The Elgin Pocket Watch embraces many grades of watch movements on all of superior timekeeping quantities. The grades differ in price according to the cost of construction- each grade being the best watch value for money. View Watches »
E. Howard is one of the fathers of American watchmaking. The Howard pocket watch is a favorite today amongst collectors of watches because they made watches that looked like nobody else's watches. View Watches »
The Colibri pocket watch is among those notable symbols of that refined epoch. Featuring the best craftsmanship to its timekeepers, the Colibri pocket watch was the sophisticated gentleman’s most important accessory. Indeed, it has been noted that just members of the aristocracy and upper class could possibly afford and thence purchase a Colibri pocket watch. View Watches »
Burlington Watches were a watchmaker's masterpieces, adjusted to the second, to temperature, to isochronism, to position ( the challeges in horology of those days) and these Burlington Watches came in an amazing variety of styles and designs for every occupation and taste. View Watches »
In 1875 Joseph Bulova, a 23-year-old Czech immigrant, opens a small jewelry shop on Maiden Lane in New York City. In 1911 Bulova begins manufacturing pocket watches, becoming a highly successful American Watch Company. View Watches »
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Hamilton wristwatches combine battery power with a traditional mechanical watch balance wheel and gear train. This Hamilton technology became arcane in late 1960’s. However, it was considered the state of the art technology in the 50s. As these mechanics became obsolete, very few watchmakers actually mastered these complex systems. View Watches »
In the last 500 years, the art of mechanical timekeeping have produce many timepieces, not only precious mechanical artifact they have also become an investment that can only be up in value. In Old Pocket Watches you will find many luxury timepieces at affordable prices. Good luck and enjoy. View Watches »
Georges Ducornmun started his workshops in 1889, he was mostly working on making pocket watches. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the high standard of Ducornmun timepieces earned him multiple awards and medals, particularly in Liege in 1905 as well as in Milan the year after. In 1908 he received a patent for an eight-day movement.
In 1910, the by now thriving Georges Ducornmun registered the trade-name Doxa for all his time-keeping products. In the begin of the Twenties, Doxa portfolio included Wristwatches with movement calibers which range from 8¾ to 13 lignes and also instrument-panel clocks for automobiles and airplanes were included on the collection. In the course of the subsequent years the Doxa range grown intensively manufacturing ring-watches, women's jewelry watches, railway and travel-clocks and also fashion timepieces. View Watches »
Fred Gruen and Dietrich Gruen founded a new watch company "D. Gruen and Son” in 1894. These first Gruen watches were of a high quality and were beautifully made. Both 18 and 16 size versions were manufactured, each in both open face and hunter styles, and in 18- and 21-jewel versions.
Gruen introduced its "VeriThin" watches in 1903. The VeriThin pocket watches were soon popular and became Gruen's signature watch. Also some of the old and thicker movements were kept in production and soon became the SemiThin pocket watch. Another watch, the expensive UltraThin, movement successfully reduced the number of operating levels to two. The Very-VeriThin models combined the ordinary VeriThin movements with extra-slim case designs making them the thinnest most watches.The Ultra-VeriThin was a less-expensive precision grade watch. Gruen's Precision models were guaranteed to meet railroad accuracy standards; hence there remained no use of carrying a 18-size watch.
In 1908 Gruen introduced both men's and women's wristwatches.
One design that was popular with women was the Convertible watch. These were shaped like a small pocket watch with bow on the top. These included a second, small ring on the bottom, to allow attachments at both ends. Included was a bracelet or ribbon that clipped to the top and bottom of the watch to form a wristwatch, but the watch could also be worn on the neck with chain, pinned to the clothing or used with a pocket watch chain.
Gruen made both wrist and pocket watches for the military during World War I. Most had silver cases, which would not corrode under adverse conditions and had luminous dial markings and hands.
Gruen also made a military version of the VeriThin pocket watch, which had a luminous dial and hands as the military wristwatches did. These came in either solid gold or gold-filled cases. Gruen introduced the Cartouche wristwatch naming it "The logical wristwatch shape" in 1921.
By 1922 there were three Gruen companies: D. Gruen, Sons & Company; The Gruen National Watch Case Company of Cincinnati; and The Gruen Watch Manufacturing Company of Biel, Switzerland. All these three businesses were merged to form the Gruen Watch Company in 1922.
In 1925, Gruen introduced the men's Quadron which were rectangular watches containing high-quality 15-j or 17-j tonneau-shaped movements.
