Bruce's Vintage Watches
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Excellent all stainless steel case measures 38mm long lug to lug by 27mm wide. Case and back are secure by four screws ... interesting experimental case of the 1950s. Dial has beautiful honey patina. Original crown and crystal. 17J automatic movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. 16mm tan pigskin band. Nivada was founded in 1879 in the town of Grenchen, Switzerland. Perhaps their most famous line of watches were their "Antarctic" series. The story goes, their brand name was deemed too similar to "Movado" and thus they changed it (either by choice or by force) to "Nivada Grenchen." Further, they teamed up with the company of Croton watch to help distribute their watches in North America, where the Croton name was better known. Anyway, this was a very cool watch they came out with in the eary 1950s. Several manufacturers used this same design to make their watches more water-resistant. The back is secured to the bezel by means of four screws. Further, the crystal uses a gasket and a rim around the edge to compress against the case when it is screwed shut. It did not do very well, and today this design is a quaint reminder of the failed gimmicks that watch manufacturers used to try to make their watches "waterproof," a term which was eventually outlawed by the U.S. goverment anyway. Love the patina on this dial, by...
Case is Gold plated bezel with stainless steel screw back and measures 39mm long lug to lug, by 31mm wide. Case is very good to excellent condition. Little bit of chafing on the plating on the underside. Mo edge of the bezel. Looks great from top. Excellent original dial. Mostly likely a replacement crown and crystal. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds pefectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. 18mm wide black leather band in a "long" for length. This is certainly one of the more unusual watches i've seen in my 30 years of dealing. It has a dimpled bezel and an engine-turned dial, making for a very striking watch. Enicar is Racine spelled backward, indication the company's founder, Jules Racine. I always thought they made a good watch, and collectors are certainly aware of their "Sherpa" line of chronographs. For some reason, their "time only" watches are largely ignored and therefore I believe are undervalued.
10kt yellow gold filled case measures 38mm long lug to lug, by 29mm wide. Case is in good condition, below excellent and "very good," but still presentable. The watch faces up nicely, but flip it over and you'll see this was a well worn watch, though certainly not abused. There is a noticeable wear-thru spot under the crown, very typical for this model. Also wear on the underside of the lug tips. Faint remnants of a personalized engraving: "Tom Qualle May 1953." Older refinished dial on this, excellent condition. The hour/min hands are replacement, not the original. The original hr/min hands on the Secometer B were Baton and more slender; these are Dauphone hands. Replacement crown and crystal. Excellent and clean 18J grade 748 movement winds and sets perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. New utility grade 16mm black leather band. The original Secometer, the Secometer B, and C were often sold as watches for technicians, doctors, etc., and as a result were often worn hard. This is a very typical example of that, and someone has obviously gone to great lengths to restore this to the best it can be, with refinished dial, replacement hands, new cyrstal, and new crown. But, alas, the back of case always takes the hardest wear and tells the tale. Still, a nice looking watch from the top. A nice "starter watch" for this model, and priced right.
Oyster case, gold cap, smooth bezel, over stainless steel. Case measures 40mm long lug to lug, by 33.5mm wide, not including crown. I would rate the case "very good," short of excellent, indicating a watch that was well used (but not abused) by its original owner. It is a Reference 1550, with case serial number 5988293, indicating manufacture sometime between 1979 and 1980. It has a gold-filled riveted Oyster bracelet, also in very good condiiton, showing some wear, but not excessive. There is one stainless steel link in the band, from the owner having lengthened the band to accommodate a large wrist. Five extra links are included with this watch if you need to swap it out. You might need to make this bracelet shorter, anyway, which would take care of the stainless link. The original champagne dial is in excellent original condition. Original Oyster crown is in good condition and screws down tightly. Though I've not had the back off this watch, the Ref. 1550 typically contains the 26-jewel Caliber 1570 movement. The date is slow-set, meaning you must turn the bands a full 24 hours to advance the date. The watch comes with its original inner and outer boxes. One of the corners on the lid for the outer box is torn. This watch came to me with a booklet, not positive it's original to the watch, but I include it for what it may be worth. This is a very fair price on an...
Excellent base metal bezel with stainless steel screw back. Case measures 41mm long lug to lug, by 34mm wide not including crown. Excellent original black dial with white background registers. Excellent original crown and pushers. Excellent crystal. Movement is a Lemania 1281. It winds and sets perfectly. Runs to within 2 min/day, but not known when last serviced. All chrono functions operate correctly -- start, stop, reset. Used by serviceable 18mm tan leather band. During the late 1960s, and early '70s, Tissot produced many attractive chronographs in the Seastar model lineup. This is one their more complicated watches, with the chronograph measuring up to 12 hours elapsed time. If you know your chronograph movements, the Lemania 1281 became the base movement for the Lemania 1873, which was used in several high-grade chronographs, including the Omega Seamaster Professional "Moon Watch." It is a solid performing movement.
White All gold filled case. Dimensions: 33.5mm long lug to lug by 27.5mm wide, not including winding crown. Bezel is excellent. Back is excellent. No personalized engraving. Good original dial, somewhat dark, luminous missing from hands. Excellent and correct to the era replacement...
White gold filled case measures 39mm long lug to lug, by 29mm wide, not including winding crown. Case is in excellent condition for its ago, showing minimal wear. Pierced lugs are in excellent condition with very little "stretch" on the lug holes. Back has a stylized monogram of "ACN". Dial is an older refinished. Luminous is gone from the numerals and hands. Crown is a replacement, not the original. 17 jewel manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day, though not known when last serviced. Used by serviceable 16mm black leather strap. The Marquee is just one of many Illinois wristwatches oozing Art Deco, an art form of which the Illinois Watch Co. had no equal of the other American watch manufacturer at the time. The seconds bit at 9:00 just makes this model all the unusual and appealing. Watchmaking at its best; it's no wonder that the Hamilton Watch Company bought out this company!
Was $395; now reduced to $350. Excellent condition all stainless steel case with "tub" construction 38mm long lug to lug by 31mm wide not including crown. Excellent original 12/24 hour dial with vibrant colors. Original crown, replacement crystal. 17J manual wind movement sets and winds perfectly. Just cleaned/oiled/adjusted by my watchmaker and keeping good time. 16mm leather band.
Price reduced to $100; was originally $150.. At first glance, I thought this was an Illinois watch because of its close resemblance to the the "Major." However, it's an Elgin in a quality case (all 14kt gold filled) and with a movement with full 17 jeweling. Case is 37mm high lug to lug, by 30mm wide not including crown. Case is excellent for the most part, with the exception of a little brassing at the upper right corner of the bezel. Dial is original and in good condition with some darkening as to be expected from from an 80-year-old-plus watch. Crown and plastic crystal are both replacements. 17 jewel movement sets and winds perfectly, keeps time to within 2 min/day but not known when last serviced. Comes with a new 16mm black leather band.
Six new watches added to the website
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I've added six new watches to the website today, and they include: Rolex Datejust Ref. 1550; a three-register Tissot chronograph with Lemania 1281 movement; a really cool Enicar with dimpled bezel; a Hamilton Secometer B; a Croton square automatic in all steel case with four screws; and a very minty condition Lord Elgin Futura "Mystery Dial."
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