Category: Automatic

Longines Flagship wrist watch, 1962

This impressive Longines Flagship vintage watch has a 17-jewel calibre 340 automatic movement which is working nicely. The movement is fully signed and it has the serial number 11,998,523 which dates it back to 1962. In the not-too-distant past, I was sporting a modern Longines Flagship Heritage automatic on my wrist. I wanted to discover…Read more

Are vintage watches waterproof?

A question that gets asked a lot in the vintage watch world is, are vintage watches waterproof? The simple answer is no! Even if it states on the case that the watch is waterproof it should, as with any vintage watch, be kept away from water and moisture. Water resistance The term “waterproof” is no…Read more

Omega Seamaster De Ville wristwatch, 1965

This vintage watch is a class Omega Seamaster De Ville dating from 1965. It is a stylish timepiece in good condition overall considering its age, this is the perfect example of a vintage watch you would want to wear. The watch has an Omega calibre 671 24-jewel automatic movement which is keeping good time. The…Read more

Key components of a mechanical watch movement

The movements in vintage watches are typically mechanical, although it is entirely possible for a vintage era watch to include a quartz movement. Most of the vintage watches that will appear on this website will have mechanical movements, hand-winding or automatic. Although, you have probably spent a lot of time admiring that vintage watch on…Read more

Why wear a vintage watch?

If you are an avid watch fan, you will have noticed in recent years that vintage watches are becoming more common. What is the appeal of these vintage timepieces? Why have they become so popular? Should you consider wearing a vintage watch? In this post, we will attempt to answer the question, Why wear a…Read more

Are vintage watches reliable?

If you are new to the world of vintage watch collection, you may well have asked yourself the following questions. Are vintage watches reliable? How accurate can a vintage watch be? Do I need to leave them safely boxed at home, or can I wear them out every day? Do they have the shock resistance…Read more

Vintage watches, automatic vs mechanical movements

Vintage automatic and mechanical watches are both traditional mechanical watches that rely on mechanical parts to measure time instead of electronic components like modern quartz watches. Both mechanical and automatic watches use a complex series of gears, springs, and other mechanisms to maintain time. Strictly speaking, both movements are ‘mechanical’, the main difference between these…Read more

1960s Avia-Matic automatic wrist watch

This vintage watch is an Avia-matic automatic watch dating from the 1960s. The watch has a Swiss 17-jewel ETA 2472 automatic movement, with Incabloc shock protection. The watch is working well and keeping good time.  Avia is a watchmaking company that has a long history and was very prominent in the 1950s and 60s. The…Read more

Eterna-Matic automatic wrist watch, 1968

The latest addition to my collection is this Eterna-matic 2000 Centenaire automatic wrist watch, dating from 1968. Eterna introduced the Centenaire range in 1956 to celebrate the centenary of the company. This is a classic dress watch, a little small by today’s standards, but certainly acceptable as a vintage timepiece. It is gold plated with…Read more