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Bruce's Vintage Watches

Fine timepieces at reasonable prices from a name you trust.

In business since 1989 and offering medium- to high-grade watches with an unconditional seven-day money back guarantee.
Hello. My name is Bruce Shawkey, and I've been collecting vintage watches since 1986, and have been a dedicated dealer in vintage watches since 1991 when I left my last "real" job as a technical writer for a national trade association. Starting out with crude paper catalogs, I soon jumped onto the Internet in 1996 with "thewatchstore.com" I sold that domain name in 2012, and am now operating under the name of brucesvintagewatches.

All during this time, my mission has remained the same: To provide nice, affordable watches to collectors who don't necessarily have a bundle of money to spend. I pride myself in pricing my watches realistically, which means I'm extremely competitive with others on the 'Net who price their merchandise at close to retail, in the hopes of snagging the occasional "sucker" who comes along. I'm more interested in building long-term and trusting relationships with my customers, which I accomplish not only with fair pricing, but providing full disclosure about my watches, along with a little educational information about each watch that I sell.

It must be working, because many of my customers have been with me since the beginning! And new customers keep arriving, most often by word of mouth, which is the best advertising there is!

I'm also very interested in the history of these old watches and the companies that made them. To that end, I'm very active with the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors. I've written many articles for their educational journal over the years, and am a frequent visitor to the Library and Research Center at their headquarters in Columbia, Pa. I've also published articles in various other watch magazines for consumers.

There's an old saying about "Do what you love, and you'll never work another day in your life." I've been very fortunate in finding out what it is that I love to do. And I plan to keep on doing it as long as there are people out there who appreciate the beauty and functionality of these great old watches.

May you always find joy in wearing a vintage wristwatch. May it always remind you that time is a gift, never to be wasted.


Bruce Shawkey
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Recent Watches


Gruen Continental Autowind

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Excellent gold filled bezel with bombe style lugs, stainless steel screwback. Back is engraved: "Dr. G.B. Ewell 1934-1957 Budget Research…More details


Gruen Quadron

$295.00

Case style #8 predates 1925. Excellent white gold filled case measures 37mm long lug to lug, by 22mm wide. Excellent refinished dial.…More details


Tavannes trench style early wristwatch

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Base metal hinged back case measures 40mm long lug to lug, by 33mm diameter. Excellent signed enamel dial, hands are probably replacement.…More details