In 1891 the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz established their watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. They were former students of Henri Sandoz, director of the Tavannes Watch Co. and heading for great things in the watch world. Their first, of many gold medals, was obtained at the 1902 Paris International Exposition...and they were off to the races. By 1904 they were 15 strong and already making their own ebauches (movement blanks). As they grew in experience and expertise there were many wonderful watches coming off the line. None was more iconic than the "Chronodato" that we are presenting here for your approval. It is the ultimate pilot's tool watch. Not only does it have the day of the week displayed in a small window beneath the center of the watch, but there is also a corresponding window just below the 12 o'clock position that displays the month. The date is indicated by a red-tipped arrow hand as it points to a 31 day track just outside of the minute track. For the pilot the most important thing was the elapsed time that the chronograph would indicate for a landing approach. By depressing the pusher at the 2 o'clock position he could start the central sweep second hand and then read elapsed time on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position. Once the landing was accomplished the pilot would push the upper button again to stop the sweep second hand and then he would push the button at the 4 o'clock position to reset the sweep hand and the accumulated time on the sub dial. The sub dial at the 9 o'clock position is a constant seconds that runs continuously. The Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was the world’s first chronograph with a full calendar (day-date and month) and due to these features, it became highly popular among consumers. So much so, in fact, that the line was in production for roughly 10 years. In the 1950’s, however, the Chronodato model was replaced by the amazing Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but had a moon-phase and a big date instead. It was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with different dial variations. Our watch is the gold plated "Chronodato" with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. Yes, this watch has it all, and a nice size to boot measuring 37 mm in diameter, by 48mm, lug to lug. The all original silvered dial is in fantastic condition showing only minor imperfections. The movement is a 17 jewel, cal 217 which our watch makers have running perfectly. 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 "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary. Many say it is the quintessential American Watch. It was issued in three successive iterations. The very first one was issued in 1928 and had a slightly more bulbous look. It was very popular, but there were issues with the articulated lugs. One of the more interesting facts about the Piping Rock is that it was presented to the 1928 World Series Champion New York Yankees since it was the trend to present watches rather than rings at that time. Each watch was engraved on the side opposite the crown with the name of the recipient. Because the 1928 team had some famous players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, these watches command royal sums.
After a long period of unavailability, the Piping Rock was re-introduced in 1948. When this iteration was designed, the case became more angular and the lugs were re-designed to be stronger but still with a slight articulation in order to curve to the wrist. The dial has only a minute track and sub-seconds register. The roman numerals for the hour markers were defined by a black enamel band applied directly to the case. The final re-issue is a modern one. Hamilton released the Registered Edition in 1983. The company produced two types of this models, one in 18K gold plate and a second in white gold. The company produced them in white gold and embossed the back to honor the 1928 New York Yankees.
Our watch is the 1948 version in solid yellow gold. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" views to really appreciate this special timepiece. Everything about this wonderful watch calls to your sensibilities like one of the ancient sirens of mythology. Careful you don't shipwreck on the "Piping Rock". If you are a Hamilton collector this is a must have, and this one is in wonderful condition showing only very minor wear to the inlaid enamel. The 17 jewel, Cal. 747 movement is in fantastic condition and it produces a timing pattern on our Vibrograph (timing machine) that is near perfection. The case, executed in solid 14K gold, is very handsome and unusual. You will not regret this acquisition and our one year warranty will assure your satisfaction.
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. We don;t see too many ladies Tissot Wristwatches but when we do we acquire them because their quality is superior. This one is not only an 18k Solid Gold watch but it has a very unusual "Slotted Lug" that allows the band color and texture to peak through. This was De Riguer circa 1969 when this beauty came to the United States from Switzerland. It is an elegant size measuring 17mm in diameter, by 23mm lug to lug, by 6mm in thickness (including the crystal). The silvery dial is accented by the faceted edge crystal. This has the effect of sparkling like a diamond just at the perimeter of the dial. The entire look is very unusual. The movement is a manual wind, 17 jewel gem that is winding, setting and keeping time just like it did back in 1969 when it headed for our shores from Switzerland. If you have been looking for a special ladies vintage wristwatch then this may be the one for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty for parts an labor.
