STOP! READ THIS! Here are ALL the details on this mysterious mid-century marvel:
• Mid century Lord Elgin men's watch—Switzerland, 1957
• Yellow gold filled case with original acrylic crystal
• "Mystery dial"
• Handmade tan leather strap - made in France, fits wrists up to 7.5"
• Hand-winding Elgin 730A movement with 23 jewels
• Works great! Fully serviced, cleaned, and adjusted by a master watchmaker
• 40mm tall, including the lugs (30mm without lugs)
• 31mm wide, including the crown (30mm without crown)
• Six month warranty for the mechanicals
Stop. Look at your hands, picturing this on your wrist. How do you feel? Would you enjoy every minute a little bit more if you saw this every time you looked at your hands?
In the 1950s, the world was wild with thoughts of the future—and especially about going to outer space. With eyes on the heavens, the Space Age filled people's imaginations—influencing all media and fashion. We had more questions than answers: What would things look like in the future? Would I have a robot as a maid? What will my Space Watch look like when I'm riding in a flying car and eating a single pill to satisfy all my nutrition needs?
I bought this retro-futuristic watch for my personal collection at great expense—far more than I can expect to recover. Last year it received a complete service by my master watchmaker—completely disassembled, cleaned, put back together, calibrated, and polished. Sounds laborious and expensive, right? That's because it was. And, now it runs like a champ. Getting a vintage watch like this fully serviced costs from $200-400. And, they almost all require servicing. I've owned hundreds of vintage watches. 71% of them required servicing in the first three months.
The only way around it is to buy a piece that was just serviced. That, dear reader, is this very watch. Let my loss be your gain.
The hand winding, mechanical movement should be wound daily to maintain the correct time. It has a 40 hour power reserve, so it's ok if you forget to wind it on some days. The 16mm tan leather band was handmade in France.
It is in good, used working condition. There are micro-scratches throughout—including the lugs, caseback, and dial—although these blemishes are very difficult to see without a magnifying glass. There are specks of dust and discoloration on the The gold filled case looks very good. I didn't find any obvious areas with worn gold plating. It retains the very unique original Elgin plastic crystal. The design and creation of the Futura's crystal was shameless bragging: What looked like most other acrylic crystals, was in fact made out of two parallel crystals, ostensibly to serve as a shock absorber (against unexpected impacts), design element (you can read it quite well at oblique angles), and clever way to make this one of the thinnest, smallest watches available. The (presumably) original crystal is intact, and was recently polished—showing few signs of wear, but one can see specks of dust under magnification.
It's not about telling time, or any of that stuff. It's about how it makes you feel. For creative individualists, a watch is a powerful tool that amplifies the expression of your individuality.
I offer a six-month warranty on the inner mechanical movements of my watches. That includes: the winding crown, the hour, minute, and second hands, and the heart of the operation, the Swiss movement—the very machinery that makes it work. Contact me if anything goes awry and I'll help set it straight.
EXTRA: I offer an extended service warranty that extends your mechanical warranty to a total of 18 months. I pay for shipping both ways for repairs. Getting this watch serviced by anyone else will cost $250-350. (Note: It covers internal mechanical issues, and doesn't cover the watch crystal, the strap, and damage from impact or water aren't covered. But, you'll get 50% off anything not covered by the warranty, like a broken crystal or leather strap.)
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Who gave you your first watch? How old were you? Where were you? Everybody I ask has a very unique, intimate story to tell. Why? Your first watch is magic. It’s the first time you gain agency over your most precious, limited resource: time. I wanted to feel that magic again. So, I started buying vintage watches that made me feel romantic and nostalgic—for moments I’d lived, and for moments I might have lived if things had turned out just a tiny bit differently.
Collecting (and wearing) vintage timepieces is truly a rich man’s game. A weather-beaten mid-century Rolex will cost at least $3,000; a vintage Patek Philippe can set you back ten times that! I’m no rich man. My budget is more like $50-200. There must be low-priced watches that Swiss-watch-snobs with deep pockets don’t care about, right?
Turns out the answer is YES! There are plenty of extremely rare, conversation-starting, iconic timepieces out there. You just need to know where to look and what to look for. They’re frequently made by the same Swiss horologists—often with some of the same exact parts as the prestige brands. I scour auctions, estate sales, and curio shops around the world to find them. I taught myself to clean and repair them so I could keep my costs down—and teamed up with a watchmaker for issues I can’t figure out on my own.
But, I can’t keep them all. My Etsy shop lets me keep my collection ever-changing—while bringing you a curated collection of the coolest watches around.
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I have watchbands in many different styles, colors and materials. If you love the watch but want a different color band, send me a message. I'll see if I have the color you want in my inventory. If I don't, you can swap out the band for any strap you'd like by buying one online or taking it to your local jeweler or watch repair store.
It depends on the watch.
1) Mechanical (hand-winding): These watches use a spring and gears to run. There is no battery. You must wind the watch once daily for it to keep running. Most of my watches are this kind.
2) Mechanical (automatic/kinetic): These use a spring and gears as well as a swinging pendulum that rotates as you move throughout the day. It winds itself. You don't need a battery and you don't need to wind it.
3) Quartz: These use batteries. Your watch will include a brand new battery. They can last anywhere from six months to a few years, depending on the watch.
We don't accept cancellations for a refund. Instead, we offer you store credit which you can use on any of our other items. This store credit is good for one year.