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 the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels versions. This particular Elgin is their best a 23 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 23 jewel, caliber 770 movement is a thing of mechanical beauty, second the "Wedge" shaped asymmetrical case is very striking, and third the stylized "arrowhead" markers are very unusual with a double "Arrowheads" at the 12 and forth the jet black dial is very handsome. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can really appreciate how nice it is. You will also notice the seconds bit has a "Cross Hair" delineation that suits the whole look. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1960s. The case is white gold filled measuring 34mm at the top tapering to 22mm at the bottom, by 34mm lug to lug, and is running like the proverbial top. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic original condition and just waiting for a man's wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Waltham was the second largest watch company in the world after Elgin and they were a force to be reckoned with! The American Waltham Watch Company (later Waltham) is one of America's oldest watchmakers. They held forth in Roxbury, later Waltham, Mass. and were one of the giants of the American watch industry. They made millions of pocket watches but not so many wristwatches due to the fact that they only made wristwatches until 1949. They were in business at the factory until 1957, but only in order to re-case and sell inventory on hand. As the wristwatch rose in its ascendancy Waltham was on the decline and consequently there are not many wristwatches extant from this period. This Waltham, however, was made circa 1941 when they were in stiff competition for the hearts of Americans. It is a custom made Waltham "Premier" that is 14k solid rose gold with dramatic curved lugs. The "Premier" was a standard production watch for them but this particular one has had after market extended solid rose gold lugs (custom made for it) that harken back to the days of the long "Curvex" style watches of the late 30's. It is a handsome piece to behold housed in an extended profile solid rose gold, rectangular case, with a spectacular two-tone silver and rose gold dial. The hands are stylized dagger shapes and the Art Deco inspired numerals are all applied to the dial for a very three dimensional look. The case measures 24mm wide by 47mm from lug to lug. The movement is a spotless, caliber 750, 17 jewel engine that our watchmakers have fully restored to like-new condition mechanically. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the dramatic curve of this case and the interesting rose gold seconds bit just above the 6 o'clock position. You could own this scarce watch and be the pride of the neighborhood. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a round Yellow Gold-Filled case, measuring 32 mm in diameter (not including the crown) (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 43 mm lug to lug. This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a Black Dial classic that has gold Elongated Stick Hands and stick markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve and the six. It also sports a very nice large Seconds Bit at the six o'clock position with "gunsite" markers, and how about those lugs...very dramatic! The tri-color bar beneath the Benrus name is an indication of quality. This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid 1940's American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession but very gently used over its lifetime,and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, setting and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough. This is a gentleman's watch that would look great on your wrist. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
The Hamilton "Lester" was made circa 1941 and it was a classic rectangular watch that was de-rigueur... if you were a well-dressed gentleman. The yellow gold-filled case is in great condition displaying two horizontal wrap-around rills at the top and bottom of the case. It houses a 19 jewel cal. 982 movement that Hamilton was very proud of. You can be proud too once you don this elegant piece of wrist art. The case measures 22mm in width by 37mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26mm). This was a standard size for a gentleman's rectangular dress watch back in the day. This watch easily slides under your dress shirt cuff where it sits unobtrusively ticking away the time waiting for you to slide back your cuff and display its elegance. We here at Father Time think very highly of the Hamilton brand and we can unhesitatingly recommend this watch for many years of faithful service. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did 76 years ago. Here's a chance to grab a piece of horology history for very little dough. Fully restored and warrantied for an entire year.
Bulova was a watch company that was huge in the American market from the early parts of the last century right thru modern times. They advertised in all of the national media and made watches with Swiss movements that were real workhorses. Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova (1851 – November 18, 1936), an immigrant from Bohemia. It was reincorporated under the name Bulova Watch Company in 1923, and became part of the Loews Corporation in 1979 and was sold to Citizen at the end of 2007. This particular Bulova was made circa 1971 and it contained all of the improvements to date that Bulova incorporated into their watches. This one has a "Whale" logo on the dial which indicates that it is well sealed again the invasion of moisture and dust. It has a screw-down ring that compresses the case back against a gasket which provides a very effective barrier. The case top is heavy yellow gold electroplated (as marked on the case back) while the back is stainless steel for wearing comfort and longevity. It is a real nice, classic, manual wind, round watch that will give service for years to come at a reasonable price. The case measures 32mm in diameter (an American quarter measures 26mm) by 38mm lug to lug. The dial has a silvery gold cast to it that is very attractive. The dial chapters are slender bar markers with double bars at the 12, the 3, the 6, and the 9. Just above the 6 o'clock position is the "Whale" logo while the Bulova name is just below the 12. It runs, sets and keeps time just as it did back in 1971 and it can be yours!
