Let’s start 2017 with an old fashioned compact episode. Every year we see that the watch world is changing. Especially collecting vintage watches has become more difficult than around the 90’s or early 00’s. The watch pools are drying out and everybody is hunting after the same fish. What will the future look like?
Besides more fishermen and decreasing fish population, there is another factor that makes collecting vintage stuff even more difficult: sourcing parts. These are becoming more scarce by the day. People already buy their own spare donors to be secure for the next decades. So I asked myself: are we heading to a vintage apocalypse?
Let’s try to put things in perspective. The future does not look so bad if the watch manufactures would commit to certain requirements. With requirements I mainly refer to new designs and concepts. As long as nothing new starts, we will keep focusing on the ‘old fish from the fifties and sixties’ like those first Submariners or Speedmasters. This is a danger in terms of continuity, as they will become unfindable or too expensive at some point (if they aren’t already). At least, for most of us and otherwise the next generation. Let’s hope Baselworld 2017 presents real newcomers and initiates potential future pools. In my opinion it’s mainly the watch industry who needs to anticipate on this matter.
Waiting on new icons can take a while, but there are alternative watch pools and spots. Let me sum up ways to other pools with reachable money goals:
Examples of 90’s ‘youngtimers’:
Yes, first generation iconic watches (1960s/1970s) will become impossible to catch for most of us within the upcoming years. Of course, if the vintage market stays stable. But I’m quite confident it will. In this case, I think you will have most chance by networking (e.g. Omegaforums.net/Instagram) and not via eBay or other overexposed channels. To stay positive. There is still hope. With an open mind and normal wallet you can keep collecting by altering your targets slightly.
Teun van Heerebeek is contributor and visual artist to Fratello Watches. With his Watches & Pencils illustrations and other articles he likes to explore the vast watch-lands in all its diversity. His love for watches mainly originates from his eye... read more