When comparing the pre-owned luxury watch industry and the vintage watch industry, it's quite easy to instantly realise that you are looking at two completely different types of watches. Generally, any watch made before 1990 can be considered vintage, although these types of watches might not have the same value as those made before, say, 1980.
When you first decide to go on the hunt for a genuine, valuable vintage watch, you need to consider a few questions. Firstly, do you know and trust the person or company from whom you are buying the watch? Buying from a seller who has a trusted reputation will ensure that you buy the right kind of watch. Always trust your instincts. These watches will likely be very pricey, and the last thing you want is to be conned out of your money. Buying from a company might be the safest route to take.
The next thing you have to do is gain as much information about the watch; the more information you have, the better decisions you will be able to make. And in the age of the internet, where there is so much information, doing your research should be fairly simple, once you are sure of the kind of vintage watch you are after.
What to do after you've found the ideal watch
Now that you've narrowed down the options and found that perfect vintage watch, there are still a few things that you will need to do in order to ensure that you are buying exactly what it is you want.
Find out about its history
It's doubtful that you will receive the original receipts or a full-service history for the watch, but that's okay. There is other information that you will find just as handy to have. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that the watch is in perfect working condition, without any unsightly bumps and scratches in the design work. Spare parts, if you can find them, can be very pricey should you end up buying a watch that you haven't fully vetted. It's always best to make sure that there has been some serving done and that the watch is working as it should.
Find out if it has a box
Again, the chances of finding the original box and manuals to go with your watch are slim. But it's not impossible to find the right box to compliment your vintage watch. Contacting the original watch manufacturers might help in getting the original box and papers, which in turn can make your watch more valuable.
Where to find vintage watches
There are various ways to source a vintage watch, one of which being Google. A quick online search will present a number of fantastic places to buy your luxury vintage watch. The other options at your disposal include magazines, auctions and watch dealers. Trade shows and social media, such as Facebook, are also options to consider.
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