Back in the 1980's I met a man at one of our national clock and watch shows that was the director of the Poljot Watch Factories in Russia and he and I had a great time talking about the watch world. He told me that the Hampden Watch company, located in Canton, Ohio, was producing quality watches circa 1890, and that they introduced the first size 16, 23 jewel movement made in America. In 1923, two businesses merged to become the Dueber-Hampden Watch Company and in 1925, John Dueber sold the company to Walter Vrettman. In 1927, falling sales led to the company going into receivership and by 1930, Amtorg Trading Corporation purchased the Dueber-Hampden Watch Company together with all of the manufacturing equipment, parts on hand, and work in progress, in order to build a factory in Russia. T It was a massive task to move 28 boxcars of machinery from Canton, together with 21 Dueber Hampden employees to teach the Russians the craft of watchmaking.
This became the First State Watch Factory.
As the Nazi army closed in on Moscow, in the Autumn of 1941, the factory was hurriedly evacuated to Zlatoust, where more than 300,000 Zlatoust Type-1 watches and clocks were made. By 1943, the Moscow factory was re-established and renamed the First Moscow Watch Factory and continued the manufacture of pocket watches and stopwatches, as well as watches for Soviet Navy divers.
I'm relaying all this information to point out that he sold me this particular Soviet Tank Commander's Chronograph which was descended from this heritage. It came from that factory back in the 1980's and I have had it ever since. It is housed in a stainless steel case measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 45mm lug to lug, by 14mmk thick. The movement is a very hearty 23 jewel workhorse that is running like the day it crossed the ocean 32 years ago. It displays a date window at the six o'clock position and it has a constant seconds dial at the nine o'clock position with a corresponding recorded minute sub dial at the three o'clock position. The gray dial with white chapter ring is a real handsome addition that displays the Russian Tank Commanders Logo just above the six o'clock position. You will also notice in the "Zoom-In" photos that there is a second crown at the nine o'clock position that allows the user to align a triangular indicator with the position of the minute hand for elapsed from any point on the dial. This feature is under the crystal and can be set at will by this second crown. We have adorned it with an 18mm grey, sea snake band that seems to suit it quite well. Even if you are not tank commander in the Russian Army you can wear a watch that was intended for one. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you a hassle free purchase.
Bulova was a very prolific Swiss company that made great watches for which there are many parts still available. These were well designed not only from a cosmetic perspective but also from an engineering stand point. This is a really nice watch that, although it was designed for a gentleman's wrist, would look great on a ladies wrist was well. It is a 21 jewel, in rose gold filled case, with a rose gold dial, blued steel stick hands, and a seconds bit at the 6 o"clock position. The case measures 21mm wide (not including the crown), by 34mm lug to lug. A very nice, elegant watch that will give you years of service and our one year warranty for parts and labor will give you the confidence you need when purchasing a vintage wristwatch.
The 1930's exhibited a heavy influence of Art Deco design that was sprinkled throughout the watch world and, if you were an "in the know" gentleman, you would have purchased a great looking Deco design for your wrist. This cushion shaped Elgin is just such a watch at a price that won't sap your funds. We offer it here today as an affordable watch with a design that has stood the test of time. Notice the two-tone silvered dial with a copper colored minute track that skirts the dial perimeter with Deco Arabic numerals at the 12, 2, 4, 8, and 10, while the other chapters are represented by copper colored dots with black enclosures. The seconds bit, at the 6 o'clock position echoes the overall case shape. The case which measures 29mm wide by 10mm thick, by 37mm lug to lug has a yellow gold filled top (matching the hands) and a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The fifteen jewel movement is running like a top and is good to go for another generation to appreciate. We have fitted it with a dark brown lizard grain strap that suits it perfectly. Remember all of our watches come with a one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
If you are a regular here at the Father Time site you already know that we believe that Hamilton was the best manufacturer in America. Not only were they the best in terms of total quality they were also very competitive. In the late 1930's and early 1940's the watch company designers were focused on making slightly larger and longer wristwatches. The rectangular shape was in style and there were many riffs on this theme. This particular Hamilton "Donald" is one of the real classic looks in solid yellow gold that they produced in 1941. Its solid gold case measures 28mm in width by 36mm lug to lug. The silvered dial sports applied gold Arabic numerals, gold "dagger" hands, and a brown lizard band with a 14k solid gold buckle completes the look. The nineteen jewel gold medal movement, caliber 981, is in pristine condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. This is the kind of dress watch that you can own for a lifetime...don't miss it!
