Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1951. Not only was the "Futurematic" futuristic in style but in functionality as well. Notice that there is no crown to wind this watch. It winds automatically as you wear it. In the subsidiary dial opposite the 9 o'clock position there is a winding indicator so that the owner can see how much power is left in reserve on the mainspring. Once the 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 34mm in diameter, by 45mm lug to lug, by 12mm thick. We have fitted it with a black genuine lizard band to complete the look. This is a very unusual watch that will be the pride of your collection. The overall effect on the wrist is very handsome! Our warranty will ensure that you will wear this watch for years of trouble free service!
Gruen was, of course, the inventor of the "Curvex" and held the patents on the curved movement which prevented other companies from producing curved movements, but they were able to imitate the curved style by curving the case and crystal. The curved wristwatch was the thing to have back in the late 1930's so all the manufacturers had at least one in their line. The advantage for us today is that a customer can purchase an icon of the age without the higher price of the original Gruen. Bulova established a large following by producing reliable watches at a lower price point and this particular watch was one of their most successful curved gentleman's watches. It is a 21 jewel, yellow gold-filled case that measures 21mm in width, by 45mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. It is fitted with a 16mm yellow gold-filled expansion band, but it can also accept a leather band. The case sides are beautifully engrave along the stepped case edges. The silvered dial has Arabic Numerals and a seconds bit (at the 6 o"clock position) that echos the case shape. This watch is in great condition and comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
Helbros is probably an unfamiliar name to most millennials, but Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very attractive price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seventeen jewel, rose gold-filled, tonneau (curved sides) shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It also has its original rose gold-filled, 16mm, expansion band so that it has a complete period look circa 1936. The case measures 24mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Although it is a gentleman's watch it would look fabulous on a ladies wrist. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!
It is not often that we have both a stainless "Air Flight" and a gold plated "Day/Night" in stock, and even rarer when we have a stainless steel "Day/Night" as well, but we are currently having a good streak of luck! These don't walk in the door every day, so we were delighted to find this killer "Day/Night" wristwatch. As a result we now are offering two of these interesting watches for sale. This one, made circa 1960, has a stainless steel case and our other listing (w2653 on this site) has a yellow gold-filled case. It measures 36mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick, and is in excellent condition. The movement is a "precision" 17 jewel movement with a jump-hour function that changes the markers from black to green as the time of day transitions from day to night. At six pm the entire dial changes from the black numerals, used for easy daytime reading, to green luminous numerals, which glow in the dark for nighttime reading. This watch has the same movement as the "Air Flight" and functions the same way, but instead of a numeral change, the markers change. We have fitted it with a very nice 18mm lizard grain band. This unusual piece would be the star watch in any collection due to it's condition and unusual features. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.
In 1866, at a time when watchmaking skills were divided up among hundreds of small workshops, Antoine and his son, Elie LeCoultre (1842-1917), established the Vallée de Joux’s first full-fledged manufacture, LeCoultre & Cie., pooling their employees’ expertise under one roof. Under this set-up, they developed in 1870 the first partially mechanised production processes for complicated movements.
By the same year, the Manufacture employed 500 people and was known as the “Grande Maison of the Vallée de Joux”, and by 1900, it had created over 350 different calibres, of which 128 were equipped with chronograph functions and 99 with repeater mechanisms. From 1902 and for the next 30 years, LeCoultre & Cie. produced most of the movement blanks for Patek Philippe of Geneva.
Le Coultre is one of our favorite brands here at Father Time and this 14K Solid Gold Black Dial is a real winner. the case measures 33mm in diameter, by 37mm lug to lug, by 6mm thick (yes it is slender for its day). It is a seventeen jewel manual wind movement that is in great condition. It winds, sets, and runs great, and it will for you too, since our one year warranty guarantees smooth and reliable operation. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views to see how nice the dial is laid out. It sports gold double bar markers at the cardinal points with single bars at the other chapters. The crown is recessed to give it sleek unobtrusive appearance. The seconds bit, at the six o"clock position, has gun-site gold markings that give it a very cool look. We have fitted it with a black, 18mm, genuine lizard band that picks up the dial color perfectly. If you are searching for a very nice solid gold dress watch that has great style then this may be the watch for you!
