How much time must pass before a watch can be considered "vintage"???

I've heard people call their 2010 watches "vintage," and I have also seen posts where people label their early 2000's watch as "vintage." I used to think "vintage" meant "older than granpa." LOL
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Realistically, it should at least come from the last century. 馃榿

Half your age minus seven.

Well I always talk about 鈥淣eo vintage鈥. 80s-00s.

Read somewhere was 30 years before watch are labeled as vintage


Half your age minus seven.

im 30, sooooo 30/2 = 15-7= (8)??? hmmm, doesn't seem right. lol


im 30, sooooo 30/2 = 15-7= (8)??? hmmm, doesn't seem right. lol

Well how many watches do you have since eight years ago?

I've actually began collecting around 8 years ago. Now I have 40 watches "since 8 years ago." why??? how's that relevant???

IMO, watches less than 50yr old call Neo-vintage

My oldest is a 1978 diver. I say it's "Old".

People generally agree on 25 years, but I've always considered watches from the 50s and 60s vintage.

At least 50 years - vintage.

At least 100 years - antique.

If you look at cars. The term classic is generally from 50s to 90s before that its vintage. I.e. you need a lathe and a milling machine to combat obsolescence

"Ruby Lane provides a much more helpful explanation, noting that an item described as 鈥榲intage鈥 should speak of the era in which it was produced. Vintage can mean an item is of a certain period of time, as in 鈥榲intage 1950鈥檚鈥 but it can also mean that the item exhibits the best of a certain quality, or qualities, associated with or belonging to that specific era.

In other words, for the term vintage to accurately apply to it, an item should be somewhat representational and recognizable as belonging to the era in which it was made. Ruby Lane also suggests that 鈥榲intage鈥 should not be used in reference to objects less than 20 years old."

2010 is def more the start of the modern era. Rolex moved into all the mod cons around then for a start.

I thought the common agreement(not just watch world) is that vintage means over 20 years. The whole 'neo-vintage' term came about because watches were passing that 20 year mark, but didn't look like the watches we think of when we say 'vintage watch'.

I always thought anything fifty to a hundred or so years old was vintage, anything older than a hundred was antique and anything newer than fifty but older than fifteen was neo-vintage or retro.

I don't know or care anymore. It's all old stuff anyway.