When did you first start admiring vintage watches?
I started admiring watches while visiting antique auctions in England at the age of seven. My father used to be an antiques dealer. I often stopped to check out the vitrines of jewelry and watches and was fascinated by pocket watches.
How has your knowledge of antiques influenced your passion for vintage watches?
I like design and how things are made. Same as with antiques, watches are made by skilled craftsmen.
What qualities should buyers look for when purchasing a vintage timepiece?
Buy something with a good quality movement. If it’s your first, or one of your first watches- an entry level watch, as we’d say- go for a vintage Omega. Or if you can spend a bit more, go for a nice vintage Rolex Oyster. Try to get something with its original papers and box. And lastly, buy something you love.
What are some of the brands that hold their value over time? In other words, what watch makes for a great investment?
Why should one buy a vintage watch?
My reasons for buying a vintage watch are that I love the history attached to it. I always wonder who wore it before me and what that watch has seen! A vintage watch can also make you stand out from the crowd, as it adds just a little je ne sais quoi to a business suit or casual outfit.
What is your most treasured watch in your collection?
I just love my 1966 Rolex Oyster, and I have all its original paperwork. It was purchased at the Raffles hotel in Singapore, and had one previous owner before me. Everything, including the metal strap, are original. You can check this by matching the serial numbers on the strap to the ones on the back of the case.
What is your favorite watch on PORTERO.com?
My favorite watch currently on PORTERO is a Vintage Rolex Cosmography Daytona, found here. I love that is a pretty rare Daytona model from 1962. I love the large face, and the whole style of it. You’d be a fool not to buy it!