4 Reasons to Buy Vintage Mechanical Watches
Written by Anthony Tyme on March 29, 2019
My work colleagues, friends, and family frequently ask me why I am so interested in vintage timepieces. Why buy a vintage watch that is decades old when you can simply walk to a boutique and buy something brand new, with all the bells and whistles? Here are four reasons:
- Lower price of entry: vintage watches offer the perfect gateway to enjoying high-quality movements at a more accessible price.
- No depreciation hit: as is the case with cars, the second you leave a dealership with a new watch, it will lose a substantial chunk of its value. By buying used / vintage, you are buying a piece that has already seen the initial depreciation take its toll. And not only are you not losing money because of it, but you actually profit from it!
Nothing is more precious than memories. In this respect, watches can immortalize life milestones or commemorate achievements and because of that, can make for fantastic presents. One of the best ways to do this is the so-called “birth year” watch, essentially a timepiece that was sold or manufactured in the same year that someone dear to you was born. Determining the exact year a watch was manufactured or sold is an imprecise science. Quite often, the original invoices were simply discarded or have since been lost. Watch companies used to produce movement components and cases in batches and storing them before gradually using them up as watches were manufactured and sold. It’s not uncommon to find a watch with a case manufactured in 1969 housing a a movement with a serial number dating it to 1968, with the first record of sale from 1970! Nonetheless, it is the thought that counts, as they say, and birth year watches make for incredibly thoughtful and personal gifts.
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