Carriage Clocks were designed to travel with the owner, back in the day when travel by carriage was the most luxurious form of transport. When your servants were packing up the household necessities in order to re-locate to the country house you would always take your "Carriage Clock" along, not only as a reliable timekeeper but as a status symbol. Many of the carriage clocks were large devices that required a hefty hand to tote but this miniature is an easy one to carry and/or display. Standing slightly taller than 3 inches it has all the features you see in much larger clocks. The movement boasts a "Platform Escapement," a Porcelain Dial with Roman Numerals, and Louis XIV Gold Hands. It is key wind, key set from the rear and it is encased in beveled glass on all sides. This is a great clock in near perfect condition that has been lovingly restored. Needless to say our head Clock Maker has it running like the proverbial top. Don't miss it!
Made in Budapest, Hungary, circa 1900, this fabulous enameled easel clock is the perfect Art Nouveau Desk Clock. It is key wind, and key set, from the rear. The Swiss movement winds, sets, and runs just as it did over 100 years ago. The gilded tendrils that form the case work are indicative of the age as they embrace the hand painted panels that depict three "putti's" hovering above an enthralled couple in a sylvan glade. The enamel work is exquisite and undamaged. We constantly search for high quality examples of the enameler's art...especially from the "Art Nouveau" period...and they are few and far between. As an added bonus the dial is Mother-of-Pearl that provides a great shimmering background for the "Blued Steel" hands. If you are desirous of a really nice enameled "Art Nouveau" clock this may be the one for you. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels. This particular gentleman's Elgin is a 23 jewel top of the line dress watch that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 23 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty and second the silvered dial is a stunner due to the fact that there are diamonds set at all the even numbered chapters. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see the diamonds are set in small triangular dishes that are white gold and this amplifies the fire coming off the gems. Thirdly the case is solid white gold in great condition. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1950s. The case is 14k solid white gold measuring 33mm in diameter by 39mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and is running like the proverbial top. It takes an 18mm band and we have fitted it with a sleek black genuine croco band that shows the watch off to its best advantage. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic original condition and just waiting for a man's wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
This an Illinois 6 size solid gold, multicolor, pocket watch measuring 40mm in diameter that conjures up images of the Victorian era when American watchmaking was in full bloom! It is a size that either a man or a woman could wear. The engaving is beautifully executed in solid 14K green, rose, and two colors of yellow gold. The center cartouche on the front lid is pink gold and displays the stylized initials "OA". Around the cartouche are five floral depictions in all the gold colors. Notice the fine lines of engraving still visible in the background even after all of these years; a sure sign that this watch has been lovingly cared for since 1891 when this watch first saw the light of day. The inner lids are all marked with the U.S.Assay mark of 14K solid gold and the dust cover tells the name and address of the original owner. Many times we never know who owned these beauties, but that is not the case here. It's original owner is enshrined on the inner lid for all subsequent owners to see. We are, after all, only caretakers of these magnificent timepieces for future generations. We have some customers that are continuing this tradition for the next generation to marvel at...you could join them with the purchase of this watch! The back lid has a shell-edged cartouche that displays a beautiful diamond set into the lid center. The porcelain dial with Roman Numerals is pristine carrying the "Illinois" name in a fanciful border just below the 12 o'clock position. There is a sunken seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the watch is set by means of a lever at the 4:45 position. All-in-all this is one heck of a solid gold timepiece from a stellar American company. The movement is a 15 jewel engineering marvel that we have fully restored to run superbly and our famous one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Hamilton "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary. The Piping Rock, with its sleek design and handsome looks, would likely be included in almost every “short-list” of “must have” vintage watches – both American and or Swiss. Its classic lines and conservative symmetry make the Piping Rock as striking today as it was when first introduced in 1928. 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.
Tiffany is, of course, legendary for choosing only the finest examples of the horological art from the great houses of Europe. While they never manufactured their own clocks and watches, they choose only the highest quality to represent their name. This is one of the most spectacular examples of an elegant desk clock that we have ever had the pleasure to own. It is an eight day sterling and enamel desk clock with an articulated head, with a fifteen jewel movement by Concord. Once you see it in-person you realize that it is such an attractive piece that you cannot resist holding it in your hand. It is evocative of the Roaring Twenties and the enamel work is exquisite. The dial center is executed in a guilloche pattern (engine turning) with a covering of transparent purple enamel that emanates from the dial center. The chapters are on a separate ring with a dark ground and gold Arabic Numerals with minute dots that makes the time of day easily readable. The "Cathedral" style hands hold lume in them like a stained glass window and they still have a faint glow in the dark. The central case body is also guilloche with purple enamel, as is the flare at the base junction. This all sits on a white marble base that makes it quite stable on your desk. The clock's head is articulated just below the 6 o'clock position so that you can tilt it back at a convenient angle for easy viewing. The very edge of the base bears the Tiffany hallmark and the Sterling Silver mark. The overall height of the clock is 6" by 3.25" at the base diameter, and displaying a 2.25" dial.
