4 Things To Look For When Buying Vintage Pocket Watches

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Unlike the distinct wristwatch you might be familiar with, pocket watches are designed to be carried in the pocket or worn around the neck. Even in modern-day, pocket watches are a great way to make a fashion statement. If you are interested in vintage pocket watches, you might want to keep a few things at the back of your mind. The following are things to look for when looking for the perfect vintage piece.

1. Inspect the Condition of the Watch

Vintage pocket watches have been in existence for many decades. With careful handling and maintenance, the vintage watches are still functional. As a watch buyer, determining the condition of a vintage watch can be a challenge. You'll need to look for obvious signs of damage like cracks, dents, and scratches. Ensure that the watch works because repairing a watch after purchase can be a real money pit. Avoid watches with missing screws and tampered gears.

2. Know the Types

When buying vintage pocket watches, you will find diverse types. They include the open face and hunter options. These terms might sound confusing, but it's important to know what design to choose. For example, open-face options don't have protective covers, while the full hunter has a cover, often decorated on the outside. Generally, if you are a minimalist, the open face will suit you. Hunter styles are best preferred for collectors looking for something more exciting.

3. Ensure It Ticks

Unknown to many watch owners, every one of your pieces needs to be serviced regularly to ensure it works. Poorly maintained vintage watches sitting in the dust for years will trouble you. If the oil has dried up and the dirt has accumulated in its gears, the moving parts will struggle to keep up.

Hold the watch close to your ear to hear if it ticks normally. A well-maintained watch runs without wasting a second between its cycles.

4. Choose a Watch Seller

Dealing with a watch seller will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. A watch seller inspects all the watches collected and ensures they are serviced regularly. You can count on them to provide accurate information on the watch you want. The seller will also offer advice and opinions to help you make an informed decision.

Follow the tips discussed in this piece to make your watch purchasing process easy. You can never go wrong when buying a vintage masterpiece from the leading sellers.  

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