Purchase & Maintenance

If you’re in the market for a vintage watch, there are certain things you should pay attention to. It’s important that the watch that you’re buying is in the condition that you’re expecting. Furthermore, watches require a certain amount of care and attention that some might not expect. In this advice section we try to assist you with the purchase of your watch, and with the maintenance that your watch requires.

Buying a vintage watch can cause unpleasant surprises. We have written a handbook to provide you with tips you should pay attention to when buying.

Not maintaining a vintage watch can sometimes be expensive. We have written a handbook to provide you with tips you should pay attention to when using or having a vintage watch.


Purchasing a vintage watch

Purchasing a watch is obviously the first step in your vintage watch experience. Sadly, it is also the most dangerous step. Most of the sellers on the market are either reputable dealers or enthusiast collectors that are looking for another watch. Sadly, some sellers are not so honest, or might sell a product that has flaws they don’t know about. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a watch that is not as original as you were expecting, or a watch that requires expensive maintenance. There are a lot of so-called frankenwatches out there, vintage watches that are partly original but have parts that are not, such as watches with repainted dials. We have created a guide to help you accurately establish the condition and originality of a watch, to ensure that you’re always getting the best deal.

Maintenancing a vintage watch

Watches are complex mechanical machines with dozens of moving parts. As with all machines, maintenace is regularly required. Sometimes watches don’t get maintained properly, this can have diastrous results in the end. Watches typically need maintenance every 6-10 years in order to keep fully functional. If a watch is not properly maintained there might be a need for an extensive overhaul of the watch movement, this can be expensive, especially with vintage watches. We have created a guide to help you with the purchase of your vintage watch.

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