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Zodiac "Sea Wolf"

Zodiac is a century-old company started by the Calame family in Switzerland and has been a respected trademark for all that time. They competed directly with Omega and Movado and, although Zodiac is not well known in the states, it is recognized as a top quality company in Europe! Many Americans know the Zodiac "Sea Wolf," which was a very popular sports watch that they introduced in the early 1950s. This particular Zodiac, from 1968, is a really nice, stainless steel, 17 jewel, automatic with a spectacular gloss black dial and handsome bar markers at the chapters! The stainless steel case measures 35 mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 42.5 mm lug to lug, by 11 mm thick (including the crystal). The rotating outer bezel allows you to see at a glance the elapsed time form when it was set. It is in great condition condition. 

Our master watchmakers have this wonderful "tool watch" automatic, running, winding and setting just as it should while producing a perfect pattern on the timing machine. 

This Zodiac is all original and in excellent condition and it could be yours. So, don't let it slip away! Our famous one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence!

Rolex "Oysterdate"

When one is referring to a particular Rolex wristwatch, there are a couple of terms that are critical to the description. The first being "Oyster," meaning that it is waterproof and the second is "Date," for the ability to tell you what the current date is. Once you know the terminology, you can surmise what an "Oysterdate" is. This one is in great condition and it has a spectacular blue dial to boot.  Housed in a stainless steel case that measures 35 mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 42 mm lug to lug, by 12.5 mm thick (including the crystal), it is an entire package. The seventeen jewel, manual movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1973 when it left Switzerland. It is sporting it original stainless steel band that is still in great condition and is the perfect compliment for the watch. Rolex is, of course, one of the finest watch companies on the planet and this vintage Rolex is the kind of watch that will have you looking at your not only to tell the time but to admire how good this watch looks. The date feature at the 3 o'clock position will allow you to see the day at a glance thru the "cyclops" window. The stainless steel case will give you wearing longevity for generations to come and the accuracy of the spotless, 17 jewel movement will chronicle the time of your life.  This is a watch you will fall in love with... don't miss it!

Omega "Chronometer" 300hz

Tuning fork watches were introduced by Bulova in the 1960s, and they were the most accurate watches of their era. Other companies like Omega also jumped on the bandwagon and they produced this wonderful 300 hz "Chronometer" rated, stainless steel wristwatch. It is reference 198.001, made circa 1974. It is a watch that hums when held to your ear. The date feature at the three o'clock position gilds the lily. The watch is in great condition and our head watchmaker has it humming along just as it did back in 1974. These watches were most often sold in gold-colored cases and the stainless steel watches, like this one, are scarce. It still has its original factory finish with a brushed stainless expansion band and its original Omega marked crystal. The case measures 38 mm wide (not including the crown), by 42 mm lug to lug, by 11 mm thick (including the crystal). The silvered dial is in fantastic original condition to complete package. What's not to like? Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence... don't miss it!

Waltham

Waltham was a wonderful and prolific watch manufacturer located in Waltham, Ma. and they were in business from 1851 to 1957, in various iterations. Their earlier efforts, circa 1850, in Roxburty, Ma., resulted in the Howard, Dennison & Davis monicker, later changed to Boston Watch Company, then Appleton, Tracey, & Co., the American Watch Co., and finally the Waltham Watch Company. They were one of the giants of the industry and second largest only to Elgin. This particular Waltham is a fifteenteen jewel, yellow gold-filled, "early wristwatch", circa 1898. It probably started life as a pocket watch and was converted to wrist use as the trend towards wristwatches started to take hold right around the 1st World War. The case measures 43 mm (from lug to lug), by 38 mm in diameter, by 12 mm thick (including the crystal). The porcelain dial is in fantastic condition and it displays bold Arabic numerals that are contrasted by very nice blued steel hands. Yes, everything about this watch is spectacular... including the condition of the movement. It is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did over 123 years ago. Don't miss it... we have only one.

