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 gentleman's Elgin is a 23 jewel top of the line dress watch that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 23 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty and second the silvered dial is a stunner due to the fact that there are diamonds set at all the even numbered chapters. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see the diamonds are set in small triangular dishes that are white gold and this amplifies the fire coming off the gems. Thirdly the case is solid white gold in great condition. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1950s. The case is 14k solid white gold measuring 33mm in diameter by 39mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and is running like the proverbial top. It takes an 18mm band and we have fitted it with a sleek black genuine croco band that shows the watch off to its best advantage. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic original condition and just waiting for a man's 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.
Trabant is a name that one normally does not associate with watches but with the minimalist East German Car that was made between 1957 and 1990 with essentially the same formula. It was nicknamed the "Spark Plug with a Roof". This particular Trabant which means "Satellite or Companion" in German is a military wristwatch that although small in size is rather rare in its numbers. Just like Trabant (the car) it is a very utilitarian watch that has a solid pin lug configuration that accepts a feed-thru band as many military watches do. The case which measures 28mm in diameter, by 35mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick is made from a combination of Stainless Steel & Chrome. It is a 15 Jewel, gilded movement, with a very unusual and intriguing spiral design shock protector between the case back and the movement....I've never seen another one like it! The black dial, for night ops, has the original lume in the hands and dots at the chapters, but it no longer glows-in-the-dark. The hand in the seconds bit (at the 6 o'clock position) is blued steel and is not apparent in the photos but it is there, and original to the watch.The Trabant Watch was a product of Karl Trabant of Fischer & Trabant in Pforzheim, Germany. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored the movement to keep time just as it did back in 1936 when it was first pressed into service. We have fitted it with an olive drab, 16mm military band from the period to complete the look. If you have a smaller wrist or simply want a very unusual military watch for a very small investment then this may be the watch for you!
If you were a resident of Lucerne, circa 1888, you might have noticed the opening of a new watch and jewellery store in your town for that was the year that Carl-Friedrich Bucherer and his wife Luise opened the family business. It didn't take long before the Bucherer name was synonymous with quality and luxury. When they were established in Lucerne they branched out to other Swiss cities and tourist destinations. Once Americans brought back some of their treasures from their trips abroad the name was on the lips of others who wanted to partake. By 1977 the third generation of the family was in charge of this flourishing enterprise. In 2013 Bucherer celebrated their 125th jubilee by opening the world's largest watch and jewellery store in Paris. In 2017 there was the addition of four more boutiques in London. Today Bucherer values its partnership with Rolex as one of its most important. They also value their reputation for high quality timepieces. As a case-in-point take a gander at this very nice 25 jewel, automatic, day/date in a yellow gold-filled, cushion shaped case with screw-down stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It is circa 1968 with a silvered dial that sports very dramatic gold block markers contrasted by rectangular blunt end hands and a central sweep second hand. The day/date feature is at the three o'clock position and it has a gold frame that delineates the feature. The case measures 34mm wide, by 39mm lug-to-lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a 20mm croco-grain brown band that suits the watch perfectly. It is fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
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.
The Waltham Watch Company, also known as the American Waltham Watch Co. and the American Watch Co., produced about 40 million watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses, and other precision instruments between 1850 and 1957.
Before the Waltham Watch Company went out of business in 1957, it founded a subsidiary in Switzerland in 1954, Waltham International S.A.. Waltham International SA retains the right to the Waltham trade name outside of North America, and continues to produce mechanical wrist watches and mechanical pocket watches under the "Waltham" brand.
This watch is one of those Swiss timepieces made under the Waltham name circa 1965. It is a very nice 17 jewel, square watch in a yellow gold-filled case with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 25mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug-to-lug, by 11mm thick. Although this is a gentleman's watch it would look great on a ladies wrist as well. The "Incabloc" designation that you can see just below the center of the dial refers to a type of "Kif" spring that gave the watch a certain amount of shock resistant ability. The seconds bit displays the "gun-site" demarcations that was popular in this era. The hands are Dauphine Style and they set the tone for a really nice watch with great style.
Our watchmakers have it running, winding, and keeping time just as it should and our one year warranty will allow your purchase to be trouble-free.
Bulova was a watch company that was huge in the American market from the early parts of the last century right through modern times. They advertised in all of the national media and made watches with Swiss movements that were real workhorses. Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova (1851 – November 18, 1936), an immigrant from Bohemia. It was reincorporated under the name Bulova Watch Company in 1923, became part of the Loews Corporation in 1979 and was sold to Citizen at the end of 2007.
Bulova had a huge presence in the American watch market and it became the "Chevy" of the watch world. It was very reliable and affordable. By the mid 1960s, when this watch was made, automatics were in great demand. This is a watch that will give you years of service with minimal fuss. Once you strap on this 30 jewel automatic, it will start winding itself with the help of the motion of your wrist. The case has a 14k yellow gold bezel that is mounted on a stainless steel case body measuring 33mm in diameter (without the crown), by 41mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a dark brown lizard band that really suites the watch. It is a very classy Bulova that can grace your wrist for not much moola!
Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence!
There are quite a few vintage ladies wristwatches available in the market but very few as nice as this one. It is a Longines, 15 jewel, platinum, diamond encrusted, 1920's tonneau shaped beauty. The case measures 15mm in width, at its widest (without the crown), by 10mm at its narrowest, by 40mm lug to lug, by 6mm thick. It sports 36 diamonds in the bezel and lug attachments with an additional 28 in the articulated lugs. The photo really can't do it justice because the fire coming off of this watch is just phenomenal! Not only is it decorated with all these diamonds but it also has beautifully engraved case sides, middle, and back. To add to its unique look, both lugs are articulated so that they conform to the shape of your wrist. The cord band is a classic attachment that can be perfectly sized to your wrist. Even the crown has an engraved flower center to complete the overall effect of this stunner. Longines, as you may already know, is one of the giants in the vintage market and everything they turned their hand to was stellar. If you are looking for that unusual gift for yourself or a loved one then this may be the watch for you.
Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1951. Not only was the "Futurematic" futuristic in style, but in functionality as well. Notice that there is no crown to wind this watch. It winds automatically as you wear it. In the subsidiary dial opposite the 9 o'clock position there is a winding indicator so that the owner can see how much power is left in reserve on the mainspring. Once the winding indicator hand enters the red quarter of the dial it is time to oscillate the winding weight by your movement. This occurs naturally during your day and, if worn on a daily basis, you will never have to worry about winding. If you only wear it occasionally then you should don the watch until the indicator hand clears the red section and then re-set the time. Once the spring is fully wound there is a latching device engineered into the movement that halts the oscillation of the winding weight until the power wanes once more, then it is automatically released. On the back of the watch is a sliding button that has a serrated edge. You slide the button towards the center of the case and this engages the setting mechanism and acts as a "hack" feature that stops the watch. This way you can re-start it very accurately once you slide the button back to it's original position. I personally have one of these black dial beauties in my collection and I wouldn't ever give it up. This is a very classy and elegant timepiece that marks an important milestone in watchmaking. The subsidiary dial that is immediately opposite the indicator dial is a constant seconds indicator that runs constantly while the watch is keeping time. It also serves to balance, visually, the indicator dial. The seventeen jewel movement, caliber 497, is in excellent condition and engineered to a fault. The balance wheel is a two spoke Glucydur with a Nivarox spiral hairspring, and a Kif, shock absorbing, jewel spring. The yellow gold filled case is in fantastic condition measuring 34mm in diameter, by 45mm lug to lug, by 12mm thick. We have fitted it with a black, genuine lizard band to complete the look. This is a very unusual watch that will be the pride of your collection. The overall effect on the wrist is very handsome! Our warranty will ensure that you will wear this watch for years of trouble free service!
Gruen was, of course, the inventor of the "Curvex" and held the patents on the curved movement which prevented other companies from producing curved movements, but they were able to imitate the curved style by curving the case and crystal. The curved wristwatch was the thing to have back in the late 1930's so all the manufacturers had at least one in their line. The advantage for us today is that a customer can purchase an icon of the age without the higher price of the original Gruen. Bulova established a large following by producing reliable watches at a lower price point and this particular watch was one of their most successful curved gentleman's watches. It is a 21 jewel, yellow gold-filled case that measures 21mm in width, by 45mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. It is fitted with a 16mm yellow gold-filled expansion band, but it can also accept a leather band. The case sides are beautifully engraved along the stepped case edges. The silvered dial has Arabic Numerals and a seconds bit (at the 6 o"clock position) that echos the case shape. This watch is in great condition and comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
Helbros is probably an unfamiliar name to most millennials, but Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very affordable price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seventeen jewel, rose gold-filled, tonneau (curved sides) Curvex-shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It also has its original rose gold-filled, 16mm, expansion band so that it has a complete period look circa 1936. The case measures 24mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Although it is a gentleman's watch it would look fabulous on a ladies wrist. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!
It is not often that we have both a stainless "Air Flight" and a gold plated "Day/Night" in stock, and even rarer when we have a stainless steel "Day/Night" as well, but we are currently having a streak of good luck! These don't walk in the door every day, so we were delighted to find this killer "Day/Night" wristwatch. As a result we now are offering two of these interesting watches for sale. This one, made circa 1960, has a stainless steel case and our other listing (w2653 on this site) has a yellow gold-filled case. It measures 36mm in diameter, by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick, and is in excellent condition. The movement is a "precision" 17 jewel movement with a jump-hour function that changes the markers from black to green as the time of day transitions from day to night. At six pm the entire dial changes from the black numerals, used for easy daytime reading, to green luminous numerals, which once glowed in the dark for nighttime reading, but have since lost their glow. This watch has the same movement as the "Air Flight" and functions the same way, but instead of a numeral change, the markers change. We have fitted it with a very nice 18mm lizard grain band. This unusual piece would be the star watch in any collection due to it's condition and unusual features. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.