Baume & Mercier was founded as "Frères Baume" in 1830 by brothers Louis-Victor and Célestin Baume, who opened the watch dealership in Les Bois, a village in the Swiss Jura. The Swiss watch manufacturer expanded internationally by establishing a branch in London in 1921 under the name "Baume Brothers", which led to expansion throughout the British Empire. By the late 19th century, the company had an established international reputation, and its timepieces had set accuracy records and won a number of timekeeping competitions.
In 1918, company director William Baume partnered with Paul Mercier to found "Baume & Mercier" in Geneva. The firm became specialized in manufacturing wristwatches, particularly unconventional "shaped" models that did not possess the traditional round form. In 1919, Baume & Mercier was awarded the Geneva Seal, the highest international distinction of the time for watchmaking excellence.
During the Roaring Twenties, the brand embraced women's emancipation. In the 1940s, Baume & Mercier launched a number of modern watch collections, most notably the 2 Register Chronograph. Baume & Mercier celebrity ambassadors have included Gwyneth Paltrow, Andy Garcia, Gary Sinese, Ashton Kutcher, David Duchovny, Teri Hatcher, Kim Basinger, and Kiefer Sutherland. The "Baume & Mercier & Me" celebrity endorsement campaign has been used to raise money for charity. They have also entered the Chinese market.
This particular Baume & Mercier is circa 1984 and has been executed in 18k solid gold with a very fancy engraved case. We are also fortunate enough to have the original box, buckle and band. The first thin that grabs you when you cast you eyes on the striking wristwatch is the dramatic contrast between the jet black dial, gold Roman Numerals, and the engraved case. It just looks great! When you actually get to hold it in your hand you will realize how little it has been worn. It was certainly a special occasion watch for the original owner as it show almost no wear. The same is true for the movement it is spotless. The only restoration it needed was a cleaning. The bezel has a beaded perimeter while the case band (middle) is beautifully engraved with a foliate design that is to die for. The black dial i s perfect with gold Roman Numerals calling out the chapters with a gold minute band just beneath the numerals. To top it all off there is a gold crown that bears a blue cabochon in its center. This wonder watch also has its original gold buckle and black lizard band. The seventeen jewel movement is in pristine condition and running just like the day it came from Switzerland circa 1984. It measures 33mm in diameter, by an ulta-slim 6mm in thickness, by 37mm lug to lug. It is the quintessential 18k gold dress watch...and it can be yours. Don't miss it!
Longines has been a mover and shaker in the watch world since its inception in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1832. Founded by Auguste Agassiz, Longines has been a steady beacon for timekeeping. This watch is representative of their quality and robustness in the market. It was made circa 1972 and executed in brushed stainless steel case, with a charcoal dial and applied stainless steel bar markers at the chapters, and a date window at the 3 o'clock position. The model is the "Conquest" Automatic (self winding) with a central sweep seconds hand. The case measures 37mm in width by 40mm lug to lug and it sports a minimally stitched, 18mm, textured, brown leather band. The movement is a 25 jewel workhorse that will give you great service for generations to come. This is a model we have never had the privilege to own before, due to its scarcity in the market. What really caught our attention, other than its great looks, is the pristine condition of the case, dial, and movement. This is as nice as it gets...what a handsome watch...and it can be yours. Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
"Wear a Ball and Time Them All" was the tag line that Ball used for their Railroad Pocket Watches and it stuck. When the pocket watch was in decline there was still a need for very accurate timepieces and that is why a line of Ball Railroad Wristwatches were developed. Their attributes are very similar to the Railroad Pocket Watches in that they had to be very readable and accurate. This watch certainly fills the bill with its white dial, blued steel hands, and red sweep second hand. The bold Arabic Numerals are also a feature that we saw on earlier pocket watches. The yellow gold-filled case measures 34mm in diameter (without the crown), by 40mm lug to lug, with a thickness of 11mm. We have fitted it with an 18mm stitched, and padded, black leather band for wearing longevity. It is running like the proverbial top and it can be yours.
This is a Swiss Leber (made by the Harper Watch Co.) 17 Jewel manual wind wristwatch from the late 1950's that is in great condition. If you are looking for a very presentable everyday wristwatch that will not break the bank, then this may be the one for you. It has a great looking dial with unusual "Arrowhead" markers at the cardinal points and a pair of beautiful "Dagger" hands with a central sweep seconds hand. The case is all stainless steel (measuring 32mm in diameter by 38mm lug to lug) which is great for everyday wearing and it is resistant to magnetism and shock. You will notice that it has a dial designation that refers to the "Unbreakable" mainspring that was a fairly new feature in the 50's. It also has its original expansion band, but it can take a nice leather, lizard, or croco band just as easily. It is winding, setting and keeping time just as it should. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow to make this your own without worry. It can be yours!
