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VintageCaliber – is a professional vintage watch dealer, providing exceptionally fine vintage timepieces and outstanding customer service. We work worldwide, ship worldwide and provide worldwide 1-year warranty for all our watches. Besides selling of what we have on stock, we provide personal consultancy and research services for watch enthusiasts looking for particular watches.

Our showroom in Munich:

VintageCaliber GmbH
Kistlerhofstr. 111, 81379 Munich (Obersendling), Germany

Monday - Friday: from 10 am to 8 pm
Saturday: from 10 am to 4 pm
Sundays and holidays: Closed

info@vintagecaliber.com
Phone: +49 89 71051143 
Fax: +49 89 72407752

Registered address (correspondence only):

VintageCaliber GmbH
Ludiwstr.8, 5th Floor
80539 Munich (Maxvorstadt), Germany

 



FAQ - Size guide

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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.