I'm looking for a great, unique vintage watch. I want a nice big face and love interesting tanks or a bigger round face. I have checked out previous posts and shopped around. While in NYC I fell in love with a 60's Breitling chrono, but the $3,000 price tag kept me away. I like Swiss watches and want a good investment piece (i.e. quality) for a decent price under $1000 (preferably $500 or so). Am I not being realistic?
Well, I think if you don't know enough about watches to spy an amazing find at a flea market or pawn shop, you'll have to accept that the big-name vintage pieces are going to fetch big-name prices. Likewise, buying a watch as an investment only makes sense if you're well-educated about timepieces. However, you should be able to find a well-made and aesthetically pleasing vintage watch in your price range. I've steered others to www.wannabuyawatch.com
, and I'd suggest you browse through their collection of vintage Swiss watches to get an idea of what's out there and what the market prices are. I took a quick look, and found a few distinctive mid-century Swiss chronographs for under $1K that I think might make you happy: Bucherer Chronograph Tissot Navigator Nivada Grenchen
There are a few more in your price range, as well. I can't speak for the investment value of these watches, nor the absolute quality of the movements compared to other makes. They are, however, quite striking in comparison to most of today's watches, particularly anything you can get for a comparable price.