Gruen releases The Techni-Quadron in 1928. These were called the "doctor's watches" because of the large seconds dial which was handy for timing a patient's pulse.
In 1935 Gruen introduced the famous Curvex.
The Dietrich Gruen watches had their own unique family of fully-adjusted movements. Cases came in several shapes, including round, octagonal and square and even pentagon cases.
By: Mr Goldsmith
In 1893, the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, Pennsylvania began producing pocket watches for railroad workers. These Railroad-grade watches had to meet strict guidelines to ensure their reliability and accuracy and Hamilton met these standards well. The watches had 42-hour mainsprings, with 17 jewels in their isochronous movements and were size 16 or 18. They had Arabic numerals on their faces. These were the standards which made Hamilton watches the best choice of railroad employees. View Watches »
It is important to properly take care of our watches so that they will last in good condition. by Mr Goldsmith
With antique watches, there appearance will determine the value should you decide to sell them. You will need to make sure your watch is properly wound so that it can keep working like it should. There are just a few set number of turns though when it comes to winding that you have be concerned with. If you wind your antique watch too much, you can end up harming it. Always turn the hands clockwise in order to properly set the time. Never attempt to make them go backwards! View Watches »
Swiss watchmaker Rene Bannwart founded the Corum watch brand in 1955 with his cousin Simone and her father Gaston Ries. Corum designs sophisticated, fresh, highly imaginative and innovative watches. The first collection was in 1956 but the relative youth of the firm should no distract the attention of collectors and investors from the virtues of Corum watches. View Watches »
1856. that was yesterday...Baudelaire was gathering his "Fleurs du Mal" Darwin tracing man's descent from the apes, Karl Marx pondering his "Manifesto"; Wagner's "Lohengrin" enriched the world of music, and the Suez Canal was under construction. 1856?
In the Swiss canton of Soleure two men established the future Eterna. One of them persevered Urs Schild, the founder of the firm. Diligent, responsible, a sound technician and an indefatigable worker, he determined to establish in Grenchen the standard of watchmaking practiced by Geneva craftsmen. Not only did he achieve this ambition, but also the honor of being elected to the National Council of the Swiss Confederation. When he died, his son Max, high-spirited, volatile and a keen innovator, paid a visit to the United Stales. He returned to introduce, in the midst of manual craftsmen, machinery.
"Quality... Productivity... Rationalization...", Max Schild was ahead of his time and his ideas were unpopular. Disillusioned, he took his leave. His brother Theodore took the helm on the threshold of the 20lh century and with him Eterna entered modern times.
Though modest in size, Switzerland was beginning an invasion of world markets. Eterna was established in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, New York. 1914 saw a sensation at the National Fair: an alarm wristwatch displayed by Eterna. A prototype or a curiosity? The shape of things to come was predicted by the Hexa model, a pocket watch which wound itself automatically when the cover was closed!
"It must be useful. It must work dependably. It must be beautiful. It must last. It must be the best of its kind" the words of Alfred Dunhill, creator of the now broadly diversified luxurious goods producers and retailers bearing his name. Dunhill's Motorities" a London store opened in 1893 by Alfred Dunhill, offered its exclusive customers almost everything to warm the heart of any automobile enthusiast.
From the start, the Dunhill business has been a successful exercise in marketing to gentlemen of taste, superb design and style in luxury items. Products included waterproof clocks for open-air cockpits, the double-sided "Motoring Watch" with chronograph, and also the "Motor Cycle Watch No. 895" having a sprung case-cover. Clocks and watches initially come to his shops windows in 1926; the Unique lighter, which contained a watch in their side, is a collector's piece these days, also built his watches into artistically designed cigarette lighters, ashtrays, pipe accessories, and even into belt buckles and brooches. View Watches »
Helbros created masterpieces of accuracy and longevity. Lifetime Jewel Movements...unbreakable mainspring...self-winding...shock-resistant and waterproof. HELBROS quality Watches were sold in over 200 styles for men and women. Helbros Watches View Watches »
Cyma Watches range included wristwatches of the most diverse characteristics - such as the shock-proof watches, which had a safety cover above the vulnerable crystal glass, these watches were supplied to soldiers in 1915. They were superseded by the "water-proof" versions.
Catalogs from the nineteen thirties also present wrist-chronographs loaded with Yaljoux movements. In those days, Tavannes-Cyma professed to be Switzerland's biggest supplier of precision watches. As the Cyma company itself proclaimed, the big quantities produced resulted in the watches could be offered at amazingly cheap prices.
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