We here at Father Time Antiques are very lucky in that we currently have two Hamilton "Top Hat" diamond dial watches! It is rare for us to get even one within a ten year period. The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 38mm long by 25mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial markers with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points. Additionally it has a row of 5 diamonds just above and 5 diamonds just below the dial opening. This is really a spectacular statement on the wrist!
Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in the 1950s and this one is exceptional for its era, circa 1954. The diamond dial Hamiltons were just spectacular in their appearance and very "Art Deco"in their design. Notice the diamond filled 12, 3, & 9 and the slash set diamond markers with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The unusual case measures 38MM lug to lug, by 25MM wide by 9MM thick (including the crystal). This is what is called a "Hooded-Lug" where the band actually goes up under the case edge however this style with the "Diamond Dial" is usually called called a "Top Hat" which refers to its dress watch heritage. The case lugs are segmented on top of the lug attachment in a nice "Art Deco" configuration. You will know that you have something special on your wrist when you strap this one on. The case is 14K solid white gold and in excellent condition. Our master watch maker has this watch winding smoothly, setting easily, and keeping time like the day it left the Hamilton factory at Lancaster, Pa . The movement is a 22 jewel caliber 770 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel oscillates. If you have been waiting for an unusual and intriguing diamond dial this may be the watch for you! Don't let it get away...we have only one! Don't forget all of our watches come with a one year parts and labor warranty.
One of our all time favorite brands here at Father Time Antiques is the Omega brand, and this Omega is no exception. Made circa 1959, this stainless steel Seamaster Omega "Bumper Automatic", is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new. Make sure you take notice of the "Zoom-In" views where you will see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years. This is one of their hallmarks. The silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the high polish silver hash markers at the chapters, with a double bar at the 12. The dial turns down in a smooth curve as it approaches the bezel and as the light plays on the surface the dial, and you wonder why this watch is not on your wrist. The stainless steel, screw back case is in near perfect condition and bears none of the gouges that one normally sees on a watch of this age. The case measures 35 mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44 mm lug to lug, by 10.6 mm thick. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean. The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1959. We think that this is a classic look that Omega did so well. If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. It has its original Omega marked brown leather band with its matching original Omega logo buckle. These rarely survive in this condition, so don't miss it! All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Elgin was the largest manufacturer of Pocket Watches in the World. They were in business for 100 years from 1864 to 1964 in Elgin, Illiinois and they produced millions of watches over that time. The ones that were housed in Multi-Color Gold Cases, however, are scarce. This is one of those rarities! The 14k solid yellow gold case is adorned with different colors of solid gold to highlight and accent the case adornment. Red (or rose) Gold, Green Gold, and Yellow Gold are carefully applied and then engraved to form all of the design work that is proud of the case surface. On one side we see a large (unengraved) cartouche that awaits your family initial. It is surrounded by a foliate design that is quite handsome. On the other side we can see the most amazing scene that is engraved with perfect precision depicting an intriguing landscape framed by encircling birds. The case itself, apart from the multi-color adornments, is quite handsome. It has domed drum lids with coin-edge engraving and a fancy engraved case band. The overall effect is stunning and its condition shows that this wonderful Elgin was only brought out for special occasions as there is very little wear. The movement is a 13 jewel, 3/4 plate, lever set, nickel movement that is running like the day it left the factory back in 1889. The porcelain dial is beautiful in its simplicity and it displays Blued Steel Hands, Roman Numerals and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. This is a six size watch that can be carried by a man or a woman, but whomever wears it will be sure to get the attention of anyone who sees it...it is a spectacular timepiece...don't miss it! Remember all of our watches are fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
We here at Father Time love the Gallet brand for a couple of reasons. First they are a great brand that has the honor of being the oldest wristwatch manufacturer in existence and, secondly, they always made handsome watches that have a real utility without being gauche. 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 particular Gallet is a very clean two register chronograph displaying constant seconds and a 45 minute recorded time sub dial. It is in a stainless steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter by 44mm lug to lug, that houses a spotless 17 jewel, Valjoux 7733 movement. The silvered Tachymeter Dial is in great shape and is contrasted by Lumed Blued Steel Hands, Blue Mile Gradations, and Lumed Arabic numerals. If you had a watch like this in the cockpit you were one lucky pilot. Our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and recording time just as it did circa 1960, when it left Switzerland. I might add that this is the only Gallet in this configuration that we have ever had the pleasure to own in our 37 years in the business...don't miss it! Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
Gruen was a premier watch manufacturer, and was perhaps, one of the companies that you wanted to emulate if you were in the business of making wristwatches. Everything they put their hand to was first rate. They were the inventors of the "Curvex", a revolutionary curved watch from the late 1930s. Gruen held the patent on the curved movement but they also made made fine timepieces that contain flat movements. This Gruen is one of those. It has the round timeless shape and silvered "Pie Pan" dial that makes it an ageless classic This is a clean, and very handsome Gruen that has hardly been worn. The yellow gold-filled and stainless steel case measures 35mm in width, by 44mm, lug to lug, a very nice size for its era circa 1955. It has a spectacular satin silvered dial with Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and "Stylized Arrowhead" markers at the other chapters. The "Dauphine" hands give this watch great eye appeal and makes it a real winner! The movement, which is just as nice as it was when it left the Gruen factory, is a 17 jewel, "Precision", manual wind, workhorse that will give you a lifetime of service, provided that you take care of it. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will give you the peace of mind that this wonderful Gruen wristwatch will perform just as good as it did back in the 1950s.
Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason. This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them. The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank. You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial. It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice. Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication. As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring. The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug. The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores. This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!
If you are a regular visitor to our site you know that we love the Omega brand and so we are delighted to be able to offer this spectacular Omega Chronograph in a hard to find configuration. Note the gold dial and the Tachymetre markings on the dial edge, these are to be found in many chronos, but what is unusual here is the date window at the 9 o'clock position, just within the constant seconds sub dial. This "De Ville" model is in fantastic original condition and it still has its Omega Logo Crown! The 17 jewel (caliber 930) movement is spotless and running perfectly. It winds and sets like "butta"! The gold filled case with stainless back measures 41mm lug by 35mm in diameter. What's not to like here...nothing. If you want a really nice chrono from one of the best brands out there then this may be the watch for you. Our one year warranty insures that you will not have to worry.
As you may know we here at Father Time Antiques are very fond of the Omega brand, and this one is no exception. Made circa 1967, this yellow gold-filled Seamaster Omega Automatic (self-winding), with date, is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel, automatic movement is just spectacular and it is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you can see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years. This is one of their hallmarks. The brushed silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the gold bar markers delineating the chapters. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean. The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1967. The yellow gold filled case Measures 34mm in diameter by 40 mm lug to lug. If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. We have paired it with a croco grain leather band that gives it a unique and distinct look. All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
This Illinois 16 size open face Pocket Watch is simply spectacular. The 21 jewel movement is unsurpassed for this era and the "Bunn Special" iterations are some of the most desirable Railroad watches ever made! The case is yellow gold filled and is what is called a "Railroad" case with a non-pull out, fancy bow. These cases were designed to have a screw back & screw bezel thereby preventing dust and debris from entering the movement. The user would simply unscrew the front bezel to access the lever for setting, and, if he wanted to see the movement he would unscrew the back of the case. When you take a look at the"Zoom-In" photos of the movement you can see that it is as clean as the proverbial whistle. Our master watchmakers have it timed to within an inch of its life and it is performing like new. Make sure you notice the interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates. Pride of workmanship is everywhere on this watch. The double sunk, porcelain dial is a spectacular "Montgomery Dial" displaying red numeral 5 minute indicators and well as all the minutes in an hour. Railroad watches were the most accurate watches of their time and they rival many mechanicals made today. This particular "Bunn Special" was made circa 1925 and was well cared for over the years. When you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see what we mean...it is beautiful! The sixty hour designation means that it has a full 30 power reserve (twice the normal mainspring). The movement is a 3/4 plate nickel killer that has gold jewel cups and a gold center wheel. It is a double roller with a motor barrel, micrometric regulator, and is adjusted to temperature and 6 positions. It is all housed in a 10K yellow gold filled railroad case that is marked "Bunn Special Model" just as it should be.