It is just spectacular...and it can be yours. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Movado is a Swiss manufacturer known for its Museum Watch. Designed in 1947 by Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt, the watch dial has a very simple design where the dial is defined by a solitary dot at 12, symbolizing the sun at high noon, but Movado also made some very nice solid gold dress watches that are of superior quality...this is one of those. It is an 18k Solid Gold, gentleman's wristwatch that is "Chronometer" rated, indicating that it has passed rigid standards for accuracy. It is, in fact, at the pinnacle of mechanical watches in a world where few qualify for this mark.
Some Movado watch models have Esperanto names such as Bela ("beautiful"), Belamodo ("beautiful fashion"), Fiero ("pride"), Brila ("brilliant"), Linio ("line"), and Verto. The company's name means "movement" in Esperanto.
This Movado has the high grade, 28 jewel "Kingmatic" movement with the model name just above the 6 o'clock position indicating that it is an automatic (self-winding) watch. Another neat thing is that has a date feature at the 3 o'clock position. The case which measures 36mm in diameter, by 41mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick, is 18k Solid Gold which is a beauty to behold....it is a very handsome watch! To gild the lily we have fitted it with a luxurious dark brown genuine crocodile band that really suites it. Here is a solid gold watch, in a nice size case that is a top quality performer for a very reasonable price when you compare modern watches of the same quality but at twice the price. This would be a great watch to wear "In The Heat of the Night"!" Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
Trabant is a name that one normally does not associate with watches but with the minimalist East German Car that was made between 1957 and 1990 with essentially the same formula. It was nicknamed the "Spark Plug with a Roof". This particular Trabant which means "Satellite or Companion" in German is a military wristwatch that although small in size is rather rare in its numbers. Just like Trabant (the car) it is a very utilitarian watch that has a solid pin lug configuration that accepts a feed-thru band as many military watches do. The case which measures 28mm in diameter, by 35mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick is made from a combination of Stainless Steel & Chrome. It is a 15 Jewel, gilded movement, with a very unusual and intriguing spiral design shock protector between the case back and the movement....I've never seen another one like it! The black dial, for night ops, has the original lume in the hands and dots at the chapters, but it no longer glows-in-the-dark. The hand in the seconds bit (at the 6 o'clock position) is blued steel and is not apparent in the photos but it is there, and original to the watch.The Trabant Watch was a product of Karl Trabant of Fischer & Trabant in Pforzheim, Germany. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored the movement to keep time just as it did back in 1936 when it was first pressed into service. We have fitted it with an olive drab, 16mm military band from the period to complete the look. If you have a smaller wrist or simply want a very unusual military watch for a very small investment then this may be the watch for you!
If you were a resident of Lucerne, circa 1888, you might have noticed the opening of a new watch and jewellery store in your town for that was the year that Carl-Friedrich Bucherer and his wife Luise opened the family business. It didn't take long before the Bucherer name was synonymous with quality and luxury. When they were established in Lucerne they branched out to other Swiss cities and tourist destinations. Once Americans brought back some of their treasures from their trips abroad the name was on the lips of others who wanted to partake. By 1977 the third generation of the family was in charge of this flourishing enterprise. In 2013 Bucherer celebrated their 125th jubilee by opening the world's largest watch and jewellery store in Paris. In 2017 there was the addition of four more boutiques in London. Today Bucherer values its partnership with Rolex as one of its most important. They also value their reputation for high quality timepieces. As a case-in-point take a gander at this very nice 25 jewel, automatic, day/date in a yellow gold-filled, cushion shaped case with screw-down stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It is circa 1968 with a silvered dial that sports very dramatic gold block markers contrasted by rectangular blunt end hands and a central sweep second hand. The day/date feature is at the three o'clock position and it has a gold frame that delineates the feature. The case measures 34mm wide, by 39mm lug-to-lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a 20mm croco-grain brown band that suits the watch perfectly. It is fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Elgin was the largest maker of watches in the world and they were in close proximity to where we are in Chicago. This is probably one of the reasons that we see so many of their watches. You probably know that their watches were wonderfully engineered and very reliable. There are many, many parts still available to restore any watch in their line. This bodes well for keeping these watches running for generations. This particular Elgin was made in 1955 and, even back then, it was an unusual watch. It has what we call "hooded lugs," meaning that the portion of the case that stretches between the lugs somewhat obscures the end of the band, thereby creating an integrated look. The whole configuration on this Elgin is quite elegant. Notice how interesting the dial is with unique markings at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock positions. It also has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The yellow gold-filled case measures 21mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 8mm. The case houses a 17 jewel movement that is as clean as a whistle. The white dial is a beauty with a faint patina (indicating its age). We have fitted it with a very nice black 18mm lizard grain band to complete the look.
Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made, and our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
If you visit our site often you already know that Elgin was the largest maker of watches in the world. You probably also know that their watches were wonderfully engineered and very reliable. Another thought that we have is that there are many, many parts still available to restore any watch in their line. This bodes well for keeping these watches running for generations. This particular Elgin was made in 1947 and, even back then, it was not the normal configuration. It has what we call a "hooded lug" meaning that the portion of the case that stretches between the lugs somewhat obscures the end of the band, thereby creating an integrated look. The whole lug configuration on this Elgin is quite elegant, not only in the way the band attaches, but also in the way the lugs are attached to the main case body. When you look at the Zoom-In photos you will see that there is a space between the band attachment and the case body. You will also see two stylized gold balls that hold it in place with clear space between them. The yellow gold-filled case measures 29mm in diameter, by 40mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 8mm. The case houses a 17 jewel movement that is as clean as a whistle. The silvered dial is a beauty and it displays a nice size seconds bit at the six o"clock position. Our head watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made and our one year warranty, for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence!
There are quite a few vintage ladies wristwatches available in the market but very few as nice as this one. It is a Longines, 15 jewel, platinum, diamond encrusted, 1920's tonneau shaped beauty. The case measures 15mm in width, at its widest (without the crown), by 10mm at its narrowest, by 40mm lug to lug, by 6mm thick. It sports 36 diamonds in the bezel and lug attachments with an additional 28 in the articulated lugs. The photo really can't do it justice because the fire coming off of this watch is just phenomenal! Not only is it decorated with all these diamonds but it also has beautifully engraved case sides, middle, and back. To add to its unique look, both lugs are articulated so that they conform to the shape of your wrist. The cord band is a classic attachment that can be perfectly sized to your wrist. Even the crown has an engraved flower center to complete the overall effect of this stunner. Longines, as you may already know, is one of the giants in the vintage market and everything they turned their hand to was stellar. If you are looking for that unusual gift for yourself or a loved one then this may be the watch for you.
The Waltham Watch Company, also known as the American Waltham Watch Co. and the American Watch Co., produced about 40 million watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses, and other precision instruments between 1850 and 1957.
Before the Waltham Watch Company went out of business in 1957, it founded a subsidiary in Switzerland in 1954, Waltham International S.A.. Waltham International SA retains the right to the Waltham trade name outside of North America, and continues to produce mechanical wrist watches and mechanical pocket watches under the "Waltham" brand.
This watch is one of those Swiss timepieces made under the Waltham name circa 1965. It is a very nice 17 jewel, square watch in a yellow gold-filled case with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 25mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug-to-lug, by 11mm thick. Although this is a gentleman's watch it would look great on a ladies wrist as well. The "Incabloc" designation that you can see just below the center of the dial refers to a type of "Kif" spring that gave the watch a certain amount of shock resistant ability. The seconds bit displays the "gun-site" demarcations that was popular in this era. The hands are Dauphine Style and they set the tone for a really nice watch with great style.
Our watchmakers have it running, winding, and keeping time just as it should and our one year warranty will allow your purchase to be trouble-free.
Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1951. Not only was the "Futurematic" futuristic in style, but in functionality as well. Notice that there is no crown to wind this watch. It winds automatically as you wear it. In the subsidiary dial opposite the 9 o'clock position there is a winding indicator so that the owner can see how much power is left in reserve on the mainspring. Once the winding indicator hand enters the red quarter of the dial it is time to oscillate the winding weight by your movement. This occurs naturally during your day and, if worn on a daily basis, you will never have to worry about winding. If you only wear it occasionally then you should don the watch until the indicator hand clears the red section and then re-set the time. Once the spring is fully wound there is a latching device engineered into the movement that halts the oscillation of the winding weight until the power wanes once more, then it is automatically released. On the back of the watch is a sliding button that has a serrated edge. You slide the button towards the center of the case and this engages the setting mechanism and acts as a "hack" feature that stops the watch. This way you can re-start it very accurately once you slide the button back to it's original position. I personally have one of these black dial beauties in my collection and I wouldn't ever give it up. This is a very classy and elegant timepiece that marks an important milestone in watchmaking. The subsidiary dial that is immediately opposite the indicator dial is a constant seconds indicator that runs constantly while the watch is keeping time. It also serves to balance, visually, the indicator dial. The seventeen jewel movement, caliber 497, is in excellent condition and engineered to a fault. The balance wheel is a two spoke Glucydur with a Nivarox spiral hairspring, and a Kif, shock absorbing, jewel spring. The yellow gold filled case is in fantastic condition measuring 34mm in diameter, by 45mm lug to lug, by 12mm thick. We have fitted it with a black, genuine lizard band to complete the look. This is a very unusual watch that will be the pride of your collection. The overall effect on the wrist is very handsome! Our warranty will ensure that you will wear this watch for years of trouble free service!
