There’s nothing more special than a vintage watch. These classic timepieces can last a lifetime (and hold their value) when properly restored and maintained.
Here are 4 tips to help you get started when purchasing your first vintage watch or starting a vintage watch collection:
1. Always buy from a reliable source: To avoid spending big bucks on a fake “luxury watch,” it’s important that you do plenty of research to ensure that you’re purchasing a verified vintage timepiece from a vendor that’s legitimate. Look for pre-owned watches that come with the original box and papers -- this will increase the watch’s value and make it easier to sell down the road. A second consideration is price – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If the price is set way too low for a luxury brand, this is a major red flag.
At Daddys Watch, we hand select only the finest pre-owned and 100% authentic watches – and we have over 25 years of experience. Always go with a trusted seller and do plenty of research to make certain their inventory and prices are in line with market value.
2. Know where to start: To start your vintage watch collection, you should invest in a luxury watch that has a strong holding value. We recommend starting with a major luxury brand like Rolex, Patek, Cartier or Vacheron. These brands have been in business for a very long time, which means they’ll be a safer investment and will hold their value. Check out the brands we carry on our website here.
3. Invest in older models with gold pieces: When buying older models that have gold attachments, like vintage Rolex, Cartier and Patek watches, you can get a timepiece that goes for a fraction of the cost in comparison to their newer designs. That’s because the value will have settled on a vintage model, especially if it’s at least a decade old – making it a smarter financial investment.
4. Make sure it’s been professionally restored: When it comes to maintaining the value of a luxury vintage timepiece, it’s important that the watch has been professionally serviced by a technician who’s experienced in vintage watch restoration. While many first-time buyers or new collectors think it’s best to send their vintage watches to the original manufacturer for restoration and servicing, this is not always the case. Many times, the originalmanufacture will replace any worn aspects of the watch, like the dial, hands, crowns and bezels, which actually can hurt the value. It’s these vintage features that make the watches desirable to collectors. We recommend working with a trusted restoration company that specializes in servicing vintage watches.
At Daddys Watch, our technicians carefully clean and service every watch by hand to ensure that you, the buyer, receive a premium quality watch that not only looks great but runs great.
Before you make any purchase, always do your research. Visit the websites of the brands you’re interested in, and some of the bigger retailers who sell them. It’s important to educate yourself on the styles and prices, and when it comes to vintage timepieces pay special attention to their condition.
All of the vintage pre - owned timepieces we offer at Daddys Watch are authentic watches that have been restored, polished and serviced to perfection by our master watch technicians. Each of these items is a "One of A kind" product that has been verified to be an original vintage of its brand. All of our items are in immaculate condition, a classic watch to be loved and passed down. Our team has sold thousands of timepieces worldwide. Buy with confidence. If you have any questions about our collection or our restoration services give us a call at 310-922-2095 and we’d be happy to help.