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Faces of the Decades:

5 Throwback Watches

by MATT NEUNDORF

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8/27/14

The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Sure, the hands, indices and dial always remain, but their styles of presentation have been all over the map. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor for the more classic faces they had previously displaced. Gold, too, has come and gone a few times over, as titanium, platinum and unobtainium become the most precious of metals for case creation. Oversized watches, too, recently boomed and now seem to have gone over the hump.

 

But the greatest of today’s trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade. Not only has it spurred collectors to seek out long lost treasure, but it means the gloves have come off in terms of what is stylish. The industry has taken note. Here is a small collection of the best throwback watches — new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.

 

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at Auction

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While Friday lunching with a clever friend he let me in on a little secret about buying watches and engagement rings at auction. In this instance we’re not talking about eBay, but at the likes of established auction houses where sellers are not called promisenotfakewatch123.

 

Intrigued, we met with Hamish Sharma, Head of Jewels at Sotheby’s Australia and vintage watch collector Chris Hilton to understand more about buying second-hand watches at auction and what you need to know to ensure you’re getting value for money, and not ripped off.

 

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