This a very special version of a rare watch! We love these "Jump Hour" Gruens! This one has a really rare dial that we were lucky to find. It sports the AFA (Air Force Association) logo, and it has a dedication on the back to show that it was the personal property of Mr. Fred B. Smith, the President of the Association from 1965 to 1966. The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. The Air Force Association mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage.
The Gruen "Airflight" was designed for pilots that needed a 24 hour reference for flight time. When the hands reach 1pm all the numerals jump to a 24 hour format and then jump back again to a 12 hour format at 1am. This is accomplished by a rotating dial underneath the main dial. The numbers appear in diamond shaped windows on this neat, and rare, original dial and the minutes are chronicled by a very fine segmented outer track that the sweep second hand hovers above. This is a particularly nice "Air Flight" and an oversize to boot (35MM). The seventeen jewel movement is in excellent condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the fine timepiece it was designed to be! This beautiful movement is housed in a chromium plated case, with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. It measures 35MM wide by 42MM lug to lug. Circa 1965, this is a watch to make your heart sing. When the numerals change at 1pm or 1am it is a real event that always has our customers exclaiming their delight whenever we demonstrate this function. We buy every one of these that we can find in good condition because our clients just love the dial action and how nice these watches look on a man's wrist. We don't have these in stock very often and they usually find a good home within a few weeks.This one is very nice and we would love to show it to you! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Jules Jergensen has been a legendary name in Swiss Watchmaking since 1740, and is, perhaps, the oldest, continuous, watchmaking firm in the world. The case of this Jules Jergensen is 18k solid gold and it measures 25mm wide by 35mm lug to lug. The classic styling is very elegant and subdued...a real handsome gentleman's watch, circa 1955, but it is a size that a lady could wear as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running like the proverbial top. The silvered dial displays truncated rhomboid markers and is contrasted by dauphine hands. The seconds bit is a simple crosshair design that centers on the small second hand. If you want a real classic in an 18k solid gold case then this may be the watch for you! All of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Hamilton, the best American manufacturer of wristwatches, made the "Cranston" model back in 1952 and the classic styling of the watch has made it a popular watch ever since! The case is yellow gold filled, and it has a slightly curved, faceted lug, that gives it a certain panache. The case measures 22mm wide by 37mm long and the caliber 753 movement has 19 jewels. 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 creamy finish that is all original. It has a great looking patina and 18k gold applied numerals that alternate with hash markers at the odd numbers. The seconds bit which is just above the 6 o'clock position is a perfectly round, sunken, feature that is indicative of the styling of the age. Here's an entry level Hamilton that won't break the bank but 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!
Who knew what the future would reveal? Apparently LeCoultre did! They were certainly ahead of their time when they made this watch circa 1953. Not only was the "Futurematic" futuristic in style but in functionality as well. Notice that there is no crown to wind this watch. It winds automatically as you wear it. In the subsidiary dial opposite the 9 o'clock position there is a winding indicator so that the owner can see how much power is left in reserve on the mainspring. Once the hand enters the red quarter of the dial it is time to oscillate the winding weight by your movement. This occurs naturally during your day and if worn on a daily basis you will never have to worry about winding. If you only wear it occasionally then you should don the watch until the indicator hand clears the red section and then re-set. Once the spring is fully wound there is a latching device engineered into the movement that halts the oscillation of the winding weight until the power wanes once more, then it is automatically released. On the back of the watch is a sliding button that has a serrated edge. You slide the button and this engages the setting mechanism and acts as a "hack" feature that stops the watch. This way you can re-start it very accurately once you slide the button back to it's original position. I personally have one of these black dial beauties in my collection and I wouldn't ever give it up. This is a very classy and elegant timepiece that marks an important milestone in watchmaking. The subsidiary dial that is immediately opposite the indicator dial is a constant seconds indicator that runs constantly while the watch is keeping time. It also serves to balance, visually, the indicator dial. The seventeen jewel movement, caliber 497, is in excellent condition and engineered to a fault. The balance wheel is a two spoke Glucydur with a Nivarox spiral hairspring, and Kif shock absorbing jewel springs. The yellow gold filled case is in fantastic condition measuring 32mm in diameter. This is a very unusual watch that will be the pride of your collection. The overall effect on the wrist is very handsome! Our warranty will ensure that you will wear this watch for years of trouble free service!
