This Bulova 23 jewel automatic is really something to shout about.  It is what we call a "New/Old Stock" watch, meaning that it was never sold to a customer and it is still in all original condition.  These watches are rarely found and when they are they are cherished by collectors.  We recently found this one in Indiana and quickly acquired it so that we could offer it to our knowledgeable customer base.  The case is chrome with a stainless back measuring 38 mm at its widest midpoint, by 40 mm lug to lug.  Made circa 1971 it really has the look of that era, but what makes it really sing is the cool blue dial with a lighter blue, mid-dial band, that encompasses the day and date window.  Just below the Bulova name is the 23 jewel designation for the automatic movement.  Beneath the dial center is the "Whale" logo indicating that the case is water resistant and finally, the "Automatic" appellation indicating that the watch has an oscillating weight that winds the watch while on your wrist.  The entire look is topped off with a light blue sweep second hand that matches the borders around the day/ date window.  Add to all of this the perfect stainless steel oval case and the matching stainless steel chapter markers and it is a watch to die for....especially in this condition!   Remember this is a watch that has never been worn and it is in the best possible condition for a watch of this vintage...and it can be yours.  Our one year parts and labor warranty will allow you to buy with confidence

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Price: $1450
Year: 1971
SKU: w2941
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This Illinois 16 size open face Pocket Watch is simply spectacular. The 21 jewel movement is unsurpassed for this era and the "Bunn Special" iterations are some of the most desirable Railroad watches ever made! The case is yellow gold filled and is what is called a "Railroad" case with a non-pull out, fancy bow. These cases were designed to have a screw back & screw bezel thereby preventing dust and debris from entering the movement. The user would simply unscrew the front bezel to access the lever for setting, and, if he wanted to see the movement he would unscrew the back of the case. When you take a look at the"Zoom-In" photos of the movement you can see that it is as clean as the proverbial whistle. Our master watchmakers have it timed to within an inch of its life and it is performing like new. Make sure you notice the interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates. Pride of workmanship is everywhere on this watch. The double sunk, porcelain dial is a spectacular "Montgomery Dial" displaying red numeral 5 minute indicators and well as all the minutes in an hour.  Railroad watches were the most accurate watches of their time and they rival many mechanicals made today.  This particular "Bunn Special" was made circa 1925 and was well cared for over the years.  When you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see what we mean...it is beautiful!  The sixty hour designation means that it has a full 30 power reserve (twice the normal mainspring).  The movement is a 3/4 plate nickel killer that has gold jewel cups and a gold center wheel.  It is a double roller with a motor barrel, micrometric regulator, and is adjusted to temperature and 6 positions.  It is all housed in a 10K yellow gold filled railroad case that is marked "Bunn Special Model" just as it should be.

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

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Price: $2500
SKU: pw1720
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This is the pinnacle of Railroad Pocket Watches...The "Up/Dn Indicator". This very special feature, shown on the small dial under the 12 o'clock position, "indicates" how many hours of service are left to operate at full efficiency.  This "Up/Dn Indicator is a Waltham, 23 jewel, "Vanguard" Yep, it's hi-grade!   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 Waltham Indicator is 16 size, 23 jewel, lever set, three quarter plate nickel movement, has gold jewel cups and a special marking on the winding wheel which states that has a "Lossier Inner Terminal Hairspring"... a new development in watch making when this wonderful timepiece was made circa 1926. This fantastic movement is housed in a screw back/screw bezel, steel case (very rare).  Most railroad watches were in yellow gold filled cases.  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.

 

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Price: $3500
SKU: pw1564
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 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!

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Price: $1895
Year: 1960
SKU: w2937
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  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.

