In 1884 the Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, CT, built an addition to its existing factory on the corner of Marine and Bridge streets within which to manufacture pocket watches. The first watches were available for sale in 1885. For the next thirty years, a full line of Seth Thomas watches were available in 0, 4, 6, 12, 16 and 18 size. By 1914, the company had decided to concentrate on the clock business and the last watches ceased appearing in the company's catalogs in the Fall of 1915.
This Seth Thomas pocket watch was made in 1907. The case is yellow gold filled and the engraving is still pretty crisp! The porcelain dial has Roman Numerals and is in perfect condition, displaying a second bit at the six o'clock position. It also has the additional feature of being lever set. The seven jewel movement has two-tone plates with a gold starburst pattern centering on some interesting concentric damaskeening. Since Seth Thomas only made pocket watches for about 30 years there are not a great deal of them extant..and this is a particularly nice six size that was lovingly cared for over its 106 year lifetime. This is what we call a crossover size that can be carried by either a man or a woman. Our master watchmakers have the seven jewel, two tone movement, ticking just like it did back in 1907 so that it can spend another lifetime in your pocket. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor. It could be yours...don't miss it!
This is a gentleman's Touchon & Co. minute repeater, one of the best repeaters in the world! Touchon & Co. was a stellar Swiss company, started in 1907, that made high grade watches for the world's finest retailers. Tiffany was their largest client and they demanded only the best for their customers. They were not only one of the best watches produced but, since production ceased in 1921, one of the scarcest. Minute repeaters are, in and of themselves, one of the most complicated watches ever manufactured, and when one is as nice as this one, really rare. When the repeater slide is activated, along the case side, the watch will chime revealing the hour, the quarter hour, and finally the exact minute! The owner could then know the time to the precise minute without looking at the dial,a very handy feature in the dark. Everything about this watch has been fashioned to very exacting standards. The beautiful dial, the elegant 18K solid gold case, the smooth slide, and classic design all combine to make it a fantastic timepiece. Notice how the stylized personalization on the case back creates an interesting design....if only this watch could talk and reveal its, now secret, owner. Not only is this a beautiful watch but the engineering needed to make all these complications function in such a slender case is nothing short of astounding. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this complicated movement is. It is signed "Touchon" under the dial and displays a three finger bridge, large ruby jewels, and perfectly situated gongs. The sound of these gongs is delightful to hear and gives one a real feel for the precision and desirability of a true "Minute Repeater". I can imagine a gentleman at the opera in a tuxedo activating the repeater function, during intermission, to have his Touchon chime the time, consulting the dial for the correct time and triggering the repeater to give everyone within earshot a real treat. This Touchon is a 29 jewel, extremely high grade timepiece, that we have converted from a pocket watch to a wristwatch so that you may wear it easily and have a nice big statement on your wrist. The 18k solid gold case measures 47mm in diameter, by 56mm lug-to-lug. It is in perfect running condition and it winds, sets, and keeps time like the day it came from Switzerland. There are very few wrist minute repeaters in the world, and this will rank among the best extant. Since the production for Touchon was only 14 years these watches are as scarce as hen's teeth. As I once read on a website devoted entirely to Touchon, "if you are offered the opportunity to buy a Touchon & Co. repeater, then I advise you to do so." The prices have risen dramatically in the last few years and we expect them to continue their rise quite dramatically in the coming years as these are the possessions of a precious few.
This is by far one of the nicest wristwatch repeaters we have ever had the pleasure to offer for sale...don't miss it! 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 beautiful 17 jewel Bulova in a rose gold-filled case! The case measures 21mm wide by 35mm in length and, while it is a gentleman's watch, but it would look equally good on a lady. Bulova was a Swiss company that had a big market share of the US market back in the day. They were a great company that produced very nice watches at a good price point. Their engineering was top notch and their support was worldwide. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see this wonderful rose dial that has silver embossed dots at the chapters, larger ones at three and nine and an elegant bar marker at the twelve. The hooded lugs (which serve to conceal the band ends) and rose gold case, just add to the great looks. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the movement is...just like new! This watch winds, sets, and keeps time just like it did back in the 1940's when it was a new arrival from Switzerland. Its handsome, its mechanically excellent, and warrantied for one year...parts and labor...what's not to like? Why monkey around? It could be yours, but don't wait til its gone because we have only one.
