First, do no harm. It’s one of the basic maxims of medical ethics. It was also the only rule I gave to my watch guru when I asked him to restore an antique "doctor’s watch" from the 1930s. It was in critical condition when I bought it from a collector. The odds of recovery seemed slim. When I delivered it to his workshop in pieces, my friend looked at me with doubt in his eyes. "I fix watches," he said. "Working miracles will cost you extra."
Weeks later, my square-faced find emerged from "surgery" ticking away like a brand new watch. Today it’s a favorite in my collection and I couldn’t wait for the chance to share it with you.
Inspired by that painstakingly rehabilitated original, I enlisted a team of expert watchmakers to create the Stauer 1939 Doctor’s Watch. During the first half of the 20th-century, this wristwatch style was indispensable for medical professionals. It was less a luxury than a matter of life and death. Physicians relied on the separate seconds dial whenever they took a patient’s pulse. In addition to his classic black leather bag and trusty stethoscope,
no doc worth his degree made a house call without his watch.
I love my vintage doctor’s watch. But I’m not sure I would go through the headaches and outrageous expense of finding and restoring another one. Thanks to the Stauer 1939 Doctor’s Watch, you can bring home a timepiece with the vintage look of the original, but with a new movement that’s infinitely more reliable (and accurate) than any antique.
You’ll love the simplicity and sharp angles of its gleaming stainless steel square case and the bold, easy-to-read black-on-ivory dial. Blued Breguet-style hands mark the hours and minutes, while a smaller blue second hand tracks seconds just above the six o’clock spot. And the best part? Stauer still makes house calls!