It is that time again. The most romantic day of the year is upon us and that means finding the perfect gift for the man in your life. Of course, you could just ask him what he wants for Valentine’s Day, but why not surprise him with something unique and special like a vintage watch. Men love their watches and the selection to be found on the pre-owned market often has more character and style than those you might find traditionally.
|Vintage Omega Seamaster|
Start out by deciding what kind of watch to get him. If your guy loves to exercise and be part of sports like golfing, hiking, boating, fishing or other big guy sports, a watch that can be part of that side of his life may be perfect. You can find Vintage Omega Seamaster watches for less than $300 (prices vary), which has the added benefit of being suitable for the office and courts.
|Recent vintage Breitling available on eBay|
If your hubby needs a new watch to wear every day, it is an important purchase because a watch becomes as big a part of a man’s look as his glasses or his haircut. Take a look at the watch he has been using. If you have been with him while shopping, take note of the ones he has admired. If he has a nice sport watch, you could compliment his selection with a dressier timepiece like Breitling. The 1950’s Breitlings have a decidedly retro feel, but steel feel fresh and business like for an up and coming professional. Prices really vary on vintage Breitlings based on condition and style.
Just replacing the watch that he has been using for years may not be that great of a surprise. On the other hand, you don’t want to give him a watch that isn’t practical or doesn’t fit his daily look just right. It is a fine line to walk and the variety of watches to choose from is virtually endless. Some other great brands with to explore vintage include: Rolex, Vacheron & Constantin, Patek Phillipe, Baume et Mercier, Cartier, and Longines.
Finally, when you start shopping for that special watch to surprise your hubby with on his special day, think through the design of how the watch works so that you can make some decisions based on durability and reliability. A more recent model or sports model might have shock resistance built in, which will add durability. However, an older model might have attributes that add value, such as an old crystal on a vintage Rolex.
Whatever your man’s style, there is sure to be a vintage watch to meet it. And, to make sure you are getting the most watch for your dollar, check the average sales price at PriceAdvice.com before buying.