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Choose His First Vintage Watch
I rule to start of this page, the idea of the pure collection, as well as precious metals. I will simply try to bring to the neophyte aid in the choice of a first shows portable vintage on a daily basis with sufficient accuracy, or that I consider as such, that is, below the 30 seconds/day. All this according to my tastes, my choices and take place in a budget of € 100 to € 300.
Dressed up or casual, simple or sophisticated the vintage watch must be worn on all occasions. It is more than a simple article intended to give time, it’s a manufactured object, a mechanical assembly manually for most a few decades ago, they there is growing interest and is only justice.
The years 50′
Personally I have a weakness for watches with broad clear dials, small seconds at 6 o’clock, very typical 1950s rather dressed.
Gold-plated or steel these watches are usually a big enough format for the time, from 35mm to 40 m. Which gives them a nice presence on the wrist and a very easy reading.
A classic and discreet charm.
These watches were produced by many brands, today missing, or even existing within powerful watch industrial groups, and are often equipped with mechanical excellent bills, produced in quantity making pretty easy search of spare parts.
These movements are mostly wound well that automatic movements existed since 1922 with Leroy and a few years later with the system Harwood who was taken up and perfected by Rolex with the caliber 620
The port of aelegant chronograph two counters of this period is also a great pleasure.
Distrust, however with the “Swiss chronograph”. Indeed they are often presented as gold and it’s true… Except that the middle part of the box is very fine that the horns of the watch are hollow and so extremely sensitive to impact and prone to deformations. The weight is finally achieved by the centering ring of the movement, who she is, the dust cover and metal mechanics, which is most of the time a Landeron 48 solid like here. The background is golden and he wears the punches.
Have called them “times of smuggling”, they crossed the Alps after war and often walk… I don’t know why!
This Decade of the post-war was a rich period for the watch production French.Indeed many assemblers, suppliers, and manufacturers of movements have exercised their talents in the valleys of the Doubs and the Jura at these times or every French could buy a watch produced in the country and thereby help the industrial reconstruction of these areas.
Many brands are produced and distributed throughout the territory until the 1980s. Have found the survivors of these productions today on the stands of the empty granaries or other flea markets in States near the wreck.
It is every time a true jubilation to save one of the destruction. It is almost the case of all the popular vintage watches that I present on Internetages.com.
I find a lot of charm, and their robust movements provide excellent operation after review of course.
Many watchmakers still practice revisions on this type of gauge for less than € 50.
It is in my opinion the best choice to have one or more vintage at a price more than correct.
The years 60′
Watch design will evolve, just like the rest of the objects produced in the sixties.
New forms of index of needles, to box, colors of dials, generalization of the Central seconds hand, appearance of complications with the daters and the democratization of the automatic pumping movements, make the sixties offers a vast hunting area.
Boxes of “cushion” shape make their appearance as well as type stick needles.
This period is particularly
productive and creative, watches are becoming common objects that have can buy anywhere. Brands like Kelton, Timex or, have allowed many people to own a watch to the taste of the day for one low price with the purchase of a pack of Gitanes. Colorful dials and random tightness diving watches have adorned many wrists. Their irreparable mechanical prédestinaient them to the scrap to the first failure.Swatch has taken the concept later…
It was at this time that theLIP of Besançonproduct manufacture a large number of models both for man and woman. The communicants are likely to given one, and even of gold for the lucky ones, others will have to settle for a fountain pen.
The civilization of leisure and the success of Commander Cousteau “the world of the Silence” TV shows bring watches dives on the front of the stage. All assemblers rush into the breach of the sports watch and offers a multitude of models that the approaching seventies, proudly display shimmering colours and needles Calypso adorn the dials to the large luminescent indexes.
Some integrs railway plexi or indexes, see the two. Attention to rob banks or too deep scratches as they are, the majority of the time, could not be found. It is also sometimes difficult to find a rotating bezel of origin. However these popular watches do not suffer too much adaptation of parts provided by another, the essential is to stay in the spirit.
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