Whether your taste runs into diving watches, pilot watches, chronograph watches or elegant dress watches, there’re always lots of vintage models out there in the market for you to pick up now. In terms of technical properties and crafting materials, these watches are definitely cannot be on a par with modern heritage models, but wristwatches are not hi-tech gadgets, their true value does not just lies in technology. That’s why Japanese watches with a lot of new and interesting features still cannot beat the traditional Swiss mechanical timepieces. It’s the product’s history & design that make an old watch become much more valuable in the eyes of watch enthusiasts.
You will notice that lots of modern dress watches today have a pseudoclassic appearance. Why watchmakers have to do like that? Because they know that customers are always prone to classic style, a watch would looks much more classy if it’s reminiscent of an already-famous watches from decades ago. Let’s take a look at Invicta diving watches, they are homage models to the most imitated watch in the world – the Rolex Submariner. And with the design taken from Rolex, Invicta watches have become bestselling products now. Purchasing a stroke to stroke remake is a safe way to own a vintage-looking watch without risking your hard earned money on an old watch. However, your feeling towards the watch would be absolutely different in 2 situations. You will hardly feel fully satisfied with a homage watch, you know what you’re wearing is just a remake, you cannot help ranking it below a true vintage watch. Unless you just intend to use the homage watch once in a while, don’t opt for it as a replacement of a vintage piece.
Things from the days of old are always dignified, the same rule applies for wristwatches. Why are Swiss mechanical timepieces considered luxury watches? It’s the history of Swiss horology that pushes the value of their products to an extremely high level. Don’t mistake me, Swiss watches are the best, no competitors can be them now in the field of traditional mechanical timekeepers. However, do you think just high-quality is enough for Swiss companies to charge their customers thousands of dollars for each item? In my worldview, NO, most of a Swiss watch’s value comes from the brand’s history, it is the watch’s iconic value. Back to vintage watches in general, when you wear a watch like that, you are actually owning a piece of history, and if people know that, they would definitely value your wristwatches much higher than a modern piece. Another misconception that makes vintage watches even look more valuable: most people think of vintage watches as luxurious and expensive items that only monied watch enthusiasts with delicate aesthetics can afford. In fact, there is a multitude of affordable vintage timepieces in the market for you to pick up.
Since vintage watches have been lasting for such a long time, their parts may be worn out or damaged to some level . This inconvenience is inevitable in buying an old watch, you’re risking your hard earned money on a thing that could be physically abused for years. Thus before buying a vintage watch, you have to find out a trustworthy source of info from which you can get reliable instructions. There are so many “Frankenwatches” out there, which are the mixtures of authentic watch parts and aftermarket components. Since the main reason you opt for a vintage watch is its origin, a Frankenwatch like that is nothing but a lemon. It would be useful for you to search for reviews about the vintage model that you intend to buy, to see whether it’s a durable watch or not. If it’s too fragile, chances are most of its components have been changed before it is sold.
As the horology has been improving over time, the vintage watches certainly require more of your care than the modern pieces. They are more fragile, easy to get scratched, their movements may not be as precise as the calibers of today…In terms of accommodation, the vintage watches cannot be better than the modern pieces, but they are valuable wristwatches that you can wear with pride.