Benrus was a solid Swiss competitor in the American consumer market during the 1940's and 1950's. Everything they turned their hand to was affordable and performed well. This particular Benrus was one of the more popular ones because it had what was called a "Bottle Cap" case. The fluted edge of the case was very unusual and was complimented by the curvilinear lugs and the fancy gold wreath beneath the Benrus name. The seventeen jewel Swiss, manual wind, movement is in great condition and our head watchmaker has it ticking just as it did back in 1956 when it crossed the pond for an American wrist. The silvered dial is all original and has not been refinished. The yellow gold filled case measures 31.5mm in diameter by 40.25mm from lug to lug. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a brown lizard grain band for an attractive look. Remember all of our watches comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Military wristwatches are all the rage and here is a Pierce Stainless Steel "Parashock" Swiss Military Wristwatch circa 1944 that is in great condition. This one won't break the bank and it has a very interesting look. It sports a charcoal two-tone dial with a black background minute track, luminous hands and numerals (that no longer glow), and a red central sweep second hand. It was warrantied to be waterproof and to accomplish this the case back has 6 compression screws that seal the back of the case. We no longer warranty vintage watches to be waterproof, but this well-sealed case will keep out all but the most invasive dirt, debris, and moisture. The "Parashock" designation (a new innovation at the time) refers to the kif springs that allow a level of shock protection for the cap jewels. It is also "Anti-Magnetic" meaning that is is resistant to magnetic fields that one might encounter. The watch measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug. This was a standard size for the era so that it could be unobtrusive on the wrist. It will seem small if you are used to the "Tuna Can" sized modern offerings, but it is a very cool watch! All of our timepieces are warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
In 1891 the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz established their watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. They were former students of Henri Sandoz, director of the Tavannes Watch Co. and heading for great things in the watch world. Their first, of many gold medals, was obtained at the 1902 Paris International Exposition...and they were off to the races. By 1904 they were 15 strong and already making their own ebauches (movement blanks). As they grew in experience and expertise there were many wonderful watches coming off the line. None was more iconic than the "Chronodato" that we are presenting here for your approval. It is the ultimate pilot's tool watch. Not only does it have the day of the week displayed in a small window beneath the center of the watch, but there is also a corresponding window just below the 12 o'clock position that displays the month. The date is indicated by a red-tipped arrow hand as it points to a 31 day track just outside of the minute track. For the pilot the most important thing was the elapsed time that the chronograph would indicate for a landing approach. By depressing the pusher at the 2 o'clock position he could start the central sweep second hand and then read elapsed time on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position. Once the landing was accomplished the pilot would push the upper button again to stop the sweep second hand and then he would push the button at the 4 o'clock position to reset the sweep hand and the accumulated time on the sub dial. The sub dial at the 9 o'clock position is a constant seconds that runs continuously. The Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was the world’s first chronograph with a full calendar (day-date and month) and due to these features, it became highly popular among consumers. So much so, in fact, that the line was in production for roughly 10 years. In the 1950’s, however, the Chronodato model was replaced by the amazing Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but had a moon-phase and a big date instead. It was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with different dial variations. Our watch is the gold plated "Chronodato" with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. Yes, this watch has it all, and a nice size to boot measuring 37 mm in diameter, by 48mm, lug to lug. The all original silvered dial is in fantastic condition showing only minor imperfections. The movement is a 17 jewel, cal 217 which our watch makers have running perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The Hamilton "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary. Many say it is the quintessential American Watch. It was issued in three successive iterations. The very first one was issued in 1928 and had a slightly more bulbous look. It was very popular, but there were issues with the articulated lugs. One of the more interesting facts about the Piping Rock is that it was presented to the 1928 World Series Champion New York Yankees since it was the trend to present watches rather than rings at that time. Each watch was engraved on the side opposite the crown with the name of the recipient. Because the 1928 team had some famous players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, these watches command royal sums.
After a long period of unavailability, the Piping Rock was re-introduced in 1948. When this iteration was designed, the case became more angular and the lugs were re-designed to be stronger but still with a slight articulation in order to curve to the wrist. The dial has only a minute track and sub-seconds register. The roman numerals for the hour markers were defined by a black enamel band applied directly to the case. The final re-issue is a modern one. Hamilton released the Registered Edition in 1983. The company produced two types of this models, one in 18K gold plate and a second in white gold. The company produced them in white gold and embossed the back to honor the 1928 New York Yankees.
Our watch is the 1948 version in solid yellow gold. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" views to really appreciate this special timepiece. Everything about this wonderful watch calls to your sensibilities like one of the ancient sirens of mythology. Careful you don't shipwreck on the "Piping Rock". If you are a Hamilton collector this is a must have, and this one is in wonderful condition showing only very minor wear to the inlaid enamel. The 17 jewel, Cal. 747 movement is in fantastic condition and it produces a timing pattern on our Vibrograph (timing machine) that is near perfection. The case, executed in solid 14K gold, is very handsome and unusual. You will not regret this acquisition and our one year warranty will assure your satisfaction.
