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!
This watch is a fine example of American watch making circa 1916. The Illinois company made exceptional timepieces and this one is representative of how nice they turned out! This watch is a 12 size, open face, 25 year yellow gold filled beauty. The 12 size was a watch that was popular from the first World war through to WWII. Because it was slimmer and easier to carry it became very popular to own. Illinois put their heart and soul into making very accurate and elegantly engineered watches for the discerning customer. They honed their skills making railroad watches for America's "iron horses" and, by proxy, the average man on the street benefited. The nickel movement in this one has a very interesting damasceening which is a series of wavy stripes that look really cool. The movement is a 17 jewel three quarter plate, nickel marvel, that is running like a champ. Take a look at this really nice original dial. It shows a very even mellowing with age. The golden color highlights the blued steel hands. Notice the pattern on the hands\' ends as this indicates real attention to detail. Additionally the second hand has a round piercing at its terminal end, a feature that Breguet (the father of watchmaking) initiated 150 years earlier. The case middle is also special in that it has a "coin-edge" rilling that makes the watch easier to handle. This is a very nice watch. Don't let it get away.
Vintage watches, from a variety of manufacturers, run the gamut from ordinary to spectacular but it seems that everything Hamilton put their collective minds to came out great! We here at Father Time feel that they are the greatest of the US companies...bar none! In 1953 Hamilton introduced the "Carl". And this particular "Carl" is a real gem! It's all original too! Just look at the case and dial - they're near perfect. The lugs on this watch are cleverly scalloped to give the watch an elegant flair. The subtle two-tone dial has raised gold markers with only the noon position displayed as the number twelve at the top, while the other chapters are indicated by gold pyramidal markers and double dashes at the 3 and the 9! This unusual eye-catching design feature was only one of many that set Hamilton apart from the crowd. The case is gold filled and measures 24mm wide by 39mm in length. This watch was certainly not indicative of typical 1950's sensibilities since it was the result of an evolution of design that came from the previous decades of careful study rather than an attempt at kitsch culture. Take a look at the careful detail with which Hamilton executed this beautiful 17 jewel movement. The plates are handsomely damasceened and elegantly engineered for several lifetimes of service. This is a wonderful vintage timepiece that can be passed on in your family for generations to come. Grab it while you can as it may be a long time before we see another one as nice!
The serial number indicates that this Dueber Hampden Gentleman's pocket watch was made in 1902. The engraving on the gold filled case shows signs of the normal wear you would expect on a watch of this age! The dial and hands are what make this watch special! The bold Roman numerals surround this "double sunk" dial showing a center section that is sunken, and a seconds bit that is sunken also! The ornate hands are "Louis XIV" style which perfectly compliment the dial! The movement is a 17 jewel killer that is running just like the day it left the factory in Canton , Ohio, in fact the original case papers are still inside the back lid. Perhaps this watch spent years tucked away in the vest pocket of a banker. Every time he pulled it out and opened it up to view the time - he must have been delighted! You'll experience the same joy! Our famous one year parts and labor warranty guarantees it!
Look at the hand engraving on this watch, it's very elaborate and, after over 100 years, still looks great! The cartouche in the center of the case lid is still un-engraved - just waiting for your initials! What is unusual about this case is the fact that it has a split button in the pendant that allows opening either the front or back lids of the hunting case depending on which portion of the button you depress. The movement is fully jeweled and is exceptional for that period circa 1879. There are two accesses in the inner dust cover for winding the watch and setting the time with a key (which is indicative of the age). The movement is a 17 ligne size and the case is 42mm in diameter. Just look at all the individual "finger bridges" that support the wheels in this movement; a sure sign of quality! The delicate "Lunette" hands look great on the beautiful porcelain dial. It is very slender watch for that era and fits comfortably in the pocket today. If you want an elegant timepiece in 18K solid gold that has a real place in history this is it! Our famous one year warranty will ensure that it will perform like the wonderful engineering marvel that it is.
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.
This is an extraordinary timepiece that we rarely have the pleasure to offer for sale. This piece was made for Tiffany and is an extraordinary example of the watchmaker's art circa 1910. Not only is this Agassiz an extremely high-grade watch for its day, but it also has its original, matching, neck chain that is executed in the same beautiful blue enamel that encases the watch. The way the enamel, platinum, and gold compliment one another is testament to the ultimate skill of the jeweler, casemaker, and the watchmaker. The small size of the watch is a huge technological achievement for its day. Today we can only marvel at the skill of these craftsmen from bygone days. Take a look at the guilloche work beneath the translucent blue enamel. There is a delicate tracery that centers the case and highlights the central diamond encrusted platinum fillagree. This wonderful timepiece also has a swiveling bow so that it may be displayed with either, the dial or the diamonds, facing forward. Additionally the bow has its own inset diamonds. Counting the bow and the case there is a total of 30 diamonds. The watch measures only 22mm in diameter, not including the stem and bow...an incredible size that is quite easily worn around the neck. The 18 yellow gold chain has nine blue enamel links and a central blue enamel rondel that connects the two neck chains to the central leader. The dial is in excellent original condition showing the "Agassiz" name and "Swiss" below the 6 o'clock position. The blued steel hands contrast easily with the beautifully aged cream colored dial. These hands are the so called "Breguet Lunette" style that have a very attractive look. At the edge of the bezel there is an arcaded 18k yellow gold reveal that has white enamel as its background. This design is also evident on the reverse and on the pendant. The case middle is in yellow gold and is set off by the blue enamel case band.