 

Universal Geneve "Polerouter"

Universal Geneve SA is a Swiss luxury watch company that was founded in 1894 as Universal Watch. Since its inception, they have produced complete watches with in-house movements, and during the 20th century, distributed many notable and important timepieces. Along with neighboring Geneva companies, Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Patek Philippe and Rolex, Universal is internationally regarded for its style of craftsmanship and quality manufacturing. Universal was also the innovator of the first watch with chronographic functions, circa 1917. Needless to say, it is a wonderful company with a great product. The watch we have on offer here is one of their classic beauties from the early 1960s. The design and style is so perfect, it looks right in step with our current aesthetic. The round watch case is executed in 10k yellow gold filled. It measures 35.5 mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 38 mm lug to lug, by 10 mm thick (including the crystal). This elegant round case houses an equally elegant seventeen jewel, automatic movement that our head watchmaker has ticking along just like it did back in its day. The pale gold dial is to die for with its minimalist bar markers with double marker at three cardinal points (12, 3 & 9). It also has a date window at the three o'clock position that is easily to read. We are always on the hunt for Universal watches but they are few and far between. So, if this one appeals to you and you are looking for an elegant dress watch, then this may be the one for you. Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy this one with complete confidence.

Bulova

This is a very unusual ladies' Bulova, not only for the great case and lug design but also for the 17 jewel, automatic movement inside this petite case. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 18.5 mm in width (not including the crown), by 27 mm lug to lug, by 10 mm thick (including the crystal). Made in 1968, it was a real avant-garde watch and the only one we have ever had like it in our 32 years in business. The "Vee" shaped lugs allow the band attachment to articulate to perfectly fit the owner's wrist. It has its original black, nylon band with gold findings that match the case perfectly. The dial is a beautiful silver disc that has double gold applied markers for easy reading. The hands are sword shaped complimented by a sweep second hand that lets you know it is working with a casual glance. This is a scarce watch with a real pedigree that can be yours for not much dough. Don't miss it... we have only one!

Illinois

This Illinois wristwatch is one of the iconic watches that really resonated with the American public. Illinois claimed that it was "America's best selling strap watch." This bold statement was made in December of 1929 but they hedged their statement by saying that while "we do not have statistics on all of the strap watches sold in the United States, we do have the figures on the Illinois New Yorker - as a result we unhesitatingly entitle it "America's best selling strap watch." A big boast, but probably pretty close to the truth. Illinois' mavens touted it as: "A masculine strap watch for men who prefer the newer designs. With its fine Illinois 17 jewel movement, the New Yorker is a genuine timekeeper." Needless to say, it was a big hit.   

This Illinois (made fifteen years earlier) was one of the precursors of the modern wristwatch. With the integrated seconds bit at 6 o'clock and its large crown, it drew attention from anyone that saw it. This particular Illinois is one that has a different position on the wrist because the manufacturers were still unsure as to how the public would wear them and what was the most convenient viewing angle.  The purpose of the design, however, becomes apparent when the watch is worn on the inside of the wrist and its eccentric orientation comes into its own as a "Driving Watch".

It is oriented so that when your arm was outstretched the 12 is looking right at you. It was only in later years that you needed to bend your wrist to orient the 12 in the manner we are used to today. Yes, this is a pioneering design that you will not see walking up and down the street. It is in great condition and looks so good on the wrist you won't want to take it off. It is housed in a beautifully engraved, yellow gold-filled case that measures 28.5 mm wide (not including the crown), by 35 mm lug to lug, by 8 mm thick (including the crystal). This is a size that can be worn by anyone. The gold dial displays Roman numerals and Breguet-style, blued steel hands. It is engraved with the three initials of the original owner on the reverse and comes with its original gold link band.

If you are a fan of the Illinois factory, like me, you will love the look of this one. Our head watchmaker assures me that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did in 1914. This is one scarce, early wristwatch, that can be yours. Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence. Don't miss it!

Bulova

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 rose gold-filled case measures 32 mm lug-to-lug by, 21 mm in width (not including the crown), and 7.5 mm thick (including the crystal). It is a seventeen jewel, Swiss movement that runs, sets, and keeps time beautifully. This particular model has what are called "hooded lugs," where the band ends go up under a hood between the lugs. A very interesting design. This is a size that can be easily worn by either a man or a woman, although it was originally a men's watch. This smaller configuration was perfect for wearing under a dress shirt for your office job. The striking white dial has applied rose gold Arabic numerals at the chapters and stylized blued steel hands for easy reading.

There is a nice seconds bit just above the six o'clock position that tics off the seconds continually. We have fitted it with a dark brown, leather band for a very complimentary look. Our head watchmaker has it running just like it did back in the 1940s... don't miss it. Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence that this watch will perform just as it should!