This was SUCH an avante-garde item in the 1960's that we were delighted to see someone light-up with this unusual device. It is a watch AND a lighter all in one...and what an interesting way to ignite a cig. Just squeeze it! Yep, place the ends between your thumb and forefinger....squeeze.....and a flame appears from the port in the middle of the column! Then you can tell her what time it is by glancing at the top end where a nice quality Swiss wristwatch movement resides! These were carried by both men and women and I can remember my aunt using one when I was a mere teen. It was WAY cool. When we located this particular Torvic we were thrilled...first of all to locate one, and secondly because it was in fantastic condition. Once we serviced the watch, and put flint and fluid in the lighter, it fired right-up! This is a very neat piece for either your watch or lighter collection and our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
This watch really has the "WOW" factor! I think this is due to two reasons; first it is an oversize case that has a real presence on the wrist and secondly, the two-tone dial is just stunning. These oversize cases were made by the Swiss for the South American market and we didn't see many of them here in North America. They are now quite desirable because of their size and due to the fact that the current trend is towards larger time pieces The case is stainless steel and measures 37mm wide by 46mm in length. The movement has 17 jewels and is winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it came from Switzerland, circa 1948. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this one is. The movement is a seventeen jewel workhorse that will serve your timekeeping and fashion needs for generations to come.Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is a beautiful 17 jewel Bulova in a rose gold-filled case! The case measures 21mm wide by 35mm in length and, while it is a gentleman's watch, but it would look equally good on a lady. Bulova was a Swiss company that had a big market share of the US market back in the day. They were a great company that produced very nice watches at a good price point. Their engineering was top notch and their support was worldwide. Make sure you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos to see this wonderful rose dial that has silver embossed dots at the chapters, larger ones at three and nine and an elegant bar marker at the twelve. The hooded lugs (which serve to conceal the band ends) and rose gold case, just add to the great looks. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how clean the movement is...just like new! This watch winds, sets, and keeps time just like it did back in the 1940's when it was a new arrival from Switzerland. Its handsome, its mechanically excellent, and warrantied for one year...parts and labor...what's not to like? Why monkey around? It could be yours, but don't wait til its gone because we have only one.
This is a gentleman's Touchon & Co. minute repeater, one of the best repeaters in the world! Touchon & Co. was a stellar Swiss company, started in 1907, that made high grade watches for the world's finest retailers. Tiffany was their largest client and they demanded only the best for their customers. They were not only one of the best watches produced but, since production ceased in 1921, one of the scarcest. Minute repeaters are, in and of themselves, one of the most complicated watches ever manufactured, and when one is as nice as this one, really rare. When the repeater slide is activated, along the case side, the watch will chime revealing the hour, the quarter hour, and finally the exact minute! The owner could then know the time to the precise minute without looking at the dial,a very handy feature in the dark. Everything about this watch has been fashioned to very exacting standards. The beautiful dial, the elegant 18K solid gold case, the smooth slide, and classic design all combine to make it a fantastic timepiece. Notice how the stylized personalization on the case back creates an interesting design....if only this watch could talk and reveal its, now secret, owner. Not only is this a beautiful watch but the engineering needed to make all these complications function in such a slender case is nothing short of astounding. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how nice this complicated movement is. It is signed "Touchon" under the dial and displays a three finger bridge, large ruby jewels, and perfectly situated gongs. The sound of these gongs is delightful to hear and gives one a real feel for the precision and desirability of a true "Minute Repeater". I can imagine a gentleman at the opera in a tuxedo activating the repeater function, during intermission, to have his Touchon chime the time, consulting the dial for the correct time and triggering the repeater to give everyone within earshot a real treat. This Touchon is a 29 jewel, extremely high grade timepiece, that we have converted from a pocket watch to a wristwatch so that you may wear it easily and have a nice big statement on your wrist. The 18k solid gold case measures 47mm in diameter, by 56mm lug-to-lug. It is in perfect running condition and it winds, sets, and keeps time like the day it came from Switzerland. There are very few wrist minute repeaters in the world, and this will rank among the best extant. Since the production for Touchon was only 14 years these watches are as scarce as hen's teeth. As I once read on a website devoted entirely to Touchon, "if you are offered the opportunity to buy a Touchon & Co. repeater, then I advise you to do so." The prices have risen dramatically in the last few years and we expect them to continue their rise quite dramatically in the coming years as these are the possessions of a precious few.
