Last month, we went in-depth looking at 10 great vintage reissues between $1,000 and $3,000, and before then at 10 options below the $1k price point. Now we come to the final edition of our “Nostalgia Machine” series, taking our first steps into the luxury market and looking at 12 vintage reissue watches above the $3,000 line. While we saw some exceptional and quite famous watches in the previous two chapters— notably the Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical, Bulova Lunar Pilot, and DOXA SUB 300T among many others— it’s once you enter the luxury market that you begin to see some of the most iconic historic designs in a reissue format. Here we begin to see some of the most famous options from Cartier, Omega, Zenith, and TAG Heuer, among a few lesser-known, but no less interesting, pieces from Breitling, Sinn, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and others.
To refresh, we’ll be looking almost exclusively this week at vintage reissues— that is modern watches highly faithful to an original vintage design produced by the same brand. Though time will tell if we don’t focus our eye on vintage-inspired reinterpretations— or modern watches that are heavily influenced by historical models but take a bit more liberty in their designs— sometime in the future.