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Vintage Watch Thread (Pre-1990's watches only)

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Hey folks, I am started this thread because there seemed to me to be a hole in the SF community for vintage watch enthusiasts. Please feel free to post about all things vintage watches: movements pics, cases, straps, drooling and such.

I chose the 1990's as the cut off because, well, its 30 years ago and was the mainstream introduction and use of sapphire crystals.

Also if you have a piece to sell, we could also use this thread as a B/S/T for those looking to unload or add to your collections, source for vintage straps and parts if need be.

I am excited to see what you are collecting!

-DL
 
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Great thread idea. I'm a big fan of vintage watches, mainly because of the smaller size. Perhaps not in the same league as the watches above, but I really like older, US-made watches, particularly ones by Waltham, since I lived in the town Waltham and my grandfather wore them:
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I've got a thing for older dive watches... here are a couple of mine:

Early '80s:

Late '80s:

This one is from '92, but I think that it's close enough:

I no longer have this Heuer Night Diver, but it was a great fitting one:

And a Zodiac Night Diver from the same time period as the Heuer and with the same Monnin case:
 

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I've got a thing for older dive watches... here are a couple of mine:

Early '80s:

Late '80s:

This one is from '92, but I think that it's close enough:

I no longer have this Heuer Night Diver, but it was a great fitting one:

And a Zodiac Night Diver from the same time period as the Heuer and with the same Monnin case:
I love vintage Zodiacs.. Great watches really
 

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Love the Pie Pan dials. Super sharp case too.
The condition on this watch is amazing! I will try to get a better shot.
Omega logo etched in the Plexiglass and super sharp case.
Thanks for the thread too, I have a few vintage pieces that I will be sharing over the next few days
 

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I've got a thing for older dive watches... here are a couple of mine:

Early '80s:

Late '80s:

This one is from '92, but I think that it's close enough:

I no longer have this Heuer Night Diver, but it was a great fitting one:

And a Zodiac Night Diver from the same time period as the Heuer and with the same Monnin case:
The lugs on that Heuer Night Diver are awesome.

-DL
 

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The condition on this watch is amazing! I will try to get a better shot.
Omega logo etched in the Plexiglass and super sharp case.
Thanks for the thread too, I have a few vintage pieces that I will be sharing over the next few days
Awesome, the more images the merrier. I just bought a lot from an estate that has panned out incredibly. Including the Gallet above along with a couple of Helbros and another Gallet with the Valjoux 72.

-DL
 

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Great thread idea. I'm a big fan of vintage watches, mainly because of the size. Perhaps not in the same league as the watches above, but I really like older US-made watches, like these Walthams:
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Waltham is a great company with a cool history as well. They had the contract for the Fifty Fathoms, and there are a few out there. Awesome stuff. I agree on the smaller sizes as well, I have a larger wrist nearly 8" and much prefer 36-38mm watches.

-DL
 

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Not selling right now, but I have a handful pre-90s, and that's really what I love. These pictures have all been posted in the regular watch thread, but:

Omega 145.017 with the 860 movement:
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Omega 105.005 on a custom fob by @DavidLane My picture taking skills are poor, and I didn't capture the mint sunburst main dial and concentric circles in the subdials, nor the warmth of the dial:

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IWC from the early 70s with the Pellaton 8541B movement:
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Fok, you have found some beautiful stuff. The condition of the black dial Omega is insane. Fits your wrist well. I definitely have a thing for chronographs, not sure why. Its tough to make a complex dial work, and the 60's-70's chronos are the best imho.

-DL
 

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