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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  Gruen was a premier watch manufacturer, and was perhaps, one of the companies that you wanted to emulate if you were in the business of making wristwatches.  Everything they put their hand to was first rate. They were the inventors of the "Curvex", a revolutionary curved watch from the late 1930s.  Gruen held the patent on the curved movement but they also made made fine timepieces that contain flat movements.  This Gruen is one of those.  It has the round timeless shape and silvered "Pie Pan" dial that makes it an ageless classic This is a clean, and very handsome Gruen that has hardly been worn. The yellow gold-filled and stainless steel case measures 35mm in width, by 44mm, lug to lug, a very nice size for its era circa 1955.  It has a spectacular satin silvered dial with Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and "Stylized Arrowhead" markers at the other chapters.   The "Dauphine" hands give this watch great eye appeal and makes it a real winner!  The movement, which is just as nice as it was when it left the Gruen factory, is a 17 jewel, "Precision",  manual wind, workhorse that will give you a lifetime of service, provided that you take care of it.  Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will give you the peace of mind that this wonderful Gruen wristwatch will perform just as good as it did back in the 1950s.

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Price: $1275
Year: 1955
SKU: w2949
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Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason.  This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them.  The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank.  You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial.  It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice.  Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication.  As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring.  The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug.  The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores.  This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!

 

 

 

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Price: $1725
Year: 1960
SKU: w2950
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 If you are a regular visitor to our site you know that we love the Omega brand and so we are delighted to be able to offer this spectacular Omega Chronograph in a hard to find configuration.  Note the gold dial and the Tachymetre markings on the dial edge, these are to be found in many chronos, but what is unusual here is the date window at the 9 o'clock position, just within the constant seconds sub dial.   This "De Ville" model is in fantastic original condition and it still has its Omega Logo Crown! The 17 jewel (caliber 930) movement is spotless and running perfectly. It winds and sets like "butta"! The gold filled case with stainless back measures 41mm lug by 35mm in diameter.  What's not to like here...nothing.  If you want a really nice chrono from one of the best brands out there then this may be the watch for you.  Our one year warranty insures that you will not have to worry.

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Price: $3495
Year: 1970
SKU: w2947
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     Howard was at the pinnacle of the watch world, back in the day.  It was the Rolls Royce of watches, with all the bells and whistles, and this Howard is no exception.  This is an E. Howard which means that it is a Howard that was made post 1902 after Keystone acquired the Howard name. 
     The Keystone Howard watches were only sold as complete watches that were cased and timed at the factory. The evidence of this is beautifully engraved inner case lid that bears the Howard name and their Boston location.

      In 1912 their best watch sold for $350.00 (a lot of money back in the day) and total production of that watch was only 300.  Today the Howard name is very sought after and when you see one as nice as this, in all original condition, and 23 jewel (their top grade) to boot, you may have to hook your drool cup up over your ears.

       This particular Howard was a presentation piece from 1924.  It has an engraving on the case band (the narrow portion of the case middle) that reads: "L.H. Dunning P.E.R." (one one side) and " From the B.P.O.E. No. 1430 - 1924" (on the other side).  You would never know that the engraving is there until you inspect it at a closer range.  It is very cleverly done.  Not only does the engraving mark this as a presentation watch, but it also nails down the presentation year 1924. The good news about this being a presentation watch is that it has had very little use and/or abuse.  Many times these watches were kept in their case, or a drawer, and only taken out for special occasions...hence very little wear.  Such is the case here.  The case is 14K solid gold with a "book hinge" that allows the movement to pivot outwards for service.  It measures 47 mm in diameter, by 60 mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow, by 10 mm in thickness.  The dial is silvered metal with a very nice patina and pencil thin "Art Deco" Arabic numerals and an inner arcade ring just above the Howard name. The cartouche on the case back bears the monogram of the original owner (great for provenance) and the movement is a 23 jewel (Howard's highest grade), finger bridge beauty that is adjusted for temperature, position, and isochronism....it is just spectacular!  Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how wonderfully executed this movement is.  Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $3200
Year: 1924
SKU: pw1724
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Hamilton is a legendary American Brand, but by the time this Hamilton was made, circa 1960, they were importing Swiss movements that were then cased and timed at the Hamilton factory in America.  This Hamilton has an ETA 822, 17 jewel, automatic (self-winding) movement, with date, that is in pristine condition.  The stainless steel case measures 35mm in diameter by 40mm from lug to lug and it is in great condition.  The silvered dial turns down at its edges to give it a smooth sleek look.  The chapters are executed with applied stylized markers that are articulated in three planes with the 12 o'clock marker being slightly wider.  The date window has a elegant frame at the three o'clock position and there is a delicate sweep second hand that ticks off the passing time. If you would like an automatic watch for everyday use at a good price, then this may be the one for you!  Fully restored and warrantied for one year.

