We, here at Father Time, like these big, silver hunting case, beauties and if you do too, you will not be disappointed! This one is in a heavy 18 size 3 oz. coin silver case (900 parts out of a 1000 pure silver). The Elgin 15 jewel "G.M. Wheeler movement, named after one of the company's founders, was top of the line and it is running perfectly! It has a great looking Roman Numeral porcelain dial that is in great condition showing only two minor flakes (hardly noticeable) at the dial edge near 4 o'clock.
Elgin was the largest producer of timepieces in the world and here you can see why they were so successful. This is an early key wind key set (circa 1873) that is winding, running, and setting like the day it came from the factory. The blued steel hands are in great shape and the case lids and dust cover snap shut perfectly. The case hinges are solid rose gold and are offset for strength and longevity. If you are searching for a real nice silver hunter this may be the piece for you. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This watch is big (18 size) and heavy! You better wear suspenders if ya carry it in your pocket! The case is coin silver (900 parts silver out of 1000. Sterling is 925 parts out of a 1000) and it has that mellow sheen just like sterling! This watch, made circa 1905, has a key wind and set movement. It has 15 jewels and runs great! The Elgin factory must have been an interesting place to work. I knew several of the "watch finishers" that worked there and their stories are quite interesting. One of them is a man who helped us technically when we first opened the doors of Father Time Antiques back in 1979. He told me that he started working at Elgin at the lowest position in the factory and his job was to sweep-up the various department floors and run parts whenever needed. Through the years he became more valuable to the factory as he learned at the elbow of fellow workers and also at the Elgin Watchmakers College. He worked in the Dial room, the Hairspring room,and virtually all the other departments until he became proficient and had achieved the ultimate technical position of "watch finisher". The "watch finisher" was the man who first gave life to the watch by placing the balance assembly into the watch and winding it for the first time. This man needed to have intimate knowledge of all the other operations in the factory in order to correct any problems that he might encounter once the watch started to tick or if, in fact, it didn't start to tick. This was a position of achievement and pride and carried a higher salary with it as a mark of technical accomplishment. He told me that during the depression when Elgin made some of their movements with a gold finish that he and his co-workers laughingly referred to the practice as the "Gold Standard", because Elgin had reduced their salaries by half to weather the storm of the economic downturn.
In later years I heard from some residents of Elgin that once the factory was slated for demolition (in 1965) there was a time when you could purchase 55 gallon drums of parts for their watches for $5.00 each. Another resident told me that the effluvial pipes that emptied waste water from the factory were harvested by some enterprising folks that knew that these pipes carried the waste from the plating and case rooms where many precious metals were used! The pipes, it seems, were like clogged arteries...clogged with gold! I can only imagine what these scrap pipes would bring at today's gold spot prices. One of the employees brought a home movie in 8mm to one of the local watch shows to show me the dynamiting of the iconic Elgin Watch Factory Clock Tower. He had the film in a hand-crank viewer and you could view the tower collapsing, and then, by cranking it backwards, see it re-assemble out of the rubble. It was both sad and interesting as this was the final blow to the once powerful Elgin edifice. There is, however, a physical remnant of the Elgin legacy and that is the Elgin National Watch Company Observatory. It stands to this day at 312 Watch Street in Elgin, Illinois just two blocks from the site of the factory. Our ability to keep time is based on our position in the universe and to determine that position you need a telescope and a way to determine the position of the stars relative to a fixed point on earth. The telescope that was erected in the Observatory had eleven vertical wires that were internal to the lens and when a celestial body was observed to cross one of the wires the astronomer would press a button that would send a signal to one of the Sidereal Clocks, Number 220, in the Observatory. The time thus determined would then be compared to the time on Sidereal clock Number 224 and the results were compared and then published in the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. By this method accuracy could be determined to within 1/100 of a second. These results were relayed to the factory by an audible signal that would allow workers to accurately set their watches. Additionally this signal was sent to radio stations in later years where a listener might hear the phrase "at the tone the time will be". The announcer would state the time and then the tone would sound indicating the exact second of its passing. Elgin was quite proud of their observatory and adopted the tag line "ELGIN TAKES TIME FROM THE STARS AND PUTS IT IN YOUR POCKET"
Now you can own one of their really interesting watches that we have fully restored so that you can hand it down in your family.
The Victorians would call them "turnips" because they were so large and manly. This is a big watch in a solid sterling silver case! The case is an 18 size and the engraving is still crisp. There is no personalization of engraved initials in the designated area! It has a coin edge case middle that makes it easy to grip your hand to tell the time and impress your friends. The movement is spotless, displays 15 jewels, is lever set, and is running like new.
