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Vintage Watches For Men | Classic Watches

Watches play a very important role for a mans’ image. They come in all shapes and forms, and can be worn along any type of outfit. Pick the right watch and you will look noticeably better; pick the wrong one and people will look down on you.

Vintage watches for men – those at least 25 years old – have a really important thing going on for them; watches age really well. No matter how old they are/look, in combination with the right outfits they can create something really dazzling.

In this article we focus on both classic watches and modern ones that really honor that vintage look, emphasizing some of the most well-known brands in the “vintage world”.

We will provide more detailed explanation on some of these models in future posts.

Classics – Rolex

Founded in 1905, Rolex has become one of the top luxury watch brands in the world with thousands of different watches manufactured through the years.

Some of the most notable models that the brand has been producing over the years are:

  • Rolex Datejust: It was created in 1945 and became the first wristwatch to display the date in a window near the 3o’clock mark. It is a very aesthetic watch with a simple design that has stood the test of time.                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ranging from 28mm to 41mm and available at a wide variety of colours, at least one Datejust is a MUST HAVE if you possess a luxury collection.                                                                                                                                                                                            Some notable series are the 4xxx, 5xxx, 6xxx and the 160x series.
ROLEX DATEJUST 4467

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  • Rolex Submariner: Hitting the market in 1953, it became the first waterproof wristwatch that could resist conditions up to 100 meters depth (hence the name).                                                                                                                                                                                It is available in combinations of colours such as black, blue, silver, green, and gold, while some of its features include oyster bracelet and case, corrosion and high-pressure resistant materials and luminescent dial, all while maintaining the luxury intact.                                                                                                                            Classic models include the 5513, 1680, 16800 and the 16610.
ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610

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  • Rolex GMT Master and Master II: Introduced in 1954, the GMT Master was originally used by pilots and navigators due to the featured extra timezone useful for transatlantic flights (hence the name GMT which stands for Greenwich Mean Time). Shortly after, it popularized among businessmen in constant travel.                                                                                                                                    During the 80s the GMT II hit the market featuring an independently adjusted quick set hour; this allows the user to read three time zones instead of two. In terms of looks, the master II is almost identical to the original.                                                                                                                                                                        Some very popular vintage models are the 1675, 16750, 6542 and 16710.
ROLEX GMT MASTER II 16710

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Other notable series worthy of that vintage aura are the Cellini (meant to honor the classic look of wristwatches), Explorer (introduced in 1953 with the purpose of serving under extreme conditions), and the Oyster Perpetual (a new version of the original Oyster launched in 1926).

Classics – Seiko

Seiko was founded in 1881 and is one of the most popular watches brands in the world. They have a very diverse catalog, starting with their less than $100 watches, going all the way to their luxury series of $10,000+ watches.

Among all these there are some models that stand out in terms of quality, popularity, and of course, vintage vibe.

  • Seiko Presage: The presage line consists of mechanical watches crafted and manufactured completely in Japan. Despite being produced in recent years, the main attractive of the line are its classic and retro designs along with affordable price range relative to other dress watches ($400-$2500).                                                                                                                                                                      Some really cool models are the SNR037, SRPB43, SRPC99J1, SARY107 and SARY111.
SEIKO PRESAGE SRPB43

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  • Seiko Prospex: This line encompasses a variety of models depending on your surrounding environment.
    • The prospex land is designed for hiking and camping purposes with features such as a compass and extra protection – Standout models: SRPD33K1, SRPA95P9, SRPD31J1 .
    • The sky model is designed for pilots with a 24-hour display, world time adjustment via radio, calendar, and many other features – Standout models: SSC425, SSC631, SSC609.
    • The sea model is waterproof, pressure resistant, and comes with a mono directional rotating blaze to keep track of time while underwater – Standout models: 6217-8000″62mas”, 6309 “turtle”, full silver wale series.
 Seiko’s SRPD33K1 (Top) and SSC425 (Bottom)
  • Seiko Recraft: The Recraft series was specifically designed to mimic the vintage models the brand had but with a modern twist.                                                                                                                        For example, Seiko had a series called the chronograph (you should probably check them out, you may like the old versions better) which was very popular in the 60s and 70s, and it became the inspiration for some of the watches in the Recraft series.                                                                                                                                            Some standout models are the SNKP27, SSC609, SSC667, SNKP25 and SSC513.
SEIKO’S SSC667

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Seiko also offers other series with some vintage models in their lines. You can find numerous watches in a wide price range, starting with the really cheap option, Seiko core range, up to the most expensive Grand Seiko (Check out the sub-brand Credo that offers really interesting options).

