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Old 06-25-2019, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default thinking of going vintage

always had a bit of a hankering for a vintage watch.

a few problems have always kept me from actually pulling the trigger on one.

originality of the watch is always a concern, and actual value -vs- the crazy amounts of money people seem to think all old watches are worth.



more specifically, i have recently been eyeing a few king seiko hi-beat watches. i kinda thought the 36000 bph was cool. maybe its just a gimmick.

in good shape though, they seem to be listing on ebay for around $500.

its been hard to justify that kind of money for an older, smaller piece...lot of nice watches in the $500 range.



am I missing some good options? i mean, im pretty sure I am, i just cant think of anything at the moment.

i figured the king seiko was a good option because its 36mm (about as small as i want to go) and i thought the hi beat automatic movement was interesting.
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Hey this is really cool news WM, and such a neat side of the hobby
to get interested in. I mean those hi beat automatics always
sound so amazing, and then for it to be a Seiko is terrific as well.
The only thing to worry about is if it working o.k. I guess, and it
being original like you are saying. But other than that it would be
a ridiculously fun first step in your vintage adventure I think !
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Hey this is really cool news WM, and such a neat side of the hobby
to get interested in. I mean those hi beat automatics always
sound so amazing, and then for it to be a Seiko is terrific as well.
The only thing to worry about is if it working o.k. I guess, and it
being original like you are saying. But other than that it would be
a ridiculously fun first step in your vintage adventure I think !

ive toyed with the idea of going vintage many times over the years....the biggest issues have been concerns over repaired/franken pieces and overpricing for the condition. the nice thing about newer watches is that they are usually still in good shape and the lume is still good without cracking and fading.

but the lure of vintage is still calling me, and one of these days im going to answer it. it just seems that whenever i get close to pulling the trigger on something vintage, i look at what i COULD be getting if i spent that money on something newer. something that probably doesnt need to immediately go in for service for some indeterminate cost.
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Two thoughts keep me from buying a true vintage piece: I have an expensive taste when it comes to vintage watches. Not intentionally but the vintage (dive) watches I fancy are in the ‘Milspec 1’ category. The real concern is long time maintenance. So my resort are vintage style dive watches.

I think you must make that step. Live now I say, don’t postpone!
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If I were to redo vintage watches I'd go back to
pocketwatches. Terrific resale value. Especially
RR grade pocketwatches. I more than quadrupled
MSRP on 2 Hamilton pocketwatches.

Lou Snutt
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Stop in at the local watch repair and say hello. Maybe bring donuts and coffee🙂. I would find a local experienced shop maybe buy a strap and discuss the vintage market and what their personal preference is on movements or things they specifically don't work on. Good luck on your journey.
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ive toyed with the idea of going vintage many times over the years....the biggest issues have been concerns over repaired/franken pieces and overpricing for the condition. the nice thing about newer watches is that they are usually still in good shape and the lume is still good without cracking and fading.

but the lure of vintage is still calling me, and one of these days im going to answer it. it just seems that whenever i get close to pulling the trigger on something vintage, i look at what i COULD be getting if i spent that money on something newer. something that probably doesnt need to immediately go in for service for some indeterminate cost.

Think the best thing to do is really to take your time, and look around
for a long time at the vintage watch, or watches you like WM. Then
once you have learned enough about the condition, size, etc., and are
comfortable. Then maybe consider adding one to the collection.

But you are right, whatever vintage you go for is going to be 'vintage',
so it won't be new, or in perfect shape like a modern watch, or have
great lume most likely. But that doesn't mean they can't be very cool,
or have to be super pricey either. There are a ton of vintage watches
out there. ..Hope you really enjoy the hunt, or search sir !
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