Vintage Luxury Watches

Imagine the perfect outfit with the perfect blend of colors, materials and accessories, through no fault of course. Now imagine this same outfit accessorized with an imposing shows and flashy… If some are a mere trifle will not matter, connoisseurs quickly will spot the lack of taste. And as in Never Vulgar one attaches importance to detail, this is the ultimate guide to choose his watch.

Making the acquisition of a first luxury watch to complement her wardrobe is, in the same way as the choice of his first suit, a delicate approach and more complex than it appears. If the choice between the new and the opportunity and the question of the budget that is to be granted to him are steps quickly resolved, decide among the immensity of brands and collections proves to be more rigorous.

Because watches watch the big houses are accessible only to a minority, my gaze is directly focused on the second hand market, more affordable, always maintaining the concern for good quality / price ratio. But when we are moving towards the occasion, it is important to carry out a watch to ensure the model quality and reliability resellers. To help you in this work, here are my tips for aesthetic and practical terms.

Obtain a luxury watch, used or new, represents a real investment (unless you are a millionaire, you do not change watch every two weeks). In the case of a first acquisition, we will move towards models in neutral and minimalist aesthetic: the idea is to be able to wear the watch with the maximum possible outfits, so without having a categorically register formal or casual. It will pay particular attention to this mechanism: is chosen also shows depending on its environment.


In the watchmaking jargon, a movement is the set of parts and mechanisms to operate the watch. On average, there are 130 pieces or “organs” in a mechanical movement. At present, there are three main families of movements: mechanical movement with manual winding, mechanical movement with automatic winding and quartz movement. If one is interested in traditional watchmaking, the third movement can be directly spread: very recent (the first model was released in 1969), quartz watches lack a certain authenticity popular with enthusiasts of watchmaking.

Watches with mechanical movement, by contrast, will delight enthusiasts. By definition, the latter function through the assembly of each organ them: a spring provides the energy needed to operate the watch. As the name suggests, the manual winding movement regularly goes in hand with a crown. In the automatic movement, wound by what is called a rotor that rotates through movement of the wrist.

When we start from zero, it is generally moving towards self-winding models. If it is often thicker than the manual, the automatic watch also offers more freedom. Indeed, it provides the wearer to go daily.By cons, an automatic movement stops after a few days if the watch is not worn. All these elements are to be considered before any purchase.

A. Three iconic brands

It is difficult to choose among all watchmakers and their watches, more beautiful than the other. To carry out this exercise, I focused on the timeless and versatile appearance of some models. (It was impossible to concentrate here on the price / quality ratio: I chose to select the designs are three that caught my attention:

Born in 1884 in the Bernese Jura watchmaking house high-end Breitling has since proven, especially in the world of aviation in which watches were often used timers. The Navitimer, for example, is one of automatic movement watches the most famous.

The first vintage watch was launched in 1952, according to PaulDigo. Its bezel iconic calculating world of aviation today gives it a vintage look and a huge character. As the case is quite wide and its dial rich in detail, it is best to wear this watch with a minimalist outfit, with few textures and patterns.

B. Patek Philippe Calatrava and timeless

Other eminent Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe was founded in Geneva in 1839 and probably has its reputation to its numerous patents and success of many of its models. However, the range which marked the spirits remains the Calatrava whose first model was released in the beginning of last century, in 1932.

Inspired by the Bauhaus art movement, the watch will very refined, almost elementary. In a sober and perfectly backspin, we opt for the 3919 model gold case grid and discreet Roman numerals. By choosing a black leather strap, this model minimalist desire, be worn with any outfit, provided it is elegant.

C. Nomos and his famous Tangente

On the German side this time, but always respecting the traditions of the Bauhaus movement, the watchmaker Nomos has emerged recently as 1990. The brand history yet has all the air from that of most homes watch 19th century: the company started with four employees in workshops lost in the countryside of Saxony, Glashütte precisely. Its offer is clear: the wonderfully minimalist products but with a real stamp. Their flagship model is  the Tangente Neomatik .

The mixture shows both the German rigor own brand, but also a vintage look 50 years.