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Vintage Style: 10 Modern Re-Editions of Vintage Watches


The vintage look is having a moment in the watch world right now, with many brands releasing modern takes on old classics. Here, in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, are my personal choices for 10 of the best of these re-editions that have debuted within the past few years. Many will have you asking yourself if they are old or new.

1. Alpina Heritage Pilot Chronograph Automatic

Alpina Heritage Pilot Chronograph Automatic
Alpina Heritage Pilot Chronograph Automatic

Inspired by an Alpina aviation chronograph from the 1930s.

2. Cartier Tank Louis Cartier

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier
Cartier Tank Louis Cartier

This modern timepiece is directly inspired by the first Tank watch, launched in 1922, which was created as a gift for General John Pershing.

3. Glashütte Original Sixties

Glashütte Original Sixties
Glashütte Original Sixties

Inspired by the legendary “Spezimatic” watches of the 1960s.

4. TAG Heuer Monaco

TAG Heuer Monaco
Heuer Monaco

This version looks nearly identical to the original Heuer Monaco, launched in 1975, right down to the old Heuer logo.

5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Vintage 1931

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Vintage 1931
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Vintage 1931

As on the original, the only logo you see on the dial is the “Reverso” signature.

6. Longines Twenty-Four Hours

Longines Twenty-Four Hours
Longines Twenty-Four Hours

A new version of the brand’s historical pilots’ watch, with a 24-hour-dial produced for SwissAir pilots during the years 1953-1956.

7. Panerai Radiomir California 3 Days

Panerai Radiomir California 3 Days
Panerai Radiomir California 3 Days

This modern Panerai watch, the PAM 448, brought this historic Radiomir from 1945 back to today’s wrists.

8. Rado DiaStar

Rado DiaStar
Rado Diastar

The DiaStar was presented in 1962, just five years after Rado was founded. This is its modern equivalent.

9. Tissot Heritage Navigator

Tissot Heritage Navigator
Tissot Heritage Navigator

The design of this re-edition, released for 160th anniversary of the brand, revives a design from 1945.

10. Vulcain Cricket Nautical

Vulcain Cricket Nautical
Vulcain Cricket Nautical

The limited re-edition of this divers’ wristwatch with an alarm resembles the original Vulcain from 1969.

This article was originally published in 2014 and has been updated.

10 Responses to “Vintage Style: 10 Modern Re-Editions of Vintage Watches”

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  1. The Tank watch was first created in 1917. The Louis Cartier model shown was 1922.

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  2. Scott Hawthorne

    You covered the JL Reverso, but how about the Geophysic 1958?

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  3. Your review of the Breguet Type XX chronograph is just plain weird. You start of by picking it out as special out of thousands of watches and then end up spending most of the article discussing what you don’t like and would change. I don’t get it. If you don’t appreciate the watch, why did you even bother?

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  4. Michael Esposito

    Hi,
    Did you look at or consider the Girard Perregaux vintage 1945 XXL? I have large wrists but this watch is curved and wears bigger than the measurements. The Art Deco styling is both classic and beautiful.

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    • Jason Francisco

      Hi Tom,

      Glad you asked! Alexander Linz actually has nine more vintage-style re-editions to share in his next post. Be sure to check it out this Sunday!

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