Buying a reissue of a vintage watch has its perks—warranty coverage, serviceability, and so on—but there is something to be said for owning an original. As we continue to see brands lean on their archives for inspiration, we thought it would be fitting to give some of these modern gems a nod in this week’s edition of Vintage Finds. Coming across a “barn find” of one of these timepieces borders on impossible these days, but thankfully we still occasionally see pristine (or at least good to fair) examples hit the market from time to time. Here are a couple of our favorites currently available on the market.
Tudor Monte Carlo
Still available from Tudor as a very true-to-original reissue called the Heritage Chrono, the Tudor Monte Carlo ($19,550) was Rolex’s attempt at pushing the design envelope of its subsidiary brand, and now that the Daytona has hit such astronomical values, some collectors are turning to the Monte Carlo as the next best thing under six figures. Classic details like its Oyster case, screw-down pushers, and acrylic bezel insert are all part of the package, though the Monte Carlo was built in a very contemporary 40 mm case size. This particular example from 1971 shows great aging without appearing abused, with an evenly aged patina on its indices and a textured fading to its dial. (hqmilton.com)
Heuer Autavia “Rindt”
Just reissued this spring at Baselworld after being chosen by collectors in a lengthy online poll conducted by Tag Heuer, the Heuer Autavia “Rindt” is seeing a significant spike in value thanks to the reissue. The vintage Heuer was nicknamed after famed Formula 1 driver Jochen Rindt who was frequently photographed in the 1960s with this Autavia model on his wrist. Aside from a nominal increase in case size (from 38 mm to 42 mm), thickness to accommodate a self-winding rotor, and the addition of a date window at 6 o’clock, the reissue remains quite true to what we see here. This rare example (roughly $35,000) is in similar condition to the Monte Carlo—solid considering its age, but by no means pristine. (acollectedman.com