We, here at Father Time, like these big, silver hunting case, beauties and if you do too, you will not be disappointed! This one is in a heavy 18 size 3 oz. coin silver case (900 parts out of a 1000 pure silver). The Elgin 15 jewel "G.M. Wheeler movement, named after one of the company's founders, was top of the line and it is running perfectly! It has a great looking Roman Numeral porcelain dial that is in great condition showing only two minor flakes (hardly noticeable) at the dial edge near 4 o'clock.
Elgin was the largest producer of timepieces in the world and here you can see why they were so successful. This is an early key wind key set (circa 1873) that is winding, running, and setting like the day it came from the factory. The blued steel hands are in great shape and the case lids and dust cover snap shut perfectly. The case hinges are solid rose gold and are offset for strength and longevity. If you are searching for a real nice silver hunter this may be the piece 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 large 18 size Hampden, fifteen jewel, in a 4 oz. coin silver hunting case! The case is in great shape and the engraving is still pretty crisp while the cartouche is unengraved! We love to find them when they have not been personalized! That means that the cartouche can be engraved with your initials and become your family heirloom!
Hampden was an American watch company that held forth in Springfield, Massachusetts starting in 1877 and later in Canton, Ohio by 1889. This watch, a Series I, 15 jewel, was key wind and key set. It was made circa 1879....a very early piece. Additionally it bears the name H. Weidemann of Chicago which makes it a "Jewelers Contract" watch. If you were a jeweler in Victorian times and you wanted to market your own brand of watch you could "contract" with Hampden and many other watch manufacturers to have your name put on the movement (and sometimes the dial), provided that you met the minimum purchase requirement. That way you could be assured that your customers were getting a quality watch for which there was good engineering and an ample supply of parts.
This particular watch is in great shape and is a strong runner. It winds, sets, and runs, with great accuracy. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This must have been the top of Longines line in 1954! This watch has everything going for it! Of course the case is 14K solid white gold with a diamond dial to boot! It is 24mm wide by 40mm lug-to-lug. The 17 jewel movement has been beautifully engineered to be a fine time piece and one that shows Longines' fine heritage. What really knocked us out when we first saw this watch was the Art Deco influence that is quite palpable in the design. The case is slightly wider than its contemporaries and the way the diamonds are inset on the dial is unusual as well. We have all remarked on how unusual the band is...it both compliments and accents the watch with its black triangular sections coming off each lug. It is white gold filled expansion band that suits this watch to a "T". The 17 jewel movement is a real winner and has a perfect pattern in all positions on our timing machine. This is a testament to our watchmaker's skills and Longines' engineering. Please also notice the high-domed curved crystal that showcases the dial. Once it is on your wrist you can really appreciate how nice that curved line becomes a "form follows function" statement. The outline of the seconds bit mimics the case shape against the silvery background of the dial color. This is a suave man's dress wristwatch that would look equally good on a woman since the trend is towards larger art on the wrist. There is even a slightly domed crown that makes it just a little different. If you want that perfect tuxedo watch then this may be the one for you! Don't miss it since it is the only one in this configuration we have ever had!
The term ebauche means " movement in the gray." This is a watch that was imported by one of many companies that made sub-contracted watch movements for any of a number of watch companies that didn't make their own movements - or for a jeweler or department store here in the U.S. This watch has no name on the dial because it was imported by a small business that didn't order enough pieces to get their name put on the dial. If they had ordered, perhaps a minimum of 100 watches, the manufacturer in Switzerland would have put their name on the dial! This in no way speaks to the quality of the watch. Even Tiffany and Cartier use ebauche movements because they are not watch manufactures. This cool "Art Deco" watch, circa 1932, has a fine 15 jewel movement and the cosmetics are admirable by any standard of the time. The case is white , gold filled and measures 25mm wide by 38mm in length. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Yeah, I know you have never heard of Accurist! Well, as long as you like the cosmetics of the watch it doesn't matter because it is the quality of the fine Swiss movement that counts! This watch has a 17 jewel, Landeron, calibre 152, movement that is pristine! Just look at the picture! Landeron was one the companies along with Valjoux and Lemania that made most of the Chronograph movements coming from Switzerland. They made movements for all of the famous companies like Rolex, Breitling, Wittnauer, Longines, companies that you have heard of, and for small companies like Accurist as well! If you are a savvy buyer you know that you can get the exact same quality for a lot less dough, if you have done your homework. We can assure you that this one is a great buy. The condition is excellent and the case is stainless steel measuring a hefty 39mm wide by 47mm in length.
