What is a Classic Watch?

September 28th, 2012 Posted in Orient Watch Reviews | 4 Comments

We talk a lot about classic watches, since Orient specializes in such watches, but what exactly is a classic watch? Is it the styling? Materials used? Manufacturing techniques?

Read on to find out!

Attributes of Classic Watches

Classic is generally defined as, “Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind.”

What that essentially means is that classic books, classic music, classic clothes, and yes, classic watches stand the test of time. Classics stand the test of time because of their:

  • Quality: Classics are made from quality materials that are durable and long-lasting; in the case of books and music, classics are founded on quality themes that people can relate to, no matter the year.
  • Skill: Classics make it clear that not everyone can create them; they’re special and unique in the way they are produced.
  • Originality: Classics can’t be replicated because… they’re classic. They’re the original, the basis for everything that comes after.

Furthermore, classics avoid trends. Sure, they may be considered a trend at the time they are created, but once they withstand time without getting old, boring, or forgotten about, they become a classic. And classics avoid trendy looks or themes that can easily come and go.

Classic watches, specifically, advocate quality, skill, and originality through their aesthetic value as well as the manner in which they are constructed. This is especially true for classic mechanical watches because such watches have been built in the same manner for several centuries.

Now let’s check out some contemporary but classic watches. Read on!

Examples of Classic Watches

As mentioned, Orient specializes in classic watches, so let’s start there. One such watch is the ER2700 Symphony by Orient.

Symphony features a clean, easy-to-read dial that is a perfect example of a classic watch. This watch is similar to Orient’s original designs. In fact, the biggest difference between Symphony and its predecessors is a small increase in case size.

Furthermore, Symphony, as a mechanical watch, is a true ode to the tradition of watchmaking, which, as noted, dates back several centuries.

Orient offers a slew of other classic styles as well. Check out Bambino, Union, and Esteem to name a few of the most popular ones.

Let’s check out some other classic watches by other watch brands.

Citizen offers several eco-drive watches that advocate a classic look. The BM8240-11A is one such example. This watch offers a clean dial, roman numeral indices, and a sleek aesthetic. Very classic.

Tissot, as well as other Swiss brands, also offer several classic-looking watches. Take the Tissot T0654301603100 for example. Like the Orient and Citizen examples, this one also promotes a clean, easy-to-read dial that reflects the original wristwatch aesthetic. Like Orient, this model uses a mechanical movement, but note that Orient’s movement is in-house while Tissot’s is ETA.

Wow. Those are definitely some classic (and classy) watches!

What’s your favorite classic watch? One of these or another? Tell us below!

  1. 4 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Mark on Sep 29, 2012

    Great write up and I’m impressed by your willingness to acknowledge competitors in one of your blog postings. Bravo!

  3. By Deb Losch on Oct 4, 2012

    Nice watch and would look great on my husband.

  4. By D Vince on Oct 5, 2012

    While personally I prefer Dive watches, My first “good”watch when I was 13 years old was an Orient, It was the watch that started me out on my love affair with watches.
    I guess that once you have owned a really good quality watch, you wont be happy wearing a lower quality one.
    Especially if like me, you rely on it to keep you within safe dive Limits.

  5. By Melissa on Oct 5, 2012

    I am very impressed with the Orient watch design. The perfect gift for any occasion.

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