Vintage Rolex Submariner Watches
I am very much a “watch guy”. If you’re reading aBlogtoWatch, then chances are high that you’d consider yourself to be a member of the same club. But it’s worth noting that within our niche group of horologically inclined individuals, there are several sub-categories of watch enthusiasts.
There are the singularly brand loyal, those who pledge their allegiance to one brand above all. There are those who are captivated by the haute horology models. The movement snobs. The luxury enthusiasts. The tool watch/sports watch crowd. You know who you are. At one time or another, I’ve dabbled in each crowd, attending events and enjoying pieces from each. Each category of wristwatch enthusiast is just as warm, welcoming, and passionate as the next. And none is better than the other. But there is one crowd – a niche within a niche – that endures as a point of passion for nearly all watch enthusiasts. Vintage watches.
I am truly obsessed with vintage wristwatches. I lust after them, read about them, collect them, and wear them with pride. I think for the most part, many in the aforementioned groups respect them as well. Whether your taste runs to steel diving watches or a diamond studded grand complications, they represent the origins of all that we love.
Wristwatch enthusiasts are universally passionate about design, quality, and fashion. We bask in the glow of their heritage and history of the models and brands we collect or aspire to collect as part of the justification for our passion. It’s not a made up thing – not some sort of contrived culture we as enthusiasts have created for ourselves. We need look no further than modern reissues and homage models such as the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202 Jumbo (a tribute to the A Series Royal Oak of 1972), the Jaeger Le Coultre Tribute to Deep Sea Alarm, Bell & Ross’ Heritage Collection, and the Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Carerra to see that, for the most part, the manufacturers themselves rely heavily on their history and early designs for inspiration – or at the very least, for marketing.