We found our most important watch in a soldier's pocket
Summertime, 1944. A weathered and weary U.S. Sergeant is walking in Rome only days after the Allied Liberation. He finds an interesting timepiece in a store just off the Via Veneto. He loved the way it felt in his hand, and the hunter's back that opened to reveal a secret compartment.
Besides the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star, my father cherished this watch because it was a reminder of the best part of the war for any soldier — the homecoming. He nicknamed the watch Ritorno for "homecoming" and according to The Complete Guide to Watches, the rare heirloom is now valued at $42,000.
We wanted to bring this piece of history back to life in a faithful reproduction of our Stauer 1944 Ritorno Timepiece. We've used a 27-jeweled movement reminiscent of the best watches of the 1940s. This automatic masterpiece is as simple as it is stylish. Just wear it and it winds.
We also hope it reminds you to take time to enjoy the simpler things in life. The back of the watch opens to reveal a handy mirror and a compartment where you can add a picture of your loved ones to take with you everywhere you go. After all, a homecoming isn't a homecoming without the love of the ones who live there. And that's what's truly valuable. Fits wrists 7 ½"”8 ¾".
- Mineral Crystal
- Stainless steel case
- Automatic Movement
- Fits a 7 ½" to an 8 ¾"wrist
- Case Thickness 15mm
- 27 JEWELS
- CASE DIAMETER 40MM
- 5 ATM
- Band Width 20mm
- Hunter's Back
- Includes Product Specification Certificate (psc)
ITS A VERY NICE WATCH WITH GOOD STORY
327 delamere st
I received this watch for my birthday. I am extremely happy with it. The quality of build & look are top drawer. I have had several people comment on it. This is without a doubt one of the finest values anybody could find.
Sarnia Ontario Canada
Very nice. Really well made, nice detailing and looks great. Band is a little big for me and the day dial is not as precise as I''d like. Otherwise a really cool watch for the money.
great birthday present
This watch is wonderful peice of craftsmanship. It has a stunning face,an intriging window to its geared movement, and the picture holding compartment is so well polished it could be used for an emergency signal mirror. However since the hand are black it is difficult to see in the dark, but I guess that is part of the style. It has numbered markings on the face from 51 to 300 but there is no explination about their purpose. overall I could not ask for better watch for the Price.
A classic watch
Best watch I''ve ever owned. A keepsake for the family - extra special with the wedding photo hidden in the back.... Recommended to anyone who likes a nice, clean classic timepiece. Time to buy the gold one too.
Love this watch. It always gets compliments
Egg Harbor Twsp, N.J.
Numbers 51 to 300 - purpose
Another reviewer says there is no explanation to the purpose of the numbers 51 to 300 on the face. One purpose might be to indicate numbers of something per hour. Pull the crown(stem) to stop the seconds hand at 0. Then press it in just as you pass a mile marker on the road doing a steady speed. When you pass the next mile marker, note where the seconds hand is. If pointing at the 70, for instance, you are doing 70 miles per hour. Amazingly, though, this watch has 70 in the wrong location. It should be at 51.4 seconds not at 52.5. Compare it to Stauer''s ''Apollo'' model which has 70 in the correct location. 3600 divided by seconds will get you the same thing. After this, you''ll have to re-sync your watch to the correct time. Something you''ll want to do every few days anyway because these non-quartz, non-electric watches are not that accurate. Although, I think setting an analog, mechanical watch like this is much easier and faster than setting a quartz digital watch.
San Diego, CA
Very nice watch
I saw this watch advertised in a magazine. When I read the story I had to have one. I got it as a gift the following Christmas. Love the watch and have had no problems with it. People constantly ask me about it. Stauer is the only place I look for a watch now.
Great watch, I have really enjoyed it.
A beautiful watch. Very stylish for a reproduction of a forties model. I love it.
Great Xmas Gift. Had to have one. Santa came through. I Q: How you open the back?
I received this watch from a very good friend upon my departure from Missouri. I love watches and this is the pride of my collection.
Pearl City, HI
I have gotten so many remarks on this fine watch. Then I show them the back and open it and they are amazed for the size you get so much watch. This is my pet watch I love it and having a picture of my wife on the inside makes it more special. Please buy this watch you will wear it more than any other. I will keep buying watches from here I have 6 now and I am pleased with all!
Accurate and elegant--and affordable
Did I need another watch? Strictly speaking, no, but the story of the Ritorno was so compelling, and the watch so handsome, that I ordered one anyway. Everything about this timepiece suggests quality--the heavy case, the thick glass (not plastic!) crystal, the beautifully retro face...even the strap and buckle are solid and appealing. It has a self-winding mechanism, the sweep second hand really does swweep, and the "tick" is so quiet it''s a challenge to hear it. It''s extremely accurate, too. I would have expected to pay three or four times what the Ritorno actually cost me if I had seen it in a jewelry store--and that makes it an ideal gift for a discerning graduate or friend, or simply as an affordable luxury for oneself. I recommend it highly.
