When it comes to the history of watches, it can be fun to dive into the audit trail of a particular brand, or a specific type of movement. Â Invariably, though, this is going to lead you to wanting to add some vintage works to your watch case.
Where should you start? Â You definitely don’t want to get ripped off with a fake (particularly if you’re looking at the high-end), or get something that’s a hodgepodge of parts and uncertain pedigree.
When it comes to finding a vendor, if you’ve got a local shop you can build a relationship with, all the better. Â Otherwise, you’ll need to get familiar with the wild and wooly online marketplace. Â Here, you can frequent forums that will help point you in the correct direction.
Of course, before you start worrying about where to buy, you’ll want to determine what to buy. Â To that end, this articleÂ over at ABlogToWatch covers three well-known quantities in the vintage luxury market for your consideration: Â a Rolex Submariner 16800, Omega Speedmaster .861, and the Cartier Tank.
Even if none of them are quite your particular cup of tea, it gives you a quick (if small) slice of what is possible when looking to breathe new life into an older watch.