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Saturday, May 14, 2016
Why should you go vintage (sometimes)?
Watches that are
over 30 years old are what we call vintage watches. Vintage watches have been
hot for the past few years in Hong Kong.
Prices had been rocketing for a while
before they stabilized a bit. The best-selling vintage watches come from Rolex.
The Submariner Red, the Double-Red Sea-dweller, the Paul Newman Daytona…you
At HKWF, we do not only focus on the watches that fetch astronomical
prices at auctions. We would like to provide you with a broader perspective on
the world of horology.
The world of
vintage watches is enormous and we know it. Other than owning new watches
released by different brands, buying good-looking vintage watches can enrich
Here are some real reasons why you should start your vintage
From a more monetary point of view, buying vintage watches can be a good
kind of investment. Nobody did expect that a Rolex 1665 Sea-Dweller could have
reached today’s price. These watches will only get rarer and rarer as time
passes and in the long term, these watches will increase in their value, or at
least retain it. Therefore, buying vintage watches, not only those from big
brands like Rolex, can be a good choice of investment.
design at an affordable price
Let’s be not so realistic now. Despite the
fact that you may gain a certain amount of money from investing in vintage
watches, you can get your hands on some very famous designs at a relatively
For example, a vintage Ref.1803 Rolex Day-date is way cheaper than a
brand new one in the current lineup. So, why not go vintage sometimes if you
find the prices of new watches hard to believe?
A beautiful Rolex Day Date Ref.1803 with white dial. Typical Price HKD$39,000 to 54,000
that would always remain in the past, not the present or the future
Each vintage watch has its own character and design chic. These features
are unlikely to reappear in modern watches.
Of course, you will argue that
there are always these re-edition watches you can buy from manufactures like
Longines and Tudor.
Look at the Black Bay and the Longines Heritage Collection,
you will understand that the feeling of history cannot be bought in new
watches. Moreover, the re-editions often do not truly adhere to their
ancestors. The addition of the date window and the enlargement of the case
often ruin these great designs.
matter of taste
Collecting vintage watches is often a reflection of a person’s taste.
Imagine wearing the Rolex Submariner 16610 and wearing a Rolex 1680, what is
The difference lies in the fact that the 1680 is rarer and less
seen on the street. You do not want your watch worn everywhere, right? Wearing
a nicely preserved vintage watch can be an exhibition of your taste.
At HKWF, we have a wide range of second-hand watches for you to choose
Some watches are more vintage while some are not.
However, all are
guaranteed in very good conditions. We will share with you our selection of
good vintage watches and good deals. Some deals are from us while some are from
others. Please do keep tuning in for the latest information.
HK Watch Fever Group
Submariner Ref.1680 is available in market at US$7,000 to 19,000 (red line is collectible and more expensive)