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Price: $3850
Year: 1966
SKU: w2935
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This Gruen is one of the most desirable "Curvexes" ever made. It is one of the longest of all Curvexes! It came in two similar models called the "Majesty", the "Triumph", and "The General" they are respectively 52mm, 50mm, and 48mm (by 22mm wide), the longest "Curvexes" in Gruen's history. Some call them the "Bone to Bone" watches as they stretch from one wrist bone to the other. This watch,"The Triumph", at 50mm, was very popular with movie stars of the 1930's, and is dramatic in it's high arching curve and graceful, bowed, tonneau case. This particular watch has all of the dramatic curve of the "Majesty" (although 2mm shorter) but additionally it has tonneau (curved) case sides that make it look even more striking. The dial is like the face of a pretty woman, a delight to behold. The original finish dial is dramatic displaying gold numerals contrasted by a silver colored background and shows a seconds bit that echoes the case shape. The yellow gold-filled case is in excellent condition and has no personalization to detract. The hands are "lunette" style and add a bit of panache to the entire piece. The spotless movement displays seventeen jewels and is in excellent running condition for a watch made circa 1939. It is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. Like all of our watches it comes with a full one year warranty. The last one we had sold very quickly so...if you want the pinnacle of Gruen's Curvex watch production don't hesitate, as we have only one. 

 

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Price: $4450
Year: 1939
SKU: w2936
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 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.

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Price: $3875
Year: 1968
SKU: w2922
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 Don't cry for me....I have a really cool Gentleman's Cyma watch!  Its chrome case measures 38mm in diameter. The manual wind movement has 15 jewels and is in perfect condition.  Don't know about Cyma, then let's hear from the company itself:

Behind the brand of Cyma

1862-1902

"Fusing timeless elegance with contemporary flair, Cyma timepieces are the descendants of a long tradition of watchmaking that stretches back one-and-a-half centuries. The name Cyma has its roots in the French word “cime”, meaning “summit”, which, in turn, is derived from the Latin word “cyma”, meaning “a shoot”. It is a name that reflects not only the company’s constant striving for perfection but also the inextricable link with its birthplace in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland.

Initially, it was the harshness of the climate in the high valleys of the Jura – buried for more than half the year beneath deep snow and frequently cut off from the outside world – that gave rise to watchmaking activity during the long winters of isolation. During the 18th century, the efforts of the region’s industrious and ingenious inhabitants gradually led to the establishment of fully-fledged workshops for the design and manufacture of watches, and by 1780 watchmaking had developed into a process involving 30 distinct operations.

Inheritors of the horological gene that pervades the Jura, the two brothers Joseph and Theodore Schwob decided in 1862 to set up their own watchmaking company, Cyma, focusing much of their attention on avant-garde mechanical production techniques. Indeed, with its ongoing achievements in technical innovation, Cyma was one of the companies that made Neuchâtel the renowned centre of the watchmaking industry it is today.

Some 30 years later, the brothers went into partnership with a businessman called Frederic Henri Sandoz who had created a new watch company in Le Locle, another cradle of fine Swiss watchmaking. By this time, Cyma had established itself as a pioneer in the manufacture of intricate repeater watches, high complications and chronographs. The daily production was 150 pieces."

1903-1929

"From the early 20th century onwards, the company received numerous awards, notably for its prowess in extra-slim watches. In 1903, it was awarded the coveted chronometer certificate issued by the Neuchâtel Observatory for its invention of a new extra-flat lever movement fitted inside a pocket watch. Two years later, Cyma introduced the calibre 701 with a thickness of just 3.85mm – a remarkable achievement for the time. In recognition of its watchmaking feats, the company won first prize at the World Fair in Brussels in 1910.

Output, meanwhile, had risen significantly, with some 2,500 movements being assembled daily in the workshops. From 1915, Cyma’s highly skilled designers and technicians were elaborating shock-resistant movements of unparalleled strength, along with the first waterproof models, which were finished to an equally high standard.

During the 1920s, the company was at the forefront of component interchangeability, which enabled its workshops to produce watches on a much bigger scale. By 1929, Cyma boasted the biggest workshop in Europe and employed 2,000 people to assemble 4,000 watches a day. In the same year, the company received first prize at the International Barcelona Exposition."

