The basic criterion is the age. Normally, any watch more than 35 years old can certainly be called ‘vintage’. When we say ‘vintage watch’, we expect it to meet the following requirements:
Generally, being a precise instrument, any mechanical watch (either modern or vintage) is fragile. For obvious reasons, vintage watches are slightly more fragile, so it is important to avoid significant vibration and shock impacts. That doesn’t mean, however, that vintage watches are not suitable for everyday use. It all depends on the age and the type of the watch. For example, some watches from the late 1930s are not shock-resistant at all, while some watches (like Omega Speedmaster cal.321) engineered in the mid-50s are not only shock-resistant but passed an extremely strict test performed by NASA.
What is OK for most vintage timepieces?
What is not OK for most vintage timepieces?
Sure, in normal use, there is no difference between a vintage watch and a modern watch! However, you should follow some guidelines and maintain the watch regularly in order to keep its value and proper functionality. We provide usage guidelines with all our watches.
All the watches we sell are guaranteed to be 100% authentic and in the condition described. You are welcome to request an archive extract from most of the well-known Swiss manufacturers if you require additional confirmation – all our timepieces will pass this check. Moreover, some of our watches are already offered with archive extracts.
If you have further questions you can always contact us. We will be happy to assist!
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:
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.
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.