The seventeen jewel movement is running like the day it was made and all functions are spot-on. It is as clean as can be....no kidding...take a look! The original black dial is marked "Super Waterproof 400" and has a red wedge shaped dial delineation on the subsidiary recorded seconds bit. It looks way kool! The outer track has a 60 mph tachymeter scale and the contrast of the raised stainless steel markers really set it off against the black rotating bezel insert.
If you would like a great chrono, circa 1966, in stainless steel for not a lot of dough then this may be the one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
Once in a great while a watch comes along that makes the heart of an afficianado sing. The Gubelin company made a wonderful watch and this one is stellar among their production. It is a complicated triple date with moon-phase in an 18K solid gold case that was made for their best customers, circa 1954. The dial of the watch shows the date by means of a red tipped hand that points at the date indices just inside of the chapters. The day of the week is shown in a window just below the twelve o'clock position and, in a window next to it, is the month. The phases of the moon appear in a crescent just above the six o'clock position. There is additionally a central red sweep second hand. All of the complications can be advanced manually by means of buttons on the case sides. The case itself is a classic square with quite a bit of heft and stylized teardrop lugs. This complicated movement is running and keeping time like the day it was made. The movement is a 25 jewel automatic mechanical work of art. The automatic feature is great for wearing everyday and it ensures that this accurate time keeper is constantly wound and right on the money. The 18K solid gold case measures 45MM lug to lug, by 32MM wide, by 15MM thick. This is a real man's timepiece that was made for the guy that wants something special. Don't forget all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
This was SUCH an avante-garde item in the 1960's that we were delighted to see someone light-up with this unusual device. It is a watch AND a lighter all in one...and what an interesting way to ignite a cig. Just squeeze it! Yep, place the ends between your thumb and forefinger....squeeze.....and a flame appears from the port in the middle of the column! Then you can tell her what time it is by glancing at the top end where a nice quality Swiss wristwatch movement resides! These were carried by both men and women and I can remember my aunt using one when I was a mere teen. It was WAY cool. When we located this particular Torvic we were thrilled...first of all to locate one, and secondly because it was in fantastic condition. Once we serviced the watch, and put flint and fluid in the lighter, it fired right-up! This is a very neat piece for either your watch or lighter collection and our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Look at the hand engraving on this watch, it's very elaborate and, after over 100 years, still looks great! The cartouche in the center of the case lid is still un-engraved - just waiting for your initials! What is unusual about this case is the fact that it has a split button in the pendant that allows opening either the front or back lids of the hunting case depending on which portion of the button you depress. The movement is fully jeweled and is exceptional for that period circa 1879. There are two accesses in the inner dust cover for winding the watch and setting the time with a key (which is indicative of the age). The movement is a 17 ligne size and the case is 42mm in diameter. Just look at all the individual "finger bridges" that support the wheels in this movement; a sure sign of quality! The delicate "Lunette" hands look great on the beautiful porcelain dial. It is very slender watch for that era and fits comfortably in the pocket today. If you want an elegant timepiece in 18K solid gold that has a real place in history this is it! Our famous one year warranty will ensure that it will perform like the wonderful engineering marvel that it is.
