Once in a great while a watch comes along that makes the heart of an afficianado sing. The Gubelin company made a wonderful watch and this one is stellar among their production. It is a complicated triple date with moon-phase in an 18K solid gold case that was made for their best customers, circa 1954. The dial of the watch shows the date by means of a red tipped hand that points at the date indices just inside of the chapters. The day of the week is shown in a window just below the twelve o'clock position and, in a window next to it, is the month. The phases of the moon appear in a crescent just above the six o'clock position. There is additionally a central red sweep second hand. All of the complications can be advanced manually by means of buttons on the case sides. The case itself is a classic square with quite a bit of heft and stylized teardrop lugs. This complicated movement is running and keeping time like the day it was made. The movement is a 25 jewel automatic mechanical work of art. The automatic feature is great for wearing everyday and it ensures that this accurate time keeper is constantly wound and right on the money. The 18K solid gold case measures 45MM lug to lug, by 32MM wide, by 15MM thick. This is a real man's timepiece that was made for the guy that wants something special. Don't forget all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
This was SUCH an avante-garde item in the 1960's that we were delighted to see someone light-up with this unusual device. It is a watch AND a lighter all in one...and what an interesting way to ignite a cig. Just squeeze it! Yep, place the ends between your thumb and forefinger....squeeze.....and a flame appears from the port in the middle of the column! Then you can tell her what time it is by glancing at the top end where a nice quality Swiss wristwatch movement resides! These were carried by both men and women and I can remember my aunt using one when I was a mere teen. It was WAY cool. When we located this particular Torvic we were thrilled...first of all to locate one, and secondly because it was in fantastic condition. Once we serviced the watch, and put flint and fluid in the lighter, it fired right-up! This is a very neat piece for either your watch or lighter collection and our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Look at the hand engraving on this watch, it's very elaborate and, after over 100 years, still looks great! The cartouche in the center of the case lid is still un-engraved - just waiting for your initials! What is unusual about this case is the fact that it has a split button in the pendant that allows opening either the front or back lids of the hunting case depending on which portion of the button you depress. The movement is fully jeweled and is exceptional for that period circa 1879. There are two accesses in the inner dust cover for winding the watch and setting the time with a key (which is indicative of the age). The movement is a 17 ligne size and the case is 42mm in diameter. Just look at all the individual "finger bridges" that support the wheels in this movement; a sure sign of quality! The delicate "Lunette" hands look great on the beautiful porcelain dial. It is very slender watch for that era and fits comfortably in the pocket today. If you want an elegant timepiece in 18K solid gold that has a real place in history this is it! Our famous one year warranty will ensure that it will perform like the wonderful engineering marvel that it is.
This an Illinois 6 size solid gold multicolor (pocket watch measuring 40mm in diameter) that conjures up images of the Victorian era when American watchmaking was in full bloom! It is a size that either a man or a woman could wear. The engaving is beautifully executed in solid 14K green, rose, and two colors of yellow gold. The center cartouche on the front lid is pink gold and displays the stylized initials "OA". Around the cartouche are five floral depictions in all the gold colors. Notice the fine lines of engraving still visible in the background even after all of these years; a sure sign that this watch has been lovingly cared for since 1891 when this watch first saw the light of day. The inner lids are all marked with the U.S.Assay mark of 14K solid gold and the dust cover tells the name and address of the original owner. Many times we never know who owned these beauties, but that is not the case here. It's original owner is enshrined on the inner lid for all subsequent owners to see. We are, after all, only caretakers of these magnificent timepieces for future generations. We have some customers that are continuing this tradition for the next generation to marvel at...you could join them with the purchase of this watch! The back lid has a shell-edged cartouche that displays a beautiful diamond set into the lid center. The porcelain dial with Roman Numerals is pristine carrying the "Illinois" name in a fanciful border just below the 12 o'clock position. There is a sunken seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the watch is set by means of a lever at the 4:45 position. All-in-all this is one heck of a solid gold timepiece from a stellar American company. The movement is a 15 jewel engineering marvel that we have fully restored to run superbly and our famous one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The serial number indicates that this Dueber Hampden Gentleman's pocket watch was made in 1902. The engraving on the gold filled case shows signs of the normal wear you would expect on a watch of this age! The dial and hands are what make this watch special! The bold Roman numerals surround this "double sunk" dial showing a center section that is sunken, and a seconds bit that is sunken also! The ornate hands are "Louis XIV" style which perfectly compliment the dial! The movement is a 17 jewel killer that is running just like the day it left the factory in Canton , Ohio, in fact the original case papers are still inside the back lid. Perhaps this watch spent years tucked away in the vest pocket of a banker. Every time he pulled it out and opened it up to view the time - he must have been delighted! You'll experience the same joy! Our famous one year parts and labor warranty guarantees it!