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and everything they turned their hand to was well made and as a testament to their prowess there are many Elgins still ticking away today. This gentleman's Elgin is one of them, and what a handsome case and dial configuration it has. This is what we call a "Tonneau" case due to its shape. It houses a seven jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running like a top. The case is a three part, yellow gold filled and it measures 28mm at its widest by 22 at its thinnest, by 37mm lug to lug. The case center shows off some fancy engraving that carries the theme of the engraving on the case front. The silvered dial is very nice and is contrasted by very stylized blued steel hands. It sports a black lizard band that completes the look. For a watch made Circa 1932 it is a real winner. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
The Hamilton Watch Company was founded in 1892 but they didn't produce their first watch until 1893. The first watch was designed by one of the companies founding members - H.J. Cain. Their pocket watches commanded immediate respect and became prominent timepieces for railroad engineers as well as the general public. The "Broadway Limited" was introduced in their first year of business! These watches were so respected that they became the official watch of the American Expeditionary Forces world-wide! A special wristwatch version was made and supplied General Pershing and his men in WWI . Admiral Byrd relied on the same watch on both his Arctic and Antarctic expeditions. Auguste Piccard used a Hamilton timepiece on his balloon ascent into the stratosphere in the early 1930's. The first American to summit Mount Everest - Jim Whittaker -was wearing a Hamilton in 1963! Suffice it to say that Hamilton made the best American Watches...bar none! This particular Hamilton "Whitney" was made circa 1932 and was one of only 3009 made in gold filled. How many survive today is anyone's guess. It was the first model that Hamilton introduced in 1931 and was named for the inventor of the cotton gin-another famous American who got his early training at the watchmaker's bench-the "Whitney" is a seventeen jewel Hamilton, grade 897-F. The original list price was $67.50 which made it fairly expensive for the time although Hamilton said it was a moderately priced strap watch that would delight consumers. I think they were right! The yellow gold filled case measures 29mm at its widest by 22mm at its thinnest, by 36mm lug to lug. The ivory colored dial displays a wonderful patina that it has earned over time. We have fitted it with a very nice dark brown croco strap so that it will grace your wrist with panache. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you it is in great running condition as are all of our timepieces.
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and the "Lord Elgin" was their premier product. It was produced in 19, 21, and 23 jewels versions. This particular Elgin is their best a 23 jewel beauty that is very cool watch in more ways than one. First the 23 jewel, caliber 770 movement is a thing of mechanical beauty, second the "Wedge" shaped asymmetrical case is very striking, and third the stylized "arrowhead" markers are very unusual with a double "Arrowheads" at the 12 and forth the jet black dial is very handsome. If you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos you can really appreciate how nice it is. You will also notice the seconds bit has a "Cross Hair" delineation that suits the whole look. In short this is one killer wristwatch from the 1960s. The case is white gold filled measuring 34mm at the top tapering to 22mm at the bottom, by 34mm lug to lug, and is running like the proverbial top. This handsome timepiece is in fantastic original condition and just waiting for a man's wrist to adorn. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Waltham was the second largest watch company in the world after Elgin and they were a force to be reckoned with! The American Waltham Watch Company (later Waltham) is one of America's oldest watchmakers. They held forth in Roxbury, later Waltham, Mass. and were one of the giants of the American watch industry. They made millions of pocket watches but not so many wristwatches due to the fact that they only made wristwatches until 1949. They were in business at the factory until 1957, but only in order to re-case and sell inventory on hand. As the wristwatch rose in its ascendancy Waltham was on the decline and consequently there are not many wristwatches extant from this period. This Waltham, however, was made circa 1941 when they were in stiff competition for the hearts of Americans. It is a custom made Waltham "Premier" that is 14k solid rose gold with dramatic curved lugs. The "Premier" was a standard production watch for them but this particular one has had after market extended solid rose gold lugs (custom made for it) that harken back to the days of the long "Curvex" style watches of the late 30's. It is a handsome piece to behold housed in an extended profile solid rose gold, rectangular case, with a spectacular two-tone silver and rose gold dial. The hands are stylized dagger shapes and the Art Deco inspired numerals are all applied to the dial for a very three dimensional look. The case measures 24mm wide by 47mm from lug to lug. The movement is a spotless, caliber 750, 17 jewel engine that our watchmakers have fully restored to like-new condition mechanically. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the dramatic curve of this case and the interesting rose gold seconds bit just above the 6 o'clock position. You could own this scarce watch and be the pride of the neighborhood. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
