Owned by a number of U.S. Presidents, the gold coin watch is a true American luxury icon. First released in 1965 at the Basel Fair, these treasured watches combine a timeless elegance with a very distinctive luxury character.
The rare Ulysse Nardin coin watch showcased in today's offering is an all original example of one of those special pieces. Its case is crafted from a majestic, vintage $20 Liberty "Double Eagle" gold coin.
The historic Double Eagle coin, which was first struck in 1850 as a result of the California gold rush, offers the highest gold content of any regular issue U.S. gold coin of its era and possesses one of the most arresting reverses on any United States coin: a dauntless eagle, its wings fully spread. This gleaming Double Eagle gold coin keepsake from America's past reigned as King of American coins from 1850 to 1907 and remains a tangible reminder of our rich, hard-money heritage.
A coin-like fluted edge enhances the watch's styling and the simple hands keep the focus on the beauty of the coin. Each coin has been in circulation and contains imperfections which add to the individual character of each watch. Unlike more modern examples from other company's like Corum that often feature quartz movements, Nardin equipped this watch with a high grade ultra-thin handwound movement.
Of the numerous gold coin watches we have seen from the likes of Corum, Piaget, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Vacheron & Constantin, Rolex, and various other luxury and lesser makers, interestingly this is only the third example we can ever recall seeing that was made by Ulysse Nardin.
It is all original.
The case is in very good condition with light wear and the usual depression by the hinge commonly found on these. The dial is original and near mint. And the ultra thin Ulysse Nardin movement is keeping time within approx. one second per hour.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
If you are looking for a watch with a rich, historical legacy, look no further. To buy a comparable gold coin watch new today would cost close to $20,000 - and it wouldn't have close to the charisma of this majestic, vintage original.
Since 1846, the Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin has been building some of the most exceptional and sought-after timepieces. Their watches achieved the status of Audemars Piguet and other of the finest Swiss firms as part of the elite group of manufacturers whose timepieces are recognized as the most exclusive and costly in the world.
Manufacturer: Ulysse Nardin
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: c. 1960's; made from antique coin minted in 1904
Case number: 729,142
Functions: Hours and Minutes
Designed for: Men
Case material: 22K & 18K gold
Case condition: Very good condition with light wear, signs of polishing to the coin lid by the hinge and to some of the other lesser non-coin areas, indentions in the inner thin 18K back, a depression by the hinge which is almost always present on these and other similar coin watches, and the hinge spring is weak and does not fully open the heavy coin lid without assistance, which is also very common with these
Dimensions: 31mm wide (excluding crown), 37mm long lug tip-to-tip
Dial: Silver with painted baton indexes. Blackened steel baton hands, 100% original, near mint with light bezel rub. The dial is quite small and highly magnified in our photos. It looks quite clean to the naked eye.
Hands: Original, blackened steel batons
Movement type: Very high grade, manually wound, Ulysse Nardin, flat caliber, gilt finished, fausses cotes decoration, shock protected
Movement markings: Ulysse Nardin, Seventeen Jewels
Jewels: 17 rubies
Bands: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal type: Mineral glass
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized watch timer, keeping perfect time
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. warranty.
Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.