Only FEW of the 1940 Rolex is still running. I am SURE if the said Invicta is treated like the 1940 Rolex which is still running, then law of the sheer numbers dictate that few will survive.That 1940 Rolex is still running. The test will be if the Invicta is still running 75 years from now.
Right, but then some vintage Rolex watches (for example) didn't have things ike a quick-set date, solid link bracelet, etc. And you don't even need to go back to the 1940s, just 1970s or so.I think it all depends on how low you go. Some automatics that people seem to rave about can't even be hand wound, so in that case I'd say no.
I guess it depends on what one means by yesterday's watches, but this is a Patek 28-255, which is based on the JLC 920. It was used in the first Nautilus, which was introduced in 1976.From memory, pics very much say otherwise, though admittedly I've never handled a vintage "Trinity" watch.
Everything is on display today, and the competition has arguably never been steeper. While I think it's more difficult to ascertain the question posed in the OP, I do believe that the best Pateks, Vacherons, Rolexes, etc in terms of average level of finish, accuracy, durability, etc. are made today.