The Hamilton "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary.  Many say it is the quintessential American Watch.  It was issued in three successive iterations.  The very first one was issued in 1928 and had a slightly more bulbous look.  It was very popular, but there were issues with the articulated lugs.  One of the more interesting facts about the Piping Rock is that it was presented to the 1928 World Series Champion New York Yankees since it was the trend to present watches rather than rings at that time.  Each watch was engraved on the side opposite the crown with the name of the recipient.  Because the 1928 team had some famous players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, these watches command royal sums.

After a long period of unavailability, the Piping Rock was re-introduced in 1948.  When this iteration was designed, the case became more angular and the lugs were re-designed to be stronger but still with a slight articulation in order to curve to the wrist. The dial has only a minute track and sub-seconds register.  The roman numerals for the hour markers were defined by a black enamel band applied directly to the case.  The final re-issue is a modern one.  Hamilton released the Registered Edition in 1983. The company produced two types of this models, one in 18K gold plate and a second in white gold.   The company produced them in white gold and embossed the back to honor the 1928 New York Yankees. 

Our watch is the 1948 version in solid yellow gold.  Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" views to really appreciate this special timepiece. Everything about this wonderful watch calls to your sensibilities like one of the ancient sirens of mythology.  Careful you don't shipwreck on the "Piping Rock".  If you are a Hamilton collector this is a must have, and this one is in wonderful condition showing only very minor wear to the inlaid enamel.  The 17 jewel, Cal. 747 movement is in fantastic condition and it produces a timing pattern on our Vibrograph (timing machine) that is near perfection.  The case, executed in solid 14K gold, is very handsome and unusual.  You will not regret this acquisition and our one year warranty will assure your satisfaction.

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Price: $3895
Year: 1948
SKU: w2960
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 Tissot has been a luxury brand since its founding in 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland. They have been revered for their quality since day one and have been a brand that has stood the test of time. We don;t see too many ladies Tissot Wristwatches but when we do we acquire them because their quality is superior.  This one is not only an 18k Solid Gold watch but it has a very unusual "Slotted Lug" that allows the band color and texture to peak through.  This was De Riguer circa 1969 when this beauty came to the United States from Switzerland.  It is an elegant size measuring 17mm in diameter, by 23mm lug to lug, by 6mm in thickness (including the crystal).  The silvery dial is accented by the faceted edge crystal.  This has the effect of sparkling like a diamond just at the perimeter of the dial.   The entire look is very unusual.  The movement is a manual wind, 17 jewel gem that is winding, setting and keeping time just like it did back in 1969 when it headed for our shores from Switzerland.  If you have been looking for a special ladies vintage wristwatch then this may be the one for you!  Remember all of our timepieces come with a one year warranty for parts an labor.

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Price: $1895
Year: 1969
SKU: w2958
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We here at Father Time Antiques are very lucky in that we currently have two Hamilton "Top Hat" diamond dial watches! It is rare for us to get even one within a ten year period.  The case is 14K solid white gold and measures 38mm long by 25mm wide. It has a dramatic diamond dial markers with diamond encrusted numerals at the cardinal points.  Additionally it has a row of 5 diamonds just above and 5 diamonds just below the dial opening.  This is really a spectacular statement on the wrist!

Hamilton made some very dramatic looking watches in the 1950s and this one is exceptional for its era, circa 1954. The diamond dial Hamiltons were just spectacular in their appearance and very "Art Deco"in their design. Notice the diamond filled 12, 3, & 9 and the slash set diamond markers with solid white gold bezels at all of the other chapters. The unusual case measures 38MM lug to lug, by 25MM wide by 9MM thick (including the crystal).  This is what is called a "Hooded-Lug" where the band actually goes up under the case edge however this style with the "Diamond Dial" is usually called called a "Top Hat" which refers to its dress watch heritage.  The case lugs are segmented on top of the lug attachment in a nice "Art Deco" configuration. You will know that you have something special on your wrist when you strap this one on. The case is 14K solid white gold and in excellent condition. Our master watch maker has this watch winding smoothly, setting easily, and keeping time like the day it left the Hamilton factory at Lancaster, Pa . The movement is a 22 jewel caliber 770 that is a joy to see as the balance wheel oscillates.  If you have been waiting for an unusual and intriguing diamond dial this may be the watch for you! Don't let it get away...we have only one! Don't forget all of our watches come with a one year parts and labor warranty.

