Once in a great while a watch comes along that makes the heart of an afficianado sing. The Gubelin company made a wonderful watch and this one is stellar among their production. It is a complicated triple date with moon-phase in an 18K solid gold case that was made for their best customers, circa 1954. The dial of the watch shows the date by means of a red tipped hand that points at the date indices just inside of the chapters. The day of the week is shown in a window just below the twelve o'clock position and, in a window next to it, is the month. The phases of the moon appear in a crescent just above the six o'clock position. There is additionally a central red sweep second hand. All of the complications can be advanced manually by means of buttons on the case sides. The case itself is a classic square with quite a bit of heft and stylized teardrop lugs. This complicated movement is running and keeping time like the day it was made. The movement is a 25 jewel automatic mechanical work of art. The automatic feature is great for wearing everyday and it ensures that this accurate time keeper is constantly wound and right on the money. The 18K solid gold case measures 45MM lug to lug, by 32MM wide, by 15MM thick. This is a real man's timepiece that was made for the guy that wants something special. Don't forget all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
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.
Look at the hand engraving on this watch, it's very elaborate and, after over 100 years, still looks great! The cartouche in the center of the case lid is still un-engraved - just waiting for your initials! What is unusual about this case is the fact that it has a split button in the pendant that allows opening either the front or back lids of the hunting case depending on which portion of the button you depress. The movement is fully jeweled and is exceptional for that period circa 1879. There are two accesses in the inner dust cover for winding the watch and setting the time with a key (which is indicative of the age). The movement is a 17 ligne size and the case is 42mm in diameter. Just look at all the individual "finger bridges" that support the wheels in this movement; a sure sign of quality! The delicate "Lunette" hands look great on the beautiful porcelain dial. It is very slender watch for that era and fits comfortably in the pocket today. If you want an elegant timepiece in 18K solid gold that has a real place in history this is it! Our famous one year warranty will ensure that it will perform like the wonderful engineering marvel that it is.
This an Illinois 6 size solid gold multicolor (pocket watch measuring 40mm in diameter) that conjures up images of the Victorian era when American watchmaking was in full bloom! It is a size that either a man or a woman could wear. The engaving is beautifully executed in solid 14K green, rose, and two colors of yellow gold. The center cartouche on the front lid is pink gold and displays the stylized initials "OA". Around the cartouche are five floral depictions in all the gold colors. Notice the fine lines of engraving still visible in the background even after all of these years; a sure sign that this watch has been lovingly cared for since 1891 when this watch first saw the light of day. The inner lids are all marked with the U.S.Assay mark of 14K solid gold and the dust cover tells the name and address of the original owner. Many times we never know who owned these beauties, but that is not the case here. It's original owner is enshrined on the inner lid for all subsequent owners to see. We are, after all, only caretakers of these magnificent timepieces for future generations. We have some customers that are continuing this tradition for the next generation to marvel at...you could join them with the purchase of this watch! The back lid has a shell-edged cartouche that displays a beautiful diamond set into the lid center. The porcelain dial with Roman Numerals is pristine carrying the "Illinois" name in a fanciful border just below the 12 o'clock position. There is a sunken seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the watch is set by means of a lever at the 4:45 position. All-in-all this is one heck of a solid gold timepiece from a stellar American company. The movement is a 15 jewel engineering marvel that we have fully restored to run superbly and our famous one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The serial number indicates that this Dueber Hampden Gentleman's pocket watch was made in 1902. The engraving on the gold filled case shows signs of the normal wear you would expect on a watch of this age! The dial and hands are what make this watch special! The bold Roman numerals surround this "double sunk" dial showing a center section that is sunken, and a seconds bit that is sunken also! The ornate hands are "Louis XIV" style which perfectly compliment the dial! The movement is a 17 jewel killer that is running just like the day it left the factory in Canton , Ohio, in fact the original case papers are still inside the back lid. Perhaps this watch spent years tucked away in the vest pocket of a banker. Every time he pulled it out and opened it up to view the time - he must have been delighted! You'll experience the same joy! Our famous one year parts and labor warranty guarantees it!
The Victorians would call them "turnips" because they were so large and manly. This is a big watch in a solid sterling silver case! The case is an 18 size and the engraving is still crisp. There is no personalization of engraved initials in the designated area! It has a coin edge case middle that makes it easy to grip your hand to tell the time and impress your friends. The movement is spotless, displays 15 jewels, is lever set, and is running like new.
