If you're lucky, grandpa or your dad might pass you down a quality timepiece like a Rolex, Patek Philippe, or Omega. If not, you're gonna have to pony up the cash for one. To save some dough, and get a really unique piece, you should invest in one with a few years on it. Learning about vintage watches is a great way to learn about what makes a quality timepiece, as well as the intricacies and nuances that come with watch collecting—you get to find out why exactly so many people nerd out about it. And hopefully, after you make that investment, you'll have something with a rad story behind it.

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