It’s up to you to decide which models fits you the best.

Classics – Tudor

Another highly popular watch brand with great vintage models is Tudor, a Swiss brand almost 100 years old. Tudor and Rolex are considered sister companies since both are owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.

Tudor possesses over 10 different collections with some amazing vintage models across them.

I have put together a list with my top picks for vintage watches. Hopefully you can find your perfect fit among these.

For a more detailed description of some of these models, be sure to check out my tudor watches review.

  • Tudor Oyster Royal: 7934, 6426, 7804, and 7904.
  • Tudor Oyster Prince: 7803, 7989, 7909, and 7809.
  • Tudor Black Bay: 79580, Chrono-79350 and 79220N
Tudor’s Oyster Royal 7934 (Top), Prince 7909 (Middle), and Black Bay 79580 (Bottom)         

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Other notable classics

Almost every watch manufacturer has some vintage models in their lines.

We now give you some vintage models from other brands and covering all price ranges.

Saty tuned for more reviews of some of these and other watches coming in the near future.

  • Tissot: Seastar, Heritage, T-Classic. Way more affordable than the ones previously mentioned, but still, some models can get quite pricy
  • Breitling: Geneve Chronograph, Chronograph (178), Transocean.
  • Longines: Great for watches between made before 1950s so look out for them by their year. They are very common in antique shops.

A final note

Before purchasing a vintage watch you will have to decide its future, Will you wear it, or you just want it as a collection piece?.

Either way, with the models provided in this guide we covered both alternatives. Take a look at all the options you have, the price ranges, and in the end you will find the option that best suits you.

Stay tuned for further posts about vintage watches and don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions down below.

Cheers!

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Vintage Clothing For Women | Vintage Shape

Having previously talked about men’s clothing, we now shift focus on to Vintage Clothing For Women. I have to admit that I am a big fan of women’s old school fashion. Women have a HUGE variety of options and combinations available to create the perfect outfit.

Women also have one key advantage over men; women’s vintage clothing is very well seen in today’s society. As long as you have the right combination of clothes, it doesn’t matter what era your style is from, it will stand out and people will notice you.

Having said this, the goal of this article is to take you through the evolution that women’s fashion has had over the years, giving a brief explanation and clothing ideas for each era

With this guide you will build your own style in no time!

A More Conservative Era – Women’s Fashion in the 1950s

Believe it or not one of the most glamorous times for women was the 1950s. Despite being a very conservative time (according to today’s standards), the clothing allured traditional femininity.

The dress was “a must” and it came in a wide variety of styles. We had:

  • Casual/Home Dress: This was the traditional housewife dress worn by women who stayed at home taking care of the house and the children, but it could be worn outside with the addition of some elegant accessories.                                                                                                                                                                                        It was a cotton full-skirted dress with short sleeves, large pockets and a buttoned down bodice. A thin petticoat underneath made it very comfortable for the women and could sometimes be worn with a matching belt.

  • Outdoor Dress: Worn primarily by women who went out to work, these were trimmer than the house dresses and had smaller pockets, HUGE collars, longer sleeves, large bows, with belts and occasional use of buttons.                                                                                                                                                                                          The Outdoor dress could be either a sheath dress or a swing dress (along with their variations), and were made with a wide variety of materials including cotton, rayon and wool.
  • Party dress: Surprisingly, party dresses were pretty simple in terms of lines, colour, and overall design, however, their hight value came because of their premium fabrics.                                                                                                                                                                    V necks and long sleeves were a staple and the complementary accessories played an important role when wearing these kinds of dresses. Gloves, collars, pearls, high heels, a matching purse, and other types of jewelry were essential here.

  • Formal Dress: Used only for very special occasions, it has a characteristic floor-length ballgown worn with an underneath hoop skirt.                                                                                                                                                                                                                These dresses were most of the time sleeveless and accessories such as necklaces, gloves, and earrings, were mandatory. Wearing a jacket over was a common thing in order to reduce the formality of the outfit.

Apart from dresses, a combination of a long skirt (usually floraled, striped, or dotted) and a plain-coloured top emphasizing the hips and tight waists of the ladies was very popular.

Outfits for home and the beach included shorts, shirts tied at the midriff and blouses.

Mold Breaking Fashion – The 1960s and 1970s

The 1960s

The 60s were the start of the change for women’s fashion. Traditions began to break in part due to social and political movements such as the hippies.

