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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 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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 This is a real neat Movado Oversize, manual wind, measuring 37mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44mm lug to lug (for comparison an American Quarter measures 26mm in diameter).  The rhodium plated case houses a real clean 17 jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running, setting, and winding just like it did when it came from the Movado factory back in the 1940's.  It also sports a large sweep second hand that allows the wearer to easily see the seconds slipping by.  But what makes my heart skip a beat is the mirrored Arabic numerals.  Not only are they reflective, but they give the watch a very vintage appearance that you just don't see in today's wrist armor. There is a visual and tactile quality about the watch that is difficult to express but when you see it in-person you will understand.  It is an oversize (by vintage standards) and makes quite a statement on the wrist.  The near pristine condition is a big plus as well.  We have paired it with a dark croco band that gives it a very rich look and will provide the longevity that you expect from a quality band.  Don't miss this fantastic Movado....it can be yours!  Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $2595
Year: 1943
SKU: w2901
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 Longines has been a leader in the Swiss watchmaking pantheon since 1832 and it is often seen as a timing sponsor of many athletic events, including the Olympics. Their watches are sublime.  This particular Longines  is a manual wind, 17 jewel, in a stainless steel case that measures 32mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 38mm lug to lug (an American Quarter measures 26mm in diameter).  This is the classic man's Longines that is a no nonsense wristwatch from the 1960's.  It has a very nice satin silvered dial with Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and white bar markers at all the other chapters.  The seconds bit (just above the 6 o'clock position) is in a cross-hair configuration that is minimalist and easy to read.  It bears the Longines Winged Logo not only on the dial but also on the crown.  Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how spotless the movement is.  This is as nice as it can be and it is running like the day it left Switzerland back in 1962.  If you are looking for a real nice entry level watch that won't break the bank then this may be the one for you.  All of our watches come with our one year warranty for parts an labor so that you may buy with confidence!

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Price: $570
Year: 1962
SKU: w2054
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 Benrus is 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 yellow gold-filled round case, with stainless steel back measuring 30 mm (not including the crown) in diameter (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter) by 38 mm lug to lug.  This nice case houses an even nicer 21 jewel movement that is in great condition.  Now take a look at the dial, it is a silvered classic that has Roman Numerals at the even chapters and pointed bar markers at the other positions with a small seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus, circa 1955, 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. 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: $650
Year: 1955
SKU: w2728
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Every time I fly into New York's La Guardia Airport and grab a cab to Manhattan, I glance left shortly after we leave the airport to get a glimpse of the old Bulova Building, executed in greystone, that sits just off the highway.  The Art Deco style of the building speaks of a bygone era as does this grey dial Bulova we are displaying here.  An architect customer of our pointed out that he feels there is a very architectural element to this particular watch.  I guess it is the cross-bow case elements contrasted against the complimentary Roman Numerals at the cardinal positions interspersed with the red chapter markers at every other chapter.  The "Spider Web" seconds bit adds an element as well.  When all is said and done this is a really fun watch that could be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started out life strictly as a man's watch.  The yellow gold filled case measures 24 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 37 mm lug to lug, and it has a stainless steel back for hypo-allergenic purposes, strength, and longevity.  Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the 17 jewel movement is in this mid 1930s wristwatch.  It is just amazing!

We have matched a nice vintage grey, stitched, leather band to carry the color of the dial around the wrist for an integral look.  Its really a great buy for some lucky soul.  Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.  Is this one calling your name?

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Price: $925
Year: 1936
SKU: w2239
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The Omega "Seamaster" is such an iconic brand and we are always searching for nice, all original, examples of this model for our customers.  There are many aficionados who want dials that show their age and have a nice patina. 
This is just such a watch!  The silvered dial displays the gradual aging and patination over the last 65 years.  The seventeen jewel, "bumper" automatic movement, cal. 342, is in excellent running condition and performing just like it did back in 1950 when it was made in Switzerland. The stainless steel case, measuring 35mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 43mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter). It is in great shape as you can tell from the "Zoom-In" photos. Please notice the "Dagger" hands and "Arrowhead" chapter markers.  When all is said and done this is a very handsome watch, especially on the wrist.  If you are dreaming about a real nice all original Omega to grace your wrist then this may be the watch for you.  Remember it comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $2675
Year: 1950
SKU: w2896
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Its not often that we have one of these phenomenal chronos in stock....they are extremely scarce and highly sought after!

