Wristwatches + Bracelets

1940s Liberty Men's/Unisex Military Aesthetic Antique Watch | Full Mechanical Restoration | Crocodile Leather Watchband


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  • Details
    This 1940s Liberty men's/unisex watch has a classic Mid Century Modern military look and feel. The FULLY RESTORED mechanical working run like new. I mounted it on a custom, new old stock, handmade black-over/blue crocodile leather bracelet, which gives it a more contemporary look and feel. Although unused, the watchband is still about 50 years old. So, I carefully took the crocodile skin off the leather backing, then restored, re-dyed, and re-glued it. It should last a lifetime. (You're welcome!)

    I originally bought this for my collection because I loved the super cool red second hand. It's all about the details. And, how can you resist the crocodile band? My favorite part is that it has a reassuringly strong "ticking" sound. I find it soothing to listen to at night.

    This watch is perfect for everyday casual outfits, denim, date night, business casual—or anytime you want to add a subtle blue detail.

    • Liberty Mechanical watch—Switzerland, 1940s
    • Chrome/nickel plated case with blue dial
    • Luminous "syringe" style hour/minute hands / sweeping red stick second hand
    • Arabic hour markers with graduated, white seconds register
    • Watch case size: 30mm (1.2") wide / 33mm (1.3") including crown
    • 39mm (1.5") tall including lugs
    • CUSTOM! New old stock, handmade "Band It" 16mm black over blue crocodile leather band
    • Band fits wrists up to a MAXIMUM 8.25" around
    • Six month warranty for the FULLY RESTORED mechanical workings

    •• CONDITION ••

    It's cosmetically in VERY GOOD used condition. There are faint scratches and signs of wear on the watch case and caseback commensurate with age.

    The front crystal and band are new. The dial, crystal, mechanical movement, and hands are in superior condition.

    I painstakingly restored the handmade, Italian crocodile leather watchband. That meant taking it apart, dying it again, gluing it back together, and much more. A new, handmade GENUINE crocodile watchband like this costs $150-250.

    HOW DOES IT RUN? The mechanical condition of the Liberty Swiss 1-jewel mechanical movement is EXCELLENT. I fully restored it to ensure you're getting a dependable, functional timepiece. Every single tiny piece was disassembled, cleaned, inspected, adjusted, reassembled, and calibrated to keep time as well as the day it was first made. Sounds complicated and expensive, right? YOU'RE WELCOME!

    This mechanical restoration would cost you at least $150 at your watchmaker. That's $150 in maintenance you won't have to pay!

    It says it's water resistant, right? I wouldn't count on it. It's over 70 years old. Sure, let the watch have its little fantasies about the good old days when bread was a nickel and it was the most water resistant watch in town. But, just keep it out of the water.

    •• WRIST SIZE ••

    The 16mm band fits wrists, up to ~8.25" around MAX. Measure your wrist with a measuring tape before purchasing.

    •• OPERATION ••

    It's a hand-winding watch. Wind it using the winding crown on the right side. Turn the crown clockwise 10-15 times or until you feel slight resistance, then STOP! (It's 70 years old. Overwinding will break it.) Wind it once daily. It has a power reserve of ~40 hours, so it's ok if you forget for a day.

    Wind it every other day, even when you're not using it. That keeps the mechanism "healthy" and running. If you do this, it'll run perfectly for another 100 years or more.

    Of course, it's not about telling time. 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 buy and repair your vintage watches. Message me for more information.

    •• SHIPPING ••

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    •• WARRANTY ••

    I offer you a six month warranty on the internal mechanical movement. Contact me if anything isn't working as expected.

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    The following items can't be returned or exchanged

    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

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    • Digital downloads
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    • Items on sale

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Will my package require a signature?

    Yes. A signature is required for all shipments. That way you can rest assured that your items will arrive safely. Make sure to use a shipping address where someone can sign for your package, otherwise you'll have to go to the post office to collect it.

    What shipping method do you use?

    Items with free shipping are sent by USPS First Class with insurance and signature required. Upgraded shipping is USPS Priority Express mail with insurance and signature required.

    Can I upgrade to faster shipping?

    Yes! Upgraded shipping is via USPS Priority Express Mail with insurance and signature required. It usually takes 1-2 days within the continental USA.

    Can I get a different colored watchband?

    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.

    Does my watch need a battery?

    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.

    I changed my mind! Can I cancel my order and get a full refund?

    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.