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    Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    My son will soon turn 21 and the idea of a a vintage watch for one of his gifts appeals.

    Looking for an automatic with a clean simple lines, markers preferred to numerals and larger face is better (I appreciate that most vintage faces tend to be 35mm or under). He regulary wears my old teenage years Omega Seamaster mid size manual circa 1970 - loves the style but finds even on his small wrist it is a little small. Stainless preferred to gold but certainly not aa must.

    I have been pondering various Omegas from the 1960's and ealy 70's but I need to broaden my outlook to other brands. Suggestions as to comparable watches in the range $1,000.00 to $1,500.00 would be greatly appreciated.

    The beauty of giving him a watch is that I can wear his just as he wears all mine (which he will eventually own anyway).

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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Does he like sports watches or dress watches? I recently bought my little brother this Omega Seamaster for graduating high school (he's just finishing his first month at uni now).



    I showed him a ton of watches (~400 in the under $2k range) to get him a watch that suited his tastes, after all he is the one wearing it everyday. If I would have had a little bit more to budget toward a combined graduation/birthday gift for him (I'm in uni myself) he would have picked a Speedmaster and thats what I would have got him but he is pretty happy with this watch, I liked it as well when it came in and I saw for the first time.
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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Quote Originally Posted by dexvd View Post
    Does he like sports watches or dress watches? I recently bought my little brother this Omega Seamaster for graduating high school (he's just finishing his first month at uni now).
    Dress, round dial and slim rather than bulky - "classic" styling. If he wants sport he borrows my 35 year old Speedmaster, pops on the TAG or uses his own everyday Tissot.

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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    I'd suggest a twofer. First, get a Universal Geneve Polerouter with the micro rotor. Be sure to get the cool looking one with the trim ring. You'll know it when you see it. It is not that expensive but it's not cheap either. Second, get an Omega Speed Master with the rest of your allotted funds

    My bad. Missed that you already had the speed master covered.

    Complete the pair with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 1002.

    I got this pair for under $1700
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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    How about a cool vintage chronograph from the 1950's/60's/70's?
    Have a look at the linked thread as there are some real gems there, and a PM to an owner might get you just what you need!

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/pos...ph-316248.html
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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Hi,

    My dad got me a vintage Girard Perregeaux automatic for my graduation gift.
    He bought it at a antique shop for about $1000 with all the original parts. It has a beautiful gold bezel and a burgundy dial (not very visible in this pic :P)
    Many of the vintage GPs are really nice from my experience.

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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Thank you all for the input.

    Girard Perregeaux - I have been looking at them and they fit the bill.

    Universal Geneve Polerouter - new to me and a definite possibility.

    Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref 1002 - a definite yes but I suspect that I will struggle to get a good one in the budget range?
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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    I would be tempted with a connie round face with the 5xx cal movement, such a great movement, or a calender seamaster watch seems like he likes his Omegas. To be honest I know he wears your speedy but for that money what about a speedy reduced or even a quartz SMP.

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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Or is it worth getting him a watch from the year he was born?

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    Re: Advice for Vintage 21st gift

    Probably a lot cheaper than most of the suggestions, but have you thought about vintage Bulova watches?
    Not to sound bias, but I have two handwinds. One is a rosegold from the 1930s, and the other is a Phantom from the 1950s.
    Bulova movements are very well made.

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    Bulova also has pretty cool microrotor watches too.
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