- Mar 13, 2006
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Admittedly, I've posted these photos in the other fora, but as I'm always repeating "vintage, vintage, vintage" in watch threads here, I suppose I should post photos of my watches here as well... Viz:Omega Seamaster De Ville automatic, gold bezel on steel monocoque case, ca. 1960. Used to be my grandfather's, until he took it in to a shop for repair. The shopkeeper proceeded to tell him that nothing could be done, offered to throw it away for him, and sold him a Timex. He left the watch there. I heard about it a couple of weeks later, drove down to the shop with smoke coming out of my ears, and found the watch, repaired and nicely cleaned up, in the shop's glass counter. I asked to try it on, explained the situation to the man, and told him I would be leaving with the watch. He locked the door and threatened to call the police. I then volunteered to stay and explain the situation to the law, the press and the local chamber of commerce. After an uncomfortable silence, he unlocked the door, and I left.Longines Sport Chief, steel case, ca. 1954, my dad's first watch. He's forsaken it for a Timex Iron Man, the poor sap.Longines Flagship, gold case, ca. 1960. Found in the attic of my dorm at university, during the decennial cleaning out of the storage lockers there. I wear it with black tie, and almost never for anything else.Omega gold watch, fifties - approx. $15 in flea-market with semi-pro stall vendors. The price was so low I took the chance, then had it checked by my watchmaker and found to be genuine and in good working order. Cleaning and new strap added another approx. $30.Another flea-market find - this is a completely unknown brand (the dial says "Emayer", not "E. Mayer"), as far as I know, probably with some sort of cheap ETA-type movement in it. I really like it, though, particularly the dial. Paid something like $7, and then had it fixed for another $50 or so.Seiko DX, my first watch, given to me by my godfather in the late seventies, after he bought several of them cheaply, on a trip to Japan. My beater watch, worn with jeans. The band seems to have come out slightly wrong in the photo, - it actually matches my jeans quite closely in colour.Oris, discontinued model, my dailiest wearer. Bought used for something like $300. Maintenance over the last five years has been something like another $150. And finally the Longines pocket repeater, which I bought at auction, mostly as a small investment. The price was just too low to pass up on it. I'll probably wear it occasionally, though. It strikes hours, quarters and minutes.I'm also having a thirties rectangular Alpina overhauled, long rectangular case, very art deco. It might become my favourite watch when it's finished, but this time, the repair seems to take forever.