Having a beautiful watch on your wrist can elevate even the simplest outfit so choosing the right one to adorn your arm is key. If you are looking to be a bit kinder to your bank balance then opting for a pre-owned watch gives you all of the style and a bit less of the expense.

Many watch enthusiasts will recognise the internal dilemma between a timeless vintage watch and its modern counterparts. This guide will help you decide between the two when you are next in the market.

The allure of vintage watches

With watches, “vintage” can refer to a wide range of watches. Typically, the age of a vintage watch is between 50 and 100 years old though there are some exceptions to the rule. Iconic brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer and Omega have all stood the test of time and their older models are sought after by collectors and fans alike.

Due to the transformation of modern machinery, vintage watches were all hand-crafted and that craftsmanship is sought after. Their style is different to modern watches as they tend to be smaller and sleeker which is perfect if that is your style.

Older watches were built to last and they were made from durable materials such as titanium and ceramic. This means that even though they are older, they still have a lot of life left in them.

The advantages of a modern pre-owned watch

When you think of modern watches you may picture a watch that does more than just tell the time. Timepiece technology is ever-changing, so modern watches are always changing with it. Smartwatches are a great example of this as some can monitor your health, detect medical issues and be used for almost everything a phone can do.

Modern watches also usually come with a warranty, so you are covered if something were to happen to it. Vintage and older watches are well past their warranty date, so it may cost you more if it gets damaged.

It is easier to find a modern pre-owned watch in pristine condition as well. Their vintage predecessors may come with a few bumps and scratches, or signs of wear and tear.

Investment potential

Some watch collectors will have potential investment options in mind when they are in the market for a watch to add to their portfolio. The prices of watches are somewhat dependent on supply and demand. If there is a huge demand for a model with fewer pieces, then the price will skyrocket.

The antiques market is an interesting one and watches are always set to draw a crowd. If you add on the history of a vintage watch, the sale price can be even higher than you thought.

More modern watches tend to be investment-worthy as well but for different reasons. If a brand is discontinuing a model then it can be worth more to a collector once it has been discontinued as it is rarer.