This is a finely made Swiss 16 jewel open face pocket watch that was surely carried by a fine gentleman back in the day! It has a lever escapement and is pendant set. The watch is a Swiss size - 16.5 lignes , comparable to an American 12 size. As there is no name on the dial, or the movement, we would call this an ebauche - probably made for export to a small family jewelry shop in England or America! If you wanted your own brand of watch to retail you could contract with one of the major Swiss manufacturers to produce a minimum number that would allow you to market a brand with your name on the dial or you could choose to have no name on it...which is the case here. You, as a retailer, could be assured of quality engineering, a constant parts supply, and a watch that you could be proud to sell. This Swiss pocket watch, circa 1921, has a metal dial with a wonderful patina on it! It has aged perfectly over the years to that great vintage appearance that only time can create. The 18k solid gold case is plain polished and in mint condition. Overall a simply elegant timepiece which can be yours 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.
This is a lovely little Swiss Ladies watch, circa 1895, in a 12 lignes solid gold multi-color case - comparable to an American 3/0 size, the perfect size for wearing as a pendant. The movement has 7 jewels and is in excellent running condition. The 14k solid gold case is a triumph of gold work that has been executed in three colors of engraved gold. All the engraving is crisp and quite attractive! The fancy dial is porcelain with a fantastic multi-color design that has some very tiny hair line cracks that are invisible to the naked eye. The Gold Louis XIV hands just add to the elegance of the watch. Any lady would be proud to step out with this beauty hanging from a slide chain around her neck. 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 is 14k solid gold with diamonds and enamel and is a rare size to boot! The turn of the last century (1900) was a Golden Age for pocket watch companies and a time when Elgin was at their best. This ladies' pocket watch was made in 1910 by Elgin, the largest manufacturer of watches in the world, located in Elgin Illinois. This piece is a 4/0 size with a solid 14k gold case that measures 26mm in diameter by 37mm from the bottom of the watch to the top of the bow. It is an extremely hard to find smaller size that was very much sought after for its elegance and easy-to-wear size. Not only is this a rare size, but it is an Art Nouveau piece as well, employing multicolor enamel, and diamonds to make as elegant a ladies pendant watch as one could want. The case back, which is designed to be worn facing outward and easily displayed because of a swiveling bow that gives the owner an easy way to orient the face or back, has a great design that stands proud of the case surface in wonderful relief. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how the intertwined Nouveau designs compliment the piece. There are nine diamonds that make up the frontispiece for an array of Lilies of the Valley. It is simply spectacular! The 14k matching pin (also a rarity) has a matching colored enamel and a centered "Jack-in-the Pulpit" enamel-lined flower with a diamond center. The pin measures 22mm by 25mm.
The movement is just as nice as the case and pin. It is a seventeen jewel artfully damaskeened, three quarter plate, nickel movement with gold jewel cups...a level of quality for a movement that was usually reserved only for a gentleman's railroad pocket watch, but evident here in all its glory! This is the only one of these we have ever had after being in business for over 34 years. Don't miss it!
This was SUCH an avante-garde item in the 1960's that we were delighted to see someone light-up with this unusual device. It is a watch AND a lighter all in one...and what an interesting way to ignite a cig. Just squeeze it! Yep, place the ends between your thumb and forefinger....squeeze.....and a flame appears from the port in the middle of the column! Then you can tell her what time it is by glancing at the top end where a nice quality Swiss wristwatch movement resides! These were carried by both men and women and I can remember my aunt using one when I was a mere teen. It was WAY cool. When we located this particular Torvic we were thrilled...first of all to locate one, and secondly because it was in fantastic condition. Once we serviced the watch, and put flint and fluid in the lighter, it fired right-up! This is a very neat piece for either your watch or lighter collection and our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1953. 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 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. 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 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 Kif shock absorbing jewel springs. The yellow gold filled case is in fantastic condition measuring 32mm in diameter. 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!
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Cranston" model back in 1952 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold filled, and it has a slightly curved, faceted lug, that gives it a certain panache. The case measures 22mm wide by 37mm long and the caliber 753 movement has 19 jewels. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when I was in knee pants! The Sterling Silver dial with 18k gold markers has a creamy finish that is all original. It has a great looking patina and 18k gold applied numerals that alternate with hash markers at the odd numbers. The seconds bit which is just above the 6 o'clock position is a perfectly round, sunken, feature that is indicative of the styling of the age. Here's an entry level Hamilton that won't break the bank but will allow you to experience their great engineering and wonderful design. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. This one can be yours!
