Helbros is probably an unfamiliar name to most millennials, but Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very affordable price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seventeen jewel, rose gold-filled, tonneau (curved sides) Curvex-shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It also has its original rose gold-filled, 16mm, expansion band so that it has a complete period look circa 1936. The case measures 24mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Although it is a gentleman's watch it would look fabulous on a ladies wrist. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!
It is not often that we have both a stainless "Air Flight" and a gold plated "Day/Night" in stock, and even rarer when we have a stainless steel "Day/Night" as well, but we are currently having a streak of good luck! These don't walk in the door every day, so we were delighted to find this killer "Day/Night" wristwatch. As a result we now are offering two of these interesting watches for sale. This one, made circa 1960, has a stainless steel case and our other listing (w2653 on this site) has a yellow gold-filled case. It measures 36mm in diameter, by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick, 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 once glowed in the dark for nighttime reading, but have since lost their glow. This watch has the same movement as the "Air Flight" and functions the same way, but instead of a numeral change, the markers change. We have fitted it with a very nice 18mm lizard grain band. 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.
Movado is a Swiss manufacturer known for its Museum Watch. Designed in 1947 by Bauhaus-influenced artist Nathan George Horwitt, the watch dial has a very simple design where the dial is defined by a solitary dot at 12, symbolizing the sun at high noon, but Movado also made some very nice solid gold dress watches that are of superior quality...this is one of those. It is an 18k Solid Gold, gentleman's wristwatch that is "Chronometer" rated, indicating that it has passed rigid standards for accuracy. It is, in fact, at the pinnacle of mechanical watches in a world where few qualify for this mark.
Some Movado watch models have Esperanto names such as Bela ("beautiful"), Belamodo ("beautiful fashion"), Fiero ("pride"), Brila ("brilliant"), Linio ("line"), and Verto. The company's name means "movement" in Esperanto.
This Movado has the high grade, 28 jewel "Kingmatic" movement with the model name just above the 6 o'clock position indicating that it is an automatic (self-winding) watch. Another neat thing is that has a date feature at the 3 o'clock position. The case which measures 36mm in diameter, by 41mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick, is 18k Solid Gold which is a beauty to behold....it is a very handsome watch! To gild the lily we have fitted it with a luxurious dark brown genuine crocodile band that really suites it. Here is a solid gold watch, in a nice size case that is a top quality performer for a very reasonable price when you compare modern watches of the same quality but at twice the price. This would be a great watch to wear "In The Heat of the Night"!" Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Wittnauer Co. had a longstanding relationship with Longines that endured until 1936. We think that the brand is one that is often overlooked, but this is a big mistake because they made very nice watches like the one we are offering here. The Wittnauer family sold their interests in 1936 and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is no exception. It is a seventeen jewel, rectangular case, with stepped lugs. The yellow gold-filled case (with a stainless steel back) measures 27mm in width (without the crown), by 38mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a very nice dark brown, handmade, Louisiana crocodile beauty. The case sides are very slightly curved to give it a tonneau appearance and it has a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position that is a recessed square shape. The Arabic Numerals are applied gold that stand proud of the silvered dial surface. The gold baton hands complete the look. Made in 1950 it exemplifies the age. Our watch makers have it well within factory specs so that it winds, runs, and keeps time just as it did circa 1950. Our one year warranty will assure you of years of reliable service.
The A. Wittnauer Co. was the exclusive sales agent for Longines starting in 1880, initiating a marriage that would stand the test of 114 years. In 1936, the Wittnauer family sold their interests and the brand was renamed the Longines-Wittnauer Co., a name that became so burnished in the public lexicon, that most people assume Longines and Wittnauer watches are one and the same. In fact, they produced different movements that were very individual to their brand. Wittnauer was a Swiss company that made very nice watches, and this one is exceptionally nice displaying an unusual "Charcoal Dial". It is a seventeen jewel, with a round white gold-filled case that measures 36mm in diameter (without the crown), by 39mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. We have fitted it with an 18mm, dark brown, croco grain band that suits it to a "T". It is in excellent running condition and is representative of watches made in the late 1960's. You will go "Ape" over this watch! Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence!
