Fratello On Air returns with an episode that focuses on vintage watches that are great for everyday wear. We all love our pieces from yesteryear, so why not choose some that can handle the rigors of daily life? Settle in and listen while we talk for a while.

The problem with most vintage watches is that they’re fragile and can be hard to fix once broken. Parts are rare, and the watches are often so valuable that they remain locked away for safekeeping. Well, we have some picks for you that should stand up well to daily routines while not breaking the bank (too much).

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Handgelenks Kontrolle

After some discussion about a recent guitar auction, we jump into the Handgelenks Kontrolle. Mike is wearing his beloved MING 27.02 and has taken it along to Spain for a few days of work. Balazs is going with one of his vintage watches and is enjoying his 7750-powered Heuer Montreal with Hungarian Air Force provenance.

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Vintage watches for everyday use

Then we get into the main topic and discuss older watches that can accompany you on life’s daily adventures. It’s a mix of all sorts of genres and price tags, but most are easily found and repaired. Plus, they all have “street cred” to a large degree, which should give them staying power on anyone’s wrist. Our vintage picks are:

  • Tudor Chrono-Time 79180 “Big Block,” a robust 7750-fueled chronograph with all sorts of Daytona vibes
  • Omega Genève 131.018, a simple three-hand, manually wound dress watch that is about as classic as it gets
  • Seiko 7549-7010 “Tuna Can,” a quartz (the horror!) diver from 1978 that wears like a dream
  • Seiko 6117-6409 World Timer, a colorful C-cased watch that’s ready to travel the world!
  • Omega Speedmaster Mark II, an underrated ’70s gem with a manual chronograph movement and plenty of innovation
  • The Valjoux 773x chronographs, an iconic series of chronograph movements that are easy to repair, durable, and affordable

Well, there you have it! We hope you enjoyed today’s episode and we look forward to coming back to you next week! Feel free to let us know if there’s anything you’d like us to discuss.