If you are new to Vintage Watch ownership or would like possibly like to learn more, then we've complied a few pointers to help you on your way:
1. Vintage watches will generally increase in value over time, especially those from prestige makers such as Omega and Rolex.
2. Vintage mechanical watches are less reliable than modern quartz watches. Quality doesn't always mean reliability! Rolex and Jaeger Le Coultre represent quality but interestingly do not work any more reliably than a battery powered Timex or a Casio.
3. Vintage watches can be worn and enjoyed everyday. Be sensible about where you wear it and keep it away from harmful environments. Don't buy a vintage Rolex Submariner expecting to use it for diving and don't wash the car a vintage 1930s Art Deco Bulova. It's easily possible to buy one vintage piece, use it everyday of your life then pass it on to your kids so they can do the same.
4. You will need to budget for a handful of services, numerous straps and a few glasses and other repairs.
5. Vintage watches are less accurate than modern quartz watches. The average £5 quartz LCD watch bought from a garage forecourt will be more accurate than a Rolex from the 70s or 80s.
6. Vintage watches need care and attention. If you want the watch to last a lifetime, then swimming, surfing, rock climbing and other activities are not a good idea. Expensive old pieces are very easily broken; inappropriate force to the crown, dropping, water, magnetism, inappropriate storage, damp, humidity and numerous other environmental factors will conspire to harm your pride and joy.
And perhaps the most important point:
7. Owning a vintage watch is a satisfying and rewarding experience. The appreciation of fine craftsmanship, marvelling at the mechanical intricacy of the movement and knowing you have something of worth is a huge motivator and incentive pursuing the world of Vintage Watches .
Oh, and don't forget to wind them, sometimes everyday!