Although I certainly can appreciate a modern watch round my wrist, it doesn't compare to the feeling of having a part of history in your hands . Vintage watches not only are mechanical pieces of art. With just a little care and tenderness they are able to tell time long after we have passed. Most of them have an interesting story to tell. And off course nowadays all major watch brands are once again in touch with their own history when re-issueing icons of the past. Let me take you on a tour through my (vintage) watch collection and the story behind these treasures. Find your favorite watch brand at the top of this page and go explore. Enjoy!
Until the sixties the Americain watch industry was a major player. Although some moved to Switzerland, they still entail the Americain vibe for me. HAMILTON is a brand I love dearly but also BULOVA, BALL, VULCAIN and WALTHAM can be found in my collection. And off course world's largest brand when it came to selling watches before the quartz crisis, TIMEX.
YEMA is an absolute love brand of mine when it comes to their vintage watches from the late 60's and early 70's. Together with LIP they were the leading French watch brands together with KELTON (French TIMEX). YEMA was very active in exporting their watches all over the world so CROSBY, EISENHARDT and UNION ANCRE can also be called French watches.
Most of the watches in my collection are mechanical watches. But not all. There are some electro-mechanical powered watches, the famous tuningfork Accutron movement and a few late quartz powered watches. Go explore and figure out which is which.
Furthermore I try to post each day on my Instagram account #ARTEEPEE.nl so don't hesitate to follow me and stay in touch with my most recent acquired watches and memorabilia. If you have any questions, please reach out to me on Instagram.