Vintage Watches

Ken Whited, San Diego, CA   

Amazing American and Swiss timepieces from the 1880s - 1960s.

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2012

Fine Vintage Watches


About Vintage Watches

Our Service Pledge
I treat buyers as I like to be treated: with courtesy and respect. I’m especially proud of my high number of repeat clients. I’m a long-standing member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and have collected watches since I was young man.

I guarantee the time piece to be Authentic, The watch Is running and keeping time when shipped, unless specified Otherwise In the description.

All timepieces are warranty for the first 30 days of purchase.

Of course, anything that is not satisfactory for any reason (no excuse needed) can be returned for refund (less shipping)
About Us
I have been collecting and restoring vintage wristwatches for most of my adult life and I am a proud member of the NAWCC (National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors). Collecting watches is a passion for me and this allows me to offer a special perspective on what makes a proper restoration. Although I am particularly fond of Hamilton watches, my collection is quite varied, which is why I offer a wide variety of timepieces, each restored to the same high level as those in my own collection.

My watch restoration is actually an outgrowth of my own collecting. When I began making purchases on the internet, without the ability to touch and see the pieces in person, I found that descriptions of many of the "restored" watches I was receiving were vastly overstated if not intentionally deceitful. After a few too many disappointments, I decided I could do it better myself. Many long conversations with old-school watchmen and years of hands on experience later, I believe that I offer some of the best restorations available.

I have many repeat sales to collectors worldwide. Once you have one of my watches, you'll want more, they're addictive!

I’m always pleased to try to answer any of your questions about my watches. It is preferred that you email me "Email Shop" but if it’s necessary, phone my cell at 619-977-9661.


ABOUT MY WATCHES

Every one of my restorations is treated with the same close attention to
detail. I begin with careful disassembly and inspection of each watch. This inspection will determine if a watch is worthy of restoration (and many watches are not) they are simply too badly worn or damaged to be brought up to the quality I offer. Only then does the restoration work begin.

Cases are carefully polished and detailed (including brushed surfaces where appropriate) paying close attention to the original contours of the case. One of the easiest ways to ruin a fine vintage watch (especially a gold one) is to carelessly jam it into a buffing wheel polishing away the fine edges and details. After this painstaking process they are thoroughly cleaned inside and out in an ultrasonic cleaner.

Dials, original or restored are probably one of the hottest topics of discussion among buyers. Yes, original may be "better", however if it is appealing to the eye then how much does it really matter? I always conserve original dials when practical and this is clearly noted in my descriptions. Unfortunately many dials are simply too badly aged or damaged to be attractive. These dials are carefully returned to their former glory using their original figures, printing plates made from original dials and original style finishes. Occasionally something more exciting may be offered such as a two-tone or modern color but always using their original figures.

All movements are inspected by my trained and certified watchmaker with more than 30 years experience. He specializes in watches from the finest makers: Hamilton, Elgin, Bulova, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, Rolex, etc.

Each watch for sell is fully disassembled and cleaned using a Ultrasonic Watch Cleaning System. They are checked again prior to assembly, oiling and adjustment using a Timegrapher timing machine. Broken or damaged parts are replaced with only genuine brand name parts.

Only after this extensive work is completed is each watch carefully reassembled using a new or original scratch free crystal, a new gasket where appropriate and a quality strap with matching buckle. It is then rigorously bench-tested for three days for proper timekeeping and function prior to sell.

If you are a casual buyer, (or a serious collector), looking for a unique piece of history, you will not be disappointed with your purchase.

Unlike watches offered by many sellers, my watches are covered by a fifteen day MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. If you don't like the watch send it back for a FULL NO QUESTIONS ASKED REFUND (less shipping),

It's that simple. In addition each watch is covered by a one month mechanical warranty (excluding damage caused by the wearer; water damage, dropping the watch etc).

Whether you are a diehard collector or a casual buyer looking for something distinctive for your wrist you deserve the best, so treat yourself to a fine vintage timepiece

Sell Your Vintage Watch

Got a drawer full of watches? I'm interested! I buy all makes and models from all eras. It doesn't matter if the watch is working or not. To get started, please email me a photo or two of your watch or watches. . I will get back to you promptly with an offer.
Ken Whited
In Vacation Mode
San Diego, CA 92106
Tel: (619) 977-9661

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