Vintage Watch Blog.
Ladies and Gentlemen, when is comes to buying a vintage watch for your man; first thing is first, purchase a vintage watch from a reputable dealer such as adamvintage.com - a dealer that has already vetted the authenticity of the watch and offers post-purchase service and a return policy. Unless you have extensive knowledge, I wouldn't take any changes with auction sites. Vintage watches are different than going to your local jeweler and picking up the most popular Rolex or Seiko in that they are used, sometimes up to 100 years old and have a collectors market and sometimes cult following depending on the piece, model or brand. Prices span a huge range.
A watch, if it be a new modern piece or vintage piece, can be a very personal purchase. First you have to ask yourself, does my guy even wear a watch or have interest in them? If the answer is no or he's only worn an Apple Watch, just stop reading until he realizes it's the most important men's accessory according to GQ and many top designers. Or maybe he doesn't even like watches - find that out right away.
How does my guy Dress?
I believe this is the most important question. It sets the stage for many different choices in vintage watches. What do you see him wearing most? Does he tend to wear stylish GQ model type clothing, jeans and tee, vintage, or workout clothes in his free time? What about at work? Is he doing the heavy lifting in the warehouse, IT closet or in the boardroom? Here are some examples of watches with some commentary to help you figure out where to start depending on how you answered these critical questions.
What's your man's ego like? Does it need to be fed often for him to be happy or is he confident with little or no ego? Strange question for a watch choice, but it is my opinion based on thousands of observations, that men with big egos or men that often need to be fed to boost their ego, prefer large watches so other people can easily see them to induce a complement like "Nice watch bro." Men without an ego and/or are exceptionally confident in themselves, tend to wear smaller more discrete watches. Of course, like anything else, this is not an exact science, but coming to terms with this question will increase your chance of getting him the perfect watch.
When he's not looking, inspect the watches he already has.
There is a pretty good chance that if your man is interested in watches, he already has a few personal purchases he made alone. See what they are like...are they all large (40MM+), are they all sports watches or dress watches, do they all have metal bracelets or leather, or is it a mixed bag? If you are seeing a mixed bag you're in the best of luck because you can get him just about anything - but that is unlikely. So, you have two choices essentially; go with similar watches than what he has already or seek to learn if his tastes are changing. Another common issue, is that men tend to have a lot of sports watches that are large with stainless steel bracelets. These aren't great for dress up, your watch shouldn't be so large that it cannot easily slip under your cuffs; and let's face it, if you're going to dress up your watch should be made of gold or platinum. But the reality is, they may need and want a dress watch even if they have one now (or vise versa if he has nothing but dress watches) - so just ask their opinion and take an interest in why they decided to buy a certain watch.
A few other things...
Start with a budget or at least a range. Consider his work and leisure time and what types of environments he subjects himself to. Most vintage watches need to be handled with care and many are no longer water proof even if marked so. Is he a history buff? That means he may love to tell a story. There are plenty of vintage watches that tell stories such as a Laeger-LeCoulte Reverso , Hamilton Otis or a Glycine Airman. Is he a brand snob? Learn his top brands and go in that direction.
My final advise, once you've picked out what you think is the perfect watch, find some similar pictures of watches online (or the one you are looking at if surprises aren't appreciated), and ask him if he likes it. If he does, then great get it while you can as the market is hot; if not, you'll need to keep trying and discover what his taste is.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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