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.
In 1968 this was the watch to have...and it still is!
One of our favorite brands, and one that we think is still slightly under priced, is Omega. We have sold hundreds of Omegas over our 37 years in the business and we have had stellar reports from their owners. They love the brand as much as we do. We are offering this pristine gentleman's, 24 jewel automatic, caliber 564 (one of Omega's best), "Golden Shell", "Constellation" Chronometer. These, so called, "Golden Shell" cases have a case cap that is solid 14k gold, while the screw-down back and the case skeleton are stainless steel. With this configuration you get all the great looks of a gold watch with the rigidity, hypo-allergenic properties, and longevity of stainless steel at half the price of a comparable solid gold watch. The case measures 35mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 11mm thick, by 40mm lug to lug. Not only is this a great looking watch but it is an "Officially Certified Chronometer" which has the date displayed at the 3 o'clock position. These "Chronometer" ratings are not easily obtained. A watch must be submitted to the COSC (the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), and there it must pass very stringent testing to get the label "Officially Certified Chronometer". Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the automatic, 24 jewel, movement which meets and exceeds these standards. It bears the pink gold plating that is an Omega trademark for corrosion resistance that lasts 100 years. This watch was made circa 1968. All this is spectacular, but what makes your heart sing when you look at it, is its condition. This one is in fantastic, original condition. The Omega quality is the reason these watches are in such short supply...nobody wants to give them up. In short everything about this spectacular watch is waiting to be put on your wrist where it will give a lifetime of service.
Remember our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you you are getting the best condition possible in a vintage watch.
Don't cry for me....I have a really cool Gentleman's Cyma watch! Its chrome case measures 38mm in diameter. The manual wind movement has 15 jewels and is in perfect condition. Don't know about Cyma, then let's hear from the company itself:
Behind the brand of Cyma
"Fusing timeless elegance with contemporary flair, Cyma timepieces are the descendants of a long tradition of watchmaking that stretches back one-and-a-half centuries. The name Cyma has its roots in the French word “cime”, meaning “summit”, which, in turn, is derived from the Latin word “cyma”, meaning “a shoot”. It is a name that reflects not only the company’s constant striving for perfection but also the inextricable link with its birthplace in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland.
Initially, it was the harshness of the climate in the high valleys of the Jura – buried for more than half the year beneath deep snow and frequently cut off from the outside world – that gave rise to watchmaking activity during the long winters of isolation. During the 18th century, the efforts of the region’s industrious and ingenious inhabitants gradually led to the establishment of fully-fledged workshops for the design and manufacture of watches, and by 1780 watchmaking had developed into a process involving 30 distinct operations.
Inheritors of the horological gene that pervades the Jura, the two brothers Joseph and Theodore Schwob decided in 1862 to set up their own watchmaking company, Cyma, focusing much of their attention on avant-garde mechanical production techniques. Indeed, with its ongoing achievements in technical innovation, Cyma was one of the companies that made Neuchâtel the renowned centre of the watchmaking industry it is today.
Some 30 years later, the brothers went into partnership with a businessman called Frederic Henri Sandoz who had created a new watch company in Le Locle, another cradle of fine Swiss watchmaking. By this time, Cyma had established itself as a pioneer in the manufacture of intricate repeater watches, high complications and chronographs. The daily production was 150 pieces."
"From the early 20th century onwards, the company received numerous awards, notably for its prowess in extra-slim watches. In 1903, it was awarded the coveted chronometer certificate issued by the Neuchâtel Observatory for its invention of a new extra-flat lever movement fitted inside a pocket watch. Two years later, Cyma introduced the calibre 701 with a thickness of just 3.85mm – a remarkable achievement for the time. In recognition of its watchmaking feats, the company won first prize at the World Fair in Brussels in 1910.
Output, meanwhile, had risen significantly, with some 2,500 movements being assembled daily in the workshops. From 1915, Cyma’s highly skilled designers and technicians were elaborating shock-resistant movements of unparalleled strength, along with the first waterproof models, which were finished to an equally high standard.
