The American Waltham Company was one of America''s earliest makers and the second largest after Elgin in terms of production. They held forth first in Roxbury and, in later years, Waltham, Massaschusetts. After many different owners, directors, and name changes they settled on "The American Waltham Watch Company, (later just Waltham).

This American Waltham pocket watch is in a large 18 size Silverode (nickel & copper amalagam) case, measuring 58mm in diameter by 85mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow, by 22mm thick. It has a fantastic fancy dial that features two butterflies in the center of an arcaded chapter ring.   Although there is a hairline between the 12 and the 5 it is till a fantastic sight to behold.  The case is in great condition and has that wonderful luster of an aged timepiece. You will notice that the stem goes in at the three o'clock position rather than at the 12.  This is what we call a "Sidewinder". The movement which our watchmakers have performing beautifully, is a seven jewel, full plate, gilded ,movement circa 1893.

Once you hold it in your hand you know that this is definitely a hefty man's watch. Take a look at the dial and notice how nice it is even after 124 years. The large seconds bit is sunken and every second is delineated along its perimeter. The case is a "Swing-Out", screw bezel workhorse that will last for another 124 years, easy.   All-in-all this is a very nice, very early, stem wind from a legendary company. It can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $850
Year: 1925
SKU: pw793
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This Chesterfield is a Swiss Pocket Alarm from the 1950's that is in great condition.  It is housed in a chrome case that open to provide an easel stand for the watch so that you can put it on your beside table.  The case measures 53mm in diameter by 72mm from the bottom of the case, to the top of the bow.  The dial diameter is 40mm.  The numerals and the hands have that aged lume color that only comes with care and age.  The pointed arrow, blued steel hand, indicates the time for the alarm to sound and is set by a knob at the rear of the watch.  We have removed the bell, which fills the entire case back to show you what great condition the movement is in.  The idea was that not only did you have a pocket watch to carry for time during your busy day, but you also had an alarm that could awaken you at the start of your day....all in one watch!  This great looking watch is running, winding, setting, and sounding the alarm just like it did over 67 years ago.  Our head watch maker has assured me that it is in perfect running condition and the one year warranty that we give you will allow you to sleep at night....until the alarm sounds!

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Price: $750
Year: 1950
SKU: pw1657
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Gruen watches are top quality and this one is a cut above many of their other watches. It's unusual appearance is due to two factors.  The slender profile and rose-colored dial combine to give a unique Art Deco look to a easy-to-carry timepiece. It is also very thin for its era and, because of this, is classified as an "Opera Watch". This designation signified that it was easy to carry in a tuxedo vest while in attendance at the opera. It is a fifteen jewel, Caliber 381 thoroughbred movement in a yellow gold-filled case with stylized gold hands and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position.  The case measures 39mm in diameter by 51mm from the bottom of the case to the top of the bow, by 8.5mm thick.  It also sports a oblong bow and a great original dial with gold applied numerals, Circa 1939. This Gruen is very unusual and scarce and it can be yours. Fully restored and warrantied. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $995
Year: 1939
SKU: pw1431
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This is one of the "Art Deco" 17 Jewel, open face, Howards that was made circa 1924.  It has an original box and papers that are from the era but do not match exactly the serial number.  My guess is that there were two watches purchased and the boxes got switched at some time in the past because the serial numbers are so close.  Never-the-less it is an original box, with original papers.  It is a 12 size (measuring 46mm in width by 59mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow), white gold filled, "Extra" case (the thickest gold filled case made) and the case condition is wonderful.  Our head watch maker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in the 1920's.  What really makes it really sing, however, is the "Art Deco" silvered dial.  It is just a thing of beauty, that is doubly accented by the pierced, blued steel hands, the engraved pendant, the stylized numerals, and the unusual bow shape.  This fabulous case contains a Series Seven that is in pristine condition.  Howard has a sterling reputation for quality and this watch is no exception.   We warranty all of our timepieces for one year, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence. It can be yours.

