Whether you inherit the watch from your great grandmother or find it at a flea market, there are some key do’s and don’ts for handling your vintage timepiece to ensure it retains its value. We queried watch enthusiasts and gleaned some great tips on how to take care of that special collector’s piece.
Niamh Jordan, Founder of Which Watch Next, a blog dedicated to all things to do with watches and the watch industry.
Don’t Polish the Watch to Increase the Price
Vintage watches can sell for as little as a few dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions of dollars. The sale price of a vintage watch depends on who made the watch, the model of that watch, the condition of the watch, and also the scarcity and popularity of the watch today.
If you own a vintage watch, the number one thing to do is avoid polishing your vintage watch. Or at the very least do not over-polish it.
There has been a big trend in recent years for many vintage watch collectors seeking out unpolished vintage watches. However, unpolished vintage watches are extremely rare. If you ever find one or find a vintage watch that looks untouched, the best thing to do is to keep it that way.
Make sure it never gets a polish, and keep it stored and in great condition. This will be sure to increase the price of your vintage watch over the years.
If you send it on to be serviced, be careful who you send it to. Make sure to state that you do not want a polish included in the watch service.
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