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 versions. This particular Elgin is  their best a 23 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one.  First the 23 jewel, caliber 770 movement is a thing of mechanical beauty, second the "Wedge" shaped assymetrical case is very striking, and third the stylized "arrowhead" markers are very unusual with a double "Arrowheads" at the 12 and forth the jet black dial is very handsome.  If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can really appreciate how nice it is.   You will also notice the seconds bit has a "Cross Hair" delineation that suits the whole look.  In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1960s.  The case is white gold filled measuring 34mm at the top tapering to 22mm at the bottom, by 34mm lug to lug, and is running like the proverbial top.   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.

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Price: $2295
Year: 1960
SKU: w2500
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 Waltham was the second largest watch company in the world after Elgin and they were a force to be reckoned with!  The American Waltham Watch Company (later Waltham) is one of America's oldest watchmakers.  They held forth in Roxbury, later Waltham, Mass. and were one of the giants of the American watch industry.  They made millions of pocket watches but not so many wristwatches due to the fact that they only made wristwatches until 1949.  They were in business at the factory until 1957, but only in order to re-case and sell inventory on hand.  As the wristwatch rose in its ascendancy Waltham was on the decline and consequently there are not many wristwatches extant from this period.  This Waltham, however, was made circa 1941 when they were in stiff competition for the hearts of Americans.  It is a custom made Waltham "Premier" that is 14k solid rose gold with dramatic curved lugs.  The "Premier" was a standard production watch for them but this particular one has had after market extended solid rose gold lugs (custom made for it) that harken back to the days of the long "Curvex" style watches of the late 30's.  It is a handsome piece to behold housed in an extended profile solid rose gold, rectangular case, with a spectacular two-tone silver and rose gold dial.  The hands are stylized dagger shapes and the Art Deco inspired numerals are all applied to the dial for a very three dimensional look. The case measures 24mm wide by 47mm from lug to lug. The movement is a spotless, caliber 750, 17 jewel engine that our watchmakers have fully restored to like-new condition mechanically.  Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the dramatic curve of this case and the interesting rose gold seconds bit just above the 6 o'clock position.   You could own this scarce watch and be the pride of the neighborhood.  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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Price: $4300
Year: 1941
SKU: w1507
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 Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a round Yellow Gold-Filled case, measuring 32 mm in diameter (not including the crown)  (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 43 mm lug to lug.  This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition.  Now take a look at the dial, it is a Black Dial classic that has gold Elongated Stick Hands and stick markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve and the six.  It also sports a very nice large Seconds Bit at the six o'clock position with "gunsite" markers, and how about those lugs...very dramatic! The tri-color bar beneath the Benrus name is an indication of quality.
This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid 1940's American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession but very gently used over its lifetime,and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, setting and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough.  This is a gentleman's watch that would look great on your wrist. 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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Price: $850
Year: 1942
SKU: w2183
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 The Hamilton "Lester" was made circa 1941 and it was a classic rectangular watch that was de-rigueur... if you were a well-dressed gentleman.  The yellow gold-filled case is in great condition displaying two horizontal wrap-around rills at the top and bottom of the case.  It houses a 19 jewel cal. 982 movement that Hamilton was very proud of.  You can be proud too once you don this elegant piece of wrist art.  The case measures 22mm in width by 37mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26mm).  This was a standard size for a gentleman's rectangular dress watch back in the day.  This watch easily slides under your dress shirt cuff where it sits unobtrusively ticking away the time waiting for you to slide back your cuff and display its elegance.  We here at Father Time think very highly of the Hamilton brand and we can unhesitatingly recommend this watch for many years of faithful service.  Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did 76 years ago.  Here's a chance to grab a piece of horology history for very little dough.  Fully restored and warrantied for an entire year.

