In Search of Affordable Vintage Wristwatches

The names most often associated with the collectible wristwatch market are Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantine, and Rolex. The continued popularity of these classic high-end pieces is reflected in the prices they command – from $10,000 to $150,000 or more. But collecting fine-quality vintage wristwatches need not bust the budget. The mid-priced level (mostly under $5,000) offers opportunities for the savvy buyer. The most desirable watches in the mid-priced league meet the same stringent criteria as their high-end counterparts: quality condition, rarity, unusual case, fine dials. Also in demand are watches with multiple functions such as moon phases, calendars, alarms, and chronographs. In the current mid-priced market, everything seems to be inching up in price, especially the more popular models. Still, wristwatches in this category continue to offer value without the broad fluctu

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