The Illinois Watch Company had its beginnings in several other incarnations starting in December of 1870 at Springfield, Illinois. The two founders were John Whitfield Bunn and John C. Adams. They started the Springfield Watch Company by attracting several other investors until they had amassed the princely sum of $100,000.00 which in those days was no small task. William B. Miller was to be their first secretary as they started production and a journey over what was to be a bumpy financial road. By 1877, after some difficulty, the company was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Springfield Watch Company and Erastus Newton Bates was chosen to lead them out of the financial difficulties they had encountered, but by July of 1878 they were once again faced with a re-organization and the named changed once again to the Illinois Watch Company, the final iteration that we know today. The chief executive was Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-1897) and he was an all round entrepreneur with his fingers in finance, newspapers, land development, coal, banking, railroads, wholesale groceries, politics and even the manufacture of rope. The Bunn brothers, John & Jacob, were close friends with Abraham Lincoln and whose political career was financed and managed by them. The growth of the enterprise grew steadily from this point on under the management of the Bunn brothers. The fortunes of the company were starting to rise and by 1880 they had over 400 employees up from 260 in 1879, and ultimately 1200 at their apex. Production was up as well from 33,285 in 1879 to 47,065 by 1880. Just ten years later they could boast offices in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With the advent of the Railroad Commission, in 1893, Illinois became one of the leading forces behind the design and manufacture of the highly accurate railroad timepieces that became world standards for accuracy and reliability. If you are longing for a very accurate, high-grade, railroad watch then this may be the one for you. It is fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
First, and most importantly, Omega is a great brand that has endured the test of time. Oversize Omega's like this one are all the rage and we constantly look for great examples. We found this one in Louisville, Kentucky at a National Watch Show, but it started its life in South America back in 1960. Not only is this Omega an oversize, measuring 37mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 44mm lug to lug, but it also sports a tu-tone silvered dial that is still in great shape. The seconds bit is rose gold and it matches the rose gold "Arrowhead" markers that are the indicators for the chapters, as well as the rose gold Omega symbol just under the 12 o'clock position. Most of the oversize Omega's we find had their start south of the equator, since this was not a size marketed to North America in any great numbers. The 17 jewel movement is the famous Caliber 267 that Omega used in the "Ranchero" and several other models to a fair-thee-well. Our head watchmaker has completely restored this beauty so that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in the day, circa 1960. The stainless steel case assures you of many, many years of wear without looking worn. The tu-tone dial will garner the admiring looks of your friends and acquaintances and our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of trouble free performance. Why not own an interesting and historic Omega....it could be yours!
It's no mystery why Longines is so highly regarded, but if you are in doubt follow this link https://www.longines.com/#!/company/history/19th/1832 to their history, it is a long one! The manual wind movement in this watch uses 17 jewels to accomplish all its functions and it is in fantastic condition . The case is stainless steel measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 47mm lug to lug, by 13.5mm thick. Yes, these are great proportions for a very handsome watch with the ability to display time against a perfectly aged black dial. Not only does the dial look great but this watch also has a rotating elapsed time bezel that is in great condition. There are no dings or gouges here. This was a wonderful looking watch back in 1966 but today it looks even nicer with the perfectly aged creamy markers. Anyone who saw you wearing this watch wanted to grab your wrist for a closer look. I dare say that this will still happen today. We here at Father Time Antiques have all admired the styling and cool quality this watch has. Now just imagine it on your wrist! The condition is impeccable and it is winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1966 when this killer watch left Switzerland and headed for the USA. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Gruen is one of the most desirable "Curvexes" ever made. It is one of the longest of all Curvexes! It came in two similar models called the "Majesty", the "Triumph", and "The General" they are respectively 52mm, 50mm, and 48mm (by 22mm wide), the longest "Curvexes" in Gruen's history. Some call them the "Bone to Bone" watches as they stretch from one wrist bone to the other. This watch,"The Triumph", at 50mm, was very popular with movie stars of the 1930's, and is dramatic in it's high arching curve and graceful, bowed, tonneau case. This particular watch has all of the dramatic curve of the "Majesty" (although 2mm shorter) but additionally it has tonneau (curved) case sides that make it look even more striking. The dial is like the face of a pretty woman, a delight to behold. The original finish dial is dramatic displaying gold numerals contrasted by a silver colored background and shows a seconds bit that echoes the case shape. The yellow gold-filled case is in excellent condition and has no personalization to detract. The hands are "lunette" style and add a bit of panache to the entire piece. The spotless movement displays seventeen jewels and is in excellent running condition for a watch made circa 1939. It is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. Like all of our watches it comes with a full one year warranty. The last one we had sold very quickly so...if you want the pinnacle of Gruen's Curvex watch production don't hesitate, as we have only one.
