Roamer was founded in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1888 by Fritz Meyer, and after many changes and iterations their production grew to over a million watches by 1923. They made a good number of cylinder escapement watches under different names, but their better quality watches were sold under the name "Roamer". The Roamers contained great quality, jeweled, lever escapement movements that have stood the test of time (so to speak:)! By 1923 production grew to over one million units. The top quality jeweled lever escapement watches were sold under the brand 'Roamer', but cylinder escapements, and later, pin-lever watches were sold under the brands Medana and Meda. In 1932 the company started its own dial production line. In 1945, a representative office opened in New York City and in 1952 Meyer and Studeli officially changed its name to Roamer Watch Co. SA. In 1955 Roamer patented the Anfibio watertight watch case, which proved to be a commercial success.
This particular Roamer we are offering is circa 1932 is a very interesting watch, and it is in fantastic condition. If you are aching for a real nice, original, Art Deco wristwatch, then take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos and see how nice this wristwatch appears. The case is beautifully polished chrome measuring 22mm wide (not including the crown), by 40mm lug to lug. The movement has 15 jewels and looks like new. The watch is winding, setting, and keeping time like the excellent Swiss timepiece it is. Now take a peak at the dial, it is a sleek, silver, work of art that has stylized numerals and a two-tone contrast. Notice how the track for the seconds bit mimics the shape of the case. This one can be yours, but don't hesitate because we have only one!
In 2003, Roamer returned to manufacturing of mechanical watches. Currently, it remains an independent watchmaking company, selling its products to over 70 countries. Roamer Watch Co. is a member of Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.
This might be the fanciest gentleman's Hamilton ever made! The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 40mm long by 22mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points.
Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in later years however this one was exceptional for its era circa 1947. 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 single set diamonds with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The long case measures 40MM lug to lug by 22MM wide by 11MM thick. The movement is a 17 jewel caliber 980 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel swings effortlessly back and forth. 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. I have never seen another like this in my 25 years in business. 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 was born. 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.
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.
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.
This may not be a watch for a "Dandy", but it certainly is a dandy watch! This is a watch that only a very lucky guy could wear in the 1920's! The Illinois Watch Company was manufacturing wristwatches from 1914 until 1927. After Hamilton purchased Illinois in 1927 they continued to operate in Springfield until 1933. I feel that one of the reasons that Hamilton became the industry leader was because of it's acquisition of the Illinois company. The wonderful style that is evident in this watch is a product of Illinois' great design team. There was a series of "Beau" watches and the "Beau Brummel" is one of the most interesting. The dial is original and shows a patina that is only acquired with age. The seconds bit is at the 9 o'clock position and this makes for very different looking wristwatch. The hands are skeletonized and have lume suspended within their delicate blued steel borders.This one has a 17 jewel movement that was unsurpassed in American watchmaking at that time. Just look at the pictures - the finger bridges tell the story! The case is white gold filled and measures 28mm wide by 38mm in length. The plain polish bezel (scarce) is such a great design that it stands alone. This is one of the nicest "Beau Brummels" that we have had the pleasure to acquire, especially with an original finish dial. The dial has a great, two-toned effect when you see it in-person, but this is hard to tell in the photos. It is sad to think that in a few more years we will not see many more like this one. The collectors covet these nice vintage timepieces and they will not come to market again in any numbers. The Illinois production was fairly low and they only made watches for a comparatively few years. These cases are three part and very substantial on the wrist. Additionally the case shape (tonneau) is very eye-catching and pleasing on the wrist. Watches like these from the late 1920's and early 1930's have a look that is hard to beat in any age. Take a close look at the "Zoom In" images and hook your drool cup up over your ears. We have only one, and it could 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.
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.
If you visit us here at Father Time you know that we think highly of Elgin, not only because of our proximity to Elgin, (the town) or because we have known many of the factory workers, but because they made a fine product at a reasonable price with great looks. This gentleman's Elgin wristwatch has a yellow gold filled top and a stainless back (for longevity and hypo-allergenic properties). The case is 40mm lug-to-lug by 25mm in diameter (not including the crown). The 17 jewel movement looks and runs like new. The dial and hands have been expertly refinished and look perfect. The watch, made in 1952, shows virtually no signs of wear. Even the crown is original!
