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Autorist automatic watch invented by Harwood.  The watch predates the rotor automatic.  The crown is only for time setting.  Winding is done by pulling on the bottom lug.  Its worn on the wrist closest to the hand and flexing the hand winds the watch.  This is a very rare  collectible watch and only very few can be found and much less are sold. This example is in chrome but I've handled one in solid gold and in pristine condition.

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Medana Swiss chronograph in 18k gold case, crown and pushers.  There are two subdials; the one at m9oclock is for the constant seconds, while the other one at 3oclock is for the minutes accumulator.  The seconds counter is in the center. 

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Wyler - an early stainless steel waterproof watch dat predates Rolex's Oyster system. Waterproof state is achieved by locking case back with series of screws.

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Movado triple date (month/day/date) watch combination rose gold and stainless steel and fancy lugs.  A very popular model in the 50's and 60's and was sold in both manul winding (like this example) and hammer type (di palo) automatic.  A very desirable watch produced when Movado was still a leading watch manufacture.
 

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 A pair of 1920's and 1930's watches - The unbranded model on the top has 9kgold case while the one above is an Elgin. These watches are typical of 1920's models where the lugs are fixed and with swinging case backs.
 

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This is a remarkably preserved 14 carat solid gold unbranded Swiss watch.  The boy's size can qualify this as both a men's and lady's watch.   Typical of the period, this watch has swing case back, and fixed lugs.  The inside is a beautifully crafted winding movement. 

 

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Gruen Curvex - The movement is curved like the watch case itself.  There are still Gruen Curvex watches available for sale, but this mint condition Curvex is in the rare pink 14k solid gold case.

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Rolex bubbleback  - in stainless steel case and redialed California dial.

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Wittnauer - a new old stock (NOS) piece purchased from old Binondo watch store that still had 50's and 60's watch stock in 1990.Gold filled back-to-back.
 

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Unbranded Doctor's watch - dated to the 1930's. The duo-dial set-up was very popular during this period and was called a doctor's watch because the seconds dial occupied one-half of the dial for easy reading of the elapsed seconds, a feature needed by doctors to measure pulse rate, among other tests. Rolex came up with a series of doctor's watch models which are very desirable today. This example has heavily oxidized chrome case but the movement works like it was made yesterday.

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 Illinois - Among vintage watch collectors, this watch is very desirable for two reasons: It's an Illinois brand which were produced in the USA in very limited quantities, and it's an early wristwatch adapted from a pocket watch.  Like a pocket watch, the crown is located at 12oclock but since its a wristwatch, the crown and 12oclock are located at
3oclock. The formed cushion is chrome which explains the metal corrosion.

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This watch is an inexpensive watch with paper dial.  Watches retailing for a dollar each were made by Ingersoll (precursor of today's Timex) in the 30's and 40's, and copied by other American watch makers, like this one.  The lugs are fixed and the leather
straps were inserted from one endd to the other. The remarkable thing about this example is that despite the paper material that the dial is made of, it has not deteriorated.  The Arabic hour markers are in fancy type.

 

 

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