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Hi

i am looking for a vintage watch for my sons 21st
something well made that he can keep and maybe pass on

i would like an incablock/self/auto winder type
my budget is £200 only
can any of you advise me on good/bad makes
what to look out for, questions I should ask the seller

my son found an Stainless Steel Omega (1970s) with a blue face online
that he liked , but before I part with my hard earned cash 
though I would ask for advice 
thanks
paul

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Is there a particular "WHY"?

I mean, people really buy vintage because of a personal reason. Because grandpa got the same as a wedding gift and such. Vintage is really about the emotion within. They won´t do anything a new watch wouldn´t do better for the same price. 

For £200, you could get a nice and serviceable Seiko diver, or even a Steinhart if you shop around a little.

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Thanks Lukas

for me vintage means quality materials and build quality and built to last 

not keen on this cheep and cheerful throw away products we seem to all use AND throw away

atb

paul

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A little research would show you several modern mechanical watch brands that are not in the least bit cheap and cheerful. Some have been mentioned already, e.g. Seiko, Orient, Seagull, Timefactors, Steinhart.

There’s nothing wrong at all with a vintage watch, but you really have to factor in the cost of a service.

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I doubt it's a kosher 70's Omega for £200.............loads of fakes out there. do some research and you will be surprised what the genuine high end old bangers go for.

I bought one of these a year ago:               https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invicta-Analogue-Automatic-Stainless-Bracelet/dp/B001E96DHA 

A 24 jewel self-winding Japanese movement for £89 ? AND it's waterproof to 200m (allegedly....)

Re-Pete

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Make sure your son appreciates the size of the watch he is looking at, you will find a lot of vintage watches in the 34-36mm range which is pretty small by current standards.

 

I bought my son a watch from his birth year for his 21st - newer than the 70s watch you mention above but still vintage by his measure and potentially more meaningful. Chrono24 lets you search by year and may throw up some ideas for you.

 

Tony

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Thankyou All for your comments 

the search continues 

atb

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On 7/3/2018 at 8:26 AM, Shuggy said:

A little research would show you several modern mechanical watch brands that are not in the least bit cheap and cheerful. Some have been mentioned already, e.g. Seiko, Orient, Seagull, Timefactors, Steinhart.

There’s nothing wrong at all with a vintage watch, but you really have to factor in the cost of a service.

I agree about the servicing costs. Many years back (34 to be precise)  I was very lucky and came across a Sea Dweller that was going cheap, but it was in a state. It cost quite a lot to have it serviced and put right, but I thought was worth it at the time - then I sold in on about 9 years later after it started losing time, and at quite an alarming rate! (should have kept it though as it'd be worth a LOT of money now).

I've recently been looking at a nice 2nd hand Omega Speedmaster, a lovely looking thing, but then I looked into the servicing costs of around £300 - £400 every 4 or 5 years and I had to ask myself if I really needed to have that bill every so often? Eventually, the answer came back, no I didn't! There is always a temptation to own something beautiful & well put together, but like a couple of old flames from my youth, they cost a lot of money to keep going in the long run!

Now I make do with a good, reliable old banger that never lets me down.                                                                                       As for watches, well a tough, radio controlled, solar powered job is good enough for me. I don't need to try to impress anymore.

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Ezmobile

ah, but there in is the jist of it all, some beautiful things are worth keeping working and in good condition, be it a watch, vintage car whatever. Just because a battery powered item does everything you want does not mean ditching older (invariably more costly) technology.

concur with the impressing thing - you get to a point where you are not worried what others think, you do things for yourself, but owning something that is ‘nice’ does not alway mean you are polishing your ego!

T

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