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Price: $875
Year: 1941
SKU: w2658
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 Bulova was a watch company that was huge in the American market from the early parts of the last century right thru 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, and became part of the Loews Corporation in 1979 and was sold to Citizen at the end of 2007.  This particular Bulova was made circa 1971 and it contained all of the improvements to date that Bulova incorporated into their watches.  This one has a "Whale" logo on the dial which indicates that it is well sealed again the invasion of moisture and dust.  It has a screw-down ring that compresses the case back against a gasket which provides a very effective barrier.  The case top is heavy yellow gold electroplated (as marked on the case back) while the back is stainless steel for wearing comfort and longevity.  It is a real nice, classic, manual wind, round watch that will give service for years to come at a reasonable price.  The case measures 32mm in diameter (an American quarter measures 26mm) by 38mm lug to lug.  The dial has a silvery gold cast to it that is very attractive.  The dial chapters are slender bar markers with double bars at the 12, the 3, the 6, and the 9.  Just above the 6 o'clock position is the "Whale" logo while the Bulova name is just below the 12.  It runs, sets and keeps time just as it did back in 1971 and it can be yours!

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Price: $895
Year: 1971
SKU: w2389
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 Hamilton was, hands down, the best watch made in America and this Hamilton "Russel" is one of their popular models circa 1941.  It has a yellow gold filled case that measures 27mm wide by 47mm to the ends of the articulated lugs.  The two-tone dial is just spectacular with its gold center and gold Roman Numerals with a silvered chapter ring and seconds bit at the six o'clock position.  The look is completed by the blued steel "dagger" hands with a matching small seconds hand. There are two rows of rills that house the articulated lugs just above the 12 and below the 6.  The 17 jewel, manual wind movement is in excellent condition, and our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1941.  We have fitted it with a nice dark brown lizard grain band that really sets it off nicely.  Our one year warranty for parts an labor will allow you to buy with confidence!

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Price: $895
Year: 1941
SKU: w1673
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 Benrus was a solid Swiss competitor in the American consumer market during the 1940's and 1950's.  Everything they turned their hand to was affordable and performed well. This particular Benrus was one of the more popular ones because it had what was called a "Bottle Cap" case.  The fluted edge of the case was very unusual and was complimented by the curvilinear lugs and the fancy gold wreath beneath the Benrus name.  The seventeen jewel Swiss, manual wind, movement is in great condition and our head watchmaker has it ticking just as it did back in 1956 when it crossed the pond for an American wrist.  The silvered dial is all original and has not been refinished.  The yellow gold filled case measures 31.5mm in diameter by 40.25mm from lug to lug.  It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a brown lizard grain band for an attractive look.  Remember all of our watches comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $850
Year: 1956
SKU: w2063
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 Military wristwatches are all the rage and here is a Pierce Stainless Steel "Parashock" Swiss Military Wristwatch circa 1944 that is in great condition.  This one won't break the bank and it has a very interesting look.  It sports a charcoal two-tone dial with a black background minute track, luminous hands and numerals (that no longer glow), and a red central sweep second hand.  It was warrantied to be waterproof and to accomplish this the case back has 6 compression screws that seal the back of the case. We no longer warranty vintage watches to be waterproof, but this well-sealed case will keep out all but the most invasive dirt, debris, and moisture.  The "Parashock" designation (a new innovation at the time) refers to the kif springs that allow a level of shock protection for the cap jewels.  It is also "Anti-Magnetic" meaning that is is resistant to magnetic fields that one might encounter. The watch measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug.  This was a standard size for the era so that it could be unobtrusive on the wrist.  It will seem small if you are used to the "Tuna Can" sized modern offerings, but it is a very cool watch!  All of our timepieces are warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!

 

 

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Price: $875
Year: 1944
SKU: w2327
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 Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

 Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton "Coronado" an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period, circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid yellow gold Hamilton dress watch than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watch at that time, the "Spur", the "Piping Rock", and the "Coronado".  The "Coronado" is the largest and the hardest to find, especially in great condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had!  Production was very low at 1530 pieces and no one knows how many survive today, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our "Coronado" is in great condition showing only very minor wear and a very slight blemish on the black enamel inlaid in the bezel.  It is all original and the lugs are not showing any signs of abuse or repair common to this model when abused.   The 14K solid gold case measures 27mm wide by 40mm long.  The 19 jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did when it came from the Hamilton factory back in 1929.  Our head watch maker has just finished its restoration and it has a perfect pattern on our timing machine.  We have only had three of these watches, after being in the business for over 37 years, and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty assures you a trouble free purchase.  This "Coronado" can be yours!

