This French desk clock and inkwell combination, by Bonnet & Pottier, is just stunning. The black marble base is naturally streaked with wonderful tan incursions that give the marble a wonderful look. The clock has a porcelain dial that exhibits hand-painted gadroons that arch from one chapter to another. This is contrasted by the Louis XIV gold hands which are artfully pierced and indicate the time opposite Arabic numerals. The movement is an eight jewel, balance wheel movement that is running like the proverbial top. It measures 18" long, by 7" wide, by 10" tall. The top of the clock is ornamented by two cavorting gilded birds and the base is flanked by twin inkwells with hinged tops. This would be a lovely piece to grace your desk. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with complete confidence.
The English Fusee Gallery Clock is a Classic and this is one of the nicest ones we have ever had the pleasure to own. It measures 16" in diameter, by 7" deep. These clocks were used in many public places and the pendulum was kept hidden inside of the case so that it could not be easily tampered with nor would it be a distraction. If you are not familiar with the concept of the "Fusee," try to imagine a short cone with a grooved track that starts at the base of the cone and then in one continuous track ascends to the top of the cone. This was a very clever device that allowed a very even power distribution from fully wound to almost wound down. The mainsprings that were being made at this time, circa 1870, were not capable of delivery an even amount of power to the movement over the course of a week. The clock would run faster when fully wound-up, and slower as the spring lost power over the course of 7 days. To circumvent this problem the mainspring barrel had a tiny chain (made like a bicycle chain) that wrapped around the outside of the barrel (the housing for the mainspring). When the clock was wound the chain was pulled off the barrel and on to the "Fusee" cone, with the first windings taking up the biggest diameter of the cone. Once fully wound, the spring would exert a force around the smallest diameter of the cone, but as the mainspring lost power it would pull across an increasingly larger and larger diameter of the cone, thereby getting a mechanical advantage and delivering very even power for an entire week. Very clever...No? This is one of the reasons that these clocks are of interest today. Pocket watches of the era had the same mechanism in them for the same reason. As steel became more readily available and with better composition the power issues were a thing of the past. This is interesting if you are into mechanical things as we are but the clock has such great panache that its presence really overshadows the mechanical aspects. I think it is the silvered dial that is inlaid with fired enamel that makes the statement loud and clear! The fact that the maker's name "I. Wynn" is a homophone and a desirable victory cry just makes me smile. This particular maker hailed from Windsor and I'm sure caught the attention of the royal family due to the exceptional quality of his clocks. The clock is fully restored and warrantied for one year. If you are looking for a really nice fusee then this may be the one for you! Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to purchase with complete confidence.
It isn't often that we come across such a nice example of a French wall clock, but even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then. The three-dimensional carving on the case is just spectacular and every other element just adds to the drama. The central lion's head protrudes from the case just above the 12 o'clock position as though it were leaping out of the case itself. The "wing-like" finials and overtopping urn shape add to the overall effect and are balanced by the wonderful treatment at the case bottom. The chapters are porcelain cartouches that really make the dial easy to read and are quite dramatic. The gilded hands are pierced to give them an elegant appearance and a nice contrast against the walnut dial. The entire facade of this great timepiece is hinged to open like a book so that the owner can gain access to the movement and the pendulum. As you articulate the facade the dial remains in place as the facade moves away for access. The entire case is French walnut and is executed in the grand style of an 1870s gallery clock. The movement is a "threaded verge" which is an eight day, time and strike, on a coiled gong. Our head clock maker has fully restored the movement so that it can give you a lifetime of dependable timekeeping. It is just a fabulous clock...don't miss it!
Elias Ingraham was the founder of the Ingraham Clock Company that had its origins in 19th century Connecticut. He was one of a handful of luminaries in the clock business back in the day. Ingraham and other clock makers of that time period were really the inventors of the American clock industry. I can remember many hours staring at a clock just like this in my grammar school room praying that the school day would soon end. Those hours seemed like an eternity. Here I am, many years later adoring the look of these old school house clocks. This one is particularly nice and for those who do not wish to have a loud chime in the home, this one is perfect, since it is time-only. The octagonal shape is a classic and it has an easy-to-read dial that is contrasted by blued steel ornately pierced hands that indicate the hours and minutes. The case is oak and it has a very nice rilled inner boarder that frames the brass bezel. The brass pendulum bob has very defined concentric circles that give it a handsome appearance. It is an eight day, time-only clock, circa 1910, in good running condition. This clock has a very impressive appearance on the wall. It comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, so you may buy with confidence.