This an Illinois 6 size solid gold multicolor (pocket watch measuring 40mm in diameter) that conjures up images of the Victorian era when American watchmaking was in full bloom! It is a size that either a man or a woman could wear. The engaving is beautifully executed in solid 14K green, rose, and two colors of yellow gold. The center cartouche on the front lid is pink gold and displays the stylized initials "OA". Around the cartouche are five floral depictions in all the gold colors. Notice the fine lines of engraving still visible in the background even after all of these years; a sure sign that this watch has been lovingly cared for since 1891 when this watch first saw the light of day. The inner lids are all marked with the U.S.Assay mark of 14K solid gold and the dust cover tells the name and address of the original owner. Many times we never know who owned these beauties, but that is not the case here. It's original owner is enshrined on the inner lid for all subsequent owners to see. We are, after all, only caretakers of these magnificent timepieces for future generations. We have some customers that are continuing this tradition for the next generation to marvel at...you could join them with the purchase of this watch! The back lid has a shell-edged cartouche that displays a beautiful diamond set into the lid center. The porcelain dial with Roman Numerals is pristine carrying the "Illinois" name in a fanciful border just below the 12 o'clock position. There is a sunken seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the watch is set by means of a lever at the 4:45 position. All-in-all this is one heck of a solid gold timepiece from a stellar American company. The movement is a 15 jewel engineering marvel that we have fully restored to run superbly and our famous one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The serial number indicates that this Dueber Hampden Gentleman's pocket watch was made in 1902. The engraving on the gold filled case shows signs of the normal wear you would expect on a watch of this age! The dial and hands are what make this watch special! The bold Roman numerals surround this "double sunk" dial showing a center section that is sunken, and a seconds bit that is sunken also! The ornate hands are "Louis XIV" style which perfectly compliment the dial! The movement is a 17 jewel killer that is running just like the day it left the factory in Canton , Ohio, in fact the original case papers are still inside the back lid. Perhaps this watch spent years tucked away in the vest pocket of a banker. Every time he pulled it out and opened it up to view the time - he must have been delighted! You'll experience the same joy! Our famous one year parts and labor warranty guarantees it!
The Victorians would call them "turnips" because they were so large and manly. This is a big watch in a solid sterling silver case! The case is an 18 size and the engraving is still crisp. There is no personalization of engraved initials in the designated area! It has a coin edge case middle that makes it easy to grip your hand to tell the time and impress your friends. The movement is spotless, displays 15 jewels, is lever set, and is running like new.
Made circa 1888 this wonderful pocket watch has stood the test of time. Notice how nice the Roman Numeral porcelain dial is.Yes, it has some minor hairlines but this is indicative of its age.
Our watchmakers have this wonderful watch winding, setting, and keeping time like it did back in the 19th century so that you may be the proud owner of a true antique. Remember, all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This watch is a fine example of American watch making circa 1916. The Illinois company made exceptional timepieces and this one is representative of how nice they turned out! This watch is a 12 size, open face, 25 year yellow gold filled beauty. The 12 size was a watch that was popular from the first World war through to WWII. Because it was slimmer and easier to carry it became very popular to own. Illinois put their heart and soul into making very accurate and elegantly engineered watches for the discerning customer. They honed their skills making railroad watches for America's "iron horses" and, by proxy, the average man on the street benefited. The nickel movement in this one has a very interesting damasceening which is a series of wavy stripes that look really cool. The movement is a 17 jewel three quarter plate, nickel marvel, that is running like a champ. Take a look at this really nice original dial. It shows a very even mellowing with age. The golden color highlights the blued steel hands. Notice the pattern on the hands\' ends as this indicates real attention to detail. Additionally the second hand has a round piercing at its terminal end, a feature that Breguet (the father of watchmaking) initiated 150 years earlier. The case middle is also special in that it has a "coin-edge" rilling that makes the watch easier to handle. This is a very nice watch. Don't let it get away.
