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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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!