The basic criterion is the age. Normally, any watch more than 35 years old can certainly be called ‘vintage’. When we say ‘vintage watch’, we expect it to meet the following requirements:
Generally, being a precise instrument, any mechanical watch (either modern or vintage) is fragile. For obvious reasons, vintage watches are slightly more fragile, so it is important to avoid significant vibration and shock impacts. That doesn’t mean, however, that vintage watches are not suitable for everyday use. It all depends on the age and the type of the watch. For example, some watches from the late 1930s are not shock-resistant at all, while some watches (like Omega Speedmaster cal.321) engineered in the mid-50s are not only shock-resistant but passed an extremely strict test performed by NASA.
What is OK for most vintage timepieces?
What is not OK for most vintage timepieces?
Sure, in normal use, there is no difference between a vintage watch and a modern watch! However, you should follow some guidelines and maintain the watch regularly in order to keep its value and proper functionality. We provide usage guidelines with all our watches.
All the watches we sell are guaranteed to be 100% authentic and in the condition described. You are welcome to request an archive extract from most of the well-known Swiss manufacturers if you require additional confirmation – all our timepieces will pass this check. Moreover, some of our watches are already offered with archive extracts.
If you have further questions you can always contact us. We will be happy to assist!