The first post and the first YouTube video! Many more to come!

January 23, 2018 0 Comments

We are happy to announce the new way of communications with our beloved customers and watch aficionados! Starting from today we will try our best to deliver the most interesting and useful content for watch enthusiasts, collectors, and experts via our brand-new blog and YouTube channel. The blog will be more focused on useful information rather than news or entertainment. For instance - we will share our knowledge on how to spot a redone dial and prove an original one, how to identify a "doctored" dial and spot important details, how to test watches and where are the limits of durability. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy our content and provide valuable feedback allowing us to do our job better and better.

Today's video begins the series of vintage watch overviews. This series is aimed to give you a better understanding of how the watch looks like and feels like in real life. The very first watch to talk about is a beautiful Certina from 1950. Enjoy!

FAQ - Size guide

Vintage Watches

General Questions

Payment & Delivery

Condition Report Glossary

Sizing Guide

Warranty & Refund

Precision of Vintage Watches

Terms & Conditions

Measuring a watch

It is always crucial to understand the size of the watch, especially when it comes to vintage watches which are generally considered as too small in comparison with what watch industry offers today. For example, the original Patek Philippe Calatrava introduced in the 1930s was only 31 mm in diameter, while today's classic Calatrava is 39 mm. When you think about 8 mm, it doesn't seem to be a big difference, but believe it is.

In our condition reports we normally disclose three most important parameters as follows: diameter without crown / lug-to-lug length / lug width. 

Diameter without crown

It is, so far, the most important measurement to understand the size of a regular round-shaped watch.It helps you to understand proportions and overall look of the watch. It is important to consider width of the bezel and color of the dial, because certain combinations may make the watch look bigger, while some other smaller. It is all very individual, however there is common understanding:

Lug-to-lug width

This parameter will help you to understand whether the watch is comfortable for wearing. You should compare lug-to-lug width with the width of your wrist, and if lug-to-lug width is smaller or equal, then this watch shall be comfortable.

Lug width

This measurement is defining what size of strap you need for the particular watch. Depending on era and manufacturer you can find watches with lug width between 14 mm and 24 mm. Most common sizes are 18 mm and 20 mm.