- Mar 8, 2002
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Just that one and two vintage IWCs. I think that I might be moving through the world in slo-mo because of how fast some of them run. Servicing is such a PITA since I live in a small town, and I can't just run them into a good repair store. Luckily, I've found a couple of people nearby who are very good, and some are also officially certified to service certain brands. However, every service is a few hundred to close to a grand for a vintage chronograph, even one is nearly mint condition, and I figure that if I service 4 watches all at once, that is close to just getting something else.As for your aversion to Rolex because you have had problems with automatic movements in the past, were the issues with Rolex watches? Over the years I've owned roughly 16 automatic Rolex watches over the years and I've only ever had a problem with one, and it is the one you already own, a 116250 Daytona. I had a very early one that had some issues with the new cal 4130 chronograph mechanism. It was quickly fixed under warranty, and revisions/improvements continued over the years with that movement. None of my others ever had any issues with them and I used them for a lot of high impact activities, back before I knew one shouldn't wear them for things like hitting golf balls at a driving range, hitting balls in a batting cage, shooting 45 cal semi automatic pistols etc. Cheers!
These are all #firstworldproblems, of course, but if I can avoid them, I do. There are at least a half dozen handwinders from the 60s and 70s (this seems to be my sweet spot right now), and one from the late 50s, that I find pretty amazing, and that will, just because of the passage of time, probably not come up for sale again. So I'm concentrated on those right now. Hopefully, I will be able to get my grubby hands on many, if not all of them, in the next few years. After that, we'll see.
Re. Vintage Rolexes - I do find a number of them really compelling, but given that they seem both rather expensive compared to their counterparts, and also rather ubiquitous, that feel little urgency in getting them.