This is probably one of the more popular questions from our customers. Full originality is usually a concern for the serious vintage watch collector, who are looking for pristine untouched models, but most people just want to know what they are buying really. So although our watches are authentic, some parts may have been replaced over the years.
So when looking into this, you have to remember that these watches are old, some more than others, and therefore there is a lot of wear and tear over the years. Things like crowns, stems, straps and the crystal take the most abuse over the years. Straps fade and scratch when rubbed up and banged on things, as well as crystals scratching from many of the same abuses. The crowns get pulled and turned, especially in the case of winding watches being wound an average of 10-15 times a day over a number of decades, this is sure to wear out the tiny ridges milled into the perimeter and often these parts need to get replaced. Also, as the decades go by, dials and hands begin to fade which is normal and therefore some watches have a certain level of restoration, whether the dial has been repainted or the hands touched up.
Basically, when one asks if a 40-year-old watch is completely original, it is highly unlikely unless it has been sitting in the loft for the past 35 years in completely perfect conditions. Therefore when purchasing a watch from us, be sure to check the description as we mention which parts have been replaced if any at all. The more original the watch, the more sought after it will be. I hope this has helped answer your question, do contact me if you need any clarification.
I could only guess that when these watches were originally bought as new watches all those years ago, people never thought that one day their watch may be a sought-after item and they should keep the paperwork. Many of the boxes were also made of very fragile cardboard and it is no surprise that they didn’t survive.
Not having the original box and papers does not mean that your watch is not authentic at all, it is very rare for a vintage watch to have these and it is much easier to fake a piece of paper or a box than it would be to fake a vintage watch. Often, boxes of all sorts are sold alongside a watch to make it look ‘more genuine’. If you have any more FAQs, please do not hesitate to contact us..