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    Question When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    I was curious if anyone has an answer to this. When does a watch become "vintage"?

    In the automotive world, a vehicle that is 20 years old is classified as a "classic" and at 35 years old an "antique".

    I know with wine, the "vintage" is just a specific time period and does not necessary have anything to do with age.

    So when does a watch get their moniker? Is a watch from the 80's a vintage?

    Inquiring minds would like to know!!

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    Re: When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    Excellent question, no idea what the answer is! Soooooo, I posted the question on the Vintage Watch forum! Let's see what they come up with.....

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    Re: When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    For jewelry, clothes and watches the word vintage in anything of an older style, usually, but not necessarily, pre-worn, as you have NOS.

    The general accepted rule is something roughly 20 years old or older. Therefore, most of the watches from the 1980s are now vintage.

    To be classified as antique it must be over 100 years old. Again, this only applies to jewelry, clothes, and watches.
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    Re: When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Vargas View Post
    For jewelry, clothes and watches the word vintage in anything of an older style, usually, but not necessarily, pre-worn, as you have NOS.

    The general accepted rule is something roughly 20 years old or older. Therefore, most of the watches from the 1980s are now vintage.

    To be classified as antique it must be over 100 years old. Again, this only applies to jewelry, clothes, and watches.
    Thanks for the reply John...very interesting. I have my Great Grandfather's pocketwatch, which has a CH Meylan movement and was purchased in 1910 (still have the original receipt) and I used his wedding ring when I got married (original inscription inside the ring shows his wedding date as Sept 13, 1908....funny thing, my son was born on September 13 and someday he will get both the watch and the ring)......In a few years they will be officially antiques.....

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    Re: When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    Guys, check out the responses from the Vintage Forum mods. Extremely interesting and detailed, and lots of food for thought!

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...363#post267363

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    Re: When does a watch become "VINTAGE"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Searambler View Post
    Guys, check out the responses from the Vintage Forum mods. Extremely interesting and detailed, and lots of food for thought!

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/showthr...363#post267363

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    Wow, That was a great answer to my question from their moderator. He reminded me of our own Doxa GURU Dr.Pete. Thanks for posting on their forum Paul.:thanks
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