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Article: [2024 Edition] 10 Stylish Vintage Watches Recommended for Men in Their 40s

[2024 Edition] 10 Stylish Vintage Watches Recommended for Men in Their 40s


This is Seno from Belle Montre.

In today's video, we will explain the 10 stylish vintage watches recommended for men in their 40s that will last a lifetime [2024 Edition].

New watches are beautiful, but when it comes to style, vintage watches win out.

Wearing a vintage watch that suits your age in your 40s will give you more confidence and make you more motivated in your daily work.

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10 Stylish Vintage Watches for Men in Their 40s

Cartier Santos Galbe

The first one I would like to introduce is the Cartier Santos Galbee.

The Santos is still available today, but the Galve is a model that was produced from the late 1970s to the mid-2000s.

Even though the current Santos is MM size, it is 35mm and quite thick, so I think it has a modern design.

However, since Galbe is a watch made during the luxury sports era that was popular in the 1980s, it is characterized by its thin and compact design.

The case diameter is 29mm, and I personally think it's somewhere between a watch and an accessory.

My first impression after actually wearing it was that it was "thin."

I usually like to wear quartz watches, and even when I'm wearing clothes with slightly tight cuffs, they tuck into my sleeve so I can feel them as one with my wrist.

The automatic model is a little thicker, but still quite thin, so when you go to lunch and try to take off your jacket, a larger watch would get caught, but with this watch you can take it off easily without having to worry about that.

This model basically comes with a stainless steel bracelet, and even though both the case and the bracelet are made of stainless steel, it hardly feels heavy.

The Santos Galbe is a huge hit model, so another great thing about it is that you can choose from a wide range of models, including all-stainless steel models, combinations with yellow gold, automatic winding, quartz, and more.

The price has risen dramatically over the past two years, and it is likely to continue to rise in the future, so the best thing to do is to buy it when you really want it.

Cartier watches are thin and small, making them easy to handle and visible from the wrist, so they are likely to make a good impression on women.

2. Rolex Thunderbird Ref. 1625

Although it is no longer available, the Thunderbird is a Rolex flagship model, the Datejust, equipped with a rotating bezel to give it a more sporty look.

Thunderbird is more of a nickname and was created as a derivative of the Datejust.

The case diameter is 36mm, which is classified as small by modern standards, but it is a wonderful model that allows you to feel the beauty of Rolex.

For men, a unified look in a watch is likely to be the deciding factor in how cool they look, and the reason we've introduced this watch is because it has a great sense of unity.

It has a silver stainless steel bracelet and case, and the dial is a sunburst grey pattern that Rolex is known for, which is very cool.

What you notice when you actually wear a Rolex is the beauty of the brilliance of the dial, with its changing shades of color depending on the angle and the amount of light that hits it.

Datejusts are generally fitted with fluted or smooth bezels, but by changing it to a rotating bezel with markings like this, it gives a completely different impression and transforms into something more like a pilot's watch.

This time we introduced the model with a gray dial, but there are also a variety of other models available, such as a gold model, a combination model with a stainless steel dial, and models with silver or champagne dials, so one of the attractive points is that you can have fun choosing from a variety of models.

This is a model that I would recommend to those who want to wear something a little different from the usual Rolex.

3. Omega Speedmaster REF.145.022

Omega has several extremely long-selling models, but one of the most famous is the Speedmaster, a moonwatch made for going into space.

This Ref. 145.022 is the 5th model, the fifth generation.

Because it is a popular classic, any man who wears it will look cool and stylish.

The reason we are introducing the 5th model is that the numbers of models prior to the 4th are quite limited, and the prices are proportionally higher, so we chose the 5th model.

The case size is 42mm, which is larger than the watches I will introduce, but when you actually wear it, it fits comfortably on the wrist and does not feel stretched out because it has a chronograph dial.

And one important point to remember is the step dial.

Please see the image below↓

The word "step" often appears in the watch industry, which means "step."

For example, the term "step bezel" comes up a lot, which refers to a bezel that has a step.

Furthermore, Omega Speedmaster models made up until 1971 feature a step dial design, in which the outer circumference of the dial is one step lower.

Models produced after 1971 have had a flat dial, but today, you can purchase new Heritage models with this stepped dial.

There are many different types of Speedmasters, but I think knowing these subtle differences will help you develop an even greater attachment to the watch.

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Round Watch

It can be said that Jaeger-LeCoultre is a brand that is significantly underrated compared to its true potential.

It has a history of supplying movements to the world's three major watch brands, and it has a history of being used as military watches, which require high specifications.

To begin with, because it is in a position similar to that of a behind-the-scenes player among watch brands, it does not have the same impact as Rolex or Omega, and although its signature models such as the Master Control are now starting to gain recognition, it can still be said that it is less well-known than other companies.