Made circa 1888 this wonderful pocket watch has stood the test of time. Notice how nice the Roman Numeral porcelain dial is.Yes, it has some minor hairlines but this is indicative of its age.
Our watchmakers have this wonderful watch winding, setting, and keeping time like it did back in the 19th century so that you may be the proud owner of a true antique. 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 one of those pieces that makes you just say, "WOW!" In all of our years in the business (over 30 now) we have never seen a better, more complete, or higher grade "Art Nouveau" ladies, 18k solid gold, pendant watch than this one. When you hold this piece in your hand you can feel how well made it is. Ladies 18k gold, enamel pieces are very scarce by themselves, but the Nouveau pieces are almost non-existant in this quality. Make sure you examine this watch in the "Zoom-In" photos to understand how lovely it really is. I know that you have heard the expression that "the pictures really don't do it justice" , but in this case it is absolutely true! It is a piece to die for! The movement in this watch is not just any movement, is a seventeen jewel high grade timepiece that was made for Tiffany by Vacheron and Constantine (makers to royalty). Watches for women, at this time circa 1899, were normally only 7 jewel since it was thought that women did not have to have as accurate a timepiece as a man (how times have changed) The case bezel and back are in a very unusual "flange style" configuration where the case middle is recessed. The fact that these parts fit perfectly is a testament to the watchmakers art. The incised recesses on the surface of the case contain the enamel work in small cloisonnes that add grace and beauty to the overall design but also protect the enamel from wear and/or abuse. The foliate designs that were the hallmark of the "Art Nouveau" period are evident all over this magnificent watch. The matching pin to one of these Nouveau watches is almost never found with the original watch....but here it is! Notice the delicate use of grape-like rubies in contrast to the green enamel. The pin also has two portraits that have been executed in gold depicting two cherubs. The pin attaches to the watch conventionally via a hook to the bow. The bow is a swiveling one that allows the wearer to revolve the watch easily to display either side to the viewer. This is a watch that has been carefully designed with the most discerning client in mind. Our master watchmaker thinks that it may be a one-of-a-kind custom made piece for a very special person.
Watches like this don't cross our path often, but when they do we make every attempt to secure them for our valued customers. This one can be yours! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
This is an extraordinary timepiece that we rarely have the pleasure to offer for sale. This piece was made for Tiffany and is an extraordinary example of the watchmaker's art circa 1910. Not only is this Agassiz an extremely high-grade watch for its day, but it also has its original, matching, neck chain that is executed in the same beautiful blue enamel that encases the watch. The way the enamel, platinum, and gold compliment one another is testament to the ultimate skill of the jeweler, casemaker, and the watchmaker. The small size of the watch is a huge technological achievement for its day. Today we can only marvel at the skill of these craftsmen from bygone days. Take a look at the guilloche work beneath the translucent blue enamel. There is a delicate tracery that centers the case and highlights the central diamond encrusted platinum fillagree. This wonderful timepiece also has a swiveling bow so that it may be displayed with either, the dial or the diamonds, facing forward. Additionally the bow has its own inset diamonds. Counting the bow and the case there is a total of 30 diamonds. The watch measures only 22mm in diameter, not including the stem and bow...an incredible size that is quite easily worn around the neck. The 18 yellow gold chain has nine blue enamel links and a central blue enamel rondel that connects the two neck chains to the central leader. The dial is in excellent original condition showing the "Agassiz" name and "Swiss" below the 6 o'clock position. The blued steel hands contrast easily with the beautifully aged cream colored dial. These hands are the so called "Breguet Lunette" style that have a very attractive look. At the edge of the bezel there is an arcaded 18k yellow gold reveal that has white enamel as its background. This design is also evident on the reverse and on the pendant. The case middle is in yellow gold and is set off by the blue enamel case band.
All-in-all this is one of the most spectacular ladies pendant watches we have had in a long time. We have only one so don't miss it! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may by with confidence.