 

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

 Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

 Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

 Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Hamilton “Coronado” an iconic American Wristwatch from the Art Deco period circa 1929.  There is no more sought after 14K solid gold Hamilton dress watch from this period than this one.  Hamilton produced three similar watches at that time, the “Spur”, the “Piping Rock” and the “Coronado”.  The Coronado is the largest and the hardest to find in good condition.  This is the nicest one we have ever had.  Production was low and there were only 1530 made.  How many survive today is anybody’s guess, but I can tell you it is a low number.  Our “Coronado” is in great condition showing only minor use and a tiny blemish in the enamel bezel.  It is all original including the dial finish.
The lugs are in great shape showing no signs of abuse or repair (as often seen with this model).  The 19 Jewel 979-F movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1929 when it was born.  Our head watch maker just finished its restoration and its timing pattern is well within factory standards for performance.  We have only had three of these watches over our 37 years in the business and this one is by far the best example we have ever had the pleasure to own.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.  This “Coronado” can be yours!

 

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Price: $4295
Year: 1929
SKU: w2965
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 Very Mod and cutting edge for its day! This is the Gentleman's Bulova Day/Date Accutron, with a date feature at 6 o'clock and a day-of-the-week feature just under the twelve o'clock position.   We have only had one of these watches after 37 years in business, and this one is particularly nice.  Made circa 1970 it is a very unusual "Accutron" that is a functional piece of Art.  The color combination, the stylized lettering of the Days, and the Elipse Shaped stainless steel case, all combine to make this watch a real winner. The story is told that in the 1960's the American Government wanted to keep this timing technology out of the hands of the Russians so they asked Bulova to keep it a secret a little longer since we were using this very accurate timekeeper in our space program.  When you take a look at the informational pamphlet that Bulova put out to introduce this new idea to jewelers and watchmakers it has a very space age, cutting edge look (for the day).  In the pamphlet it is explained that the seconds are parsed into very discrete segments by the vibrations of a small tuning fork at the heart of the movement.  Bulova advertised it as the "Watch that Hums"!  The general public was very much into innovative and stylish watches and Bulova made this very interesting Day/Date, Elipse Shaped killer for discerning men to strap on their wrists.

  It is in fantastic near mint condition and our watchmakers having it humming along just like it did when it came from the Bulova factory.  Like all Accutrons, that are Cal.218, it is set by the crown at the 4 o'clock position, but it is unusual because it has a day/date feature at the 6 & 12 o'clock positions..  What's really special about this one is the larger size of this Accutron measuring 38mm wide, by 40mm from lug to lug, and how about that fantastic two-tone colored dial.  It is in near perfect condition and humming just the way it did back in 1970.  It could be humming on your wrist!  We warranty all of our watches for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $1450
Year: 1970
SKU: w2963
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 This is the Gentleman's Bulova "CK" Accutron "Cushion Case" with a date feature at 6 o'clock!  We have only had one of these with this dial configuration after 37 years in business, and this one is particularly nice.  Made circa 1971 it is the epitome of a manly and progressive wristwatch that was cutting edge technology for that decade. The story is told that in the 1960's the American Government wanted to keep this technology out of the hands of the Russians so they asked Bulova to keep it a secret a little longer since we were using this very accurate timekeeper in our space program.  When you take a look at the informational pamphlet that Bulova put out to introduce this new idea to jewelers and watchmakers it has a very space age, cutting edge look (for the day).  In the pamphlet it is explained that the seconds are parsed into very discrete segments by the vibrations of a small tuning fork at the heart of the movement.  Bulova advertised it as the "Watch that Hums"!  The general public was very much into innovative and stylish watches and Bulova made this very interesting Cushion Shaped Watch to meet the demand.  Many times these are badly beat up since they were used extensively...but not this one.  It is in fantastic near mint condition and our watchmakers having it humming along just like it did when it came from the Bulova factory.  Like all Accutrons, that are Cal.218, it is set by the crown at the 4 o'clock position, but it is unusual because it has a day/date feature at the 6 o'clock position..  What's really special about this one is the larger size of this Accutron measuring 35mm wide, by 42mm from lug to lug, and how about that fantastic two-tone colored dial.  It is in fantastic condition and humming just the way it did back in 1971.  It could be humming on your wrist!  We warranty all of our watches for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

 

