the waxy lustre of a seashell. Encircling the gold tone dauphine style hands are gold tone indices, with the 12, 3, 6 and 9 markers being represented by bolder, fan-like indices. The watch has been fully serviced in our workshop under a 12 month warranty.
Regency is a sub-brand of the watchmaker Accurist SA, and the ‘Foreign’ marking on the watch denotes the non-Swiss movement housed within it.
Accurist was founded in 1946 in London by Asher and Rebeca Loftus. They made watches that consisted entirely of Swiss components, which guaranteed consistent high-quality, and placed the company higher on the competitive watch market. The Accurist brand truly blossomed at around 1965 with their ‘Old England’ watch line, which aimed to introduce and promote the idea that watches could be a fashion accessory, and not merely a ‘once in a lifetime’ purchase. This movement was popularised by the likes of Twiggy and The Beatles, causing the brightly coloured and out-there designs of this new watch style to become a part of the London fashion at the time. The 1970’s was also a successful decade for Accurist, with the popularisation of quartz movements and digital watches, technologies that were often represented by the Accurist brand in the media – their digital quartz watch was chosen as the official watch for the Concorde aircraft pilots.
Up until the early 2000’s, Accurist was a highly popular and well-known brand, still creating good quality watches to this day. However, their heyday was undeniable from the 60’s through to the 80’s, and their classical, stylish watches from that period can still widely be found on the markets.
Servicing and Guarantee
This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 6-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines.
Case and Strap
- Gold plated case body.
- Stainless steel snap-off caseback.
- Original gold plated winding crown.
- Acrylic crystal
- New 18mm ostrich style leather strap.
- Width w/o crown: 34mm
- Width w/ crown: 36mm
- Height: 40mm
- Thickness: 11mm
- Strap: 18mm
Dial and Hands
- Silver tone sunburst dial.
- Gold tone dauphine style hands.
- Gold tone indices.
- Signed ‘Regency’ below 12 position.
- Japanese made movement
- Citizen 1400 calibre.
- 17 jewels.
Servicing and Guarantee
- Fully serviced with disassembly in our Bristol shop.
- Mechanics in full working order.
- 12-month warranty.
- Guarantee Terms and Conditions.