Bruce's Vintage Watches
Fine timepieces at reasonable prices from a name you trust.
Beautiful example of this rare model. 33mm x 40mm to lug tips, 18mm lug width, stainless steel screw back case with 14K gold overlay, black leather strap, black dial with applied silver indices. Fresh battery. Runs and keeps accurate time. Sets properly from back of watch.
All gold filled case measures 45mm long lug to lug by 20mm wide. Case is in excellent condition with minimal wear. Good original dial. Top of the line Grade 7AP movement with 21 jewels sets and winds properly. Movement runs to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. This is a super-long and curved Bulova ... probably the longest watch they made during their vintage years. It is perfectly matched to a vintage gold-filled bracelet with open framework lugs in virtually NOS condition and plenty of room for larger wrists. This is one of those rare specimens that has been spared the ravages of time, probably because it was lightly worn by its original owner. This watch has been positively ID'd by the mybulova online database as a "President" model.
White gold-filled case, 24mm x 32mm to lug tips, 18mm lug width, black leather strap, toned silvered dial with radium numerals, 17J movement winds and sets correctly, serviced 2/2020 with a clean oil and adjust, and runs to within 2 min/day or better. Black leather band. This is a watch for a smaller wrist. Was $250; now reduced to $225.
Bulova Westover, manual wind, 24mm x 33mm to lug tips, 18mm lug width, gold-filled snap back case with graduated fluting along case edge, matching gold-filled expandable bracelet, silvered dial with applied gold numerals, 17J, Winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. I believe that's the original. band, too. When it was advertised in 1953, it was one of Bulova’s more expensive gold filled watches, priced at $71.50. Was $295; now reduced to $250.
Eterna, manual wind, gold-filled snap back case, 43mm long lug to lug, by 20mm wide, engraved "John Romadka" on the reverse. black leather strap, silvered dial with applied gold numerals, 17J. Cleaned, oiled and adjust Feb. 2020. Winds and sets properly, keeps time to within 2 min/day. An unusual piece; you don't normally see Eterna dress models.Was $250; now reduced to $225.
Girard Perregaux, manual wind, 23mm x 35mm to lug tips, 17mm lug width, stainless steel case with back secured by screwbar on either end. Black leather strap, silvered dial with radium painted numerals. Just cleaned, oiled and adjusted and runs fine.Rare experimental case that I’ve seen with other makers, but not GP. Cleaned, oil and adjust 2/2020 and keeps time to within 2 min/day. Was $295; now reduced to $250.
Tissot square bumper automatic. Yellow gold filled case. 31mm x 43mm to lug tips, 19mm lug width, gold-filled snap back case, black leather strap, silvered dial with applied gold indices, 17J. Large size, unusual to see a square automatic from Tissot; most are rounds. Great quality brand, underappreciated. Winds and sets perfectly, runs to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced.
Mido, 21mm x 35mm to lug tips, 18mm lug width, rose gold case, gray leather strap, copper colored dial with black painted markers, a few scratches, but still an original dial, rectangle dress watch 14kt pink gold. Hard to find a Mido dress watch, let alone one in 14kt solid gold. Movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Rare to find a dress Mido; most are round sport-type watches.
Hamilton Contour, driver's watch with flexing lugs. Yellow gold filled case measures 39mm long lug to lug, by 27mm wide. Excellent case. 17J Caliber 980 movement. Sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Made for only a couple of years, then recalled by Hamilton, perhaps the only watch to have been recalled. I'm guessing the lugs were too fragile and prone to breaking. 18mm brown leather band.
Tavannes, 14kt solid gold case with hidden wire lugs measures 31mm x 40mm to lug tips, 16mm lug width, white enamel dial with black numerals and a red 12. There is a hairline fracture on the edge of the dial between 11 and 12 o'clock, very minor, mentioned only for accuracy. Gross weight of assembled 14K gold watch 20.1 dwt (31.4 g). Beautiful specimen of an early Swiss gent’s wristwatch, probably made in the early 1910s before U.S. companies made them. Gorgeous dial and Breguet hands. This watch is a survivor; very unusual to find a solid gold watch this old (1920s) that hasn't been scrapped for its metal value.
Hamilton Merritt, manual wind, 27mm x 39mm to lug tips, 19mm lug width, original white gold-filled snap back case, black suede leather strap, original silvered dial with black painted numerals, 17J cal 987-F, s#4339338, winds and sets perfectly,, just serviced by my watchmaker. Includes the original display box. Made for only two years (1937-1938), this model was never shown as available in white gold-filled in the '37 or '38 catalogs, and no production records can be found for them. Production records do show that 7,486 units were made in yellow gold-filled, and it is speculated that approximately 700 were made in white gold-filled. Original dial slightly discolored from age. Good good glass crystal.
Gruen Tank, 14kt solid gold case measures 24mm x 32mm to lug tips, 18mm lug width. Engraved monogram on caseback reads "RAE," brown leather strap, refinished silvered dial with applied yellow gold numerals, 17J, s#627177, triple signed. Gross weight of case without movement, crystal or strap 5.1 dwt (8.0 g). Includes period brown presentation box.Winds and sets perfectly. Runs to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced.
Gruen tonneau, 27mm x 37mm to lug tips, 15mm lug width, white gold-filled case with filigree details on bezel. Inside back enscribed 315-88. The "88" dates this to 1930 year of production. 15J Caliber 315 movement, black lizard strap, silvered dial with luminous painted numerals.
Feb. 20, 2020
Five new watches added to the website today, and price reductions! The liquidation of my personal collection continues with five newly listed watches as follows:
* Tissot large size automatic in yellow gold filled 1950s vintage; * Bulova "President" ultra long (45mm) and curved with a beautiful gold filled bracelet; * Mido 14kt pink gold dress watch; * 1930s vintage Tavannes in 14kt yellow gold with enamel dial; and * rare Hamilton "Contour" model driver's watch and enjoys the distinction of being the only watch ever to be recalled by the Hamilton factory after being out the market for only a couple of years.
Next, price reductions are in effect for remaining inventory that was listed on Feb. 13. These include:
* Gruen Tank, stock #5997, reduced from $250 to $225;
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