Made circa 1888 this wonderful pocket watch has stood the test of time. Notice how nice the Roman Numeral porcelain dial is.Yes, it has some minor hairlines but this is indicative of its age.
Our watchmakers have this wonderful watch winding, setting, and keeping time like it did back in the 19th century so that you may be the proud owner of a true antique. 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 a fine example of American watch making circa 1916. The Illinois company made exceptional timepieces and this one is representative of how nice they turned out! This watch is a 12 size, open face, 25 year yellow gold filled beauty. The 12 size was a watch that was popular from the first World war through to WWII. Because it was slimmer and easier to carry it became very popular to own. Illinois put their heart and soul into making very accurate and elegantly engineered watches for the discerning customer. They honed their skills making railroad watches for America's "iron horses" and, by proxy, the average man on the street benefited. The nickel movement in this one has a very interesting damasceening which is a series of wavy stripes that look really cool. The movement is a 17 jewel three quarter plate, nickel marvel, that is running like a champ. Take a look at this really nice original dial. It shows a very even mellowing with age. The golden color highlights the blued steel hands. Notice the pattern on the hands\' ends as this indicates real attention to detail. Additionally the second hand has a round piercing at its terminal end, a feature that Breguet (the father of watchmaking) initiated 150 years earlier. The case middle is also special in that it has a "coin-edge" rilling that makes the watch easier to handle. This is a very nice watch. Don't let it get away.
Could it be that you are searching for an very unusual, one-of-a-kind, wristwatch? The sort of watch that you will not see walking up and down the boulevard. If that's the case then this may be where the buck stops. This is a Gallet Chronograph that started its life as a small pocket watch for timing ordinance and military maneuvers, but now since the trend is for larger wristwatches we are converting them for wrist use by adapting lugs to the original case just the way companies did when wristwatches first came into vogue. This is a hard one to find and, I think you will agree, that it is a stellar example that is just the right size measuring 43mm in diameter (including the crown guard) by 51mm from lug to lug. Large enough to be noticed and make a statement but not too large so that you feel like you are wearing a boat anchor on your wrist. Our master watchmakers have custom converted a beautiful "Art Deco" chronograph that is truly unique. Made circa 1925 it is not only unusual in a wrist configuration but also in the dial lay-out. You will notice that the hands that indicate the correct time appear in a subsidiary dial at the 12 o'clock position, while the full sized sweep second hand fills the entire dial for easy viewing of the event timing. To balance the symmetry of the dial the recorded minutes subsidiary dial is 180 degrees opposite the time dial. A very different look....no?
Now step back and take a look at the fabulous "Art Deco" stepped case with its concentric levels and flat pushers, and very unusual integral crown guard. Once you take it all in you will be mesmerized. The fifteen jewel movement is even nicer. It runs, winds, and keeps time like the day this watch left Switzerland some 87 years ago. It is all original with the exception of the lugs we have fashioned so that it may be worn on the wrist. If you really want something special then don't hesitate cause this is the only one you will ever see like this! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
We don't see a lot of these Mathey enamel ladies pockets, especially in this condition, but when we do we acquire them. This one is a 13 jewel, key wind, key set, beauty in 14K solid gold hunting case that has enamel on both sides in a lovely portrait and reverse pattern. The enamel work is not only beautiful but in wonderful condition. This watch was undoubtedly made for someone of high station in life. A real jewel in the crown of your collection. Fully restored and warrantied for one year so that you may buy with confidence. We have only one so don't miss it.
Vintage watches, from a variety of manufacturers, run the gamut from ordinary to spectacular but it seems that everything Hamilton put their collective minds to came out great! We here at Father Time feel that they are the greatest of the US companies...bar none! In 1953 Hamilton introduced the "Carl". And this particular "Carl" is a real gem! It's all original too! Just look at the case and dial - they're near perfect. The lugs on this watch are cleverly scalloped to give the watch an elegant flair. The subtle two-tone dial has raised gold markers with only the noon position displayed as the number twelve at the top, while the other chapters are indicated by gold pyramidal markers and double dashes at the 3 and the 9! This unusual eye-catching design feature was only one of many that set Hamilton apart from the crowd. The case is gold filled and measures 24mm wide by 39mm in length. This watch was certainly not indicative of typical 1950's sensibilities since it was the result of an evolution of design that came from the previous decades of careful study rather than an attempt at kitsch culture. Take a look at the careful detail with which Hamilton executed this beautiful 17 jewel movement. The plates are handsomely damasceened and elegantly engineered for several lifetimes of service. This is a wonderful vintage timepiece that can be passed on in your family for generations to come. Grab it while you can as it may be a long time before we see another one as nice!