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Price: $5895
Year: 1954
SKU: w2957
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 One of our all time favorite brands here at Father Time Antiques is the Omega brand, and this Omega is no exception.  Made circa 1959, this stainless steel Seamaster Omega "Bumper Automatic", is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel movement is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new.  Make sure you take notice of the "Zoom-In" views where you will see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years.  This is one of their hallmarks. The silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the high polish silver hash markers at the chapters, with a double bar at the 12. The dial turns down in a smooth curve as it approaches the bezel and as the light plays on the surface the dial, and you wonder why this watch is not on your wrist.  The stainless steel, screw back case is in near perfect condition and bears none of the gouges that one normally sees on a watch of this age.  The case measures 35 mm in diameter (without the crown) by 44 mm lug to lug, by 10.6 mm thick. Take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean.  The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1959.  We think that this is a classic look that Omega did so well.   If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. It has its original Omega marked brown leather band with its matching original Omega logo buckle.  These rarely survive in this condition, so don't miss it!  All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $3695
Year: 1951
SKU: w2956
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 "Someday My Prince Will Come" ...and today is the day.  Father Time has had the pleasure to own several Rolex "Prince" models over our 37 years in the business, but this is the earliest one we have ever acquired.   The Rolex Company was in the hands of Aegler and Wilsdorf when, on August 26th, 1926, a patent was filed with the Swiss Patent Authorities.  About a year later on October 1, 1927, it was granted patent number 120849 for the movement that came to be called "The Prince".  Only four years later "Jack" celebrated his 21st birthday and guess what his present was.....A Rolex "Prince"!  This is that very same watch... and what a handsome watch it is.  The 9 karat solid gold case measures 20mm wide by 40mm long and is in fantastic, original condition and still bears the dedication to "Jack" on the back.   The original patent described one of the main advantages of the watch which was that it enabled the use of a much larger, and therefore, more visible seconds hand.  This was accomplished by placing the barrel for the mainspring at the opposite end of the case from the balance wheel.  This allowed for a larger barrel, and balance wheel.  This not only meant that the watch could run longer because it could contain a larger mainspring but, with a larger balance wheel, it could be more accurate and reliable.   Two facts that proved to be true.  The larger balance wheel additionally used solid gold screws to add mass and thereby momentum for a more accurate timepiece.  The "Prince" proved to be one of the most accurate wristwatches of its era.  These are also sometimes called "Doctor's Watches" due to the fact that doctors used them to take pulses because they could easily see the larger seconds bit. These beauties are getting harder and harder to find in good condition and are very scarce in the condition of "Jack's" watch.  The movement is a 15 jewel workhorse that is adjust to temperature, isochronism, and six positions.  The gold case has brushed portions above and below the twelve and the six respectively, while the case sides are high polish.  This contrast gives the watch a very elegant look and, coupled with the spectacular dial, makes for a fantastic piece of "Wrist Art".  The watch still has its original "Rolex Logo" crown and its 9 kt gold buckle (rarely seen).  The movement, dial, case, and crown are all signed and proper.  Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did for Jack back in 1931.  It can have a new life on your wrist! In short everything about this watch beckons you to acquire it.  Remember our one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with complete confidence.