This is by far one of the nicest wristwatch repeaters we have ever had the pleasure to offer for sale...don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
"Look into my eyes. You want this watch....you really want it!" This one is really BIG! It is 51mm in diameter - not including the crown, by 61mm lug to lug. This is an early Omega pocket watch that has been converted for use on the wrist, executed in today's style of larger watches, it fits right in. If you are one of those gentlemen who need, or desire, a really big watch then this may be the one for you. It is a seven jewel, military style that our master watchmakers have running, winding and keeping time like the day it came from Switzerland circa 1912, just in time for WWI. Not only is it a good timekeeper, and as clean as a whistle, but the dial is one of the most attractive styles we have seen on one of these conversions. The seconds bit revolves once a minute in the 9 o'clock position and provides some interesting eye appeal. The stark contrast between the matte black dial background, the luminous numerals, and hands is dramatic. This is also aided by the red 25 to 300, 1/5 of a second markings, just outside of the chapter ring. This look is capped off perfectly by the skeletonized hands. The large rilled winding crown makes it easy to set and wind and the nickle silver case proudly displays the Omega logo on the inner back lid. All-in-all this is a very handsome watch that can grace your wrist if you are the lucky customer who goes home with this beautiful Omega on his wrist. We have only one, so don't hesitate! As always, we here at Father Time Antiques will warranty this watch for a full year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
No need to take a bath! Just belly up to this really nice gentleman's Zodiac, and rest assured that if you have a slightly smaller wrist this wristwatch will fill the bill. This is just a great everyday watch that is in near perfect condition. The stainless steel case is very clean and the dial has been professionally refinished. The movement is a very reliable 17 jewel. manual wind, model that is spotless and running like the proverbial top. The case measures 31mm in diameter by 38mm long and is a screw-back to resist moisture and dust. If you just want a real nice stainless steel timepiece that will perform like-new but give you that vintage panache (circa 1958) then this may be the watch for you. With a Zodiac on your wrist you can go wrong! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
If you visit us here at Father Time you know that we think highly of Elgin, not only because of our proximity to Elgin, (the town) or because we have known many of the factory workers, but because they made a fine product at a reasonable price with great looks. This gentleman's Elgin wristwatch has a yellow gold filled top and a stainless back (for longevity and hypo-allergenic properties). The case is 40mm lug-to-lug by 25mm in diameter (not including the crown). The 17 jewel movement looks and runs like new. The dial and hands have been expertly refinished and look perfect. The watch, made in 1952, shows virtually no signs of wear. Even the crown is original!
This watch has an unbreakable mainspring that Elgin developed for watches that needed to be used on a daily basis with virtually trouble-free power delivery. They called it "Durapower" and used a logo for it that you can see just under the Elgin name. The "Shockmaster" appellation, that you can see just above the seconds bit, refers to special "kif" springs that were used to lessen any blows that occurred under daily operation. If you want a nice looking Elgin that will give you service for years to come then this may be the watch for you.
This one of the most elegant gentleman's watches Hamilton made! The case is definitive Art Deco design and the inside is perhaps more attractive than the outside! Nobody made a better looking movement than Hamilton at that time. In 1938 you would have been hard put to find a more elegant watch than this! The "Linwood" was a watch that set Hamilton apart from all other American watch manufacturers at that time! The trend in the late 1930's was towards long, elegantly curved watches and the "Linwood" was one of the most desirable models of it's day. I think what makes it look so good is the rills on the subtly curved, tonneau-shaped, case sides. The yellow gold filled case measures 43MM lug to lug, by 22MM in width. Take a look at the close-up photos and you will see what great condition the case is in. The entire curvilinear sweep of the watch is very cutting edge for the era. Streamlining was the order of the day and Hamilton's designers hit a home run with the "Linwood". Not only is it a designer's dream but it's a wonderful watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is a mechanical engineering marvel that is running and keeping accurate time like the day it was made. Add to all of it's attributes the fact that it has a beautiful satin silver dial accented by applied solid gold numerals and the result is a winning combination that can't be beat. On the back is a very cool dedication, it reads: "Merry Xmas from The Gang 1938". Whose gang? What gang? A gaggle of friends, the guys on the corner, or the mob? No one knows for sure but just think of the stories this watch could tell. You can make up your own story....we won't tell! This is truly one of the nicest "Linwoods" that we have ever had in our 33 years in the business. It could be yours...don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.
