Got up at 4:30am to hit a big Flea Market in the area today to look for some things that I like to flip online. Of course I am always hoping to find old Seiko watches too as I had great fortune last year finding a spectacular "Arnie" at an antique shop for less than $75.
Today I spent the earliest part of the morning looking for the non watch items and I had an OK haul. Figured I would hit the inside building where I spotted a guy with close to 100 watches. Some really cool vintage ones as well. I asked if he had any old Seiko dive watches like this, as I showed him my SBDC031 on my wrist. He said he had one but it was a "mid-sized", turned out to be a 34mm Seiko 5 automatic diver. I looked at it and it was a pretty good looking piece but it wouldn't start ticking when either he or I gave it a good ol Seiko shake. He explained he would take it to his "watch guy" and check back next week but he's have to have at least $250 for it. I viewed about 3 other vintage Seiko watches in his case, he also had some very nice vintage OMEGA, a Wittnauer 2000 "Time Machine", their take on a perpetual calendar, and a Vulcain Cricket Alarm....the guy had some neat stuff.
I finnaly asked if he had any more Seiko watches and he took out a roll from a rolling cabinet behind him. I picked one watch out from the group of 7 Gruen, Elgin, and Timex watches and said, "What would you have to have for this one?" He said, "For that one, it is a quartz but a pretty nice one,.... I'd take a hundred and a quarter." I said, "Would this $100 buy it?"
He said, "Of course." I handed him a $100 bill, put the watch on, thanked him and walked to my car for the 45 min ride home.