 

 

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Price: $6895
Year: 1931
SKU: w2952
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 We here at Father Time love the Gallet brand for a couple of reasons. First they are a great brand that has the honor of being the oldest wristwatch manufacturer in existence and, secondly, they always made handsome watches that have a real utility without being gauche.  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 particular Gallet is a very clean two register chronograph displaying constant seconds and a 45 minute recorded time sub dial.  It is in a stainless steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter by 44mm lug to lug, that houses a spotless 17 jewel, Valjoux 7733 movement.  The silvered Tachymeter Dial is in great shape and is contrasted by Lumed Blued Steel Hands, Blue Mile Gradations, and Lumed Arabic numerals.  If you had a watch like this in the cockpit you were one lucky pilot.  Our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and recording time just as it did circa 1960, when it left Switzerland.  I might add that this is the only Gallet in this configuration that we have ever had the pleasure to own in our 37 years in the business...don't miss it!  Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.

 

 

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Price: $2975
Year: 1960
SKU: w2951
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This Le Coultre is an automatic watch with a winding indicator window just below the 12 o'clock position so that you can refer to the amount of reserve time you have on your mainspring. It is in excellent condition in every regard! Just look at the case and dial, they are in great condition. The case is yellow gold-filled and it measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm from lug to lug. This watch represents the pinnacle of watch making, circa 1951, at Le Coultre, long before Jaeger came around! Yep, they could compete with any watch company in the business at this time and you can see why!  This is a watch with a technical complication that adds a new level of service for the consumer and, because it is a "Bumper Automatic" every motion of your wrist (while you are wearing it) winds the mainspring.  You can visually see what power reserve you have at a glance. The dial is just beautiful in its simplicity and is complimented by the arcaded seconds track and the red sweep second hand. It's subtle yet provocative! Ha!   Our watchmakers have it timed to a very fine standard and it is keeping time like the day it was made.Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may purchase a watch from us with complete confidence. Don't miss this fine example of the watchmakers art!

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Price: $1895
Year: 1951
SKU: w2948
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  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.  This Gruen is one of those.  It has the round timeless shape and silvered "Pie Pan" dial that makes it an ageless classic This is a clean, and very handsome Gruen that has hardly been worn. The yellow gold-filled and stainless steel case measures 35mm in width, by 44mm, lug to lug, a very nice size for its era circa 1955.  It has a spectacular satin silvered dial with Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and "Stylized Arrowhead" markers at the other chapters.   The "Dauphine" hands give this watch great eye appeal and makes it a real winner!  The movement, which is just as nice as it was when it left the Gruen factory, is a 17 jewel, "Precision",  manual wind, workhorse that will give you a lifetime of service, provided that 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 back in the 1950s.

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Price: $1275
Year: 1955
SKU: w2949
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Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason.  This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them.  The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank.  You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial.  It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice.  Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication.  As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring.  The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug.  The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores.  This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!

 

 

 

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Price: $1725
Year: 1960
SKU: w2950
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 If you are a regular visitor to our site you know that we love the Omega brand and so we are delighted to be able to offer this spectacular Omega Chronograph in a hard to find configuration.  Note the gold dial and the Tachymetre markings on the dial edge, these are to be found in many chronos, but what is unusual here is the date window at the 9 o'clock position, just within the constant seconds sub dial.   This "De Ville" model is in fantastic original condition and it still has its Omega Logo Crown! The 17 jewel (caliber 930) movement is spotless and running perfectly. It winds and sets like "butta"! The gold filled case with stainless back measures 41mm lug by 35mm in diameter.  What's not to like here...nothing.  If you want a really nice chrono from one of the best brands out there then this may be the watch for you.  Our one year warranty insures that you will not have to worry.

