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10 of the best vintage watch styles

The trend for vintage watches has exploded over the last few years with more and more people buying and selling pre-loved timepieces. But what if you like the vintage style, but prefer to buy new? Check out our selection of vintage-styled timepieces that are all brand spanking new.

1 – LEGENDS

VULCAIN 50S PRESIDENTS HERITAGE CHRONOGRAPH

Each American president from Harry S. Truman to Donald Trump has owned a Vulcain 50s Presidents Heritage Chronograph. The timepiece is particularly appreciated for its alarm function that is fondly called the cricket, thanks to its shrill chirping sound that will wake up even the most tired politician! The automatic timepiece comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and features a vintage style dial with railway track, chronograph counters and a scale to check a pulse.

Price: CHF 5’970Vulcain 50s Presidents' Heritage - Chronographe, black dial, steel case, black alligator strap

2 – RETRO

DE GRISOGONO NEW RETRO

The De Grisogono New Retro celebrates the 1980s with this rectangular timepiece that comes with a bright green dial. Housed in a rose gold case measuring 50.6mm X 44.1mm, this funky design is bold and daring, to match the fashion of the era. It is powered by an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 30 meters.

Price: CHF 29’200

De Grisogono New Retro

3 – AVIATION

ORIS BIG CROWN POINTER DATE

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date first made an appearance over 80 years ago in 1938. It was designed specially for pilots with a big crown so they could change the time while flying, even with their gloves on. It features a highly legible dial with a red arrow that points to the date, a highly visible feature when high in the sky. The timepiece is powered by an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. It comes in a 40mm stainless steel case that is paired with this aged-looking leather strap. It is also available with a green or red dial.

Price: CHF 1’550

ORIS BIG CROWN POINTER DATE, gray dial, brown leather strap, steel case

 

4 – CLASSIC

VACHERON CONSTANTIN FIFTY-SIX SELF WINDING

This classic Vacheron Constantin Fifty-Six Self Winding comes with a silvery opaline dial paired with elegant, applied, rose gold numerals and rose gold hands enhanced with SuperLumiNova®. Its double railway tracks and date at three o’clock complete this chic and classic look. The timepiece is powered by Vacheron Constantin’s in-house manual Caliber 1326 that has a 48-hour power reserve.

Price: CHF 20’400VACHERON CONSTANTIN FIFTY-SIX SELF WINDING, rose gold case,silver dial, brown alligator strap

5 – WESTERN

RALPH LAUREN WESTERN ROUND 45MM SILVER

Ralph Lauren celebrates the vintage American style with this Western Round 45mm Silver timepiece in a 45mm engraved silver case. Everything from the case to the dial and the unique leather strap has a vintage feel. It takes us back to the western towns with their swinging saloon doors and cowboys sporting guns in holsters! The timepiece is equipped with an automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve.

Price: CHF 24’900 

Ralph Lauren WESTERN ROUND 45MM SILVER, silver case, white dial, brown western style strap

6 – RACING

EBERHARD & CO. NUVOLARI LEGEND

Eberhard & Co. has been paying tribute to the legendary racing driver Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953) for over 30 years with a whole collection dedicated to him. Nuvolari dominated the racing scene, initially on motorcycles, and then in sports cars. Ferdinand Porsche even called him “The greatest driver of the past, the present, and the future.” This new Nuvolari Legend chronograph comes with a black vintage racing dial with chronograph counters, a tachymeter and lots of luminescence. The stainless steel timepiece comes in a choice of a 39.5mm size (pictured here) or a larger 43mm version.

Price: CHF 4’400

Eberhard & Co Nuvolari Legend, black dial, steel case, beige leather strap

7 – SPORTY

JAEGER-LECOULTRE POLARIS CHRONOGRAPH

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph was inspired by a previous Polaris line dating back to the 1950s. This re-edition features a revised black luminescent dial with chronograph counters and tachymeter scale, keeping all the essential vintage design codes. It is powered by an automatic movement with a 65-hour power reserve and comes in a 42mm stainless steel case fitted with an elegant brown leather strap.

Price: CHF 10’400

Jaeger-LeCoultre POLARIS CHRONOGRAPH, steel case, black dial, brown leather strap

8 – AMERICAN CLASSIC

HAMILTON AMERICAN CLASSIC PAN EUROP DAY DATE AUTO

This racing-inspired Hamilton American Classic Pan Europ Day Date Auto has a definite 70s feel to it with its blue dial, red and silver touches, and perforated strap that is reminiscent of vintage drivers’ gloves. This timepiece comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and is powered by an automatic movement that indicates the time, day and date and features a 80-hour power reserve.

Price: CHF 1’075Hamilton American Classic Pan Europ Day Date Auto, steel case, blue dial, black leather strap

9 – HERITAGE

ALPINA STARTIMER PILOT HERITAGE

The Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage collection pays tribute to the brand’s history in military aviation with a wonderful retro design that recalls a bygone era of sports and aviation timers. Housed in a cushion-shaped 42mm x 40,75mm stainless steel case, the vintage design codes carry through onto the attractive sunray, copper-colored dial with applied indexes and original markings. The watch is powered by an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve and comes fitted with a brown leather strap with white stitching.

Price: CHF 1’295

Alpina Startimer HERITAGE, steel case, gold dial, brown leather strap

10 – FLYING HIGH

TUTIMA GRAND FLIEGER CLASSIC CHRONOGRAPH

The Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph is a re-edition of a collection made by the brand during the war years. At the time the brand was two separate entities, the Uhren-Rohwerke-Fabrik Glashütte AG (UROFA) and the Uhrenfabrik Glashütte AG (UFAG), often referred to as UROFA-UFAG. The two brands produced some of the first German two-pusher flyback chronographs for the German pilots. This contemporary version keeps all the vintage style with its 43mm stainless steel case and matching bracelet, and its aviation-style black dial with highly legible numerals and red hands. It is powered by an automatic movement with a 44-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 200 meters.

Price: CHF 4’612

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Chronograph, steel case, steel bracelet, black dial

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MONTBLANC 1858 MONOPUSHER LIMITED EDITION

This Monblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition watch in partnership with HODINKEE was inspired by the Minerva chronographs from the 1930s that were recognizable thanks to their V-shaped chronograph bridge. This limited edition model comes with a manually-wound monopusher chronograph with tachymeter scale and 55-hour power reserve. The case is 40mm in size and is made of polished and satin-finished stainless steel. The black vintage dial is enhanced with beige SuperLumiNova® and features the original Montblanc logo from the period. Unfortunately, this watch is sold out but we hope to see many more such partnerships in the future.

Price: $30’000 (sold out)

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited edition, black dial, brown leather strap

 

 

 

 

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