Vintage Watches For Sale
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Rare Men's Vintage Early 1980s Piaget Automatic Ultra-Thin Caliber 12PCI in Solid 18k Yellow Gold Ref. 13603
Vintage Illinois Bunn Railroad Size 16S 21 Jewel Rare 3-Hinge Highly Decorated Pocket Watch
Case Manufacture: Chicago Watch Case Co.
Case Serial #: 1348474
Case Diameter: 50.5 mm
Case Height Over Bow: 69.6 mm
Thickness: 15.4 mm over crystal
Weight: 100.2 g's entire watch
Markings On Inner Cover: C.W.C.Co., Star Moon Logo, Warranted Cresent 25 Years
Description - Condition :
Beautiful designed CWCCo. signed yellow gold filled open face triple hinge case.
My opinion Chicago Watch Case made the best cases out there.
It does have light vintage carry and use scratches which is common with a watch of its age.
Has initials on back dust cover inside -see pictures
No initials on outside cover.
Very nice detail with some wear.
The bow is tight and stands on it's own.
The crown has good fluting for winding and setting the watch.
The front and rear covers open and closed as designed hinges are good.
The case is in great shape for being old and vintage, it is nice & clean and has a beautiful shine.
Nickel with a bright ray damaskeened finish, Nice and clean looking.
It has red ruby gold cased screw down jewel sets, and gold drive train with black filled lettering.
Open face stem wind and lever set movement, It winds and sets as designed.
The balance wheel is flat and true with a nice swing.
The dial and hands:
Bright white porcelain Illinois signed beautiful designed Red Dot double sunk 12-hour dial.
Comes with black Arabic numerals and red dots on five minute markers.
Stick markers for minutes.
New old stock cobalt blue spade hands for hour and minutes.
Sub second dial at the 6 o'clock position that sets the dial off just right.
New old stock thick glass crystal, nice has one very small chip on outer rim at 6 o'clock.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Moon 37MM in Stainless Steel Vintage 1990s Ref 140.8.98.S
This watch utilizes a highly decorated and fine Jaeger-LeCoultre in house automatic movement.
Recently, Jaeger-LeCoultre reintroduced this piece at 39MM and cost over $10,000 USD. If you want this watch, which you know you do - save yourself some cash and go with this beautiful pre-owned example. This model is extremely rare to find.
Vintage 1940s Military WWII Pierce Parashock Manual Wind Watch Stunning Chocolate Tropical Dial
Vacheron & Constantin 18K solid white gold REF. 33003 Ultra-Thin CAL. 1003 Men's Watch Vintage 1974
The caliber 1003 was originally conceived by JLC as Cal 803 on request from Vacheron and AP. No one else, not even Jaeger-LeCoultre has used this movement. VC named it Cal 1003 and AP Cal 2003. First introduced by VC in 1955, and still the thinnest movement produced to this date at 1.64 mm high and diam 20.80 mm. The 1003 is chronometer quality and it has no shock proofing, because it's so light. It's really one of a hand full of horological accomplishments of all time. Most people don;t realize that a true ultra-thin such as this, is more difficult, expensive and exclusive that most other highly complicated watches. Vacheron models containing the cal. 1003 today sell for over $20k. Going vintage is a real bargain.
This watch with cal 1003 is still made today as Vacheron Constantin ref 33155; of coarse with some changes such as size and movement finish and retails for $29,600.
Vintage 1973 Wakmann 3 register 12hour Chronograph Valjoux 72c Triple Date w/Box and Papers
As an importer and manufacturer of high quality timepieces, Wakmann Watch Company was founded in New York in 1946, and became known as experts in the world of chronographs and multipurpose timekeeping. At the time, the US had increased duties on imported Swiss watches, which opened the door for Wakmann to partner up with Breitling. Wakmann would receive a batch of nearly complete watches from Switzerland, which would then undergo final assembly before being sold under the Wakmann name. Beyond “re-branded” watches, Wakmann also supplied timekeeping devices for the Armed Forces, U.S. Government, commercial airlines, and radio/television studios as part of their Breitling relationship. Later the company would be purchased by Breitling and absorbed into the larger and more successful umbrella.
This watch was recently overhauled and is working perfectly. The only known issue is that the seconds counter does not reset at exactly zero every time. This is a simple adjustment if wanted; although the watch is working so well I wouldn't touch it until a next scheduled overhaul. It has its original crown and pushers, original dial and hands and original case finish in near mint condition. If I had to guess; I would say this watch was purchased and almost never worn - or was worn by a person using extreme caution.
The Valjoux 72 and it's variations, as many know, is crowned the best column wheel chronograph ever produced by many collectors and experts. This particular piece is executed using the Valjoux 72c with the high end finish gold gilded. In fact, Rolex chose the regular Valjoux 72 with little modification as their crowned jewel chronograph caliber for the Daytona. This watch, has a beautiful panda dial with even patina, and unlike the Daytona of the same period, won't require a second mortgage. This watch comes on a canvas strap that awesomely highlights the colors under the crystal; in addition, the watch comes with the original expandable metal bracelet. Inside the booklet and warranty, the original wax paper envelope containing the original date setting tool is also present. This will go fast once found by the right person - so please, if that person is you I would not hesitate because there are many out there that would like this watch. Papers are dated Dec 1973.
