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Bruce's Vintage Watches

Fine timepieces at reasonable prices from a name you trust.

In business since 1989 and offering medium- to high-grade watches with an unconditional seven-day money back guarantee.
Hello. My name is Bruce Shawkey, and I've been collecting vintage watches since 1986, and have been a dedicated dealer in vintage watches since 1991 when I left my last "real" job as a technical writer for a national trade association. Starting out with crude paper catalogs, I soon jumped onto the Internet in 1996 with "thewatchstore.com" I sold that domain name in 2012, and am now operating under the name of brucesvintagewatches.

All during this time, my mission has remained the same: To provide nice, affordable watches to collectors who don't necessarily have a bundle of money to spend. I pride myself in pricing my watches realistically, which means I'm extremely competitive with others on the 'Net who price their merchandise at close to retail, in the hopes of snagging the occasional "sucker" who comes along. I'm more interested in building long-term and trusting relationships with my customers, which I accomplish not only with fair pricing, but providing full disclosure about my watches, along with a little educational information about each watch that I sell.

It have worked, because many of my customers were from the beginning!
I'm also very interested in the history of these old watches and the companies that made them. To that end, I have published three books on vintage watches, and am currently working on a fourth and fifth.
There's an old saying about "Do what you love, and you'll never work another day in your life." I've been very fortunate in finding out what it is that I love to do. I have been blessed these past 3-1/2 decades to buy and sell vintage watches and meet many great people.
But the time has come to change gears, and I want to focus more on writing about watches. The actual business of buying and selling watches has changed tremendously in the past 35 years, and much of it has not been good. Competition has become cutthroat. Many dealers are asking absurd prices. Many venues have turned into "wretched hives of scum and villiainy" to paraphrase a quote from a popular movie.
And so I feel it is time to make my exit and pass the baton to the next generation of wristwatch aficionados. 
May you always find joy in wearing a vintage wristwatch. May it always remind you that time is a gift, never to be wasted.

Bruce Shawkey

Bruce's Vintage Watches is Currently Closed.