Vintage clothing gives you a unique style that is both distinctive and trendy. Retro items are a throwback to the time when they were made while still making a fashionable statement today. Vintage accessories are no different.
Want to make a style statement? Consider adding a retro watch to your collection. The watches in this vintage watch collection may not be outfitted with the latest technology, or even gold and diamonds. They do, however, offer classic styling that is as fashionable today as it was when these retro watch designs were first introduced. They are also all still available to buy new today.
First introduced in 1991, the Casio F91W is also known as the Casio Classic. This classic style offers the basic functions you’d expect from a digital watch today. You may remember this watch for its hourly beeps, although these can be turned off. There’s also a daily alarm and a stopwatch with split time capabilities.
The case is made from black resin, as is the strap. The face is mineral crystal, and is scratch-resistant. It’s thin design tapers toward the band, giving the watch a smooth silhouette. They’ve been on the market continuously since their introduction, and are an affordable choice if you’re in the market for a retro watch.
Retail price: $18.95
Timex Expedition Watch – T49922J
This retro watch is best recognized by its color scheme, complete with bright blues, green, orange and even purple. It’s designed for sport, and keeps pace thanks to its chronograph with split and lap times, a countdown timer, a lap counter and a number of alarm options. It’s also rated to be water resistant to at least 50 M. But this fashionable watch isn’t only for athletes.
The case and band are formed from resin, while the face is acrylic. The colorblock design is hot right now, meaning this vintage watch is still trendy and stylish long after its introduction.
Retail price: $54.95
This vintage watch was one of the earliest models offered by Casio after digital technology was introduced. In addition to its digital time display, it also included a calendar with the date and day. There’s a digital stopwatch, alarm and hourly time chime, as well.
Much like the Casio F91W, this watch is a classic fashion statement that remains on the market. The stainless steel case and bezel are durable as well as stylish. The band is a link bracelet, also made from stainless steel. The look is great for black tie events, but this retro watch is sturdy enough for everyday wear as well.
Retail price: $24.95
Freestyle Shark Classic
The Shark Classic was designed for surfers in mind, and it retains many of the qualities that made it popular for beach bums and trendy young people alike. The brightly colored band is made from durable polyurethane, with a matching case and screw-down bezel made from plastic. The digital display is easy to read, with the day, date and time.
The stopwatch, alarms, backlight and timers are controlled by four buttons on the side of the case. Since it was originally made for surfing, it is water resistant to 100 meters. This retro watch design is still available in many colors, including bright green, blue and purple.
Retail price: $70
Casio CA53W Databank
This calculator watch was the dream gadget of every nerd in school, and is a popular vintage watch design today. Sometimes known as a “calculator watch,” this retro design boasts all the features of the Casio F91W, but also features a calculator that can compute numbers with up to eight digits.
It’s water resistant to 165 feet, too. The design is sporty and rugged. The strap is made from resin with a stainless steel buckle. The case is made from resin as well. The face is mineral crystal and features 16 buttons for the calculator operations.
Retail price: $24.95
EOS New York Mixtape
Made from gold-toned stainless steel, this retro-inspired design makes for an unusual statement piece in addition to a durable watch. The watch itself is modeled after a cassette tape, albeit on a much smaller scale. On the right, a white disc displays the time. It also spins each minute. The black disk on the left spins to show the seconds.
At the top, the EOS logo is stenciled in silver. The band is unusually wide for a watchband, and is made of black leather. The anodized stainless steel of the watch’s case is not only unique and fashionable, but durable enough for regular wear.
Retail price: $135
If you prefer gold tones to silver, the Casio A168WG9 may be the vintage watch for you. This gold-tone vintage design defines retro chic, at least where watches are concerned. This digital wristwatch is made from stainless steel. It features a gold case and gold tone bracelet wristband.
The only non-metal part is the acrylic bezel and face, both of which are also painted a gold tone. Underneath, it has all the features of a basic Casio digital watch in the style of the Casio Classic. This means it performs well enough to wear everyday, although it also looks great with a suit or formal wear.
Retail price: $54
Vestal DIG001 Digichord
This vintage watch design has been popular for years because of its unique design and because it is the thinnest watch in Vestal’s catalog. At only 1.1 ounces, it is also extremely light. Because of its design and size, it seems like an accessory that might be work on a starship or built with space age materials.
The case and face are made of super lightweight plastic, while the band is polyurethane. It’s only 5.5 millimeters thick, even at its widest point. This watch is sold in a number of color schemes, including a wide variety of fashionable, trendy colors.
Retail price: $60
The Timex T2M993 is the most refined of Timex’s 1980s retro designs still in production. This digital watch features two-tone stainless steel throughout. The watch case is made of resin, and is paired with a stainless steel expansion band. Like many watches introduced during the ’80s, the case is a square shape that tapers to meet the band.
The watch and band are both two-toned, featuring both gold and silver-colored coatings. When this watch first hit the marketplace, it was popular with sophisticated buyers. It continues to be a favorite vintage design for fashionable, hip and sophisticated men today.
Retail price: $50
The Adidas ADH4018 is a men’s athletic watch with retro styling, giving it a vintage watch feel. Like the Casio Databank, it’s also a calculator watch. The watch is primarily white, pairing a polyurethane strap with a polycarbonate case. The face features a polka dot scheme, and black numbers on the white calculator keys.
The entire watch and band have a glossy finish. The selector buttons and band buckle are made from stainless steel. It pairs some modern design concepts for a great modern watch that would also have been fashionable in the 1980s.
Retail price: $89