As watches age over the years, they tend to lose their factory straps and bracelets — either they get taken off and misplaced, or they simply wear out over time. Most collectors get around this by putting their vintage watches on aftermarket straps, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, there’s something special about a vintage watch rocking it’s original (or at least period-correct) bracelet. While they’re harder to find, they’re still out there, and these three vintage pieces prove they’re worth seeking out.
Tissot PR 516 Chronograph
What we like: Tissot’s PR 516 range of sports watches were made over many years and encompassed many different types of watch, but the chronograph model is particularly noteworthy. This one features a handsome tachymeter bezel made from bakelite, a hand-winding movement and, of course, a stainless steel bracelet. The whole thing looks to be in immaculate shape and well worth its sub-$2,000 asking price.
From the seller: Mint condition. The case has never been polished, dial and hands are 100% flawless and untouched. The bakelite bezel is crack-free, and the movement has recently been checked through by our watchmaker and runs perfectly in all functions.
Rolex DateJust 1603
What we like: Prices for Rolex’s vintage tool watches (GMT, Daytona, Submariner) continue to increase steadily, but the ubiquitous time and date models remain relatively attainable. This DateJust comes in at just over $3,000 and includes the iconic “Jubilee” bracelet.
From the seller: Excellent case that shows light wear from use. Silver “no lume” dial with matching hands. The watch is running at COSC spec.
Doxa Sub 300T Divingstar
What we like: The Doxa Sub 300T is an icon, and one of the most advanced divers of its era. This version here is a rare “Divingstar” variant with a yellow dial in leiu of the traditional orange, but all the other notable elements — the cushion case, decompression bezel and “beads of rice” bracelet — are all present.
From the seller: Case is in very good condition overall with moderate signs of use and wear, in keeping with age. Bezel is in very good condition with crisp printing and some signs of wear. Dial is in very good condition, with some signs of age, including patina to the luminescent elements. Unsigned crown. Signed case back with Synchron logo has some signs of use and wear.