This an Illinois 6 size solid gold multicolor (pocket watch measuring 40mm in diameter) that conjures up images of the Victorian era when American watchmaking was in full bloom! It is a size that either a man or a woman could wear. The engaving is beautifully executed in solid 14K green, rose, and two colors of yellow gold. The center cartouche on the front lid is pink gold and displays the stylized initials "OA". Around the cartouche are five floral depictions in all the gold colors. Notice the fine lines of engraving still visible in the background even after all of these years; a sure sign that this watch has been lovingly cared for since 1891 when this watch first saw the light of day. The inner lids are all marked with the U.S.Assay mark of 14K solid gold and the dust cover tells the name and address of the original owner. Many times we never know who owned these beauties, but that is not the case here. It's original owner is enshrined on the inner lid for all subsequent owners to see. We are, after all, only caretakers of these magnificent timepieces for future generations. We have some customers that are continuing this tradition for the next generation to marvel at...you could join them with the purchase of this watch! The back lid has a shell-edged cartouche that displays a beautiful diamond set into the lid center. The porcelain dial with Roman Numerals is pristine carrying the "Illinois" name in a fanciful border just below the 12 o'clock position. There is a sunken seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the watch is set by means of a lever at the 4:45 position. All-in-all this is one heck of a solid gold timepiece from a stellar American company. The movement is a 15 jewel engineering marvel that we have fully restored to run superbly and our famous one year warranty will allow you to buy with confidence.
Look at the hand engraving on this watch, it's very elaborate and, after over 100 years, still looks great! The cartouche in the center of the case lid is still un-engraved - just waiting for your initials! What is unusual about this case is the fact that it has a split button in the pendant that allows opening either the front or back lids of the hunting case depending on which portion of the button you depress. The movement is fully jeweled and is exceptional for that period circa 1879. There are two accesses in the inner dust cover for winding the watch and setting the time with a key (which is indicative of the age). The movement is a 17 ligne size and the case is 42mm in diameter. Just look at all the individual "finger bridges" that support the wheels in this movement; a sure sign of quality! The delicate "Lunette" hands look great on the beautiful porcelain dial. It is very slender watch for that era and fits comfortably in the pocket today. If you want an elegant timepiece in 18K solid gold that has a real place in history this is it! Our famous one year warranty will ensure that it will perform like the wonderful engineering marvel that it is.
The serial number indicates that this Dueber Hampden Gentleman's pocket watch was made in 1902. The engraving on the gold filled case shows signs of the normal wear you would expect on a watch of this age! The dial and hands are what make this watch special! The bold Roman numerals surround this "double sunk" dial showing a center section that is sunken, and a seconds bit that is sunken also! The ornate hands are "Louis XIV" style which perfectly compliment the dial! The movement is a 17 jewel killer that is running just like the day it left the factory in Canton , Ohio, in fact the original case papers are still inside the back lid. Perhaps this watch spent years tucked away in the vest pocket of a banker. Every time he pulled it out and opened it up to view the time - he must have been delighted! You'll experience the same joy! Our famous one year parts and labor warranty guarantees it!
This is a beautiful 12 size, multi-color, 14k gold filled Elgin pocket watch. It displays floral and bird patterns that are typical of that era. The serial number indicates that the watch was made in 1904. The movement has 7 jewels and is running just like when it was new. The initials engraved on the front of the watch are PJ. They are barely perceptible on the pink scroll at the lower, right , bottom quadrant of the watch. Our famous one year parts and labor warranty will make your purchase worry free!
This watch is a fine example of American watch making circa 1916. The Illinois company made exceptional timepieces and this one is representative of how nice they turned out! This watch is a 12 size, open face, 25 year yellow gold filled beauty. The 12 size was a watch that was popular from the first World war through to WWII. Because it was slimmer and easier to carry it became very popular to own. Illinois put their heart and soul into making very accurate and elegantly engineered watches for the discerning customer. They honed their skills making railroad watches for America's "iron horses" and, by proxy, the average man on the street benefited. The nickel movement in this one has a very interesting damasceening which is a series of wavy stripes that look really cool. The movement is a 17 jewel three quarter plate, nickel marvel, that is running like a champ. Take a look at this really nice original dial. It shows a very even mellowing with age. The golden color highlights the blued steel hands. Notice the pattern on the hands\' ends as this indicates real attention to detail. Additionally the second hand has a round piercing at its terminal end, a feature that Breguet (the father of watchmaking) initiated 150 years earlier. The case middle is also special in that it has a "coin-edge" rilling that makes the watch easier to handle. This is a very nice watch. Don't let it get away.