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Dresses in during this decade suffered some changes. Skirts were shorter (around knee level), more colourful, and with new patterns. Some of them were:

  • Jumper Dress: Very different from the 50s style, this type of dress resembled a kids outfit. Alongside bright colours, it had large round collars, medium to large sleeves, and big bows.

  • Shift Dress: These were the casual dresses of the 60s, used in non-formal activities. The top was similar to other dresses, however, the overall appearance looked really different due to the short (above the knee) skirt. The first signs of female sexual expression and power through fashion came from clothing like this.

Dresses were usually combined with some pointy toe flats.

Apart from the dresses, mini skirts were popularized, and pencil and pleated skirts were also very common. Mini skirts would go along with some long boots or some go-go boots.

Tops, Blouses, and shirts, were colourful and with a variety of different patterns. They were also tighter and women started to unbutton them.

As for jeans and pants, some of the most popular were: stirrup pants, Capri pants, drainpipe jeans, and bell bottoms.

Jewelry was also important in the 60s with some really eye-catching earrings and necklaces.

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The 1970s

In the 70s there were so many trends and styles that its hard to summarize in a few paragraphs. We will just focus on casual looks that didn’t fit a particular social or ideological group (for reference, during this decade hippies and disco trends peaked).

Everyday looks for women in the 70s would include wearing fitted tops such as the tube or crop tops, or otherwise, a more loose shirt (slogans and logos started to appear on them) or a button down blouse, which could be worn either in the traditional look or the newer/sexier look with the lowered v-neck.

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High-waisted shorts in different ranges or length, colours and styles were popularized, along with numerous styles of pants.

You could find pants ranging from the tight or straight leg, to the really baggy ones; from the high waisted to the hip huggers; from the wide legged to the flared legged.

Some of the most popular were: The blue jeans, the plaid pants, the polyester knit pants and the dressy pants.

A more glamorous outfit would include a mini skirt or a really tight mini short, combined with a blazer or a tight top and some boots (by this point there were all types of boots; go-go’s, stretch, and crinkle topped the list).

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Dresses were another option with the mini, the jumper, and the shirtwaist dresses being some of the most popular.

Common accessories in the 70s included draped turbans, cloche hats, necklaces, golden chains, bracelets, clogs and high heels.

Finally, since by that time more women were entering the workforce, pantsuits became a thing. Men-style blazers, vests, and dress shirts were used to complement the look, along with flat shoes, glasses and hats.

The Excess Decade – 80s Fashion

At the beginning of the 80s, women’s apparel shifted to a more neutral look. The fitness trend peaked during this time so women wearing headbands with leggings, or full body aerobic suits was a common sight.

Jelly shoes were introduced and were common footwear along with high boots, sneakers, and heels.

Some of the most common casual clothes were: shirts and sweaters with every neck variety (v, turtle, crew), (crop, tube) tops, puffer jackets, high-wasted loose pants, straight leg jeans, and a wide variety of knee-length dresses and skirts, all with basic non-flashy colours.

Bright colours would eventually return later in the decade.

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Power dressing became a thing. Jackets, coats and women blazers were designed with extra padding on the shoulders, making them look more powerful and masculine, and were combined with both skirts and pants along with spiked heels.

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Colour prevailed in “nigh out” outfits; mini skirts (usually with leg warmers below) with multi colored belts, metalic leggings, high heels, tops, bustiers (which slowly became popular among young women) and jumpsuits were the preffered choices.

Necklaces and gloves were also a big thing mainly due to the rise of pop stars such as Madonna.

Other trends like hip hop or punk were also relevant but were restricted to its particular social group.

Despite all the apparel, the most iconic aspect of fashion did not came from clothing but both from hair and makeup.

The big wild curly hair surely comes to mind since almost every girl was rocking it back then. As for the makeup, we had very intense eye shadows blushes and lipsticks.

Simple but Stylish – 90s Women Fashion

All the excess that was introduced in the 80s quickly dried in the 90s with a shift towards a minimalist fashion.

More feminine looking clothes such as mini and long skirts, high heels, short and slip dresses, knee highs, thigh highs, tights and crop tops, were used casually and in popular trends. The well-known “sexy school girl” is a good example.

Also, among young women, we had the hip huggers, boob tubes, push-up bras, scarf tops, stone washed jeans, pedal pushers, high boots, and platform sneakers.

For more mature women, the preferred casual choices were longer skirts (pencil skirts), blouses, capri pants, and sneakers.

Skirt suits, pussy bow blouses, maxi skirts, and Mary Janes were the formal alternative.

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In the late 90s certain traits of the 70s fashion came back with Y2K fashion.