All-in-all this is one of the most spectacular ladies pendant watches we have had in a long time. We have only one so don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may by with confidence.
This is one of those pieces that makes you just say, "WOW!" In all of our years in the business (over 30 now) we have never seen a better, more complete, or higher grade "Art Nouveau" ladies, 18k solid gold, pendant watch than this one. When you hold this piece in your hand you can feel how well made it is. Ladies 18k gold, enamel pieces are very scarce by themselves, but the Nouveau pieces are almost non-existant in this quality. Make sure you examine this watch in the "Zoom-In" photos to understand how lovely it really is. I know that you have heard the expression that "the pictures really don't do it justice" , but in this case it is absolutely true! It is a piece to die for! The movement in this watch is not just any movement, is a seventeen jewel high grade timepiece that was made for Tiffany by Vacheron and Constantine (makers to royalty). Watches for women, at this time circa 1899, were normally only 7 jewel since it was thought that women did not have to have as accurate a timepiece as a man (how times have changed) The case bezel and back are in a very unusual "flange style" configuration where the case middle is recessed. The fact that these parts fit perfectly is a testament to the watchmakers art. The incised recesses on the surface of the case contain the enamel work in small cloisonnes that add grace and beauty to the overall design but also protect the enamel from wear and/or abuse. The foliate designs that were the hallmark of the "Art Nouveau" period are evident all over this magnificent watch. The matching pin to one of these Nouveau watches is almost never found with the original watch....but here it is! Notice the delicate use of grape-like rubies in contrast to the green enamel. The pin also has two portraits that have been executed in gold depicting two cherubs. The pin attaches to the watch conventionally via a hook to the bow. The bow is a swiveling one that allows the wearer to revolve the watch easily to display either side to the viewer. This is a watch that has been carefully designed with the most discerning client in mind. Our master watchmaker thinks that it may be a one-of-a-kind custom made piece for a very special person.
Watches like this don't cross our path often, but when they do we make every attempt to secure them for our valued customers. This one can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Yeah, I know you have never heard of Accurist! Well, as long as you like the cosmetics of the watch it doesn't matter because it is the quality of the fine Swiss movement that counts! This watch has a 17 jewel, Landeron, calibre 152, movement that is pristine! Just look at the picture! Landeron was one the companies along with Valjoux and Lemania that made most of the Chronograph movements coming from Switzerland. They made movements for all of the famous companies like Rolex, Breitling, Wittnauer, Longines, companies that you have heard of, and for small companies like Accurist as well! If you are a savvy buyer you know that you can get the exact same quality for a lot less dough, if you have done your homework. We can assure you that this one is a great buy. The condition is excellent and the case is stainless steel measuring a hefty 39mm wide by 47mm in length.
The seventeen jewel movement is running like the day it was made and all functions are spot-on. It is as clean as can be....no kidding...take a look! The original black dial is marked "Super Waterproof 400" and has a red wedge shaped dial delineation on the subsidiary recorded seconds bit. It looks way kool! The outer track has a 60 mph tachymeter scale and the contrast of the raised stainless steel markers really set it off against the black rotating bezel insert.
If you would like a great chrono, circa 1966, in stainless steel for not a lot of dough then this may be the one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a really dramatic Gruen "Veri-Thin" with a black dial that has bezel -set diamonds at three of the Cardinal Points! The watch has a very architectural character. Even the faceted crystal (which Gruen pioneered) is reminiscent of a French Mansard roof! The white gold filled case is in excellent condition and it even sports its original Gruen marked crown. Made circa 1945 this model is a stunning example of Gruen's artistry in the watch world. I have an image in my brain of a gentleman in a tuxedo raising his champagne to his lips and as his french cuff falls back to reveal this Gruen Diamond Dial "Veri-Thin". Fantasy yes, but the watch is here and in the flesh. It is truly reminiscent of the era. It measures 39mm lug to lug by 24mm in width. Take a careful look at the "Zoom-In" photos and you can see the delineations of the crystal facets. Most of the Gruen faceted crystals are two or three facet, but darned few are in this configuration. It is quite striking and in excellent condition. Our master watchmakers have the spotless caliber 430 movement ticking like new and the timing pattern coming off our our vibrograph is as straight as an arrow. If you would like to own a very nice dress watch then this may be the one 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.