Once in a great while a watch comes along that makes the heart of an afficianado sing. The Gubelin company made a wonderful watch and this one is stellar among their production. It is a complicated triple date with moon-phase in an 18K solid gold case that was made for their best customers, circa 1954. The dial of the watch shows the date by means of a red tipped hand that points at the date indices just inside of the chapters. The day of the week is shown in a window just below the twelve o'clock position and, in a window next to it, is the month. The phases of the moon appear in a crescent just above the six o'clock position. There is additionally a central red sweep second hand. All of the complications can be advanced manually by means of buttons on the case sides. The case itself is a classic square with quite a bit of heft and stylized teardrop lugs. This complicated movement is running and keeping time like the day it was made. The movement is a 25 jewel automatic mechanical work of art. The automatic feature is great for wearing everyday and it ensures that this accurate time keeper is constantly wound and right on the money. The 18K solid gold case measures 45MM lug to lug, by 32MM wide, by 15MM thick. This is a real man's timepiece that was made for the guy that wants something special. Don't forget all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty!
These large, rectangular, oversize watches were seen more often in the European market, but occasionally they found their way to our shores. The large case and dramatic dial make this Optima a real winner for stylish looks. Optima was a Swiss firm that held forth in the 1920's by making luxe gold and enamel watches for those with means. This particular Optima was made in the late teens or early 1920's and it has, as a testament to its age, a fabulous "Art Deco" highly stylized dial as its crowning glory. The 12, 3, 6, and 9 are all luminous as are the indicies at the 1,2,4,5,7,8,10, and 11. The blued steel skeletonized hands also contain this luminous material that allow the wearer to see the time in the dark. While the lume has mellowed in color it still glows. The rectangular stainless steel, rhodium plated case, which measures 26mm side-to-side by 42mm lug-to-lug, is large for the age and, even by today's standards, it is a sizable rectangular watch. These very early watches, like this Optima, were solid lug beauties that take either an open-ended band, bracelet, or a feed-thru band. We have matched-up a nice tu-tone feed-thru that compliments the watch with a central band stripe that echos the lume color. The 15 jewel, lever escapement, is winding. setting, and keeping time just like it was intended to do. if you would like to wear a great "Art Deco" watch around town then this may be the watch for you. Remember all of out timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This Westfield Driver's watch was designed to wear on the edge of your wrist so that could see the time easily with your hands on the wheel of your car. That way you don't have to remove your hands from the wheel when you are steering the car! The watch has a gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 27mm wide and 31mm from lug to lug. The Swiss movement has 7 jewels, and our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and keeping time like the day it arrived here from Switzerland, circa 1939. If you want an unusual watch for your wrist or collection this may be it. Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty so that you may buy with confidence.
Could it be that you are searching for an very unusual, one-of-a-kind, wristwatch? The sort of watch that you will not see walking up and down the boulevard. If that's the case then this may be where the buck stops. This is a Gallet Chronograph that started its life as a small pocket watch for timing ordinance and military maneuvers, but now since the trend is for larger wristwatches we are converting them for wrist use by adapting lugs to the original case just the way companies did when wristwatches first came into vogue. This is a hard one to find and, I think you will agree, that it is a stellar example that is just the right size measuring 43mm in diameter (including the crown guard) by 51mm from lug to lug. Large enough to be noticed and make a statement but not too large so that you feel like you are wearing a boat anchor on your wrist. Our master watchmakers have custom converted a beautiful "Art Deco" chronograph that is truly unique. Made circa 1925 it is not only unusual in a wrist configuration but also in the dial lay-out. You will notice that the hands that indicate the correct time appear in a subsidiary dial at the 12 o'clock position, while the full sized sweep second hand fills the entire dial for easy viewing of the event timing. To balance the symmetry of the dial the recorded minutes subsidiary dial is 180 degrees opposite the time dial. A very different look....no?