The Victorians would call them "turnips" because they were so large and manly. This is a big watch in a solid sterling silver case! The case is an 18 size and the engraving is still crisp. There is no personalization of engraved initials in the designated area! It has a coin edge case middle that makes it easy to grip your hand to tell the time and impress your friends. The movement is spotless, displays 15 jewels, is lever set, and is running like new.
Made circa 1888 this wonderful pocket watch has stood the test of time. Notice how nice the Roman Numeral porcelain dial is.Yes, it has some minor hairlines but this is indicative of its age.
Our watchmakers have this wonderful watch winding, setting, and keeping time like it did back in the 19th century so that you may be the proud owner of a true antique. Remember, all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Hamilton made the "Mason" in 1935 but they only made 1049 of them so these babies are scarce. The gold filled case has been rhodium plated for hard wear and longevity. It measures 37mm long by 27mm wide not including the crown. The 17 jewel movement caliber 987a was high grade for that era and one of Hamilton's finest. Now that you have all of the details of the case and movement take a look at how nice this watch is in the "Zoom-In" views. For a watch made 76 years ago, it is in fantastic condition. The case gleams and the movement is running, winding, and setting like the precision wristwatch it is. This particular Hamilton called the "Mason" was a nice size for a man's wrist during this era. Notice how the sides are slightly curved (tonneau shape) and how this shape contains the round movement you can see in the disassembled view. Hamilton, like all other manufacturers at this time were attempting to change the shape of the round wristwatch to something more modern. To accomplish this, the case needed to be larger to contain the shape of the round movement. The result was an interesting Art Deco configuration that took the eye of the casual viewer. The crisp white dial and blued steel hands were a great contrast that made for easy reading and a great looking wristwatch. Take a look at the inner minute track and the shape of the seconds bit track...they both mimic the interesting case shape in an Art Deco step down fashion. We here at Father Time Antiques take great pains to make sure all of our restorations are first class...second to none. To prove it, we will provide you with a timing tape from our Vibrograph Timing Machine showing the timing record of each and every watch immediately before we ship it to you. This insures you are getting the best mechanical condition we can provide and also shows you how your watch has performed in all positions. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
This watch is a fine example of American watch making circa 1916. The Illinois company made exceptional timepieces and this one is representative of how nice they turned out! This watch is a 12 size, open face, 25 year yellow gold filled beauty. The 12 size was a watch that was popular from the first World war through to WWII. Because it was slimmer and easier to carry it became very popular to own. Illinois put their heart and soul into making very accurate and elegantly engineered watches for the discerning customer. They honed their skills making railroad watches for America's "iron horses" and, by proxy, the average man on the street benefited. The nickel movement in this one has a very interesting damasceening which is a series of wavy stripes that look really cool. The movement is a 17 jewel three quarter plate, nickel marvel, that is running like a champ. Take a look at this really nice original dial. It shows a very even mellowing with age. The golden color highlights the blued steel hands. Notice the pattern on the hands\' ends as this indicates real attention to detail. Additionally the second hand has a round piercing at its terminal end, a feature that Breguet (the father of watchmaking) initiated 150 years earlier. The case middle is also special in that it has a "coin-edge" rilling that makes the watch easier to handle. This is a very nice watch. Don't let it get away.
