Vintage and modern watches are years and innovations apart, yet they share a blurred line when it comes to their appeal. We buy for many reasons, sometimes we love contemporary designs with fresh looks and other times, classic and historic.
Modern is more about shiny and new. The attraction to new models and ranges is the excitement to their release, to be the first to own one, the first in the know or the most up to date with the trends. You’ll also find how different watches from 50+years ago are to pieces made now.
Their shapes, their construction and even how we read the time! With modern watches you gain material innovation too for example; sapphire crystal glass, ceramic, titanium and even carbon, which leads to better quality movement parts and generally speaking, a better-made watch. It’s not wrong to expect a brand-new Rolex Submariner to outperform the original. But we don’t buy vintage for their level of innovation and build quality.
When it comes to vintage watches, those of us who buy them do so knowing there’s a chance they will break, or they will look heavily worn even after servicing and polishing. But the fascination in a watch that has lived for decades and has been damaged and showing clear signs of wear comes down to unique aesthetics that change over time. Think of it as listening to a vinyl record compared to an iPod or an MP3 player.
The listening experience feels different, much like wearing a vintage watch compared to a modern one does. You can shape your style to these pieces, creating a broader image of your self-expression. Which is what we love to do, find a piece of ourselves in our timepieces. The authenticity of the watch comes into it too. Whether that be from certification or a true reflection of the original design. Unfortunately, some variations are hard to get, new or vintage!
Thankfully, Brands do celebrate their past and release updated/reeditions of their much older pieces too, which is a great way to own that relic look with an innovated and updated movement. Vintage pieces, because of their age, tend to be less durable so buying a contemporary watch made vintage isn’t so bad. These particular pieces are the manifestation of this blurred line, combining innovation with an original design. A strong appeal to many.
Personally, it’s refreshing to see a vintage watch with modern twists to it. If you aren’t keen on old frail pieces, or the flashy new one, an emblem of the two is a great option to go for! Something timeless yet durable. At the end of the day, it’s best to love what you buy and buy what you love.
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