Sunday, 28 January 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen (well, just ladies)

My wife has a growing collection of incredible retro/vintage ladies watches so I thought I might share some of them with you.

A 1930 Illinois Roslyn in the foreground
There doesn't seem to be as large a group of collectors for ladies watches out there so I find that ladies watches tend to sell much cheaper than mens. Mind you, my wife and I collect retro/vintage watches that are highly accessible (price wise) and we buy our watches to wear, not collect.

What can stretch your pocket book is the cost to have something serviced, especially if it requires hard to come by parts. My wife and I are fortunate that I can generally take apart, clean, oil, adjust and put a watch back together. But I digress.

1928 Bulova Miss America

I've blogged about the 1928 Bulova Miss America above previously; it still remains one of the nicest in my wifes collection given the beautiful original enamal on the bezel.  The Illinois Roslyn in the group above is a close second and is likely a bit rarer than the Bulova.

1930 Gruen

The Gruen above is the latest for my wife, a 2017 Christmas gift. I splurged a bit more than usual as the watch was serviced and ready to wear.  You need to be careful when a watch you buy (especially online) is claimed to have been "serviced" unless you know the source you are buying from.  I have generally been buying from reputable sellers when I am not looking for a project watch.


Speaking of reputable, the Hamilton above has an incorrect dial (the face); the result of me sending the original dial away to be refinished. Most might not know but the font used for "Hamilton" is incorrect for the period of the watch. You live and learn and despite the incorrect refinish, it still is a great looking watch.



The Bulova and Waltham above round out some of the watches in my wife's collection. I have to many ladies project watches that I care to admit, so my wife's collection will continue to grow as I work on them.