As you may know Elgin was the largest producer of timepieces in America and they were in business for 100 years at the factory in Elgin, Illinois. They produced a wonderful line of clocks, pocket watches, and wristwatches, many of which are still in use today. This is not only a testament to their technical prowess, but also to their classic styling. This particular gentleman's Elgin is the "De Luxe," as you can see from the name on the dial. This one is quite elegant, not only because of its silvered dial and stylized gold numerals, but also because of the way the case embraces the movement. It is a 17 jewel (caliber 555) movement in a gold-filled case, sporting a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position, the shape of which mimics the overall tonneau case shape. The case measures 25mm in width (not including the crown) by 36mm lug-to-lug by 11mm thick (including the domed crystal). We have fitted it with a dark brown croco band to complete the look. The watch is in wonderful condition and is a size that can easily be worn by a man or a woman. Our head watchmaker has it running like the day it was made back in 1945. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence to acquire this elegant watch for you or someone you love.
It isn't often that we come across such a nice example of a French wall clock, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The three-dimensional carving on the case is just spectacular and every other element just adds to the drama. The central lion's head protrudes from the case just above the 12 o'clock position as though it were leaping out of the case itself. The "wing-like" finials and overtopping urn shape add to the overall effect and are balanced by the wonderful treatment at the case bottom. The chapters are porcelain cartouches that really make the dial easy to read and are quite dramatic. The gilded hands are pierced to give them an elegant appearance and a nice contrast against the walnut dial. The entire facade of this great timepiece is hinged to open like a book so that the owner can gain access to the movement and the pendulum. As you articulate the facade the dial remains in place as the facade moves away for access. The entire case is French walnut and is executed in the grand style of an 1870s gallery clock. The movement is a "threaded verge" which is an eight day, time and strike, on a coiled gong. Our head clock maker has fully restored the movement so that it can give you a lifetime of dependable timekeeping. It is just a fabulous clock...don't miss it!
This is a Bulova for the purist that wants an early wristwatch in absolutely original cosmetic condition. Despite its ancient appearance, we have fully restored the movement so that it winds, sets, and keeps time just as it did back in 1924. It is a 15 jewel movement in a chrome case, sporting a wonderfully deteriorated dial finish, that has its original lume on the numerals and on the skeltonized hands. The case measures 27mm wide (not including the crown) by 35mm lug-to-lug by 9mm thick (not including the crown). If this one is calling to you, be warned that folks will grab your wrist for a better look and then you will be hit with a stream of curious questions. If you want a different look then this may be the one for you. It's not much dough for a unique look!
Bulova was a very prolific, Swiss company that made great watches for which there are many parts still available. These were well designed, not only from a cosmetic perspective, but also from an engineering standpoint. This is a really nice watch that, although it was designed for a gentleman's wrist, would look great on a lady's wrist, as well. It is a 17 jewel, in a yellow gold-filled case (stainless steel back), with a two-tone dial, gold (so called) "modern" hands, and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The case measures 33mm wide (not including the crown) by 36mm lug-to-lug by 9mm thick (including the crystal). This is an early example that has a very distinctive look. It's a very nice, elegant watch that will give you years of service and our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence you need when purchasing a vintage wristwatch.
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Roland" model back in 1946 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is 14 yellow gold-filled, and it has a slightly curved, smooth lug that gives it a certain panache. This is highlighted by the 8 case rills that appear between the lugs. The case measures 26mm wide (not including the crown) by 40mm lug-to-lug by 10mm thick (including the crystal) and it has a nice 17 jewel movement (the vaunted 987A) that is running perfectly. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when I was in diapers! The sterling silver dial with 18k gold markers has a creamy finish that is all original. It has a great looking, round seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position and Arabic numerals at all the chapters. Here's a cool Hamilton that comes from the best manufacturer in America. You have the chance to experience their great engineering and wonderful design, if you pull the trigger and call us to reserve this one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. This one can be yours!
