A vintage watch can make for a stylish and sophisticated fashion accessory. Whether searching for the right vintage watch and band or looking for an appropriate replacement band for a vintage watch, there are several key things consumers should look for. With a little guidance, consumers can ensure they purchase the right band for their vintage watch.
Authenticity of Vintage Bands
As vintage watches in great condition tend to come with a high price tag, finding an authentic watch band without the watch itself can be a rare find. For leather bands, consumers should carefully check the integrity and size of the stitching. Small stitching indicates sewing via a machine versus the large stitches true to handmade stitching. For consumers looking to maintain the value of the watch a replacement band, checking the originality of the band parts is essential. While replacing the band affects the originality of the watch as a whole, purchasing a vintage watch band can help alleviate concerns over the value of the watch.
Condition of Vintage Bands
Cracked leather indicates the leather needs some care, though consumers may not be able to reverse such damage to the band. For metal bands, consumers should look carefully for rust and water damage, which is different from the patina of the watch band, which may wear with age. Careful checking includes looking for damage at the connection points between links, which can continue to wear and rust if not properly cared for.
Buying a Period Replica Band
For some consumers, replacing the band on their vintage watch with a replica suffices. A replica band maintains the vintage look without requiring the sometimes labourious upkeep of an authentic band. When looking for an adequate replica, consumers should first determine the time period and maker of their vintage watch. This can help consumers determine whether a metal or leather band matches their watch and can indicate the specific style of band meant for that watch.
Buying a Modern Band
For consumers looking for a modern spin on a vintage watch, buying a new band can add some life and character to the accessory. Consumers should measure the width of the lugs on the watch case, as watch bands too small for the lugs can concentrate pressure on the wrist and cause pain to the wearer, in addition to making the watch look clunky. Watches with bigger lugs, such as World War II-era watches, fit best with wider leather watch bands while a vintage Bulova watch from the 1950s generally requires a thinner band.