Bruce's Vintage Watches
Fine timepieces at reasonable prices from a name you trust.
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 40mm long, lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. Case is in excellent condition. Dial with luminous numerals and hands is in excellent original condition for the most part with a couple light scratches. Crown is replacement. Good crystal with no scratches. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. New 16mm leather band. This is a beautiful Wittnauer service-style watch in great condition. Easy to read dial and sweep seconds hand.
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!
The Oceanographer was one of Bulova's most successful models ever made. Introduced in 1965, or thereabouts, it was meant to cash in on the growing popularity of SCUBA diving or "skin diving" as many called it back then, spurred in part by the popular TV show "Sea Hunt" starring Lloyd Bridges. The line proved to be very popular, and was issued through the 1970s in a variety of styles, some more intended for serious diving, rated waterproof to 666 feet, and some more on the "dressy side with two-tone cases but still rated waterproof to 333 feet, which was (and still is) plenty deep for even the most serious of divers. The most popular of Oceanographer models was made in 1968 with a black dial and two-tone red and black turnable bezel ring, nicknamed the "Devil Diver" by modern-day collectors of vintage diver watches. In fact, Bulova is introducing a re-issue of this famous watch this month (March 2018) at Baselworld. Anyway, this particular specimen is is one of the later "dressier" "Oceanographers," manufactured in 1974, by which time many of the stainless cases were being imported from Taiwan. The all stainless steel case measures 44mm long lug to lug, by 37mm wide. It has a fluted bezel ring of yellow gold filled. Some of the two-tone Oceanographers had solid 10kt or 14kt gold bezel rings, but this one is gold-filled. The entire watch case is in excellent condition with...
Was $150; now reduced to $135. White gold filled Illinois Watch Case Co. "Tivoli" cushion case measures 38mm long, lug to lug, by 31mm wide, not including crown and is in excellent condition. Excellent condition white metal dial with large yellow gold Arabic numerals. Glass crystal. Correct crown from the era (probably a replacement). 7-jewel movement with serial number 330460000 is from 1932. It sets and winds perfectly, keeps times to within 2 min/day or better. Black 18mm leather strap. I usually consign Elgins to eBay, but this one is in such nice condition, I wanted to showcase it on my website first. A beautiful watch, a "survivor" from the Great Depression era.
April 25, 2018
Seven new pieces added to Bruce's Vintage Watches!
Dear Friends and customers:
I've added seven new watches to the website today, and they include a Rolex Speedking; Wittnauer military style 12/24 hour dial watch; a Gruen with gold mirror dial; an Omega bumper automatic; a Bulova 23-jewel automatic; an Elgin BW Raymond wristwatch railroad approved; and a Hamilton Dodson.
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