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Nealjpage

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I started a vintage watch thread a while back here: https://www.styleforum.net/threads/vintage-watch-thread-pre-1990s-watches-only.660199/

I am sure there are some knowledgable folks on there to answer questions. What are you looking for advice on?

-DL
I'm member of the vintage shoe thread and I decided that the fact that I don't have any nice vintage wristwatches is an abomination that I should solve. There's thousands on eBay, and I'm not sure where to start. There's no way I can afford a Rolex or an Omega.

So, where do I start? Is there a good gateway watch maker that is an excellent value? Bulova? Gruen? Elgin?

Edited to add: it started with this Accutron that I found in a box of miscellaneous jewelry that someone gave my wife. I polished the crystal and ordered a new battery but it didn't work; a local watchmaker looked at it and said that it would cost more to fix than it was worth.

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I recently found this Perfex Airvac 400 at a local antique store for $5. It was in a box marked "parts" and it seemed to work after I moved it around a bit, so I assumed that it is an automatic wind. Quick research tells me that it was made by Jaquet Girard, probably in the 1960s. I carried it around in my pocket for a couple of days, and it seems to be keeping pretty accurate time. I'm looking for a band now.

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The crystal is cracked and the gold-filled case is looking a bit worn, but I figure that it will do. For now.
 

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I recently found this Perfex Airvac 400 at a local antique store for $5. It was in a box marked "parts" and it seemed to work after I moved it around a bit, so I assumed that it is an automatic wind. Quick research tells me that it was made by Jaquet Girard, probably in the 1960s. I carried it around in my pocket for a couple of days, and it seems to be keeping pretty accurate time. I'm looking for a band now.

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The crystal is cracked and the gold-filled case is looking a bit worn, but I figure that it will do. For now.
There are a ton of these time only watches out there. Some manual wind, some automatic. If you are not bound by brand, you can find a ton of these types of watches. Personally, I like a good field watch, something like a Hamilton or Benrus from the 60's-80's. They can be had for 200$-500$.

Also, my company, which is mainly me, makes watch straps. Link is in my signature.

-DL
 

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Hello gentlemen, I have taken a dive into this thread the past week and am working myself backwards to page 1. In the past week I have as a result rediscovered my collection of watches; 10, in which only 1 I've bought myself. Nothing major and nothing ridiculously expensive; I think the most being a gift which was probably in the $150 range. Additionally, I ordered batteries and a kit and thanks to this thread changed about 8 batteries saving myself about $120. Any how here are two that I "re-discovered".

Both are Kenneth Cole and Quartz. Like I said nothing major. My one question for those with smart-watches do you rotate?

2nd watch my daughter insisted on wearing it.
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I received an email with new Audaz offerings from Serious Watches. Could not resist this beautiful baby blue dial, it's already sold out. Serious Watches is a first class watch shop from the Netherlands. I have bought a few watches from them, always 3-day free shipping. Incredible packaging, you go through 5 layers of padding until you get to the final gift wrapped box. Can't say enough good things about them.
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I have wanted to try a bronze watch for a while. I finally picked up this Aragon Hercules yesterday and gave it a little patina to start.
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I've been chasing a Tudor Black Bay Bronze Blue Bucherer (BBBBB) since it debuted in 2018. I finally landed a NIB piece in December. It's destined to be a gift for my son when he graduates from university later this year (blue/gold school colors!)
For those unfamiliar, Tudor (and other top watch manufacturers) produced special edition watches to commemorate Bucherer's (a huge watch retailer in Switzerland) 130-year anniversary. The catch was - you had to buy the watch in-person at one of their 16 retail stores in Europe. No on-line, email or phone sales!
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Anywho, that purchase and posts like @mreams99 above gave me the itch to add a bronze watch to my collection. And that itch became a full-on rash! My latest addition arrived Thursday.
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I think I'm cured, but may be too soon to say.

More on each watch as I put some wrist-miles on them.
 

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