This Gallet Chronograph is a watch that will knock you out! You may have seen similar watches on the internet but you have not seen anything of comparable quality! This watch comes from the prestigious firm of Gallet, makers of complicated Swiss watches, and the world's oldest watch company. The founder, Humbertus Gallet, who resided in Geneva was making timepieces in 1466. In 1864 Gallet opened the first outlet here in Chicago, and by 1885, Gallet became the first purveyor of wristwatches made exclusively for mass consumption. By 1914 Gallet had won the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibit in Berne, and by 1915 Gallet was supplying hand held and cockpit mounted timepieces to the United Kingdom during WWI. This watch is one of their fabulous pocket chronometers that has been customized for wrist use, but it has been done with the skill and finesse that you rarely see in these watches! This is one BIG puppy measuring in at 47mm in diameter by 56mm lug to lug. Definitely a watch for the larger men out there or if you simply prefer a larger watch. The case work is outstanding and the dial is impeccable, but the best part is inside! The 17 jewel Gallet movement looks and functions just like new. There are no signs of wear or rust that you commonly see in conversions coming out of eastern Europe! This watch was custom made by our Master Watchmaker friend in Canada whose family has been watchmakers since 1750! We snatched it up before a collector got it so you would have a shot at it. He has only made 12 of these and they are extremely scarce! This may be that last we we will be able to own. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the excellent condition and complication of this outstanding timepiece. Just look at this dial...it is simply fantastic, nice and mellow, with curb appeal to-die-for! The outer ring shows a telemetre scale in kilometers, the inner ring displays the seconds, while the red numbers inside of the chapters show the 24 hundred hour markers for military time. At the three o'clock position there is a 30 minute accumulated minutes recorder while the constant seconds is at the nine o'clock position. The luminous material in the hands and skeletonized numerals have a wonderfully mellow color that indicates its WWI vintage, circa 1916. The crown is a modified onion shape that has a central pusher that is concentric with the crown for actuating the chronograph functions. Now take a gander at the case back...it is in fantastic condition for a military watch. The crowning glory is the movement. It is as clean as a whistle and functioning perfectly. Need I say more. Once you see this large, masculine, complicated timepiece you will want to strap it on and show all your friends. 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: $4650
Year: 1916
SKU: w2885
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 Once and awhile a watch comes along that makes the heart of a true aficionado sing...this is just such a watch!  While Tiffany did not make any of their own watches they hired only the best-of-the-best to do just that!  This wonderful Split Seconds Chronograph was manufactured by the Schwab Loeillet Tempor Watch Company, a Swiss firm of high renown.  Not only is it very high grade, it is in wonderful condition both mechanically and cosmetically.  The idea was to allow a racing enthusiasts to time two competitors with the stroke of a single button.  When your horses left the starting gate you would depress the pusher that protrudes from the center of the crown.  This action would start the sweep seconds and they would continue in this mode, shadowing each other until you depressed the pusher at the two o'clock position.  This caused the second hand at the bottom to stop while the second hand directly above it continued to tick. The course time for your first horse was indicated opposite the bottom sweep second hand while the second one could be stopped after your second horse arrived at the finish line by pushing the crown pusher. At this point you could read the times of both horses opposite the sweeps and then by pushing the pusher at 2 you could sync them up again or by pushing the crown pusher you could zero everything out for a second race.  Recorded minutes could be read on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position while the dial at the 9 o'clock position indicates constant seconds.  If you turn this elegant watch over you can see that it has been housed in a display back case that allows you to view the movement without opening the case.  The stainless steel case was custom made for this watch and I dare say you won't see another.