Bright colours came back in the form of metallic clothing, bell bottoms, and the wellington boots. Also, clothing like tight shirts and the platform shoes were very common.

Popular accessories in the 90s include hoop earrings and over sized glasses.

Turn of the Century – 2000s Fashion

Yes! believe it or not in a few years clothing of the first decade of the XXI century will start to be considered vintage. Since most of you were probably alive and conscious enough to remember, I will be brief on this one.

Jeans were super common in all types of environments, specially low-rise jeans, skinny jeans, and jeans shorts. Also, widely spread were: Hoodies, cargo pants, capri pants, leggings/leggings, denim jackets, and thong underwear.

Footwear consisted in knee-high and ugg boots, platform shoes/boots and ballet flats.

Last but not least, accessories played (and still do) a big role in fashion. Designer bags ranging from small to really big ones were popularized.

Studded belts, aviator glasses, piercings, and smaller earings compared to previous decades were nice complements too.

Time to start your vintage journey!

As I told you before, vintage clothing is a rare sight nowadays and it will only be even more and more as time passes.

Most people look for new trends when trying to build their own style, without realizing that most of these were inspired by previous ones, and that it’s very possible that the apparel they are looking for already exists, its just lost in time.

The possibilities are endless; with thousands of different styles, you can build different outfits based on different eras for every occasion. Being diverse and smart, you can stand out from the rest while feeling really confident in your skin.

With this guide I hope some ideas sparked through your head and that you visualize yourself making them reality.

Clothing and other accessories are way more important than people realize. They tell a story about you and people formulate their first impression about you, largely due to what you are wearing.

So remember, choose wisely, be unique, and be proud of what you wear.

Hope you have a great day, and don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions down below! 🙂

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Vintage Clothing For Men | Vintage Shape

Clothing is, without a doubt, an everchanging aspect of society. We have seen in recent times how a different fashion trend popularizes every decade or so. Over time all these trends eventually become vintage and/or slowly fade in time. With this vintage clothing for men guide, we speak to men of every age that are looking to develop their own style and require some background knowledge on vintage trends.

With fashion being a very wide topic, the information here is meant to be an overall view on recent men’s fashion and will be covered more in-depth with future articles.

What is considered vintage in men’s fashion?

When talking about vintage fashion the first thing that pops to mind is clothing, however, it also involves accessories and hairstyles that possess certain traits particular to an era. At least a couple of decades have to pass for a trend to be considered vintage.

Through most part of human history, fashion was a term popularized only in the richest social circles of society. Only important people were capable of even thinking about owning an exclusive accessory or clothing piece.

Up to this day, fashion in women is a sign of beauty, while in men it is a sign of power

As for the latter one, the industrial revolution set the basis for the mass production of the first suits (Be sure to check our preferred clothes for elegant vintage). The goal was to have both a stand out and affordable piece of clothing that would give the man wearing it a certain status.

During the next decades, the decrease in the prices, as well as the emerging new ideas, gave birth to different types of clothing/accessories that people used to represent an ideology or to be welcomed into a social group. As more followers unite, these will eventually become the first fashion trends.

Men’s fashion in the mid XX century – The 1950s

The 1950s are widely considered as the decade where the whole “gentleman” or suit-focus fashion started to fade away. After the Second World War a combination of a free-minded and rebel mentality took over and this was reflected in clothing too.

Young men started to wear the suit-like clothes a little more careless. The leather jacket became a “must” for men, along with the classic white t-shirt, the pleated trousers, the penny loafers, the knitted polo, and many others that revolutionized the casual dressing.

Popular movies such as Grease surely come to mind when talking about 50s fashion.

Nowadays many designers have been inspired by the 50s fashion to produce a hybrid style of clothing; a combination of the classic pieces and modern materials that combine the best of both times. These trends are widely considered to be super stylish and more and more people are catching eye of it.

All about expression – 60s and 70s men’s fashion

The 1960s

During the 1960s we saw two trends rise. First, as bands like The Beatles became popular, so their fashion too. Not only did long hair was a common thing, but the whole men outfit became tighter. Scarfs were widely used along with boots.                 

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Another important fact was the start of the hippie trend, and with it, the use of a wide variety of colours.

Jeans, shirts and even trousers were all tighter and colourful. The unbuttoned shirt and the pants below the hip trends were also introduced during these years. The “bad boy” look that the 50s introduced quickly shifted to a more feminine and liberal look at the end of the 60s.

Despite this, a group of conservative men (specially older ones) refused to switch to this new style and kept the trends introduced in previous decades. Suits and sport coats were still very popular.