This Longines is a very unusual gentleman's watch from a great watchmaking house. Made circa 1949, it is in excellent condition. What makes it so special is the fantastic case design. It not only has fancy "Rams Horn" lugs but the way they are attached to the case is very dramatic. The lugs flare out to the side and serve to accentuate the textured, silver dial. The center of the dial has concentric, raised circles and is double sunk. The seconds bit is also recessed, while the stylized chapter markers ride on the raised portion of the dial. This is just another outstanding characteristic of this amazing timepiece. Couple this spectacular appearance with a great Longines movement and you have a real winner. The 14K solid gold case measures 33mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 37 mm lug to lug. It suffices to say that this is one exceptional watch - mechanically and aesthetically. It would look great on your wrist at that next special event or social gathering. It comes with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
This watch is a perfect example of the direct competition between Hamilton and Elgin. Hamilton actually made a watch that looked almost identical to this one - called the "Justin" Interestingly, this watch was made before the "Justin" This was a real progressive design for the late 1940's. Could it be that Elgin spurred the ultra modern designs that Hamilton initiated in the 1950's? Well, you can bet that Elgin was doing their best to keep Hamilton at bay! This watch reflects that fact. This is a watch to be admired for it's cosmetics and its quality, 19 jewel, "Shockmaster" movement. The case has an elegant, hooded lug, that is very distinctive. The yellow gold filled case measures 35mm long by 27mm wide. The watch is in excellent condition and the dial is original. So, what more could you want from an Elgin from this era? If you're an Elgin collector you'll want this one! Our warranty guarantees that the watch is precisely as we have described it, that it is in good running condition, and ready for your wrist.
Gruen pioneered the curved wristwatch and dubbed it the "Curvex". Because they held the patents on the curved movement they were able to out-pace their competition. Not only could they make a better and more robust movement (due to more useable real estate inside the case) but they could curve it dramatically to fit the wrist. This great idea was brought to market for the first time in the late 1930's and was produced for a decade in a variety of designs. The angular design of this particular Curvex identifies it as a later model, made circa 1948. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 44mm long by 22mm wide. The 17 jewel movement is running and keeping time just like the day it was made. The angular design of the case is reinforced by the highly arched, faceted, crystal. Gruen was also one of the first companies to incorporate the faceted crystal in their designs. Notice how this "roof-shaped" crystal adds to the unusual look of this watch. Make sure that you take a look at the "Zoom In" photos to really appreciate this fantastic timepiece. The watch has an overall architectural aesthetic that makes it almost irresistible! When you strap this killer on your wrist you will come to appreciate it as a real work of art. The one year parts and labor warranty provided by Father Time will make your experience with us pain free!
In 1946 Hamilton made the "Roland." This is another elegantly styled watch from Hamilton during the heyday of hand-wound watches! Maybe Hamilton just tried harder! They had to! Their Swiss competition was pretty stiff. In our view Hamilton was the Dean of American watch manufacturers and were second to none when it came to engineering and design. The seventeen jewel movement in this one has been lovingly restored and is running like a "top!" The yellow gold filled case measures 26mm wide by 40mm long and exhibits no signs of wear. The rilled Lugs on this model made a definite statement on the wrist which is as strong today as it was in 1946. When selecting a vintage wristwatch it is sometimes hard to choose, but if you want a great watch with a black dial, you sure can't go wrong with this one. We'll give you our famous one year warranty even though you'll never need it!
Vintage watches, from a variety of manufacturers, run the gamut from ordinary to spectacular but it seems that everything Hamilton put their collective minds to came out great! We here at Father Time feel that they are the greatest of the US companies...bar none! In 1953 Hamilton introduced the "Carl". And this particular "Carl" is a real gem! It's all original too! Just look at the case and dial - they're near perfect. The lugs on this watch are cleverly scalloped to give the watch an elegant flair. The subtle two-tone dial has raised gold markers with only the noon position displayed as the number twelve at the top, while the other chapters are indicated by gold pyramidal markers and double dashes at the 3 and the 9! This unusual eye-catching design feature was only one of many that set Hamilton apart from the crowd. The case is gold filled and measures 24mm wide by 39mm in length. This watch was certainly not indicative of typical 1950's sensibilities since it was the result of an evolution of design that came from the previous decades of careful study rather than an attempt at kitsch culture. Take a look at the careful detail with which Hamilton executed this beautiful 17 jewel movement. The plates are handsomely damasceened and elegantly engineered for several lifetimes of service. This is a wonderful vintage timepiece that can be passed on in your family for generations to come. Grab it while you can as it may be a long time before we see another one as nice!
