Obsessed with vintage watches? Us too! Here, everything you need to know before investing in a retro timepiece.
But how can you tell a real one from a fake—and what’s up with self-winding? What does that even mean? Before throwing down on a vintage timepiece, you better do your homework. Ken Jacobs, owner of Wanna Buy A Watch—an LA institution that has specialized in vintage watches for more than 30 years—sheds light on all the questions that arise when shopping for one. Here, everything you need to know—and a whole lot of eye candy!
What Year Marks A Vintage Watch?
“Vintage watches generally refer to those produced prior to 1980. They have a different aesthetic to more contemporary watches and are sought after for their retro styling, nostalgia and unique character.”
- Vintage Serpenti Tubogas Watch Circa 1970, Bulgari
- Vintage Yellow Gold Rolls Royce Watch Circa 1976, Corum $9500
Is A Vintage Watch Generally Water Resistant?
- Vintage Yellow Gold Manual Wind Watch Circa 1970, Cartier $7803
- Vintage Yellow Gold Tank Watch Circa 1970, Cartier $6500
Do Vintage Watches Run On Batteries?
- Vintage Watch Circa 1970, Jaeger-Lecoultre $1800
- Vintage Yellow Gold Stirrup Watch Circa 1970, Gucci $3500
Does The Face Of A Vintage Watch Scratch More Easily?
“Watches made after 1980 usually have a synthetic sapphire crystal face and are generally considered scratch resistant. Most collectible vintage watches that are pre-1980 have acrylic crystals, which can scratch more easily. Although more delicate, these light surface scratches can be polished out by your local watch dealer or repair person.”