The 1970s

The hippie trend continued into the early 1970s, when it peaked.

To the new style of clothing introduced in the 60s, items such as headbands, bell-bottoms, tunics, and turtlenecks, all with very bright colours were introduced. Even men began wearing platform shoes and velvet shirts, further increasing the shift to a more feminine style.

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During the mid 70s the colourful trend began to shift towards a more “punk” looking type. Rock bands such as Queen began to take over and with that, the use of piercings, mohawks, and really over sized collars popularized.

As for clothing, ripped clothes were very common in the streets, along with the black leather and shawl-collar tuxedo jackets, and the velvet sport coats.

At the end of the 70s the disco style was at its peak, and with that, the three-piece suits in fancy colours was popularized. The high-rise waistcoats and the flared trousers were essential in that look. Sunglasses were also widely used.

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Numerous new trends rise – 80s fashion

During the 1980s we saw a wide variety of trends emerge that usually lasted a few years or even months and were very particular to a social group. The punk/rock look continued into the early years of the decade with young men and adults being the ones keeping this trend alive.

The “preppy” style reflected the social status of the upper class. In contrast to the hip hop fashion, the preppy focused on the bright/light colours and the appropriate way of dressing. Sweaters, vests, polo shirts, oxford shoes and ascots were a must on every preppy man.

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The 80s also so the rise of the fitness trend, reaching the point were people were using workout clothes as everyday wear. The sweatpants, shorts and windbreakers were very common in the streets.                                                                                                                            Finally, there was some clothing that did not really fit into a style, but still was widely popular among men. You could consider this as “every day” or “casual” clothing. Jeans and denim jackets were a staple, along with sneakers, and leather shirts/jackets. The combination of light blue, brown and white was very common.

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Laying the foundation for modern men clothing – 90s and 2000s

The 1990s

In some ways the 90s fashion was a follow up to the 80s fashion.

Polo shirts, sneakers, and jeans (high-waist and stone wash) were still widely used, while the preppy trend was modernized too, shifting to a more casual look by replacing the ascot ties and the oxfords with the loafers and short-sleeved shirts.

In the late 80s/early 90s, hip hop trend emerged due to the increasing popularity of rap music.

The baggy clothes, sneakers, caps, and gold chains that we still see nowadays were introduced during those years. Men from the middle and lower class were pushing this trend, while the upper class preferred the formal or preppy styles.

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Flannel shirts were also very characteristic of that decade. These were particularly loose-fitting and padded, and represented the “skater” trend that celebrities like Tony Hawk and bands like Nirvana were introducing.

A number of smaller trends were followed by different social groups. Gothic fashion started to spread and punk trends peaked in this decade with the long under sleeves and dark hoodies combined with the characteristic mohawk.

Also, very popular during this decade ware the Sports jerseys and other sport-related accessories.

The 2000s

The start of the 21st century brought some changes to men’s fashion. The light colours used in the 80s and 90s slowly started to shift towards darker tons.

Dress shirts became an everyday thing and jeans, although still widely used, had a different design (for example, frosted or ripped jeans, worn below the waist) and were somewhat replaced by other types of pants.

Everyday clothing included polo shirts (stripped), cargo pants, sneakers, baseball caps.

Formal dressing included Nehru suits, blazers, and the slim-fit suit, sometimes combined with a classy watch and some aviator glasses.

Finally, A LOT of different trends co-existed throughout the 2000s, with younger men being the primary users.

Almost every genre of music had a particular aura surrounding it that was expressed mainly (aside by music, of course) through the artists clothing. Some of these styles were: Metal, Gothic, Punk, Psycho, Emo, and many others that explaining them will drift away from the purpose of the article.

A case for going back to the classics

So after our little journey through time, the question you may be asking yourself is… why even bother with vintage clothing?

As a man I get how different we are from girls. Sure, it feels great when someone tells us we look good in a certain outfit, but our primary goal for dressing good is not the attention. Confidence is everything in a man; with it and with proper work ethic, you can achieve things that transcend your power and abilities.

Having said this, what better way to boost your confidence than feeling good in your own skin?. Wearing something in which you feel comfortable can make wonders for you, this is why, my goal is to reach out to men like you to show the potential of vintage clothing.

It’s not about going through the streets looking like Elvis Presley for no reason, its about realizing that even in today’s era, we have access to a wide variety of clothing based on and from previous eras with whom you can develop your own style and feel comfortable.

With that said, I hope that you found the information here useful. Thank you for stopping by Vintage Shape and I wish you luck developing your style.

Don’t forget to leave your comments and suggestions down below!

Until next time!