This Ladies Gruen Wristwatch is what we would call a "Transitional" watch. It was designed to be worn as a ladies pocket watch, or as a wristwatch. This was just after the turn of the last century when the manufacturers were not sure how the "New" idea of wearing a watch on your wrist would be received. It is small enough to wear on the wrist, or on a chain, or on a watch pin. The bow swivels to accommodate whatever configuration a lady might choose. Gruen quality is, of course, in full force with the 15 jewel movement that is winding, setting and keeping time just as it did over 100 years ago. The plain polish, yellow gold-filled case is in great condition measuring 25mm in diameter by 34mm bail-to-bail, by 9mm thick (including the crystal). The blued steel hands are pierced in a diamond shape and provide a nice contrast for easy reading. The dial bears all the character and patina of a true antique...it just looks great! We have fitted it with an unusual new/old stock suede band that has metal findings for attaching to just this kind of timepiece. The overall effect is quite striking and the result is a watch you will not see on anyone else's wrist. If you are searching for a real antique watch that is off the beaten path, then this may be the one for you. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you when you make the purchase.
Carriage Clocks were designed to travel with the owner, back in the day when travel by carriage was the most luxurious form of transport. When your servants were packing up the household necessities in order to re-locate to the country house you would always take your "Carriage Clock" along, not only as a reliable timekeeper but as a status symbol. Many of the carriage clocks were large devices that required a hefty hand to tote but this miniature is an easy one to carry and/or display. Standing slightly taller than 3 inches it has all the features you see in much larger clocks. The movement boasts a "Platform Escapement," a Porcelain Dial with Roman numerals, and Louis XIV Gold Hands. It is key wind, key set from the rear and it is encased in beveled glass on all sides. This is a great clock in near perfect condition that has been lovingly restored. Needless to say our head clockmaker has it running like a proverbial top. Don't miss it!
Made in Budapest, Hungary, circa 1900, this fabulous, enameled easel clock is the perfect Art Nouveau desk clock. It is key wind, and key set, from the rear. The Swiss movement winds, sets, and runs just as it did over 100 years ago. The gilded tendrils that form the case work are indicative of the age as they embrace the hand painted panels that depict three "putti's" hovering above an enthralled couple in a sylvan glade. The enamel work is exquisite and undamaged. We constantly search for high quality examples of the enameler's art...especially from the Art Nouveau period...and they are few and far between. As an added bonus, the dial is Mother-of-Pearl that provides a great shimmering background for the "blued steel" hands. If you are desirous of a really nice enameled Art Nouveau clock this may be the one for you. 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 gentleman's Elgin is a 23 jewel top of the line dress watch that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 23 jewel movement is a thing of mechanical beauty and second the silvered dial is a stunner due to the fact that there are diamonds set at all the even numbered chapters. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can see the diamonds are set in small triangular dishes that are white gold and this amplifies the fire coming off the gems. Thirdly the case is solid white gold in great condition. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1950s. The case is 14k solid white gold measuring 33mm in diameter by 39mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and is running like the proverbial top. It takes an 18mm band and we have fitted it with a sleek black genuine croco band that shows the watch off to its best advantage. 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.
Trabant is a name that one normally does not associate with watches but with the minimalist East German Car that was made between 1957 and 1990 with essentially the same formula. It was nicknamed the "Spark Plug with a Roof." This particular Trabant which means "Satellite or Companion" in German is a military wristwatch that although small in size is rather rare in its numbers. Just like Trabant (the car) it is a very utilitarian watch that has a solid pin lug configuration that accepts a feed-thru band as many military watches do. The case which measures 28mm in diameter, by 35mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick is made from a combination of Stainless Steel & Chrome. It is a 15 Jewel, gilded movement, with a very unusual and intriguing spiral design shock protector between the case back and the movement....I've never seen another one like it! The black dial, for night ops, has the original lume in the hands and dots at the chapters, but it no longer glows-in-the-dark. The hand in the seconds bit (at the 6 o'clock position) is blued steel and is not apparent in the photos but it is there, and original to the watch. The Trabant Watch was a product of Karl Trabant of Fischer & Trabant in Pforzheim, Germany. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored the movement to keep time just as it did back in 1936 when it was first pressed into service. We have fitted it with an olive drab, 16mm military band from the period to complete the look. If you have a smaller wrist or simply want a very unusual military watch for a very small investment then this may be the watch for you!