It is also fair to say that without this company, other brands in Swiss watchmaking would not have produced such great models.

Therefore, when evaluating a vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, it is important to remember that it is a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.

about it.

Vintage models include the Reverso, but a characteristic of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches is that there were not many representative models in the past and only a small number were produced.

Given this background, the fact that it is a vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre watch makes it worthy of recognition.

So what we'd like to introduce to you today is a stainless steel round watch made in the 1940s.

It was made in the 1940s, but was quite large for the time, with a case diameter of 35mm.

The size is still appropriate for modern times, and it feels great as it fits comfortably around your arm.

When viewed from the side, the case has two lines, giving it a delicate design down to the smallest details as a dress watch.

The lugs extending from the round case are straight and have a decorative design.

Looking at the dial, we see that the inside of the index features a minute track that is typical of Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the beautiful satin dial has applied wedge-shaped indexes all but at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions.

It's not all Arabic, there are cut-outs, which is also a stylish touch.

I think that those who don't choose based on the brand name, but understand that it is a truly good watch, and choose a vintage watch equipped with Jaeger-LeCoultre's finest movement, will make a good impression.

5. Patek Philippe Ref. 3520

From Patek Philippe, we chose the elegantly styled Ref. 3520.

This model was born in 1972, but was a long-selling model that continued to be produced until the 2000s, and is a watch that allows you to experience the greatness of Patek Philippe's technology.

First, let me ask you to look at the bezel. You can see the continuous pyramidal decoration.

This is one of Patek Philippe's techniques, called "Clou de Paris" which means "Claw of Paris" in French.

It looks quite dressy, but in reality it is subdued and not overbearing, adding a subtle touch of elegance to your hands.

This is because the size is not large at 32.5mm, so you can wear it as an elegant watch.

Let's take a look at the dial.

The white dial features Roman indexes, which were only used by upper-class aristocrats, and thin bar hands.

The movement is the hand-wound Cal.177, and the actual thickness of the watch is just 5mm, making it extremely thin.

Although the design is simple, it exudes an aristocratic atmosphere.

However, the back cover is screw-down, and the water resistance is comparable to other Patek Philippe models, so it can be said that its practicality is also an attractive point.

The current price is around 1.3 to 1.5 million yen, so considering that it is a Patek and uses such advanced techniques, you can get it at this price, I think it is very good value for money.

6. Vacheron Constantin Ref. 6506

Next up is the Vacheron Constantin ref. 6506.

This model was created in the 1960s and is also known as ultra-slim because its case is only 5mm thick.

The case diameter is 33mm, a classic dress watch style.

Compared to the Patek mentioned above, this is an even simpler design, but I think there are many people who prefer simpler watches, so I chose this model from Vacheron.

Crafted with precision and attention to detail, the 18K gold case features classic bar indexes and thin bar hands.

Another great feature is that the dial is available in a variety of patterns, from white to champagne mesh and champagne sunburst, so you can choose the one that suits your taste.

Prices range from around 800,000 to 1,000,000 yen, so this is a recommended watch for anyone who has always wanted to own one of the world's three major watch brands.

7. Audemars Piguet Ref. 5117BA

Next on our list is the Audemars Piguet REF. 5117BA.

This model is not easy to come by, but even though it is small in size, it is still very stylish.

We decided to use this because we wanted you to see this.

It was made in the 1960s.

At first glance, it looks like a classic, simple watch design, but it is a model with depth.

That is because the bezel is flat, in the Calatrava style.

The lugs extend from there, but they connect to the bezel with almost no gap, giving the impression that they extend directly from the case.

Now let's take a look at the dial.

On top of the white dial are bullet-style applied indexes (bullet style means bullet-shaped, while applied refers to three-dimensional indexes that are added later). The small seconds are simple with cross lines drawn vertically and horizontally, giving it a sophisticated design.

What is particularly noteworthy about this model is that because the case is made so flat and the lugs are connected to the case without any steps, it gives the impression of greater presence than its 30mm diameter.

In today's wristwatch environment, a 30mm men's model may seem too small, but that is not the case at all. We wanted to let you know that it is fashionable watches that are made to be small, and that is why we introduced this model.

8. Tudor Submariner Ref. 75190 6488699&mkgroupid=149470745402&rlsatarget=pla-293946777986&abcId=&merchantid=101566702&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAjw_LOwBhBFEiwAmSEQAX5p91Gsf81FPtIDcuywnh04QWP1-4q54UQztckfMa01S3woF2RswRoCM9MQAvD_BwE

From Tudor, we would like to introduce the Submariner, a diver's watch that was born in the late 1990s.

Because it is 36mm in size, it is called mid-size overseas and is also called mid-sub.

The reason I wanted to introduce this model this time is because of its size.

Diving watches look very cool to men, but because they are waterproof, most models tend to be quite large.

