WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT BUY­ING VIN­TAGE WATCHES? IS THERE A PAR­TIC­U­LAR PER­SON OR RE­SOURCE THAT I SHOULD LOOK TO FOR AD­VICE?

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don’t know they like some­thing un­til they’ve tasted it. A sim­ple, ele­gant watch, with an in­trigu­ing de­sign and back­story, should be enough to spread the bug. Avoid any watches that are sold at a store that traf­fics in base­ball caps and chain wal­lets, though. your sport, your com­pli­cated, and your wed­ding watch. The world of vin­tage watches is full of leg­endary tales of one-offs, mis­spells, and lim­ited run pieces — and equally fraught with knock-offs, copies, and straight up fakes. Ed­u­cat­ing your­self is the first step to find­ing the right piece and pro­tect­ing your­self from get­ting ripped off, but it is not enough. For­tu­nately for us all there are a good num­ber of deal­ers on­line and off that are uni­ver­sally trusted in the watch com­mu­nity. Canada is un­mis­tak­ably for­tu­nate to have the likes of Derek Dier of watchesto­buy.com and Darryl Lesser of dar­lor-watch.com, as well as the go-to sites york­time.com and watchfinder.ca. While there will al­ways be en­vi­able sto­ries of great watch finds on Ebay and sec­ond-hand stores, you can lose a lot of money on ex­citable spec­u­la­tion, so it’s best to do your re­search be­fore you get too stoked. pur­chase to rub away mi­nor scratches from old acrylic crys­tals, but tooth­paste works just fine. Other than that, it’s best to have a pro­fes­sional ad­dress any se­ri­ous in­juries.

Al­li­ga­tor Watch Strap ($130) by Jean Rousseau

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