The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none! This particular Hamilton "Whitney" was made circa 1931 and was one of only 3009 made in gold filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. It was the first model that Hamilton introduced in 1931 and was named for the inventor of the cotton gin-another famous American who got his early training at the watchmaker's bench. The "Whitney" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-F. The original list price was $67.50 which made it fairly expensive for the time although Hamilton said it was a moderately priced strap watch that would delight consumers. I think they were right! The yellow gold-filled case measures 30mm at its widest by 22mm at its thinnest, by 8mm thick, by 36mm lug to lug, and it is stepped in a continuous cascade around the tonneau shaped case. It has a recessed crown that gives it a more streamlined look. The silvered dial has a luster that it has earned over time along with the lume filled hands and numerals. We have fitted it with a very nice dark brown 16mm lizard grain strap so that it will grace your wrist with style. With a Hamilton "Whitney" on your wrist "its a wonderful life!" Uncle Billy would like one for Christmas. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you this "Whitney" is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Russel" model back in 1951 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold-filled with an articulated set of lugs that allow the case to curve at the lugs to whatever your wrist configuration is. The dial is a wonderful two-tone that really catches the eye. The case measures 28mm wide, by 40mm long, by 8mm thick, and it has a very nice Caliber 987-A 17 Jewel movement. We have fitted it with a 16mm dark brown lizard grain band that looks great! Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when I was in knee pants! The Sterling Silver dial with 18k gold markers has a silvery finish that is all original. It has a great looking Art Deco Roman Numerals at the chapter positions and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position. The hands are blued steel and they really complete the look. Here's an elegant Hamilton that comes from the best manufacturer in America that will allow you to experience their great engineering and wonderful design. 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 can be yours!
The Lord Elgin was the pinnacle of the Elgin Wristwatch line and they were made in 19, 21 and 23 jewel versions. They were simply the best the factory could produce and they have stood the test of time...no pun intended. This particular Lord Elgin is a very nice 21 jewel that is housed in a yellow gold-filled case with a faceted crystal that articulates like a roof with the peak traversing the width of the watch from the 3 o'clock position to the 9 o'clock position. It measures 23mm in width, by 37mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick, and it takes a 16mm band. We have fitted it with a nice dark brown croco grain band. The yellow gold-filled case bears a personalization on the back that says "Dick Charles 6-'43". A mid 1940's treasure that is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did back in 1943. The lugs protruded in a stylized "U" shape from the main case body for a unique look. Now take a look at the spectacular dial. The main portion is a rich gold but this is set off by a narrow silvered chapter band bearing the minute markings. It also has an inset seconds bit, at the 6 o"clock position, that mimics the shape of the case. This is a great looking watch that can be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started life as a gentleman's watch. It is a great watch for not much moola...don't miss it! It comes with our one year warranty for parts and labor.
During the 1950s, there was a booming market for watches in the US, and there were many moderately priced Swiss watches imported to meet this demand, mostly sold through department stores or independent jewelers. This watch fills the bill for this market. It is an "Avalon" which was a brand name owned by the Banner Watch Company and imported by Schein & Engle of New York. This particular "Avalon" is a Swiss, seven jewel, in a Chrome case that has a stainless steel back. It measures 31mm in diameter, by 37mm lug to lug, by 8mm thick. These watches were real workhorses and a good number of them survived because they were great "everyday" timepieces that didn't cost an arm and a leg but gave good service. The Arabic Numerals are easy to read and they still contain the lume that allowed them to glow in the dark although they do not today. The "Dagger" hands also have their centers filled with the old lume. The dial still retains its original finish with a nice patina. There is a nice second bit at the 6 o'clock position that fills about 1/3 of the dial surface. Our head watchmaker has restored it so that you will get years of reliable performance from this watch. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence. You can't beat it for the price!
Benrus was the Chevy of Swiss wristwatches...very reliable and ubiquitous. This is a very clean gentleman's watch from the mid 1940's with a rose gold-filled case in a handsome configuration with "hooded lugs". It is a 15 jewel measuring 25mm in width, by 33mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. We have fitted it with a nice 16mm dark brown croco-grain band. I think the case design and the square dial and seconds bit give it a great vintage look that can't be beat for the price. Our watch makers have it winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1945. Don't miss it!
