Ingersoll/US Time 1J "dollar watch" wrist watch, vintage gilt full plate mechanical manual-wind movement, silver-toned metal dial with luminous Arabic-style numbers and black 5 minute markers has some patina spots along the edges and some damage to the 2 and the 5 luminous paint, skeletonized blue steel baton-style hands with green luminous inserts, heavy round smooth polish chrome case with a stainless steel (SS) back, heavy classic extended lugs and acrylic domed crystal, case is showing light even wear with a small scratch across the crystal, measures approx. 33mm in diameter x 39mm lug to lug, heavily textured dark brown leather band with a white base metal (WBM) buckle. A handsome watch from the 1940s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1940s
- Company: Ingersoll/US Time
- Jewels: 1J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Dial Details: luminous numbers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Stainless Steel, Chrome
Case Width, without crown:
33mm (1.30 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
The production of dollar watches (which, by 1896, did actually cost exactly $1.00) began in the 1870's in an effort to offer a more affordable watch that nearly anyone could purchase. These watches often utilized dials made of inexpensive materials, utilized fewer parts, were non-jeweled or single-jeweled movements and often were simply finished with no damascene, engravings, etc.
Due to the manufacturing process, if this style of watch is damaged and needs repairs, it is often cost prohibitive to locate the parts (and a willing watchmaker) to make the attempt. During the design process, it was not a high consideration to accommodate repairs and in many cases, movements were completed with spot-welds instead of screws and it is nearly impossible to disassemble these watches without damaging them.
While a lower overall quality than most of the jeweled movements of the other American watch companies, with proper care a dollar watch can be expected to be in use for decades. We offer this overview of the potential repair issues so that a new owner can make an informed purchase and be aware that this style of watch should be treated with a little extra care when in use.