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The Finest in Restored Antique Timepieces

Every pocket watch that we offer is ready to enjoy, so discover how it feels to own and carry one of these centuries-old mechanical wonders.  Disassembly, cleaning and oiling, and timing accuracy are all standard, and each component is matching and fully correct.  These exceptional examples display to perfection the ingenuity that made the American pocket watch a global standard for beauty and timekeeping precision.

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A 17J Hampden Railway

$325.00
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In the 1890s the Hampden Watch Co went to court to gain the exclusive rights to use the term "Railway" on their movements, forcing other brands to stop using it, and their 18-size 17-jewel New Railway was produced shortly before that legal decision. This particular lever-set Grade 65 has been fully restored with a new balance staff and a thorough cleaning, and comes with a full set of gilt hardware, including the upgrade Teske regulator, Adjusted markings on the barrel bridge, a correct double-sunk dial with the cursive signature, and a set of blued swelled RR hands. The gold-plated Keystone Victory case is perfect for everyday use and would make an ideal candidate for display conversion. Brass is just starting to show around the edges, but the caseback is free of dents, the covers thread on easily, the bow is tight,  the crown is sharp, and it fronts an NOS beveled glass crystal.

 

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A South Bend Hunter

$425.00
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 When the Columbus Watch Co failed in 1903, the Studebaker brothers bought it and transferred all the tooling and most of the workers to a new factory in South Bend, Indiana. Famous for freezing their watches to demonstrate their accuracy, the factory produced roughly a million of them before becoming another casualty of the Great Depression. This 18-size 15-jewel hunter is delightfully unmolested with all of its original jeweling intact and has exceptionally bright plates with no damage or tool slips whatsoever. It was just thoroughly cleaned and is keeping excellent time, and the single-sunk Roman-numeral dial is flawless behind blued light spade hands. The gold-filled case has a new lift spring, tight hinges, covers that snap closed, a front cover that doesn't overextend, a blank dust cover, a tight bow, a glass crystal - and the original Atlas case sticker!


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A Two-Tone M83 Waltham

$265.00
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American Waltham kept their numbering system for new models very simple, naming them for the year in which they were introduced, meaning the 18-size Model 83 was launched in 1883. It was an enormously popular design and the platform for many named grades, offered in nearly all of the available plate finishes of the time, although two-tone plates were very uncommon. This superb 11-jewel pendant-set example has exceptionally bright gilding on very clean plates and was thoroughly restored recently. It comes with the matching gilt screw package and gold jewel settings, and fronts a flawless and correct single-sunk dial behind blued light spade hands. The nickel-silver case has no ghost marks from other movements, sports a French bow and a sharp new crown for easy winding, and was converted to display with new glass to make daily carry a pleasure.

 

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A Gorgeous Waltham Crescent Street

$525.00
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American Waltham's Crescent Street line was named for the factory location, becoming one of the company's top grades, available in several models. This absolutely stunning 18-size Model 83 hunter comes with a dazzling radial pattern on nickel plates that are free from any tool slips or scratches, with gold jewel settings and matching gold star regulator. Dating from the mid-1890s, this 17-jewel lever-set example has been fully restored and is keeping excellent time, and looks to be an entirely original combination, fronting a correct double-sunk dial and matching blued fleur-de-lis hands. The 20-year gold-filled Empire case has very little wear on an engine-turned pattern, with a blank front shield and cuvette, tight hinges, covers that snap closed and do not overextend, a tight bow, a sharp crown, and a glass crystal. Wear this one only on special occasions!

 

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A Model 7 Display Rockford

$295.00
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Rockford, Illinois was a natural choice to headquarter a watch company, since three rail lines converged on the town. Local investors put up $150,000 and production began in 1875, as workers in the new factory on the Rock River turned out watches using tooling from the failed Cornell Watch Co. Their workhorse 18-size Model 7 was the watch of choice among railroad workers of the day, with several innovations that made it stand out, such as depth-adjustable balance foot jewels, a pillar-less design, and a gear train that was interchangeable between hunter and open-face. This heavy and handsome 15-jewel Grade 86 is a perfect carry watch after a full restoration, with a full set of blued screws, gold jewel settings, and a micro-regulator against an eye-catching nickel pattern. The single-sunk Roman-numeral dial is white and flawless behind blued morning glory hands, and the nickel display case gleams with a tight bow and NOS glass crystals. Go back to the days of Edison's new filament bulb with this 140-year old timepiece! 


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A Huge Coin-Silver KW Illinois Hunter

$345.00
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Every watch collection should contain at least one key-wind example, and if you like them big then this one could be for you. This newly-restored Model 1 dates to roughly 1887, well after the Illinois name change from the Springfield Watch Co that began in 1870. It's a gorgeous 18-size 11-jewel flashed-gilt Grade 2 with a rosette pattern on bright plates and set off by a full set of blue screws, and it appears to be an entirely original example. The single-sunk Roman-numeral dial is hairline-free behind a correct set of spade-and-poker hands, but the best part is the truly enormous Dueber coin-silver 4-hinge case with a beaded edge detail. All the hinges are tight, the front lid closes snugly, the pusher works easily, and the crystal is glass.


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An Early Model 5 Seth Thomas

$495.00
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Seth Thomas launched their first and only full-plate open-face 18-size watch in 1893, listing it as the Model 5 in trade catalogs of the day, with a total production of roughly 66,000 in all grades over the next 20 years. For a brief period of only a few thousand movements the pattern variations were extreme, sometimes changing on consecutive pieces within runs. This gorgeous all-original 17-jewel Grade 182 with SN 205308 comes from that small block right before the first runs of Grade 260s and Maiden Lanes were introduced at SN 205401. It's been fully restored and carries a rare early pattern on bright clean plates with gold jewel settings, and it also fronts a genuine double-sunk dial, a feature found only in this first SN block until the small local dial factory of Duff & Solace burned down in 1898. The gold-filled case that has protected this movement for the last 120 years is still in great shape with a tight French bow and a sharp crown, and has been converted to display with an NOS beveled glass crystal.

 

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A Three-Finger-Bridge Elgin

$225.00
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Here's a perfect daily carry piece, graduation gift , or even a wedding present - an elegant gentleman's 17-jewel Elgin pocket watch from 1899. The adjusted pendant-set 16-size Model 7 Grade 244 spanned a full decade with production totals of roughly 30,000 pieces, and this exceptionally clean example is from the very first block. The movement is in pristine condition without tool slips or corrosion with all the steel parts polished to a high shine, and the plate engravings with the Gothic signature have fresh black enamel in them. This piece looks to be an original combination and has been thoroughly cleaned and oiled, sporting an Arabic dial with a matching Gothic signature and an unusual font behind blued light spade hands. The nickel-silver case is ready for constant use, has a sharp new crown and was converted to display with NOS glass crystals.


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A Columbus Railway King

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For anyone lacking a Columbus Railway King in their collection, this one might be for you. Made before the Panic of 1893, this two-tone 16-jewel example was just thoroughly cleaned and a new alloy mainspring installed, and is now keeping excellent time. The movement has a full complement of coppertone hardware, including the regulator assembly, which was an upgrade over the plain steel package. Columbus did not offer gilt packages and was the only known American company to make copper-gilded hardware. The matching double-sunk Roman-numeral dial has several nearly-invisible hairlines behind blued open-morning-glory hands. The gold-filled Boss Keystone case has plenty of life left in it with solid hinges, lids that snap closed, a blank shield, a tight bow, and a beveled NOS glass crystal.


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