This watch has an unbreakable mainspring that Elgin developed for watches that needed to be used on a daily basis with virtually trouble-free power delivery. They called it "Durapower" and used a logo for it that you can see just under the Elgin name. The "Shockmaster" appellation, that you can see just above the seconds bit, refers to special "kif" springs that were used to lessen any blows that occurred under daily operation. If you want a nice looking Elgin that will give you service for years to come then this may be the watch for you.
No need to take a bath! Just belly up to this really nice gentleman's Zodiac, and rest assured that if you have a slightly smaller wrist this wristwatch will fill the bill. This is just a great everyday watch that is in near perfect condition. The stainless steel case is very clean and the dial has been professionally refinished. The movement is a very reliable 17 jewel. manual wind, model that is spotless and running like the proverbial top. The case measures 31mm in diameter by 38mm long and is a screw-back to resist moisture and dust. If you just want a real nice stainless steel timepiece that will perform like-new but give you that vintage panache (circa 1958) then this may be the watch for you. With a Zodiac on your wrist you can go wrong! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
"Look into my eyes. You want this watch....you really want it!" This one is really BIG! It is 51mm in diameter - not including the crown, by 61mm lug to lug. This is an early Omega pocket watch that has been converted for use on the wrist, executed in today's style of larger watches, it fits right in. If you are one of those gentlemen who need, or desire, a really big watch then this may be the one for you. It is a seven jewel, military style that our master watchmakers have running, winding and keeping time like the day it came from Switzerland circa 1912, just in time for WWI. Not only is it a good timekeeper, and as clean as a whistle, but the dial is one of the most attractive styles we have seen on one of these conversions. The seconds bit revolves once a minute in the 9 o'clock position and provides some interesting eye appeal. The stark contrast between the matte black dial background, the luminous numerals, and hands is dramatic. This is also aided by the red 25 to 300, 1/5 of a second markings, just outside of the chapter ring. This look is capped off perfectly by the skeletonized hands. The large rilled winding crown makes it easy to set and wind and the nickle silver case proudly displays the Omega logo on the inner back lid. All-in-all this is a very handsome watch that can grace your wrist if you are the lucky customer who goes home with this beautiful Omega on his wrist. We have only one, so don't hesitate! As always, we here at Father Time Antiques will warranty this watch for a full year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a gentleman's Touchon & Co. minute repeater, one of the best repeaters in the world! Touchon & Co. was a stellar Swiss company, started in 1907, that made high grade watches for the world's finest retailers. Tiffany was their largest client and they demanded only the best for their customers. They were not only one of the best watches produced but, since production ceased in 1921, one of the scarcest. Minute repeaters are, in and of themselves, one of the most complicated watches ever manufactured, and when one is as nice as this one, really rare. When the repeater slide is activated, along the case side, the watch will chime revealing the hour, the quarter hour, and finally the exact minute! The owner could then know the time to the precise minute without looking at the dial,a very handy feature in the dark. Everything about this watch has been fashioned to very exacting standards. The beautiful dial, the elegant 18K solid gold case, the smooth slide, and classic design all combine to make it a fantastic timepiece. Notice how the stylized personalization on the case back creates an interesting design....if only this watch could talk and reveal its, now secret, owner. Not only is this a beautiful watch but the engineering needed to make all these complications function in such a slender case is nothing short of astounding. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this complicated movement is. It is signed "Touchon" under the dial and displays a three finger bridge, large ruby jewels, and perfectly situated gongs. The sound of these gongs is delightful to hear and gives one a real feel for the precision and desirability of a true "Minute Repeater". I can imagine a gentleman at the opera in a tuxedo activating the repeater function, during intermission, to have his Touchon chime the time, consulting the dial for the correct time and triggering the repeater to give everyone within earshot a real treat. This Touchon is a 29 jewel, extremely high grade timepiece, that we have converted from a pocket watch to a wristwatch so that you may wear it easily and have a nice big statement on your wrist. The 18k solid gold case measures 47mm in diameter, by 56mm lug-to-lug. It is in perfect running condition and it winds, sets, and keeps time like the day it came from Switzerland. There are very few wrist minute repeaters in the world, and this will rank among the best extant. Since the production for Touchon was only 14 years these watches are as scarce as hen's teeth. As I once read on a website devoted entirely to Touchon, "if you are offered the opportunity to buy a Touchon & Co. repeater, then I advise you to do so." The prices have risen dramatically in the last few years and we expect them to continue their rise quite dramatically in the coming years as these are the possessions of a precious few.