In 1968 this was the watch to have...and it still is!
One of our favorite brands, and one that we think is still slightly under priced, is Omega. We have sold hundreds of Omegas over our 37 years in the business and we have had stellar reports from their owners. They love the brand as much as we do. We are offering this pristine gentleman's, 24 jewel automatic, caliber 564 (one of Omega's best), "Golden Shell", "Constellation" Chronometer. These, so called, "Golden Shell" cases have a case cap that is solid 14k gold, while the screw-down back and the case skeleton are stainless steel. With this configuration you get all the great looks of a gold watch with the rigidity, hypo-allergenic properties, and longevity of stainless steel at half the price of a comparable solid gold watch. The case measures 35mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 11mm thick, by 40mm lug to lug. Not only is this a great looking watch but it is an "Officially Certified Chronometer" which has the date displayed at the 3 o'clock position. These "Chronometer" ratings are not easily obtained. A watch must be submitted to the COSC (the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), and there it must pass very stringent testing to get the label "Officially Certified Chronometer". Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the automatic, 24 jewel, movement which meets and exceeds these standards. It bears the pink gold plating that is an Omega trademark for corrosion resistance that lasts 100 years. This watch was made circa 1968. All this is spectacular, but what makes your heart sing when you look at it, is its condition. This one is in fantastic, original condition. The Omega quality is the reason these watches are in such short supply...nobody wants to give them up. In short everything about this spectacular watch is waiting to be put on your wrist where it will give a lifetime of service.
Remember our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you you are getting the best condition possible in a vintage watch.
Don't cry for me....I have a really cool Gentleman's Cyma watch! Its chrome case measures 38mm in diameter. The manual wind movement has 15 jewels and is in perfect condition. Don't know about Cyma, then let's hear from the company itself:
Behind the brand of Cyma
"Fusing timeless elegance with contemporary flair, Cyma timepieces are the descendants of a long tradition of watchmaking that stretches back one-and-a-half centuries. The name Cyma has its roots in the French word “cime”, meaning “summit”, which, in turn, is derived from the Latin word “cyma”, meaning “a shoot”. It is a name that reflects not only the company’s constant striving for perfection but also the inextricable link with its birthplace in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland.
Initially, it was the harshness of the climate in the high valleys of the Jura – buried for more than half the year beneath deep snow and frequently cut off from the outside world – that gave rise to watchmaking activity during the long winters of isolation. During the 18th century, the efforts of the region’s industrious and ingenious inhabitants gradually led to the establishment of fully-fledged workshops for the design and manufacture of watches, and by 1780 watchmaking had developed into a process involving 30 distinct operations.
Inheritors of the horological gene that pervades the Jura, the two brothers Joseph and Theodore Schwob decided in 1862 to set up their own watchmaking company, Cyma, focusing much of their attention on avant-garde mechanical production techniques. Indeed, with its ongoing achievements in technical innovation, Cyma was one of the companies that made Neuchâtel the renowned centre of the watchmaking industry it is today.
Some 30 years later, the brothers went into partnership with a businessman called Frederic Henri Sandoz who had created a new watch company in Le Locle, another cradle of fine Swiss watchmaking. By this time, Cyma had established itself as a pioneer in the manufacture of intricate repeater watches, high complications and chronographs. The daily production was 150 pieces."
"From the early 20th century onwards, the company received numerous awards, notably for its prowess in extra-slim watches. In 1903, it was awarded the coveted chronometer certificate issued by the Neuchâtel Observatory for its invention of a new extra-flat lever movement fitted inside a pocket watch. Two years later, Cyma introduced the calibre 701 with a thickness of just 3.85mm – a remarkable achievement for the time. In recognition of its watchmaking feats, the company won first prize at the World Fair in Brussels in 1910.
Output, meanwhile, had risen significantly, with some 2,500 movements being assembled daily in the workshops. From 1915, Cyma’s highly skilled designers and technicians were elaborating shock-resistant movements of unparalleled strength, along with the first waterproof models, which were finished to an equally high standard.
