This is a large 18 size Hampden, fifteen jewel, in a 4 oz. coin silver hunting case! The case is in great shape and the engraving is still pretty crisp while the cartouche is unengraved! We love to find them when they have not been personalized! That means that the cartouche can be engraved with your initials and become your family heirloom!
Hampden was an American watch company that held forth in Springfield, Massachusetts starting in 1877 and later in Canton, Ohio by 1889. This watch, a Series I, 15 jewel, was key wind and key set. It was made circa 1879....a very early piece. Additionally it bears the name H. Weidemann of Chicago which makes it a "Jewelers Contract" watch. If you were a jeweler in Victorian times and you wanted to market your own brand of watch you could "contract" with Hampden and many other watch manufacturers to have your name put on the movement (and sometimes the dial), provided that you met the minimum purchase requirement. That way you could be assured that your customers were getting a quality watch for which there was good engineering and an ample supply of parts.
This particular watch is in great shape and is a strong runner. It winds, sets, and runs, with great accuracy. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
First, and most importantly, Omega is a great brand that has endured the test of time. Oversize Omega's like this one are all the rage and we constantly look for great examples. We found this one in Louisville, Kentucky at a National Watch Show, but it started its life in South America back in 1960. Not only is this Omega an oversize, measuring 37mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 44mm lug to lug, but it also sports a tu-tone silvered dial that is still in great shape. The seconds bit is rose gold and it matches the rose gold "Arrowhead" markers that are the indicators for the chapters, as well as the rose gold Omega symbol just under the 12 o'clock position. Most of the oversize Omega's we find had their start south of the equator, since this was not a size marketed to North America in any great numbers. The 17 jewel movement is the famous Caliber 267 that Omega used in the "Ranchero" and several other models to a fair-thee-well. Our head watchmaker has completely restored this beauty so that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in the day, circa 1960. The stainless steel case assures you of many, many years of wear without looking worn. The tu-tone dial will garner the admiring looks of your friends and acquaintances and our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of trouble free performance. Why not own an interesting and historic Omega....it could be yours!
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.
LeCoultre is a legendary Swiss watch manufacturer and every thing they turned their hand to was perfection. Their manufacture stemmed from the many inventions that they produced. Founded in 1833, they invented a machine to cut steel pinions for watches and went on to produce hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibers in the years since. One of the most impressive accomplishments, achieved in 1844, was the invention of the Millionmeter the world's most precise measuring instrument. In 1847 they invented a device that did away with key winding, and by 1866 the first manufacture under one roof in the Valle de Joux. We here at Father Time have had a good number of gentleman's LeCoultre Wristwatches over our 36 years in the business, but we have never seen this one before...and what a handsome man's dress watch it is! Raise a toast! This watch deserves it! It has a 14k solid gold case that measures 37mm in diameter. (a very nice oversize). It has a hidden lug too, where the band ends are not visible, but attaches to the lugs out of sight. Notice the broad band of gold that surrounds the dial...no skimping here. The dial sports its original finish and it has a great looking patina that speaks to its age circa 1955. The 17 jewel cal 480 is in fantastic condition winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when new. If you are looking for a real nice solid gold dress watch then this may be the one that steals your heart! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a Ball railroad watch that was marketed by A. Frankfield. The watch is a Ball that was made by the American Waltham Watch Company. A. Frankfield was a high end jeweler and importer in New York. that contracted with the Webb C. Ball watch company to provide them with watches they could then retail under their own brand with the assurance that the engineering and parts supply was strong. This way they had a stellar brand with their name on the dial that their customers would relish. Ball didn't make any of their own watches, they contracted with all the major watch manufacturers to make watches for them. This one is a Waltham as identified by the regulator shape. Yep, it's convoluted! These watches are known as "Jeweler's Contract" watches and there are collections which consist of a variety of these great manufacturers under hundreds of jeweler's names. The jeweler would agree to purchase a good number of movements,and sometimes cases, from the original manufacturer (Waltham in this case) and then the original manufacturer would put the jeweler's name on the dial so it would appear to be their own brand. As an interesting aside in 1891 there was a head-on crash between two railway trains, Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, near Kipton, Ohio. There was conjecture about what caused the the crash...some say that the engineers watch stopped for four minutes and then started-up again and others say that the stem pulled out and altered the correct time. Either way the fast mail train was coming through and, although the engineer thought he was at at the crossing at the correct time, he was in fact, four minutes late and the resulting tragedy made the American government take notice. A railroad commission was established headed by Webb C. Ball who was a Cleveland jeweler. The railroad officials asked Ball to establish strict standards for railroad watches that would assure accuracy and regular inspection backed by stringent record keeping for each individual timepiece. Prior to this time all manner of clocks and watches were used to time the movements of the trains. Each railroad had its own standards and there was no universal compliance. Once Ball established the high water mark for ruggedness and accuracy the manufacturers set about meeting those standards and soon there was a list of the companies that could meet these new Railroad Standards. Ball became the general time inspector for over 125,000 miles of railroad in the U.S., Mexico, & Canada. This is how the expression "on the ball" came into the vernacular. This particular Ball, 16 size, 19 jewel, lever set, three quarter plate nickel movement, has the gold RR seal on the movement indicating that it is a railroad approved watch. This fantastic movement is housed in a screw back/screw bezel, yellow gold-filled case which sports a very interesting blue (rare) five minute track. Make sure you notice the gold jewel cups, interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates, and the pristine condition of the movement. Our master watchmakers have it running, winding, and setting so that it could pass railroad inspection today. Remember all our timepieces are fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
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.
