Here’s a quick introduction, if you are considering a vintage watch purchase:
Vintage Watches are generally smaller than today’s watches
We’ve become accustomed to rather large watches in recent years due to changes in fashion. Today, a man’s watch can be typically 40mm or more in diameter. Skip back to 1960, it would be generally no more than 34mm in diameter and back in the 1940s, a man would typically wear an even smaller 31mm sized watch.
Vintage watches don’t use batteries
It wasn’t until 1976 that battery powered quartz watches became a commonplace with red-screen LED watches being some of the first examples first seen from around 1973.
Vintage watches need winding
Vintage watches are mechanical watches and need winding to maintain time. Manual wind watches generally need to be wound fully once every 24hours to maintain timekeeping.
Automatic watches need winding too!
Automatic watches will not run on their own; they have mechanical movements and need winding too. The rotor inside the movement allows the watch to be wound as the watch moves on the wrist BUT if it is completely unwound it will take many hours of wear to wind it back up. For this reason, we advise manually winding first via the crown to get the watch started and continuously running.
Vintage watches are not as accurate as modern quartz watches
Even the most expensive Rolexes are inferior time keepers to a modern quartz watch. Typically, a vintage watch will keep time with a range of 10sec to 3mins a day depending on the type, quality and condition of the movement.
Vintage watches need careful handling
Some watches are more robust than others, but, as a general rule all vintage pieces should be kept well away from water, damp and dusty environments. Shock should be avoided as well as magnetic sources.
A vintage watch needs to be maintained
Vintage watches can last well in excess of 100 years if regularly serviced. Like all things mechanical, care and maintenance is the key to longevity, unlike a quartz watch which has a limited lifespan.
Will a vintage watch increase or decrease in value?
A well looked after vintage watch will generally increase in value over time.
Now you’ve completed your Vintage Watch overview, take a look at our selection of watches at PoshTime.