Surely....... you have heard of Helbros...no? Helbros was a household name in America until the 1970's! They were a company that started by assembling Swiss movements made by other companies and they competed directly with Hamilton and Bulova for the American watch buyer. Today Helbros is owned by Jules Jurgensen. They provide a very affordable and good value proposition for the entry level buyer. Helbros made some watches themselves but were much more of an assembler/marketer than a manufacturer. This is the reason that you can find movements in their cases that came from Switzerland, Germany, and France. The good news for the buyer today is that all of their movements were solid, well engineered, timepieces that one can buy at a very attractive price point. This particular Helbros is a very attractive seven jewel, yellow gold-filled, tonneau shaped wristwatch with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The case measures 29mm in width, by 35mm lug to lug, by 9mm thick. We have fitted it with a brown 16mm snake grain band that seems to suit it to a "T". This is a great "entry watch" into the world of vintage wristwatches for a modest investment. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored it to the same performance level it had back in 1936. Our one year warranty will allow you to buy this one with confidence!
Bulova was a very prolific Swiss company that made great watches for which there are many parts still available. These were well designed not only from a cosmetic perspective but also from an engineering stand point. This is a really nice watch that, although it was designed for a gentleman's wrist, would look great on a ladies wrist as well. It is a 17 jewel, in a yellow gold-filled case, with a very pale blue dial, gold stick hands, and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position that mimics the overall case shape. The case measures 21mm wide (not including the crown), by 42mm lug to lug, by 7mm thick. What's unusual about this one is the lugs. They are centrally located, taking up about one third of the case width, and they hold a cord band thru a central hole. The watch still has its original brown leather cord that gives it a great vintage look. A very nice, elegant watch that will give you years of service and our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence you need when purchasing a vintage wristwatch.
Elgin's heritage in the manufacture of watches is legendary and they made many serviceable watches for every walk of life. This particular Elgin has a bit of wear at the case corners (easy to see in the photo but not apparent in-person) but it is very inexpensive. Our watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did when it was first sold circa 1936. It has an original two tone dial with a silvered chapter rectangle that is centered by a gold square and a gold seconds bit. The yellow gold filled case measures 25 mm in width (without the crown), by 32 mm lug to lug, by 12 mm thick. The movement is a seven jewel, 3/4 plate, nickel movement that is ticking like the proverbial top. It also has its original yellow gold-filled expansion band that completes the look. It is such a bargain that I think you should consider gifting it to someone who has deserved it this year!
You probably already know that "Automatic" (self-winding) watches are in demand, especially these early ones. Autos always command more money because they are more complicated and have more working parts in them. This Thorsen Auto is not a well-known brand here in America, but it is a reliable watch for not much dough. The Chrome & Stainless Steel case measures 35 mm in diameter, by 40 mm lug to lug, by 12 mm thick. Make sure you notice how interesting the dial is. It is hard to see in the photos but if you look carefully at the side view you will be able to discern the interesting texture that it has. It has rays that spread out from the center of the dial for each chapter. These rays are separated for each segment and then just below the chapters there is an arcade that edges the rays emanating from the dial center, separated by small dots of lume (no longer glowing). The hands are silvered with lume at their centers (no longer glowing) and it has a silvered central sweep second hand. The watch looks great and it has its original finish. Just below the dial center it is marked "Waterproof" and "Shockproof" and then, finally, at the bottom of the dial it is marked "Swiss". This would be an excellent entry watch for someone who is just getting their feet wet with vintage watches. Its not expensive, its good looking, and a piece that will serve its owner for years to come. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