During the 1920s, the company was at the forefront of component interchangeability, which enabled its workshops to produce watches on a much bigger scale. By 1929, Cyma boasted the biggest workshop in Europe and employed 2,000 people to assemble 4,000 watches a day. In the same year, the company received first prize at the International Barcelona Exposition."
"While men’s watches still accounted for the lion’s share of the business, in 1930 Cyma made an early foray into the ladies’ market with the Captive. It quickly became known for its elegance and precision, and was adopted by the legendary French writer, Collette, who was then at the height of her fame. She described the watch in her characteristic style: “It is a captive in the most romantic sense of the word... it is bought and sold. Sensitive and compliant, it yields if you handle it masterfully, revealing its face, divulging all its secrets, and each surrender simply adds to its charms...”
In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. This presaged the ‘Autorotor’ 485 calibre of 1957.
The brand’s reputation was further enhanced with innovative products such as an eight-day mechanical alarm clock with single winding key (1945), the Sonomatic alarm clock (1957), and the gold Time-O-Vox alarm clock watch, which received official chronometer certification in 1956. The latter was the only one with the pleasant timbre of that period to ally a 464 calibre,12 1/2 inch, with a single barrel and small second."
Wow quite a history, and this is quite a watch. It is all original and has a great looking patina on the original finish dial. Our head watch maker has the movement running like the proverbial top. This will be a reliable timepiece for many years to come. It is an oversize (38 mm in diameter) for its era, circa 1950. The understated elegance of the watch makes it a straight forward timepiece, but take a look at the double lug configuration in the "Zoom-In" photos it has a lingering reminiscence of the Art Deco Era. Once you don this watch no one will be in doubt as to the vintage look it exudes. Our famous one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence. Don't miss it!
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 Stainless Steel case, measuring 34 mm in diameter (not including the crown) (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 41 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 "Pie Pan" silvered classic that has White Gold Elongated Arrowhead markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve, nine and at the six, with the date window appearing at the 3 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid century 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 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 rare, gentleman's Hamilton, called the "Oval", was made circa 1929. It is a caliber 987 that has a 17 jewel movement which is housed in a white gold filled, oval case, that has an engraved bezel. It is in excellent condition. The case measures 30 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 36 mm lug to lug. Hamilton made them with both a plain polish bezel and this one, with the more desirable, engraved bezel. This watch also has a spectacular two-tone dial that echoes the case shape, as does the perimeter of the seconds bit. The blued steel hands and the Arabic Numerals are filled with lume so that the numbers and the hands have a glow-in-the-dark effect when the lights are out. This is the sort of gentleman's watch that will attract attention when you put it on your wrist. It is a real classic that you don't often find for sale. Our head watch maker has lovingly restored this one for generations to come. It is winding, setting, and running, like the day it came from the factory in Lancaster, Pa. where the Hamilton Factory was located. Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, assures your satisfaction.
Elvis got his Sergeant stripes when he was in Germany in 1960! He wasn't lucky enough to have this watch though! Its an Omega that was made for the British Military and it bears the "Broad Arrow" mark of their ordinance department on the refinished black dial, and on the case back, along with the W.W.W. designation that stands for "Wrist Watch Waterproof". The great thing about this particular watch is its condition...damn near spotless. The newly made stainless steel case has been bead blasted to give it the anti-reflective finish you want when in combat. The movement is equally as nice. It is a seventeen jewel, manual wind, Caliber 285, circa 1960. When you take a ,look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see the hallmark of Omega's handiwork in the rose gold coating that they gave their movements so that they would be corrosion resistant for 100 years. Our master watch makers have it running and keeping time just like it did when it was first issued some 56 years ago. It is a very handsome watch that measures 36mm in diameter (an American Quarter measures 24mm in diameter) by 47mm lug to lug. The "Broad Sword" hands still have their original lume which now have taken on a very pleasant light tan patina, as have the lumed hash markers opposite the chapters....they still glow slightly in the dark. The whole wonderful watch is mounted on a black NATO style band for wearing comfort and authentic look. This one can 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.