Tissot has been a luxury brand since its founding in 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland. They have been revered for their quality since day one and have been a brand that has stood the test of time. We don;t see too many ladies Tissot Wristwatches but when we do we acquire them because their quality is superior. This one is not only an 18k Solid Gold watch but it has a very unusual "Slotted Lug" that allows the band color and texture to peak through. This was De Riguer circa 1969 when this beauty came to the United States from Switzerland. It is an elegant size measuring 17mm in diameter, by 23mm lug to lug, by 6mm in thickness (including the crystal). The silvery dial is accented by the faceted edge crystal. This has the effect of sparkling like a diamond just at the perimeter of the dial. The entire look is very unusual. The movement is a manual wind, 17 jewel gem that is winding, setting and keeping time just like it did back in 1969 when it headed for our shores from Switzerland. If you have been looking for a special ladies vintage wristwatch then this may be the one for you! Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty for parts an labor.
We here at Father Time Antiques are very lucky in that we currently have two Hamilton "Top Hat" diamond dial watches! It is rare for us to get even one within a ten year period. The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 38mm long by 25mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial markers with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points. Additionally it has a row of 5 diamonds just above and 5 diamonds just below the dial opening. This is really a spectacular statement on the wrist!
Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in the 1950s and this one is exceptional for its era, circa 1954. 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 slash set diamond markers with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The unusual case measures 38MM lug to lug, by 25MM wide by 9MM thick (including the crystal). 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. 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 left the Hamilton factory at Lancaster, Pa . The movement is a 22 jewel caliber 770 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel oscillates. 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.
One of our all time favorite brands here at Father Time Antiques is the Omega brand, and this Omega is no exception. Made circa 1959, this stainless steel Seamaster Omega "Bumper Automatic", is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new. Make sure you take notice of the "Zoom-In" views where you will see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years. This is one of their hallmarks. The silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the high polish silver hash markers at the chapters, with a double bar at the 12. The dial turns down in a smooth curve as it approaches the bezel and as the light plays on the surface the dial, and you wonder why this watch is not on your wrist. The stainless steel, screw back case is in near perfect condition and bears none of the gouges that one normally sees on a watch of this age. The case measures 35 mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44 mm lug to lug, by 10.6 mm thick. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean. The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1959. We think that this is a classic look that Omega did so well. If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. It has its original Omega marked brown leather band with its matching original Omega logo buckle. These rarely survive in this condition, so don't miss it! All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
We here at Father Time love the Gallet brand for a couple of reasons. First they are a great brand that has the honor of being the oldest wristwatch manufacturer in existence and, secondly, they always made handsome watches that have a real utility without being gauche. The founder, Humbertus Gallet, who resided in Geneva was making timepieces in 1466. In 1864 Gallet opened the first outlet here in Chicago, and by 1885, Gallet became the first purveyor of wristwatches made exclusively for mass consumption. By 1914 Gallet had won the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibit in Berne, and by 1915 Gallet was supplying hand held and cockpit mounted timepieces to the United Kingdom during WWI. This particular Gallet is a very clean two register chronograph displaying constant seconds and a 45 minute recorded time sub dial. It is in a stainless steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter by 44mm lug to lug, that houses a spotless 17 jewel, Valjoux 7733 movement. The silvered Tachymeter Dial is in great shape and is contrasted by Lumed Blued Steel Hands, Blue Mile Gradations, and Lumed Arabic numerals. If you had a watch like this in the cockpit you were one lucky pilot. Our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and recording time just as it did circa 1960, when it left Switzerland. I might add that this is the only Gallet in this configuration that we have ever had the pleasure to own in our 37 years in the business...don't miss it! Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
Gruen was a premier watch manufacturer, and was perhaps, one of the companies that you wanted to emulate if you were in the business of making wristwatches. Everything they put their hand to was first rate. They were the inventors of the "Curvex", a revolutionary curved watch from the late 1930s. Gruen held the patent on the curved movement but they also made made fine timepieces that contain flat movements. This Gruen is one of those. It has the round timeless shape and silvered "Pie Pan" dial that makes it an ageless classic This is a clean, and very handsome Gruen that has hardly been worn. The yellow gold-filled and stainless steel case measures 35mm in width, by 44mm, lug to lug, a very nice size for its era circa 1955. It has a spectacular satin silvered dial with Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and "Stylized Arrowhead" markers at the other chapters. The "Dauphine" hands give this watch great eye appeal and makes it a real winner! The movement, which is just as nice as it was when it left the Gruen factory, is a 17 jewel, "Precision", manual wind, workhorse that will give you a lifetime of service, provided that you take care of it. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will give you the peace of mind that this wonderful Gruen wristwatch will perform just as good as it did back in the 1950s.
Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason. This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them. The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank. You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial. It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice. Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication. As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring. The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug. The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores. This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!
If you are a regular visitor to our site you know that we love the Omega brand and so we are delighted to be able to offer this spectacular Omega Chronograph in a hard to find configuration. Note the gold dial and the Tachymetre markings on the dial edge, these are to be found in many chronos, but what is unusual here is the date window at the 9 o'clock position, just within the constant seconds sub dial. This "De Ville" model is in fantastic original condition and it still has its Omega Logo Crown! The 17 jewel (caliber 930) movement is spotless and running perfectly. It winds and sets like "butta"! The gold filled case with stainless back measures 41mm lug by 35mm in diameter. What's not to like here...nothing. If you want a really nice chrono from one of the best brands out there then this may be the watch for you. Our one year warranty insures that you will not have to worry.
As you may know we here at Father Time Antiques are very fond of the Omega brand, and this one is no exception. Made circa 1967, this yellow gold-filled Seamaster Omega Automatic (self-winding), with date, is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel, automatic movement is just spectacular and it is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you can see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years. This is one of their hallmarks. The brushed silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the gold bar markers delineating the chapters. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean. The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1967. The yellow gold filled case Measures 34mm in diameter by 40 mm lug to lug. If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. We have paired it with a croco grain leather band that gives it a unique and distinct look. All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
First, and most importantly, Omega is a great brand that has endured the test of time. Oversize Omega's like this one are all the rage and we constantly look for great examples. We found this one in Louisville, Kentucky at a National Watch Show, but it started its life in South America back in 1960. Not only is this Omega an oversize, measuring 37mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 44mm lug to lug, but it also sports a tu-tone silvered dial that is still in great shape. The seconds bit is rose gold and it matches the rose gold "Arrowhead" markers that are the indicators for the chapters, as well as the rose gold Omega symbol just under the 12 o'clock position. Most of the oversize Omega's we find had their start south of the equator, since this was not a size marketed to North America in any great numbers. The 17 jewel movement is the famous Caliber 267 that Omega used in the "Ranchero" and several other models to a fair-thee-well. Our head watchmaker has completely restored this beauty so that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in the day, circa 1960. The stainless steel case assures you of many, many years of wear without looking worn. The tu-tone dial will garner the admiring looks of your friends and acquaintances and our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of trouble free performance. Why not own an interesting and historic Omega....it could be yours!
It's no mystery why Longines is so highly regarded, but if you are in doubt follow this link https://www.longines.com/#!/company/history/19th/1832 to their history, it is a long one! The manual wind movement in this watch uses 17 jewels to accomplish all its functions and it is in fantastic condition . The case is stainless steel measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 47mm lug to lug, by 13.5mm thick. Yes, these are great proportions for a very handsome watch with the ability to display time against a perfectly aged black dial. Not only does the dial look great but this watch also has a rotating elapsed time bezel that is in great condition. There are no dings or gouges here. This was a wonderful looking watch back in 1966 but today it looks even nicer with the perfectly aged creamy markers. Anyone who saw you wearing this watch wanted to grab your wrist for a closer look. I dare say that this will still happen today. We here at Father Time Antiques have all admired the styling and cool quality this watch has. Now just imagine it on your wrist! The condition is impeccable and it is winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1966 when this killer watch left Switzerland and headed for the USA. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Gruen is one of the most desirable "Curvexes" ever made. It is one of the longest of all Curvexes! It came in two similar models called the "Majesty", the "Triumph", and "The General" they are respectively 52mm, 50mm, and 48mm (by 22mm wide), the longest "Curvexes" in Gruen's history. Some call them the "Bone to Bone" watches as they stretch from one wrist bone to the other. This watch,"The Triumph", at 50mm, was very popular with movie stars of the 1930's, and is dramatic in it's high arching curve and graceful, bowed, tonneau case. This particular watch has all of the dramatic curve of the "Majesty" (although 2mm shorter) but additionally it has tonneau (curved) case sides that make it look even more striking. The dial is like the face of a pretty woman, a delight to behold. The original finish dial is dramatic displaying gold numerals contrasted by a silver colored background and shows a seconds bit that echoes the case shape. The yellow gold-filled case is in excellent condition and has no personalization to detract. The hands are "lunette" style and add a bit of panache to the entire piece. The spotless movement displays seventeen jewels and is in excellent running condition for a watch made circa 1939. It is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. Like all of our watches it comes with a full one year warranty. The last one we had sold very quickly so...if you want the pinnacle of Gruen's Curvex watch production don't hesitate, as we have only one.