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Price: $3495
Year: 1970
SKU: w2947
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Hamilton is a legendary American Brand, but by the time this Hamilton was made, circa 1960, they were importing Swiss movements that were then cased and timed at the Hamilton factory in America.  This Hamilton has an ETA 822, 17 jewel, automatic (self-winding) movement, with date, that is in pristine condition.  The stainless steel case measures 35mm in diameter by 40mm from lug to lug and it is in great condition.  The silvered dial turns down at its edges to give it a smooth sleek look.  The chapters are executed with applied stylized markers that are articulated in three planes with the 12 o'clock marker being slightly wider.  The date window has a elegant frame at the three o'clock position and there is a delicate sweep second hand that ticks off the passing time. If you would like an automatic watch for everyday use at a good price, then this may be the one for you!  Fully restored and warrantied for one year.

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Price: $1200
Year: 1960
SKU: w2946
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 As you may know we here at Father Time Antiques are very fond of the Omega brand, and this one is no exception.  Made circa 1967, this yellow gold-filled Seamaster Omega Automatic (self-winding), with date, is in excellent running condition and is a very handsome watch as well. The seventeen jewel, automatic movement is just spectacular and it is running, winding, and keeping time just as it did when new.  Take a look at the "Zoom-In" views and you can see the pink gold plating that Omega coated its movements with to prevent oxidation for a hundred years.  This is one of their hallmarks. The brushed silvered dial gives it an elegant appearance when played off the gold bar markers delineating the chapters. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see what we mean.  The 17 Jewel "Bumper" Automatic movement is equally as nice and our master watchmakers have it running, winding and keeping time just as it did back in 1967.  The yellow gold filled case Measures 34mm in diameter by 40 mm lug to lug.  If you are tired of the giant over-sized monsters that are common fare today and you want an elegant precision timepiece then this may be the one for you. We have paired it with a croco grain leather band that gives it a unique and distinct look. All of our timepieces are covered by our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.

 

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Price: $2200
Year: 1967
SKU: w2944
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 I cannot remember a time in our 37 years in the business that we have had such a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" let alone two of them (see next listing).  Both of these listings are what we call New/Old Stock or NOS.  This designation means that these watches were never sold and that they remain in pristine, like new condition.  This "Memovox" has a 17 jewel movement and it is housed in a yellow gold filled case with a stainless steel back that measures 33mm in diameter (not including the crowns) by 40mm from lug to lug.   Jaeger-LeCoultre is a Swiss luxury watch and clock manufacturer based in Le Sentier, Switzerland, that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century, and was founded by Antoine LeCoultre in 1833.  Their watches are some of the most sought after timepieces in the vintage market and there are many collectors whose attentions turn to the acquisition of a nice LeCoultre "Memovox" when a nice one appears.  We just such a watch for you here, circa 1956.

The "Memovox" was first introduced by Jaeger-LeCoultre circa 1950/51 employing the manually wound Calibre 489. ... The name "Memovox" is a composite of two Latin word, Memor (remembering) and Vox (voice), meaning "the voice of remembering," an apt choice for a timepiece that "remembers the time".  While we are quite jaded today by all the electronic devices that will tell us the time that was not so back in the 1950's when alarm watches were quite the innovative personal possession. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to get the real feel of the beauty of this wonderful watch.  You set the inner alarm dial by pulling out the crown in the two o'clock position and rotating the crown counterclockwise.  You would position the triangular indicator opposite the time that you wished to have the alarm sound.  You would also wind the spring that causes this effect by using this same crown.  The crown that winds the timekeeping mainspring is in the 4 o'clock position and it functions like any other manual wind watch.  What unusual about this watch is this fabulous rippled marker configuration and the fact that it is in the best condition that you can possibly hope for.  Don't forget all of our timepieces are warrantied for one year, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.

