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    40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    Can anyone suggest a nice watch made in 1977?

    I'm going to treat myself his year and I like the idea of a watch from 1977 to celebrate my 40th. Of course a Submariner would be nice from that year, but I can't afford it and don't want to spend nearly that much and would be more comfortable spending around £500 / $650.

    I've noticed a '70s shaped' Seamaster from '77 that might fit the bill (pic attached) however I'd be interested to hear any ideas?

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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    Omega are nice but you might want to take a look at Bulova and Seiko not are easy to date, N7 for bulova
    Don't know for seiko but the info is out there

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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    It's unfortunate that those 1970s Omega movements (e.g. the cal 1012 that is presumably in that watch) are just not nearly at the same level of quality as the Omega automatic calibers from the late 1950s and 1960s.

    Edit: I like the Seiko suggestion in your price range.
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    It's unfortunate that those 1970s Omega movements (e.g. the cal 1012 that is presumably in that watch) are just not nearly at the same level of quality as the Omega automatic calibers from the late 1950s and 1960s.
    Yes, cal 1012. I read this was the last Omega movement made in-house for quite some time. Didn't know they were looked at unfavourablely.... is it a huge gulf between the earlier movements and this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantona77 View Post
    Yes, cal 1012. I read this was the last Omega movement made in-house for quite some time. Didn't know they were looked at unfavourablely.... is it a huge gulf between the earlier movements and this one?
    I guess it depends on your perspective. The Cal 1012 is not a bad movement, and I think they're perfectly reliable. But the earlier 500/600 series automatic movements were true classics, a real golden age of Omega movements (in my opinion).
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    Get a Porsche Design, preferably ones made by IWC. Iconic and IMO will increase in value over time.
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    I agree with the seiko or Bulova idea

    With a Seiko, you can get one that has your birth month and year. On the seiko you will see a serial number which is 6 or 7 digits. The first digit is the year and the second digit is the month. For example a seiko with a serial number of 720449 is one that was made in Feb or 1977

    Here are my two 1977 Seiko watches. The one that is not on the expansion band was made in Feb of 1977 (my birth month and year) the other one was made in march of 1977

    The trouble with Omega watches are that even with the serial number, you cannot really tell if it was made in 1977. The serial number chart just gives an approximation.
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    You could probably pick up an Omega Dynamic or even a Seiko Bullhead Chronograph from those years in your price range. Maybe even an original Seiko Turtle.
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    A special watch for a 40th birthday is a great idea.

    I got a 40 jewel Beijing SZB-1C Shuangling for my 40th birthday about 10 years ago. It was probably made in the late 1970s, maybe even 1977 but I don't recall seeing any kind of date code on the movement. But it is the only 40 jewel watch that I know of.

    (If it appeals to you then the problem would be that you're in the UK and you'd really need somebody in China to scour the markets for a tidy example.)


    Since you started with Omega I hesitate to mention Timex, but at least with them you have a reliable date code on the dial, and their style can be very much of their era if that matters to you. Also I understand that Citizen have a date numbering system, and they turned out some classy watches back then.
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    Re: 40th birthday - suggest a watch from 1977?

    A Sub is only a birth year watch if you were born in '53.

    You're going to need a bigger budget. This is a '76 watch (which is close):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Chrono-Quartz

    Yeah it's called budget creep. At least I didn't suggest a 222, which really is a 1977 watch:
    Vacheron Constantin "222" Review - Vacheron Constantin discussion
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