Self winding Automatic
Original stainless steel
Year of production
Vintage; in good working condition
Helbros 14K Gold-Plated Rare Vintage Watch
This Vintage Watch qualifies for our Exchange Program. Once you have received your vintage watch, you may send it back in the same condition within fifteen (15) days for a credit on any other watch we have in our inventory. Go to our FAQ for complete rules and procedures.
This vintage watch is in very good working condition. Our vintage watches have been serviced by a professional watch expert. Due to the age of this watch, Watch Again Watches does not guarantee that this watch is waterproof or water resistant. We recommend that you do not place any vintage watch in water as it may damage the mechanism and/or bring condensation inside the watch.
Vintage watches also have to be well taken care of and serviced to maintain its proper functioning. We have done our best to offer you a Vintage watch in excellent condition that will be enjoyed by you for years to come. You are welcome to contact us for more information on any watch we sell.
About Helbros Watches
Helbros watches are a fantastic American story. William Helbein, one of the founders and later long-time company president, arrived in the US in 1911, coming through Ellis Island. He became a naturalised US citizen in 1916, and embarked on a career as, at first, a diamond importer (his father was a diamond merchant) and later a watch assembler.
Helbein and his family escaped tragedy by coming to the US. In the town in Russia from which they came, Jewish people were persecuted. Most of the people Helbein’s parents knew would have died in a pogrom in 1919, or in a Nazi massacre in WWII.
In the US, Helbein used all the mediums available to him to sell watches. He used print advertising, radio advertising and later TV advertising. He distributed watches through catalogues, shops, dealers, approval and any other way he and his company could find. Helbros made watches for any taste, and pretty much any pocket.
At its height, Helbros was a major US watch company, and Helbein was an important figure. Helbein was the first chair of the American Watch Assemblers Association, and was a Director of the American Watch Association. When he died at the age of 70 in his home in Park Lane, he left a successful company. Perhaps in recognition of the challenges of his early life, a memorial scholarship was established in his name at Brandeis University.
The watch company seems to have flagged after his death, and was effectively closed by the early 1970s. Despite some revivals of the name, no one has made it flourish as it did during Helbein’s lifetime.