Benrus watches are often underestimated. They made really nice watches, as you can see here, but are often overlooked in favor of more expensive watches. We think this is a tragedy since Benrus watches are great looking and well-made. This particular Benrus has a round Yellow Gold-Filled case, measuring 32 mm in diameter (not including the crown) (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 43 mm lug to lug. This nice case houses an even nicer 17 jewel movement that is in great condition. Now take a look at the dial, it is a Black Dial classic that has gold Elongated Stick Hands and stick markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve and the six. It also sports a very nice large Seconds Bit at the six o'clock position with "gunsite" markers, and how about those lugs...very dramatic! The tri-color bar beneath the Benrus name is an indication of quality. This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid 1940's American wristwatches. Yes, it was someone's prized possession but very gently used over its lifetime,and now our master watchmakers have restored it to like-new performance. It is running, winding, setting and keeping time like the day it arrived on these shores from Switzerland. This is a fully restored and warrantied watch that you can buy for very little dough. This is a gentleman's watch that would look great on your wrist. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
The Hamilton "Lester" was made circa 1941 and it was a classic rectangular watch that was de-rigueur... if you were a well-dressed gentleman. The yellow gold-filled case is in great condition displaying two horizontal wrap-around rills at the top and bottom of the case. It houses a 19 jewel cal. 982 movement that Hamilton was very proud of. You can be proud too once you don this elegant piece of wrist art. The case measures 22mm in width by 37mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26mm). This was a standard size for a gentleman's rectangular dress watch back in the day. This watch easily slides under your dress shirt cuff where it sits unobtrusively ticking away the time waiting for you to slide back your cuff and display its elegance. We here at Father Time think very highly of the Hamilton brand and we can unhesitatingly recommend this watch for many years of faithful service. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did 76 years ago. Here's a chance to grab a piece of horology history for very little dough. Fully restored and warrantied for an entire year.
Bulova was a watch company that was huge in the American market from the early parts of the last century right thru modern times. They advertised in all of the national media and made watches with Swiss movements that were real workhorses. Bulova was founded and incorporated as the J. Bulova Company in 1875 by Joseph Bulova (1851 – November 18, 1936), an immigrant from Bohemia. It was reincorporated under the name Bulova Watch Company in 1923, and became part of the Loews Corporation in 1979 and was sold to Citizen at the end of 2007. This particular Bulova was made circa 1971 and it contained all of the improvements to date that Bulova incorporated into their watches. This one has a "Whale" logo on the dial which indicates that it is well sealed again the invasion of moisture and dust. It has a screw-down ring that compresses the case back against a gasket which provides a very effective barrier. The case top is heavy yellow gold electroplated (as marked on the case back) while the back is stainless steel for wearing comfort and longevity. It is a real nice, classic, manual wind, round watch that will give service for years to come at a reasonable price. The case measures 32mm in diameter (an American quarter measures 26mm) by 38mm lug to lug. The dial has a silvery gold cast to it that is very attractive. The dial chapters are slender bar markers with double bars at the 12, the 3, the 6, and the 9. Just above the 6 o'clock position is the "Whale" logo while the Bulova name is just below the 12. It runs, sets and keeps time just as it did back in 1971 and it can be yours!
Hamilton was, hands down, the best watch made in America and this Hamilton "Russel" is one of their popular models circa 1941. It has a yellow gold filled case that measures 27mm wide by 47mm to the ends of the articulated lugs. The two-tone dial is just spectacular with its gold center and gold Roman Numerals with a silvered chapter ring and seconds bit at the six o'clock position. The look is completed by the blued steel "dagger" hands with a matching small seconds hand. There are two rows of rills that house the articulated lugs just above the 12 and below the 6. The 17 jewel, manual wind movement is in excellent condition, and our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did back in 1941. We have fitted it with a nice dark brown lizard grain band that really sets it off nicely. Our one year warranty for parts an labor will allow you to buy with confidence!
