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Vintage Watches

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wEstSidE, Jul 14, 2006.

  1. wEstSidE

    wEstSidE Senior member

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    Where can I get them? I found a site called tias.com that has cool art deco era stuff and also a good vintage watch collection. Are they to be trusted? Are there any good ebay sellers?
     
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    I would stay away from eBay, at least the sellers without a separate web presence. Mechanical watches are finicky things, and vintage mechanical watches even more so. You want a seller that offers a warranty and a track record of standing behind its products.

    Here are some sellers of nice vintage watches (I should note that I have not purchased anything from any of them):

    www.finertimes.com

    www.artoftime.com

    www.wannabuyawatch.com

    www.fathertimeantiques.com

    www.yorktime.com

    www.watchestobuy.com

    www.coolvintagewatches.com
     
  5. gdl203

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    I would stay away from eBay, at least the sellers without a separate web presence. Mechanical watches are finicky things, and vintage mechanical watches even more so. You want a seller that offers a warranty and a track record of standing behind its products.

    Here are some sellers of nice vintage watches (I should note that I have not purchased anything from any of them):

    www.finertimes.com

    www.artoftime.com

    www.wannabuyawatch.com

    www.fathertimeantiques.com

    www.yorktime.com

    www.watchestobuy.com

    www.coolvintagewatches.com


    I have purchased watches from Yorktime and Watchestobuy and was satisfied with them
     
  6. WatchGuy

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    Along with those Sterling Times is good as well. Their pictures aren't the greatest, but they are always in good shape and come freshly serviced when you get them.

    www.sterling-times.com
     
  7. ACDoyle

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    on ebay try philwatch, has a perfect record and have purchased 2 watches.
    They also give a 1 year warranty
     
  8. kolecho

    kolecho Senior member

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    Try timezone.com for some serious watch talk.
     
  9. Tomasso

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    When you deal with vintage watches it's important to have access to a competent local watchmaker who has experience with vintage.
     
  10. Mike C.

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    Along with those Sterling Times is good as well. Their pictures aren't the greatest, but they are always in good shape and come freshly serviced when you get them.

    www.sterling-times.com


    My boss just got that watch you have in your avatar. He said it was ceramic or something.
     
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    My boss just got that watch you have in your avatar. He said it was ceramic or something.

    it's not ceramic - the watch in the avatar is an IWC big pilot and only comes in a steel or platinum case (the one pictured here is the steel version). Your boss probably got either the new ceramic flieger (below left) or an old 3705 ceramic flieger (below right).

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    Mechanical watches are finicky things, and vintage mechanical watches even more so.
    Completely untrue. A properly serviced mechanical watch movement (providing the original design is sound) is a very robust piece of micro-machinery. I collect vintage Gruen watches and one dress watch I wear quite often is a 70-year-old 17 jewel Gruen Veri-Thin. It was serviced last year, keeps excellent time (on par with some of my much, much newer Rolexes), and looks like a million bucks. Here is one of my pocket watches, a Gruen VeriThin Louis XIV in green gold that is over 80 years old. The movement is a chronometer grade 17 jewel with a swan's neck regulator. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Nice watch. But I tend to agree that vintage watches are indeed finicky things... unless you have them serviced regularly of course
     
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    I have a nice old 14k Hamilton made in the USA (though I don't know where the movement is from).
     
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    I'm about to invest in my first watch and thinking of going vintage. My price range is limited to $500.

    Is it even worth looking into vintage, or should I just keep looking at Hamilton, Swiss Army, and Tissot?

    It seems that constant maintenance is necessary for vintage watches. How often would a reliable watch need to be serviced and what is the cost?
     
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    depending on the vintage, you'll also want to consider whether it will be a "daily wear" watch. Although some of the old watches were built like tanks, keep in mind they can be 40-50+ years old and some aren't as "water tight" as new watches. I have a 40's IWC that I use as a daily wear but will take it off when I wash my hands or if I'm sweating a lot.
     
  18. whymakemedothis

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    I'm about to invest in my first watch and thinking of going vintage. My price range is limited to $500.

    Is it even worth looking into vintage, or should I just keep looking at Hamilton, Swiss Army, and Tissot?

    It seems that constant maintenance is necessary for vintage watches. How often would a reliable watch need to be serviced and what is the cost?


    you can get a classically styled mechanical watch from seiko for <500$

    it'll actually keep time
     
  19. Fang66

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    you can get a classically styled mechanical watch from seiko for <500$

    it'll actually keep time


    Or you can get an actual classic mechanical watch from Seiko for < $500 it'll also actually keep time.
     
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    I have a 1960's Omega Constellation that I bought in about 2001. I spent about double your budget, but that is because it is 18k gold. The value of the watch has doubled since I bought it (results not typical). I have had it serviced once at a cost of about $300 by a certified Omega Service Center.

    I wear the watch almost daily and it keeps magnificent time.

    I have also had vintage watches that I have bought and can't keep running. That's part of the experience as well. If you buy a vintage watch, it should be because you love vintage watches, not because you're looking to get a bargain. Expect everything else to be upside.

    Good luck.
     

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