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Help me pick out a new watch...

Scuttlebutt

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I'm in my early 20s, and currently own two watches: a Movado Museum (black lizard skin band) and a Skagen, white face, brown leather band. The end. Edit: I forgot about a nice looking Seiko that I left at my now-ex-girlfriend's house. Come to find out she brought it to a pawn shop. Damn her. I'm looking for a somewhat dressy watch that can still be worn casually (or in SF's opinion, I am looking for a casual watch
) Church, going out, going to class, etc. I'm not into wearing hockey puck sized watches to show off. The Movado is the perfect size for me. I think I want to go the vintage route. Thinking an old Omega or Longines. Something under $300 or so. Any ideas on what I should look for? Any other suggestions on a modern (new) clean/conservative looking watch? Thanks for any ideas.
 

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something that looks like the rolex submariner.

I'm looking at the seiko diver watch
 

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Originally Posted by Scuttlebutt

I think I want to go the vintage route. Thinking an old Omega or Longines. Something under $300 or so.


The problem with an under-$300 vintage name-brand watch is that you're buying a pig in a poke. What you buy, despite the protestations of the Ebay-seller, probably has NOT "recently been fully serviced by a reputable watchmaker." Such a service itself is well more than $150.

I would stay away from "vintage" in your price range unless you are willing to roll the dice and end up with a nice looking piece that is accurate but twice daily.
 

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For you price range, I'd try to find a watch less than 5 years old with modern dimensions and a vintage design. Seiko, Hamilton, Citizen, Bulova, and Jacques Lemans all produce watches in you price range. If you purchase a vintage Omega or other mechanical watch, expect to pay $400 or more in additional service costs every five years. I just got back my Omega from the service center and it cost me about $450. Rolex charges even more.
 

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Hmm...I was really looking for something that not everyone else (at least my age) has.

I admittedly don't know much about vintage watches, but would love to have an old school movement (manual, but if I could snag an automatic in my price range, that would be really sweet).

What if I upped my budget to $600? I mean, it could be something that could last the rest of my life, right? $600 for either a modern or vintage watch. Just to get my feet wet.

Are there any reputable online retailers I could look for for vintage? I might take the risk of getting something >$100 on ebay that may or may not be good, but I need to do some more research first.
 

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dude............you want a steak for the price of a cheeseburger? Not gonna happen.

If it does, consider it a personal favor from God...........buy a powerball ticket!

You'd be hard pressed to get an Omega for $300.......at least one worth buying. Good luck.
 

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