The vintage trend is on the rise. Here’s a few things you should know.
Buy the seller, not the watch
Whether it’s a dealer or someone who wants to offload a watch or two, check their references. If they sell on the forums, they might already have a transaction or two that you can cross-check, or if it’s an eBay listing, make sure the reviews are relevant to watches. It’s not going to help you if all the reviews are about how great their packaging was for those socks that they just sold…
Tip: Pay with Paypal or credit card when doing online transactions.
Have a trusted watchmaker
If you’re local, and if the seller is willing, have them meet you at a trusted watchmaker to verify authenticity and originality. Dials can be replaced (trust me, I learned that the hard way), movements may need service, and hell, pictures really don’t do justice most of the time. The watchmaker will also let you know if there may be potential issues with sourcing parts, and how much a future service will run you.
Vintage means small
People, big watches are kind of a new thing, so anything pre 2000 is going to be a helluva lot smaller than 42MM. Most vintage pieces are going to range from 32MM to 40MM at the most. If you’re looking for something vintage and large, look into pocket watches converted for wrist wear.
Tip: Chronograph watches tend to be larger due to the movement