Welcome to Friday Live! This week your hosts will be HODINKEE Vintage Watch Expert Louis Westphalen and HODINKEE Editor in Chief Jack Forster, and today, they’ll be looking at something near and dear to the hearts of watch enthusiasts everywhere: the centuries-long debate over whether an automatic or hand-wound watch is better. From the earliest self-winding pocket watches by Perrelet and Breguet, in the 18th century, to the first series-produced self-winding wristwatches by John Harwood, right up to today, automatic movements have evolved alongside hand-wound calibers, and each has both benefits and drawbacks.
We’ll also be looking into the potential shark tank that is vintage watch collecting; Louis will walk us through some of the basic red flags that you need to look out for when you’re sizing up a watch for possible purchase. Forewarned is forearmed in vintage watches, and whether you’re a beginner or seasoned collector, these warning signs that all may not be well can be useful ammunition in the battle to make sure you’re getting what you think you’re getting, when you buy vintage. And our hosts will also introduce you to some of their favorite watch books some of which might come as a surprise.
Finally, we’ll be taking reader questions as always, so if there’s something you’d like to ask our hosts, jump on down to the comments section for this post, and we’ll do our best to reply live! As usual, we’ll be on the air at 1PM EST. A note to mobile viewers: if you’d like to watch live in the HODINKEE app, just hit the play button in the video player at the top of this story. See you Live!