vintage pieces


We have unique experience in buying, trading and selling estate jewellery. We have hundreds of previously owned items such as: diamond rings, gold coins, bracelets, earrings, pendants etc. Call or visit our store if there is a particular item you are looking for.

January 27, 2023

IWC AquaTimer 3538 with extra strap/buckle 42mm titanium $5,610.00 CAD. 501-00217

Yes, we showcase many great estate and vintage watches on our website. Our ever-changing selection keeps our watch collecting clients coming back. We never grow tired of the magnificent watches that we temporarily foster until they find their forever homes. If an estate Rolex, Omega, or Cartier just seems a little too pedestrian and you desire something more exotic, how about an IWC Schaffhausen? Not only is it a fun name to say, but it is also one of the true great manufacturers. They are much more than just a well-marketed brand. From their 1868 inception in Schaffhausen Switzerland by American watchmaker Florentine Ariosto Jones, they developed an international reputation for manufacturing watches of the highest quality. Our newest estate watch is this titanium AquaTimer with an internal one-way rotating bezel. This feature was last seen in the original ICW AquaTimers from the 1960s and we’re happy to see its return. The slick system allows for timing events by setting the bezel with the 4:00 o’clock crown. There is no external ratchet system to get dirty and stiff and gives the watch an interesting slightly dressier look than a hardcore sports model. Make no mistake this is still a serious diver tool, with a water-resistant rating of 2000 meters! This 42 watch is in hardly worn condition and remains in completely original condition without ever being refinished. Despite its larger size the titanium case and bracelet keep the weight to a very manageable 132 grams (on bracelet). If you want an even lighter experience, the previous owner purchased the original rubber strap with a signed titanium buckle for $463.00 in July 2022. The large hands and markers with luminous treatment are easy to read in all lighting conditions. The movement inside the case is an IWC 21 jewel 30110 (base caliber ETA 2892-A2). This automatic winding mechanism has been powering some of the world’s most famous Swiss brands with accuracy and reliability for decades. Included with the watch are the original box, documents (missing warranty card), bracelet sizing/strap fitting tools, and strap purchase receipt from the IWC boutique at Yorkdale Toronto. IWC is still making an AquaTimer with an internal bezel in stainless steel that retails at $8,900.00 CAD and can be seen on the IWC website here. This “new old stock” condition watch comes with our complimentary 1-year warranty (prorated 5 years). The factory-applied, protective transparent case back sticker is still in place. The watch is estate priced at $5,610.00 CAD. Stock #501-00217.

January 26, 2023

0.50ct. SI-HI anniversary/eternity ring 7.1gr. 18kt. sz. 6 1/2. $1,610.00 CAD. 121-00165

The concern people have with eternity bands is the eventual maintenance required on all of those diamonds holding all those small diamonds. Eternity bands are valued for their ability to spin and spin during wear without ever looking awkward; a half-eternity band can partially rotate and show a plain gold shank or partly diamonds and band. The advantage to this constant spinning is it reduces the wear on all of the prongs, so an eternity band will go much longer than a half anniversary before it needs to have its prongs redone. But when it comes time to retip there are double the prongs to work on. Unless you opt for an eternity band like this one. The bead set diamonds are buried between heavy white gold edges, preventing them from suffering any wear at all. Stylistically it also offers a striking contrast between the mirror-finished gold and the 0.50 carat of sparkling diamonds. The 24 petite round brilliant cuts are all of a well-matched SI1-HI quality. The 5.8mm wide ring shows its quality in its impressive 7.1 grams of premium 18 karat white gold. The ring currently measures a finger size 6 1/2 with a little bit of room to size up. The estate price is $1,610.00, CAD. Stock #121-00165.