Wow, what an unusual Ladies Rose Gold wristwatch. It is what we would call "Retro" today. During the 1930's the Art Deco style was in full bloom and there are a few examples of rare watches that appear from time to time. This is a perfect example. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" views of this beautiful case. The shot of the side view tells the story perfectly. The case swoops up from the base to a plateau that holds 7 rubies at the top and at the bottom of the dial. On top of each of the lugs themselves there are three diamonds, and, as if this is not enough, the entire case is 18k solid Rose Gold with a matching, beaded, Rose Gold band. The case measures 12 mm in width (not including the crown) by 38 mm lug to lug, by 10 mm thick. Now take a look at the crystal...it follows a perfect curved arch that amplifies the look of the silvered dial. In addition to all of this the Roman Numerals on the dial are mirrored gold. The 15 jewel Swiss movement is performing perfectly and our one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Chronograph has a unique place in the history of space exploration as the only piece of equipment to have been used in all of NASA’s manned space missions from Gemini in the mid-1960s to the current International Space Station program. And, in 1969, when astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on the lunar surface - the second human being ever to do so - he was wearing a Speedmaster Professional. From that moment on, the timepiece became known as The Moonwatch, the first watch worn on the Moon. First introduced in 1966 and made for many years in varying configurations, Omega was unaware that NASA had selected the "Speedmaster" for their space mission until one was spotted on the wrist of Edward White during his Gemini IV space walk. In later years Omega discovered that the "Speedmaster" had qualified for all manned space missions at which point the "First Watch Worn on the Moon" inscription was added. This particular watch is an "Omega Speedmaster Pro Mark III" circa 1972 which is one of the later iterations of the Speedmaster Professional. Omega used a 22 jewel, caliber 1040 movement in this watch that is an automatic. The movement was based on Lemania’s caliber 1340. Later on, Omega did a chronometer certification for this movement as well and labeled it as caliber 1041. The Speedmaster Mark III is certainly not for the faint-hearted, as it is a very large and heavy chronograph that really makes an impression. The case shape is referred to as the "Darth Vader" because of similarities in its profile. We think that this watch will garner stares and questions whenever you wear it. The two subsidiary dials show constant seconds, elapsed hours, and a twenty-four hour indicator (for military time) in combination with the constant seconds dial. Elapsed minutes are shown on a separate hand that is centrally mounted and it has a distinctive airplane wing-like cross member that indicates the elapsed minutes on the chapter ring, and, finally a date window in the 3 o'clock position. What else could you want? The watch measures 41mm in diameter, by 52mm lug-to-lug, by 16mm in thickness (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter). The dial, case and movement are all properly signed and it has its original stainless steel bracelet to boot. Talk about a like-new great looking workhorse-of-a-chronograph...this is it! It is one of the nicest Professional Mark III, Automatic, Speedmasters we have ever had...don't miss it!
The stainless steel case and stainless steel band are in excellent condition - as the pictures reveal. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty so that you may buy with confidence!
Every once and awhile a watch crosses our path that we have never seen before. That is certainly the case here. This is an Eloga Bracelet Watch.Yes, we have had this brand before, but never this configuration, and that is because it is a custom designed watch made from ladies slide chain slides that adorned the slide chains for ladies pendant watches from the late 1890's.
The company had its origins in 1917 when Fritz and Hans Spahr started a watch-making concern in Lengnau in Berne, Switzerland - an very bold step in the midst of the First World War. During this turbulent period of history the Swiss watch-making industry continued to gain headway both qualitatively and quantitatively, and the timepieces produced by the Spahr brothers under the name Eloga gained in prestige.
Fritz Spahr junior became managing director after his father retired, and with the support of his uncle he displayed the necessary courage and perseverance required to build a new factory in 1941, in the dark days of the Second World War. Built near the train station in Lenglau, the premises were ultra-modern and met the demands of the increasingly sophisticated manufacturing methods.
It was not long before the younger Spahr’s solid training, professional skills and experience contributed to the growth and diversification of the company’s production of wrist watches. He mastered to perfection artistic and scientific timepieces, from sophisticated and sumptuously adorned ladies’ watches to high-calibre and complex sporting men’s watches.
It was in this era that the trade press named Eloga as one of the leading specialists in sports watches, with the diver’s model receiving particular acclaim. Fritz Spahr junior continued to guide the company with his customary brilliance and foresight until his premature death in 1965.
A Woman at the Helm
His widow, Grety Spahr, next took over the company’s reins, expertly shouldering all her husband’s responsibilities. With the help of daughter Gisela a new day dawned for Eloga watches, with the women offering more feminine and graceful Eloga watches. They ultimately launched the production of luxury watches for a more sophisticated European clientele.
