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    Meaning of Vintage?

    As this forum is dedicated to 'Vintage & Pocket Watches' I would like to know the definition here of the word vintage? Antique seems to be a label applied to items over one hundred years old but I am unsure any hard date rules when using vintage?

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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    French: "vint" = 20

    In the context of vintage watch collecting, I would say that "vintage" runs from around the turn of the 20th Century through the 1970s. Prior to 1900, "antique".
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    Hi there,

    originally it was an expression for harvesting grapes, and defined the production year of whine. For anything else it is just a synonym for overpriced.

    If your bin is filled to the top, define further trash as vintage, and sell it on ebay.

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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    For cars it is any vehicle 25 or 30 years old or older. Some consider mid 80's vintage for watches and some say the cut off is 1980. I believe only a handful of people would consider 1990 vintage....and they probibly all work for Hodinkee. Classic vintage 1990 Invicta.......$5k....but what a story.
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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    My personal definition is "my age or older." That's a boomer, in people years.
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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    There's no officially defined age for vintage when it comes to watches, but whatever minimum age you choose to use it keeps rolling along with the passage of time. How can it stop at any particular date, say 1980, or 1985, or 1990? The commonly used minimum ages to define a vintage watch are 20, 25, and 30 years. Let's say you choose the oldest, 30 years. That would mean a watch made in 1987 would now be considered vintage. Next year it would be watches made in 1988 that fell into the vintage category, and so on with each passing year. In 2047 a watch made now in 2017 would be considered vintage. Vintage refers only to the age of the watch, not to a period, a type, a technology, or any other classification people may like to put on it. People certainly will do that - they''ll say pre-1970, pre-1980, pre-quartz, or some other thing that suits their view of the watch world, but that all it is - their particular viewpoint. Just how such individually defined classifications could be workable to define "vintage" outside of a personal perspective is beyond me.

    Age alone is the denominator for vintage watches just as it is with antiques, the difference being that the specific minimum age for vintage hasn't been universally agreed upon.
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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roland Ranfft View Post
    Hi there,

    If your bin is filled to the top, define further trash as vintage, and sell it on ebay.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft
    Excellent advice sir!
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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    My X is vintage but not gaining any value.
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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gumby992 View Post
    There's no officially defined age for vintage when it comes to watches
    You have made a very good go at defining it though, thank you. I too would probably go with 25 to 30 years past, so now stuff around 1990 would come under the late vintage umbrella, for instance the USSR Poljot 3133 chronos (pre 1991 fall) I have long considered to be vintage.

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    Re: Meaning of Vintage?

    30+ years.

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