It's no mystery why Longines is so highly regarded, but if you are in doubt follow this link https://www.longines.com/#!/company/history/19th/1832 to their history, it is a long one! The manual wind movement in this watch uses 17 jewels to accomplish all its functions and it is in fantastic condition . The case is stainless steel measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 47mm lug to lug, by 13.5mm thick. Yes, these are great proportions for a very handsome watch with the ability to display time against a perfectly aged black dial. Not only does the dial look great but this watch also has a rotating elapsed time bezel that is in great condition. There are no dings or gouges here. This was a wonderful looking watch back in 1966 but today it looks even nicer with the perfectly aged creamy markers. Anyone who saw you wearing this watch wanted to grab your wrist for a closer look. I dare say that this will still happen today. We here at Father Time Antiques have all admired the styling and cool quality this watch has. Now just imagine it on your wrist! The condition is impeccable and it is winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1966 when this killer watch left Switzerland and headed for the USA. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This watch really has the "WOW" factor! I think this is due to two reasons; first it is an oversize case that has a real presence on the wrist and secondly, the two-tone dial is just stunning. These oversize cases were made by the Swiss for the South American market and we didn't see many of them here in North America. They are now quite desirable because of their size and due to the fact that the current trend is towards larger time pieces The case is stainless steel and measures 37mm wide by 46mm in length. The movement has 17 jewels and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it came from Switzerland, circa 1948. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this one is. The movement is a seventeen jewel workhorse that will serve your timekeeping and fashion needs for generations to come.Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
In 1968 this was the watch to have...and it still is!
One of our favorite brands, and one that we think is still slightly under priced, is Omega. We have sold hundreds of Omegas over our 37 years in the business and we have had stellar reports from their owners. They love the brand as much as we do. We are offering this pristine gentleman's, 24 jewel automatic, caliber 564 (one of Omega's best), "Golden Shell", "Constellation" Chronometer. These, so called, "Golden Shell" cases have a case cap that is solid 14k gold, while the screw-down back and the case skeleton are stainless steel. With this configuration you get all the great looks of a gold watch with the rigidity, hypo-allergenic properties, and longevity of stainless steel at half the price of a comparable solid gold watch. The case measures 35mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 11mm thick, by 40mm lug to lug. Not only is this a great looking watch but it is an "Officially Certified Chronometer" which has the date displayed at the 3 o'clock position. These "Chronometer" ratings are not easily obtained. A watch must be submitted to the COSC (the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), and there it must pass very stringent testing to get the label "Officially Certified Chronometer". Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the automatic, 24 jewel, movement which meets and exceeds these standards. It bears the pink gold plating that is an Omega trademark for corrosion resistance that lasts 100 years. This watch was made circa 1968. All this is spectacular, but what makes your heart sing when you look at it, is its condition. This one is in fantastic, original condition. The Omega quality is the reason these watches are in such short supply...nobody wants to give them up. In short everything about this spectacular watch is waiting to be put on your wrist where it will give a lifetime of service.
Remember our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you you are getting the best condition possible in a vintage watch.
If you visit us here at Father Time you know that we think highly of Elgin, not only because of our proximity to Elgin, (the town) or because we have known many of the factory workers, but because they made a fine product at a reasonable price with great looks. This gentleman's Elgin wristwatch has a yellow gold filled top and a stainless back (for longevity and hypo-allergenic properties). The case is 40mm lug-to-lug by 25mm in diameter (not including the crown). The 17 jewel movement looks and runs like new. The dial and hands have been expertly refinished and look perfect. The watch, made in 1952, shows virtually no signs of wear. Even the crown is original!