Movado is a Swiss manufacturer known for its Museum Watch. Designed in 1947 by Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt, the watch dial has a very simple design where the dial is defined by a solitary dot at 12, symbolizing the sun at high noon, but Movado also made some very nice solid gold dress watches that are of superior quality...this is one of those. It is an 18k Solid Gold, gentleman's wristwatch that is "Chronometer" rated, indicating that it has passed rigid standards for accuracy. It is, in fact, at the pinnacle of mechanical watches in a world where few qualify for this mark.
Some Movado watch models have Esperanto names such as Bela ("beautiful"), Belamodo ("beautiful fashion"), Fiero ("pride"), Brila ("brilliant"), Linio ("line"), and Verto. The company's name means "movement" in Esperanto.
This watch has the high grade, 28 jewel, "Kingmatic" model name just above the 6 o'clock position indicating that it is an automatic (self-winding) movement. Another neat thing it that has a date feature at the 3 o'clock position. The case which measures 36mm in diameter, by 41mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick, is 18k Solid Gold and is a beauty to behold....it is a very handsome watch! To gild the lily we have fitted it with a luxurious dark brown genuine crocodile band that really suites it. Here is a solid gold watch, in a nice size case that is a top quality performer for a very reasonable price when you compare modern watches of the same quality but at twice the price. This would be a great watch to wear "in the heat of the night"!" Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Wittnauer Co. had a longstanding relationship with Longines that endured until 1936. We think that the brand is one that is often overlooked, but this is a big mistake because they made very nice watches like the one we are offering here. The Wittnauer family sold their interests in 1936 and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is no exception. It is a seventeen jewel, rectangular case, with stepped lugs. The yellow gold-filled case (with a stainless steel back) measures 27mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a very nice dark brown, handmade, Louisiana crocodile beauty. The case sides are very slightly curved to give it a tonneau appearance and it has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position that is a recessed square shape. The Arabic Numerals are applied gold that stand proud of the silvered dial surface. The gold baton hands complete the look. Made in 1950 it exemplifies the age. Our watch makers have it well within factory specs so that it winds, runs, and keeps time just as it did circa 1950. Our one year warranty will assure you of years of reliable service.
The A. Wittnauer Co. was the exclusive sales agent for Longines starting in 1880, initiating a marriage that would stand the test of 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer family sold their interests and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is exceptionally nice displaying an unusual "Charcoal Dial". It is a seventeen jewel, with a round white gold-filled case that measures 36mm in diameter (without the crown), by 39mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. We have fitted it with an 18mm, dark brown, croco grain band that suits it to a "T". It is in excellent running condition and is representative of watches made in the late 1960's. You will go "Ape" over this watch! Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence!
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels. This particular Elgin is a 21 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 21 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty and second the original "waffle texture" dial has a great patina due to age that is magnificent, third the stylized "Lance" hands are very handsome with a segmented inlaid enamel bezel indicating all the chapter segments, and forth the curved lugs are very handsome. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see the light coffee colored patina all over the dial. This patina gives the watch a very vintage look. You will also notice that there is a symbol just at the top of the seconds bit and this means the watch is fitted with an unbreakable "Durapower" mainspring....quite a feat back in the day. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1950s. The case is yellow gold-filled measuring 31mm in diameter by 38mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and is running like the proverbial top. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a plain black leather band that echoes the black enamel in the bezel. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic original condition and just waiting for a man's wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
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 particular Hamilton "Whitney" was made circa 1931 and was one of only 3009 made in gold filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. It was the first model that Hamilton introduced in 1931 and was named for the inventor of the cotton gin-another famous American who got his early training at the watchmaker's bench. The "Whitney" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-F. The original list price was $67.50 which made it fairly expensive for the time although Hamilton said it was a moderately priced strap watch that would delight consumers. I think they were right! The yellow gold-filled case measures 30mm at its widest by 22mm at its thinnest, by 8mm thick, by 36mm lug to lug, and it is stepped in a continuous cascade around the tonneau shaped case. It has a recessed crown that gives it a more streamlined look. The silvered dial has a luster that it has earned over time along with the lume filled hands and numerals. We have fitted it with a very nice dark brown 16mm lizard grain strap so that it will grace your wrist with style. With a Hamilton "Whitney" on your wrist "its a wonderful life!" Uncle Billy would like one for Christmas. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you this "Whitney" is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Russel" model back in 1951 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold-filled with an articulated set of lugs that allow the case to curve at the lugs to whatever your wrist configuration is. The dial is a wonderful two-tone that really catches the eye. The case measures 28mm wide, by 40mm long, by 8mm thick, and it has a very nice Caliber 987-A 17 Jewel movement. We have fitted it with a 16mm dark brown lizard grain band that looks great! 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 silvery finish that is all original. It has a great looking Art Deco Roman Numerals at the chapter positions and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position. The hands are blued steel and they really complete the look. Here's an elegant 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!