1930-1959

"While men’s watches still accounted for the lion’s share of the business, in 1930 Cyma made an early foray into the ladies’ market with the Captive. It quickly became known for its elegance and precision, and was adopted by the legendary French writer, Collette, who was then at the height of her fame. She described the watch in her characteristic style: “It is a captive in the most romantic sense of the word... it is bought and sold. Sensitive and compliant, it yields if you handle it masterfully, revealing its face, divulging all its secrets, and each surrender simply adds to its charms...”

In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. This presaged the ‘Autorotor’ 485 calibre of 1957.

The brand’s reputation was further enhanced with innovative products such as an eight-day mechanical alarm clock with single winding key (1945), the Sonomatic alarm clock (1957), and the gold Time-O-Vox alarm clock watch, which received official chronometer certification in 1956. The latter was the only one with the pleasant timbre of that period to ally a 464 calibre,12 1/2 inch, with a single barrel and small second."

Wow quite a history, and this is quite a watch.  It is all original and has a great looking patina on the original finish dial.  Our head watch maker has the movement running like the proverbial top.  This will be a reliable timepiece for many years to come.  It is an oversize (38 mm in diameter) for its era, circa 1950.  The understated elegance of the watch makes it a straight forward timepiece, but take a look at the double lug configuration in the "Zoom-In" photos it has a lingering reminiscence of the Art Deco Era.  Once you don this watch no one will be in doubt as to the vintage look it exudes.  Our famous one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.  Don't miss it!

 

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Price: $1495
Year: 1950
SKU: w2924
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Warren Beatty & Natalie Wood became big stars in the 1960s when the Omega "Constellation" was at the center of the watchmaking universe. When this gentleman's watch was made, circa 1961, Omega was at the top of their game and the demand for quality timepieces was strong. We are so lucky to have acquired this handsome "Connie", since it is in pristine condition. It is in a yellow gold-capped and stainless steel 2-tone case.  An actual thick layer of gold is bonded to the stainless steel case body for a great look and a lifetime of wear.  It sports a stainless steel back, a gold "Constellation Observatory Logo", gold lugs, gold crown, stainless steel body, and a handsome "Pie Pan" Dial.  Our head watchmaker kept telling us over and over that it was "like-new",..a statement we rarely hear in the vintage watch business. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 42mm lug-to-lug. The high grade, 24 jewel, "Chronometer" rated and "Officially Certified", Automatic Movement is one you can wear everyday, with a lifetime of excellent timekeeping. Omega plated the movement with their distinctive rose gold to prevent corrosion and rust for 100 years. The only service we needed to bring this watch up to factory-new standards was a thorough cleaning, oiling, and regulating. It winds, sets, and keeps time as good, or better, than a brand new Rolex...and for a lot less dough. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how really great this one is. The case is spectacular and it has the original Omega logo crown. I used to go to all the watch shows in America with one of our colleagues from Budapest who was the adjudicator for the Master Watchmaker Program in Hungary. He was always searching for nice Omegas because they were in such demand in his part of the world and because of their high standards for quality and performance. I learned from him to appreciate the brand and I am so glad that he shared his keen eye with me. This is a watch he would have been proud to own, but alas, he died a few years ago. Every time we get a nice Omega we think of him and I'm sure if you buy this Omega from us you will find that others will remember it on your wrist because it is a real beauty.

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Price: $3695
Year: 1961
SKU: w2919
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Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a round Stainless Steel case, measuring 34 mm in diameter (not including the crown)  (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 41 mm lug to lug.  This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition.  Now take a look at the dial, it is a "Pie Pan" silvered classic that has White Gold Elongated Arrowhead markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve, nine and at the six, with the date window appearing at the 3 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid century American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession but very gently used over its lifetime,and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, setting and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough.  This is a gentleman's watch that would look great on your wrist. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!

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Price: $875
Year: 1960
SKU: w2923
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 The Hamilton watch company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963!  Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none!

