Going for Gold – Swiss Watch Tours

23 February 2015, News

Vintage design has a value to it which mere costing of the retail price for new just doesn’t have the same cachet. Remember that after buying your used watch to have it serviced by an appointed dealer for that makeWhy? Because unless recently done any oil will mineralise and the gaskets can be impaired and will not give the water proof integrity your “new” watch needs.

If you would like to find out more about having your vintage gold watch serviced or valued please feel free to contact us here at Swiss Watch Tours.


This is a great article on vintage watches from Ben Clymer published in the Telegraph recently.


vintage gold watches

vintage gold watches

Going for gold

When you start moving on from steel’s subtle appeal to the well-loved look of vintage gold, you know it’s an age thing, says Hodinkee’s Ben Clymer


JUNE 21, 2014 12:00


I’ve spent the past six years advising Hodinkee readers to err on the side of reserve and always to choose the subtleties of refinement and the intelligence of design over decoration. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve dissuaded them from buying a gold watch in favour of a steel one. But no more. I am declaring – along with a few of my equally idiotic friends – that this summer, the summer of 2014, will be golden!

It’s true. I’ve been buying and wearing more coloured gold (yellow or rose) than I’ve ever done in my life. And it began because, well, I’m 31 now and I think that’s a really great age to start going gold.

However, I haven’t been buying your average yellow-gold watch from the corner retailer. I’ve been hunting and choosing vintage chronographs from the likes of Zenith and Universal Genève on eBay for less than £3,000. I bought a very rare Amagnetic Patek Philippe from 1957 (pictured) for less than a steel, quartz-powered ladies’ Patek might cost brand new. I even bought a 14ct yellow-gold Rolex Daytona dating back to 1975, which I have since declared to be the single best looking wristwatch ever made.

A solid gold vintage watch provides an entirely different sensation on the wrist, with its brassed edges and warm, rich patina that dulls the often yellow sheen of new gold. It also expresses an entirely different sentiment to those around you – in particular when they find out how well-priced some vintage gold watches are, in many cases, less than their steel counterparts.

I also believe, as someone who observes the fluctuations of collectible watch markets, that it’s time the prices of vintage gold watches correct and rise to where the rest of the market sits. So now is the time to buy solid gold vintage wristwatches. They look fantastic against tanned skin, offer incredible intrinsic value and often great design heritage, and they’re poised to climb in value. Can you afford not to wear a golden glow this summer?

Ben Clymer is founder and executive editor of Hodinkee.com




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