A venture into the wonderful world of vintage watches may raise some questions in your mind.
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1) What is the vintage watch scene all about?
Thanks to the Internet and rising income in many population groups in relatively robust economies world-wide, buying and collecting vintage and modern pre-owned wrist watches has become more popular than ever before. Whether you prefer to do your shopping in person or online, vintage watches can be found everywhere it seems. Coming in all shapes and sizes the watches appeal to a wide range of quality-oriented enthusiasts and lovers of pre-quartz–era mechanical timekeeping. For more information, take a look our Watch Guide.
2) Will a vintage watch tell the time accurately?
While most properly maintained mechanical vintage watches tend to be accurate within +/-90 seconds per day, even the most carefully regulated mechanical timepiece cant rival the accuracy of contemporary quartz watches. Some vintage chronograph watches can be almost as accurate as modern day clockworks, but you can be certain that their price tags will reflect this clearly.
Generally, there is no such thing as absolute accuracy when it comes to vintage wristwatches. Yet, these ancient high-end timekeepers will still perform at a very high level and will become an integral part of your daily routine without you ever losing a minute. The somewhat more precise chronographs are available for the picky purchaser for whom every second counts.
3) Are vintage watches waterproof?
There is no guarantee for absolutely waterproof clockworks in the world of vintage watches. To earn its “waterproof” status a watch must be able to withstand the water pressure of a one-meter depth for one hour. Obviously, these standards have changed drastically and modern divers watches are a different story altogether as they must often be able to pass advanced pressure tank tests which is great if somebody where to plunge you and your favorite wristwatch into the Mariana Trench.
The fact is that the rubber gaskets, which provide the actual water resistance, must be replaced regularly in order to keep the clockwork waterproof and some owners may not have been concerned with this lengthy and somewhat costly process. Nevertheless, most vintage watches will not be harmed by casual moisture (rain for example), but they are by no means waterproof and should be cared for appropriately. Therefore, we do not recommend swimming, showering or diving with any vintage watch and doing so automatically voids our 1-year guarantee.
4) How do I go about adjusting my watch? (personal & professional care)
In your daily care, you should only adjust to time and keep the watch clean and crisp. That means you can wind up your clock and position the hands, while more detailed adjustments of the clockwork itself should be left in the hands of a skilled watchmaker. As should servicing the watch (cleaning, oiling & finish).
5) How do I keep my watch in good shape? (maintenance)
Enhancing the experience of your vintage timekeeping demands appreciation and care.
Here are a few pointers on how to best maintain your watch on a day to day basis:
√ wind up your clock as a daily routine (don’t brake thread!) and adjust the hands or day/date settings
√ avoid exposure to extreme temperature changes, shocks, water and dirt.
√ always remember to take the necessary precautions during storage and don’t forget to keep both box & papers safe.
6) What is the caliber in a watch?
The caliber of a watch is its core, mechanical “engine”. With respect to a wristwatch´s movement, caliber designation refers to its manufacturer, reference number, size and complications – if any. The term ebauche refers to the raw movement itself prior to finishing and adjusting; this is truly the heart of a watch.
However, the value and desirability of a vintage wristwatch movement is usually determined by how finely it is finished, not which ebauche it was originally based on.
7) How does WristChronology restore a vintage watch?
In the same way that an auto mechanic tunes up an automobile, a watchmaker adjusts or regulates a mechanical wristwatch movement. To achieve the best outcome a watchmaker must have tremendous manual skill and even then, only years of experience enables a high end watchmaker to pass judgment on whether a timepiece is motivated for a continued 2nd or 3rd life.
The art of regulating mechanical watches basically consists of keeping the number of swings of the balance or hairspring as constant as possible despite disturbance from external influences such as temperature and position changes. By observing the clockworks daily deviations in various positions and temperatures and adjusting them accordingly, our watchmaker uses various procedures to ensure the desired accuracy of a watch.
Needless to say, every watch sold by WristChronology (unless noted otherwise) has been examined, cleaned and serviced by our competent staff of watchmakers. Therefore we are proud to provide a 1-year mechanical warranty as our trustworthy Wrist Chronology standard.
8) What does dial refinishing do to a watch?
Like any watch restoration process, dial refinishing can be conceived as both an art form and a science project. Refinishing is all about balancing out patina with a more clean or fresh look. Most dials will start decomposing slowly after a refinish due to the protective coating being damaged. Some dials look great with heavy patina while others can endure being cleaned totally and look better when refinished for a spotless look. At WristChronology, our experienced team determines whether or not refinishing a watch is worth it and let it be no secret; we are very fond of history leaving its mark on our watches and in general we perceive patina as treasured traces of a watch´s chronology.
9) Can WristChronology assure that sold watches are original (triple-stamped) and genuine (org. parts)
Every single watch offered for sale by WristChronology is guaranteed to be 100% genuine and in as close to its original condition as possible, both mechanically and cosmetically.
Obviously, when dealing with up to 100+ year-old timepieces there is no way to guarantee that every single component in the movement is completely original, but we will not sell vintage timepieces that are improperly modified or in any way messed about with.
10) Does a WristChronology watch come with a box and papers?
At WristChronology we are excited each time we are able to offer our valued customers a vintage timepiece with its original box and papers. Due to the rarity of these occurrences, however, as a rule WristChronology watches do not come with original boxes, papers, accessories, bands or buckles.
Nonetheless, we do pride ourselves on selecting bands and buckles, which bothcomplement each particular timepiece and at the same time reflect the fashion of the era in which the watch appeared on the market.
11) Does WristChronology give any warranty and what does it cover?
A 1-year mechanical warranty certificate on every sold watch is WristChronology´s standard. This states the condition of the watch and spells out all the terms related to malfunctions as well as notes on how to go about repairs.
Upon mechanical malfunctions, the watch is to be handed in or sent to our workshop where we will carry out the necessary repairs as quickly as possible. Remember to file a request first by going on to Contact us. Please note that even for waterproof watches the warranty does not cover water damage (see entry 3).
12) Why should I choose WristChronology as my trusted dealer?
With vintage watches there is no single, third-party grading system or a weekly price list that states the value of these precious artifacts. Information on a particular model can be hard to come by and while price guides do exist, the values are often inaccurate and/or outdated. In short, becoming a top dealer requires more than just a price guide, a scanner and a computer: it requires knowledge of the market, a passion for watches, and years of experience in buying and selling these objects. Those are the prime elements that we have been focusing on when putting together our team and we are proud to claim that we live up to our own standards.
WristChronology is not merely about quick profit or even money. Instead, the company is based on an interest in and a deep respect for the aesthetics of past times.
We wish to spread the word about vintage timekeeping and tell the stories of watches and people alike while finding the right owners for the right watches.
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