Before they became the hip clothing store they are today - Abercrombie was an outfitter like Orvis. They made camping and fishing gear! The company was originally established as Abercrombie Co. by David Abercrombie on June 4, 1892, in a small waterfront shop at 36 South Street in downtown Manhattan, New York. Wealthy New York businessman Ezra Fitch became one of the store's regular customers. In 1900, Fitch bought a major share in the growing Abercrombie Company and thus joined as co-founder. Abercrombie Co. later moved into larger quarters at 314 Broadway, and Fitch began to implement experimental ideas to renovate the store. In 1904, Fitch's surname was added to Abercrombie's, so the official name became Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
The Abercrombie & Fitch of old is very different from the Abercrombie & Fitch of today. The company had two locations, one in Chicago (with the additional name VL&A) and one in New York. It produced top-quality gear for the outdoors-man, fishermen, racing enthusiasts, hunters, and many others. It’s advertisements trumpeted itself as "The sporting goods store of choice for any true explorer or outdoors-man". From hunting gear. to watches, to hot air balloons, Abercrombie & Fitch carried everything that any sportsman would ever need and one of the essential items was an accurate Chronograph Wristwatch. With a Chronograph not only could a man tell the time but he could time sporting or racing events with stop watch accuracy.
This is the only Abercrombie and Fitch Chronograph we have ever had the privilege to offer for sale and it is a very interesting piece! It still has its original finish dial that speaks to all of the adventures it has seen. When you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see all of its proudly worn battle scars form years of being on the wrist of an active sportsman. Our head watch maker has completely restored all of its timing functions to like-new performance so that you may use this watch for another lifetime of adventure. The movement is an Angelus, seventeen jewel, 14 ligne caliber 210, with a 45 minute register. There are two subsidiary dials, the one at the three o'clock position is for accumulated minutes (once you engage the stop watch function) and the one at the nine o'clock position is for constant seconds (anytime the watch is running). The blued steel hands are a nice contrast against the perfectly aged silvered dial background, but I think what sets this dial off is the copper colored circle just outside the chapters. The "Abercrombie & Fitch" name arches across the top of the dial just under the 12 and just below the 6 there is the "Made in Switzerland" designation. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown and pushers) by 42 lug to lug. The case bezel is chrome and the case body and back are stainless steel. The pushers are slightly brassed out on their ends but working perfectly.
If you are looking for a watch you won't see walking up and down the avenue, then this may be the one for you!
This is the "Holy Grail" of military Chronographs, and the only one we have had the pleasure to own after being in the business since 1979. It is the real deal! This is a Hanhart military chronograph that was made just for pilots in WWII!
The Swiss-German watch brand Hanhart is a leader in the world market, for highly precise, mechanical chronographs and they are specialists in instrument watches that are used in the air, on land and at sea. Hanhart combines cutting-edge Swiss and German engineering with the long-standing tradition and expertise of its own manufactory, which has its origins in the watch business established by Johann A. Hanhart in Diessenhofen, Switzerland, in 1882.
In 1924 Hanhart brought to market the world’s first affordable mechanical stopwatch. The great success of this stopwatch laid the foundations for further innovative technical developments, such as the complicated split-second stopwatch or an ultrafast oscillator with a balance wheel frequency of 360,000 vibrations per hour, which enabled Hanhart to become one of the first manufacturers of watches capable of measuring hundredths of a second.
Then in 1938 a new era began – the first Hanhart chronograph model, the mono-pusher “Calibre 40”, went into production. This was followed in 1940 by the legendary pilot’s chronographs “Calibre 41”. This watch is one of those legendary chronographs.