Now step back and take a look at the fabulous "Art Deco" stepped case with its concentric levels and flat pushers, and very unusual integral crown guard. Once you take it all in you will be mesmerized. The fifteen jewel movement is even nicer. It runs, winds, and keeps time like the day this watch left Switzerland some 87 years ago. It is all original with the exception of the lugs we have fashioned so that it may be worn on the wrist. If you really want something special then don't hesitate cause this is the only one you will ever see like this! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The term ebauche means " movement in the gray." This is a watch that was imported by one of many companies that made sub-contracted watch movements for any of a number of watch companies that didn't make their own movements - or for a jeweler or department store here in the U.S. This watch has no name on the dial because it was imported by a small business that didn't order enough pieces to get their name put on the dial. If they had ordered, perhaps a minimum of 100 watches, the manufacturer in Switzerland would have put their name on the dial! This in no way speaks to the quality of the watch. Even Tiffany and Cartier use ebauche movements because they are not watch manufactures. This cool "Art Deco" watch, circa 1932, has a fine 15 jewel movement and the cosmetics are admirable by any standard of the time. The case is white , gold filled and measures 25mm wide by 38mm in length. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This must have been the top of Longines line in 1954! This watch has everything going for it! Of course the case is 14K solid white gold with a diamond dial to boot! It is 24mm wide by 40mm lug-to-lug. The 17 jewel movement has been beautifully engineered to be a fine time piece and one that shows Longines' fine heritage. What really knocked us out when we first saw this watch was the Art Deco influence that is quite palpable in the design. The case is slightly wider than its contemporaries and the way the diamonds are inset on the dial is unusual as well. We have all remarked on how unusual the band is...it both compliments and accents the watch with its black triangular sections coming off each lug. It is white gold filled expansion band that suits this watch to a "T". The 17 jewel movement is a real winner and has a perfect pattern in all positions on our timing machine. This is a testament to our watchmaker's skills and Longines' engineering. Please also notice the high-domed curved crystal that showcases the dial. Once it is on your wrist you can really appreciate how nice that curved line becomes a "form follows function" statement. The outline of the seconds bit mimics the case shape against the silvery background of the dial color. This is a suave man's dress wristwatch that would look equally good on a woman since the trend is towards larger art on the wrist. There is even a slightly domed crown that makes it just a little different. If you want that perfect tuxedo watch then this may be the one for you! Don't miss it since it is the only one in this configuration we have ever had!
This might be the fanciest gentleman's Hamilton ever made! The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 40mm long by 22mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points.
Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in later years however this one was exceptional for its era circa 1947. The diamond dial Hamiltons were just spectacular in their appearance and very "Art Deco"in their design. Notice the diamond filled 12, 3, & 9 and the single set diamonds with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The long case measures 40MM lug to lug by 22MM wide by 11MM thick. The movement is a 17 jewel caliber 980 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel swings effortlessly back and forth. This is what is called a "Hooded-Lug" where the band actually goes up under the case edge however this style with the "Diamond Dial" is usually called called a "Top Hat" which refers to its dress watch heritage. I have never seen another like this in my 25 years in business. The case lugs are segmented on top of the lug attachment in a nice "Art Deco" configuration. You will know that you have something special on your wrist when you strap this one on. The case is 14K solid white gold and in excellent condition. Our master watch maker has this watch winding smoothly, setting easily, and keeping time like the day it was born. If you have been waiting for an unusual and intriguing diamond dial this may be the watch for you! Don't let it get away...we have only one! Don't forget all of our watches come with a one year parts and labor warranty.
Roamer was founded in Solothurn, Switzerland in 1888 by Fritz Meyer, and after many changes and iterations their production grew to over a million watches by 1923. They made a good number of cylinder escapement watches under different names, but their better quality watches were sold under the name "Roamer". The Roamers contained great quality, jeweled, lever escapement movements that have stood the test of time (so to speak:)! By 1923 production grew to over one million units. The top quality jeweled lever escapement watches were sold under the brand 'Roamer', but cylinder escapements, and later, pin-lever watches were sold under the brands Medana and Meda. In 1932 the company started its own dial production line. In 1945, a representative office opened in New York City and in 1952 Meyer and Studeli officially changed its name to Roamer Watch Co. SA. In 1955 Roamer patented the Anfibio watertight watch case, which proved to be a commercial success.
This particular Roamer we are offering is circa 1932 is a very interesting watch, and it is in fantastic condition. If you are aching for a real nice, original, Art Deco wristwatch, then take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos and see how nice this wristwatch appears. The case is beautifully polished chrome measuring 22mm wide (not including the crown), by 40mm lug to lug. The movement has 15 jewels and looks like new. The watch is winding, setting, and keeping time like the excellent Swiss timepiece it is. Now take a peak at the dial, it is a sleek, silver, work of art that has stylized numerals and a two-tone contrast. Notice how the track for the seconds bit mimics the shape of the case. This one can be yours, but don't hesitate because we have only one!
In 2003, Roamer returned to manufacturing of mechanical watches. Currently, it remains an independent watchmaking company, selling its products to over 70 countries. Roamer Watch Co. is a member of Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH.