@Newcomer: I definitely don't plan on getting a Paul Newman. I think those go for $100k+. I don't have that kind of money.
Lange, Patek, VC, AP, etc all look nice, but I think they're dressier than what I'm looking for. Is there a sports watch you'd recommend?
Also, is there a particular reason why you think the vintage watch game is a minefield? I have a friend who works for Hodinkee, and I was planning to ask him for help when it came time to actually purchase something. I realize there are a lot of fake or replaced movements out there, but thought maybe it would be safe if I had some trustworthy "insiders." Bad assumption, you think?
@cyc wid it: I don't plan on making this my OneWatch. I'm not really one for "OneX" ideas anyway. I'm thinking that if I don't like this down the road, I can sell it back on the market for not too much of a loss. My main concern is that the movements seem somewhat simple for the current price of Daytonas, and I'm afraid that I'm just getting swindled by hype. I like the design and history though, I have to admit.
@dino944: Thanks for that insight. I'm indeed thinking about the 6263/6265 manual wind models.
I was actually under the impression that I could still wear the heck out of a 6263/6265. Am I wrong? I suppose it depends on what we mean by "beating the heck" out of a watch. I don't live a particularly rough lifestyle, so the most that would happen to it is maybe getting banged against a table or something when I get up. Are vintage sports watches more delicate than I thought?
(Thanks again to everyone for the help. I appreciate it).