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Price: $1450
Year: 1971
SKU: w2964
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In 1891 the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz established their watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland.  They were former students of Henri Sandoz, director of the Tavannes Watch Co. and heading for great things in the watch world.  Their first, of many gold medals, was obtained at the 1902 Paris International Exposition...and they were off to the races.  By 1904 they were 15 strong and already making their own ebauches (movement blanks).  As they grew in experience and expertise there were many wonderful watches coming off the line.  None was more iconic than the "Chronodato" that we are presenting here for your approval.  It is the ultimate pilot's tool watch.  Not only does it have the day of the week displayed in a small window  beneath the center of the watch, but there is also a corresponding window just below the 12 o'clock position that displays the month.  The date is indicated by a red-tipped arrow hand as it points to a 31 day track just outside of the minute track.  For the pilot the most important thing was the elapsed time that the chronograph would indicate for a landing approach.  By depressing the pusher at the 2 o'clock position he could start the central sweep second hand and then read elapsed time on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position. Once the landing was accomplished the pilot would push the upper button again to stop the sweep second hand and then he would push the button at the 4 o'clock position to reset the sweep hand and the accumulated time on the sub dial. The sub dial at the 9 o'clock position is a constant seconds that runs continuously.  The Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was the world’s first chronograph with a full calendar (day-date and month) and due to these features, it became highly popular among consumers. So much so, in fact, that the line was in production for roughly 10 years. In the 1950’s, however, the Chronodato model was replaced by the amazing Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but had a moon-phase and a big date instead. It was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with different dial variations.  Our watch is the gold plated "Chronodato" with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. Yes, this watch has it all, and a nice size to boot measuring 37 mm in diameter, by 48mm, lug to lug.  The all original silvered dial is in fantastic condition showing only minor imperfections.  The movement is a 17 jewel, cal 217 which our watch makers have running perfectly.  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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Price: $3950
Year: 1949
SKU: w2962
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The Hamilton "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary.  Many say it is the quintessential American Watch.  It was issued in three successive iterations.  The very first one was issued in 1928 and had a slightly more bulbous look.  It was very popular, but there were issues with the articulated lugs.  One of the more interesting facts about the Piping Rock is that it was presented to the 1928 World Series Champion New York Yankees since it was the trend to present watches rather than rings at that time.  Each watch was engraved on the side opposite the crown with the name of the recipient.  Because the 1928 team had some famous players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, these watches command royal sums.

After a long period of unavailability, the Piping Rock was re-introduced in 1948.  When this iteration was designed, the case became more angular and the lugs were re-designed to be stronger but still with a slight articulation in order to curve to the wrist. The dial has only a minute track and sub-seconds register.  The roman numerals for the hour markers were defined by a black enamel band applied directly to the case.  The final re-issue is a modern one.  Hamilton released the Registered Edition in 1983. The company produced two types of this models, one in 18K gold plate and a second in white gold.   The company produced them in white gold and embossed the back to honor the 1928 New York Yankees. 

Our watch is the 1948 version in solid yellow gold.  Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" views to really appreciate this special timepiece. Everything about this wonderful watch calls to your sensibilities like one of the ancient sirens of mythology.  Careful you don't shipwreck on the "Piping Rock".  If you are a Hamilton collector this is a must have, and this one is in wonderful condition showing only very minor wear to the inlaid enamel.  The 17 jewel, Cal. 747 movement is in fantastic condition and it produces a timing pattern on our Vibrograph (timing machine) that is near perfection.  The case, executed in solid 14K gold, is very handsome and unusual.  You will not regret this acquisition and our one year warranty will assure your satisfaction.

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Price: $3895
Year: 1948
SKU: w2960
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 Tissot has been a luxury brand since its founding in 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland. They have been revered for their quality since day one and have been a brand that has stood the test of time. We don;t see too many ladies Tissot Wristwatches but when we do we acquire them because their quality is superior.  This one is not only an 18k Solid Gold watch but it has a very unusual "Slotted Lug" that allows the band color and texture to peak through.  This was De Riguer circa 1969 when this beauty came to the United States from Switzerland.  It is an elegant size measuring 17mm in diameter, by 23mm lug to lug, by 6mm in thickness (including the crystal).  The silvery dial is accented by the faceted edge crystal.  This has the effect of sparkling like a diamond just at the perimeter of the dial.   The entire look is very unusual.  The movement is a manual wind, 17 jewel gem that is winding, setting and keeping time just like it did back in 1969 when it headed for our shores from Switzerland.  If you have been looking for a special ladies vintage wristwatch then this may be the one for you!  Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty for parts an labor.