Could it be that you are searching for an very unusual, one-of-a-kind, wristwatch? The sort of watch that you will not see walking up and down the boulevard. If that's the case then this may be where the buck stops. This is a Gallet Chronograph that started its life as a small pocket watch for timing ordinance and military maneuvers, but now since the trend is for larger wristwatches we are converting them for wrist use by adapting lugs to the original case just the way companies did when wristwatches first came into vogue. This is a hard one to find and, I think you will agree, that it is a stellar example that is just the right size measuring 43mm in diameter (including the crown guard) by 51mm from lug to lug. Large enough to be noticed and make a statement but not too large so that you feel like you are wearing a boat anchor on your wrist. Our master watchmakers have custom converted a beautiful "Art Deco" chronograph that is truly unique. Made circa 1925 it is not only unusual in a wrist configuration but also in the dial lay-out. You will notice that the hands that indicate the correct time appear in a subsidiary dial at the 12 o'clock position, while the full sized sweep second hand fills the entire dial for easy viewing of the event timing. To balance the symmetry of the dial the recorded minutes subsidiary dial is 180 degrees opposite the time dial. A very different look....no?
Now step back and take a look at the fabulous "Art Deco" stepped case with its concentric levels and flat pushers, and very unusual integral crown guard. Once you take it all in you will be mesmerized. The fifteen jewel movement is even nicer. It runs, winds, and keeps time like the day this watch left Switzerland some 87 years ago. It is all original with the exception of the lugs we have fashioned so that it may be worn on the wrist. If you really want something special then don't hesitate cause this is the only one you will ever see like this! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
We don't see a lot of these Mathey enamel ladies pockets, especially in this condition, but when we do we acquire them. This one is a 13 jewel, key wind, key set, beauty in 14K solid gold hunting case that has enamel on both sides in a lovely portrait and reverse pattern. The enamel work is not only beautiful but in wonderful condition. This watch was undoubtedly made for someone of high station in life. A real jewel in the crown of your collection. Fully restored and warrantied for one year so that you may buy with confidence. We have only one so don't miss it.
Vintage watches, from a variety of manufacturers, run the gamut from ordinary to spectacular but it seems that everything Hamilton put their collective minds to came out great! We here at Father Time feel that they are the greatest of the US companies...bar none! In 1953 Hamilton introduced the "Carl". And this particular "Carl" is a real gem! It's all original too! Just look at the case and dial - they're near perfect. The lugs on this watch are cleverly scalloped to give the watch an elegant flair. The subtle two-tone dial has raised gold markers with only the noon position displayed as the number twelve at the top, while the other chapters are indicated by gold pyramidal markers and double dashes at the 3 and the 9! This unusual eye-catching design feature was only one of many that set Hamilton apart from the crowd. The case is gold filled and measures 24mm wide by 39mm in length. This watch was certainly not indicative of typical 1950's sensibilities since it was the result of an evolution of design that came from the previous decades of careful study rather than an attempt at kitsch culture. Take a look at the careful detail with which Hamilton executed this beautiful 17 jewel movement. The plates are handsomely damasceened and elegantly engineered for several lifetimes of service. This is a wonderful vintage timepiece that can be passed on in your family for generations to come. Grab it while you can as it may be a long time before we see another one as nice!