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Price: $2895
Year: 1924
SKU: pw1545
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Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World, and when this Solid Gold, Elgin, Multicolor Hunter was made, circa 1918 in Elgin, Illinois, they were dominating the Pocket Watch Market. Their popularity was due to the fact that they made a very reliable and accurate timepiece for a reasonable amount of money. This one is a 16 size, box hinge, that was carried traditionally by men as it was the standard size for everyday use.The case is a 14k, solid gold, multi-color, box hinge, beauty that was the pinnacle of solid gold pocket watches. On the solid gold case lids you can see yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold in a fantastic foliate design (on the front cover) and a multi-color "Stag" in the center of the back lid. With the addition of the classic white porcelain dial it makes for a winning combination! The movement, which is as clean as a whistle, is a 3/4 plate, 17 jewel, nickel movement, an engineering marvel, that is running perfectly. The Porcelain Dial is in excellent condition and is a good contrast for the blued steel, spade style hands. Also take note of the bow. It is what we term a "Stirrup" bow that was very desirable. The case measures 48mm in diamter, by 66mm top to bottom, by 12mm thick.  Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $4500
Year: 1918
SKU: pw1731
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 Howard was the Rolls Royce of American Pocket watches at the end of the 1800's and they were the standard by which all other companies were measured.  The Boston based E. Howard & Co. introduced the first "quick beat" train to American Watchmaking, and were also the first company to produce, and market, a stem winding watch in the U.S. as well as the first to adjust timing to all 6 positions.  Yes, they were an amazing company who led the American Pocket Watch onslaught with great panache.  By 1902 Howard was purchased by the Keystone Watch Case Company and they carried on the great Howard tradition.  Their watches were marked "E. Howard Watch co. Boston U.S.A.  All their watches were cased and timed at the factory and came as complete watches only, unlike the earlier Howard company who contracted with as many as 23 different companies to fabricate cases for them.  The production was terminated in 1930 after having made only about 650,000 complete watches.  If you compare this total with Elgin who made roughly 55,000,000 over 100 years of production time you can see why the Howard watch is scarce today.  This particular Howard is as nice as they get for a twelve size, open face Series Seven, 17 jewel.  It sports Breguet style, blued steel, "Lunette" hands (including the second hand), Roman Numerals, a porcelain dial, and a wonderfully simple, plain polish case that was the thickest gold filled case made.  The "Extra" designation that you can see on the interior of the case back lets the user know that it is guaranteed to wear permanently.  Gold filled cases were rated in terms of years of wear provided.  This is a yellow gold filled case that is real classic.  Normally one can see the year designations of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years inscribed on the case but rarely the term "Extra' which meant it was the thickest amount of gold that could be used while still having the more rigid base metal on the interior of the case.  Very, very few of these cases were made since it was a very costly proposition to produce one.  Add to all of this the fact that the case is a "book style swing-out" case in fantastic condition.  We think that this watch was rarely used over its lifetime and you only have to look at the tiny beaded rim on the case covers to see what we mean.  The beading is still beautiful in its simplicity.  This may be your chance to own a Howard that is easy to carry in modern clothing, stunning in its appearance, and in fantastic running condition.  Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $2800
Year: 1912
SKU: pw1693
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There were many Swiss pocket watches made but very few that had the good looks of this Coventry Sterling Silver, open face, key wind and key set gentleman's watch.  It was made circa 1887 and it is still in fantastic condition.  Maybe it was only used for special occasions or it was simply lovingly cared for.  What ever the reason it is all the better for us today.  The sterling silver case measures 50mm in diameter, by 18mm thick and it looks great.  The hinges for the front bezel and rear lid are solid rose gold and the case band (middle) is what we call a coin edge design so that you can grip it quite easily.  The back lid opens effortlessly with the push of the button on the pendant revealing the winding hole and the original owner's name, John Carver.  This watch was made for the English market and it bears all the correct hallmarks for purity, maker's mark, and date.  The watch was made in Coventry by Adam Burdess and it is a high quality fusee, tip-out, movement which displays the most spectacular silver dial that is adorned with mulit-color gold embellishments.  Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how intricate the dial design is.  Roman Numerals surround the textured dial center where you can see a foliate arrangement in multi-color gold.  This is a nice size gentleman's key wind pocket watch that you will be proud to wear and sho off.  We have only one...don't miss it!

 

