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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
This Ladies Gruen Wristwatch is what we would call a "Transitional" watch. It was designed to be worn as a ladies pocket watch, or as a wristwatch. This was just after the turn of the last century when the manufacturers were not sure how the "New" idea of wearing a watch on your wrist would be received. It is small enough to wear on the wrist, or on a chain, or on a watch pin. The bow swivels to accommodate whatever configuration a lady might choose. Gruen quality is, of course, in full force with the 15 jewel movement that is winding, setting and keeping time just as it did over 100 years ago. The plain polish, yellow gold-filled case is in great condition measuring 25mm in diameter by 34mm bail-to-bail, by 9mm thick (including the crystal). The blued steel hands are pierced in a diamond shape and provide a nice contrast for easy reading. The dial bears all the character and patina of a true antique...it just looks great! We have fitted it with an unusual new/old stock suede band that has metal findings for attaching to just this kind of timepiece. The overall effect is quite striking and the result is a watch you will not see on anyone else's wrist. If you are searching for a real antique watch that is off the beaten path, then this may be the one for you. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you when you make the purchase.
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.
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.
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!