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    The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    I`ll admit that I am still relatively new to collecting watches, but I seem to see quite the `generalized` fear of vintage timepieces. Now this fear seems to range from the simple, `I don`t know what to look for,`or `I don`t know if parts are available,` to the `how can any of you fathom to daily your vintage timepieces??`

    For me, I find this mentality is somewhat silly. My daily watch is a 1974 Speedmaster MK4.5; a semi-rare model of the Speedmaster Mark line. While owning this piece for close to six months, I have never once second guessed subjecting it to daily activities - my only fear is sustained submersion in water (rain, washing hands, etc is fine). On top of this, I`ve got an early 60s Caravelle Diver with a cracked (?) crystal, jammed bezel, and as far as I know, almost no service history - this thing is resilient as heck, and still water resistant almost 50 years later.

    All I`m trying to say, is that vintage is not something to be scared of. As long as you know your way around the model of watch you`re interested in, and treat it how it was designed (ie, don`t go diving with an Pie Pan Constellation...) it`ll continue to serve you very well. The 50s, 60s, and 70s were the golden era for a lot of the big name Swiss manufacturers - they`ve been around this long already, what`s to say they`ll die now?

    PS - you can always have them serviced, then they`ll certainly be sound ;)

    PPS - The biggest hurdle is finding parts for some of the rarer movements. It took my watchmaker and I two months to source a handful of not-so-sought-after NOS pieces for my MK4.5`s Calibre 1045. However, where there is a will, there is a way; just because your watchmaker can`t find the parts, doesn`t mean they aren`t out there. With his permission, I sourced them and asked him to install them.
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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    I'd rather destroy something using it than preserve it by not using it.
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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    Some may disagree, but I think if you stick with some of the higher-end houses, vintage watch will serve the purchaser well, as long as the watch is legit. Think Patek, ALS, JLC, Rolex, and a few others.

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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    Interesting perspective, thanks for posting. It now has me thinking maybe I should get my vintage watches up and running and out of the watch box!

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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    Most of my current wrist time is divided between 6 watches. One is a Stowa that dates back to October. The other five are Hamiltons from 1961, 1959, 1950, 1937, and 1923.

    The 1923 watch out for a spin in the convertible:



    Wear and enjoy your vintage watches!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastcat View Post
    Wear and enjoy your vintage watches!
    I wholeheartedly agree. I work in a business office where the greatest danger is my own clumsiness at the sink. I frequently wear vintage to the office.

    But...

    When I get home I usually change into a sturdier contemporary watch, à la Omega Broad Arrow.

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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    What keeps me away is the odd fact that over 95% of high-end vintage watches were apparently bought by the third world from whom I must entrust when I buy them on eBay.

    It is odd, isn't it? I'm sure Malaysia is a nice country, I just had no idea that about a third of the population could afford to buy Pateks and Omegas a few decades prior.
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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    What keeps me away is the odd fact that over 95% of high-end vintage watches were apparently bought by the third world from whom I must entrust when I buy them on eBay.

    It is odd, isn't it? I'm sure Malaysia is a nice country, I just had no idea that about a third of the population could afford to buy Pateks and Omegas a few decades prior.
    Well, you must bear in mind that Omegas and Pateks were not considered particularly expensive a few decades ago. They were considered nice watches, sure, but nothing great. I am still constantly surprised by how popular Omega is in Asia. Hell, one of the local tailors here in Boston is an older Vietnamese gentleman, and he owns a really nice, genuine Calatrava. I was pleasantly surprised.

    And that was true across the world. I own a few vintage watches (through inheritance) and my late grandfather's favorite Patek was just a regular watch that he'd purchased when abroad. He liked watches, sure, but to him, a quartz was the pinnacle of watchmaking. Back then, Patek and Omega were "dress" watches, and Rolex was the "showoff" watch -- but even so, while relatively expensive, it was still quite affordable.

    The chasm has gotten much wider in the past couple of decades. If I were to tell my grandfather that I wanted to buy a $20,000 Lange, he would think I was crazy and disown me. Fortunately, I already have his inheritance.
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    Re: The Fear of Vintage Watches.

    I was once attacked by a clown wearing a vintage watch.

    *Shudders*

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryBaconGod View Post
    I was once attacked by a clown wearing a vintage watch.

    *Shudders*
    Running into mirrors can sometimes be scary.
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