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. Don't miss it!
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.
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 as well. This Gruen is one of those. It has the "tonneau" shape and gives the appearance of a curved watch, but with a flat movement. This is a very handsome Gruen that looks just like a Curvex, but with a flat movement and without the higher price that Curvexes command. The rhodium plated white metal case measures 2mm in width by 37mm lug to lug. It has a spectacular rose gold dial with yellow gold Arabic numerals that gives this watch great eye appeal and makes it a real winner! The movement is a 17 jewels workhorse that will give you a lifetime of service, if 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 in 1939.
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!
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.