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Price: $1200
Year: 1960
SKU: w2946
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 As you may know we here at Father Time Antiques are very fond of the Omega brand, and this one is no exception.  Made circa 1967, this yellow gold-filled Seamaster Omega Automatic (self-winding), with date, is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel, automatic movement is just spectacular and it is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new.  Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you can 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 brushed silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the gold bar markers delineating the chapters. Make sure you 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 1967.  The yellow gold filled case Measures 43mm in diameter by 40 mm lug to lug.  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. We have paired it with a croco grain leather band that gives it a unique and distinct look. 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: $2200
Year: 1967
SKU: w2944
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 I cannot remember a time in our 37 years in the business that we have had such a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" let alone two of them (see next listing).  Both of these listings are what we call New/Old Stock or NOS.  This designation means that these watches were never sold and that they remain in pristine, like new condition.  This "Memovox" has a 17 jewel movement and it is housed in a yellow gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 33mm in diameter (not including the crowns) by 40mm from lug to lug.   Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, and was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833.  Their watches are some of the most sought after timepieces in the vintage market and there are many collectors whose attentions turn to the acquisition of a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" when a nice one appears.  We just such a watch for you here, circa 1956.

The "Memovox" was first introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre circa 1950/51 employing the manually wound Calibre 489. ... The name "Memovox" is a composite of two Latin word, Memor (remembering) and Vox (voice), meaning "the voice of remembering," an apt choice for a timepiece that "remembers the time".  While we are quite jaded today by all the electronic devices that will tell us the time that was not so back in the 1950's when alarm watches were quite the innovative personal possession. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to get the real feel of the beauty of this wonderful watch.  You set the inner alarm dial by pulling out the crown in the two o'clock position and rotating the crown counterclockwise.  You would position the triangular indicator opposite the time that you wished to have the alarm sound.  You would also wind the spring that causes this effect by using this same crown.  The crown that winds the timekeeping mainspring is in the 4 o'clock position and it functions like any other manual wind watch.  What unusual about this watch is this fabulous rippled marker configuration and the fact that it is in the best condition that you can possibly hope for.  Don't forget 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: $3950
Year: 1956
SKU: w2942
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This Illinois 16 size open face Pocket Watch is simply spectacular. The 21 jewel movement is unsurpassed for this era and the "Bunn Special" iterations are some of the most desirable Railroad watches ever made! The case is yellow gold filled and is what is called a "Railroad" case with a non-pull out, fancy bow. These cases were designed to have a screw back & screw bezel thereby preventing dust and debris from entering the movement. The user would simply unscrew the front bezel to access the lever for setting, and, if he wanted to see the movement he would unscrew the back of the case. When you take a look at the"Zoom-In" photos of the movement you can see that it is as clean as the proverbial whistle. Our master watchmakers have it timed to within an inch of its life and it is performing like new. Make sure you notice the interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates. Pride of workmanship is everywhere on this watch. The double sunk, porcelain dial is a spectacular "Montgomery Dial" displaying red numeral 5 minute indicators and well as all the minutes in an hour.  Railroad watches were the most accurate watches of their time and they rival many mechanicals made today.  This particular "Bunn Special" was made circa 1925 and was well cared for over the years.  When you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see what we mean...it is beautiful!  The sixty hour designation means that it has a full 30 power reserve (twice the normal mainspring).  The movement is a 3/4 plate nickel killer that has gold jewel cups and a gold center wheel.  It is a double roller with a motor barrel, micrometric regulator, and is adjusted to temperature and 6 positions.  It is all housed in a 10K yellow gold filled railroad case that is marked "Bunn Special Model" just as it should be.

The Illinois Watch Company had its beginnings in several other incarnations starting in December of 1870 at Springfield, Illinois. The two founders were John Whitfield Bunn and John C. Adams. They started the Springfield Watch Company by attracting several other investors until they had amassed the princely sum of $100,000.00 which in those days was no small task. William B. Miller was to be their first secretary as they started production and a journey over what was to be a bumpy financial road. By 1877, after some difficulty, the company was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Springfield Watch Company and Erastus Newton Bates was chosen to lead them out of the financial difficulties they had encountered, but by July of 1878 they were once again faced with a re-organization and the named changed once again to the Illinois Watch Company, the final iteration that we know today. The chief executive was Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-1897) and he was an all round entrepreneur with his fingers in finance, newspapers, land development, coal, banking, railroads, wholesale groceries, politics and even the manufacture of rope. The Bunn brothers, John & Jacob, were close friends with Abraham Lincoln and whose political career was financed and managed by them. The growth of the enterprise grew steadily from this point on under the management of the Bunn brothers. The fortunes of the company were starting to rise and by 1880 they had over 400 employees up from 260 in 1879, and ultimately 1200 at their apex. Production was up as well from 33,285 in 1879 to 47,065 by 1880. Just ten years later they could boast offices in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With the advent of the Railroad Commission, in 1893, Illinois became one of the leading forces behind the design and manufacture of the highly accurate railroad timepieces that became world standards for accuracy and reliability. If you are longing for a very accurate, high-grade, railroad watch then this may be the one for you. It is fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $2500
SKU: pw1720
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