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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!