Sometimes you find the perfect vintage watch, that very special model that you have been looking for years. Maybe it is an Omega “Cosmic” Moon Phase or an IWC Yacht Club. But although time has been kind to this watch and it is in perfect condition, the original buckle is missing. This could be the beginning of a search for the correct buckle or….it could mean a visit to Jeff Deegan.
Jeff who? Jeff Deegan, a name that is most certainly worth knowing! Jeff Deegan is a gold- and silversmith from Providence, Rhode Island who made quite a name for himself making belt buckles! But we are not talking here about your average belt buckle! No, Deegan’s designs and skillful execution has elevated them to the status of pure art!
What is even more amazing, and quite fortunate for us vintage watch collectors, is that he has scaled down one of his design into the size of a watch buckle! The result is almost scary! This little crocodile is crafted with such skill that even the individual scales are recognizable and the whole animal looks as well proportioned and full with passive power as its big brothers in the wild that it look like it could come alive.
This little pet for your watchstrap is crafted out of Sterling Silver. Deegan also works with gold, so there might even be some gold croco’s out there! All together they are perfect to dress up any vintage watch, perhaps even some that do come with their original buckle!
Jeff Deegan is still very active and you can find more about him here. Although there are no watch buckles in his current catalogue I’m sure he would consider a custom order, perhaps even with an animal of your choosing.
As a little contest; the first person who can name the correct animal from which the leather of the strap in the pictures comes from will get the very glossy and lusciously thick auction catalogue for the upcoming Christie’s Geneva auction. Send your entry to email@example.com. This contest will last until the first correct answer is given, and this will be published on Longitude!