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The word "Vintage", in modern days, is often used to describe something old, used or not exactly old enough to be called antique. The proper use of the word "Vintage" is to describe the year in which something (usually wine) was produced. For example, this Concord Impresario is Vintage 1994. That said, it is often misunderstood exactly what "Vintage" means. I'm writing this article to set the record straight. Generally speaking, in the watch world, the modern use of the word "Vintage" should be used to describe a watch produced during a time period in which either the specific style (size or design), materials or movement are currently out of production for the brand or no longer relevant in modern watch production; or, have gone through a cycle of style change even if it may be back in style today. This may also be applicable to watch models still in production but significantly modified from the prior model release. In doing some research to identify an average time in which these parameters occur, a fine watch generally becomes "Vintage" in 15-20 years. However, this should not be used as a general rule as there are watches out there 20+ years old, still being produced today with little or no change. Instead, each watch should be properly researched and a case-by-case determination made if the use of "Vintage" is appropriate.
Now that we have this sorted out, there are many examples of vintage watches that are certainly not your grandfather's watch - so to speak. In fact, there are many fine vintage watches that you may not consider "old" and made to modern standards. The Concord Impresario Chronograph is an example of such a watch. If you know anything about Concord and the radical transformation in model line-up the company undertook in recent years, you will understand how this 20 year old watch has become vintage - even though you may find other manufacturers producing pieces similar in design. In fact, the Zenith El Primero movement in this watch has become somewhat of a cult item and still in production today - although Zenith no longer shares it. So for all the watch enthusiasts out there that think they aren't interested in vintage watches - think again.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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