Movado is a Swiss manufacturer known for its Museum Watch. Designed in 1947 by Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt, the watch dial has a very simple design where the dial is defined by a solitary dot at 12, symbolizing the sun at high noon, but Movado also made some very nice solid gold dress watches that are of superior quality...this is one of those. It is an 18k Solid Gold, gentleman's wristwatch that is "Chronometer" rated, indicating that it has passed rigid standards for accuracy. It is, in fact, at the pinnacle of mechanical watches in a world where few qualify for this mark.
Some Movado watch models have Esperanto names such as Bela ("beautiful"), Belamodo ("beautiful fashion"), Fiero ("pride"), Brila ("brilliant"), Linio ("line"), and Verto. The company's name means "movement" in Esperanto.
This Movado has the high grade, 28 jewel "Kingmatic" movement with the model name just above the 6 o'clock position indicating that it is an automatic (self-winding) watch. Another neat thing is that has a date feature at the 3 o'clock position. The case which measures 36mm in diameter, by 41mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick, is 18k Solid Gold which is a beauty to behold....it is a very handsome watch! To gild the lily we have fitted it with a luxurious dark brown genuine crocodile band that really suites it. Here is a solid gold watch, in a nice size case that is a top quality performer for a very reasonable price when you compare modern watches of the same quality but at twice the price. This would be a great watch to wear "In The Heat of the Night"!" Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Wittnauer Co. had a longstanding relationship with Longines that endured until 1936. We think that the brand is one that is often overlooked, but this is a big mistake because they made very nice watches like the one we are offering here. The Wittnauer family sold their interests in 1936 and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is no exception. It is a seventeen jewel, rectangular case, with stepped lugs. The yellow gold-filled case (with a stainless steel back) measures 27mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a very nice dark brown, handmade, Louisiana crocodile beauty. The case sides are very slightly curved to give it a tonneau appearance and it has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position that is a recessed square shape. The Arabic Numerals are applied gold that stand proud of the silvered dial surface. The gold baton hands complete the look. Made in 1950 it exemplifies the age. Our watch makers have it well within factory specs so that it winds, runs, and keeps time just as it did circa 1950. Our one year warranty will assure you of years of reliable service.
The A. Wittnauer Co. was the exclusive sales agent for Longines starting in 1880, initiating a marriage that would stand the test of 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer family sold their interests and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is exceptionally nice displaying an unusual "Charcoal Dial". It is a seventeen jewel, with a round white gold-filled case that measures 36mm in diameter (without the crown), by 39mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. We have fitted it with an 18mm, dark brown, croco grain band that suits it to a "T". It is in excellent running condition and is representative of watches made in the late 1960's. You will go "Ape" over this watch! 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.
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Russel" model back in 1951 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold-filled with an articulated set of lugs that allow the case to curve at the lugs to whatever your wrist configuration is. The dial is a wonderful two-tone that really catches the eye. The case measures 28mm wide, by 40mm long, by 8mm thick, and it has a very nice Caliber 987-A 17 Jewel movement. We have fitted it with a 16mm dark brown lizard grain band that looks great! Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when I was in knee pants! The Sterling Silver dial with 18k gold markers has a silvery finish that is all original. It has a great looking Art Deco Roman Numerals at the chapter positions and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position. The hands are blued steel and they really complete the look. Here's an elegant Hamilton that comes from the best manufacturer in America that will allow you to experience their great engineering and wonderful design. 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 Lord Elgin was the pinnacle of the Elgin Wristwatch line and they were made in 19, 21 and 23 jewel versions. They were simply the best the factory could produce and they have stood the test of time...no pun intended. This particular Lord Elgin is a very nice 21 jewel that is housed in a yellow gold-filled case with a faceted crystal that articulates like a roof with the peak traversing the width of the watch from the 3 o'clock position to the 9 o'clock position. It measures 23mm in width, by 37mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and it takes a 16mm band. We have fitted it with a nice dark brown croco grain band. The yellow gold-filled case bears a personalization on the back that says "Dick Charles 6-'43". A mid 1940's treasure that is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did back in 1943. The lugs protruded in a stylized "U" shape from the main case body for a unique look. Now take a look at the spectacular dial. The main portion is a rich gold but this is set off by a narrow silvered chapter band bearing the minute markings. It also has an inset seconds bit, at the 6 o"clock position, that mimics the shape of the case. This is a great looking watch that can be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started life as a gentleman's watch. It is a great watch for not much moola...don't miss it! It comes with our one year warranty for parts and labor.
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!
Benrus was the Chevy of Swiss wristwatches...very reliable and ubiquitous. This is a very clean gentleman's watch from the mid 1940's with a rose gold-filled case in a handsome configuration with "hooded lugs". It is a 15 jewel measuring 25mm in width, by 33mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a nice 16mm dark brown croco-grain band. I think the case design and the square dial and seconds bit give it a great vintage look that can't be beat for the price. Our watch makers have it winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1945. Don't miss it!
Surely....... you have heard of Helbros...no? Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very attractive price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seven jewel, yellow gold-filled, tonneau shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 29mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick. We have fitted it with a brown 16mm snake grain band that seems to suit it to a "T". This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!