Illinois was a great watch factory centered in Springfield, Illinois. Many of their watches were destined for railroad use but many others were watches that graced the waistcoats and vests of the well-heeled. This is a special hexagonal case model called the "Sterling". The designation referred to the quality of the fine 21 jewel movement, and not the case material, which in this case is 14K white gold filled, measuring 47MM by 55MM. The dial is two tone with a matte white outer background, for the chapters, and a reflective inner hexagonal shape that bears the Illinois mark. The Arabic numerals and seconds track are mirror-like silver. The contrast for this beautiful dial is a wonderful pair of blued steel hands that have diamond shaped ends. The back is plain polish with an interesting arcade band that follows the case contours. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor. The 21 jewel movement, Circa 1923, is a strong runner and a very accurate. timepiece that you will be proud to own and display. It is also a delight to look at. The movement plates are beautifully damaskeened and display gold headed screws which contrast with the silvered plates.
Gruen was legendary for excellence in watchmaking and the "Pentagon" is evidence of that reputation. Unusual shapes were reserved for special timepieces that the company wanted to highlight. The "Pentagon" has a slimness and elegance that begs to be put in your pocket. The silvered dial bears the Gruen mark as well as the "Veri-Thin" and "Precision" designation. The gold hands have skeletonized diamond shaped ends that point to embossed arabic numerals. The pentagonal shape is repeated in the shape of the recessed seconds bit. The case is yellow gold filled, plain polish that terminates in an arched bow. The seventeen jewel movement is ticking, and keeping time like the day it was made. The only service that this watch required when we received it, was cleaning, oiling, and regulating. This is a testament to how well it was cared for over the years and to Gruen's quality. If you want a pocket watch that you can be proud to carry this is the one! Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year parts and labor warranty.
This is a very special pocket watch that is Swiss manufactured. It is 18K solid gold with inlaid black enamel. Everything about this spectacular timepiece is unusual. The rich deep yellow, gold color is handsomely contrasted by the inlaid black enamel designs. Made circa 1876, it bears the aura of its day. The case measures41mm in diameter by 11mm thick and is 58mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case. This is a hunting case that bears a central "R" initial in the cartouche. Finely engraved engine turning graces the case on both sides. The watch was made for the famous Jaccard & Co. of St. Louis. When you open the front cover you are greeted with a lovely porcelain dial that has Roman numerals. The hands have Fleur-de Lis ends that gracefully point to the correct time. At the 4:15 position there is a small lever that peeks out from under the bezel. By pushing this with your thumb-nail it pops into the setting position. Once you set the hands to the correct time all you have to do is close the front cover and the setting is automatically disengaged - quite an innovation for 1876. When you open the back cover you will see an engraving that says " IDA FROM ED", 22nd March 1876 and the 18k mark. What's really unusual is that there is an oval porcelain insert on the 2nd inner lid that has an actual photo of Ed in sepia tones. This portrait is framed like a typical Victorian picture and is surrounded by black enamel designs. If all these features were not enough there is a fantastic, fantastic three finger bridge, Swiss 15 jewel movement that is running like the day it was made. It bears the patent date of Aug. 8, 1871. All in all this is a unique time piece that is quite old and in excellent running condition. This wonderful heirloom could be yours! Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor.
A repeater is a watch that chimes the time to within a specific parameter. This is a Quarter Hour Repeater that tells you the time by chiming within 15 minute segments. First it chimes the hour that it's past then it double chimes the quarter hour that the minute hand is currently in. You will know what time it is with a maximum error of 14 minutes. Additionally this magnificent timepiece has a chronograph feature that, on demand, starts the timing of the sweep second hand for exactly timing of precise activities. This is all delineated on the intricately marked porcelain dial which has some faint hairlines that do not detract from the magnificent pocket repeater. The watch is a 19 Lignes Huguenin & Sons, 14k solid gold, hunting case, with chronograph feature by push button located on the band in the twelve o'clock position. The movement is a seventeen jewel nickel beauty that is a joy to behold. The repeater function is activated by a slide on the band and has a nice crisp bell sound. Opening the back you will see a fantastic glass display back that allows the viewer to see the movement without admitting dust and dirt. The case lids are engine-turned showing only the most minor wear. The inner dust cover is signed, numbered and bears the gold 14k hallmark. The case diameter is 55mm by 77mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the case and is 12mm thick. For a collector this is the gold ring. It literally has all the bells and whistles. This watch is winding, setting and functioning perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty. If you are a collector or have one in your life this is the watch for you!
We don't see a lot of these Mathey enamel ladies pockets, especially in this condition, but when we do we acquire them. This one is a 13 jewel, key wind, key set, beauty in 14K solid gold hunting case that has enamel on both sides in a lovely portrait and reverse pattern. The enamel work is not only beautiful but in wonderful condition. This watch was undoubtedly made for someone of high station in life. A real jewel in the crown of your collection. Fully restored and warrantied for one year so that you may buy with confidence. We have only one so don't miss it.