From the moment I pulled it out of the box it''s been on my wrist. Great watch and very accurate. I''ve had numerous comments on the watch and all were in the postive. The picture compartment is indeed polished to a high sheen. Great Value!
What a beautiful watch!
The styling and craftsmanship are truly unique in a watch for this price. It does have a high profile, but it does add to the visual impact. I look forward to envoying it for years to come.
great watch with a great story
I really liked the story behind the watch as my father was in world war two. It made me think of him as I read the story. So at that moment I knew I had to have the watch. I now have four Stuer watches. I find them interesting very well made and very well priced. Thank for a great product.
live oak, fla
A Real Mans watch
Everything about this watch is outstanding, fromthe beauty of it''s champagine colored face to it''sdome shaped crystal the workmanship and care toplace it''s hour markers which stand out above the face dial with hand crafted precision.The fact Idon''t ever have to worry about using it for a year and then carry it to a watchmaker to replace worn out batteries.It has a hefty feel and a manlylook keeps excellent time and if you don''t minda few winds on the stem it will always be in operation due to it''s manual and automatic wind system.A great watch at an exceptional value
Great watch at a great price
I''ve had the Ritorno watch for over a year now and it still looks and runs like new. I''ve read some negative reviews about this and other automatics from Stauer and I cannot disagree more. I have received numerous compliments on this watch since I''ve owned it, and I haven''t had any problems with it at all. It has a nice, solid feel to it, and I''ve smacked it against doorways and the like, without any ill effects. I have yet to find anything out there for the price that can compare. One reviewer sneered at its "China Movement". Whatever. Like I said, it''s looked and run great for over a year. Those snobs can spend more money if it makes them feel better. I''ve been happy enough with this watch that I recently purchased another Stauer automatic, the Magnificat II. Very nice watch also. Same 8-click per second sweeping movement, solid build construction, with a more dressy style. Now, if they''d only bring back the Vendage with the black leather band, I''d have three.
This is a gorgeous watch that really looks vintage. This could easily be mistaken for a watch that may have belonged to your grandfather (if he''d kept it lying, pristine, in a drawer). The visible hinge for the locket back just adds to the aura of authenticity in this contemporary age where everything is recessed and hidden by design. The dial color perfectly compliments the steel case and lends a simple elegance. You''ll wear this watch often and enjoy it.
It feels like you`re wearing a piece of history, and a very attractive one at that. Love it!
I bought this watch as a retirement gift for my boyfriend. After 2 years away, serving in the military, he is retiring and coming home. I liked how the story of the watch was similiar to our own story. I am beyond impressed with the beauty and sophistication of this watch; the quality is very evident and I can''t wait to give it to him!
San Antonio, TX
Received this Beautyful watch, but had to return for a defect. The date would not rotate, but they sent a brand new one out right away. I have worn this watch almost daily since I received it. My only negative thought is that the Date numeral is a little small and sometimes hard to read. Maybe an improvement would be to put a maginifyer above the date numeral. Other than that I love the watch and have received alot of compliments on it. The wife and I have purchased other items and have found them well worth the price and have received many a compliment on our purchases.
Great Watch; A little noisy
I love this watch. Very classy, gets comments all the time, love looking at the inside mechanics. Looks great on my wrist, small and fits well. Only complaint is the back "door" that opens clacks a little if you move too much. Just makes a little clacking noise on my wrist. I will probably put a little gummy glue on it to stop that. Otherwise, a beauty and a great time piece.
This is and excellent watch and it keeps time very well. I also love the idea that I can keep a picture of my sweetie in the back of the watch. Thank you Stauer for a very well made watch.
Hector, New York
A fantastic timepiece
I purchased this watch in January for myself after moving from Illinois to Florida. Thought it would be a great way to remind myself of home by placing a picture of myself and my brother, back from when we were kids, in the hunter''s back. When I got the watch, I was disappointed in the hunter''s back because it was loose and rattled, but I fixed it myself with hot glue. Yes, by doing myself, I did scratch the body of the watch, but it kinda adds to its antique look so I don''t mind too much. Also, the date dial is very small and hard to read in little lighting, but that''s a minor detail. All of that aside, I love the watch and it never leaves my wrist.
Lake Wales, FL
I''ve had this watch for a couple months now. it keeps decent time and isn''t uncomfortable to wear. I''m always asked about my watch and constantly receive compliments about it.
Only one thing I did not like
I received the watch at Valenetine''s for a gift. I was quite suprised and fell in love very easily. The watch runs exceptionally well, keeps perfect time and I wear it almost every day. The only negative item on the watch is the Date feature. I wish that in the crystal it included a maginifier so it is easier to read the date numerals.I greatly enjoyed the feature of the hidden picture on the back side of the watch. I keep a picture of my wife there. A very enjoyable time piece.