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Price: $3950
Year: 1956
SKU: w2942
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 First, and most importantly, Omega is a great brand that has endured the test of time.  Oversize Omega's like this one are all the rage and we constantly look for great examples.  We found this one in Louisville, Kentucky at a National Watch Show, but it started its life in South America back in 1960.  Not only is this Omega an oversize, measuring 37mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 44mm lug to lug, but it also sports a tu-tone silvered dial that is still in great shape.  The seconds bit is rose gold and it matches the rose gold "Arrowhead" markers that are the indicators for the chapters, as well as the rose gold Omega symbol just under the 12 o'clock position.  Most of the oversize Omega's we find had their start south of the equator, since this was not a size marketed to North America in any great numbers.  The 17 jewel movement is the famous Caliber 267 that Omega used in the "Ranchero" and several other models to a fair-thee-well.  Our head watchmaker has completely restored this beauty so that it is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in the day, circa 1960.  The stainless steel case assures you of many, many years of wear without looking worn.  The tu-tone dial will garner the admiring looks of your friends and acquaintances and our one year warranty for parts and labor will assure you of trouble free performance.  Why not own an interesting and historic Omega....it could be yours!

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Price: $1895
Year: 1960
SKU: w2937
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  It's no mystery why Longines is so highly regarded, but if you are in doubt follow this link  https://www.longines.com/#!/company/history/19th/1832 to their history, it is a long one!  The manual wind movement in this watch uses 17 jewels to accomplish all its functions and it is in fantastic condition . The case is stainless steel measuring 38mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 47mm lug to lug, by 13.5mm thick.  Yes, these are great proportions for a very handsome watch with the ability to display time against a perfectly aged black dial.  Not only does the dial look great but this watch also has a rotating elapsed time bezel that is in great condition.  There are no dings or gouges here. This was a wonderful looking watch back in 1966 but today it looks even nicer with the perfectly aged creamy markers. Anyone who saw you wearing this watch wanted to grab your wrist for a closer look.  I dare say that this will still happen today.  We here at Father Time Antiques have all admired the styling and cool quality this watch has.  Now just imagine it on your wrist!  The condition is impeccable and it is winding, running, and keeping time just as it did back in 1966 when this killer watch left Switzerland and headed for the USA.  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: $3850
Year: 1966
SKU: w2935
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This Gruen is one of the most desirable "Curvexes" ever made. It is one of the longest of all Curvexes! It came in two similar models called the "Majesty", the "Triumph", and "The General" they are respectively 52mm, 50mm, and 48mm (by 22mm wide), the longest "Curvexes" in Gruen's history. Some call them the "Bone to Bone" watches as they stretch from one wrist bone to the other. This watch,"The Triumph", at 50mm, was very popular with movie stars of the 1930's, and is dramatic in it's high arching curve and graceful, bowed, tonneau case. This particular watch has all of the dramatic curve of the "Majesty" (although 2mm shorter) but additionally it has tonneau (curved) case sides that make it look even more striking. The dial is like the face of a pretty woman, a delight to behold. The original finish dial is dramatic displaying gold numerals contrasted by a silver colored background and shows a seconds bit that echoes the case shape. The yellow gold-filled case is in excellent condition and has no personalization to detract. The hands are "lunette" style and add a bit of panache to the entire piece. The spotless movement displays seventeen jewels and is in excellent running condition for a watch made circa 1939. It is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. Like all of our watches it comes with a full one year warranty. The last one we had sold very quickly so...if you want the pinnacle of Gruen's Curvex watch production don't hesitate, as we have only one. 

 

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Price: $4450
Year: 1939
SKU: w2936
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 In 1968 this was the watch to have...and it still is!