This is an American Hampden, circa 1904, Series 4, in a 16 size gold filled case. The engraving is in great condition and the cartouche (where you normally see the family initials) is open and waiting for your initials so that it can be an instant heirloom! The case measures 50mm in diameter by 70mm from the case bottom to the top of the crown. The movement is a 17 jewel "Gen. Stark." which is one of Hampden's best. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos of the case...it is just spectacular. You can even see the tiny lines of what is called "Engine Turning" in the background of the raised and engraved foliate design. Normally, by this time, those lines have worn off, but not so here. The case is a handsome thing to behold. While you are looking also take note of the "Stirrup" bow (a feature that was a definite up-grade). Now take a look at the dial. Notice the red Hampden name and 5 minute markers...very unusual! This is all good, but the crowning glory is the movement which is simply breathtaking. It is a seventeen jewel, nickle plate, with inlaid gold markings, and is a two finger bridge model, series 4. This watch was someone's prize possession and it was so well-cared for over the years its darn near perfect. This could be the one for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Westfield Driver's watch was designed to wear on the edge of your wrist so that could see the time easily with your hands on the wheel of your car. That way you don't have to remove your hands from the wheel when you are steering the car! The watch has a gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 27mm wide and 31mm from lug to lug. The Swiss movement has 7 jewels, and our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it arrived here from Switzerland, circa 1939. If you want an unusual watch for your wrist or collection this may be it. Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
These large, rectangular, oversize watches were seen more often in the European market, but occasionally they found their way to our shores. The large case and dramatic dial make this Optima a real winner for stylish looks. Optima was a Swiss firm that held forth in the 1920's by making luxe gold and enamel watches for those with means. This particular Optima was made in the late teens or early 1920's and it has, as a testament to its age, a fabulous "Art Deco" highly stylized dial as its crowning glory. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 are all luminous as are the indicies at the 1,2,4,5,7,8,10, and 11. The blued steel skeletonized hands also contain this luminous material that allow the wearer to see the time in the dark. While the lume has mellowed in color it still glows. The rectangular stainless steel, rhodium plated case, which measures 26mm side-to-side by 42mm lug-to-lug, is large for the age and, even by today's standards, it is a sizable rectangular watch. These very early watches, like this Optima, were solid lug beauties that take either an open-ended band, bracelet, or a feed-thru band. We have matched-up a nice tu-tone feed-thru that compliments the watch with a central band stripe that echos the lume color. The 15 jewel, lever escapement, is winding. setting, and keeping time just like it was intended to do. if you would like to wear a great "Art Deco" watch around town then this may be the watch for you. Remember all of out timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The Hamilton watch company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963!
This Hamilton is a sixteen size, open face pocket watch that is indicative of Hamilton's quality and their commitment to timekeeping at a world class level. This beautiful pocket watch has a plain polish bezel, a beautifully engraved case back (with a small personalization in the shield), a 21 jewel, "940", railroad grade, lever-set movement, and an excellent porcelain double sunk dial with red five minute outer track. What's not to like about this one! You can't go wrong with the Hamilton name and a great looking 25 year gold-filled case (the thickest standard production g.f. case). The watch is railroad grade, adjusted to 5 position, with a motor barrel and safety pinion, that winds, sets, and runs with exact railroad timekeeping standards! Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos of the movement plates to see how wonderful the damaskeeing patterns are on the back plate and balance cock. Yes, it a beauty and it could be yours. Remember all of out timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This one of the most elegant gentleman's watches Hamilton made! The case is definitive Art Deco design and the inside is perhaps more attractive than the outside! Nobody made a better looking movement than Hamilton at that time. In 1938 you would have been hard put to find a more elegant watch than this! The "Linwood" was a watch that set Hamilton apart from all other American watch manufacturers at that time! The trend in the late 1930's was towards long, elegantly curved watches and the "Linwood" was one of the most desirable models of it's day. I think what makes it look so good is the rills on the subtly curved, tonneau-shaped, case sides. The yellow gold filled case measures 43MM lug to lug, by 22MM in width. Take a look at the close-up photos and you will see what great condition the case is in. The entire curvilinear sweep of the watch is very cutting edge for the era. Streamlining was the order of the day and Hamilton's designers hit a home run with the "Linwood". Not only is it a designer's dream but it's a wonderful watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is a mechanical engineering marvel that is running and keeping accurate time like the day it was made. Add to all of it's attributes the fact that it has a beautiful satin silver dial accented by applied solid gold numerals and the result is a winning combination that can't be beat. On the back is a very cool dedication, it reads: "Merry Xmas from The Gang 1938". Whose gang? What gang? A gaggle of friends, the guys on the corner, or the mob? No one knows for sure but just think of the stories this watch could tell. You can make up your own story....we won't tell! This is truly one of the nicest "Linwoods" that we have ever had in our 33 years in the business. It could be yours...don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.