     The Tempor movement is a fantastic 23 jewel work of art, circa 1920, that incorporates large ruby jewels and a Geneva Stripe Damasceening pattern on the movement plates.  The movement is adjusted for temperature, isochronism, and it has a micrometric regulator for fine tuning.  The finger bridges make the look of this movement stellar, but I think the crowning glory is the killer silvered dial.  It is grained so that the light changes the background from light silver, to a subdued charcoal, depending on the angle.  Everything about this watch is attractive...from its superior performance to the great look it has on a wrist.  It is a good size too measuring 44mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 51mm lug to lug. We have only one and with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor you may buy with confidence. 
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Price: $12500
Year: 1920
SKU: w2880
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 LeCoultre is a legendary Swiss watch manufacturer and every thing they turned their hand to was perfection. Their manufacture stemmed from the many inventions that they produced. Founded in 1833, they invented a machine to cut steel pinions for watches and went on to produce hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibers in the years since.  One of the most impressive accomplishments, achieved in 1844, was the invention of the Millionmeter the world's most precise measuring instrument. In 1847 they invented a device that did away with key winding, and by 1866 the first manufacture under one roof in the Valle de Joux.  We here at Father Time have had a good number of gentleman's LeCoultre Wristwatches over our 36 years in the business, but we have never seen this one before...and what a handsome man's dress watch it is!  Raise a toast!  This watch deserves it!  It has a 14k solid gold case that measures 37mm in diameter. (a very nice oversize).  It has a hidden lug too, where the band ends are not visible, but attaches to the lugs out of sight. Notice the broad band of gold that surrounds the dial...no skimping here.  The dial sports its original finish and it has a great looking patina that speaks to its age circa 1955.  The 17 jewel cal 480 is in fantastic condition winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when new.  If you are looking for a real nice solid gold dress watch then this may be the one that steals your heart!  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: $2675
Year: 1955
SKU: w2865
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 Tissot has been a luxury brand since its founding in 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland. They have been revered for their quality since day one and have been a brand that has stood the test of time.  This watch is a really big Tissot for its era, circa 1945!  Not only is it large, it  but it is also beautifully styled.  The black dial perfectly contrasts the rose gold hands, numerals, and the Tissot name.  The large (oversize) rhodium plated case measures 38mm in diameter by 47mm in length, is as smooth as a baby's behind. We find almost all of these oversize watches in the South American market because North America was not importing these larger watches during the era, and consequently, they are scarce here. This Tissot has a 15 jewel movement that winds, sets, and performs like the day it was made.  When you strap this one on your wrist it really becomes a handsome addition to a real male's wardrobe.  What makes this particular watch a stand out is the contrast of the black dial against the rose gold, numerals, markers, and hands....a very unusual configuration.  Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos and notice how elegant the sweep of the lugs are.  This is not only a graceful watch, but very handsome one as well.  Like all Father Time watches, it has been completely restored and is running just like new! Look at the case back - it's virtually devoid of wear!  When you see a chewed up back on a watch you know what you'll find on the inside!  Not this one!  This one has been carefully worn and serviced over the years.  With continued care and maintenance you can have this elegant timepiece for generations to come.  Our warranty ensures that the watch is just as we have represented it!  We have only one...so don't miss it!

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Price: $3350
Year: 1945
SKU: W2474
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 The A. Wittnauer Co. was the exclusive sales agent for Longines starting in 1880, initiating a marriage that would stand the test of 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer family sold their interests and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand.  Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is no exception.  This particular model has what is termed a "Hooded Lug" where the band end is hidden under a cover that extends between the lug surfaces.  This is a neat feature, but what makes it even more spectacular is the rilled case sides and the charcoal grey, textured dial with white gold, applied arrowhead markers and numerals.  The case is white gold filled with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity and comfort.  The 17 jewel movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should, and is in excellent condition.  Now take a look at the segmented expansion band in the "Zoom-In" photos.  It has black leather inserts in six of the segmented portions of the band for a very unusual look.  This is a gentleman's watch from the 1940's, but it would also look great on a lady who wants something just a little bit different.  Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.  This is a great looking watch...don't miss it.

