Bruce's Vintage Watches
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Excellent 14kt gold shell over stainless steel screwback case measures 41mm long lug to lug by 34mm wide, not including crown. Excellent original dial with vibrant colors. Crown and crystal are replacement. 17 jewel automatic movement sets and winds perfectly. Movement was just cleaned/oiled/adjusted by my watchmaker and is keeping good time. Used but still serviceable 18mm black leather band. I've worn this watch myself, and it's a great Mido, bigger than most at 34mm wide.
Excellent condition all stainless steel case with "tub" construction 38mm long lug to lug by 31mm wide not including crown. Excellent original 12/24 hour dial with vibrant colors. Original crown, replacement crystal. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly. Just cleaned/oiled/adjusted by my watchmaker and keeping good time. 16mm leather band.
All gold filled case in excellent condition with hinging upper lugs measures 43mm long lug to lug, by 25mm wide not including crown. Original dial is in excellent condition. Recessed crown darkened but still very readable and too nice to refinish. Crown on bottom is replacement, crystal is original. 17 jewel movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 16mm leather band. Upper lug hinges so you can wear this on the top or side of wrist.
All stainless steel screwback case measures 37mm diameter. Case is in excellent to near mint condition. Replacement crown (unsigned). Replacement crystal, close to original as possible. 17J Swiss made movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Generic 18mm leather band. The Odyssee 2001 is well known among Hamilton collectors as an iconic watch. It is also known among many film buffs due to the implicit reference to the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, "2001: A Space Odyssey." Though I don't know if it's exaggeration to call it "rare," I would say it's not the easiest watch to find out there. I ran across this specimen about 9 years ago at a Tom Harris auction, and I haven't seen another since. It's design is fairly unique, and certainly radical for the usually conservative Hamilton company. It is not only slightly elliptical in shape, but also has a wedged profile, with the top being about 2.5mm thicker than the bottom.
In the interest of full disclosure, the replacement crystal on this watch is not correct replacement. Genuine replacement crystals are near impossible to find, so my watchmaker fit a close substitute to it. and cemented it to the inside rim of the dial opening.
The original bracelet was lost long ago; the watch came to me with an 18mm leather band. I believe this is priced under market. It is...
Reduced to $275 from $295. Base metal case, stainless steel back. Three-piece case with both bezel and back threaded onto a middle case. Case measures 39mm high lug to lug by 31mm wide, not including winding crown. Case is in excellent condition with just a little bit of pitting on the middle Case part. The back bears the usual ordinance markings but is of a little different font and is lighter an impression than the usual watches I've seen from this period. The dial is in excellent original condition with full Arabic numerals and luminous hands; all luminous is present. The crown appears to be a replacement but a functioning crown nonetheless. Replacement crystal in excellent condtion. The caliber 539 movement is unusual in that this movement usually has 16 jewels. This one has 15 jewels. This does not mean that the watch is a fake; I have seen several Elgin watches with this movement inside that has just 15 jewels. The reason for this, I've been told, is that this usually means this watch was a field replacement to take the place of an A-11 that was damaged or lost. The replacement movements (you'll notice they are quite a bit different in color that the usual 539) were those that Elgin had on hand if supplies of the regular 539 were out of stock. The movement sets and winds perfectly. My watchmaker just did a COA (clean oil and...
Reduced to $175 from $195. Base metal bezel with stainless steel snap back. The case measures 39 mm long lug to lug by 31 mm wide not including the winding crown. The case is in excellent condition showing no brassing on the bezel; very minimal wear. The dial is original and in excellent condition, perhaps a little darkening around the edge but still very nice dial. The crown is a replacement as is the plastic crystal the 17 jewel manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly. The movement has recently been serviced (clean oil and adjust) by my watchmaker and is keeping good time. The Benrus double date with pointer calendar is one of the few iconic Benrus watches out there. It is very reminiscent of the Oris pointer calendar but at a fraction of the price. This is a great-looking watch and I don't expected to be around here very long. The watch comes with a new black genuine leather 16mm wide.
Price reduced from $195 to $175. All stainless steel case measures 38 mm long lug to lug by 22 mm wide not including the winding crown. The case is in very good condition with some minor pitting on the back. The back is secured to the bezel by means of four screws. The back is engraved "MRG PIALBA." Pialba is a city in Queensland Australia. The dial is original and in excellent condition. Hands also appear to be original. Crown is the original also and in good serviceable condition. The crystal is a brand new replacement, and is special in that it has a flange that compresses it against the case used in conjuction with a rectangular rubber gasket that seals the watch against moisture. The 17 jewel manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly. It keeps time to within two minutes per day but not known when last serviced. The Watersport was a series of watches made by Tavannes and also Cyma under license from Tavannes. The watch was advertised as "waterproof" but of course we know now that those claims were exaggerated and like all vintage watches is certainly not intended to be submerged now. The best models carried the Tavannes Caliber 335, which had an unheard-of 3-day power reserve. These were usually marked "335" right on the dials. This particular specimen has a movement with normal 30-hour run time. It comes with a new 16mm black...
Price reduced from $150 to $125. At first glance, I thought this was an Illinois watch because of its close resemblance to the the "Major." However, it's an Elgin in a quality case (all 14kt gold filled) and with a movement with full 17 jeweling. Case is 37mm high lug to lug, by 30mm wide not including crown. Case is excellent for the most part, with the exception of a little brassing at the upper right corner of the bezel. Dial is original and in good condition with some darkening as to be expected from from an 80-year-old-plus watch. Crown and plastic crystal are both replacements. 17 jewel movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Comes with a new 16mm black leather band.
Price reduced from $175 to $150. All stainless steel screwback case measures 39mm long lug to lug, by 31mm wide not including crown. Case is mostly excellent with exception of a couple tool marks on back from previous attempts to open with improper tool. Dial is mostly excellent with exception of one small scratch by 9:00. Crown appears original and is excellent. New replacement plastic crystal. 17 jewel manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly, runs to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Comes with new 16mm canvas strap to complete the military look of this watch.
Price reduced from $175 to $150. All stainless steel case measures 38 mm long lug to lug by 32 mm wide not including crown. Screw back case is in excellent near mint condition. The dial is original and in mostly excellent condition with a light even patina. Couple tiny scratches, most noticeable by the "C" in AUTOMATIC. Crown appears original and is in excellent condition. Stole this the original and in excellent condition with no cracks the 17 jewel bumper wind automatic movement sets and winds weekly. Watch runs to within two minutes per day although not known when last serviced. The watch comes with an 18mm Kreisler black leather band in used but serviceable condition.
Four new watches added to the website; price reductions
Dear Friends and customers:
I've added four new watches to the website today. They are: Hamilton Odyssee 2001; Benrus "horseshoe" asymmetrical driver's watch; Girard Perregaux military 12/24 dial waterproof case; and Mido Grandluxe automatic.
Prices have been reduced on the following: Elgin WWII military issue watch from $295 to $275; Benrus pointer calendar from $195 to $175; Cyma Watersport from $195 to $175; Elgin cushion from $150 to $125; Glycine military style from $175 to $150; and Ebel early automatic from $175 to $150.
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