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Price: $1850
Year: 1887
SKU: pw1075
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The Illinois Watch Company had its beginnings in several other incarnations starting in December of 1870 at Springfield, Illinois. The two founders were John Whitfield Bunn and John C. Adams. They started the Springfield Watch Company by attracting several other investors until they had amassed the princely sum of $100,000.00 which in those days was no small task. William B. Miller was to be their first secretary as they started production and a journey over what was to be a bumpy financial road. By 1877, after some difficulty, the company was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Springfield Watch Company and Erastus Newton Bates was chosen to lead them out of the financial difficulties they had encountered, but by July of 1878 they were once again faced with a re-organization and the named changed once again to the Illinois Watch Company, the final iteration that we know today. The chief executive was Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-1897) and he was an all round entrepreneur with his fingers in finance, newspapers, land development, coal, banking, railroads, wholesale groceries, politics and even the manufacture of rope. The Bunn brothers, John & Jacob, were close friends with Abraham Lincoln and whose political career was financed and managed by them. The growth of the enterprise grew steadily from this point on under the management of the Bunn brothers. The fortunes of the company were starting to rise and by 1880 they had over 400 employees up from 260 in 1879, and ultimately 1200 at their apex. Production was up as well from 33,285 in 1879 to 47,065 by 1880. Just ten years later they could boast offices in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With the advent of the Railroad Commission, in 1893, Illinois became one of the leading forces behind the design and manufacture of the highly accurate railroad timepieces that became world standards for accuracy and reliability.

This particular Illinois is quite handsome.  It is a 12 size, 17 jewel (adjusted nickel movement), Art Deco watch housed in a chrome open face case that is beautifully engraved on the case bezel, bow, and back edge with a great looking Deco design on the back. There is a cartouche that is un-engraved and awaiting your family initials. It has a tick glass crystal that protects the silvered dial.  At the 6 o'clock position there is a large seconds bit and all three blued steel hands have pierced ends.  All-in-all this is a wonderful watch in great running condition that can be yours. If you are longing for a very accurate, high-grade, everyday pocket watch then this may be the one for you. It is fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $875
Year: 1927
SKU: pw1633
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We here at Father Time see a good many Elgin watches that were made over the 100 years that they were in business. In almost every instance we can restore these wonderful timepieces to the timekeeping ability that Elgin originally intended them to have...a testament to their quality. Elgin ca  n certainly be proud of what they accomplished because they had an excellent product that has stood the test of time.

This Elgin is one we can heartily recommend.  It is a twelve size, open face, Art Deco model that is white gold filled with an engraved fancy bow, blued steel pierced hands and an engraved silver plated metal dial.  It dates from 1925 and we have the original box for it.  For all you bleeding hearts out there this one has had an aftermarket set of bleeding hearts hand painted on the dial at the 3:30 and 8:30 positions.  This just adds eye appeal to a wonderful watch that is easy to carry in modern clothing. The case middle shows the fancy engraving that is present in the bow and the back cover has three Art Deco Initials engraved within a centrally located diamond shape...very much in spirit with the era.  What a great looking watch...all fully restored and warrantied for one year.  Don't miss this one!

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Price: $995
Year: 1925
SKU: pw1580
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Hamilton was, without a doubt, the best maker of Pocket Watches in America and many of their wonderful timepieces are still being used everyday.  This particular Hamilton is a scarce configuration in that it is an asymmetrical shaped case that contains a round movement.  The case is white gold-filled mesuring 44mm tall, by 41mm wide (at its widest), by 21mm (at its narrowest).  It is 10mm in thickness.  This is a twelve size open face, 17 jewel, adhusted, nickel movement with a double roller.  Now if you don't know what any of that refers to, just harken to the fact that it is a bit above the average pocket watch in looks, quality, and performance.  It has a rigid bow that is very nice, as is the case decoration.  The back sports an engraved cartouche ("JC")  and the hands are stylized blued steel that complete the Art Deco theme.  Made circa 1926 this watch was very much in vogue.  It is an elegant gentleman's dress watch that could also be employed for everyday use.  Our one year warranty will allow you to purchase without the worry of restoration.

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Price: $1850
Year: 1926
SKU: pw1659
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This is not your ordinary open face pocket watch it is an American Waltham "Chronometer" rated fine timepiece.  The "Chronometer" designation is reserved for only the top quality watches that are able to pass a stringent set of parameters.   Waltham gave it the name "Victoria".  The 18 size, yellow gold filled case measures 53mm in diameter (not including the stem and bow) by 18mm thick and was made made circa 1894.  It is a seventeen jewel, highly accurate, nickel plated movement with a safety pinion, a micrometric regulator, marked "adjusted", and with a handsome damaskeeing pattern on the movement plates.  The double sunk, porcelain dial exhibits elongated Roman Numerals and a red five minute track just on the perimeter of the minute track.  There is a seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the original hands are gold Louis XIV style.  The case shows some signs of loving use over the years but is still very handsome.  The case back has an un-engraved shield that awaits your family initials.   This is truly a fine timepiece from one of America's finest manufacturers that really deserves the "Chronometer" designation.  If you are searching for a really great pocket watch in a large man's size then this may be the one for you!