Hamilton Coronado in solid 14k yellow gold extremely rare vintage 1929 - highly sought after collectable
The Coronado is one of three enamel bezeled watches produced by Hamilton which included the Piping Rock and the Spur. Being from 1929 - this is an early production Coronado. The Coronado is a highly collectible Hamilton and demands a premium among Hamilton aficionados. Its popularity has much to do with its hinged lugged barrel shape as well as its use of a unique "exploding numeral" enamel bezel. Hamilton also produced Coronado's with Roman Numerals however they are extraordinarily rare and do not appear in Hamilton production records. It is believed that they may have been produced as "special orders" only.
Official production records indicate that the Coronado was offered in 14K yellow and white gold only. A platinum Coronado is known to exist and like the Roman Numeral bezel variation, it is believed to be a "special order."
During it's production years, the watch was sometimes missing from the Hamilton catalog suggesting these in some years may have been made to order. There was a total 1530 ever produced in yellow gold; it was also available in white gold. The average survival rates for gold watches from this period is well below 50%; making this model one of the rarest Hamilton models on the market. The watch features its original solid yellow gold case, lugs, bezel, crystal dial, crown and caseback. Please note that the glass crystal being original, has some low-moderate scuffs and scratches on it; however, it is not distracting. The Bezel is enameled in black with yellow gold numerals and is in excellent condition with no major flaws noted. Surviving pieces usually have major flaws with the enamel due to wear; however, this watch appears to have been used with extreme care and rarely worn. The caseback has an inscription; It does not affect the value. The hinged lugs are in excellent condition, with the lower lugs tightly intact and the upper lugs have a little wiggle room but are working perfectly. The Coronado is executed using the famously reliable and well finished american made Hamilton caliber 979 - the earlier caliber before they switched to the 979-F - the 979 is much more rare. The watch is recently serviced and is in working order and running strong almost within chronometer specs. It comes on a period vintage calf skin strap that would be the replacement for exactly what the watch would have been sold on. Comparable sales in the yellow gold version were difficult to find and I do not have any as of yet. I also have a white gold version in which comparable will show mine are priced at a bargain.
Please note that there is no yellowing in the dial - this is a reflection from the gold surrounding the watch. There are some small age spots at 12 o'clock - but very minor.
Vacheron & Constantin Military Chronograph WWI Army Corps of Engineers Very Rare
The case of this pocket watch is 900 fine silver and in excellent condition. The dial is also very clean apart from the dissipated lume on the numerals - no hairlines or cracks. In many cases you find this watch with all its lume gone and in most cases incorrect replacement hands due to the fear of the radioactivity of the lume used at the time. Of course, any type of radioactive material on this watch is no longer radioactive due to the age and posed no risk. The hands still have nearly all their lume and still have a blue hue to them. The case number is 241034, the movement number is 384852, and the movement is a 20-jewel movement with a straight line lever escapement and a 19 lignes size. Very high end column wheel chronograph made in-house by Vacheron. The earlier serial numbers as pointed out in many studies of this watch were likely outsourced to Nardin because V&C was not prepared for such a large order. This piece is a true V&C movement. There is high-end gold gilding on this entire movement, not specified as a requirement of the order, but a very expensive nice touch by Vacheron. Quite nice, this watch will certainly give you bragging rights. Appraised values for this rare bird with all its original parts, I've seen up to $20k in mint condition by a couple certain high-end auction houses. While others that have been modified through the years can be had for $2-3k. This piece is all original and in excellent condition to boot which is extremely hard to find.
The pocket watch chronograph measures 52 mm wide, 65 mm from the crown to the bottom, and 14.5 mm thick.
The document in the pictures details the order for the time only version of this. So they ordered both the chronographs and time only pieces of similar specs. I've not been able to find the doc copy of the chronograph order. If anyone out there has it feel free to send it to me. Thanks!
Vacheron & Constantin Army Corps of Engineers Chronometer Time Only Version for Sale
Dedicated articles about this watch
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Important Museum Quality Harwood Automatic vintage 1920s - First Automatic Ever Produced
Here is some more information from the Harwood site:
On the Isle of Man, the English watchmaker John Harwood had a vision of a new type of reliable wristwatch that would eliminate the shortcomings of watches available at the time. Dust and moisture were the most common culprits he encountered in his watch movement repairs. John Harwood therefore set about developing different winding and hand-setting mechanisms located inside the watch to dispense with the need for an opening in the watch case for the winding stem.
Coincidence that gave John Harwood the brilliant idea for his revolutionary invention. Observing children playing on a see-saw, he began to envisage the basic design of his legendary “self-winding mechanism”. Using accumulated kinetic energy to tension the spring of a wristwatch was an excellent idea. A series of experiments culminated in the first prototype of a self-winding wristwatch that was created from a discarded pocket watch.There was no winding crown and the hands were set by rotating a milled bezel, which was also used to wind the mechanism. A red dot, which appeared in the dial aperture above the “6” showed that the mechanism was running.
John Harwood traveled to Switzerland several times since he felt that only there could he find the technical conditions for realizing his invention. On September 1, 1924 the Swiss Confederation in Berne awarded him Patent No. 10 65 83 for his pioneering invention of the first self-winding wristwatch.
The HARWOOD Automatic relied on pawls and clockwork and a pivoted oscillating weight that moved to and from through an arc of 270° hitting buffer springs on both sides (so-called hammer automatic).
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