Eloga, the Diamond watch
Allowing their imaginations free rein, the Eloga women designed and created innumerable elegant Eloga watch designs, from diamond-studded brooch watches to bracelet jewellery, like the one we are presenting here, containing a concealed timepiece. Eloga watches fascinated women across Europe and over the Atlantic and the emergence of infinitely more varied and daring designs garnered many adherents in the prestigious world society. The company moved ahead by using high-grade diamonds and other precious gems. Eloga became acclaimed for its unique collection of jewelled watches, while the longevity and reliability means that an Eloga timepiece is truly of timeless value.
When Father Time was first getting started, Circa 1979, it was the fashion for ladies to collect Victorian Slides and have them made into bracelets. During Victorian times ladies wore small pocket watches on a chain around their neck and the chain had a small slide that the owner could move up or down the chain to adapt to different collar configurations. This is where these slides came from. Some fashionable woman at Eloga wanted to combine the look of the Victorian Slide Bracelets to give this watch a unique appearance. This is the result. The Eloga movement is from the mid 1950's. The unique combination of these two styles have made a truly stunning and unique watch. It is also unusual because it is all 14K solid gold. There were many gold-filled slides but not too many 14K solid gold ones so the original hunt for these slides must have taken a long time. Take time to notice that the slides contain an amythest, a cabouchon coral, a ruby, a tiger's eye, 2 cameos, two emeralds, two garnets, and 4 seed pearls....what more could you want? The icing on the cake however is the spring loaded enameled gold cap that makes the watch into a hunting case (where the dial is hidden under the lid). It also has a unique framework around the watch head that sports 4 blue sapphires. The owner would lift the beautiful enameled portrait lid to reveal the watch dial. Once the time was discerned the lid would snap back into place covering the dial and the bracelet would be displayed with no hint of the watch evident. Quite dramatic! If you or your loved one wants something unique then this may be the watch for you. One one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and everything they turned their hand to was well made and as a testament to their prowess there are many Elgins still ticking away today. This gentleman's Elgin is one of them, and what a handsome case and dial configuration it has. This handsome rectangular case houses a very nice 17 jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running like a top. The case is yellow gold-filled and it measures 27mm, by 8mm thick, by 37mm lug to lug. The case is in good shape showing only minor wear. The two-tone silvered dial is very unusual because it is contrasted a yellow chapter column, Roman Numerals at the even chapters, a seconds bit that echos the case shape and by gold baton hands. There is a scratch at the 10 o'clock position but it is after all the original dial. It sports a snake grain band that completes the look. For a watch made Circa 1947, it is a real winner, for not much dough. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
If you visit our site often you already know that Elgin was the largest maker of watches in the world. You probably also know that their watches were wonderfully engineered and very reliable. Another thought that we have is that there are many, many parts still available to restore any watch in their line. This bodes well for keeping these watches running for generations. This particular Elgin was made in 1947 and, even back then, it was not the normal configuration. It has what we call a "hooded lug" meaning that the portion of the case that stretches between the lugs somewhat obscures the end of the band, thereby creating an integrated look. The whole lug configuration on this Elgin is quite elegant, not only in the way the band attaches, but also in the way the lugs are attached to the main case body. When you look at the Zoom-In photos you will see that there is a space between the band attachment and the case body. You will also see two stylized gold balls that hold it in place with clear space between them. The yellow gold-filled case measures 29mm in diameter, by 40mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 8mm. The case houses a 17 jewel movement that is as clean as a whistle. The silvered dial is a beauty and it displays a nice size seconds bit at the six o"clock position. Our head watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it was made and our one year warranty, for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence!
Seth Thomas was a very famous maker of clocks in Massachusetts and they garnered a great reputation for excellence and quality. However, many folks do not know that they also had their name on a line of Swiss made wristwatches. By 1968 Seth Thomas and General Time were amalgamated and essentially using the Seth Thomas name but all the product was coming from Switzerland. This particular watch is in great shape. It has a 10k yellow gold-filled case with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It measures 31mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug, by 12mm thick. The dial is a silvered two tone that is in excellent condition, and all original. The movement is a seventeen jewel automatic that is running perfectly. As you can see in the "Zoom-In" photos the case back tells you that it is water and shock resistant, anti-magnetic, and automatic. This is a lot of watch for not much dough. It is fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you can buy with confidence.