This watch has an unbreakable mainspring that Elgin developed for watches that needed to be used on a daily basis with virtually trouble-free power delivery. They called it "Durapower" and used a logo for it that you can see just under the Elgin name. The "Shockmaster" appellation, that you can see just above the seconds bit, refers to special "kif" springs that were used to lessen any blows that occurred under daily operation. If you want a nice looking Elgin that will give you service for years to come then this may be the watch for you.
No need to take a bath! Just belly up to this really nice gentleman's Zodiac, and rest assured that if you have a slightly smaller wrist this wristwatch will fill the bill. This is just a great everyday watch that is in near perfect condition. The stainless steel case is very clean and the dial has been professionally refinished. The movement is a very reliable 17 jewel. manual wind, model that is spotless and running like the proverbial top. The case measures 31mm in diameter by 38mm long and is a screw-back to resist moisture and dust. If you just want a real nice stainless steel timepiece that will perform like-new but give you that vintage panache (circa 1958) then this may be the watch for you. With a Zodiac on your wrist you can go wrong! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The "Aerospace GMT" was Zodiac's evolution of the popular "Seawolf" model. This is a tough watch from the 1960's. These were apparently sold at PX's abroad and thus may have been used by those in the military. It would have been the perfect watch for a guy in the Navy or Airforce because it was made to be used by active guys that traveled across time zones and were in need of a reliable and carefree watch that looked cool and performed flawlessly. Some guys brought them home and used them for more casual travel demands! The handsome case is stainless steel and measures 35mm in diameter by 43mm in length. The date window appears at the three o'clock position and is a nice contrast to this original black dial and the red GMT hand. The 17 jewel movement is a wonderfully engineered, full rotor automatic, that is perfect for everyday use. The outer bezel rotates so that it can be adjusted for elapsed time or for interpolation of 24hour Greenwich Mean Time. The watch is signed four times: on the dial, the crown, the case and the movement so there is no mistaking who the maker was. The Swiss were proud of their accomplishments and this fine timepiece shows us why! So if you are an "Easy Rider" this may be the watch for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
We don't see a lot of these Mathey enamel ladies pockets, especially in this condition, but when we do we acquire them. This one is a 13 jewel, key wind, key set, beauty in 14K solid gold hunting case that has enamel on both sides in a lovely portrait and reverse pattern. The enamel work is not only beautiful but in wonderful condition. This watch was undoubtedly made for someone of high station in life. A real jewel in the crown of your collection. Fully restored and warrantied for one year so that you may buy with confidence. We have only one so don't miss it.
These clocks were for the French merchant that wanted something special and elegant in his shop to give customers the correct time and add a touch of class to the shop. The name came from the preponderance of this type of clock that was found in French Bakeries. This particular clock is an unusual example having inlaid Mother-of-Pearl against a black background on the bezel and dial surround. The contrasting red trim adds just a touch of eye appeal. The dial is a all porcelain and displays individually fired bombe chapters with Roman numerals that have individual brass surrounds. The buled steel pierced hands add the final touch that give this clock a spectacular appearance. The clock strikes the hours on a coiled gong and is eight day running. The front bezel hinges from the top to gain easy access to the pendulum. Circa 1870 it's good for yet another hundred years.
A repeater is a watch that chimes the time to within a specific parameter. This is a Quarter Hour Repeater that tells you the time by chiming within 15 minute segments. First it chimes the hour that it's past then it double chimes the quarter hour that the minute hand is currently in. You will know what time it is with a maximum error of 14 minutes. Additionally this magnificent timepiece has a chronograph feature that, on demand, starts the timing of the sweep second hand for exactly timing of precise activities. This is all delineated on the intricately marked porcelain dial which has some faint hairlines that do not detract from the magnificent pocket repeater. The watch is a 19 Lignes Huguenin & Sons, 14k solid gold, hunting case, with chronograph feature by push button located on the band in the twelve o'clock position. The movement is a seventeen jewel nickel beauty that is a joy to behold. The repeater function is activated by a slide on the band and has a nice crisp bell sound. Opening the back you will see a fantastic glass display back that allows the viewer to see the movement without admitting dust and dirt. The case lids are engine-turned showing only the most minor wear. The inner dust cover is signed, numbered and bears the gold 14k hallmark. The case diameter is 55mm by 77mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case and is 12mm thick. For a collector this is the gold ring. It literally has all the bells and whistles. This watch is winding, setting and functioning perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty. If you are a collector or have one in your life this is the watch for you!