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Price: $1950
Year: 1894
SKU: pw1621
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Elgin was the largest manufacturer of Pocket Watches in the World.  They were in business for 100 years from 1864 to 1964 in Elgin, Illiinois and they produced millions of watches over that time.  The ones that were housed in Multi-Color Gold Cases, however, are scarce.  This is one of those rarities!  The 14k solid yellow gold case is adorned with different colors of solid gold to highlight and accent the case adornment.  Red (or rose) Gold, Green Gold, and Yellow Gold are carefully applied and then engraved to form all of the design work that is proud of the case surface.  On one side we see a large (unengraved) cartouche that awaits your family initial.  It is surrounded by a foliate design that is quite handsome.  On the other side we can see the most amazing scene that is engraved with perfect precision depicting an intriguing landscape framed by encircling birds.  The case itself, apart from the multi-color adornments, is quite handsome.  It has domed drum lids with coin-edge engraving and a fancy engraved case band.  The overall effect is stunning and its condition shows that this wonderful Elgin was only brought out for special occasions as there is very little wear.  The movement is a 13 jewel, 3/4 plate, lever set, nickel movement that is running like the day it left the factory back in 1889.  The porcelain dial is beautiful in its simplicity and it displays Blued Steel Hands, Roman Numerals and a seconds bit at the 6 o'clock position. This is  a six size watch that can be carried by a man or a woman, but whomever wears it will be sure to get the attention of anyone who sees it...it is a spectacular timepiece...don't miss it!  Remember all of our watches are fully restored and warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!

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Price: $3500
Year: 1889
SKU: pw1726
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This Illinois 16 size open face Pocket Watch is simply spectacular. The 21 jewel movement is unsurpassed for this era and the "Bunn Special" iterations are some of the most desirable Railroad watches ever made! The case is yellow gold filled and is what is called a "Railroad" case with a non-pull out, fancy bow. These cases were designed to have a screw back & screw bezel thereby preventing dust and debris from entering the movement. The user would simply unscrew the front bezel to access the lever for setting, and, if he wanted to see the movement he would unscrew the back of the case. When you take a look at the"Zoom-In" photos of the movement you can see that it is as clean as the proverbial whistle. Our master watchmakers have it timed to within an inch of its life and it is performing like new. Make sure you notice the interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates. Pride of workmanship is everywhere on this watch. The double sunk, porcelain dial is a spectacular "Montgomery Dial" displaying red numeral 5 minute indicators and well as all the minutes in an hour.  Railroad watches were the most accurate watches of their time and they rival many mechanicals made today.  This particular "Bunn Special" was made circa 1925 and was well cared for over the years.  When you take a gander at the "Zoom-In" photos you will see what we mean...it is beautiful!  The sixty hour designation means that it has a full 30 power reserve (twice the normal mainspring).  The movement is a 3/4 plate nickel killer that has gold jewel cups and a gold center wheel.  It is a double roller with a motor barrel, micrometric regulator, and is adjusted to temperature and 6 positions.  It is all housed in a 10K yellow gold filled railroad case that is marked "Bunn Special Model" just as it should be.

