Vintage Watches

Vintage Terrene wrist watch

Vintage Terrene


The Site is one year old today and I couldn’t be happier with the hits and the amount of time people spend here. The best thing about running this site is I have to keep finding new watches to purchase and repair so I can provide content. I can do that. Todays watch is the one that started it all a few years ago. Like most collectors I’ve always loved watches and my first crush was the Omega SpeedMaster. Being ten years old when NASA was exploring outer space and preparing for the moon landing made my generations childhood an exiting time to grow up. When we saw the Omega commercials we all wanted the space watch.

This isn’t an Omega but it’s the prop that reinvigorated my love for watches. I say prop because my initial purpose/excuse for purchase was a photograph featuring some common everyday articles found in the 1940’s. What I found was this old Terrene with a Starina movement on the Bay. When I received it I realized it wasn’t as evocative as I thought and set out to find another. That turned into a Heywood which led to a Warwick which…you get the idea.

So, Happy Anniversary to A Vintage Watch and thanks to everyone for visiting and sharing the love of these beautiful old machines.

47 Gruen Bumper

47 Gruen Bumper

Welcome to A Vintage watch.

I collect and restore men’s Vintage watches from the 1800’s to the 1960’s. As the collection grows I pick out examples and offer them to others in the collecting community. I think you’ll find the cost to be very reasonable considering the condition of the models I collect. I do this because of an appreciation for the master watch makers of the past, not to get rich. Shop around and check on-line prices and I’m confident you’ll return for a second look. Most of what I sell are affordable American and Swiss manufacture.

In general the blog is about restoration and I hope you find a tip or technique that saves you time or in some cases a valuable movement. I hope I can help you avoid some of the mistakes I made when I started working on my own watches without proper tools or experience.

If you have a better way of achieving the same result, don’t hesitate to comment and help others in the community. If you’re looking for parts that I don’t have drop me an email and tell me what you’re looking for. I know how long it takes to find rare movement pieces and more eyes looking out for them can cut the time to acquire them in half.

I’m currently re-shooting the models I have for Sale and arranging them specifically for this site. Every few days there should be something new posted so come back and check out the progress.

Thank you