Vintage tool watches: they’re fun to collect, look cool as hell and they’re all the rage right now. That also means they’re growing in price, making fewer and fewer models truly accessible to would-be collectors. The problem, too, is that most tool watches have long retired from the kinds of wear that would make them practical (I implore you to think twice about swimming with that vintage diver). Vintage dress watches, however, tend to fall on the more affordable end of the spectrum, even if they’re in great shape and are made by respected manufacturers. Here are three you can pick up right now for under $2,000.
What we like: Stylistically, this timpiece doesn’t look far off from something you’d see made today — it’s got a sleek silver dial, gold indicies and even a fairly modern-looking logo. But Revue is an obscure watchmaker from the 20th century and this watch is decades old. It may not have a recognizable name (even to watch enthusiasts), but for $750 you’re getting an exceptionally handsome mechanical watch for not a ton of money.
From the seller: Case is in very good overall condition with some signs of age and use. Dial is in very good condition with some signs of age, including patina.
What we like: The Eterna-Matic was one of the most advanced watches of its time – it utilized an automatic winding rotor with five ball bearings that cut down on friction, aiding in longevity and accuracy. In addition to the sweet movement, this watch rocks a clean, date-free sunburst dial and an original Gay Frères stainless steel bracelet.
From the seller: Very nice original condition overall with honest wear consistent with age and light use; sharp stainless steel case appears to be unpolished with sharp edges and bevels throughout. Gorgeous original silver sunburst dial with all lume plots present and aged to an attractive yellow hue; original hands with all luminous material intact and matching. Original domed acrylic crystal with Eterna logo etched in the center.
Universal Genève Polerouter
What we like: The Polerouter was an early Gerald Genta design and one of the first watches to rock an automatic movement with a micro-rotor, making it incredibly thin. Yet despite this, you can regularly find them for under $2,000. This one appears to be in excellent condtion, and like the Eterna-Matic you see above, still comes affixed to its original Gay Frères bracelet.
From the seller: This is a used watch so assume that it may have few scratches and light dents. Functions all running well. No box or papers.