The Lord Elgin was the pinnacle of the Elgin Wristwatch line and they were made in 19, 21 and 23 jewel versions. They were simply the best the factory could produce and they have stood the test of time...no pun intended. This particular Lord Elgin is a very nice 21 jewel that is housed in a yellow gold-filled case with a faceted crystal that articulates like a roof with the peak traversing the width of the watch from the 3 o'clock position to the 9 o'clock position. It measures 23mm in width, by 37mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and it takes a 16mm band. We have fitted it with a nice dark brown croco grain band. The yellow gold-filled case bears a personalization on the back that says "Dick Charles 6-'43". A mid 1940's treasure that is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did back in 1943. The lugs protruded in a stylized "U" shape from the main case body for a unique look. Now take a look at the spectacular dial. The main portion is a rich gold but this is set off by a narrow silvered chapter band bearing the minute markings. It also has an inset seconds bit, at the 6 o"clock position, that mimics the shape of the case. This is a great looking watch that can be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started life as a gentleman's watch. It is a great watch for not much moola...don't miss it! It comes with our one year warranty for parts and labor.
During the 1950s, there was a booming market for watches in the US, and there were many moderately priced Swiss watches imported to meet this demand, mostly sold through department stores or independent jewelers. This watch fills the bill for this market. It is an "Avalon" which was a brand name owned by the Banner Watch Company and imported by Schein & Engle of New York. This particular "Avalon" is a Swiss, seven jewel, in a Chrome case that has a stainless steel back. It measures 31mm in diameter, by 37mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. These watches were real workhorses and a good number of them survived because they were great "everyday" timepieces that didn't cost an arm and a leg but gave good service. The Arabic Numerals are easy to read and they still contain the lume that allowed them to glow in the dark although they do not today. The "Dagger" hands also have their centers filled with the old lume. The dial still retains its original finish with a nice patina. There is a nice second bit at the 6 o'clock position that fills about 1/3 of the dial surface. Our head watchmaker has restored it so that you will get years of reliable performance from this watch. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence. You can't beat it for the price!
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 Yellow Gold-Filled case, measuring 22 mm in diameter (not including the crown) (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 43 mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. We have fitted the watch with a 16mm black croco grain band that looks quite handsome! This nice rolled gold plate case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a creamy classic that has great proportions. It also sports a very nice large Seconds Bit at the six o'clock position. What's unusual about this watch is the two rails that appear at the top and bottom of the case. They are designed to hold the owner's initials. The selling jeweler could insert the proper initials in the rails to customize the watch for a particular customer. We currently have an "E" and a "P' appearing in both rails. This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic late 1930's 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!
Benrus was the Chevy of Swiss wristwatches...very reliable and ubiquitous. This is a very clean gentleman's watch from the mid 1940's with a rose gold-filled case in a handsome configuration with "hooded lugs". It is a 15 jewel measuring 25mm in width, by 33mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a nice 16mm dark brown croco-grain band. I think the case design and the square dial and seconds bit give it a great vintage look that can't be beat for the price. Our watch makers have it winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1945. Don't miss it!