The Illinois Watch Company had its beginnings in several other incarnations starting in December of 1870 at Springfield, Illinois. The two founders were John Whitfield Bunn and John C. Adams. They started the Springfield Watch Company by attracting several other investors until they had amassed the princely sum of $100,000.00 which in those days was no small task. William B. Miller was to be their first secretary as they started production and a journey over what was to be a bumpy financial road. By 1877, after some difficulty, the company was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Springfield Watch Company and Erastus Newton Bates was chosen to lead them out of the financial difficulties they had encountered, but by July of 1878 they were once again faced with a re-organization and the named changed once again to the Illinois Watch Company, the final iteration that we know today. The chief executive was Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-1897) and he was an all round entrepreneur with his fingers in finance, newspapers, land development, coal, banking, railroads, wholesale groceries, politics and even the manufacture of rope. The Bunn brothers, John & Jacob, were close friends with Abraham Lincoln and whose political career was financed and managed by them. The growth of the enterprise grew steadily from this point on under the management of the Bunn brothers. The fortunes of the company were starting to rise and by 1880 they had over 400 employees up from 260 in 1879, and ultimately 1200 at their apex. Production was up as well from 33,285 in 1879 to 47,065 by 1880. Just ten years later they could boast offices in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With the advent of the Railroad Commission, in 1893, Illinois became one of the leading forces behind the design and manufacture of the highly accurate railroad timepieces that became world standards for accuracy and reliability. If you are longing for a very accurate, high-grade, railroad watch then this may be the one for you. It is fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $2500
SKU: pw1720
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Elgin was the largest watch manufacturer in the World, and when this Solid Gold, Elgin, Multicolor Hunter was made, circa 1901 in Elgin, Illinois, they were at their peak. Their popularity was due to the fact that they made a very reliable and accurate timepiece for a reasonable amount of money. This one is a 16 size, box hinge, that was carried traditionally by men as it was the standard size for everyday use.The case is a 14k, solid gold, multi-color, box hinge, beauty that was the pinnacle of solid gold pocket watches. On the solid gold case lids you can see yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold in a fantastic foliate design (on the front cover) and a multi-color bird on the wing in the center of the back lid. With the addition of the multi-color fancy porcelain dial it just doesn't get any better than this! The movement, which is as clean as a whistle, is a 3 finger bridge, 17 jewel, nickel movement, an engineering marvel, that is running perfectly. The Fancy Porcelain Dial is in excellent condition and is a good contrast for the blued steel, spade style hands. Also take note of the bow If you want a pocket watch that is of an era we will never see again, then this could be THE spectacular centerpiece of your collection. Remember all of our timepieces come with our one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $5250
Year: 1901
SKU: pw1722
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 A.Lange & Sohne is one of the most sought after European makers. Follow this link to the Lange History  http://www.alange-soehne.com/en/our-saxon-origin/  Their uncompromising quality and precision is what made them famous.  We were very fortunate to acquire this fantastic silvered dial timepiece housed in a coin silver (.900) case that measures 49 mm in diameter by 59 mm from the case bottom to the top of the bow.  It is a fifteen jewel that has a palpable elegance and a stunning appearance. The watch was made circa 1940 and is in perfect running condition.  It winds, sets, and keeps time like the high quality pocket watch it is.  Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $4500
Year: 1940
SKU: pw1718
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This watch is 14k solid gold with diamonds and enamel and is a rare size to boot! The turn of the last century (1900) was a Golden Age for pocket watch companies and a time when Elgin was at their best. This ladies' pocket watch was made in 1910 by Elgin, the largest manufacturer of watches in the world, located in Elgin Illinois. This piece is a 4/0 size with a solid 14k gold case that measures 26mm in diameter by 37mm from the bottom of the watch to the top of the bow. It is an extremely hard to find smaller size that was very much sought after for its elegance and easy-to-wear size. Not only is this a rare size, but it is an Art Nouveau piece as well, employing multicolor enamel, and diamonds to make as elegant a ladies pendant watch as one could want. The case back, which is designed to be worn facing outward and easily displayed because of a swiveling bow that gives the owner an easy way to orient the face or back, has a great design that stands proud of the case surface in wonderful relief. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how the intertwined Nouveau designs compliment the piece. There are nine diamonds that make up the frontispiece for an array of Lilies of the Valley. It is simply spectacular! The 14k matching pin (also a rarity) has a matching colored enamel and a centered "Jack-in-the Pulpit" enamel-lined flower with a diamond center. The pin measures 22mm by 25mm.

The movement is just as nice as the case and pin. It is a seventeen jewel artfully damaskeened, three quarter plate, nickel movement with gold jewel cups...a level of quality for a movement that was usually reserved only for a gentleman's railroad pocket watch, but evident here in all its glory! This is the only one of these we have ever had after being in business for over 34 years. Don't miss it!

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Price: $2995
Year: 1910
SKU: PW1690
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This is a lovely little Swiss Ladies watch, circa 1895, in a 12 lignes solid gold multi-color case - comparable to an American 3/0 size, the perfect size for wearing as a pendant. The movement has 7 jewels and is in excellent running condition. The 14k solid gold case is a triumph of gold work that has been executed in three colors of engraved gold. All the engraving is crisp and quite attractive! The fancy dial is porcelain with a fantastic multi-color design that has some very tiny hair line cracks that are invisible to the naked eye. The Gold Louis XIV hands just add to the elegance of the watch. Any lady would be proud to step out with this beauty hanging from a slide chain around her neck. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $2400
Year: 1895
SKU: PW1688
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This is a finely made Swiss 16 jewel open face pocket watch that was surely carried by a fine gentleman back in the day! It has a lever escapement and is pendant set. The watch is a Swiss size - 16.5 lignes , comparable to an American 12 size. As there is no name on the dial, or the movement, we would call this an ebauche - probably made for export to a small family jewelry shop in England or America! If you wanted your own brand of watch to retail you could contract with one of the major Swiss manufacturers to produce a minimum number that would allow you to market a brand with your name on the dial or you could choose to have no name on it...which is the case here. You, as a retailer, could be assured of quality engineering, a constant parts supply, and a watch that you could be proud to sell. This Swiss pocket watch, circa 1921, has a metal dial with a wonderful patina on it! It has aged perfectly over the years to that great vintage appearance that only time can create. The 18k solid gold case is plain polished and in mint condition. Overall a simply elegant timepiece which can be yours 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.