Benrus was a solid Swiss competitor in the American consumer market during the 1940's and 1950's. Everything they turned their hand to was affordable and performed well. This particular Benrus was one of the more popular ones because it had what was called a "Bottle Cap" case. The fluted edge of the case was very unusual and was complimented by the curvilinear lugs and the fancy gold wreath beneath the Benrus name. The seventeen jewel Swiss, manual wind, movement is in great condition and our head watchmaker has it ticking just as it did back in 1956 when it crossed the pond for an American wrist. The silvered dial is all original and has not been refinished. The yellow gold filled case measures 31.5mm in diameter by 40.25mm from lug to lug. It takes a 16mm band and we have fitted it with a brown lizard grain band for an attractive look. Remember all of our watches comes with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Military wristwatches are all the rage and here is a Pierce Stainless Steel "Parashock" Swiss Military Wristwatch circa 1944 that is in great condition. This one won't break the bank and it has a very interesting look. It sports a charcoal two-tone dial with a black background minute track, luminous hands and numerals (that no longer glow), and a red central sweep second hand. It was warrantied to be waterproof and to accomplish this the case back has 6 compression screws that seal the back of the case. We no longer warranty vintage watches to be waterproof, but this well-sealed case will keep out all but the most invasive dirt, debris, and moisture. The "Parashock" designation (a new innovation at the time) refers to the kif springs that allow a level of shock protection for the cap jewels. It is also "Anti-Magnetic" meaning that is is resistant to magnetic fields that one might encounter. The watch measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug. This was a standard size for the era so that it could be unobtrusive on the wrist. It will seem small if you are used to the "Tuna Can" sized modern offerings, but it is a very cool watch! All of our timepieces are warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
This is the Gentleman's Bulova "CK" Accutron "Cushion Case" with a date feature at 6 o'clock! We have only had one of these with this dial configuration after 37 years in business, and this one is particularly nice. Made circa 1971 it is the epitome of a manly and progressive wristwatch that was cutting edge technology for that decade. The story is told that in the 1960's the American Government wanted to keep this technology out of the hands of the Russians so they asked Bulova to keep it a secret a little longer since we were using this very accurate timekeeper in our space program. When you take a look at the informational pamphlet that Bulova put out to introduce this new idea to jewelers and watchmakers it has a very space age, cutting edge look (for the day). In the pamphlet it is explained that the seconds are parsed into very discrete segments by the vibrations of a small tuning fork at the heart of the movement. Bulova advertised it as the "Watch that Hums"! The general public was very much into innovative and stylish watches and Bulova made this very interesting Cushion Shaped Watch to meet the demand. Many times these are badly beat up since they were used extensively...but not this one. It is in fantastic near mint condition and our watchmakers having it humming along just like it did when it came from the Bulova factory. Like all Accutrons, that are Cal.218, it is set by the crown at the 4 o'clock position, but it is unusual because it has a day/date feature at the 6 o'clock position.. What's really special about this one is the larger size of this Accutron measuring 35mm wide, by 42mm from lug to lug, and how about that fantastic two-tone colored dial. It is in fantastic condition and humming just the way it did back in 1971. It could be humming on your wrist! We warranty all of our watches for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
In 1891 the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz established their watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. They were former students of Henri Sandoz, director of the Tavannes Watch Co. and heading for great things in the watch world. Their first, of many gold medals, was obtained at the 1902 Paris International Exposition...and they were off to the races. By 1904 they were 15 strong and already making their own ebauches (movement blanks). As they grew in experience and expertise there were many wonderful watches coming off the line. None was more iconic than the "Chronodato" that we are presenting here for your approval. It is the ultimate pilot's tool watch. Not only does it have the day of the week displayed in a small window beneath the center of the watch, but there is also a corresponding window just below the 12 o'clock position that displays the month. The date is indicated by a red-tipped arrow hand as it points to a 31 day track just outside of the minute track. For the pilot the most important thing was the elapsed time that the chronograph would indicate for a landing approach. By depressing the pusher at the 2 o'clock position he could start the central sweep second hand and then read elapsed time on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position. Once the landing was accomplished the pilot would push the upper button again to stop the sweep second hand and then he would push the button at the 4 o'clock position to reset the sweep hand and the accumulated time on the sub dial. The sub dial at the 9 o'clock position is a constant seconds that runs continuously. The Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was the world’s first chronograph with a full calendar (day-date and month) and due to these features, it became highly popular among consumers. So much so, in fact, that the line was in production for roughly 10 years. In the 1950’s, however, the Chronodato model was replaced by the amazing Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but had a moon-phase and a big date instead. It was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with different dial variations. Our watch is the gold plated "Chronodato" with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. Yes, this watch has it all, and a nice size to boot measuring 37 mm in diameter, by 48mm, lug to lug. The all original silvered dial is in fantastic condition showing only minor imperfections. The movement is a 17 jewel, cal 217 which our watch makers have running perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.