     This rare, gentleman's Hamilton, called the "Oval", was made circa 1929. It is a caliber 987 that has a 17 jewel movement which is housed in a white gold filled, oval case, that has an engraved bezel.   It is in excellent condition. The case measures 30 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 36 mm lug to lug. Hamilton made them with both a plain polish bezel and this one, with the more desirable, engraved bezel.  This watch also has a spectacular two-tone dial that echoes the case shape, as does the perimeter of the seconds bit.  The blued steel hands and the Arabic Numerals are filled with lume so that the numbers and the hands have a glow-in-the-dark effect when the lights are out. This is the sort of gentleman's watch that will attract attention when you put it on your wrist.  It is a real classic that you don't often find for sale.  Our head watch maker has lovingly restored this one for generations to come.  It is winding, setting, and running, like the day it came from the factory in Lancaster, Pa. where the Hamilton Factory was located. Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, assures your satisfaction.

 

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Price: $3895
SKU: w2921
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 Elvis got his Sergeant stripes when he was in Germany in 1960!  He wasn't lucky enough to have this watch though!  Its an Omega that was made for the British Military and it bears the "Broad Arrow" mark of their ordinance department on the refinished black dial, and on the case back, along with the W.W.W. designation that stands for "Wrist Watch Waterproof".  The great thing about this particular watch is its condition...damn near spotless.  The newly made stainless steel case has been bead blasted to give it the anti-reflective finish you want when in combat.  The movement is equally as nice.  It is a seventeen jewel, manual wind, Caliber 285, circa 1960.  When you take a ,look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see the hallmark of Omega's handiwork in the rose gold coating that they gave their movements so that they would be corrosion resistant for 100 years. Our master watch makers have it running and keeping time just like it did when it was first issued some 56 years ago.  It is a very handsome watch that measures 36mm in diameter (an American Quarter measures 24mm in diameter) by 47mm lug to lug. The "Broad Sword" hands still have their original lume which now have taken on a very pleasant light tan patina, as have the lumed hash markers opposite the chapters....they still glow slightly in the dark. The whole wonderful watch is mounted on a black NATO style band for wearing comfort and authentic look.  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.

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Price: $3450
Year: 1960
SKU: w2918
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 Before they became the hip clothing store they are today - Abercrombie was an outfitter like Orvis. They made camping and fishing gear!  The company was originally established as Abercrombie Co. by David Abercrombie on June 4, 1892, in a small waterfront shop at 36 South Street in downtown Manhattan, New York. Wealthy New York businessman Ezra Fitch became one of the store's regular customers. In 1900, Fitch bought a major share in the growing Abercrombie Company and thus joined as co-founder. Abercrombie Co. later moved into larger quarters at 314 Broadway, and Fitch began to implement experimental ideas to renovate the store. In 1904, Fitch's surname was added to Abercrombie's, so the official name became Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 
The Abercrombie & Fitch of old is very different from the Abercrombie & Fitch of today. The company had two locations, one in Chicago (with the additional name VL&A) and one in New York. It produced top-quality gear for the outdoors-man, fishermen, racing enthusiasts, hunters, and many others. It’s advertisements trumpeted itself as "The sporting goods store of choice for any true explorer or outdoors-man". From hunting gear. to watches, to hot air balloons, Abercrombie & Fitch carried everything that any sportsman would ever need and one of the essential items was an accurate Chronograph Wristwatch.   With a Chronograph not only could a man tell the time but he could time sporting or racing events with stop watch accuracy.