The "Calibre 41" was introduced in 1940 and is distinguished by the red button at the 4 o'clock position. The reset button was colored red to make sure the pilot didn't accidentally push it and thereby eliminate any accumulated time that was being recorded! This watch has a 1944 date clearly marked under the dial! There is a lot of hyperbole about military watches but nobody disputes the character of this watch! This Hanhart has been been lovingly restored by our master watch maker to perfect running condition . The dial is all original, with its original lume. We left the case original because we have seen so many that have been buffed to death. We wanted to leave the watch as original as possible so that it will be the perfect representation of watches from the "Great War" for those who come behind us. The hands had to be restored but they look exactly as they did when the watch was new. The 17 jewel movement is in perfect running order. This is a watch for the most serious of collectors and it can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may by with confidence.
The ubiquitous stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a watch that is highly sought after! This one is a gentleman's 27 jewel, the case is all stainless steel, and in pristine condition. Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line is what made the company famous and one look at this watch will tell you why. This watch was made in 1981 and it could not be in better condition. It looks like it was just taken out of the showcase to show a customer. The case has a smooth polish bezel that is gleaming. The bezel compliments a wonderful silvered dial. The stainless steel case is 34mm wide and 40mm in length and it sports an original stainless steel Oyster band that is as nice as the watch itself. I know I've said this before but the photos really do not capture the elegance of this piece. I think that it is the classic look of this straight forward stainless steel Rolex that makes it interesting. Like all of Rolex's Oyster Perpetuals this one has a fantastic 27 jewel automatic movement, bearing the hi beat Ref. 3035. Our watchmakers have it running like new so that you can wear this watch on a daily basis with complete confidence. Remember we warranty all of our timepieces, parts and labor, for a full year. James Bond would be happy to wear this one to the casino. You might catch a glimpse of it when he raises his martini to his lips and his sleeve is retracted to reveal this killer watch!
IWC has a very interesting history. Most folks know that it is a company, located in Schaffhausen, Switzerland that produced the highest quality watches, but few know that the company was founded by an American watchmaker named Florentine Ariosto Jones way back in 1868. He came from the Howard Watch company of Boston who, at that time were America's premier manufacturer of quality watches. When he first came to Switzerland the world was on the cusp industrialization and he thought to combine American Industrial ingenuity with the craftsmanship of the Swiss. French speaking locals were a bit afraid that their jobs would be at risk, so he encountered some opposition since most of this was cottage industry and Jones wanted to open a factory. While most Swiss watch companies were in western Switzerland, IWC was in the east where German is the language spoken. In 1850 Schaffhausen was in danger of being left behind in the wake of the industrial age, but the industrialist and watch manufacturer Johann Heinrich Moser came into contact with Jones and he built the first hydroelectric plant in northeastern Switzerland and, together with Jones, laid the foundations for the only watch manufacturing in that region. In 1903 IWC adopted the motto "Probus Scaffusia" or good solid craftsmanship from Schaffhausen. That was the foundation that they used as their cornerstone...and they never looked back. This particular IWC is indicative of their line in that it is of high quality, and great classic design. The solid gold case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 42mm lug to lug, by 10mm thick. The 15 jewel movement is simply spectacular. The top plate is divided into three finger bridges that carry the large ruby jewels that allow this magnificent timepiece to accomplish its task. The 14k Solid Gold case is lovely and the simple Arabic numerals on the dial are classic. The 15 jewel movement is spotless. Needless to say this fantastic IWC is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did in the 1940 when it first arrived on our shores. We have paired it with our best dark brown alligator band to complete the luxury look. This one can be yours!
This is a real neat Movado Oversize, manual wind, measuring 37mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44mm lug to lug (for comparison an American Quarter measures 26mm in diameter). The rhodium plated case houses a real clean 17 jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running, setting, and winding just like it did when it came from the Movado factory back in the 1940's. It also sports a large sweep second hand that allows the wearer to easily see the seconds slipping by. But what makes my heart skip a beat is the mirrored Arabic numerals. Not only are they reflective, but they give the watch a very vintage appearance that you just don't see in today's wrist armor. There is a visual and tactile quality about the watch that is difficult to express but when you see it in-person you will understand. It is an oversize (by vintage standards) and makes quite a statement on the wrist. The near pristine condition is a big plus as well. We have paired it with a dark croco band that gives it a very rich look and will provide the longevity that you expect from a quality band. Don't miss this fantastic Movado....it can 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.