The English Fusee Gallery Clock is a Classic and this is one of the nicest ones we have ever had the pleasure to own. It measures 16" in diameter, by 7" deep. These clocks were used in many public places and the pendulum was kept hidden inside of the case so that it could not be easily tampered with nor would it be a distraction. If you are not familiar with the concept of the "Fusee," try to imagine a short cone with a grooved track that starts at the base of the cone and then in one continuous track ascends to the top of the cone. This was a very clever device that allowed a very even power distribution from fully wound to almost wound down. The mainsprings that were being made at this time, circa 1870, were not capable of delivery an even amount of power to the movement over the course of a week. The clock would run faster when fully wound-up, and slower as the spring lost power over the course of 7 days. To circumvent this problem the mainspring barrel had a tiny chain (made like a bicycle chain) that wrapped around the outside of the barrel (the housing for the mainspring). When the clock was wound the chain was pulled off the barrel and on to the "Fusee" cone, with the first windings taking up the biggest diameter of the cone. Once fully wound, the spring would exert a force around the smallest diameter of the cone, but as the mainspring lost power it would pull across an increasingly larger and larger diameter of the cone, thereby getting a mechanical advantage and delivering very even power for an entire week. Very clever...No? This is one of the reasons that these clocks are of interest today. Pocket watches of the era had the same mechanism in them for the same reason. As steel became more readily available and with better composition the power issues were a thing of the past. This is interesting if you are into mechanical things as we are but the clock has such great panache that its presence really overshadows the mechanical aspects. I think it is the silvered dial that is inlaid with fired enamel that makes the statement loud and clear! The fact that the maker's name "I. Wynn" is a homophone and a desirable victory cry just makes me smile. This particular maker hailed from Windsor and I'm sure caught the attention of the royal family due to the exceptional quality of his clocks. The clock is fully restored and warrantied for one year. If you are looking for a really nice fusee then this may be the one for you! Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to purchase with complete confidence.
Because of our proximity to the town of Elgin, Illinois, we have ready access to many watches that were purchased in Chicago,the hub for railroad transportation in the 1940s when a lot of freight moved by rail. Sure, Elgins were available all over the USA, but we had a hometown advantage. This proximity also has allowed us to purchase many original Elgin parts over the years from factory employees, local watchmakers, and jewelers, as they went out of business. Consequently, there aren't many that we don't have original parts for and this fact bodes well for the future of many vintage Elgin wristwatches. I think we can safely say that we will be able to service your Elgin for a lifetime. What? You don't have an Elgin? Well then here is a great one for you. It is the Elgin "De Luxe", a seventeen jewel, yellow gold-filled, rectangular watch with tonneau sides. The case measures 22mm wide (not including the crown) by 34mm lug-to-lug by 9mm thick, including the height of the crystal. We have fitted it with a nice, dark brown, smooth leather strap that suits it well. The dial has a beautiful, creamy colored background that has aged perfectly and which provides a nice contrast for the gold applied Arabic numerals. It also has a sunken seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position, whose shape is identical to the shape of the case. Once you look at the photo of the movement in the "Zoom-In" views, you will see what great condition the movement is in. Our head watchmaker tells me that it has a perfect timing pattern on the Vibrograph (the timing machine). Although this is a gentleman's watch it is the perfect size for a lady's wrist. At a price which won't break the bank, it is quite a buy. Don't miss it! Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of great performance for many years to come.