Jules Jergensen has been a legendary name in Swiss Watchmaking since 1740, and is, perhaps, the oldest, continuous, watchmaking firm in the world. The case of this Jules Jergensen is 18k solid gold and it measures 25mm wide by 35mm lug to lug. The classic styling is very elegant and subdued...a real handsome gentleman's watch, circa 1955, but it is a size that a lady could wear as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running like the proverbial top. The silvered dial displays truncated rhomboid markers and is contrasted by dauphine hands. The seconds bit is a simple crosshair design that centers on the small second hand. If you want a real classic in an 18k solid gold case then this may be the watch for you! All of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
This a very special version of a rare watch! We love these "Jump Hour" Gruens! This one has a really rare dial that we were lucky to find. It sports the AFA (Air Force Association) logo, and it has a dedication on the back to show that it was the personal property of Mr. Fred B. Smith, the President of the Association from 1965 to 1966. The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The Air Force Association mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
The Gruen "Airflight" was designed for pilots that needed a 24 hour reference for flight time. When the hands reach 1pm all the numerals jump to a 24 hour format and then jump back again to a 12 hour format at 1am. This is accomplished by a rotating dial underneath the main dial. The numbers appear in diamond shaped windows on this neat, and rare, original dial and the minutes are chronicled by a very fine segmented outer track that the sweep second hand hovers above. This is a particularly nice "Air Flight" and an oversize to boot (35MM). The seventeen jewel movement is in excellent condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the fine timepiece it was designed to be! This beautiful movement is housed in a chromium plated case, with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It measures 35MM wide by 42MM lug to lug. Circa 1965, this is a watch to make your heart sing. When the numerals change at 1pm or 1am it is a real event that always has our customers exclaiming their delight whenever we demonstrate this function. We buy every one of these that we can find in good condition because our clients just love the dial action and how nice these watches look on a man's wrist. We don't have these in stock very often and they usually find a good home within a few weeks.This one is very nice and we would love to show it to you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
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 no exception. This particular model has what is termed a "Hooded Lug" where the band end is hidden under a cover that extends between the lug surfaces. This is a neat feature, but what makes it even more spectacular is the rilled case sides and the charcoal grey, textured dial with white gold, applied arrowhead markers and numerals. The case is white gold filled with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity and comfort. The 17 jewel movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should, and is in excellent condition. Now take a look at the segmented expansion band in the "Zoom-In" photos. It has black leather inserts in six of the segmented portions of the band for a very unusual look. This is a gentleman's watch from the 1940's, but it would also look great on a lady who wants something just a little bit different. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence. This is a great looking watch...don't miss it.
The Omega "Seamaster" is such an iconic brand and we are always searching for nice, all original, examples of this model for our customers. There are many aficionados who want dials that show their age and have a nice patina. This is just such a watch! The silvered dial displays the gradual aging and patination over the last 65 years. The seventeen jewel, "bumper" automatic movement, cal. 342, is in excellent running condition and performing just like it did back in 1950 when it was made in Switzerland. The stainless steel case, measuring 35mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 43mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter). It is in great shape as you can tell from the "Zoom-In" photos. Please notice the "Dagger" hands and "Arrowhead" chapter markers. When all is said and done this is a very handsome watch, especially on the wrist. If you are dreaming about a real nice all original Omega to grace your wrist then this may be the watch for you. Remember it comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a real neat Movado Oversize, manual wind, measuring 37mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44mm lug to lug (for comparison an American Quarter measures 26mm in diameter). The rhodium plated case houses a real clean 17 jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running, setting, and winding just like it did when it came from the Movado factory back in the 1940's. It also sports a large sweep second hand that allows the wearer to easily see the seconds slipping by. But what makes my heart skip a beat is the mirrored Arabic numerals. Not only are they reflective, but they give the watch a very vintage appearance that you just don't see in today's wrist armor. There is a visual and tactile quality about the watch that is difficult to express but when you see it in-person you will understand. It is an oversize (by vintage standards) and makes quite a statement on the wrist. The near pristine condition is a big plus as well. We have paired it with a dark croco band that gives it a very rich look and will provide the longevity that you expect from a quality band. Don't miss this fantastic Movado....it 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.
A.Lange & Sohne is one of the most sought after European makers. Follow this link to the Lange History http://www.alange-soehne.com/en/our-saxon-origin/ Their uncompromising quality and precision is what made them famous. We were very fortunate to acquire this fantastic silvered dial timepiece housed in a coin silver (.900) case that measures 49 mm in diameter by 59 mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow. It is a fifteen jewel that has a palpable elegance and a stunning appearance. The watch was made circa 1940 and is in perfect running condition. It winds, sets, and keeps time like the high quality pocket watch it is. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.