What Is A Neo-Vintage Watch?

When it comes to pre-owned watches, there are different categories to differentiate styles. Somewhere in between vintage and contemporary is where you’ll find neo-vintage.

Breitling Colt watch

When it comes to luxury watches, the devil is in the detail. It takes a trained eye or a real watch aficionado to know the difference between all the different styles. With a neo-vintage watch, you’re really getting the best of two worlds: vintage and contemporary.

In recent times, these watches have been overlooked. That is no longer the case. Watch lovers are beginning to notice the real appeal of watches from this period. They offer a middle ground between two periods in time, without compromising on style and function.

Neo-vintage watches offer a bridge between the charming allure of older watches and the efficiency and accuracy of contemporary watches. Let's delve into what differentiates watches from this period, and which ones should be on your wishlist.

Girard Perregaux watch

What Is A Neo-Vintage Watch?

There is no clear answer on what dates make a neo-vintage watch. However, we can roughly work with the timeframe of 1990 to 2005. 

Neo-vintage can be defined as ‘new vintage’, which in itself is a confusing term. A watch from this category is therefore one that isn’t vintage but isn’t contemporary either. That would make a neo-vintage watch roughly 20 years old.

You might be wondering why you haven’t heard this term much before. It is quite simply because until a few years ago, these watches were pre-contemporary but not old enough to fit in a different category. Now that time has moved on a little, they deserve their own category in the watch space.

These watches were produced before the offerings of today, but don’t quite meet the criteria of vintage. People easily confuse neo-vintage watches with vintage watches. They might be similar in appearance but actually have a more advanced anatomy.

If you are not interested in modern watches but don't want a true vintage timepiece either, this could be perfect.

The Best Neo-Vintage Watches

Looking to update your watch collection? You don't need to be a watch collector to delve into the world of neo-vintage watches. Whether you are looking to refresh an established collection or begin yours, there is a watch for everyone.

These are our top picks from women’s watches, men’s watches, and unisex watches:

1. Best Neo-Vintage Watches For Women:

women's neo-vintage watches

Omega Constellation 1262.10
Current price at resale: $1,650
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Bvlgari Tubogas BB 30 AT
Current price at resale: $5,850
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Cartier Trinity WG200258
Current price at resale: $8,500
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2. Best Neo-Vintage Watches For Men:

men's neo-vintage watches

Rolex Datejust 116203
Current price at resale: $9,150
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Cartier Tank Francaise Chronoflex W51001Q3
Current price at resale: $2,800

Rolex Submariner 16610
Current price at resale: $9,250

3. Best Neo-Vintages Watches Unisex:

unisex neo-vintage watches

Baume & Mercier Classima 15163
Current price at resale: $1,950
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Cartier Pasha C Reflex 1352
Current price at resale: $2,850

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175SA.OO.0789SA.01
Current price at resale: $14,250
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What Does A Neo-Vintage Watch Look Like?

There is no specific look for watches from this era. Some features of these watches may be that they have traditional case sizes and are made of materials that take on a patina as they age.

Some of these watches are made with acrylic crystals. You are also likely to notice that they are made of aluminum bezels instead of ceramic

However, many of these watches will look extremely similar to their predecessors. As they are mid-way watches between vintage and contemporary, you won’t necessarily be able to tell if they are vintage or neo-vintage.

Is It Worth Buying A Neo-Vintage Watch?

Yes! Thanks to advancements in development, neo-vintage watches offer the aesthetic of a vintage watch but with the quality and longevity of a more contemporary style. 

Generally, the watches from this era offer a high quality, without the more advanced complexity of today’s contemporary watches. Sometimes, watch collectors may have an affinity for vintage watches or contemporary watches, and the period in between gets overlooked.

A benefit to watches from this period in time is that they don’t come with the complications of an older watch. Vintage watches may have rare movements that are not in production anymore and thereby harder to source. These older watches might also need more parts replaced due to the condition.

There are also benefits to vintage watches, as they have such a nostalgic feeling and are collectable items. It all depends on what you are looking for and what your needs are. If you want a watch that isn’t quite new or modern, but is not high maintenance, then this could well be the best choice for you.

It’s almost like the inner world of the watch is modern, while the outside still showcases a more classic exterior. It may look like its counterparts from the 1970s or earlier, yet functions just as well as a contemporary watch. Essentially, you get to have your cake and eat it.

While vintage watches offer an elegant, nostalgic air, contemporary watches offer innovation. Neo-vintage watches have the advantage of meeting in the middle of these two offerings.

Tag Heuer watch

Where Can I Buy A Neo-Vintage Watch?

Source your next luxury neo-vintage watch from myGemma. myGemma has a large selection of watches, including modern, vintage, and of course, neo vintage. With all of the big brand names and unique limited-edition styles, it is your go-to for all things luxury watches.

Each and every timepiece on myGemma is authenticated by our experts and comes with a one year warranty. Whether you’re after vintage pieces or a new in box handbag, myGemma is your new go-to for pre-owned luxury.

myGemma has a wide range of watches with everything from white gold dress watches to yellow gold mechanical watches. If it’s vintage aesthetics or contemporary styles you’re looking for, look no further.

However, myGemma stocks other luxury accessories, too. Find your next Chanel handbag, Louis Vuitton wallet, or Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra necklace all in one place.

How Can I Sell A Neo-Vintage Watch Online?

Not only can you sell your luxury vintage watches directly to myGemma, but you can also sell us your designer handbags and jewelry, too. Selling to myGemma is the easiest way to get quick cash for the designer accessories you no longer love.

The selling process is as simple as can be. Head to myGemma’s website and fill out the online form. Once the form is completed and you have received your price quote, you can choose whether to go ahead with the sale.

The entire journey, from filling out the form to receiving your payment, can take as little as 24 hours. 

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