One of our favorite brands, and one that we think is still slightly under priced, is Omega. We have sold hundreds of Omegas over our 37 years in the business and we have had stellar reports from their owners. They love the brand as much as we do. We are offering this pristine gentleman's, 24 jewel automatic, caliber 564 (one of Omega's best), "Golden Shell", "Constellation" Chronometer. These, so called, "Golden Shell" cases have a case cap that is solid 14k gold, while the screw-down back and the case skeleton are stainless steel. With this configuration you get all the great looks of a gold watch with the rigidity, hypo-allergenic properties, and longevity of stainless steel at half the price of a comparable solid gold watch. The case measures 35mm in diameter (not including the crown), by 11mm thick, by 40mm lug to lug. Not only is this a great looking watch but it is an "Officially Certified Chronometer" which has the date displayed at the 3 o'clock position. These "Chronometer" ratings are not easily obtained. A watch must be submitted to the COSC (the Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute), and there it must pass very stringent testing to get the label "Officially Certified Chronometer". Now take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the automatic, 24 jewel, movement which meets and exceeds these standards. It bears the pink gold plating that is an Omega trademark for corrosion resistance that lasts 100 years. This watch was made circa 1968. All this is spectacular, but what makes your heart sing when you look at it, is its condition.  This one is in fantastic, original condition. The Omega quality is the reason these watches are in such short supply...nobody wants to give them up.  In short everything about this spectacular watch is waiting to be put on your wrist where it will give a lifetime of service.

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Price: $3875
Year: 1968
SKU: w2922
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 Don't cry for me....I have a really cool Gentleman's Cyma watch!  Its chrome case measures 38mm in diameter. The manual wind movement has 15 jewels and is in perfect condition.  Don't know about Cyma, then let's hear from the company itself:

Behind the brand of Cyma

1862-1902

"Fusing timeless elegance with contemporary flair, Cyma timepieces are the descendants of a long tradition of watchmaking that stretches back one-and-a-half centuries. The name Cyma has its roots in the French word “cime”, meaning “summit”, which, in turn, is derived from the Latin word “cyma”, meaning “a shoot”. It is a name that reflects not only the company’s constant striving for perfection but also the inextricable link with its birthplace in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland.

Initially, it was the harshness of the climate in the high valleys of the Jura – buried for more than half the year beneath deep snow and frequently cut off from the outside world – that gave rise to watchmaking activity during the long winters of isolation. During the 18th century, the efforts of the region’s industrious and ingenious inhabitants gradually led to the establishment of fully-fledged workshops for the design and manufacture of watches, and by 1780 watchmaking had developed into a process involving 30 distinct operations.

Inheritors of the horological gene that pervades the Jura, the two brothers Joseph and Theodore Schwob decided in 1862 to set up their own watchmaking company, Cyma, focusing much of their attention on avant-garde mechanical production techniques. Indeed, with its ongoing achievements in technical innovation, Cyma was one of the companies that made Neuchâtel the renowned centre of the watchmaking industry it is today.

Some 30 years later, the brothers went into partnership with a businessman called Frederic Henri Sandoz who had created a new watch company in Le Locle, another cradle of fine Swiss watchmaking. By this time, Cyma had established itself as a pioneer in the manufacture of intricate repeater watches, high complications and chronographs. The daily production was 150 pieces."

1903-1929

"From the early 20th century onwards, the company received numerous awards, notably for its prowess in extra-slim watches. In 1903, it was awarded the coveted chronometer certificate issued by the Neuchâtel Observatory for its invention of a new extra-flat lever movement fitted inside a pocket watch. Two years later, Cyma introduced the calibre 701 with a thickness of just 3.85mm – a remarkable achievement for the time. In recognition of its watchmaking feats, the company won first prize at the World Fair in Brussels in 1910.

Output, meanwhile, had risen significantly, with some 2,500 movements being assembled daily in the workshops. From 1915, Cyma’s highly skilled designers and technicians were elaborating shock-resistant movements of unparalleled strength, along with the first waterproof models, which were finished to an equally high standard.

During the 1920s, the company was at the forefront of component interchangeability, which enabled its workshops to produce watches on a much bigger scale. By 1929, Cyma boasted the biggest workshop in Europe and employed 2,000 people to assemble 4,000 watches a day. In the same year, the company received first prize at the International Barcelona Exposition."

