The vintage watch market has never been hotter. To shed light on its machinations QP has assembled an expert panel, who will convene four times a year to discuss the burning issues of watch collecting
It’s a good time to care about old watches. The top end of the market is breaking records with abandon, and further down where it’s not dominated by rare Rolex or Patek Philippe, there are fascinating watches coming out of the woodwork as the 1970s revival gathers full speed. You don’t have to be a plutocrat to get into vintage watches, although it can be heartily addictive.
But it is also undeniably a difficult world for outsiders: dense with jargon, defined by its obsession with fine details and fraught with pitfalls for the carefree buyer. It doesn’t have to be like this – so we got some of the best-informed minds in the business together in one room to unpick some of the bigger issues. Adrian Hailwood from Fellows, Silas Walton of A Collected Man, and Bonhams UK watch director Jonathan Darracott are those minds, and above you can watch them discuss, at length, the world of vintage watches as it stands in 2017. And yes, it gets geeky at times – but that was to be expected.
To start us off, we went back to basics: why are vintage watches so popular? What does the future hold? And… to restore or not to restore? Make yourself a cup of tea, sit back and watch…
The QP Vintage Panel will meet four times a year including a live session at Salon QP in November. If you have questions you’d like answering, or topics to suggest for the next discussion, get in touch on Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Video by Moritz Schmittat