     This is the only Abercrombie and Fitch Chronograph we have ever had the privilege to offer for sale and it is a very interesting piece!  It still has its original finish dial that speaks to all of the adventures it has seen.  When you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see all of its proudly worn battle scars form years of being on the wrist of an active sportsman.  Our head watch maker has completely restored all of its timing functions to like-new performance so that you may use this watch for another lifetime of adventure.  The movement is an Angelus, seventeen jewel, 14 ligne caliber 210, with a 45 minute register.  There are two subsidiary dials, the one at the three o'clock position is for accumulated minutes (once you engage the stop watch function) and the one at the nine o'clock position is for constant seconds (anytime the watch is running).  The blued steel hands are a nice contrast against the perfectly aged silvered dial background, but I think what sets this dial off is the copper colored circle just outside the chapters.  The "Abercrombie & Fitch" name arches across the top of the dial just under the 12 and just below the 6 there is the "Made in Switzerland" designation.  The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown and pushers) by 42 lug to lug.  The case bezel is chrome and the case body and back are stainless steel.  The pushers are slightly brassed out on their ends but working perfectly.

If you are looking for a watch you won't see walking up and down the avenue, then this may be the one for you!

 

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Price: $2595
Year: 1949
SKU: w2916
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 This is the "Holy Grail" of military Chronographs, and the only one we have had the pleasure to own after being in the business since 1979.  It is the real deal! This is a Hanhart military chronograph that was made just for pilots in WWII !  

The Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart is a leader in the world market, for highly precise, mechanical chronographs and they are specialists in instrument watches that are used in the air, on land and at sea. Hanhart combines cutting-edge Swiss and German engineering with the long-standing tradition and expertise of its own manufactory, which has its origins in the watch business established by Johann A. Hanhart in Diessenhofen, Switzerland, in 1882.  

In 1924 Hanhart brought to market the world’s first affordable mechanical stopwatch.  The great success of this stopwatch laid the foundations for further innovative technical developments, such as the complicated split-second stopwatch or an ultrafast oscillator with a balance wheel frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, which enabled Hanhart to become one of the first manufacturers of watches capable of measuring hundredths of a second. 

Then in 1938 a new era began – the first Hanhart chronograph model, the mono-pusher “Calibre 40”, went into production. This was followed in 1940 by the legendary pilot’s chronographs “Calibre 41”.  This watch is one of those legendary chronographs

The "Calibre 41" was introduced in 1940 and is distinguished by the red button at the 4 o'clock position. The reset button was colored red to make sure the pilot didn't accidentally push it and thereby eliminate any accumulated time that was being recorded!  This watch has a 1944 date clearly marked under the dial! There is a lot of hyperbole about military watches but nobody disputes the character of this watch! This Hanhart has been been lovingly restored by our master watch maker to perfect running condition . The dial is all original, with its original lume. We left the case original because we have seen so many that have been buffed to death. We wanted to leave the watch as original as possible so that it will be the perfect representation of watches from the "Great War" for those who come behind us. The hands had to be restored but they look exactly as they did when the watch was new.  The 17 jewel movement is in perfect running order.  This is a watch for the most serious of collectors and it can be yours!  Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may by with confidence.