This is by far one of the nicest wristwatch repeaters we have ever had the pleasure to offer for sale...don't miss it! 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 beautiful 17 jewel Bulova in a rose gold-filled case! The case measures 21mm wide by 35mm in length and, while it is a gentleman's watch, but it would look equally good on a lady. Bulova was a Swiss company that had a big market share of the US market back in the day. They were a great company that produced very nice watches at a good price point. Their engineering was top notch and their support was worldwide. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see this wonderful rose dial that has silver embossed dots at the chapters, larger ones at three and nine and an elegant bar marker at the twelve. The hooded lugs (which serve to conceal the band ends) and rose gold case, just add to the great looks. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the movement is...just like new! This watch winds, sets, and keeps time just like it did back in the 1940's when it was a new arrival from Switzerland. Its handsome, its mechanically excellent, and warrantied for one year...parts and labor...what's not to like? Why monkey around? It could be yours, but don't wait til its gone because we have only one.
This watch really has the "WOW" factor! I think this is due to two reasons; first it is an oversize case that has a real presence on the wrist and secondly, the two-tone dial is just stunning. These oversize cases were made by the Swiss for the South American market and we didn't see many of them here in North America. They are now quite desirable because of their size and due to the fact that the current trend is towards larger time pieces The case is stainless steel and measures 37mm wide by 46mm in length. The movement has 17 jewels and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it came from Switzerland, circa 1948. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this one is. The movement is a seventeen jewel workhorse that will serve your timekeeping and fashion needs for generations to come.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 beautiful gentleman's Gruen "Curvex" that was all the rage in the 1940's. As a matter of fact if you get to see Casablanca on the "big" screen you can see a Gruen "Curvex" on Bogart's wrist when they zoom-in for a close-up. In the mid 1940's the now famous Gruen "Curvex" got slightly wider than the ones they produced in the late 1930's. At that time they started using faceted crystals and faceted cases. This became the "cat's meow". The white gold-filled case, which is in great condition, measures 42mm lug to lug by 22mm in width. These "Curvex's were highly curved and the case sides and the area between the lugs was angled to give the watch an interesting geometric look. Gruen held the patent on the curved movement so other watch companies could only imitate the curve of the case while using a flat movement. This limited the other brand's curvature, but not Gruen's. They could make the case the shape of your wrist, due to their patented curved movement. It also made for better use of the case space and allowed for a more robust movement. It's hard to see in the photo but if you look carefully you can see that the crystal has four facets with lines that run North and South, East and West. The black dial is augmented by the light passing through this faceted crystal and lends a gemstone quality to the piece. The black dial is also quite interesting. It has markers only at the even numbers and white gold dots at the odd numbers. There is a stylized seconds bit just above the six. The seventeen jewel movement is as clean as whistle and performing like the day it came from Switzerland, circa 1946. Good "Curvexes" are getting harder and harder to find and we sell everyone we get. This is an exceptionally nice example don't miss it! Like all of our timepieces it comes with our famous one year parts and labor warranty 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.
A repeater is a watch that chimes the time to within a specific parameter. This is a Quarter Hour Repeater that tells you the time by chiming within 15 minute segments. First it chimes the hour that it's past then it double chimes the quarter hour that the minute hand is currently in. You will know what time it is with a maximum error of 14 minutes. Additionally this magnificent timepiece has a chronograph feature that, on demand, starts the timing of the sweep second hand for exactly timing of precise activities. This is all delineated on the intricately marked porcelain dial which has some faint hairlines that do not detract from the magnificent pocket repeater. The watch is a 19 Lignes Huguenin & Sons, 14k solid gold, hunting case, with chronograph feature by push button located on the band in the twelve o'clock position. The movement is a seventeen jewel nickel beauty that is a joy to behold. The repeater function is activated by a slide on the band and has a nice crisp bell sound. Opening the back you will see a fantastic glass display back that allows the viewer to see the movement without admitting dust and dirt. The case lids are engine-turned showing only the most minor wear. The inner dust cover is signed, numbered and bears the gold 14k hallmark. The case diameter is 55mm by 77mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case and is 12mm thick. For a collector this is the gold ring. It literally has all the bells and whistles. This watch is winding, setting and functioning perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty. If you are a collector or have one in your life this is the watch for you!