Yes, we love Gruen watches, and none more than the legendary "Gruen Curvex"! We buy every one we can find, in nice condition, and this one is pristine. The back of the case usually tells the story because that's where the wear is apparent if a watch has been badly used and abused. You can see in the "Zoom-In" photos how nice this one is! It was very well cared for over its lifetime so that you may avail yourself of a wonderful piece of watchmaking history for generations to come. The "Curvex" idea is that the form of the wristwatch follows the form of your wrist. Gruen held the patents on curved movements (an engineering marvel) and this allowed them to curve their watches more than any other manufacturer with great advantage because they could fill the entire case with movement and thereby use a more robust barrel, balance wheel, and mainspring. The original silvered dial is beautiful and is perfectly displayed behind the interesting four facet crystal (hard to see in the photos, but it articulates in four facets north to south and east to west). The "crosshair gunsight"seconds bit adds eye appeal with simple effective design. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 22mm wide, not including the crown, by 42mm lug to lug. It's a nice large "Curvex" for a man's wrist. The spotless movement is seventeen jewel, caliber 370 circa 1948, and it is in pristine condition. Our watchmakers have it running like new and it comes with a full one year warranty. The photos really can't do this watch justice, but when you hold it in your hand you will appreciate how good the Gruen designers were. The angles of the bezel, the curve of the watch, the quality of the dial, and above all, the precision of the Swiss movement all combine to make this a killer wristwatch. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid was a watchmaker in Lucerne in 1854, as his business bloomed he hired an apprentice named Eduard Jakob Gubelin who eventually married his daughter Bertha and then bought into Breitschmid's business. In an attempt to improve their situation Breitschmid and Gubelin moved their shop to a location were royalty and the upper classes were frequent visitors. The rest, as they say, is history. Today Gubelin is a name that is world famous. We are delighted to be able to offer a rare rectangular E. Gubelin in a stainless steel case with its original finish dial. Purists please take note! Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how wonderful this dial is. It displays a very interesting minute track with contrasting border and a large seconds bit. The unusual hand shape completes the package. The fifteen jewel movement is in pristine condition and our master watchmakers have it winding, running, and keeping time to an amazing standard that is as good as factory new. The Swiss really knew how to make a fantastic watch and this is the proof of the pudding. The stainless steel case is in very nice condition showing only minor wear for a piece of this vintage. Attached to this cool watch is a very interesting period band that carries the Art Deco theme around the wrist. If you are looking for a rare watch circa 1930 then this may be the one 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.
Every watch that Hamilton produced was well engineered and flawlessly executed. This was the rock on which they built the best watch making factory in America...bar none! In 1936 Hamilton introduced the "Morley". It has a beautiful 17 jewel movement that is winding, setting, and keeping time like new. Here's your chance to own a piece of American history for a very reasonable price. Fully restored and warrantied for a year, this is a watch that will look great and perform for a lifetime of timekeeping. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 22mm wide by 35mm in length.This is what the trade calls a "tonneau" case meaning that it has curved sides. There were only 11,610 of these made and who knows how many have survived. Certainly not many in this condition. In the mid 1930's manufacturers were looking for new case shapes as they experimented with enlarging the round space needed for the round movement. As they expanded the case they could contain the round movement while changing the dial shape to a more rectangular configuration. To keep it sleek they designed the case sides to curve around the movement and the "Tonneau Case" was born. This watch is more rectangular as a result, but still contains the round movement that was the industry standard for the era. By the late 1930's almost all the manufacturers re-tooled to make rectangular movements as well. These mid 1930's watches are getting increasingly hard to find...especially in this condition. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Roamer was founded in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1888 by Fritz Meyer, and after many changes and iterations their production grew to over a million watches by 1923. They made a good number of cylinder escapement watches under different names, but their better quality watches were sold under the name "Roamer". The Roamers contained great quality, jeweled, lever escapement movements that have stood the test of time (so to speak:)! By 1923 production grew to over one million units. The top quality jeweled lever escapement watches were sold under the brand 'Roamer', but cylinder escapements, and later, pin-lever watches were sold under the brands Medana and Meda. In 1932 the company started its own dial production line. In 1945, a representative office opened in New York City and in 1952 Meyer and Studeli officially changed its name to Roamer Watch Co. SA. In 1955 Roamer patented the Anfibio watertight watch case, which proved to be a commercial success.
This particular Roamer we are offering is circa 1932 is a very interesting watch, and it is in fantastic condition. If you are aching for a real nice, original, Art Deco wristwatch, then take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos and see how nice this wristwatch appears. The case is beautifully polished chrome measuring 22mm wide (not including the crown), by 40mm lug to lug. The movement has 15 jewels and looks like new. The watch is winding, setting, and keeping time like the excellent Swiss timepiece it is. Now take a peak at the dial, it is a sleek, silver, work of art that has stylized numerals and a two-tone contrast. Notice how the track for the seconds bit mimics the shape of the case. This one can be yours, but don't hesitate because we have only one!
In 2003, Roamer returned to manufacturing of mechanical watches. Currently, it remains an independent watchmaking company, selling its products to over 70 countries. Roamer Watch Co. is a member of Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.