Timeless treasures

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As a collector of anything and every vintage, the only thing I am missing is an amazing vintage watch and after visiting the Breitling store in Vegas I have been putting a lot of thought into investing in my own little timeless treasure. However, I have had such a hard time finding a modern watch that really suits my vintage style. Of course I would prefer a vintage watch but it is so hard to find the right one in the right condition that still works. Trust me, I have been searching allllll over for modern watches that have a vintage look but they don’t quite meet my expectations. With no luck I decided to stick to vintage and came across this website called Chrono24 where I discovered a plethora of the most beautiful vintage watches that WORK. Chrono24’s range of vintage watches date back to 1920s and I am blown away by the creativity and elegance of their selection. They carry a wide range of watches both old and new from all over the world and the best part is that they give you the best descriptions and history about every piece. I dabbled into the 1920s-1950s section and most of my favorite designs are by Rolex but I found one or two by Certina and Jaeger-LeCoultre that had me swooning. Sure I could covet myself a brand new Rolex but why would I if I could just invest in a vintage one that is cheaper and more unique in design? Maybe I am just a vintage snob lol. However, can you blame me? Just take a look at these awesome vintage watches I found while browsing through the Chrono24 website:1930-Rolex-Ad

Rolex is one of the top well-known watch brands in the world founded by Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905. Rolex is one of the 100 most valuable global brands and the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day with an estimated revenue of approximately US$3 billion a year.

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 I am in love with this Vintage Rolex circa 1960s and it comes in the original box with the original warranty! What an elegant piece of history ❤

2117631grossThis art deco yellow gold vintage Rolex is incredible. I love the typography of arabic numerals. It has to be somewhere between the 1940s to the 60s. I WANT IT.1564646grossThis Rolex is from the 1920s and what a BEAUTY. It is rose gold and I love the ornate design of the wristlet.fabrikspain1955gCertina Kurth Frères SA is a Swiss luxury watchmaker company founded in Grenchen, 1888, by Adolf and Alfred Kurth, and currently an affiliate company of the Swatch Group.

Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 12.27.34 AM I am lovin the look of this Certina yellow gold watch from the 1960s. I love the silver dials and for some reason it kind of reminds me of the Cadillac emblem.jlc_image.2594173Jaeger-LeCoultre is a luxury watch and clock manufacture based in Le Sentier, Switzerland that dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century. The brand has hundreds of inventions and over a thousand calibres to its name, including the world’s smallest calibre, the world’s most complicated wristwatch and a timepiece of near-perpetual movement. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre offers eight distinct collections of timepieces and maintains multiple partnerships in diverse sectors, such as marine preservation, motorsports and polo. The company has been a fully owned subsidiary of the Swiss luxury group Richemont since 2000.Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 11.20.38 PMLove the 1920s feel of this Jaeger-LeCoultre watch and it may very well be from that time period based on my experience with vintage. This beauty is 18k gold with a 14mm case and has a gold bezel with set with 8 round cut diamonds. I’d accept this over an engagement ring any day!

Chrono24 has answered my vintage prayers. Now I know where to find some timeless treasures. If you are looking for the best watches, Chrono24 has you covered!

XOXO

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3 Comments on “Timeless treasures

  1. This is a subject that is dear to my heart also. For many years I also searched high and low to find that perfect timepiece. I knew I wanted something that was beautiful and functional, but I wanted a watch that was unique too. When I looked at modern watches, nothing quite seemed to catch my fancy. One day, several years ago, I was searching for a watch on Ebay. I came across a listing for a vintage bracelet watch. Oh my goodness, I fell instantly in love with this watch! It looked like old Hollywood to me — something Joan Crawford would wear. Unfortunately, I didn’t get it, (I regret to this day — boo hoo) but it helped me realize my “watch style” and also that I’m a total vintage watch lover. I don’t even look at modern watches anymore. I really love the “flip-top” or “covered” bracelet watch styles. This style is absolutely beautiful and does double duty as a stylish bracelet too. Here are some examples and I even found a Rolex too:

    http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/60-1-738
    http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/60-1-698
    http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/60-1-668
    http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/60-1-667
    http://www.langantiques.com/products/item/60-1-466.

    These watches are fantastic, but can be extremely expensive. Here are some similar styles on Ebay, but the prices are more reasonable.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/310670251955?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/281066688959?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350842563765

    Also, another idea is that when you come across a really stunning vintage watch whose movement isn’t running and the parts are hard to repair or replace, the old movement can be replaced with a quartz movement. I actually had this done to a vintage watch that I purchased. I know it seems sacrilegious, but it’s just making a beautiful watch functional again. Marrying the old with the new. I love wearing vintage timepieces, it just seems such a shame to just let them sit in a vault or curio cabinet and not be loved.

  2. You are stunningly beautiful with an exquisite sense of taste! Heartfelt congratulations on your love for vintage timepieces. Well-written piece by a gorgeous vintage fashion “diva”! Happy hunting, VV: We’re here for you if you need us.
    All the best,
    -Bill Strickland
    SVW
    http://www.oldwristwatches.com

  3. Well, well! You speak such elegant words on a subject that crosses my mind occasionally. Being on the Autism Spectrum, I trained myself to notice details about people, and a person’s watch is 1 detail I always see, especially on a woman. It is one way I’ve learned how to be a gentleman by complementing people on their look. I tip my hat to your unique sense of style once again. Your boyfriend is a very lucky man, indeed!

    I know that when I have girlfriend, I’m going to purchase a vintage or vintage-inspired watch for a special occasion. When she opens it, I will be waiting for her reaction. After the show of affection, I will be a gentleman and carefully drape it over her wrist. Just 1 more little moment that makes me smile! 🙂 I wish you the best of luck in your search for the right timepiece. You can do it!

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