1930-1959

"While men’s watches still accounted for the lion’s share of the business, in 1930 Cyma made an early foray into the ladies’ market with the Captive. It quickly became known for its elegance and precision, and was adopted by the legendary French writer, Collette, who was then at the height of her fame. She described the watch in her characteristic style: “It is a captive in the most romantic sense of the word... it is bought and sold. Sensitive and compliant, it yields if you handle it masterfully, revealing its face, divulging all its secrets, and each surrender simply adds to its charms...”

In 1943, Cyma unveiled its first automatic wristwatch, endowed with a 420 calibre featuring a unidirectional rotor. This presaged the ‘Autorotor’ 485 calibre of 1957.

The brand’s reputation was further enhanced with innovative products such as an eight-day mechanical alarm clock with single winding key (1945), the Sonomatic alarm clock (1957), and the gold Time-O-Vox alarm clock watch, which received official chronometer certification in 1956. The latter was the only one with the pleasant timbre of that period to ally a 464 calibre,12 1/2 inch, with a single barrel and small second."

Wow quite a history, and this is quite a watch.  It is all original and has a great looking patina on the original finish dial.  Our head watch maker has the movement running like the proverbial top.  This will be a reliable timepiece for many years to come.  It is an oversize (38 mm in diameter) for its era, circa 1950.  The understated elegance of the watch makes it a straight forward timepiece, but take a look at the double lug configuration in the "Zoom-In" photos it has a lingering reminiscence of the Art Deco Era.  Once you don this watch no one will be in doubt as to the vintage look it exudes.  Our famous one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.  Don't miss it!

 

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Price: $1495
Year: 1950
SKU: w2924
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Warren Beatty & Natalie Wood became big stars in the 1960s when the Omega "Constellation" was at the center of the watchmaking universe. When this gentleman's watch was made, circa 1961, Omega was at the top of their game and the demand for quality timepieces was strong. We are so lucky to have acquired this handsome "Connie", since it is in pristine condition. It is in a yellow gold-capped and stainless steel 2-tone case.  An actual thick layer of gold is bonded to the stainless steel case body for a great look and a lifetime of wear.  It sports a stainless steel back, a gold "Constellation Observatory Logo", gold lugs, gold crown, stainless steel body, and a handsome "Pie Pan" Dial.  Our head watchmaker kept telling us over and over that it was "like-new",..a statement we rarely hear in the vintage watch business. The case measures 34mm in diameter (not including the crown) by 42mm lug-to-lug. The high grade, 24 jewel, "Chronometer" rated and "Officially Certified", Automatic Movement is one you can wear everyday, with a lifetime of excellent timekeeping. Omega plated the movement with their distinctive rose gold to prevent corrosion and rust for 100 years. The only service we needed to bring this watch up to factory-new standards was a thorough cleaning, oiling, and regulating. It winds, sets, and keeps time as good, or better, than a brand new Rolex...and for a lot less dough. Make sure you take a look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how really great this one is. The case is spectacular and it has the original Omega logo crown. I used to go to all the watch shows in America with one of our colleagues from Budapest who was the adjudicator for the Master Watchmaker Program in Hungary. He was always searching for nice Omegas because they were in such demand in his part of the world and because of their high standards for quality and performance. I learned from him to appreciate the brand and I am so glad that he shared his keen eye with me. This is a watch he would have been proud to own, but alas, he died a few years ago. Every time we get a nice Omega we think of him and I'm sure if you buy this Omega from us you will find that others will remember it on your wrist because it is a real beauty.

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Price: $3695
Year: 1961
SKU: w2919
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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 Stainless Steel case, measuring 34 mm in diameter (not including the crown)  (an American quarter measures 24 mm in diameter) by 41 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 "Pie Pan" silvered classic that has White Gold Elongated Arrowhead markers at the chapters with great looking Art Deco Numerals at the twelve, nine and at the six, with the date window appearing at the 3 o'clock position.
This particular Benrus is indicative of iconic mid century 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!

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Price: $875
Year: 1960
SKU: w2923
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