Benrus is 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 yellow gold-filled round case, with stainless steel back measuring 30 mm (not including the crown) in diameter (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter) by 38 mm lug to lug. This nice case houses an even nicer 21 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a silvered classic that has Roman Numerals at the even chapters and pointed bar markers at the other positions with a small seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus, circa 1955, is indicative of mid century American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession and gently used over its lifetime and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, 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. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
Every time I fly into New York's La Guardia Airport and grab a cab to Manhattan, I glance left shortly after we leave the airport to get a glimpse of the old Bulova Building, executed in greystone, that sits just off the highway. The Art Deco style of the building speaks of a bygone era as does this grey dial Bulova we are displaying here. An architect customer of our pointed out that he feels there is a very architectural element to this particular watch. I guess it is the cross-bow case elements contrasted against the complimentary Roman Numerals at the cardinal positions interspersed with the red chapter markers at every other chapter. The "Spider Web" seconds bit adds an element as well. When all is said and done this is a really fun watch that could be worn by a man or a woman, even though it started out life strictly as a man's watch. The yellow gold filled case measures 24 mm side to side (not including the crown) by 37 mm lug to lug, and it has a stainless steel back for hypo-allergenic purposes, strength, and longevity. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the 15 jewel movement is in this mid 1930s wristwatch. It is just amazing!
We have matched a nice vintage grey, stitched, leather band to carry the color of the dial around the wrist for an integral look. Its really a great buy for some lucky soul. Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. Is this one calling your name?
The Omega "Seamaster" is such an iconic brand and we are always searching for nice, all original, examples of this model for our customers. There are many aficionados who want dials that show their age and have a nice patina.
This is just such a watch! The silvered dial displays the gradual aging and patination over the last 65 years. The seventeen jewel, "bumper" automatic movement, cal. 342, is in excellent running condition and performing just like it did back in 1950 when it was made in Switzerland. The stainless steel case, measuring 35mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 43mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26 mm in diameter). It is in great shape as you can tell from the "Zoom-In" photos. Please notice the "Dagger" hands and "Arrowhead" chapter markers. When all is said and done this is a very handsome watch, especially on the wrist. If you are dreaming about a real nice all original Omega to grace your wrist then this may be the watch for you. Remember it comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Its not often that we have one of these phenomenal chronos in stock....they are extremely scarce and highly sought after!
This Gallet Chronograph is a watch that will knock you out! You may have seen similar watches on the internet but you have not seen anything of comparable quality! This watch comes from the prestigious firm of Gallet, makers of complicated Swiss watches, and the world's oldest watch company. 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 watch is one of their fabulous pocket chronometers that has been customized for wrist use, but it has been done with the skill and finesse that you rarely see in these watches! This is one BIG puppy measuring in at 47mm in diameter by 56mm lug to lug. Definitely a watch for the larger men out there or if you simply prefer a larger watch. The case work is outstanding and the dial is impeccable, but the best part is inside! The 17 jewel Gallet movement looks and functions just like new. There are no signs of wear or rust that you commonly see in conversions coming out of eastern Europe! This watch was custom made by our Master Watchmaker friend in Canada whose family has been watchmakers since 1750! We snatched it up before a collector got it so you would have a shot at it. He has only made 12 of these and they are extremely scarce! This may be that last we we will be able to own. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the excellent condition and complication of this outstanding timepiece. Just look at this dial...it is simply fantastic, nice and mellow, with curb appeal to-die-for! The outer ring shows a telemetre scale in kilometers, the inner ring displays the seconds, while the red numbers inside of the chapters show the 24 hundred hour markers for military time. At the three o'clock position there is a 30 minute accumulated minutes recorder while the constant seconds is at the nine o'clock position. The luminous material in the hands and skeletonized numerals have a wonderfully mellow color that indicates its WWI vintage, circa 1916. The crown is a modified onion shape that has a central pusher that is concentric with the crown for actuating the chronograph functions. Now take a gander at the case back...it is in fantastic condition for a military watch. The crowning glory is the movement. It is as clean as a whistle and functioning perfectly. Need I say more. Once you see this large, masculine, complicated timepiece you will want to strap it on and show all your friends. