A Beginner's Guide to Buying Vintage Watches for Men

A Beginner's Guide to Buying Vintage Watches for Men - Watches & Crystals

For the naive, buying a vintage watch for men can be daunting. There are so many different brands, styles, and periods to choose from, and it's easy to get overwhelmed. However, armed with some knowledge, anyone can confidently buy a vintage watch that suits their taste and budget. In this beginner's guide, we'll cover the basics of what you need to know before buying a vintage watch for men.

Why Buy Vintage Watch?

There are enough reasons why people love vintage watches. For some, it's the history and story behind the piece. Others are drawn to the uniqueness and character of vintage watches, which are often very different from the mass-produced watches that dominate the market today.

And lastly, many people simply appreciate the high level of craftsmanship that went into making vintage watches—something that is often lacking in modern watches. 

Regardless of the reason, there are a lot of great reasons to buy vintage! Just be sure to do your research beforehand so that you know what you're getting yourself into. Here are some things to consider while purchasing vintage watches for men.

How to Choose a Vintage Watch

When it comes to choosing a vintage watches for men, there are four main factors you need to consider: budget, style, brand, and period. Let's explore every aspect in more detail.


Perhaps the most important factor when choosing any watch—vintage or otherwise—is your budget. It's important to set a realistic budget before beginning your search so that you don't get your heart set on a piece that's out of reach. As a common rule of thumb, you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 - $5,000 for a vintage watch depending on the brand, style, and period. 


The next step in buying vintage watches for men you should consider is what style of watch you're looking for. Do you want something sporty? Elegant? Casual? Or something in between? Narrowing down your choices by style will make it much easier to find the right watch for you. 


With so many different brands out there, it's important to have an idea of which brands you like before beginning your search for a vintage watch. Research on vintage watches for men and find which one resonates with you most. Once you have a few brands in mind, you can start looking for specific models within those brands that fit your budget and style preferences. 


The final factor to consider when choosing a vintage watch is the period in which it was made. The three most common periods for vintage watches are pre-1960, 1960-1969, and 1970-1979. Each period has its own unique aesthetic, so deciding which one is right for you is largely a matter of personal preference.

However, it's worth noting that watches from certain periods tend to be more valuable than others. For example, watches from the 1950s are highly sought-after by collectors due largely to their rarity. 

All things considered, buying a vintage watch is a great way to get started in the world of horology. Not only will you be able to find some amazing deals on beautiful timepieces, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you're wearing a piece of history on your wrist. 

Some of the best vintage watches for men you will love to have:

1. Graham Chronofighter Vintage Pulsometer Blue

The Chronofighter Pulsometer is marked with a pulsometer scale that encircles the dial's circumference. The pulsometer scale will indicate a patient's current heart rate in conjunction with the chronograph.

Additionally, this model features day, date, and small seconds displays.

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2. Louis Erard Watch 1931 Chronograph Vintage Telemeter Black

The vintage aesthetic reigns supreme, and vintage watches are all the rage. This 1931 Chronometer Vintage Telemeter is currently one of the most attractive timepieces available. It is undeniably a throwback to the elegant 1930s and is certain to bring out the urban explorer in the wearer.

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3. GaGà Milano Manuale 48MM Vintage Black

The watch has a 48 x 16mm rose gold plated stainless steel case with a Vintage finish effect and is domed with anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

There is an open sapphire crystal case back, which shows off the balance spring, the manual wind mechanism, and the GaGà Milano craftsmanship. This vintage watch for men is worth buying.

Buy Now - GaGà Milano Manuale 48MM Vintage Black

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