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Price: $1895
Year: 1969
SKU: w2958
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We here at Father Time Antiques are very lucky in that we currently have two Hamilton "Top Hat" diamond dial watches! It is rare for us to get even one within a ten year period.  The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 38mm long by 25mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial markers with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points.  Additionally it has a row of 5 diamonds just above and 5 diamonds just below the dial opening.  This is really a spectacular statement on the wrist!

Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in the 1950s and this one is exceptional for its era, circa 1954. The diamond dial Hamiltons were just spectacular in their appearance and very "Art Deco"in their design. Notice the diamond filled 12, 3, & 9 and the slash set diamond markers with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The unusual case measures 38MM lug to lug, by 25MM wide by 9MM thick (including the crystal).  This is what is called a "Hooded-Lug" where the band actually goes up under the case edge however this style with the "Diamond Dial" is usually called called a "Top Hat" which refers to its dress watch heritage.  The case lugs are segmented on top of the lug attachment in a nice "Art Deco" configuration. You will know that you have something special on your wrist when you strap this one on. The case is 14K solid white gold and in excellent condition. Our master watch maker has this watch winding smoothly, setting easily, and keeping time like the day it left the Hamilton factory at Lancaster, Pa . The movement is a 22 jewel caliber 770 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel oscillates.  If you have been waiting for an unusual and intriguing diamond dial this may be the watch for you! Don't let it get away...we have only one! Don't forget all of our watches come with a one year parts and labor warranty.

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Price: $5895
Year: 1954
SKU: w2957
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 One of our all time favorite brands here at Father Time Antiques is the Omega brand, and this Omega is no exception.  Made circa 1959, this stainless steel Seamaster Omega "Bumper Automatic", is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new.  Make sure you take notice of the "Zoom-In" views where you will see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years.  This is one of their hallmarks. The silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the high polish silver hash markers at the chapters, with a double bar at the 12. The dial turns down in a smooth curve as it approaches the bezel and as the light plays on the surface the dial, and you wonder why this watch is not on your wrist.  The stainless steel, screw back case is in near perfect condition and bears none of the gouges that one normally sees on a watch of this age.  The case measures 35 mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44 mm lug to lug, by 10.6 mm thick. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean.  The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1959.  We think that this is a classic look that Omega did so well.   If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. It has its original Omega marked brown leather band with its matching original Omega logo buckle.  These rarely survive in this condition, so don't miss it!  All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $3695
Year: 1951
SKU: w2956
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Elgin was the largest manufacturer of Pocket Watches in the World.  They were in business for 100 years from 1864 to 1964 in Elgin, Illiinois and they produced millions of watches over that time.  The ones that were housed in Multi-Color Gold Cases, however, are scarce.  This is one of those rarities!  The 14k solid yellow gold case is adorned with different colors of solid gold to highlight and accent the case adornment.  Red (or rose) Gold, Green Gold, and Yellow Gold are carefully applied and then engraved to form all of the design work that is proud of the case surface.  On one side we see a large (unengraved) cartouche that awaits your family initial.  It is surrounded by a foliate design that is quite handsome.  On the other side we can see the most amazing scene that is engraved with perfect precision depicting an intriguing landscape framed by encircling birds.  The case itself, apart from the multi-color adornments, is quite handsome.  It has domed drum lids with coin-edge engraving and a fancy engraved case band.  The overall effect is stunning and its condition shows that this wonderful Elgin was only brought out for special occasions as there is very little wear.  The movement is a 13 jewel, 3/4 plate, lever set, nickel movement that is running like the day it left the factory back in 1889.  The porcelain dial is beautiful in its simplicity and it displays Blued Steel Hands, Roman Numerals and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. This is  a six size watch that can be carried by a man or a woman, but whomever wears it will be sure to get the attention of anyone who sees it...it is a spectacular timepiece...don't miss it!  Remember all of our watches are fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!

