For those of us who keep a close eye on the trends of the industry, it is hard to ignore that every other new timepiece is a ‘tribute’ watch or part of an anniversary collection. From the Jaeger Le-Coultre’s Memovox Polaris to Mont Blanc’s Star Legacy Collection, it seems that watchmakers can’t shake off the endless promotion of heritage timepieces. This certainly isn’t a bad thing. Indeed, reintroducing old lines serves a great purpose of keep timeless designs and the history of watchmaking alive.
However, the more discerning of watch enthusiasts will not only look to buy newer versions of old models but the old models themselves. The vintage watch market has been booming as old timepieces are being cashed in and traded at rates never seen before. This could be due to the rise of trusted online markets for collectors or simply that more consumers are beginning to understand the value in investing on collectible watches. Either way, these are all great news for the industry as we see more and more historical timepieces resurface. Our favourites listed below will not only add an iconic piece to your collection but a conversation piece wrapped around your wrist.
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Rolex could fill out an entire list of desirable vintage watches by themselves but this vintage Rolex Date, with its original millerighe fluted bezel, has caught our eye. Made in 1976, this slim and elegant timepiece includes a champagne dial, gold hands and applied batons all set within a solid 18 carat case. A warm plexiglas crystal screams the vintage look and the entire timepiece oozes class effortlessly when fitted to this new navy blue calf skin strap.
RM 28, 600
In the late 1960s, Breitling struck up a distribution deal with Lip, a well-known French manufacturer that offered great watches at reasonable prices. It is extremely rare to find a Breitling now with the extra Lip signature but this 1967 manually-wound 806 Navitimer is one of them. With crisp chamfered lugs, a rich glossy gilt dial and creamy tritium luminous hour markers, this is the epitome of a classic and vintage timepiece of historical proportions.
RM 28, 800
This beautiful rose gold Calatrava is an exemplary timepiece, proving that no one understands the importance of an elegant and understated dress watch quite like Patek Philippe. With large stepped case, concave bezel and incredibly sculpted lugs, this 1950 Calatrava was manufactured in a golden age of watchmaking where Patek Philippe reigned supreme. A clean, crisp opaline dial with rose gold markers and an Arabic 12 all make up the definition of a truly faultless timepiece.
RM 91, 900
The Cartier Tank is an iconic timepiece that transcends watchmaking itself. Originally designed for military use by Louis Cartier in 1917, the Tank got its name and design from the tanks used by France’s allies in World War I. Thereafter, the elegant design evolved into a range of styles including the elongated Cintreé. This 1978 example has a cream dial with exquisite fine craquelure, a classic blue Cartier cabochon crown, a manual-wind movement and a gold case. Fitted to a new hand-made alligator strap, this timepiece is a must for any vintage watch collector.
RM 52, 300
Heuer’s Monaco line is one of the brand’s most collectible lines. The watch was made famous by actor Steve McQueen in the celebrated 1971 film ‘Le Mans.’ One of the first proponents of the iconic retro style, this 1972 variation is an extremely rare timepiece with a double push-piece chronograph which features a left-hand winding automatic movement. The metallic slate grey dial with vivid red hands is fitted to a black calf Heuer strap with steel pin buckle. This Tag Heuer could not be any more classic.
RM 51, 500
It was one small step for man and one giant leap for Omega when the 105.012 Speedmaster was selected as the official watch for the Apollo missions. This extremely collectable 1976 model features the ‘new’ style twisted lugs, gorgeous stepped dial, the first appearance of the Professional inscription and the very much sought after Lemania 321 calibre. What more do you want in a vintage timepiece than for it to take you to the moon and back?
RM 65, 400
Rolex collaborations will always have a rarified collectible status and this timepiece is no exception. In 1961 two of the worlds most iconic brands came together on one dial. The watches were originally commissioned by Coca-Cola to be given as rewards for the most loyal of long serving employees. This solid 14 carat gold Oyster perpetual sports a crisp ‘hour mark’ bezel, a champagne dial with gold dauphine hands and markers, this classic dress watch is fitted to a brown calf strap with Rolex coronet pin buckle. This classic collaborative timepiece embodies everything we love about vintage wares.
RM 39, 900