Originally Posted by VMan
thats a great looking AP, LK. What do you think something like that would fetch on the market today? I think the great thing about many vintage watches is the values that can be had, when compared to their current counterparts. Though, sometimes that is not the case - as with rare models that appreciate highly over time. I think also with certain makers, the quality was higher back in the 40's and the 60's than what it is today, even though technology has progressed a lot.
Fortunately--or maybe unfortunately--those interesting APs aren't too expensive, usually under $10,000 or even less. I just don't think there is enough of a demand for some of the more eccentric designs despite the very high quality and value of materials. Unless it's something hideously inflated like Patek Philippe, most vintage watches--barring the vintage Rolex chronographs and such--are quite a good value. The pocket watches are the best value for the quality. Quality was certainly higher given the fact that all of these things utilized a lot of hand-work whereas today a comparably made watch is manufactured via a computer/digital device so I think there's an inherent value of quality in the older pieces.