Bruce's Vintage Watches
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Case measures 38mm high to lug, by 22mm wide, not including crown. Case is all yellow gold filled front and back and is in excellent condition with no personal engraving on the back. Dial is an older redial in good condition. Glass crystal and crown are both likely replacements. 17-jewel Grade 980 movement sets and winds perfectly. Movement has been cleaned, oiled, and adjusted and is keeping good time. The Boone is kind of a scarce model, and very easy to identify with its reeded coin edge) sides. And it is one of the few Hamiltons to be made with male lugs, requiring the use of female spring bars. It was produced from 1935 to 1938 and was one of the first watches to use Hamilton's new 14/0 size movements, which made Hamilton's watches slimmer with a greater height to width ratio.
Case measures 39mm long lug to lug. Case width at the narrowest point is 20mm. It is 25mm wide at the widest point. Case is in excellent condition with no personalized engraving on the back. Very good to excellent original dial. Glass crystal is original with some scratches. Crown appears original or at least a replacement correct to the period. 19-jewel grade 982 movement sets and winds perfectly. Movement has been cleaned, oil, and adjusted and runs to within 2 min/day or better. 16mm black leather strap. you almost never see the Bentley for sale on the Internet or elsewhere. You most often see its gold-filled cousin, the Bowman. It was only offered 1937 through 1939 and then withdrawn. You'd think there would be more, but I think the radical design of Bentley have been too much for Hamilton's conservative customer base. There was also the cost ... $100 in the depths of the Great Depression. That was a LOT of money when the average wage earner was lucky to be making $5 per week. When the '39 catalog came out and offered the Bowman in gold-filled, it was almost half the price at $52.50. And the Bowman didn't make it either, lasting only one catalog year. Honestly folks, in 30 years of dealing vintage watches, this is the first Bentley I have ever seen. Grab it quickly, because you won't see another one from me in my lifetime!
42mm high lug to lug, by 21mm wide not including crown. Case is all yellow 14kt gold filled. The case is in good to very condition showing wear consistent with a watch of this vintage that has been used but not abused by its original owner. Dial is very good original condition. Notice the full numeral "6" below the seconds bit. I believe this is the only dial that Hamilton ever did with a full number six. They either eliminated the six altogether, or the seconds bit would cut into the six. Anyway, this is an easy way to tell a Carlisle if you have one. Glass crystal is in good condition, probably a replacement, and it does have some small scratches. Crown is a replacement, correct to the vintage. 19-jewel Caliber 982 movement sets and winds perfectly, recently serviced (cleaned, oiled, adjusted) and keeps time to within 2 min/day or better. The '37 catalog lists this as having a 17-jewel 980, but it wouldn't surprise me that Hamilton used up some excess 982 movements on this model as well, being that they are both 14/0-size movements. This one comes with 14mm tan leather strap. The Carlisle was only offered in the 1937 and '38 catalogs, and then was discontinued. It was introduced to highlight the new, slimmer, and curved-to-the-wrist watches that Hamilton was offering with its new 14/0 size movements, the 980 and 982. I suspect it was dropped because it too closely...
Case is 37mm high lug to lug, by 31mm wide not including crown. Case is sterling silver and is the 2nd model Depollier "clinch" case for those of you who demand that level of detail. This was confirmed by my friend, Stan Czubernat, the "dean" of WWI Trench watches. He also confirms this watch has the correct factory crown. Enamel dial is in excellent condition. Luminous has long ago fallen out of the hands. The movement sets, winds, and it runs. The serial number of 20,873, 981 dates to late 1916 or early 1917 year of production, so I believe this movement is original to the watch. I confess I have not tested the accuracy on this one, but most collectors of 100-year-old wristwatches are just happy that they run at all! This has a 15mm foldover black leather band with it. Stan appraised this watch for me back at the 2014 mid-winter NAWCC regional in Daytona Beach. I have hung onto it until now, because it is the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the "Great War".
Case measures 38mm high lug to lug, by 30mm wide, not including crown. Case is all stainless steel, with screwback, and in excellent condition. Dial is original with SWISS at bottom and is in average condition several blemishes, most notably the blotch next to the "five ball" logo under the 12. Crown is the original with the "five ball" logo. Crystal is the orignal or at least a correct replacement with proper reflector ring. 17-jewel movement winds and sets perfectly, but runs very fast (about an hour fast per day) and will need a cleaning. 16mm leather strap. This is a bit smaller than the average Eterna-Matic, at just 30mm diameter. Looks best on a small- to medium-size wrist. I have priced this accordingly, based on a less-than-perfect dial and the fact that it needs a cleaning.
