Bruce's Vintage Watches
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Excellent all stainless steel screwback case measures 34mm diameter not including crown, by 42mm long lug to lug. Beautiful original dial with light even honey toning. Good acrylic crystal and excellent winding crown. 21 jewel automatic movements sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. Used but good condition 18mm black Hadley Roma strap. Gubelin makes one of the best watches in the world. but they are largely unknown outside Europe. They are an upscale jeweler, and many of their watch movements come from the finest manufacturers in Switzerland. If you like a nice, beefy watch, this one is for you.
Very good all yellow gold filled one piece case measures 34mm diameter not including crown by 41mm long lug to lug. Wear is evident on insides of lugs from metal band. Back is engraved "John Davis Anchor Coupling Co. 5-6-65 in appreciation 10 years loyal service." Custom dial refinish with Anchor corporate logo. Good crystal. Good original signed crown. Movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Sorry, but I don't have the correct tools to open this watch and show you the movement. New 18mm black leather band.
Good chrome top/stainless steel snapback case measures 35mm diameter not including crown, by 43mm long, lug to lug. Bezel shows pitting consistent with a watch of this era (mid 1950s) well used, but not abused, by its original owner. This watch has one of the prettiest, crispest dials I have ever seen on a chronograph of this era. Good acrylic crystal, new replacement crown. 17 jewel Landeron Caliber 48 movements sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day. All chrono functions (start, stop, reset) work fine, and chrono hand zeroes up nicely. Near new 18mm black leather band. Been a while since I've seen such a clean dial on a chronograph.
Excellent all 14kt yellow gold fille screwback case measures 40mm long lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. One tool mark on back as seen. Excellent original engine turned dial with light, even honey toning. Replacement crown and acrylic crystal. 21 jewel Caliber 688 movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Used but serviceable 18mm black Corfam band. Triple stepping on this nice beefy case. This was probably an expensive watch in its day (1954 judging by the movement serial number). Features the Durapower mainspring (note logo on dial) as well as shock protected balance ("Shockmaster"). The watch is just 32mm diameter, but looks bigger because of the large lugs and stepped case. One of the nicer Lord Elgins I've seen in a while.
Excellent all 14kt yellow gold filled case measures 35mm long lug to lug, by 24mm wide, not including crown. Back in initialed "MN". Older refinished dial. New replacement crown and glass crystal. 19-jewel grade 982 movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. New 14mm black leather band. The Norman was introduced in 1948 and was available through 1951. It was one of just a handful of gold filled watches to be fitted with Hamilton's best movement at the time, the grade 982. Normally, that movement was reserved for Hamilton's solid gold watches. The Norman is one of those watches that, while not particularly rare, is difficult to find in nice condition because the delicate lugs were often chewed up and/or badly brassed, especially if a metal band was used on the watch.
Price reduced from $295 to $250. Near mint and all original throughout. 10kt WGF case measures 24mm wide not including crown, by 37 long lug to lug. Signed crown. 17 jewel Caliber 528 movement winds and sets perfectly. Movement keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. Original mesh band uses a series of hooks inside the deployment clasp. At the last hook, the watch will fit up to a 7.5 inch wrist comfortable. Comes with its oriignal burgundy red leatherette box with one divit in the back (shown in one of pictures). I'm guessing early 1960s on this. A beautiful dress watch.
Excellent all 14kt yellow gold filled case measures 21mm wide not including crown, by 37mm long lug to lug. Excellent refinished dial. Replacement crystal and crown. 21 jewel grade 559 movement sets and winds perfectly. Watch keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. Used but serviceable 16mm black leather band. The 4610A was a watch design ahead of its time. Introduced in the 1942 catalog, it was quickly withdrawn from sale at the start of WWII, and then re-introduced after the war in 1946 and was offered for several years after that. The "E" prefix on the movement serial number indicates the movement was made for watches in the '42 catalog, so this was part of the first batch. The watch was originally priced at $62.50 retail in the '42 catalog, about $1,000 in today's money. A smart looking watch.
