Vintage Rolex watches Minnesota
Don't Be So Old-Timey
When we say "vintage, " we don't mean rusty antique pocket watches from a flea market. The watches we're talking about are mechanical (the kind you wind yourself), simple (you don't need to know the moon's phases), and above all, iconic. Like these.
← Bulova (military issue)
It's affordable and looks like the Timex Vintage Field Watch that J.Crew sells, except this model's the real deal, worn by GIs in the '60s.
$300 ♦ clockfixer.com
← Patek Philippe Calatrava
Since its debut in 1932, the Calatrava's been the quintessential black-tie watch. Get a '50s or newer; older models are too tiny (see below).
← Cartier Tank
The Tank nails the masculine-modern-elegant trifecta, which explains why Ali, Warhol, and Gary Cooper all wore one.
← Rolex Submariner
The Sub is the dive watch and looks killer with a blazer. Careful: Rare details, like a gold (not white) Rolex logo, add big money.
$7, 500 ♦ parkandbond.com
Why's My Hand So Big?
Next to modern, pizza-sized watches, some vintage ones are like Bagel Bites—the Bulova's case size is only 33 millimeters. Size up to 36 millimeters (the Heuer) or bigger if you're burly-wristed.
|Turn One Watch into Three
Swap the strap on a watch (in this case, a 1960s Longines) and you've got a whole new timepiece.