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Price: $8890
Year: 1944
SKU: w2915
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Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World, and when this Solid Gold, Elgin, Multicolor Hunter was made, circa 1901 in Elgin, Illinois, they were at their peak. Their popularity was due to the fact that they made a very reliable and accurate timepiece for a reasonable amount of money. This one is a 16 size, box hinge, that was carried traditionally by men as it was the standard size for everyday use.The case is a 14k, solid gold, multi-color, box hinge, beauty that was the pinnacle of solid gold pocket watches. On the solid gold case lids you can see yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold in a fantastic foliate design (on the front cover) and a multi-color bird on the wing in the center of the back lid. With the addition of the multi-color fancy porcelain dial it just doesn't get any better than this! The movement, which is as clean as a whistle, is a 3 finger bridge, 17 jewel, nickel movement, an engineering marvel, that is running perfectly. The Fancy Porcelain Dial is in excellent condition and is a good contrast for the blued steel, spade style hands. Also take note of the bow If you want a pocket watch that is of an era we will never see again, then this could be THE spectacular centerpiece of your collection. Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $5250
Year: 1901
SKU: pw1722
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 IWC has a very interesting history.  Most folks know that it is a company, located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland that produced the highest quality watches, but few know that the company was founded by an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones way back in 1868. He came from the Howard Watch company of Boston who, at that time were America's premier manufacturer of quality watches.  When he first came to Switzerland the world was on the cusp industrialization and he thought to combine American Industrial ingenuity with the craftsmanship of the Swiss.  French speaking locals were a bit afraid that their jobs would be at risk, so he encountered some opposition since most of this was cottage industry and Jones wanted to open a factory. While most Swiss watch companies were in western Switzerland, IWC was in the east where German is the language spoken. In 1850 Schaffhausen was in danger of being left behind in the wake of the industrial age, but the industrialist and watch manufacturer Johann Heinrich Moser came into contact with Jones and he built the first hydroelectric plant in northeastern Switzerland and, together with Jones, laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturing in that region. In 1903 IWC adopted the motto "Probus Scaffusia" or good solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen.  That was the foundation that they used as their cornerstone...and they never looked back.  This particular IWC is indicative of their line in that it is of high quality, and great classic design.  The solid gold case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick.  The 15 jewel movement is simply spectacular. The top plate is divided into three finger bridges that carry the large ruby jewels that allow this magnificent timepiece to accomplish its task.  The 14k Solid Gold case is lovely and the simple Arabic numerals on the dial are classic.  The 15 jewel movement is spotless.  Needless to say this fantastic IWC is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did in the 1940 when it first arrived on our shores. We have paired it with our best dark brown alligator band to complete the luxury look. This one can be yours!

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Price: $3875
Year: 1940
SKU: w2925
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Howard was the Rolls Royce of American watches. The movement is a 16 size, and is very thin for its age. This was the epitome of an elegant gentleman's pocket watch circa 1917 when this watch came from the factory in Waltham, Mass.  The movement is a Keystone Series 7, 17 jewel beauty that is adjusted to temperature, isochronism, and three positions. It is in immaculate condition! The Roman Numeral metal dial is a joy to behold and the 14K yellow solid gold case is in excellent condition. A Howard pocket watch cost as much as an automobile originally and today the quality shows through. One of the unusual features of this watch is the extra large dial, small seconds bit (at 6) and the slender bezel which combine to accentuate the delicate specialized blued steel hands. This feature, of course, came with a higher price, but so did Howard's superior engineering. One of our dear friends owned this wonderful watch and really took care of it as the prized possession it is. Our avid collector friend snatched this Howard up about twenty years ago from the original owner and it has been in his collection until just recently when we acquired it from his estate. We know that he would want it to have a good home where it will be well cared for for the next generation. We are, after all, only the caretakers for those who come after us and this is a watch that will give several lifetimes of service, if properly maintained. We hope you will give it a good home! Our master watchmakers have this Howard winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

 

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Price: $2250
Year: 1917
SKU: pw1717
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 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.

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Price: $4500
Year: 1940
SKU: pw1718
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  Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Lance" model back in 1957 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is 14 solid yellow gold, and it has a slightly curved, faceted lug, that gives it a certain panache. The case measures 32mm wide by 42mm long and it has a nice 17 Jewel movement.  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 "Gunsight" quadrant dial with numerals at the cardinal positions and "Arrowhead" markers at the other positions. The central sweep seconds hand really completes the look. Here's an elegant solid gold Hamilton that comes from the best manufacturer in America that 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!

 

 

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Price: $1850
Year: 1957
SKU: w2603
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 Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a 14k solid gold rectangular case, measuring 21 mm (not including the crown) in width (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter) by 38 mm lug to lug.  This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition.  Now take a look at the dial, it is a silvered classic that has Gold Stylized Elongated Arrowhead markers at the chapters with a double one at the twelve and a thicker one at the six.
This particular Benrus is indicative of mid century American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession and gently used over its lifetime and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough.  Although this is a gentleman's watch it would look equally great on a ladies wrist. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!

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Price: $995
Year: 1952
SKU: w2318
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