Excellent chrome bezel, stainless steel screwback case measures 37.5 diameter not including crown by 41.5mm long lug to lug. Case is date coded N7 for 1977 year of production. Free rotating bezel ring is in excellent condition. Excellent original crystal and original screwdown crown. Excellent original dial with crisp colors. The tiny specks you see are microdust reflecting off the crystal; the specks are NOT on the dial. 17J automatic movement sets and winds perfectly. Day and date advance at midnight as they should, and date has quickset feature. Keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm silicone band. Caravelle by Bulova made some very nice watches for the "value" market, and this is one of them. It's actually a little nicer than the Bulova 666 because it has a screwdown crown, which I don't recall seeing on the Bulovas from the same era. Nice clean watch; many of the dive watches I see are all beat to crap, but this one was worn very lightly by its original owner.
Excellent all steel case screwback case measures 37mm long lug to lug by 31mm diameter. Good original dial with some darkening on the edge between 9 and 10:00. Good original crown, replacement acrylic crystal. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Used but serviceable 16mm black smooth leather band. Minerva is known mostly for its chronographs, but the company also made time-only wristwatches. They are fairly uncommon; I can't even remember the last Minerva like this that I offered for sale.
Excellent 10kt YGF bezel with stainless steel back secured to bezel with four screws. Case measures 41mm long lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. Excellent black original dial ("SWISS" at bottom is very faint, but it's there). Tiny spots you see on image are microdust reflections on the crystal and are not on the dial. Black dials are very difficult to photograph, especially in strong light. Automatic movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm black leather band, used but serviceable condition. Good acrylic crystal. Replacement crown signed Gruen. Sorry, but with hand tremors I don't feel capable of removing the back and putting it back on. Other examples of this same watch contain the Croton signed Caliber E3SE C2186, which the base movement is the ETA Caliber 1256. Wish I knew the significance of the "360EL" but can't find anything about this on the Internet. Croton (also known as Nivada Grenchen in the European markets) is a good solid brand, undervalued here in the states.
Excellent all YGF case measures 38mm long lug to lug by 27mm wide. Good original dial, somewhat dark, but an original. Replacement crystal and crown. 17J grade 987 movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 16mm black leather band. It's been ages since I've offered a Dodson (over 2 years) and this one is quite nice. You usually find these with the cases quite worn. The Dodson is easily recognized by its tubular lugs. The watch was made from 1938 to 1948.
Excellent to near mint all SS screback case measures 42mm long lug to lug by 35mm wide. Near mint original dial. Original crystal and crown. 21J Swiss movement winds and sets perfectly. Movement keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Aftermarket SS stretch bracelet, fully adjustable. Likely early '60s vintage on this one. Premium watch set someboday back big bucks in the day and hardly wore it!
Excellent white RGP bezel, stainless steel snapback case measures 40mm long lug to lug by 35mm wide. Excellent original grey engine turned dial. Replacement crown signed with the Hamilton logo, but it's the correct size and works fine. Replacement crystal. 23 Jewel caliber 10BZAC sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm black leather signed "Bulova" strap with SS buckle. This "Bulova 23" from the year 1959 is unusual because it's one of the few snapback "23s) that I've seen. Usually the backs are secured with a SS threaded collar ring. Attractive watch.
All stainless steel screwback case measures 41mm long lug to lug, by 33mm wide, not including crown. Case is in excellent condition with minimal wear, no personalized engraving. Silvered dial is original and excellent. Excellent original signed crown, excellent crystal. 17J movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day, though not known when last serviced. Date changes at midnight as it should. Date is slowset, requiring a full 24-hour turn of the hands to advance. Used by serviceable 18mm black leather band. Great watch, probably one of the five most under-valued watches on the vintage market today!
July 10, 2018
Six new pieces added to Bruce's Vintage Watches, prices reduced on two!
Dear Friends and customers:
I've added six new watches to the website today, and they include: Hamilton "Norman"; Lord Elgin Model 4875 Shockmaster (really nice looking watch!); LeCoultre Futurematic black dial; Hyde Park 2-register chronograph; Omega Seamaster DeVille with corporate logo dial and; Gubelin all stainless case with 21 jewel automatic movement.
In addition, prices have been reduced on the following two watches: Breitling Ref. 9122 chronograph reduced from $1,495 to $1,295; and the Longines rectangle with diamond dial from $295 to $250.
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