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Price: $3500
Year: 1889
SKU: pw1726
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 "Someday My Prince Will Come" ...and today is the day.  Father Time has had the pleasure to own several Rolex "Prince" models over our 37 years in the business, but this is the earliest one we have ever acquired.   The Rolex Company was in the hands of Aegler and Wilsdorf when, on August 26th, 1926, a patent was filed with the Swiss Patent Authorities.  About a year later on October 1, 1927, it was granted patent number 120849 for the movement that came to be called "The Prince".  Only four years later "Jack" celebrated his 21st birthday and guess what his present was.....A Rolex "Prince"!  This is that very same watch... and what a handsome watch it is.  The 9 karat solid gold case measures 20mm wide by 40mm long and is in fantastic, original condition and still bears the dedication to "Jack" on the back.   The original patent described one of the main advantages of the watch which was that it enabled the use of a much larger, and therefore, more visible seconds hand.  This was accomplished by placing the barrel for the mainspring at the opposite end of the case from the balance wheel.  This allowed for a larger barrel, and balance wheel.  This not only meant that the watch could run longer because it could contain a larger mainspring but, with a larger balance wheel, it could be more accurate and reliable.   Two facts that proved to be true.  The larger balance wheel additionally used solid gold screws to add mass and thereby momentum for a more accurate timepiece.  The "Prince" proved to be one of the most accurate wristwatches of its era.  These are also sometimes called "Doctor's Watches" due to the fact that doctors used them to take pulses because they could easily see the larger seconds bit. These beauties are getting harder and harder to find in good condition and are very scarce in the condition of "Jack's" watch.  The movement is a 15 jewel workhorse that is adjust to temperature, isochronism, and six positions.  The gold case has brushed portions above and below the twelve and the six respectively, while the case sides are high polish.  This contrast gives the watch a very elegant look and, coupled with the spectacular dial, makes for a fantastic piece of "Wrist Art".  The watch still has its original "Rolex Logo" crown and its 9 kt gold buckle (rarely seen).  The movement, dial, case, and crown are all signed and proper.  Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did for Jack back in 1931.  It can have a new life on your wrist! In short everything about this watch beckons you to acquire it.  Remember our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with complete confidence.

 

 

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Price: $6895
Year: 1931
SKU: w2952
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 We here at Father Time love the Gallet brand for a couple of reasons. First they are a great brand that has the honor of being the oldest wristwatch manufacturer in existence and, secondly, they always made handsome watches that have a real utility without being gauche.  The founder, Humbertus Gallet, who resided in Geneva was making timepieces in 1466. In 1864 Gallet opened the first outlet here in Chicago, and by 1885, Gallet became the first purveyor of wristwatches made exclusively for mass consumption. By 1914 Gallet had won the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibit in Berne, and by 1915 Gallet was supplying hand held and cockpit mounted timepieces to the United Kingdom during WWI.  This particular Gallet is a very clean two register chronograph displaying constant seconds and a 45 minute recorded time sub dial.  It is in a stainless steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter by 44mm lug to lug, that houses a spotless 17 jewel, Valjoux 7733 movement.  The silvered Tachymeter Dial is in great shape and is contrasted by Lumed Blued Steel Hands, Blue Mile Gradations, and Lumed Arabic numerals.  If you had a watch like this in the cockpit you were one lucky pilot.  Our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and recording time just as it did circa 1960, when it left Switzerland.  I might add that this is the only Gallet in this configuration that we have ever had the pleasure to own in our 37 years in the business...don't miss it!  Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.

 

 

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Price: $2975
Year: 1960
SKU: w2951
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This Le Coultre is an automatic watch with a winding indicator window just below the 12 o'clock position so that you can refer to the amount of reserve time you have on your mainspring. It is in excellent condition in every regard! Just look at the case and dial, they are in great condition. The case is yellow gold-filled and it measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm from lug to lug. This watch represents the pinnacle of watch making, circa 1951, at Le Coultre, long before Jaeger came around! Yep, they could compete with any watch company in the business at this time and you can see why!  This is a watch with a technical complication that adds a new level of service for the consumer and, because it is a "Bumper Automatic" every motion of your wrist (while you are wearing it) winds the mainspring.  You can visually see what power reserve you have at a glance. The dial is just beautiful in its simplicity and is complimented by the arcaded seconds track and the red sweep second hand. It's subtle yet provocative! Ha!   Our watchmakers have it timed to a very fine standard and it is keeping time like the day it was made.Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may purchase a watch from us with complete confidence. Don't miss this fine example of the watchmakers art!

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Price: $1895
Year: 1951
SKU: w2948
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