WINDING UP The vintage Zenith Heritage is powered by the manual winding movement, Caliber 146HP BY LAURENT MARTINEZ BUYING How to approach a potentially collectible watch like a dealer. I’D LIKE TO GIVE YOU A SNEAK PEEK ON HOW I SELECT AND BUY TIMEPIECES SO YOU CAN APPROACH BUYING VINTAGE WATCHES LIKE A WATCH DEALER. WE’LL USE THE VINTAGE ZENITH HERITAGE 146 HP – A277, AN ICONIC PIECE FROM THE LATE 1960S, AS AN EXAMPLE. First off, buying a vintage watch is an emotional experience. Whether it’s the brand, the design, the movement, or the story behind the watch, something speaks to you to persuade you to buy it. Never buy a timepiece if something about it bothers you, even if it’s a small detail like the style of the hands or the pattern of the dial. What may seem like a minor inconvenience in the begin- ning will eventually grow into a bigger nuisance in the long run. The vintage watch market is large and varied so only settle on a timepiece that you’re completely satisfied with. Be patient, do your homework, and remember the age-old saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” 48 | INTERNATIONAL WATCH | SPRING 2018 This year Zenith revives its 1960s Cairelli model with this Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2.