Bulova was a very prolific Swiss company that made great watches for which there are many parts still available. These were well designed not only from a cosmetic perspective but also from an engineering stand point. This is a really nice watch that, although it was designed for a gentleman's wrist, would look great on a ladies wrist was well. It is a 21 jewel, in rose gold filled case, with a rose gold dial, blued steel stick hands, and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. The case measures 21mm wide (not including the crown), by 34mm lug to lug. A very nice, elegant watch that will give you years of service and our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence you need when purchasing a vintage wristwatch.
Bulova was a watch company that was huge in the American market from the early parts of the last century right through modern times. They advertised in all of the national media and made watches with Swiss movements that were real workhorses. Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova (1851 – November 18, 1936), an immigrant from Bohemia. It was reincorporated under the name Bulova Watch Company in 1923, became part of the Loews Corporation in 1979 and was sold to Citizen at the end of 2007.
Bulova had a huge presence in the American watch market and it became the "Chevy" of the watch world. It was very reliable and affordable. By the mid 1960s, when this watch was made, automatics were in great demand. This is a watch that will give you years of service with minimal fuss. Once you strap on this 30 jewel automatic, it will start winding itself with the help of the motion of your wrist. The case has a 14k yellow gold bezel that is mounted on a stainless steel case body measuring 33mm in diameter (without the crown), by 41mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a dark brown lizard band that really suites the watch. It is a very classy Bulova that can grace your wrist for not much moola!
Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence!
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!
The A. Wittnauer Co. was the exclusive sales agent for Longines starting in 1880, initiating a marriage that would stand the test of 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer family sold their interests and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is exceptionally nice displaying an unusual "Charcoal Dial". It is a seventeen jewel, with a round white gold-filled case that measures 36mm in diameter (without the crown), by 39mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. We have fitted it with an 18mm, dark brown, croco grain band that suits it to a "T". It is in excellent running condition and is representative of watches made in the late 1960's. You will go "Ape" over this watch! Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence!
The Wittnauer Co. had a longstanding relationship with Longines that endured until 1936. We think that the brand is one that is often overlooked, but this is a big mistake because they made very nice watches like the one we are offering here. The Wittnauer family sold their interests in 1936 and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is no exception. It is a seventeen jewel, rectangular case, with stepped lugs. The yellow gold-filled case (with a stainless steel back) measures 27mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a very nice dark brown, handmade, Louisiana crocodile beauty. The case sides are very slightly curved to give it a tonneau appearance and it has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position that is a recessed square shape. The Arabic Numerals are applied gold that stand proud of the silvered dial surface. The gold baton hands complete the look. Made in 1950 it exemplifies the age. Our watch makers have it well within factory specs so that it winds, runs, and keeps time just as it did circa 1950. Our one year warranty will assure you of years of reliable service.
It is not often that we have both a stainless "Air Flight" and a gold plated "Day/Night" in stock, and even rarer when we have a stainless steel "Day/Night" as well, but we are currently having a streak of good luck! These don't walk in the door every day, so we were delighted to find this killer "Day/Night" wristwatch. As a result we now are offering two of these interesting watches for sale. This one, made circa 1960, has a stainless steel case and our other listing (w2653 on this site) has a yellow gold-filled case. It measures 36mm in diameter, by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick, and is in excellent condition. The movement is a "precision" 17 jewel movement with a jump-hour function that changes the markers from black to green as the time of day transitions from day to night. At six pm the entire dial changes from the black numerals, used for easy daytime reading, to green luminous numerals, which once glowed in the dark for nighttime reading, but have since lost their glow. This watch has the same movement as the "Air Flight" and functions the same way, but instead of a numeral change, the markers change. We have fitted it with a very nice 18mm lizard grain band. This unusual piece would be the star watch in any collection due to it's condition and unusual features. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.