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Price: $2650
Year: 1921
SKU: PW1685
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This is a Ball railroad watch that was marketed by A. Frankfield. The watch is a Ball that was made by the American Waltham Watch Company. A. Frankfield was a high end jeweler and importer in New York. that contracted with the Webb C. Ball watch company to provide them with watches they could then retail under their own brand with the assurance that the engineering and parts supply was strong. This way they had a stellar brand with their name on the dial that their customers would relish. Ball didn't make any of their own watches, they contracted with all the major watch manufacturers to make watches for them. This one is a Waltham as identified by the regulator shape. Yep, it's convoluted! These watches are known as "Jeweler's Contract" watches and there are collections which consist of a variety of these great manufacturers under hundreds of jeweler's names. The jeweler would agree to purchase a good number of movements,and sometimes cases, from the original manufacturer (Waltham in this case) and then the original manufacturer would put the jeweler's name on the dial so it would appear to be their own brand. As an interesting aside in 1891 there was a head-on crash between two railway trains, Lake Shore and Michigan Southern, near Kipton, Ohio. There was conjecture about what caused the the crash...some say that the engineers watch stopped for four minutes and then started-up again and others say that the stem pulled out and altered the correct time. Either way the fast mail train was coming through and, although the engineer thought he was at at the crossing at the correct time, he was in fact, four minutes late and the resulting tragedy made the American government take notice. A railroad commission was established headed by Webb C. Ball who was a Cleveland jeweler. The railroad officials asked Ball to establish strict standards for railroad watches that would assure accuracy and regular inspection backed by stringent record keeping for each individual timepiece. Prior to this time all manner of clocks and watches were used to time the movements of the trains. Each railroad had its own standards and there was no universal compliance. Once Ball established the high water mark for ruggedness and accuracy the manufacturers set about meeting those standards and soon there was a list of the companies that could meet these new Railroad Standards. Ball became the general time inspector for over 125,000 miles of railroad in the U.S., Mexico, & Canada. This is how the expression "on the ball" came into the vernacular. This particular Ball, 16 size, 19 jewel, lever set, three quarter plate nickel movement, has the gold RR seal on the movement indicating that it is a railroad approved watch. This fantastic movement is housed in a screw back/screw bezel, yellow gold-filled case which sports a very interesting blue (rare) five minute track. Make sure you notice the gold jewel cups, interesting damaskeening pattern on the plates, and the pristine condition of the movement. Our master watchmakers have it running, winding, and setting so that it could pass railroad inspection today. Remember all our timepieces are fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $1200
Year: 1910
SKU: PW1684
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In 1884 the Seth Thomas Clock Co., Thomaston, CT, built an addition to its existing factory on the corner of Marine and Bridge streets within which to manufacture pocket watches. The first watches were available for sale in 1885. For the next thirty years, a full line of Seth Thomas watches were available in 0, 4, 6, 12, 16 and 18 size. By 1914, the company had decided to concentrate on the clock business and the last watches ceased appearing in the company's catalogs in the Fall of 1915.

This Seth Thomas pocket watch was made in 1907. The case is yellow gold filled and the engraving is still pretty crisp! The porcelain dial has Roman Numerals and is in perfect condition, displaying a second bit at the six o'clock position. It also has the additional feature of being lever set. The seven jewel movement has two-tone plates with a gold starburst pattern centering on some interesting concentric damaskeening. Since Seth Thomas only made pocket watches for about 30 years there are not a great deal of them extant..and this is a particularly nice six size that was lovingly cared for over its 106 year lifetime. This is what we call a crossover size that can be carried by either a man or a woman. Our master watchmakers have the seven jewel, two tone movement, ticking just like it did back in 1907 so that it can spend another lifetime in your pocket. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.  It could be yours...don't miss it!

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Price: $850
Year: 1907
SKU: PW1680
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