However, this Tudor Submariner is 36mm in diameter, so the appeal is in having a smaller diver's watch.

I believe that this watch has more of a fashion element than actually being used for deep diving, so I think it's great that they have managed to encapsulate the style of a diver's watch in such a compact way.

Tudor started out with a rose logo, but then changed it to a shield logo.

This Submariner also changed to a shield logo, and from that point on the sharing of Rolex parts stopped.

This Mid-Sub also comes in two varieties, one with Rolex parts and one with the shield logo, depending on when it was produced, but the ones with Rolex parts are rare.

Let's take a look at the design.

The black dial has the date displayed at the 3 o'clock position, and the indexes at the 6, 9, and 12 o'clock positions are triangular, while the rest are dot indexes typical of a diver's watch.

The needles are also good.

The Mercedes-Benz hands are reminiscent of Rolex, giving the impression that this is truly a diver's watch.

Speaking of Tudor, the Snowflake and Squid Sub are also extremely cool, but this model is small, so it would definitely be great for a man in his 40s who appreciates the appeal of small watches.

9. SEIKO King Seiko Ref.4420-9990

From SEIKO, we would like to introduce the King Seiko Ref. 4420-9990.

Although it is no longer a model, King Seiko was, simply put, a model created for young people, whereas Grand Seiko was aimed at adults.

That said, by today's standards it is made to extremely high specifications, and the selling price was 24,000 yen, while the starting salary for a university student at the time was 23,000 yen, so although it was aimed at young people it still felt like a high-end machine.

However, I chose King Seiko because I was attracted to the fact that this old luxury model can be purchased at an affordable price for people like us today.

This model is classified into early and late types; if the English letter c "CHRONOMETER" at position 12 is in cursive, it is classified as the early type, and if it is in block letters, it is classified as the late type.

The back cover is designed with a screw back, which enhances water resistance and makes it easy to use on a daily basis.

You can also see a lion medallion on the back.

What does this lion represent? It represents the presence of a chronometer movement.

This is proof that there is no error in the precision.

By the way, the movement used is Cal. 4420A.

The case diameter is 36mm, which is just the right size, but SEIKO watches have thick, sturdy lugs, so even though it is a simple three-hand watch, it has a sense of robustness that is one of its charms.

The dial has a simple three-hand design and bar-shaped applied indexes, but the KING SEIKO logo at the 6 o'clock position makes it feel like a brand that can be proud of, born in Japan.

10. IWC Ingenieur Ref. 666AD

From IWC, we have the Ingenieur model with date notation, Ref. 666AD.

The first generation Ingenieur did not have a date display, but the second generation model is equipped with a date display.

The case size is 37mm, but the automatic caliber Cal. 584 is made to be thin, so it doesn't get in the way of your cuff and is a good size for easy handling .

This model originally started out as the IWC Mark 11, a model made for British military pilots, but this is a civilian version of that model.

The Mark XI was designed to function without becoming magnetized even in the electromagnetic environment of a cockpit, while the Injunior was created for white-collar workers such as doctors, engineers and researchers.

Now let me briefly explain the internal structure.

How is the watch protected from magnetism? It is protected by an inner case made of soft iron that encases the movement.

This is getting a bit technical, so I'd like you to just ignore it, but soft iron is a type of iron, but it has a low carbon content, which means it has a low magnetic rate.

Magnetic constant is a number that indicates the degree to which something is magnetized when placed in a magnetic field, and a low magnetic constant means that it is less susceptible to the effects of magnetic fields.

And this is housed in a stainless steel case.

IWC Ingenieur soft iron case construction

This protects the movement from magnetic fields, ensuring that the watch will not go out of sync even in such environments.

I know that all this gauss and magnetism stuff may be a little hard to understand, but to put it very simply, the higher the gauss number, the stronger the resistance to magnetism.

It's something like 1000→2000→3000 gauss.

This model is also magnetically resistant up to 1000 gauss.

To give you an idea of ​​how much 1000 gauss is, a watch with this level of gauss will be less susceptible to the effects of magnetism, even if it is placed 1cm away from a magnetic device such as a smartphone or speaker for around an hour.

It is important to understand that just because it uses a soft iron case does not mean it is invincible, but rather that it is resistant to magnetism and not easily magnetized.

Current Ingenieurs have the same level of magnetic resistance, but this second-generation Ingenieur, made in the 1970s, has the same magnetic resistance, which shows how amazing a watch it was back then.


One of the reasons why vintage watches look stylish when worn is probably due to their small size.

If everyone around you is wearing a large watch and you're the only one wearing a small vintage watch, you'll stand out, and because it's a proper watch, you'll inevitably look more stylish...

I guess that's what happens.

I believe that men in their 40s are at an age where their masculinity begins to emerge, so I would be happy to help them become more beautiful and stylish.

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