I don’t buy vintage watches. Why would I? I don’t have the knowledge and skills needed to check a vintage Omega watch for authenticity and condition. As this video from my man Omega Enthusiast proves; I spotted precisely none of the issues. I became a smarter Omega buyer — by realizing how dumb I am. Let’s face it . . .
There’s only one relatively safe way for a non-expert to buy a vintage Omega watch: buy from a trusted expert. A dealer with a solid rep and a physical address. If you have to pay more for this reassurance, do it. Do it gladly. I know. I know . . .
It’s easy to fall in love with a vintage watch (especially old Omegas). They’re handsome in a way that modern pieces can’t touch. They speak of class and qulity. They reflect a simpler gentler time, before Sylvester Stallone’s Panerai preference gave birth to Richard Mille’s jumbo-sized over-the-top exhuberance. They’re pre-heirloomed heirlooms.
Just remember, when it comes to vintage watches, beauty is more than skin deep. As Robert Palmer discovered, a pretty face don’t make no pretty heart. Want a vintage stunner? Pony-up for a horological heart surgeon.