This is a very special pocket watch that is Swiss manufactured. It is 18K solid gold with inlaid black enamel. Everything about this spectacular timepiece is unusual. The rich deep yellow, gold color is handsomely contrasted by the inlaid black enamel designs. Made circa 1876, it bears the aura of its day. The case measures41mm in diameter by 11mm thick and is 58mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case. This is a hunting case that bears a central "R" initial in the cartouche. Finely engraved engine turning graces the case on both sides. The watch was made for the famous Jaccard & Co. of St. Louis. When you open the front cover you are greeted with a lovely porcelain dial that has Roman numerals. The hands have Fleur-de Lis ends that gracefully point to the correct time. At the 4:15 position there is a small lever that peeks out from under the bezel. By pushing this with your thumb-nail it pops into the setting position. Once you set the hands to the correct time all you have to do is close the front cover and the setting is automatically disengaged - quite an innovation for 1876. When you open the back cover you will see an engraving that says " IDA FROM ED", 22nd March 1876 and the 18k mark. What's really unusual is that there is an oval porcelain insert on the 2nd inner lid that has an actual photo of Ed in sepia tones. This portrait is framed like a typical Victorian picture and is surrounded by black enamel designs. If all these features were not enough there is a fantastic, fantastic three finger bridge, Swiss 15 jewel movement that is running like the day it was made. It bears the patent date of Aug. 8, 1871. All in all this is a unique time piece that is quite old and in excellent running condition. This wonderful heirloom could be yours! Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.
Gruen was legendary for excellence in watchmaking and the "Pentagon" is evidence of that reputation. Unusual shapes were reserved for special timepieces that the company wanted to highlight. The "Pentagon" has a slimness and elegance that begs to be put in your pocket. The silvered dial bears the Gruen mark as well as the "Veri-Thin" and "Precision" designation. The gold hands have skeletonized diamond shaped ends that point to embossed arabic numerals. The pentagonal shape is repeated in the shape of the recessed seconds bit. The case is yellow gold filled, plain polish that terminates in an arched bow. The seventeen jewel movement is ticking, and keeping time like the day it was made. The only service that this watch required when we received it, was cleaning, oiling, and regulating. This is a testament to how well it was cared for over the years and to Gruen's quality. If you want a pocket watch that you can be proud to carry this is the one! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.
Illinois was a great watch factory centered in Springfield, Illinois. Many of their watches were destined for railroad use but many others were watches that graced the waistcoats and vests of the well-heeled. This is a special hexagonal case model called the "Sterling". The designation referred to the quality of the fine 21 jewel movement, and not the case material, which in this case is 14K white gold filled, measuring 47MM by 55MM. The dial is two tone with a matte white outer background, for the chapters, and a reflective inner hexagonal shape that bears the Illinois mark. The Arabic numerals and seconds track are mirror-like silver. The contrast for this beautiful dial is a wonderful pair of blued steel hands that have diamond shaped ends. The back is plain polish with an interesting arcade band that follows the case contours. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor. The 21 jewel movement, Circa 1923, is a strong runner and a very accurate. timepiece that you will be proud to own and display. It is also a delight to look at. The movement plates are beautifully damaskeened and display gold headed screws which contrast with the silvered plates.
This is a beautiful 12 size, multi-color, 14k gold filled Elgin pocket watch. It displays floral and bird patterns that are typical of that era. The serial number indicates that the watch was made in 1904. The movement has 7 jewels and is running just like when it was new. The initials engraved on the front of the watch are PJ. They are barely perceptible on the pink scroll at the lower, right , bottom quadrant of the watch. Our famous one year parts and labor warranty will make your purchase worry free!