If you were a resident of Lucerne, circa 1888, you might have noticed the opening of a new watch and jewellery store in your town for that was the year that Carl-Friedrich Bucherer and his wife Luise opened the family business. It didn't take long before the Bucherer name was synonymous with quality and luxury. When they were established in Lucerne they branched out to other Swiss cities and tourist destinations. Once Americans brought back some of their treasures from their trips abroad the name was on the lips of others who wanted to partake. By 1977 the third generation of the family was in charge of this flourishing enterprise. In 2013 Bucherer celebrated their 125th jubilee by opening the world's largest watch and jewellery store in Paris. In 2017 there was the addition of four more boutiques in London. Today Bucherer values its partnership with Rolex as one of its most important. They also value their reputation for high quality timepieces. As a case-in-point take a gander at this very nice 25 jewel, automatic, day/date in a yellow gold-filled, cushion shaped case with screw-down stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It is circa 1968 with a silvered dial that sports very dramatic gold block markers contrasted by rectangular blunt end hands and a central sweep second hand. The day/date feature is at the three o'clock position and it has a gold frame that delineates the feature. The case measures 34mm wide, by 39mm lug-to-lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a 20mm croco-grain brown band that suits the watch perfectly. It is fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The Waltham Watch Company, also known as the American Waltham Watch Co. and the American Watch Co., produced about 40 million watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time fuses, and other precision instruments between 1850 and 1957.
Before the Waltham Watch Company went out of business in 1957, it founded a subsidiary in Switzerland in 1954, Waltham International S.A.. Waltham International SA retains the right to the Waltham trade name outside of North America, and continues to produce mechanical wrist watches and mechanical pocket watches under the "Waltham" brand.
This watch is one of those Swiss timepieces made under the Waltham name circa 1965. It is a very nice 17 jewel, square watch in a yellow gold-filled case with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 25mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug-to-lug, by 11mm thick. Although this is a gentleman's watch it would look great on a ladies wrist as well. The "Incabloc" designation that you can see just below the center of the dial refers to a type of "Kif" spring that gave the watch a certain amount of shock resistant ability. The seconds bit displays the "gun-site" demarcations that was popular in this era. The hands are Dauphine Style and they set the tone for a really nice watch with great style.
Our watchmakers have it running, winding, and keeping time just as it should and our one year warranty will allow your purchase to be trouble-free.
There are quite a few vintage ladies wristwatches available in the market but very few as nice as this one. It is a Longines, 15 jewel, platinum, diamond encrusted, 1920's tonneau shaped beauty. The case measures 15mm in width, at its widest (without the crown), by 10mm at its narrowest, by 40mm lug to lug, by 6mm thick. It sports 36 diamonds in the bezel and lug attachments with an additional 28 in the articulated lugs. The photo really can't do it justice because the fire coming off of this watch is just phenomenal! Not only is it decorated with all these diamonds but it also has beautifully engraved case sides, middle, and back. To add to its unique look, both lugs are articulated so that they conform to the shape of your wrist. The cord band is a classic attachment that can be perfectly sized to your wrist. Even the crown has an engraved flower center to complete the overall effect of this stunner. Longines, as you may already know, is one of the giants in the vintage market and everything they turned their hand to was stellar. If you are looking for that unusual gift for yourself or a loved one then this may be the watch for you.
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 engraved 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 affordable price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seventeen jewel, rose gold-filled, tonneau (curved sides) Curvex-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 streak of good 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 once glowed in the dark for nighttime reading, but have since lost their glow. 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.
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 Movado has the high grade, 28 jewel "Kingmatic" movement with the model name just above the 6 o'clock position indicating that it is an automatic (self-winding) watch. Another neat thing is 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 which 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!
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 "Roland" model back in 1946 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 case measures 28mm wide by 40mm long by 10mm 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 Arabic numerals at the chapter positions and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. 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!