This is one of the most progressive asymetrical watches Zodiac made! Not only is it stylistically advanced for its time, it is also a mechanically advanced timepiece. The automatic (self-winding) movement has 21 jewels and is running just like new. The gold filled case is wedge shaped and measures 35mm at the widest point and 42mm from lug to lug. The watch has a gold-on-gold motif that carries all the way through the dial color. The mystery hour hand appears to be disconnected from the movement and has the appearance of floating around the dial. The center of the dial is actually a platter that rotates as it carries the hour hand creating the mystery. The crown is at the 2 o'clock position and displays the Zodiac logo. The watch has a stainless steel snap-back that makes it perfect for everyday wear. These watches are getting harder and harder to find in good condition and this one is a beauty, don't miss it. Our one year warranty means you get a watch in top condition with the most security available for an internet purchase!
The "Aerospace GMT" was Zodiac's evolution of the popular "Seawolf" model. This is a tough watch from the 1960's. These were apparently sold at PX's abroad and thus may have been used by those in the military. It would have been the perfect watch for a guy in the Navy or Airforce because it was made to be used by active guys that traveled across time zones and were in need of a reliable and carefree watch that looked cool and performed flawlessly. Some guys brought them home and used them for more casual travel demands! The handsome case is stainless steel and measures 35mm in diameter by 43mm in length. The date window appears at the three o'clock position and is a nice contrast to this original black dial and the red GMT hand. The 17 jewel movement is a wonderfully engineered, full rotor automatic, that is perfect for everyday use. The outer bezel rotates so that it can be adjusted for elapsed time or for interpolation of 24hour Greenwich Mean Time. The watch is signed four times: on the dial, the crown, the case and the movement so there is no mistaking who the maker was. The Swiss were proud of their accomplishments and this fine timepiece shows us why! So if you are an "Easy Rider" this may be the watch for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a really dramatic Gruen "Veri-Thin" with a black dial that has bezel -set diamonds at three of the Cardinal Points! The watch has a very architectural character. Even the faceted crystal (which Gruen pioneered) is reminiscent of a French Mansard roof! The white gold filled case is in excellent condition and it even sports its original Gruen marked crown. Made circa 1945 this model is a stunning example of Gruen's artistry in the watch world. I have an image in my brain of a gentleman in a tuxedo raising his champagne to his lips and as his french cuff falls back to reveal this Gruen Diamond Dial "Veri-Thin". Fantasy yes, but the watch is here and in the flesh. It is truly reminiscent of the era. It measures 39mm lug to lug by 24mm in width. Take a careful look at the "Zoom-In" photos and you can see the delineations of the crystal facets. Most of the Gruen faceted crystals are two or three facet, but darned few are in this configuration. It is quite striking and in excellent condition. Our master watchmakers have the spotless caliber 430 movement ticking like new and the timing pattern coming off our our vibrograph is as straight as an arrow. If you would like to own a very nice dress watch then this may be the one for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
It is not often that we have both a stainless "Air Flight" and a gold plated "Day/Night" in stock but every once and a while even a blind squirrel finds a nut! These don't walk in the door every day but that was not an ordinary day. Needless to say, we were delighted to find this killer "Day/Night" wristwatch. So, as a result we now are offering two of these interesting watches for sale. This one, made circa 1962, has a gold plated case and our other listing ( w2863 on this site) has an all stainless steel case. The case on this one is yellow gold plated with a stainless steel back for longevity. It measures 34mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug, and is in excellent condition. The movement is a "precision" 17 jewel movement with a jump-hour function that changes the markers from black to green as the time of day transitions from day to night. At six pm the entire dial changes from the black numerals, used for easy daytime reading, to green luminous numerals, which glow in the dark for nighttime reading. This watch has the same movement as the "Air Flight" and functions the same way, but instead of a numeral change, the markers change. 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.