This is an American Hampden, circa 1904, Series 4, in a 16 size gold filled case. The engraving is in great condition and the cartouche (where you normally see the family initials) is open and waiting for your initials so that it can be an instant heirloom! The case measures 50mm in diameter by 70mm from the case bottom to the top of the crown. The movement is a 17 jewel "Gen. Stark." which is one of Hampden's best. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos of the case...it is just spectacular. You can even see the tiny lines of what is called "Engine Turning" in the background of the raised and engraved foliate design. Normally, by this time, those lines have worn off, but not so here. The case is a handsome thing to behold. While you are looking also take note of the "Stirrup" bow (a feature that was a definite up-grade). Now take a look at the dial. Notice the red Hampden name and 5 minute markers...very unusual! This is all good, but the crowning glory is the movement which is simply breathtaking. It is a seventeen jewel, nickle plate, with inlaid gold markings, and is a two finger bridge model, series 4. This watch was someone's prize possession and it was so well-cared for over the years its darn near perfect. This could be the one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Westfield Driver's watch was designed to wear on the edge of your wrist so that could see the time easily with your hands on the wheel of your car. That way you don't have to remove your hands from the wheel when you are steering the car! The watch has a gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 27mm wide and 31mm from lug to lug. The Swiss movement has 7 jewels, and our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it arrived here from Switzerland, circa 1939. If you want an unusual watch for your wrist or collection this may be it. Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
These large, rectangular, oversize watches were seen more often in the European market, but occasionally they found their way to our shores. The large case and dramatic dial make this Optima a real winner for stylish looks. Optima was a Swiss firm that held forth in the 1920's by making luxe gold and enamel watches for those with means. This particular Optima was made in the late teens or early 1920's and it has, as a testament to its age, a fabulous "Art Deco" highly stylized dial as its crowning glory. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 are all luminous as are the indicies at the 1,2,4,5,7,8,10, and 11. The blued steel skeletonized hands also contain this luminous material that allow the wearer to see the time in the dark. While the lume has mellowed in color it still glows. The rectangular stainless steel, rhodium plated case, which measures 26mm side-to-side by 42mm lug-to-lug, is large for the age and, even by today's standards, it is a sizable rectangular watch. These very early watches, like this Optima, were solid lug beauties that take either an open-ended band, bracelet, or a feed-thru band. We have matched-up a nice tu-tone feed-thru that compliments the watch with a central band stripe that echos the lume color. The 15 jewel, lever escapement, is winding. setting, and keeping time just like it was intended to do. if you would like to wear a great "Art Deco" watch around town then this may be the watch for you. Remember all of out 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!
This Hamilton is a sixteen size, open face pocket watch that is indicative of Hamilton's quality and their commitment to timekeeping at a world class level. This beautiful pocket watch has a plain polish bezel, a beautifully engraved case back (with a small personalization in the shield), a 21 jewel, "940", railroad grade, lever-set movement, and an excellent porcelain double sunk dial with red five minute outer track. What's not to like about this one! You can't go wrong with the Hamilton name and a great looking 25 year gold-filled case (the thickest standard production g.f. case). The watch is railroad grade, adjusted to 5 position, with a motor barrel and safety pinion, that winds, sets, and runs with exact railroad timekeeping standards! Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos of the movement plates to see how wonderful the damaskeeing patterns are on the back plate and balance cock. Yes, it a beauty and it could be yours. Remember all of out timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This one of the most elegant gentleman's watches Hamilton made! The case is definitive Art Deco design and the inside is perhaps more attractive than the outside! Nobody made a better looking movement than Hamilton at that time. In 1938 you would have been hard put to find a more elegant watch than this! The "Linwood" was a watch that set Hamilton apart from all other American watch manufacturers at that time! The trend in the late 1930's was towards long, elegantly curved watches and the "Linwood" was one of the most desirable models of it's day. I think what makes it look so good is the rills on the subtly curved, tonneau-shaped, case sides. The yellow gold filled case measures 43MM lug to lug, by 22MM in width. Take a look at the close-up photos and you will see what great condition the case is in. The entire curvilinear sweep of the watch is very cutting edge for the era. Streamlining was the order of the day and Hamilton's designers hit a home run with the "Linwood". Not only is it a designer's dream but it's a wonderful watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is a mechanical engineering marvel that is running and keeping accurate time like the day it was made. Add to all of it's attributes the fact that it has a beautiful satin silver dial accented by applied solid gold numerals and the result is a winning combination that can't be beat. On the back is a very cool dedication, it reads: "Merry Xmas from The Gang 1938". Whose gang? What gang? A gaggle of friends, the guys on the corner, or the mob? No one knows for sure but just think of the stories this watch could tell. You can make up your own story....we won't tell! This is truly one of the nicest "Linwoods" that we have ever had in our 33 years in the business. It could be yours...don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.
Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World and when this Elgin Hunter was made, circa 1909 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 6 size that was carried by both men and women. It was a slightly larger watch for a lady and/or a slightly smaller watch for a gentleman. The case is a yellow gold filled beauty that was warrantied to wear, under constant use, for 25 years (the thickest gold-filled case in standard production). The engraving is still very crisp and clean as evidence of it being well-cared for. The movement is a 3/4 plate, gilded, 7 jewels workhorse and is running perfectly. The porcelain dial is perfect and is a great contrast for the blued steel, Breguet style "lunette" hands. If you want a pocket watch that is of a size that is easy to carry then this may be the one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
If you visit us here at Father Time you know that we think highly of Elgin, not only because of our proximity to Elgin, (the town) or because we have known many of the factory workers, but because they made a fine product at a reasonable price with great looks. This gentleman's Elgin wristwatch has a yellow gold filled top and a stainless back (for longevity and hypo-allergenic properties). The case is 40mm lug-to-lug by 25mm in diameter (not including the crown). The 17 jewel movement looks and runs like new. The dial and hands have been expertly refinished and look perfect. The watch, made in 1952, shows virtually no signs of wear. Even the crown is original!
This watch has an unbreakable mainspring that Elgin developed for watches that needed to be used on a daily basis with virtually trouble-free power delivery. They called it "Durapower" and used a logo for it that you can see just under the Elgin name. The "Shockmaster" appellation, that you can see just above the seconds bit, refers to special "kif" springs that were used to lessen any blows that occurred under daily operation. If you want a nice looking Elgin that will give you service for years to come then this may be the watch for you.
This Elgin is in near mint condition! Look at the 8 size (43mm in diameter by 63mm, top of bow to bottom of case)"Box Hinge" (Swiss Montilier) case. The engraving shows no signs of wear and these cases were among the most desirable made at the time. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how this watch is constructed.The extra beefy case shoulders at the top and bottom of the watch are what make it a "Box Hinge" and these improvements assured the owner that the case was very strongly made for a lifetime of use. The 11 jewel, 3/4 plate gilded movement, circa 1887, winds, sets, and runs great. This is a scarce size and in great condition...don't miss it!
No need to take a bath! Just belly up to this really nice gentleman's Zodiac, and rest assured that if you have a slightly smaller wrist this wristwatch will fill the bill. This is just a great everyday watch that is in near perfect condition. The stainless steel case is very clean and the dial has been professionally refinished. The movement is a very reliable 17 jewel. manual wind, model that is spotless and running like the proverbial top. The case measures 31mm in diameter by 38mm long and is a screw-back to resist moisture and dust. If you just want a real nice stainless steel timepiece that will perform like-new but give you that vintage panache (circa 1958) then this may be the watch for you. With a Zodiac on your wrist you can go wrong! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is one of the most progressive asymetrical watches Zodiac made! Not only is it stylistically advanced for its time, it is also a mechanically advanced timepiece. The automatic (self-winding) movement has 21 jewels and is running just like new. The gold filled case is wedge shaped and measures 35mm at the widest point and 42mm from lug to lug. The watch has a gold-on-gold motif that carries all the way through the dial color. The mystery hour hand appears to be disconnected from the movement and has the appearance of floating around the dial. The center of the dial is actually a platter that rotates as it carries the hour hand creating the mystery. The crown is at the 2 o'clock position and displays the Zodiac logo. The watch has a stainless steel snap-back that makes it perfect for everyday wear. These watches are getting harder and harder to find in good condition and this one is a beauty, don't miss it. Our one year warranty means you get a watch in top condition with the most security available for an internet purchase!