Bruce's Vintage Watches
Fine timepieces at reasonable prices from a name you trust.
This watch was on my website back in June; however the quickset would not operate. I just got it back from my watchmaker, and he fixed the quickset. You pull out the crown past the time setting position, and each "click" of the crown advances the date by one iincrement. Excellent stainless steel case with YGF fluted bezel ring. Case measures 44mm long lug to lug, by 36mm diameter. Excellent original "bullseye" dial of black with champagne background. Good acrylic crystal and original signed crown. 17J Caliber 11AOACB sets and winds perfectly, calendar changes at midnight properly, or quicksets. Watch keeps time to withing 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. Aftermarket steel/gold plated bracelet band with snap depoloyment clasp. A very nice 1974 (N4) Bulova Oceanographer.
Excellent 18kt solid yellow gold case measures 34mm wide (excluding winding crown) by 43mm high tip of lug to tip of lug. Good original dial showing some minor scratches and scrapes as you see them. Good original pushers. Excellent replacement crown consistent with age of watch. Replacement crystal. Watch movement sets and winds perfectly. Watch runs to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. All chronograph functions (start/stop/reset) operate properly. Used but serviceable 18mm brown leather band.
Solid 9kt solid rose gold case measures 25mm wide (excluding winding crown) by 35mm high tip of lug to tip of lug. Case with wire lugs is in excellent condition with and engraved pattern stamped into the vertical sides of the bezel. Excellent refinished dial with vibrant colors. Replacement hands. Replacement crown and crystal. Watch movement sets and winds perfectly. Watch runs to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. 17mm Hirsch leather foldover leather band.
Beautiful doc/tech duo dial. Who knew that Doxa ever made a duo-dial watch with formed movement? Certainly the first one I've ever come across. Excellent nickel chrome hinged case measures 22mm wide (excluding winding crown) by 41mm high tip of lug to tip of lug. Excellent dial, no doubt refinished. Replacement crown. Watch movement sets and winds perfectly. Watch runs to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. 16mm Hirsch foldover leather band (watch has solid wire lugs) used but serviceable. Band will likely need to be reglued if this is the band you want to stay with.
I had one of these on the website last month nearly identical to this one. Here is another one, but it has just been service 7/2018, consisting of a clean/oil/adjust. (COA) All YGF case measures 34mm diameter by 45mm long lug to lug. Case is very good, I would rate excellent in the face up position. But one lug (lower right) does have a noticeable split on the underside. Refinished dial looks better in person; black dials are so difficult to photograph ... the spots you see are microdust reflecting on the crystal. Set button works fine. Caliber 497 keeping good time with strong reserve. New 18mm black leather band. My competitors are asking $750-$1,000 for Futurematics.
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 $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.
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.
Oct. 15, 2018
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