I love this watch and I purchased it because of the classic style and so I could keep a photo of my grand daughter in the back. However, knock off a star because it gains 20 sec/day. Make sure you keep the return paperwork, which I didn''t.
Found in a thrift store
I can only imagine someone had no idea what they were holding when they let this gem get away. This is hands down the finest timepiece I''ve owned. Despite its humble acquisition, I''ll treasure this watch for years to come.
1940 ''s watch
i was at the doctors office waiting for my girlfriend, looking at a smithsonian magazine. came across this watch, and i love it! gotta get it... gotta have it. tom bayer-atlanta
I love it it keeps great time better than my rolex or croton watches. Made well I had it only one day and received many compliment. I only wish you could read the watch in the dark .This is my first watch from Stauer but not my last.Great watch a beautiful timepiece.
A great time piece. I''m very pleased to own one.
Love This Watch
I have had my Ritorno for three years now and I can say it is the best watch I''ve ever owned. The classic look and detailed craftsmanship are fantastic. I''m always getting comments about this watch and I tell folks you can only get it at Stauer. My sons are at the age for a classic watch and I believe this is the one for them. I love it! Thanks Stauer.
This is my fourth Stauer automatic watch, but the best of all. It is so simple in design. If the date window were wider it wouldn''t be necessary to use a pen light to read it. Very beautiful.
Calif high desert
Overall, it''s a great watch. Here are some important points:-for those of you who are curious, you can supplement the automatic winding with manual winding-I used to accidentally press the buttons for setting the day and month, but am able now to do this less often-I noticed the minute hand and the hour hand were not properly synched with each other-The band is a little stiff-Overall, it is very stylish (but you can see that)
Grosse Pointe Park, MI
I bought this watch to surprise my husband for our 15th Wedding anniversary. I haven''t given it to him yet but I am very impressed with the quality. It''s a beautiful watch! I have an old soul and love anything vintage so the story behind the watch was a big selling point for me. I like the idea of the secret compartment for that special photo. It just makes it, that much more personal. A unique feature that sets it apart from the ordinary. I also can''t believe how quickly I received it. Super fast shipping! Thanks Stauer!
Gorgeous & functional!!
I love this watch! It gleans much attention and all positive! Keeps time well and since it is an automatic, no need to wind! Very cool watch.
I have purchased a number of Stauer watches...I have been a 'watch collector' for decades; my passion is the self winder, or "Automatic"...I have a few left in my collection, but I have been selling off my very beloved collection over the last ten year's plus...there comes a time when one accumulates too much "stuff"
My point? I'm very impressed with the Ritorno. Albeit, I have only had the watch about two month's +/-, but it is a fine piece of work... the "value" quotient is very high as of this writing. As I said, I have collected watches over many years...this one is rapidly becoming my 'everyday' wear watch...but then it is a watch that depends on either being worn or placed in a mechanical "winding" boox to maintain it's "rhythm" :-).
I picked up this and an Atomic Stauer at a swap meet recently. I wear it as a dress watch and also my daily watch. I like the uniqueness of the design and the fact that it's automatic with the hunter's back opening to reveal the jeweled movement and winding pendulum. Very Classy. I will start collecting Stauer watches when I find them.
San Dimas Ca
Nice Watch, could be improved
This is my second review, but apparently if you don't give 4 stars or 5 stars your review doesn't get published. I originally stated that the watch was nice, stylish, and had a great back story that intrigued me. I received this watch as a Valentine's present from my bride of 54 years. My only negative comments were that the hunter's back was very loose when you opened it, and that the date window was too small to be read easily, and that you could not read the watch in the dark. I knew this when we ordered the watch. After posting my review, within an hour I received a call from Stauer customer service, said they were really concerned about the loose back, and immediately took steps to replace the watch under warranty. In fact, they shipped me another watch the same day, and I returned the first watch the next day. I have received the new watch, and this one has a better back hinge, but still a little loose, but not an issue for me. Overall a nice watch that I am enjoying, and custome
Keeps on going
I bought this watch about 10 years ago and I still love it! It gets compliments all the time (no pun intended). I wear this watch probably three or four days per week and it keeps perfect time and has had no maintenance issues - even the band is original and still looks good. You can't go wrong with this time piece. Great watch!
San Diego, CA
I bought this watch for my husband almpst 6 years ago when we first married. Here we are (almost) 6 years later and he freaking lost it lol it looked so good on him and all of his marines always complimented him on it. Looked at it a few months ago and seen that the price was higher than when i bought it but i see now it dropped back down so i may have to get him another one since he's about to get deployed. Thanks stauerfor making such a handsome watch to compliment such a handsome man.
The watch I wear when I want to stand out
This is by far one of my favorite watches. It's beautiful, and I get complements on it from strangers all the time. I have had mine for over a decade and it's still running strong. My only complaint is that it runs a little fast, so I have to set the time back five minutes every couple of days. Would still recommend this watch to anyone that wants an affordable nice watch.