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Price: $1495
Year: 1943
SKU: w2464
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This a very special version of a rare watch! We love these "Jump Hour" Gruens! This one has a really rare dial that we were lucky to find. It sports the AFA (Air Force Association) logo, and it has a dedication on the back to show that it was the personal property of Mr. Fred B. Smith, the President of the Association from 1965 to 1966. The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The Air Force Association mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.

The Gruen "Airflight" was designed for pilots that needed a 24 hour reference for flight time. When the hands reach 1pm all the numerals jump to a 24 hour format and then jump back again to a 12 hour format at 1am. This is accomplished by a rotating dial underneath the main dial. The numbers appear in diamond shaped windows on this neat, and rare, original dial and the minutes are chronicled by a very fine segmented outer track that the sweep second hand hovers above. This is a particularly nice "Air Flight" and an oversize to boot (35MM). The seventeen jewel movement is in excellent condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the fine timepiece it was designed to be! This beautiful movement is housed in a chromium plated case, with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It measures 35MM wide by 42MM lug to lug. Circa 1965, this is a watch to make your heart sing. When the numerals change at 1pm or 1am it is a real event that always has our customers exclaiming their delight whenever we demonstrate this function. We buy every one of these that we can find in good condition because our clients just love the dial action and how nice these watches look on a man's wrist. We don't have these in stock very often and they usually find a good home within a few weeks.This one is very nice and we would love to show it to you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $3250
Year: 1965
SKU: w2863
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 Jules Jergensen has been a legendary name in Swiss Watchmaking since 1740, and is, perhaps, the oldest, continuous, watchmaking firm in the world.  The case of this Jules Jergensen is 18k solid gold and it measures 25mm wide by 35mm lug to lug. The classic styling is very elegant and subdued...a real handsome gentleman's watch, circa 1955, but it is a size that a lady could wear as well.  The seventeen jewel movement is running like the proverbial top.  The silvered dial displays truncated rhomboid markers and is contrasted by dauphine hands.  The seconds bit is a simple crosshair design that centers on the small second hand. If you want a real classic in an 18k solid gold  case then this may be the watch for you!  All of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $1250
Year: 1955
SKU: w1604
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 Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Cranston" model back in 1952 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold filled, and it has a slightly curved, faceted lug, that gives it a certain panache. The case measures 22mm wide by 37mm long and the caliber 753  movement has 19 jewels.  Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when I was in knee pants!  The Sterling Silver dial with 18k gold markers has a creamy finish that is all original. It has a great looking patina and 18k gold applied numerals that alternate with hash markers at the odd numbers.  The seconds bit which is just above the 6 o'clock position is a perfectly round, sunken, feature that is indicative of the styling of the age.  Here's an entry level Hamilton that won't break the bank but will allow you to experience their great engineering and wonderful design.  Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.  This one can be yours!

 

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Price: $595
Year: 1952
SKU: w1595
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Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1953. Not only was the "Futurematic" futuristic in style but in functionality as well. Notice that there is no crown to wind this watch. It winds automatically as you wear it. In the subsidiary dial opposite the 9 o'clock position there is a winding indicator so that the owner can see how much power is left in reserve on the mainspring. Once the hand enters the red quarter of the dial it is time to oscillate the winding weight by your movement. This occurs naturally during your day and if worn on a daily basis you will never have to worry about winding. If you only wear it occasionally then you should don the watch until the indicator hand clears the red section and then re-set. Once the spring is fully wound there is a latching device engineered into the movement that halts the oscillation of the winding weight until the power wanes once more, then it is automatically released. On the back of the watch is a sliding button that has a serrated edge. You slide the button and this engages the setting mechanism and acts as a "hack" feature that stops the watch. This way you can re-start it very accurately once you slide the button back to it's original position. I personally have one of these black dial beauties in my collection and I wouldn't ever give it up. This is a very classy and elegant timepiece that marks an important milestone in watchmaking. The subsidiary dial that is immediately opposite the indicator dial is a constant seconds indicator that runs constantly while the watch is keeping time. It also serves to balance, visually, the indicator dial. The seventeen jewel movement, caliber 497, is in excellent condition and engineered to a fault. The balance wheel is a two spoke Glucydur with a Nivarox spiral hairspring, and Kif shock absorbing jewel springs. The yellow gold filled case is in fantastic condition measuring 32mm in diameter. This is a very unusual watch that will be the pride of your collection. The overall effect on the wrist is very handsome! Our warranty will ensure that you will wear this watch for years of trouble free service!

