Vintage Watches

Jul 10, 2024,11:03 AM

Vintage Watches

Vintage items can remind people of happier times, or reconnect them with items from their past. Some collectors enjoy the thrill of searching for rare pieces, whether they're digging through thrift stores, flea markets, or online listings.

There's a deep psychology at play here: connecting with roots, celebrating heritage, rediscovering a sense of history, being part of something greater than ourselves …grounding ourselves in all that has gone before.

A vintage watch is like a time capsule that allows us to study and understand more about the era in which it was made. 

If you’re looking to buy a pre-owned watch you may be pondering the difference in classifications when it comes to describing the age of a timepiece. Vintage, pre-owned, antique… What’s the difference?

It’s true that the words ‘vintage’ and ‘antique’ are often used interchangeably, but there is a distinction and it’s an important one. It can have an effect on how a watch is classified for sale by a WATCH DEALER and a buyer’s perception of value.

We should also consider the term ‘pre-owned’, which is just an eloquent way to say second-hand. A pre-owned watch could be vintage or antique but usually refers to an item that, while second-hand, is not old enough to be classified as antique or vintage.

In simple terms, ‘vintage’ is old and ‘antique’ is even older. While there is no hard or fast rule to determine when a pre-owned watch becomes old enough to be classified as a vintage watch, there is a rule of thumb that is used to differentiate the two. This classification goes beyond the watch market and can be used to differentiate any old items, from cars to clothing.

Experts are yet to agree on a minimum age that defines an item as vintage. It is generally agreed across the vintage watch market worldwide that a watch becomes vintage when it is more than 20 – 25 years old. Some say 25 – 30 years old. This lack of clarity can be traced back to the unclear definition of the word vintage itself. Look up the word in the dictionary and you will find many vague references to something that is ‘of age’.

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That’s a wonderful collection of vintage (or perhaps mature😉) watches.

 By: kev09 : July 10th, 2024-11:46
Lovely to see them in fine condition. Regards Kev.

What a nice collection of vintage watches!

 By: clemens m : July 10th, 2024-12:31
One super nice example after another, a really great collection you have there. While there is no real "hard rule" for a definition of "Vintage" watches I always draw the line at the transition from Tritium to Luminova - everything with the former falls i... 

Very interesting post: Vintage is the contraction of " vingt ans d'age " ( twenty years old ).

 By: amanico : July 10th, 2024-13:18
BUT... Honestly, I cannot rely to this definition. For example, a Ulysse Nardin Freak is 23 years old, now. Do you think it qualifies as a vintage watch??? Same for a 30 years old Rolex Explorer or GMT MASTER. Now, I personally think that we can say that ...