Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Jason

Set Back In Time

Welcome to Set Back in Time where we explore the world of vintage watches. My particular areas of interest are vintage Swiss and English watches. In these pages, we will discuss the history of vintage timepieces in general. We will also take a look at specific watches in my collection, plus many other fascinating vintage watches that are available online. Vintage watches, in my view, are objects that are at least 25 years old, but less than 100. I am not an expert or a dealer, just a collector with a passion for vintage watches. It is a fascinating and rewarding hobby.

Omega Geneve vintage watch, 1968.
Omega Geneve vintage watch, 1968.

Why collect vintage watches?

In recent years, investing in vintage watches has seen a remarkable surge in popularity. Everyone is talking about starting their vintage watch collection or looking to buy a vintage watch to strap on their wrist.

Cyma bumper automatic watch, 1950s.
Cyma bumper automatic watch, 1950s.

In my opinion, the golden age of watchmaking was in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Watches from this era, attract collectors because of their historical significance, craftsmanship, design aesthetics, and limited availability. These timepieces evoke nostalgia, represent horological heritage, and may offer investment potential. The majority of watches from this period will hold their value and offer a low-risk investment. If funds are limited, choose a watch with a leather strap over one with a bracelet. Bracelets add to the cost, especially in gold. A gold bracelet can add 20 – 30% to the value of a watch.

Tissot Visodate SeastarSeven, 1960s.
Tissot Visodate SeastarSeven, 1960s.

Ultimately, it’s much better to buy what you like rather than what someone else does. It’s far too easy to be influenced by someone else’s opinion online about a watch or its general popularity. Not that this should be ignored, but the most important thing is that you buy a vintage watch you like and would be happy to strap on your wrist. In fact, it should be a timepiece that you love. Likewise, don’t overly worry about investment potential, since over the longer term a vintage watch from one of the respected brands will almost certainly increase in value, provided it is looked after well.