Your weekly roundup is below, but first, check out this preview of a few upcoming watches!
The Chicago 426 | Thursday, June 3rd
The Chicago 427 | Tuesday, June 8th
The Springfield 408 | Thursday, June 10th
Each watch will be listed and available for sale at 12 pm Mountain Time, and when it sells, it's gone. Most watches have been selling in minutes, so if you like one of these, definitely put it on your calendar!
Here's Your Weekly Roundup
Check out the images below for the Weekly Roundup of last week's Watch of the Daywatches!
Click the images of the watches to learn more about them. Make sure to check the website at 12 PM Mountain Time for the Watch of the Day! They sell quickly. This week we have five watches queued up. Keep your eyes out for the perfect watch for you!
This 1927 timepiece, originally from the Illinois Watch Company, is the perfect mix of rustic and luxury. We love its bold, golden numerals so we had to accent them with our gold-plated crown and hardware. The double-sunk dial features a unique, ornate pattern and the perfect amount of wear and tear. The dial, which shows the years of service this watch has been through, is going to be the perfect conversation starter. We completed the details of this stunner with brilliant blue, kite-shaped hands and a machined titanium case.
There is something truly special about older dials that manage to showcase their age while still holding a magnificent shine. The movement of this watch has some showing off to do of its own. Dramatic Geneva lines across the entire, ¾ build plate, a double roller escapement, brass balance wheel, and gold-plated gears help it do just that. This movement boasts 17 screw-set jewels and stainless steel hardware. On December 2 of the same year this watch was produced, The Ford Motor Company unveiled the Model A Automobile, 19 years after the debut of the Model T.
This stunning Elgin watch has had us absolutely captivated, and we can’t believe how lucky we are to have the opportunity to release it back into the world! The classic, clean dial features shadowed numerals with subtle minute indicators on vibrant, white enamel. We paired it with our gunmetal titanium case and a dark, yukon band to add contrast and finished the look with nickel-plated hardware throughout the watch. The rare and incredibly elegant 23 jewel movement brings this watch to life.
The build plate has been carefully machined with intricate design and paired with a signature floral pattern on the regulator. Gold plated gears and brass balance wheel add to the visual appeal of this top-of-the-line timepiece from the Elgin National Watch Company. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1898, over 123 years ago! This watch predates most automobiles in America, as Ford did not start building the Model A until 1903. The United States began a war with Spain in the same year, following the bombing of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor. President McKinley was desperately trying to recruit soldiers, promoting Annie Oakley to try and encourage women to sign up as sharpshooters.
It’s difficult to say what’s most exciting about this watch, as it has so many incredible features that make it one-of-a-kind! Since we don’t often see numbers in such a stunning color, we wanted to accentuate the blue numerals with a dark navy band and secret blue hands. Though there are obvious signs of wear and tear, this muted gold dial pairs perfectly with the machined titanium case and nickel-plated hardware to create a classic-looking timepiece.
The movement inside of this watch is powered by 17 screw-set jewels and a heavily designed ¾ bridge plate. A brass balance wheel, brass hardware, and rose gold gears make this the kind of movement that begs to be shown off. Originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in Springfield, Illinois in 1922, this watch truly tells the story of a work of art that is almost 100 years old. In the same year, the British Empire officially reached the height of its rule, reigning sovereign over ¼ of the globe and one in every four people.
When we have the opportunity to work with an antique dial like this one, we see a wide array of wear, tear, and aging. While we’d love to read the book that tells this watch’s story, all we have in front of us is this spectacular dial. What appears to be aging from moisture over the course of many years has subtly changed the surface texture of this dial and given it a fantastic green and brown pattern. We wanted to enhance this characteristic by pairing it with an olive strap.
The machined titanium case and nickel-plated hardware perfectly juxtapose the soft earth tones, creating a versatile watch that’s ready to be dressed up or down. On the underside of this Elgin is a flashy movement sure to steal your attention. Powered by a Breguet hairspring and brass balance wheel, this movement features 17 screw-set jewels, gold-plated gears beneath the ¾ bridge place, and a stunning, ornately machined pattern. This watch was originally manufactured in Elgin, Illinois in 1924. In the same year, U.S. Army aircrafts accomplished the first successful round-the-world flight.
The textured pattern on this dial is a Guilloche technique, made by a Rose Engine lathe. This pattern is something we’re used to seeing from a variety of other companies making watches around the same time but is not something we expect to see from Illinois very often. A true conversation piece, this dial features off-balance, mid-century numerals in soft tones. We added full moon hands for a touch of flair, a classic gunmetal titanium case, a natural band, and a copper crown to subtly accent the wonderful textures and tones of the dial itself.
The movement on this spectacular Illinois has also been meticulously machined with flashy Geneva lines and dressed up with rose gold gears. Stainless steel hardware and 17 screw-set jewels keep your attention on the inner workings of this timepiece. This watch was originally manufactured in Springfield, Illinois in 1921. In the same year, journalist Edward W. Scripps founded the Science Service, a program that helped encourage education in the sciences, as well as the creation of publications that focused on news and advancements in science. The program later changed its name to the Society for Science and the Public.
This Boston, like the Boston 399 we shared last week, features a stylized design that reflects the shape of its original case. This beauty was housed in a six-sided gold case, as opposed to the round cases that we are so used to working with. We love the dial’s gold numerals and wanted to accent them with a gold-plated crown and hardware. The exquisite design throughout the rest of the dial is a perfect example of the craftsmanship we’ve come to appreciate from this era of watchmaking.
The dark blue, spade hands, stout strap, and sandblasted titanium case help subtly complement the design without distracting from its gorgeous details. This Boston’s movement, which features 17 screw-set jewels, a brass balance wheel, and ¾ bridge, also boasts a highly ornate motif. Its damaskeened build plate creates a stunning visual texture that balances the rose gold and gold-plated gears. This movement was originally manufactured in 1915 in Waltham, Massachusetts. In the same year, the US congress designated over 415 square miles of land in Colorado as Rocky Mountain National Park. The park is home to 77 tall peaks and the country’s highest, continuous, paved street: Trail Ridge Rd.