Watch paroled after 84 years.
Don't ask too many questions. That's what the man said when he agreed to show me the watch. "All I know is that it belonged to a man of questionable integrity," he said. "I'll leave the rest up to your imagination."
I'd heard stories that a cache of vintage wristwatches was found in a Chicago vault. Rumor had it that a player in the 1920s underworld had a thing for giving out luxury timepieces as gifts. He'd socked away a good part of his collection at a local bank, but got "detained" before he could come around to collect them. They sat untouched in a safe deposit box for more than 80 years.
Did the watch really have a criminal past? Nobody can say for sure. Maybe it belonged to a prohibition-era mobster or maybe just a little old lady with a love for luxury watches. But after being locked away for eight decades, this piece had certainly served its time. I've always been a firm believer in second chances. And rehabilitated or not, a watch this remarkable deserved a comeback.
Inspired by that stunning antique, the Stauer 1926 Quarte features a rose gold-fused tonneau case and a classically complicated ivory dial. We've included the same details that distinguished the most prestigious watches of the day including a genuine sapphire crown and swirled, guilloche-style face. Protected by a stainless steel caseback, the Quarte secures with a genuine brown leather strap and is water-resistant up to 3 ATMs.
Plus, when you wear this watch, we'll give you $300 in Stauer Gift Coupons. That's $25 a month that you can use for 12 months (with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE required... ever).