January 25, 2023

2020 Grand Seiko Spring Drive Ltd. ed. #319/700 SBGY003G $13,650.00 CAD. 501-00053

Despite the immense variety of watches available, the vast majority can be classified into three categories: either manual wind, automatic or quartz. Manual wind watches are the oldest technology dating back to the first pocket watches. With manual wind watches, every day or two you must physically wind the mainspring to store the required energy to power the mechanism. Automatic watches run on mechanical energy generated by the movement of the wearer’s wrist which winds the mainspring and then slowly, predictably releases power to the hands. Automatic watches never need a battery— only the occasional service.  The exceptionally well-tuned, high end, fully adjusted, automatic watch can keep time accurate time to +/- a few seconds per day. Quartz watches instead rely on a quartz crystal to keep time, which vibrates when an electric current is passed through it. In most quartz watches, the crystal will vibrate exactly 32,768 times per second, which the watch can use to keep time to an accuracy of better than +/- 1 second a day. The downside of quartz watches is that they need a battery to power the circuitry and move the hands. The Grand Seiko “Spring Drive” movement takes the best aspects of a traditional manual wind watch with the accuracy of the finest quartz movement but without the need for a battery, capacitor, or any other electric storage system. Seiko’s “Tri-Synchro Regulator” technology is like nothing else.  Like a manual watch, its power comes entirely from power stored in the mainspring that is very slowly released. However, instead of powering a traditional balance wheel through a series of gears to the hands; mechanical energy is used to power a tiny generator producing a continuous electric current. This current first powers a quartz crystal, keeping time much more precisely than any mechanical balance wheel oscillating over 4000 times slower ever could. The watch then compares the frequency of the quartz crystal with that of the spring drive glide wheel and uses the remaining current to apply a frictionless electromagnetic brake on the wheel to regulate its speed. The brake keeps the wheel perpetually spinning at a precise rate as determined by the quartz crystal. No battery to replace, and no rechargeable capacitor to fail as with every other quartz watch including solar-powered watches. You get the best of both worlds: the accuracy of quartz watches with the convenience/reliability of old fashion hand wind. There truly is no other watch in the world that even comes close to this level of ingenuity. Keeping the dial of the watch free from anything other than the most basic 3 hand timekeeping duties, this watch features a power reserve gauge visible through the transparent display back. Our newest estate watch comes from a Canadian authorized Grand Seiko agent purchased in June 2020.  The watch is in hardly worn condition. It was stored unworn from the initial purchase in June 2020. It was then occasionally worn from May 2022 until December 2022 before finding its way to Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers. The only evidence of use are insignificant scuffs on the case and buckle that are only revealed under extreme scrutiny. There is a small impact mark on the bezel at the 5 minute position that can be seen with the naked eye. The watch remains in its original unpolished condition. This is one of the rarest Spring Drive Grand Seikos with only 700 produced commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Seiko Spring Drive technology. Unless you were sharp out of the gate and pre-ordered one of these, they were likely sold out before you ever knew they existed. These watches carried a CAD MSRP of $10,300.00. On the secondary market, used versions are selling for significantly more than the original price. It comes complete with inner/outer boxes, documents, and endorsed warranty papers. The previous owner lost the white cardboard box sleeve and tan travel pouch after these images were taken. The watch is running perfectly and keeping better time than certified chronometer requirements. It remains under the Seiko warranty until June of 2023. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers will provide a 1-year warranty extension for the new owner. We are thrilled to showcase only our 2nd Seiko Spring Drive for the estate price of $13,650.00 CAD. Stock #501-00053.

January 24, 2023

1.00ct. I1-I good cut, natural diamond, 18kt. knife edge solitaire 3.3gr. size 7 1/2. $4,060.00 CAD. 101-00409

Further proof of the timelessness of the solitaire diamond engagement ring. Though this piece was made at least 40 years ago, perhaps a lot longer, it would look equally at home in a modern showcase. And frankly, it looks like it just came from the showcase, with the prongs and sharp knife edge showing little signs of wear and the ring retaining a chromy rhodium plating. Even its scale is modern, measuring 2.25mm wide at the shoulders for that barely-there look that is so popular right now. The diamond that crowns this ring is a 1.00 carat round brilliant cut of I1-I quality and good make. What’s unique about this diamond is the small natural cavities clustered around its prong tips. Under magnification, they look like a topographical map of moon craters, featuring the hard geometric growth lines of the original rough diamond crystal it was cut from. These small cavities are natural features of the diamond and have been there for around 3 billion years. Removing them wouldn’t change the clarity grade but would result in a diamond weighing well under 1.00 carat. The ring is accompanied by a Hake Jeweller’s appraisal from 1984 stating a replacement value of $4,000.00 CAD. We feel a modern competitive replacement value for the ring would be $5,800.00, and our estate price is $4,060.00 CAD. Stock #101-00409.

January 23, 2023

1.44ct. VS2-K very good cut with GIA report $6,500.00 CAD. 191-00105

Lab-grown or natural, which are you considering? High quality lab-grown synthetic diamonds actually cost more than natural diamonds a few decades ago; today their wholesale cost is around 90% less than that of a natural counterpart of the same quality. Who knows how low the price will go for “created” diamonds? When you’re buying a synthetic diamond, you’re buying technology and technology always gets less expensive over time. Our latest estate diamond is 100% earth grown, Mother Nature created. It came back from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) with a report detailing everything you need to know about the quality to determine the amazing value. Shop it around and you’ll soon find agree. We always give our customers the respect they deserve and offer true value without any confusing marketing or misleading appraisals. The full GIA report can be seen and confirmed here. We paid a little extra to have the diamond’s edge (girdle) laser engraved with the report number. Should you ever lose the original laminated document you can always print off another from GIA’s report check service. Don’t get us wrong, we appreciate lab-grown diamonds for what they are and we can help you purchase one at a great value. If you’re considering purchasing a synthetic diamond make sure it is close to 90% less than the natural or go somewhere else. This natural diamond would make a great centre piece for an engagement ring, or maybe a significant pendant. Bring us your ideas and let our talented goldsmiths create something fantastic just for you. This perfect condition estate diamond with its December 2022 Gemological Institute of America report is estate priced at $6,500.00 CAD. Stock #191-00105.