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Once and awhile a watch comes along that makes the heart of a true aficionado sing...this is just such a watch! While Tiffany did not make any of their own watches they hired only the best-of-the-best to do just that! This wonderful Split Seconds Chronograph was manufactured by the Schwab Loeillet Tempor Watch Company, a Swiss firm of high renown. Not only is it very high grade, it is in wonderful condition both mechanically and cosmetically. The idea was to allow a racing enthusiasts to time two competitors with the stroke of a single button. When your horses left the starting gate you would depress the pusher that protrudes from the center of the crown. This action would start the sweep seconds and they would continue in this mode, shadowing each other until you depressed the pusher at the two o'clock position. This caused the second hand at the bottom to stop while the second hand directly above it continued to tick. The course time for your first horse was indicated opposite the bottom sweep second hand while the second one could be stopped after your second horse arrived at the finish line by pushing the crown pusher. At this point you could read the times of both horses opposite the sweeps and then by pushing the pusher at 2 you could sync them up again or by pushing the crown pusher you could zero everything out for a second race. Recorded minutes could be read on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position while the dial at the 9 o'clock position indicates constant seconds. If you turn this elegant watch over you can see that it has been housed in a display back case that allows you to view the movement without opening the case. The stainless steel case was custom made for this watch and I dare say you won't see another.
The Tempor movement is a fantastic 23 jewel work of art, circa 1920, that incorporates large ruby jewels and a Geneva Stripe Damasceening pattern on the movement plates. The movement is adjusted for temperature, isochronism, and it has a micrometric regulator for fine tuning. The finger bridges make the look of this movement stellar, but I think the crowning glory is the killer silvered dial. It is grained so that the light changes the background from light silver, to a subdued charcoal, depending on the angle. Everything about this watch is attractive...from its superior performance to the great look it has on a wrist. It is a good size too measuring 44mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 51mm lug to lug. We have only one and with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor you may buy with confidence.
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LeCoultre is a legendary Swiss watch manufacturer and every thing they turned their hand to was perfection. Their manufacture stemmed from the many inventions that they produced. Founded in 1833, they invented a machine to cut steel pinions for watches and went on to produce hundreds of inventions and thousands of calibers in the years since. One of the most impressive accomplishments, achieved in 1844, was the invention of the Millionmeter the world's most precise measuring instrument. In 1847 they invented a device that did away with key winding, and by 1866 the first manufacture under one roof in the Valle de Joux. We here at Father Time have had a good number of gentleman's LeCoultre Wristwatches over our 36 years in the business, but we have never seen this one before...and what a handsome man's dress watch it is! Raise a toast! This watch deserves it! It has a 14k solid gold case that measures 37mm in diameter. (a very nice oversize). It has a hidden lug too, where the band ends are not visible, but attaches to the lugs out of sight. Notice the broad band of gold that surrounds the dial...no skimping here. The dial sports its original finish and it has a great looking patina that speaks to its age circa 1955. The 17 jewel cal 480 is in fantastic condition winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did when new. If you are looking for a real nice solid gold dress watch then this may be the one that steals your heart! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
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 no exception. This particular model has what is termed a "Hooded Lug" where the band end is hidden under a cover that extends between the lug surfaces. This is a neat feature, but what makes it even more spectacular is the rilled case sides and the charcoal grey, textured dial with white gold, applied arrowhead markers and numerals. The case is white gold filled with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity and comfort. The 17 jewel movement is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should, and is in excellent condition. Now take a look at the segmented expansion band in the "Zoom-In" photos. It has black leather inserts in six of the segmented portions of the band for a very unusual look. This is a gentleman's watch from the 1940's, but it would also look great on a lady who wants something just a little bit different. Our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence. This is a great looking watch...don't miss it.