Case measures 35mm high lug to lug, by 23mm wide, not including crown. Case is in excellent condition save for one small crease on the back of the case. Expertly older refinished dial (no "SWITZERLAND" at bottom) with the large Egyptian style numerals that I love so much. Replacement crystal and crown. 15-jewel Caliber 179 movement winds, sets, and runs to within 2 min/day or better, but not known when last serviced. New 15mm lizo-calf band comes with this watch. Gruen came out with the 179 circa 1925. This particular watch was made in 1929, according to Mike Barnett's Style Number Date Calculator located at http://www.gruenwristwatches.com/. This is an absolutely beautiful specimen, and I contemplating keeping for my own collection, but you can't have them all. Hoping this one will go to a Gruen watch lover who will wear it only occasionally and keep it in pristine condition!
Case measures 39mm high lug to lug, by 28mm wide, not including crown. All stainless screwback case is in excellent condition with a presentation engraving on the back. There is an extra dust cover over the movement. Excellent original white/black "bullseye" dial. Original crown. New crystal. Movement sets and winds perfectly, runs about five minutes fast per day and will need a cleaning if you want better accuracy than that. 16mm black lizard band. I have listed several "Acvatic" models in the past, and every time that I do, I can almost hear the collective yawn from my customers. But I think this one will fly, due to the attractive dial and the attractive price. Please keep in mind that this watch is running fast and that I have NOT had it serviced.
Case measures 37mm high lug to lug, by 25mm wide, not including crown. Case is secured to bezel by four screws located between the lugs, so I have not taken this case apart to show movement. Case is in good condition, showing brassing on the bezel and wear on the back sides of lugs, consistent with a watch of this vintage (1950s) that has been used but not abused by its original owner. Dial has been recently refinished. New crystal and newer replacement crown that is correct to the vintage of the watch. 17-jewel automatic movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day or better, but not known when last serviced. Comes with original presentation box certificate of origin. This is a beautiful watch. When I first saw it, I got all excited thinking it was new old stock because it was completely polished to a mirror-like finish and had the box and certificate. But upon closer examination, I saw the wear on the case and the refinished dial. Still, a beautiful watch and I have it priced for less than I paid for it!
What could be better than an Illinois Commodore watch? How about a pair of Commodore watches? This model has been also advertised as the Bostonian and the Biltmore. It's one of those Illinois models that has never brought a lot of money, and values on Illinois watches in general are down. I recently wholesaled a "Ritz" for $375 after taking it to several shows and not having any bites at $500! (This model used to sell for a $1,000+ all day long!) So I'm offering a pair of these and we'll see what happens. Each has noticeable case wear as you can see, including "flea bites" on the back corners. One has black Art Deco-ey Arabic numerals on a white background which I'm fairly certain is an older redial. It has a tan strap. It has a 15-jewel movement that has a heartbeat; it will run a few minutes, then stop, then run again if you shake it. The other has luminous numerals that are dark, and indeed the whole dial has darkened to caramel color, but I believe it is an original dial. This one has a little better 17 jewel movement that runs strong and consistent to the end of the wind; however the hands don't move, which usually indicates a loose canon pinion which is a fairly easy fix. The one has a more modern black strap (signed Bulova). I've got them priced at $200 for the pair, which I think is a steal. I could probably "part-out" the movements for more than that!
June 22, 2017
Six more watches added to Bruce's Vintage Watches
Dear Friends and customers:
Bruce's Vintage Watches has six more new watches added to the six I put up yesterday. The new ones include three unusual Hamiltons: a solid gold Bentley (you hardly ever see one), a Boone, and a Carlisle. Other watches include a 6-size Elgin watch in giant Philadelphia Trench Watch case made for WWI; an Omega Seamaster automatic; and a Fortis round automatic with gold cap.
Again, a couple of these watches have small "issues." The Omega has a partially broken numeral "3" on the dial. The 6-size Elgin's case is kind of rough on the back. The Fortis has a small but deep scratch on the crystal. Prices are very favorable on these.
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