During the 1920s, the company was at the forefront of component interchangeability, which enabled its workshops to produce watches on a much bigger scale. By 1929, Cyma boasted the biggest workshop in Europe and employed 2,000 people to assemble 4,000 watches a day. In the same year, the company received first prize at the International Barcelona Exposition."
"While men’s watches still accounted for the lion’s share of the business, in 1930 Cyma made an early foray into the ladies’ market with the Captive. It quickly became known for its elegance and precision, and was adopted by the legendary French writer, Collette, who was then at the height of her fame. She described the watch in her characteristic style: “It is a captive in the most romantic sense of the word... it is bought and sold. Sensitive and compliant, it yields if you handle it masterfully, revealing its face, divulging all its secrets, and each surrender simply adds to its charms...”
In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. This presaged the ‘Autorotor’ 485 calibre of 1957.
The brand’s reputation was further enhanced with innovative products such as an eight-day mechanical alarm clock with single winding key (1945), the Sonomatic alarm clock (1957), and the gold Time-O-Vox alarm clock watch, which received official chronometer certification in 1956. The latter was the only one with the pleasant timbre of that period to ally a 464 calibre,12 1/2 inch, with a single barrel and small second."
Wow quite a history, and this is quite a watch. It is all original and has a great looking patina on the original finish dial. Our head watch maker has the movement running like the proverbial top. This will be a reliable timepiece for many years to come. It is an oversize (38 mm in diameter) for its era, circa 1950. The understated elegance of the watch makes it a straight forward timepiece, but take a look at the double lug configuration in the "Zoom-In" photos it has a lingering reminiscence of the Art Deco Era. Once you don this watch no one will be in doubt as to the vintage look it exudes. Our famous one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence. Don't miss it!
Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a round Stainless Steel case, measuring 34 mm in diameter (not including the crown) (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 41 mm lug to lug. This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a "Pie Pan" silvered classic that has White Gold Elongated Arrowhead markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve, nine and at the six, with the date window appearing at the 3 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid century American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession but very gently used over its lifetime,and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, setting and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough. This is a gentleman's watch that would look great on your wrist. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
The Hamilton watch company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none!
This rare, gentleman's Hamilton, called the "Oval", was made circa 1929. It is a caliber 987 that has a 17 jewel movement which is housed in a white gold filled, oval case, that has an engraved bezel. It is in excellent condition. The case measures 30 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 36 mm lug to lug. Hamilton made them with both a plain polish bezel and this one, with the more desirable, engraved bezel. This watch also has a spectacular two-tone dial that echoes the case shape, as does the perimeter of the seconds bit. The blued steel hands and the Arabic Numerals are filled with lume so that the numbers and the hands have a glow-in-the-dark effect when the lights are out. This is the sort of gentleman's watch that will attract attention when you put it on your wrist. It is a real classic that you don't often find for sale. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored this one for generations to come. It is winding, setting, and running, like the day it came from the factory in Lancaster, Pa. where the Hamilton Factory was located. Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, assures your satisfaction.
Elvis got his Sergeant stripes when he was in Germany in 1960! He wasn't lucky enough to have this watch though! Its an Omega that was made for the British Military and it bears the "Broad Arrow" mark of their ordinance department on the refinished black dial, and on the case back, along with the W.W.W. designation that stands for "Wrist Watch Waterproof". The great thing about this particular watch is its condition...damn near spotless. The newly made stainless steel case has been bead blasted to give it the anti-reflective finish you want when in combat. The movement is equally as nice. It is a seventeen jewel, manual wind, Caliber 285, circa 1960. When you take a ,look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see the hallmark of Omega's handiwork in the rose gold coating that they gave their movements so that they would be corrosion resistant for 100 years. Our master watch makers have it running and keeping time just like it did when it was first issued some 56 years ago. It is a very handsome watch that measures 36mm in diameter (an American Quarter measures 24mm in diameter) by 47mm lug to lug. The "Broad Sword" hands still have their original lume which now have taken on a very pleasant light tan patina, as have the lumed hash markers opposite the chapters....they still glow slightly in the dark. The whole wonderful watch is mounted on a black NATO style band for wearing comfort and authentic look. This one can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.