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  • In this instalment, Luke Rottman provides insight on where to buy; how to buy for below retail; and the speculative nature of collecting vintage watches.


Written by: Luke RottmanFounder and Executive Editor of The Watch Adviser

In part one of "A Beginner's Guide To Investing In Vintage Watches," I dealt with the principal aspects of vintage watch buying, such as the brands, the case materials, and the topic of how specific wristwatches have gained their industy-wide status. Today I will discuss the best sources for buying vintage watches and the significance of foresight.





Where To Buy
It may seem easy at first, but buying a quality vintage watch is no walk in the park. Time and money are, without question, essential. Knowledge, if you want anything worthwhile, is imperative. Anyone can walk into a shop and purchase a vintage Rolex Datejust for around $5,000. Fantastic! You bought yourself a Rolex, but look at it this way: You paid $5,000, the watch is only worth half of that amount, and the most you'll possibly get for it is $1,500. It would've been a whole lot better if you had originally paid $2,000, or even less. Right? That's why auctions are the way to go.

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Dec 16 2016
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Sam Hober Grenadine Fina Tie

Sam Hober uses Fermo Fossati & Bianchi grenadine silk to make elegant bespoke / custom made ties and pocket squares in our workshop the old-fashioned way; very slowly, by hand, one by one. With a great deal of attention paid to elegant sewing. The level of detail that we put into our ties is not something that you will find anywhere else.
Sam Hober Grenadine Fina Tie
Oct 07 2016
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Tan Medallion Print Wool Challis Tie

A large medallion print on our soft wool challis - perfect for a winter work outfit or dressed down with heavier tailoring and denim.
? 100% Wool Challis
? Handrolled Blades
? Self Loop/Keeper
? Handmade in London, England
Tan Medallion Print Wool Challis Tie
Nov 27 2015
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Real Ancient Madder Printed Tie

Hand printed in England using traditional methods, our 36oz Real Ancient Madder ties are particularly stylish, especially in these simple vintage colour combinations.
Real Ancient Madder Printed Tie
Nov 12 2015
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Handrolled Exploded Paisley Madder Tie

After printing, the fabric is submitted to three treatments: steaming to fix the colours, washing to eliminate the excess, and finally the application of a madder finish to obtain the hand and soft colour effect.
Handrolled Exploded Paisley Madder Tie
Oct 19 2015
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Hand-rolled Silk Tussah Tie

Our solid coloured tussah silk tie is made from raw spun tussah silk, with a natural slub in the silk this gives a great texture to the tie. Can be worn with suits but particularly appropriate dressed down with a softer shouldered jacket and trousers.
Hand-rolled Silk Tussah Tie
Sep 21 2015
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Evening Dress Studs

This half suite of shirt studs and cufflinks are made from white Mother of Pearl discs set in gold plated settings. The rounded shirt studs have a screw fitting which means they can be worn with starched or stiff bib shirts. The oval cuff links have a chain link which means that the Mother of Pearl ovals are displayed on both sides of a double cuff dress shirt.
Evening Dress Studs
Sep 15 2015
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Thistle Bow by Budd Shirts

It is called a thistle bow because when tied its traditional shape resembles the flair of a Scottish thistle. Barathea silk is more matt in appearance with less sheen than the satin and has a deep, subtle weave. Just as faille is a favourite for Savile Row, barathea is favoured by the military for dress wear.
Thistle Bow by Budd Shirts
Mar 13 2015
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6' Islington chesterfield upholstered sofa

Flaring scroll arms and two rows of antique brass nailhead trim lend panache to the silhouette of a traditional Chesterfield sofa. Patterned after a 1920s London antique, the sofa has a low profile and deep bench cushion. The button-tufted back and sides offer sink-in comfort.
6' Islington chesterfield upholstered sofa
Jul 09 2014
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Brown, red and gold club stripe tie

Quintessentially classic British club stripe tie, made in distinctive raw silk. The natural slubs add a timeless nonchalance. This tie would complement a sports jacket or add a twist to a grey suit.
Brown, red and gold club stripe tie

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