How to Choose Vintage Watches

The charm of the watches never goes out of style. Collectors are constantly searching for rare items, with some particularities that characterize them. The passion for watches can be understood only by those who love vintage and are experts regarding the materials of manufacture. In fact it is very easy to run into scams or watches that apparently look expensive but are worth nothing. This guide aims to explain how to choose a vintage watch.

Wrist watches have always been available, from gentlemen’s breast pocket, to ladies’ wrist ornament, and they are built according to very specific patterns, and according to the tastes of the client. Analyzing in depth, we can know its strengths and weaknesses, so this guide is based on the 4 types, let us look at some examples, and advise the choice based on exterior look and design of mechanism. It is essential that the watch does not conflict with the environment, otherwise, even if it is something fancy and very expensive, it loses its appeal.

How to Choose Vintage Watches

If we speak of a vintage wrist watch, the first factor to consider is whether we should use it every day or not. Undoubtedly the most charming is the chronograph, especially white steel with a sleek leather strap, maybe hand-sewn and still preserved in a good state. This type of watch, regardless of brand, represents a real cult in the field, especially for those who have never accepted the advent of quartz watches or LED. Wearing a chronograph on the occasion of an important business meeting or ceremony  no doubt means valuing their own personal look. Even the pocket watch still has a certain charm. Obviously, it needs to be exposed if inserted into the waistcoat of a dress or a gala. In this case, those vintage pocket watches are very special, from the simple and flat type to what is traditionally defined by the French as “savonette”, with double front and back.

Vintage style can also be traced on wall clocks, and among these, we find the classic dial of wood or tin, on which were printed or hand-painted figures in historical times and floral images, and almost everyone with Arabic numerals instead of Roman classics. These clocks, in jargon, are known as “Barber’s saloon”, and were very popular in the early 1900s in America, while in Europe, they could be found in barbershops.


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