 

Universal Geneve

Universal Geneve SA is a Swiss luxury watch company that was founded in 1894 as Universal Watch. Since its inception, they have produced complete watches with in-house movements, and during the 20th century, distributed many notable and important timepieces. Along with neighboring Geneva companies, Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux, Patek Philippe and Rolex, Universal is internationally regarded for its style of craftsmanship and quality manufacturing. Universal was also the innovator of the first watch with chronographic functions, circa 1917. Needless to say, it is a wonderful company with a great product. The watch we have on offer here is one of their classic beauties from the late 1940s. The design and style is so perfect, it looks right in step with our current aesthetic. The watch case is executed in 18k solid gold with a 14k solid gold mesh band with an articulated "brick pattern" for a very upscale look. It measures 28 mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 30 mm lug to lug, by 9 mm thick (including the crystal). This elegant square case houses an equally elegant seventeen jewel movement that our head watchmaker has ticking along just like it did back in its day. The silvered dial is to die for with its minimalist bar markers and Roman numerals at three cardinal points (12, 3 & 9). We are always on the hunt for Universal watches but they are few and far between. So, if this one appeals to you and you are looking for an elegant dress watch, then this may be the one for you. Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy this one with complete confidence.

Breitling "Super Ocean"

Founded in 1884, Breitling had a long track record as a premier watchmaker. Founder Léon Breitling had impressed his watchmaking contemporaries with innovative design and rugged "tool watches" for aviators. Many of Breitling’s chronographs were worn by military forces and police officers giving them the stamp of approval.

After World War I, Breitling made a big push to become the watch of choice for aviation crews, during the tenure of Leon's grandson, Willy, as company head. The Swiss watchmaker focused on manufacturing watches that allowed pilots to quickly calculate flight speed and distance. During this innovative time, Breitling debuted the "Navitimer" collection which featured a slide rotating bezel that made the crucial in-flight calculations (like fuel consumption and air speed) even easier for pilots. Ultimately, Breitling won the bid to supply watches to the Royal Air Force.

The Breitling Super Ocean is a classic that has only improved over time (no pun intended) with each iteration. This "Blue" model from 2010 is in great shape and looks great on the wrist. It is a 25 jewel automatic with a stainless steel case measuring 42 mm in diameter (without the crown), by 47 mm lug to lug, by 15 mm thick (including the crystal). Breitling helped define the classic diver's watch with the Super Ocean starting back in 1957 for military and professional divers, but the style and brand soon became very popular with the general public. Here is a really nice example that can be yours for about one half of retail.

Our one-year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.

Lord Elgin

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 a very cool watch in more ways than one. First, the 21 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty. Second, it is a rose gold colored dial that has Roman numerals at the cardinal points with a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. It really speaks to its vintage circa 1942. You will also notice that there is a symbol just below the "Lord Elgin" monicker and this means the watch is fitted with an unbreakable "Durapower" mainspring... quite a feat back in the day. It takes a 18 mm band and we have fitted it with a dark brown, alligator grain band that gives it a very luxe look. In short, this is one killer wristwatch from the 1940s. The case is yellow gold-filled measuring 23 mm wide, by 36.5 mm lug to lug, by 9.5 mm thick (including the crystal), and is running like the proverbial top. Yes, it is quite handsome! One of the interesting features is the personalization on the back that reads, "Fred Kersten from fellow employees at Sears 30th anniversary Oct. 1 1942". That means that this man started way back in 1912 during the day when you could devote your entire working life to one company.  If this watch could only talk. 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.

Lord Elgin

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. This particular Elgin is a 17 jewel beauty that is a very cool watch in more ways than one. First, the movement is a thing of mechanical beauty. Second, the "stepped case" with tonneau sides gives it a great vintage look. It is also fitted with an unbreakable "Durapower" mainspring... quite a feat back in the day. In short, this is one killer wristwatch from the 1930s. The case is yellow gold-filled measuring 25 mm wide (not including the crown), by 40 mm lug to lug, by 9 mm thick (including the crystal), and is running like the proverbial top. The dial sports gold applied Arabic numerals and a recessed seconds bit whose border mimics the overall case shape. It takes a 16 mm band and we have fitted it with a Havana brown, croco grain band that gives it a very luxe look. 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.

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