 

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Price: $4875
Year: 1953
SKU: w2858
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This watch is big (18 size) and heavy! You better wear suspenders if ya carry it in your pocket! The case is coin silver (900 parts silver out of 1000. Sterling is 925 parts out of a 1000) and it has that mellow sheen just like sterling! This watch, made circa 1905, has a key wind and set movement. It has 15 jewels and runs great! The Elgin factory must have been an interesting place to work. I knew several of the "watch finishers" that worked there and their stories are quite interesting. One of them is a man who helped us technically when we first opened the doors of Father Time Antiques back in 1979. He told me that he started working at Elgin at the lowest position in the factory and his job was to sweep-up the various department floors and run parts whenever needed. Through the years he became more valuable to the factory as he learned at the elbow of fellow workers and also at the Elgin Watchmakers College. He worked in the Dial room, the Hairspring room,and virtually all the other departments until he became proficient and had achieved the ultimate technical position of "watch finisher". The "watch finisher" was the man who first gave life to the watch by placing the balance assembly into the watch and winding it for the first time. This man needed to have intimate knowledge of all the other operations in the factory in order to correct any problems that he might encounter once the watch started to tick or if, in fact, it didn't start to tick. This was a position of achievement and pride and carried a higher salary with it as a mark of technical accomplishment. He told me that during the depression when Elgin made some of their movements with a gold finish that he and his co-workers laughingly referred to the practice as the "Gold Standard", because Elgin had reduced their salaries by half to weather the storm of the economic downturn.

In later years I heard from some residents of Elgin that once the factory was slated for demolition (in 1965) there was a time when you could purchase 55 gallon drums of parts for their watches for $5.00 each. Another resident told me that the effluvial pipes that emptied waste water from the factory were harvested by some enterprising folks that knew that these pipes carried the waste from the plating and case rooms where many precious metals were used! The pipes, it seems, were like clogged arteries...clogged with gold! I can only imagine what these scrap pipes would bring at today's gold spot prices. One of the employees brought a home movie in 8mm to one of the local watch shows to show me the dynamiting of the iconic Elgin Watch Factory Clock Tower. He had the film in a hand-crank viewer and you could view the tower collapsing, and then, by cranking it backwards, see it re-assemble out of the rubble. It was both sad and interesting as this was the final blow to the once powerful Elgin edifice. There is, however, a physical remnant of the Elgin legacy and that is the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It stands to this day at 312 Watch Street in Elgin, Illinois just two blocks from the site of the factory. Our ability to keep time is based on our position in the universe and to determine that position you need a telescope and a way to determine the position of the stars relative to a fixed point on earth. The telescope that was erected in the Observatory had eleven vertical wires that were internal to the lens and when a celestial body was observed to cross one of the wires the astronomer would press a button that would send a signal to one of the Sidereal Clocks, Number 220, in the Observatory. The time thus determined would then be compared to the time on Sidereal clock Number 224 and the results were compared and then published in the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. By this method accuracy could be determined to within 1/100 of a second. These results were relayed to the factory by an audible signal that would allow workers to accurately set their watches. Additionally this signal was sent to radio stations in later years where a listener might hear the phrase "at the tone the time will be". The announcer would state the time and then the tone would sound indicating the exact second of its passing. Elgin was quite proud of their observatory and adopted the tag line "ELGIN TAKES TIME FROM THE STARS AND PUTS IT IN YOUR POCKET"

Now you can own one of their really interesting watches that we have fully restored so that you can hand it down in your family.

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Price: $1450
Year: 1905
SKU: PW1550
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