Bruce's Vintage Watches
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Excellent 14kt all gold filled case measures 38mm long lug to lug, by 31mm diameter. Excellent original hr/min wheels. New GS crystal installed. 21J Caliber 719 movement sets and winds perfectly. Just serviced (clean/oil/adjust) by my watchmaker and keeping accurate tie. Used but serviceable 18mm brown leather band. The "Chevron" is one of three digital direct reading watches that Elgin introduced in the 1950s. The other two were the "golf ball" with dimpled bezel, also in a round case, and the "Elvis", a rectangular shaped watch with raised (embossed) logo.
Excellent all YGF case 22.5mm wide by 33mm long lug to lug. Back is monogrammed. Older refinished dial. Good crystal and crown. 17 jewel movement winds and sets perfectly. Has just been serviced (clean/oil/adjust) and runs perfectly and keeps good time. Used but serviceable black leather band. With all the sport watches that Omega made through the years, people forget that Omega also made dress watches. Here is a nice example. Looks best on a small- to medium-size wrist.
Excellent condition all Guidite (stainless steel) screwback case measures 32mm wide by 38.5mm long lug to lug. Excellent original black dial. Good crystal and winding crown. Gruen 15-jewels Caliber 411 movement sets and winds perfectly. Keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Stainless steel stretch comfort band "snaps" into itself for easy adjustment and comfort. Most Gruen watches were cased and timed at the Gruen factory in Cincinnati, with most cases coming from Wadsworth. However, Gruen also imported many complete watches from its factory in Switzerland when the situation was advantageous. These are "imports" by Gruen collectors, and this is one of them. Guildite was not made here in the states, and you'll also notice that the usual two-digit case reference number is not stamped on the case on this one. Interesting piece.
YGF case measures 28mm diameter by 37mm long lug to lug. Mostly excellent case but for scratch on back. Older refinished dial. Good crystal and crown. 17J movement has just been cleaned and the balance staff replaced, and keeps accurate time. used but serviceable 20mm black leather band. The Coronet is one of those iconic watches that is instantly recognizable to watch collectors, especially those who specialize in LeCoultre. This is the first one I've had in 30 years, and I don't expect to have another one anytime soon!
Excellent WGF case measures 27mm wide (not including crown) by 38mm long lug to lug. Older refinished dial. Replacement crown. Replacement acrylic crystal. 17 jewel Caliber 987F sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day, not known when last serviced. Used by serviceable 16mm black leather band. The 1931 Perry is not an especially rare watch; slightly more than 12,000 were produced. Yet like most any 87-year-old wristwatch, nice examples of the Perry are getting more and more difficult to find. Three different dial/hand combinations were offered, this being the luminous dial/hands version. It was also made with applied gold numerals, and black numerals.
Was $495, now reduced to $450. Very good all yellow gold filled one piece case measures 34mm diameter not including crown by 41mm long lug to lug. Wear is evident on insides of lugs from metal band. Back is engraved "John Davis Anchor Coupling Co. 5-6-65 in appreciation 10 years loyal service." Custom dial refinish with Anchor corporate logo. Good crystal. Good original signed crown. Movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Sorry, but I don't have the correct tools to open this watch and show you the movement. New 18mm black leather band.
Was $150, now reduced to $125. Excellent all 14kt yellow gold fille screwback case measures 40mm long lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. One tool mark on back as seen. Excellent original engine turned dial with light, even honey toning. Replacement crown and acrylic crystal. 21 jewel Caliber 688 movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Used but serviceable 18mm black Corfam band. Triple stepping on this nice beefy case. This was probably an expensive watch in its day (1954 judging by the movement serial number). Features the Durapower mainspring (note logo on dial) as well as shock protected balance ("Shockmaster"). The watch is just 32mm diameter, but looks bigger because of the large lugs and stepped case. One of the nicer Lord Elgins I've seen in a while.
Was $150; now reduced to $125. Excellent all 14kt yellow gold filled case measures 35mm long lug to lug, by 24mm wide, not including crown. Back in initialed "MN". Older refinished dial. New replacement crown and glass crystal. 19-jewel grade 982 movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. New 14mm black leather band. The Norman was introduced in 1948 and was available through 1951. It was one of just a handful of gold filled watches to be fitted with Hamilton's best movement at the time, the grade 982. Normally, that movement was reserved for Hamilton's solid gold watches. The Norman is one of those watches that, while not particularly rare, is difficult to find in nice condition because the delicate lugs were often chewed up and/or badly brassed, especially if a metal band was used on the watch.
Price reduced from $295 to $250, now further reduced to $225. Near mint and all original throughout. 10kt WGF case measures 24mm wide not including crown, by 37 long lug to lug. Signed crown. 17 jewel Caliber 528 movement winds and sets perfectly. Movement keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. Original mesh band uses a series of hooks inside the deployment clasp. At the last hook, the watch will fit up to a 7.5 inch wrist comfortable. Comes with its oriignal burgundy red leatherette box with one divit in the back (shown in one of pictures). I'm guessing early 1960s on this. A beautiful dress watch.
Was $250; now $225. Excellent all steel case screwback case measures 37mm long lug to lug by 31mm diameter. Good original dial with some darkening on the edge between 9 and 10:00. Good original crown, replacement acrylic crystal. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Used but serviceable 16mm black smooth leather band. Minerva is known mostly for its chronographs, but the company also made time-only wristwatches. They are fairly uncommon; I can't even remember the last Minerva like this that I offered for sale.
Was $150; now reduced to $125. Excellent 10kt YGF bezel with stainless steel back secured to bezel with four screws. Case measures 41mm long lug to lug, by 32mm wide, not including crown. Excellent black original dial ("SWISS" at bottom is very faint, but it's there). Tiny spots you see on image are microdust reflections on the crystal and are not on the dial. Black dials are very difficult to photograph, especially in strong light. Automatic movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm black leather band, used but serviceable condition. Good acrylic crystal. Replacement crown signed Gruen. Sorry, but with hand tremors I don't feel capable of removing the back and putting it back on. Other examples of this same watch contain the Croton signed Caliber E3SE C2186, which the base movement is the ETA Caliber 1256. Wish I knew the significance of the "360EL" but can't find anything about this on the Internet. Croton (also known as Nivada Grenchen in the European markets) is a good solid brand, undervalued here in the states.
Was $195; now reduced to $175. 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.
Was $150; now reduced to $125. 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.
Price reduced from $250 to $150. 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!
July 30, 2018
Six new pieces added to Bruce's Vintage Watches; price reductions!
Dear Friends and customers:
I've added six new watches to the website today, and they include: Hamilton 1931 "Perry"; Winton duo-dial doctor's watch; stunning LeCoultre "Coronet"; Gruen Veri-Thin Import; Omega gold filled dress watch; and Delbana Landeron 48 chronograph. The Lord Elgin direct read from the July 10 update is back for another showing; the customer returned it because his wife (for whom he bought the watch) didn't like it.
In addition, LOTS OF PRICE REDUCTIONS THIS TIME AROUND!
prices have been reduced on the following 13 watches: 5852 Eternamatic was $250, now $225; #5856 Bulova 23-jewel, was $150, now $125; #5858 Hamilton Dodson, was $195, now $175; #5862 Minerva was $250, now $225; #5868…More...
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