Not a watch you will see many of, this Philip Watch Cormoran model has a good automatic movement and the original boxes.


Philip Watch Co. was formed in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, in 1949.  They are best known for the Caribbean dive watches but this Cormoran model wasn’t registered.  Luckily the movement used was only made between 1976 and 1980, so we know this would have been produced within those years.  We picked the mid point.


A Cormoran is a a giant of Cornish folklore, associated with St. Micheal’s Mount – but likely in this case it is an Italian translation for the large black bird the Cormorant.  The clue is the Italian day wheel on the calendar, meaning this watch was probably only intended for the Italian market.  Unusually the calendar day wheel has the ability to have two languages showing, but this shows Italian and Italian!  Both day and date can be quick set via the crown easily.  The movement used is an ETA 2789-1, which has 25 jewels and the oscillating weight is signed for Philip Watch.  The movement is held behind a screw down case back, which does have some tool slip marks.  The case is smaller than some watches, so check the measurements carefully to see if it will suit you.  The fluted bezel is likely gold plated, and like the crown does show some plating lost under the studio lights.  The dial is original but does have some patina.  The wooden box is especially good quality for the period, but it has had a repair at the hinges in the past and a split corner – as pointed out in the video.  The cardboard sleeve for the box is in poor condition, but better to have than not to.  The leather strap is new, and could be swapped for a different colour if preferred.

This watch will be supplied with the original presentation box, outer box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

Please see the HD video for more detail.  All photos and videos are part of the description and are of the actual watch unless mentioned.  We do not photoshop any pictures, and the images are copyright of and should not be used without permission.


Width with crown  34.5 mm

Width without crown  31.8 mm

Between lugs  17 mm

Lug to lug length  37.9 mm

Case Thickness  12.9 mm

All sizes are approximate.  The watch is photographed on a wrist of 190mm/7.5 inches.

Included with this watch is a 3 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon.  By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.