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels. This particular Elgin is a 21 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 21 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty. Second, the original cream colored dial has a great patina due to age. Third, the stylized Roman numeral "12" is very unusual with alternating arrowhead markers and squares. Lastly, the swooping lugs and domed crystal are very handsome. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see a slight pitting of the dial, due to age - a sure sign that it is original. This gives the watch a very vintage look. You will also notice that there is a symbol just below the Elgin name and this means the watch is fitted with an unbreakable "Durapower" mainspring...quite a feat back in the day. The seconds hand revolves once a minute and the shape of the seconds bit mimics the shape of the case. In short, this is one killer wristwatch from the late 1940s. The case is yellow gold-filled, measuring 21mm in width by 35mm lug to lug by 10mm thick (including crystal) and it is running like the proverbial top. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic, original condition and just waiting for a wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892, but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members, H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI. Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930s. The first American to summit Mount Everest, Jim Whittaker, was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say, Hamilton made the best American Watches, bar none! This particular Hamilton "Martin" was made circa 1941 and was a very popular model made in gold-filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. The "Martin" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-A, which is as clean as a whistle, and was one of Hamilton's finest grades for that time period. The yellow gold-filled case measures 26mm at its widest by 9mm thick by 34mm lug-to-lug. The beautifully silvered dial has gold-applied Arabic numerals that really stand out. The seconds bit echoes the case shape and the gold dagger hands finish the look. It also has an unusual lug cap that gives it a distinctive appearance. The case back is engraved "Ben 2/12/42". We have fitted it with a very nice black leather, matte finish strap, so that it will grace your wrist with style. With a Hamilton "Martin" on your wrist, you can feel just like "Citizen Kane". Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you this "Martin" is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.
Elgin was the largest maker of watches in the world and they were in close proximity to where we are in Chicago. This is probably one of the reasons that we see so many of their watches. You probably know that their watches were wonderfully engineered and very reliable. There are many, many parts still available to restore any watch in their line. This bodes well for keeping these watches running for generations. This particular Elgin was made in 1954 and, even back then, it was an unusual watch. It has what we call "hooded lugs," meaning that the portion of the case that stretches between the lugs somewhat obscures the end of the band, thereby creating an integrated look. The whole configuration on this Elgin is quite elegant. Notice how interesting the dial is with unique markings at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions. It also has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The yellow gold-filled case measures 21mm in width by 35mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 10mm. The case houses a 17 jewel movement that is as clean as a whistle. The white dial is a beauty with a faint patina (indicating its age). We have fitted it with a very nice black 18mm lizard grain band to complete the look. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made and our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none! This particular Hamilton "Whitney" was made circa 1931 and was one of only 3009 made in gold filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. It was the first model that Hamilton introduced in 1931 and was named for the inventor of the cotton gin-another famous American who got his early training at the watchmaker's bench. The "Whitney" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-F. The original list price was $67.50 which made it fairly expensive for the time although Hamilton said it was a moderately priced strap watch that would delight consumers. I think they were right! The yellow gold-filled case measures 30mm at its widest by 22mm at its thinnest, by 8mm thick, by 36mm lug to lug, and it is stepped in a continuous cascade around the tonneau shaped case. It has a recessed crown that gives it a more streamlined look. The silvered dial has a luster that it has earned over time along with the lume filled hands and numerals. We have fitted it with a very nice dark brown 16mm lizard grain strap so that it will grace your wrist with style. With a Hamilton "Whitney" on your wrist "its a wonderful life!" Uncle Billy would like one for Christmas. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you this "Whitney" is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.
Are you new to collecting vintage wristwatches and are afraid of making a mistake? Or perhaps you just want to get an entry level watch to try out the idea? This may be the watch for you. Our extensive and exhaustive restoration process for all of our timepieces takes quite a bit of bench time from one of our master watch makers and we know from experience that it costs about $750.00 minimum to put a watch through the process. This does not include the cost of purchasing the watch nor putting on a nice band. So, when you see that our price on this one is at the benchmark minimum, you can be assured that it is a real bargain. Sure it has some dial deterioration, but it is all original and it contains a nice Swiss, 17 jewel movement that is housed in a stainless steel case that measures 32mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 40mm lug to lug by 8mm thick (including the crystal). The case back screws down, a sign that it is well-sealed against moisture and dust. The "Incabloc" notation on the dial lets you know that it has "Kif" springs in the cap jewel settings that give it a little shock resistance. Its dial design is unusual and the case and movement are in fine, running condition. You might purchase this one to try out the idea and then later trade-up when you feel more comfortable in the vintage field. This is a watch to cut your teeth on as you enjoy, and come to love, wind-up watches. You can't beat the price for a fully-restored and warrantied Swiss manual-wind wristwatch!
