The Dreyfuss & Co 1974 ladies watch lends itself well as a thoughtful gift, and if I were on the receiving end would think affectionately of the giver

As a watch brand recognised for traditional and truly collectable timepieces, each Dreyfuss & Co watch is Swiss handmade to honour its high standards – a timepiece to last for generations. Each Dreyfuss & Co collection represents an event in brand founder, Rene Dreyfuss’ life. The 1974 collection marks the end of an era when Rene retired from watchmaking. This collection has been carefully designed to represent his ethos of Swiss craftsmanship and everlasting appeal.

DREYFUSS & CO 1974 WATCH

At first glance

Dreyfuss & Co’s brand motto ‘tradition is remembered long after the price is forgotten’ is epitomised by the 1974 Dreyfuss & Co Two Tone ladies watch. Welcome to the classic of the classics with a twist of modernity.
Straight off the mark, I was attracted to this timepiece. Although elegant with characteristics alluding to the Cartier Tank, it was in fact its rich cobalt blue features on an elaborate detailed face amidst gold and silver tones, which rather than overpower my senses as some would expect, actually caught my imagination. Not usually one for grand embellished ensembles, this elegant, refined classic, in my mind pulls it off.

Up close and personal

The delicate 23mm dial features a sunray finish with a textured centre piece, which elevates the fanned out Roman numeral hour markers and encourages a wonderful play of movement and light. This is further enhanced by the minute markers which frame the dial. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself stroking the sapphire crystal glass to cop a feel – it has that effect.

The a la mode blue coated second, minute and hour hands is a trend feature that works well amongst the backdrop of a classic design. The dial also features an offset second hand and is complimented by the stamped Dreyfuss & Co logo complete with tiny gold emblem auguring craftsmanship and establishment. The indented crown features this logo in black but, not to sound too indulgent, I would have preferred a richer finish in blue.

The 1974 ladies watch has a quartz movement and other than the 18k gold models, each piece is also water resistant, no matter how slender the model, and bears the Seafarer stamp, a guarantee that your timepiece is safe from water damage. This particular model is water resistant to 50 metres.

On the wrist

DREYFUSS & CO 1974 WATCH

The interlocking yellow gold bracelet, entwined with a stainless steel ribbon running through the centre seamlessly attaches to the rectangular case. At 7mm in depth, this ladies watch is the right side of weighty, substantial as well as elegant and with its logo imprinted clasp a pleasure to put on.

The Dreyfuss & Co 1974 lends itself well as a thoughtful gift, and if I were on the receiving end would think affectionately of the giver. Not to talk money, but it comes at a very reasonable price for an elegant, refined timepiece with care in the detailing.

For other classic models see our other classic watch reviews.

  • Reasonably priced, well-crafted ensemble
  • Cobalt blue accents works with elegant, classic aesthetic
  • Rich in design detailing
  • Could overpower some tastes

RRP: £595.00

Available from: Dreyfuss & Co

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Style: Classic
Colour:       Two-tone steel/gold plate
Watch movement:  Quartz
Functions:    Hours, minutes
Case shape:         Rectangular
Case material:      Two-tone steel/gold plate
Case width:  23mm
Glass:  Sapphire crystal
Dial colour:               Silver
Strap type:   Bracelet
Clasp: Deployment
Water resistance:     Waterproof, suitable for Swimming, shallow diving
Manufacturer warranty:   2 Years
Manufacturer model:   DLB00008/21
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