The Ultimate Guide To Vintage Watches

Watch culture has exploded in popularity in recent times. In spite of the onslaught of technology, there is an increasing appreciation for classic horology. Nonetheless, beginner watch collectors may find the various brands, kinds of movements as well as even bezel details intimidating and end up with an unsuitable timepiece.

There is a massive market for pre-owned and vintage watches, however you need to be careful regarding what you’re buying as well as who you’re buying it from. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the pre-owned as well as the vintage watch buying landscape.

Learning about vintage watches

Have you ever heard of the phrase frankenwatch? These are watches that have been repaired or have parts replaced by fake parts. These frankenwatches are rampant in the vintage watch community.

If you would like to buy a vintage watch, choose a specific watch and then learn everything about the watch. Join groups, forums, and Reddit boards. In addition, ask other collectors about the watch. There are tonnes of resources online, do your homework before buying a vintage watch.

Iconic vintage watch collections

It’s a rookie mistake to select a high-priced timepiece when buying your first watch. A watch’s quality is not defined by its price. Instead, go for an iconic transitional piece while remembering the balance, movement, finishing, dial design as well as complications that you’re looking for.

Iconic collections tend to undergo a brand refresh every now and then. The differences could include a tweak in case size or movement. These transitional iconic pieces then become well sought after and worthy collectors’ items.

These highly recognisable watches offer generally good value for money, giving you the option to upgrade at much less depreciation. Some of the iconic collections to consider are the Omega Speedmaster, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Cartier Santos, Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso or Patek Philippe Nautilus.

Check original parts

If you found your desired vintage watch, you should check the condition. When you buy a vintage watch, the original condition is critical. Check if parts match the original components:

You could gain more value in a vintage watch with complete original parts compared to a frankenwatch.

Matching your style with the watch style

Before buying your watch, it is important to learn about one’s likes and dislikes. Personalisation may be popular in today’s trends; however we would discourage engraving the back of the watch or altering it in any significant way. That’s because doing so could adversely affect the resale value and whether the manufacturer would service it.

Instead, have a theme for your watch collection. Be it a diving or weekend watch, pick a style that speaks to you and your lifestyle. After all, your watch says tonnes about who you are:

Some practical issues with buying vintage watches

Not every seller of vintage watches is trustworthy. So, if you are not coping with a reliable retailer who has a reputation for good service which you are able to check, then you should exercise some caution in your buying:

If you find that the vintage watch is nice and legitimate, then the best bet would be to give it a full service. Your trusted professional watchmaker that you find at RPAIR would:

You actually have no idea on how marked the difference is between a good-looking - however worn - watch to one which instead has just been cleaned as well as serviced. Just to give you an impression, think about your car and when you get it back from a scheduled maintenance as well as service check-up from your car dealer.

What you need to know about servicing your vintage watch

When you acquire a mechanical or automatic watch, you should always keep in mind that it is a miniaturised machine of great complication. It has hundreds of tiny parts that work together in unison to deliver a result. And just like your car, this machine needs a schedule of services.

The average service period for a vintage watch is five years. This would mean that your watch repairer will:

After all of this, he would put the watch back together again, gently oiling the movement as well as fine tuning to get the best performance in timekeeping. The more complications that a watch has, the more costly — and exclusive — this process will be.

Some individuals tend to use the official labs in order to take care of their watches while others prefer independent watch repair professionals such as those found on RPAIR. The discriminating aspect is — of course — the skill that is required in order to perform the task as well as the grade of trust you have in either of them.

Find a watch repairer to service your vintage watch on RPAIR

If you would like to find a watch repairer to service your vintage watch, then you need to check our RPAIR. For more information, please follow this link.

For further information and interviews please contact:

Michael Jakobsen

Tel: +44 075 3953 7868

Email: michael@rpair.co.uk