This is a very special pocket watch that is Swiss manufactured. It is 18K solid gold with inlaid black enamel. Everything about this spectacular timepiece is unusual. The rich deep yellow, gold color is handsomely contrasted by the inlaid black enamel designs. Made circa 1876, it bears the aura of its day. The case measures41mm in diameter by 11mm thick and is 58mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case. This is a hunting case that bears a central "R" initial in the cartouche. Finely engraved engine turning graces the case on both sides. The watch was made for the famous Jaccard & Co. of St. Louis. When you open the front cover you are greeted with a lovely porcelain dial that has Roman numerals. The hands have Fleur-de Lis ends that gracefully point to the correct time. At the 4:15 position there is a small lever that peeks out from under the bezel. By pushing this with your thumb-nail it pops into the setting position. Once you set the hands to the correct time all you have to do is close the front cover and the setting is automatically disengaged - quite an innovation for 1876. When you open the back cover you will see an engraving that says " IDA FROM ED", 22nd March 1876 and the 18k mark. What's really unusual is that there is an oval porcelain insert on the 2nd inner lid that has an actual photo of Ed in sepia tones. This portrait is framed like a typical Victorian picture and is surrounded by black enamel designs. If all these features were not enough there is a fantastic, fantastic three finger bridge, Swiss 15 jewel movement that is running like the day it was made. It bears the patent date of Aug. 8, 1871. All in all this is a unique time piece that is quite old and in excellent running condition. This wonderful heirloom could be yours! Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.
This Longines is a very unusual gentleman's watch from a great watchmaking house. Made circa 1949, it is in excellent condition. What makes it so special is the fantastic case design. It not only has fancy "Rams Horn" lugs but the way they are attached to the case is very dramatic. The lugs flare out to the side and serve to accentuate the textured, silver dial. The center of the dial has concentric, raised circles and is double sunk. The seconds bit is also recessed, while the stylized chapter markers ride on the raised portion of the dial. This is just another outstanding characteristic of this amazing timepiece. Couple this spectacular appearance with a great Longines movement and you have a real winner. The 14K solid gold case measures 33mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 37 mm lug to lug. It suffices to say that this is one exceptional watch - mechanically and aesthetically. It would look great on your wrist at that next special event or social gathering. It comes with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
Gruen was legendary for excellence in watchmaking and the "Pentagon" is evidence of that reputation. Unusual shapes were reserved for special timepieces that the company wanted to highlight. The "Pentagon" has a slimness and elegance that begs to be put in your pocket. The silvered dial bears the Gruen mark as well as the "Veri-Thin" and "Precision" designation. The gold hands have skeletonized diamond shaped ends that point to embossed arabic numerals. The pentagonal shape is repeated in the shape of the recessed seconds bit. The case is yellow gold filled, plain polish that terminates in an arched bow. The seventeen jewel movement is ticking, and keeping time like the day it was made. The only service that this watch required when we received it, was cleaning, oiling, and regulating. This is a testament to how well it was cared for over the years and to Gruen's quality. If you want a pocket watch that you can be proud to carry this is the one! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.
Illinois was a great watch factory centered in Springfield, Illinois. Many of their watches were destined for railroad use but many others were watches that graced the waistcoats and vests of the well-heeled. This is a special hexagonal case model called the "Sterling". The designation referred to the quality of the fine 21 jewel movement, and not the case material, which in this case is 14K white gold filled, measuring 47MM by 55MM. The dial is two tone with a matte white outer background, for the chapters, and a reflective inner hexagonal shape that bears the Illinois mark. The Arabic numerals and seconds track are mirror-like silver. The contrast for this beautiful dial is a wonderful pair of blued steel hands that have diamond shaped ends. The back is plain polish with an interesting arcade band that follows the case contours. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor. The 21 jewel movement, Circa 1923, is a strong runner and a very accurate. timepiece that you will be proud to own and display. It is also a delight to look at. The movement plates are beautifully damaskeened and display gold headed screws which contrast with the silvered plates.
Gruen pioneered the curved wristwatch and dubbed it the "Curvex". Because they held the patents on the curved movement they were able to out-pace their competition. Not only could they make a better and more robust movement (due to more useable real estate inside the case) but they could curve it dramatically to fit the wrist. This great idea was brought to market for the first time in the late 1930's and was produced for a decade in a variety of designs. The angular design of this particular Curvex identifies it as a later model, made circa 1948. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 44mm long by 22mm wide. The 17 jewel movement is running and keeping time just like the day it was made. The angular design of the case is reinforced by the highly arched, faceted, crystal. Gruen was also one of the first companies to incorporate the faceted crystal in their designs. Notice how this "roof-shaped" crystal adds to the unusual look of this watch. Make sure that you take a look at the "Zoom In" photos to really appreciate this fantastic timepiece. The watch has an overall architectural aesthetic that makes it almost irresistible! When you strap this killer on your wrist you will come to appreciate it as a real work of art. The one year parts and labor warranty provided by Father Time will make your experience with us pain free!