I’m sometimes put in a funny position when I’m asked to write these reviews. Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of writing reviews for a handful of watches that fall squarely in the “vintage inspired” or “vintage reissue” category. If you’ve heard me on the Worn & Wound podcast, read some of my posts, or know me in real life (lucky you!), you’re likely aware that this isn’t my favorite genre of watch in the larger landscape of horology that we cover here on the site. It’s a credit to Zach W. and Blake that they keep sending me these watches that I’m pre-programmed not to like, asking me to give them a fair hearing.
And I do, I really do. Just as frequently as I lament the lack of creativity in constantly dredging up designs from the past, you can hear me saying that all of us must keep an open mind. For some, that means dismissing the idea that your wrist is too big for a 36mm watch. Trust me, folks, it isn’t – that vintage Datejust looks great on everyone. For others, it means being open to the utility of a date window. Come on guys, they’re very useful! For me, it means constantly re-evaluating how it is that I feel about the concept of vintage inspired watches.