Buying an old watch means you would have to be well versed with mechanical watches. A mechanical watch is a watch that you wind yourself –this is something that you should remember when buying vintage watches. If you are planning to get one, you may land a few great deals at your local flea market. However, buyer beware because these watches may need to be restored and the cost for restoring them can be quite expensive especially if the mechanism of the particular vintage watch you bought is difficult to understand or you may need an expert to restore it.
If you are a newbie when it comes to buying vintage watches, you should take a look at these watches.
The military issue Bulova is quite affordable and yep, it has a bit of history too. It was worn by American soldiers in the 1960s. Timex has something like this too but getting the Bulova one is better because this is the real deal.
Another wonderful choice is the Calatrava by Patek Philippe. This is the quintessential watch for black tie events. It costs over $8, 000 but it is definitely worth it. There are some watches that are a lot like the Calatrava, all you have to do is look for watches made in the 1950s –most of them have the same basic design.
The Heuer Carrera is also a great choice especially for those who have a penchant for racing –vintage style that is. Its versions from the 1960s are the best according to watch snobs. They cost quite a lot though –from $2500 to $7500.
Other choices you can take a look at include the Rolex Submariner and the Tank by Cartier. The Sub can cost you $7500 though while the elegant Tank costs around $6000.