Occasionally we are fortunate enough to own a great example of a vintage watch for a second time. Such is the case here. One of our valued clients purchased this watch many years ago and has taken great care of it during all the intervening years...until now. Loving adoration cannot even describe how well the watch was cared for. It is a Rolex "Oyster" Precision with a fantastic "California Dial" of half Arabic and half Roman numerals, against a rose gold dial that is to die for. Not only is the dial wonderful, but it sports original "Mercedes" hands whose lume has gracefully aged to the mellow color you can see in the photos. The red central sweep second hand is the icing on the cake. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice the stainless steel case is and you may notice that it has its original Rolex logo marked crown. The case measures 32mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 38mm lug-to-lug by 11mm thick (including the crystal). This handsome appearance is only eclipsed by the condition of the movement - it is spotless! As you can tell from the photos, it is just spectacular and our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in the mid 1940s. This is a gentleman's watch but it would look great on a lady's wrist. We have only one Rolex like this. So, don't hesitate if you can hear its siren song. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you a lifetime of happy ticking!
You probably know by now that Elgin was the giant in the watch industry in America and that their product was superior to most of the Swiss imports that were flooding the market back in the early 1950s. The Lord Elgin was their best watch, and this one is a 21 jewel workhorse with a "Durapower Unbreakable Mainspring". This was quite the technical advantage at that time and a wonderful thing for us to have today. This is a very handsome, rectangular watch that will look great and perform beautifully for generations to come because it was well made and well cared for over its life. We have learned from the engraving on the back of the watch that Mr. George Boivin received this watch in 1953 from his friends at the I.C. (probably the Illinois Central Railroad) and no doubt he cherished it as the very special gift it was. The yellow gold-filled case measures 23mm in width by 38mm lug-to-lug by 10mm thick (including the crystal). The dial has aged beautifully to a light coffee color which is indicative of perfect aging and makes for a wonderful vintage look. Make sure you look at the photos of the movement (in the "Zoom-In" views) and you can tell that it is spotless. Here's a great watch for very little dough that is in great shape...don't miss it! Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with wild abandon!
This Bulova is one of the early 1940s watches that became so popular with the American public due to their rectangular elegance and great reliability. The yellow gold-filled case measures 36mm lug-to-lug by, 21mm in width, and 9mm thick. It is a seventeen jewel,m Swiss movement that runs, sets, and keeps time beautifully. This particular model has what are called "Hooded Lugs" where the band disappears under a hood that connects over the tops of the lugs. It is a size that can be easily worn by either a man or a woman, although it was originally a man's watch. This smaller configuration was perfect for wearing under a dress shirt for your office job. The pale charcoal dial with applied Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, and 9 is quite different. The other chapters have elongated "arrowhead" markers and finally a seconds bit just above the six o'clock position. We have fitted it with a dark brown lizard grain band for the ultimate in elegant accessories. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence that this watch will perform just as it should!
Elgin was the largest maker of watches in the world and they were in close proximity to where we are in Chicago. This is probably one of the reasons that we see so many of their watches. You probably know that their watches were wonderfully engineered and very reliable. There are many, many parts still available to restore any watch in their line. This bodes well for keeping these watches running for generations. This particular Elgin was made in 1955 and, even back then, it was an unusual watch. It has what we call "hooded lugs," meaning that the portion of the case that stretches between the lugs somewhat obscures the end of the band, thereby creating an integrated look. The whole configuration on this Elgin is quite elegant. Notice how interesting the dial is with unique markings at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions. It also has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The yellow gold-filled case measures 21mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 8mm. The case houses a 17 jewel movement that is as clean as a whistle. The white dial is a beauty with a faint patina (indicating its age). We have fitted it with a very nice black 18mm lizard grain band to complete the look.
Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made, and our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
This French desk clock and inkwell combination, by Bonnet & Pottier, is just stunning. The black marble base is naturally streaked with wonderful tan incursions that give the marble a wonderful look. The clock has a porcelain dial that exhibits hand-painted gadroons that arch from one chapter to another. This is contrasted by the Louis XIV gold hands which are artfully pierced and indicate the time opposite Arabic numerals. The movement is an eight jewel, balance wheel, movement that is running like the proverbial top. It measures 18" long, by 7" wide, by 10" tall. The top of the clock is ornamented by two cavorting gilded birds and the base is flanked by twin inkwells with hinged tops. This would be a lovely piece to grace your desk. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with complete confidence.
Would you like a real nice gentleman's Omega, fully restored, and at a great price! If so, then this may be the watch for you. As you can probably tell we here at Father Time are smitten with the Omega brand! Everything they put their hand to was highly engineered and beautifully designed. This particular Omega "Automatic" is a case-in-point. Not only is it a handsome, silvered dial watch in a sleek yellow gold filled case, but it houses a real nice 17 jewel, caliber 344, "Bumper" automatic (self-winding) movement. Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you will see that it sports gold bar markers at the chapters, with a set of Arabic numerals at the 12 o'clock position, and it has its original logo marked crown, a large seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position, and great looking "Teardrop" lugs. The case measures 34mm in diameter (an American Quarter measures 24mm) by 40mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. The yellow gold-filled case is in great condition and it has a screw-down case back. These screw-down cases are a really nice because they prevent debris from entering the watch case thru a case back seam. Our watchmakers have serviced the movement and report that it is as accurate as the day it left the factory in Switzerland. The movement bears the pink gold plating that is an Omega trademark for corrosion resistance that lasts 100 years. This watch was made circa 1954 and it is a real classic. You really couldn't ask for a nicer watch to wear on a daily basis and, with the gold filled case, a watch that will look great for decades. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. Grab this one while you can!
During the 1950s, there was a booming market for watches in the US, and there were many moderately priced Swiss watches imported to meet this demand, mostly sold through department stores or independent jewelers. This watch fills the bill for this market. It is an "Avalon" which was a brand name owned by the Banner Watch Company and imported by Schein & Engle of New York. This particular "Avalon" is a Swiss, seven jewel, in a Chrome case that has a stainless steel back. It measures 31mm in diameter, by 37mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. These watches were real workhorses and a good number of them survived because they were great "everyday" timepieces that didn't cost an arm and a leg but gave good service. The Arabic Numerals are easy to read and they still contain the lume that allowed them to glow in the dark although they do not today. The "Dagger" hands also have their centers filled with the old lume. The dial still retains its original finish with a nice patina. There is a nice second bit at the 6 o'clock position that fills about 1/3 of the dial surface. Our head watchmaker has restored it so that you will get years of reliable performance from this watch. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence. You can't beat it for the price!
Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid was a watchmaker in Lucerne in 1854, as his business bloomed he hired an apprentice named Eduard Jakob Gubelin who eventually married his daughter Bertha and then bought into Breitschmid's business. In an attempt to improve their situation Breitschmid and Gubelin moved their shop to a location were royalty and the upper classes were frequent visitors. The rest, as they say, is history. Today Gubelin is a name that is world famous. We are delighted to be able to offer a rare rectangular E. Gubelin in a stainless steel case with its original finish dial. Purists please take note! Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how wonderful this dial is. It displays a very interesting minute track with contrasting border and a large seconds bit. The unusual hand shape completes the package. The fifteen jewel movement is in pristine condition and our master watchmakers have it winding, running, and keeping time to an amazing standard that is as good as factory new. The Swiss really knew how to make a fantastic watch and this is the proof of the pudding. The stainless steel case is in very nice condition showing only minor wear for a piece of this vintage. Attached to this cool watch is a very interesting period band that carries the Art Deco theme around the wrist. If you are looking for a rare watch circa 1930 then this may be the one for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.