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So do you want an actual dress watch or sporty watch like most Rolexes? What about precious metal? Size range you prefer?


Reverso is worth checking out. Something like an Explorer 1 might be up your alley as well but its not a dress watch.
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Budget is ideally at 5k but can go as high as 20k. I want a versatile dress watch.

lol.
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Very nice combo (duo?) TheWraith!
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Budget is ideally at 5k but can go as high as 20k. I want a versatile dress watch.

To echo the previous points, finding something from your birth year is going to be a challenge. In addition, finding something that's worth owning (cared for and not a Franken-watch), will be another challenge. The 80s weren't exactly really refined time for dress watches. A PP Nautilus (ref: 3800), AP RO, or Vacheron Patrimony. Although the sizes of these watches tend to be undersized and underwhelming. If you're looking at those models, it may be worthwhile to look at modern variants where you won't have any of the headaches of owning a vintage timepiece.

NB - I always thought a Rolex GMTII MK1 from the era (Ref: 16760), had a lot going for it.
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Budget is ideally at 5k but can go as high as 20k. I want a versatile dress watch.

As others have said, a Rolex is a good versatile watch, but the watches they are known for are not really dress watches.  They do make dress watches, which are part of their Cellini line, but most people tend to prefer their Oyster cased watches, such as the Datejust, Submariner, GMT, Explorer etc.  If you want a Rolex, and you want something versatile, the Datejust is the obvious choice.  You can easily find many from the early 80's with a variety of dials, bezels, metals, and bracelets that are within your $5K budget.  If you want one of their sport watches (from 1983), which many people do wear with suits or for all but the dressiest occasion, depending on condition and if it has its box & papers (which does add to a watches collectibility...but also adds a bit to the price) you will probably be spending more than your $5K but there are lots of options for under $20K..be it a GMT, Sub, Explorer, or Explorer 2.

 

If you really want a versatile dress watch as others mentioned the JLC Reverso is a wonderful choice...but you probably won't find any available from 1983.  Although the watch was original made in around 1931 and it is in production now, it has not continuously been in production during all of the years in between.  The Reverso seemed to go come back into production around 1982 but on a limited basis.  I don't recall the Reverso truly being marketed and easily available to consumers until the early 1990s.  

 

The other part that makes finding a watch from 1983 tough, is that the late 70's/early 80s were tough years for most brands and many had switched to quartz movements (not sure if that matters to you, or if you would prefer an mechanical/automatic watch.  

 

You could certainly hunt for Patek Calatrava from 1983, but it depends on what you favor in terms of watch size.  Many dress watches from Patek, AP, and VC back in the early 1980s were around 33 or 34mm (with a few being as small as 31).  Today most men tend to favor dress watches that are at least 36mm or larger.

 

Wishing you luck on whatever you decide.   

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I'm thinking two-tone Oysterquartz FTW. Maybe a Buckley dial.

Something about the OQ just screams "1983".

In a good way biggrin.gif
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I was going to suggest an Omega Speedmaster Albatros. Of course this was made for the Montreal 76 Olympics. But to me it's much more 80s than 70s.
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Very nice combo (duo?) TheWraith!

The closest I have to a blue/black combo watch befitting the character wink.gif
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Been looking for a watch box for a while and finally landed on this from the guys at analog shift.



Need to eventually add a Reverso and something else...perhaps a Mitsukoshi conversion dial Speedy.
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^ Lovely box and watches there, tricky. Very nice indeed.
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I was watch 'window-shopping' this past weekend in LV when I stumbled upon the VC Overseas Ultramarines (both the dual-time & 3-hander). I was mesmerized by the blue dials; unfortunately the watch is sold with rubber & gator straps, I'd therefore have to source the very nice bracelet which won't be inexpensive! I'm interested in hearing others thoughts/opinions on the Overseas in general & the Ultramarine in particular:

 

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Been looking for a watch box for a while and finally landed on this from the guys at analog shift.


 

 

Thanks for sharing this and a great looking box.  When I have the watches to put in one this is likely what I'll go for.

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I was watch 'window-shopping' this past weekend in LV when I stumbled upon the VC Overseas Ultramarines (both the dual-time & 3-hander). I was mesmerized by the blue dials; unfortunately the watch is sold with rubber & gator straps, I'd therefore have to source the very nice bracelet which won't be inexpensive! I'm interested in hearing others thoughts/opinions on the Overseas in general & the Ultramarine in particular:

 

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

It's a VC, so it's very well-made, but the bezel and lugs really don't do anything for me at all. The bezel, in particular, leaves me cold. I don't really like the date placement, either, although that's not a deal-breaker like the bezel shape.

 

If I was looking for a similar watch, I'd be much more attracted by the IWC Ingenieur, which you can get with a blue dial: 

 

http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/ingenieur/IW323909/

 

 

Like the VC, it's anti-magnetic. You can also get it on a strap. I've got no idea of pricing but I'd be willing to bet that the IWC is cheaper than the VC, too. 

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