Bruce's Vintage Watches
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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.
Was $175; now reduced to $157. Base metal (chrome) 3 piece case measures 37mm long lug to lug, by 31mm wide, not including crown. Case (Star Watch Case Co.) is in excellent condition showing very little wear. Black enamel dial with 48 stars is in excellent condition. Crown and acrylic crystal are both replacement. 7-jewel movement, 3/0/ size, has serial number 28915450, which traces to 1926 year of production. Movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to 2 min/day though not known when last serviced. 18mm black leather band. Elgin had many thousands of these "48-star" dials made for WWI trench watches, and many found their way onto watches from the 1920s, which this is one of. Very handsome watch with luminous hr/min hands. This watch was probably put together as a customer order by a jeweler or jobber.
Was $175; now reduced to $157. All stainless steel screwback case measures 42mm long lug to lug, by 38mm wide not including crown, and is in excellent condition. Crown, alarm button, and crystal are all original and in excellent condition. Movement sets and winds perfectly (separate mainspring for alarm must be wound manually). Alarm is more a gently "ding" than a harsh ring. Bracelet is Seiko, but not original. It looks like someone added an extra piece to lengthen it. Will fit up to 7.5 inch wrist comfortably.
Was $150; now reduced to $135. Case measures 41mm long lug to lug by 24mm wide, not including crown. Hinged case is base metal, nickel and rhodium plated. Beautiful evenly toned tropical dial. glass crystal and crown are replacements. Six jewel movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Haste large rectangular with large Art Deco case. Movement and case signed “Atlantis.” Very Art Deco, and an early example of a formed movement. Probably from Mexico, or South America, where the brand was well known back in its day. Finished with a 3/4 inch dark blue band.
Was $100; now reduced to $90. Case measures 39mm long lug to lug, by 33mm wide, not including winding crown. Case is 10kt yellow gold filled bezel with stainless steel screwback, and is in excellent condition. Excellent original dial. Crystal and signed crown I believe are original and in excellent condition. 17J manual wind movement sets and wind perfectly, keeps times to 2 min/day or better, but not known when last serviced. 18mm dark brown leather band. Very pleasing design on this Wittnauer with double step case.
Was $100; now reduced to $90. Case measures 36mm long, lug to lug, by 23mm wide, not including crown. Case is 10kt gold filled front and back. Case is in excellent condition. Original dial is in good condition, couple small blemishes. Crystal and crown are likely replacements. 17J manual wind movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm tan leather strap. Paul Breguette was (and maybe still is?) a "house brand" of Kay Jewelers. According to Dr. Ranfft who runs the well respected "pink pages" movement database, Kay Jewelers bought the name in 1938, probably because of the name recognition associated with Breguette, although the company has no affiliation whatsoever with the fine watch firm of Breguet (note differernt spelling), founded by Abraham Louis Breguet, perhaps the greatest watchmaker genius of all time and whose company he started in 1775 is still in business under the Swatch Group umbrella. The company of Breguette, as far as we can tell, was a watch "assembleur" which assembled watches from finished movements supplied by other firms rather than manufacturing its own movements.
Was $150; now reduced to $135. Case measures 37mm long lug to lug, by 23mm wide not including crown. Excellent condition deeply scalloped case is 10kt white gold filled front and back. Excellent original dial with 3 diamonds and 9, 12, and 3:00. Original beveled crystal. Unsigned crown. 21J Caliber 335 movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. According to Mike Barnett's Style Number Dating Calculator (gruenwristwatches.com) this specimen was made in year 1950. I believe it is the "Strap 667" model on page 152 of my book, "Gruen Watches: A Collector's Guide." The 21 jewel caliber 335 movement was made here in the USA at a plant near Cincinnati when Gruen was experimenting with making movements in America. It's fitted with an 18mm wide black leather strap.
Was $100; now reduced to $90. Case measures 40mm high lug to lug, ny 33mm wide not including crown. Screwback case is all stainless steel and in excellent condition. Original waffle textured dial is in excellent condition with a few freckles here and there. Original crystal has a few scratches. Crown is original. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly. Movement keeps time to 2 min/day or better, but not known when last serviced. Burgendy croco imprint leather band with deployment strap. Back is on extremely tight and I can't remove with the tools I have so I'm unable to show you the movement. Sorry. A great, rugged watch for the weekend or every day. Dial is very easy to read.
Was $250; now reduced to $225. Base metal case. Dimensions: 39mm long lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. Excellent case, back is excellent for the most part with a few tool marks as seen. Ordnance number are sharp and clear. Excellent original dial. Excellent original crown. 15J caliber 10BNCH sets and winds perfectly; keeps acceptable time. These Korean war-era aviator's watches are getting harder and harder to find, especially in nice working condition. This is not put together from pieces; this is an all-original watch, including the heavy gauge dust cover over the movment. 16mm new khaki canvas strap attached to complete the "look."
Was $125; now reduced to $112. Case measures 42mm high lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. Case is 10kt yellow rolled gold plate bezel with stainless steel snap back in excellent condition. Case is by Star Watch Case Co. and signed Elgin with 6742 stamped on it, which I assume is the model number. Excellent original black dial. I have also seen this watch with a white dial, and the black dial is much more striking. Crystal, and crown appear to be be original. Looks like this was worn very little by original owner. 17J Cal. 683 one of the last USA-made movements, manual wind, sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. I usually consign Elgin watches to eBay because I know most of my customers are way past Elgin and into more exotic brands. But this Elgin is an absolute show stopper. It's large and has fancy lugs, and the black dial is simply beautiful.
Was $250; now reduced to $225. 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.
July 13, 2017
Prices on all watches reduced 10%
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No new listings today, but all remaining inventory in the store has been reduced by 10%. This includes the Hamilton 14kt Bentley, reduced from from $995 to $895. This is a terrific deal on this rare solid gold watch.
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