Surely....... you have heard of Helbros...no? Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very attractive price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seven jewel, yellow gold-filled, tonneau shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 29mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick. We have fitted it with a brown 16mm snake grain band that seems to suit it to a "T". This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!
Bulova was a very prolific Swiss company that made great watches for which there are many parts still available. These were well designed not only from a cosmetic perspective but also from an engineering stand point. This is a really nice watch that, although it was designed for a gentleman's wrist, would look great on a ladies wrist as well. It is a 17 jewel, in a yellow gold-filled case, with a very pale blue dial, gold stick hands, and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position that mimics the overall case shape. The case measures 21mm wide (not including the crown), by 42mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. What's unusual about this one is the lugs. They are centrally located, taking up about one third of the case width, and they hold a cord band thru a central hole. The watch still has its original brown leather cord that gives it a great vintage look. A very nice, elegant watch that will give you years of service and our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence you need when purchasing a vintage wristwatch.
Tiffany is, of course, legendary for choosing only the finest examples of the horological art from the great houses of Europe. While they never manufactured their own clocks and watches, they choose only the highest quality to represent their name. This is one of the most spectacular examples of an elegant desk clock that we have ever had the pleasure to own. It is an eight day sterling and enamel desk clock with an articulated head, with a fifteen jewel movement by Concord. Once you see it in-person you realize that it is such an attractive piece that you cannot resist holding it in your hand. It is evocative of the Roaring Twenties and the enamel work is exquisite. The dial center is executed in a guilloche pattern (engine turning) with a covering of transparent purple enamel that emanates from the dial center. The chapters are on a separate ring with a dark ground and gold Arabic Numerals with minute dots that makes the time of day easily readable. The "Cathedral" style hands hold lume in them like a stained glass window and they still have a faint glow in the dark. The central case body is also guilloche with purple enamel, as is the flare at the base junction. This all sits on a white marble base that makes it quite stable on your desk. The clock's head is articulated just below the 6 o'clock position so that you can tilt it back at a convenient angle for easy viewing. The very edge of the base bears the Tiffany hallmark and the Sterling Silver mark. The overall height of the clock is 6" by 3.25" at the base diameter, and displaying a 2.25" dial.
It is just spectacular...and it can be yours. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Elgin's heritage in the manufacture of watches is legendary and they made many serviceable watches for every walk of life. This particular Elgin has a bit of wear at the case corners (easy to see in the photo but not apparent in-person) but it is very inexpensive. Our watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did when it was first sold circa 1936. It has an original two tone dial with a silvered chapter rectangle that is centered by a gold square and a gold seconds bit. The yellow gold filled case measures 25 mm in width (without the crown), by 32 mm lug to lug, by 12 mm thick. The movement is a seven jewel, 3/4 plate, nickel movement that is ticking like the proverbial top. It also has its original yellow gold-filled expansion band that completes the look. It is such a bargain that I think you should consider gifting it to someone who has deserved it this year!
You probably already know that "Automatic" (self-winding) watches are in demand, especially these early ones. Autos always command more money because they are more complicated and have more working parts in them. This Thorsen Auto is not a well-known brand here in America, but it is a reliable watch for not much dough. The Chrome & Stainless Steel case measures 35 mm in diameter, by 40 mm lug to lug, by 12 mm thick. Make sure you notice how interesting the dial is. It is hard to see in the photos but if you look carefully at the side view you will be able to discern the interesting texture that it has. It has rays that spread out from the center of the dial for each chapter. These rays are separated for each segment and then just below the chapters there is an arcade that edges the rays emanating from the dial center, separated by small dots of lume (no longer glowing). The hands are silvered with lume at their centers (no longer glowing) and it has a silvered central sweep second hand. The watch looks great and it has its original finish. Just below the dial center it is marked "Waterproof" and "Shockproof" and then, finally, at the bottom of the dial it is marked "Swiss". This would be an excellent entry watch for someone who is just getting their feet wet with vintage watches. Its not expensive, its good looking, and a piece that will serve its owner for years to come. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.