Saturday, September 19, 2009

Collecting and Buying Vintage Wrist Watches from Patek Phillipe and More

Patek Philippe wristwatches are timepieces that collectors would want to have in their collection. Just like any other wristwatches, purchasing vintage timepieces involves great planning. Because wristwatches from luxury brands, such as Patek Philippe, Mont Blanc, and Tag Heuer, are heirloom pieces that could be passed on from one generation to the next, it is important that caution and care are taken before owning one.
  • Think about the type of wristwatch you would like to buy. Note the time period the watch has been pre-owned. It is also important to find out how much time and effort you are willing to spend should the timepiece need repair or fixing. Timepieces such as Patek Philippe, Bulgari and Chopard often last a lifetime with a low maintenance requirement.
  • Determine what your taste in wristwatches is. Collectors tend to favor certain styles such as old Patek Philippe chronographs or stop watches, moon phase watches, or old retrograde watches. Patek Philippe boasts of a huge collection where vintage collectors can pick from various designs and styles.
  • Check the condition the watch is in. Because vintage wristwatches have been owned for ages, make sure that the classic wristwatches you want to own are still have serial numbers on them. Also double check the case and see if there are particles in the movement.
  • Older vintage watches usually have simpler movements. Though Patek Philippe wristwatches have revolutionized a number of movements, the timepieces are still worth collecting. Simpler movements require a different method of cleaning, and it’s advisable to practice with clocks before taking apart vintage watches.
  • Research, research, and research. Go online and read on vintage wristwatches. Many reputable online stores offer vintage watches at prices you can afford. Books and catalogs help too. Through this, any future collector can orient himself on the styles, movements, and tips on purchasing vintage timepieces.

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