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Old 01-07-2020, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know it must be old or vintage, What is Vintage time ? My Great Grandfathers way of telling time ? A new way of slighting a buyer as the watch doesn't really work as it should ? Does the watch have to be bought at a vintage store/shop ?
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Can we have this in context, please? :P

I think it means it doesn’t keep quartz type accuracy, that it’s an old watch so you have to ‘keep that in mind’ if it’s not up to your atomic standards...


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While searching as usual I see folks saying the watch "keeps vintage time" ??? It makes me think there is something aray with the piece the seller isn't willing to disclose...As it goes and has gone...WTH ?
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If you are referring to places like ebay, vintage time translates to not serviced but running. Simple as that.
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Sellers want to point out that old "vintage" pieces most likely won't keep time as accurately as new(er) models that have narrower specs, like +/- 15s per day, for example.
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My old car gives a vintage ride. The dampers are clapped and the head gasket is blowing
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“Keeps vintage time” in shady seller-speak translates to “you should have low expectations, this needs a service”.


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Vintage time? That means the watch shows the correct time twice a day......
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Vintage time? That means the watch shows the correct time twice a day......
I have a few of those, Great for Leap years
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Gents, this is a disingenuous thread started by the OP with whom we have a mutual beef.

Oddly I started a thread on this same topic years ago wherein most posters thought it was an acceptable term.
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Jon, You have nothing to do with this....Not pointed at any one...Get over your past and move on as I have a Long Time ago...
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Vintage time is the time for gathering grapes and making wine.


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Well I do not think it was anything that anyone had to discuss about
we all know what Jon was saying...
With everything in put world today
Is this really what we need to talk about?
Does not seem like it to me
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Jon, You have nothing to do with this....Not pointed at any one...Get over your past and move on as I have a Long Time ago...
Thank you for clarifying
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Back to the OT, Does vintage time mean that the movement is worn and expected to not perform ? May need new or replaced parts ? Maybe a novice was in there and expect damage or different parts ? Possibly from a watchmaker in the past...I really have no idea what it means...
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My old car gives a vintage ride. The dampers are clapped and the head gasket is blowing
Mike Sir I had a Girlfriend exactly like that As She Gave a Vintage Ride but it was my dampers That were Clapped and my head Gasket was only blown when she was in the Mood😜👍
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Back to the OT, Does vintage time mean that the movement is worn and expected to not perform ? May need new or replaced parts ? Maybe a novice was in there and expect damage or different parts ? Possibly from a watchmaker in the past...I really have no idea what it means...
To me, when I see it, I think of a watch that runs, but likely +- a minute or two a day and needs a service that won’t guarantee the watch can be made to run better.
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Here is how the forum discussed this topic in my thread from 2013:
https://www.thewatchsite.com/21-japa...ge-peices.html
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To me, when I see it, I think of a watch that runs, but likely +- a minute or two a day and needs a service that won’t guarantee the watch can be made to run better.


Exactly how i define it in my head as well. A watch that is good enough to use (maybe +/- 1 min a day) but may not satisfy your typical WIS.


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To me it’s old cars and old watches and old stories with old friends. Time slows down, and it’s more valuable. I need more vintage time.


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To me it’s old cars and old watches and old stories with old friends. Time slows down, and it’s more valuable. I need more vintage time.


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AMEN to that ^^^^ My take on this topic is that a watch stated as "vintage time" is one to avoid for myself. Just too vague and comes across as "needs service" Thanks to all above.
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Well I do not think it was anything that anyone had to discuss about
we all know what Jon was saying...
With everything in put world today
Is this really what we need to talk about?
Does not seem like it to me
I hope Kenny is doing ok
Can not get him out of my mind
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Dearest John. Thank you brother. With my new healthy liver I'm running quite a bit "less vintage". Praise our Almighty Savior!!!

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I've always taken the term as meaning you'll have to set the watch everyday as the drift will be +/- a couple of minutes.
I remember my grandfather setting his watch at least once a day from the master clock in the house. I think this was pretty much considered the norm in his day, it was only after the second world war that mainstream watches started becoming accurate enough to hold time over several days.
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