Here are some points to understand before buying a vintage watch.
・ Because it is a precision machine that is decades old, let's give up on the precision, waterproofness, and impact resistance of modern watches.
・ Adjustments or OH are made so that the daily difference is within 5 to 30 seconds (for ladies, within 180 seconds), but it is important to have a margin of mind that it is okay if the daily difference is within a certain amount.
・ If overhauled and properly maintained, the hand-wound watch will run for about 40 hours with it fully wound. (This is called a power reserve)
・ In order to use it for a long time, overhaul is required in a span of about 2-3 years. It costs money each time, but in the long run it is much better to overhaul regularly.
・ If the overhaul fee is stingy, the damage will increase, the number of replacement parts will increase, and the repair cost will be higher than usual.
・ Therefore, it is very important to have a shop where repair craftsmen who can procure parts and have repair experience can repair.
・ Many vintage watches are laborious and expensive to manufacture. Nowadays, watches with unthinkable manufacturing costs are on the market. In the old days, only rich people could have it, so it's basically a luxury item.
From among the many watches, we select from the points of "design" and "quality of products".
Especially the design is good, as seen in the recent boom in reprints. There are many unique items that reflect the culture and trends of that era, and there are many fashionable items that cannot be seen in current products.
Also, as with the making of movements, each part is made by a craftsman, and many watches are made in a luxurious way that is unthinkable in modern times.
Vintage watches have a high threshold, but I hope that by eliminating what you don't understand, you will become a familiar presence that you can use in your daily life.
At Albitro, we handle not only vintage watches but also current models that we think are good.
Since each has its own advantages, I would like to propose such a style that you can choose and enjoy a watch that suits your TPO.