Yes, we love Gruen watches, and none more than the legendary "Gruen Curvex"! We buy every one we can find, in nice condition, and this one is pristine. The back of the case usually tells the story because that's where the wear is apparent if a watch has been badly used and abused. You can see in the "Zoom-In" photos how nice this one is! It was very well cared for over its lifetime so that you may avail yourself of a wonderful piece of watchmaking history for generations to come. The "Curvex" idea is that the form of the wristwatch follows the form of your wrist. Gruen held the patents on curved movements (an engineering marvel) and this allowed them to curve their watches more than any other manufacturer with great advantage because they could fill the entire case with movement and thereby use a more robust barrel, balance wheel, and mainspring. The original silvered dial is beautiful and is perfectly displayed behind the interesting four facet crystal (hard to see in the photos, but it articulates in four facets north to south and east to west). The "crosshair gunsight"seconds bit adds eye appeal with simple effective design. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 22mm wide, not including the crown, by 42mm lug to lug. It's a nice large "Curvex" for a man's wrist. The spotless movement is seventeen jewel, caliber 370 circa 1948, and it is in pristine condition. Our watchmakers have it running like new and it comes with a full one year warranty. The photos really can't do this watch justice, but when you hold it in your hand you will appreciate how good the Gruen designers were. The angles of the bezel, the curve of the watch, the quality of the dial, and above all, the precision of the Swiss movement all combine to make this a killer wristwatch. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Jakob Josef Mauritz Breitschmid was a watchmaker in Lucerne in 1854, as his business bloomed he hired an apprentice named Eduard Jakob Gubelin who eventually married his daughter Bertha and then bought into Breitschmid's business. In an attempt to improve their situation Breitschmid and Gubelin moved their shop to a location were royalty and the upper classes were frequent visitors. The rest, as they say, is history. Today Gubelin is a name that is world famous. We are delighted to be able to offer a rare rectangular E. Gubelin in a stainless steel case with its original finish dial. Purists please take note! Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how wonderful this dial is. It displays a very interesting minute track with contrasting border and a large seconds bit. The unusual hand shape completes the package. The fifteen jewel movement is in pristine condition and our master watchmakers have it winding, running, and keeping time to an amazing standard that is as good as factory new. The Swiss really knew how to make a fantastic watch and this is the proof of the pudding. The stainless steel case is in very nice condition showing only minor wear for a piece of this vintage. Attached to this cool watch is a very interesting period band that carries the Art Deco theme around the wrist. If you are looking for a rare watch circa 1930 then this may be the one for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Every watch that Hamilton produced was well engineered and flawlessly executed. This was the rock on which they built the best watch making factory in America...bar none! In 1936 Hamilton introduced the "Morley". It has a beautiful 17 jewel movement that is winding, setting, and keeping time like new. Here's your chance to own a piece of American history for a very reasonable price. Fully restored and warrantied for a year, this is a watch that will look great and perform for a lifetime of timekeeping. The case is yellow gold filled and measures 22mm wide by 35mm in length.This is what the trade calls a "tonneau" case meaning that it has curved sides. There were only 11,610 of these made and who knows how many have survived. Certainly not many in this condition. In the mid 1930's manufacturers were looking for new case shapes as they experimented with enlarging the round space needed for the round movement. As they expanded the case they could contain the round movement while changing the dial shape to a more rectangular configuration. To keep it sleek they designed the case sides to curve around the movement and the "Tonneau Case" was born. This watch is more rectangular as a result, but still contains the round movement that was the industry standard for the era. By the late 1930's almost all the manufacturers re-tooled to make rectangular movements as well. These mid 1930's watches are getting increasingly hard to find...especially in this condition. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.