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    Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    Hey everyone, so I have recently been very fond of this particular style of watches. I love for example, the Heuer Skipper, the roullette wheel Omega speedmaster.. I just love those colorful detailed instrumentations and subdials. Unfortunately I do not have $5000 to spend on the well known high end ones. Ive found a few brands, but what brands do you guys suggest I look for, particularly under $500 if any? Any photos of your watches would be great too, would love to see them! :sunglasses::speedboat:

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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    What, you mean the type of chronograph with the regatta countdown? I think that you will be stuck there! The trouble is that there is to my knowledge no single ebauche for these. Due to that, all the ones in existence are at least adapted, even if based on a generic movement. And special adaptations are, unfortunately, expensive! And even more expensive since they will also be rarer than the average, standard chronograph. Good luck in your quest.

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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    There is one such watch that comes to my mind- the Tissot Sideral. I don't know much about the prices of these, though... Still, I think it's way more affordable than the Heuer or the Omega.
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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    You want the 'real'yachting timers with the coloured discs or will any Yachting chronograph with Yachting marks on the subdial do?

    I suggest looking at Yema Yachtinggraf then.
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    Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    If you're not dead set on a vintage yacht timer you might check out Alpina's two offerings. I've been very happy with my Seastrong.


    You might check out Vintage Memosails. They can be picked up for sub $700 US


    Aquastar can be had for about $1200 on eBay.
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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    Nice collection town! Not quite my style though. And yes Ghent, any chronograph with the colored /marked subs. Its really just the sheer physical appeal that attracts me. Not the functionality.
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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by lord_sauceda View Post
    Nice collection town! Not quite my style though. And yes Ghent, any chronograph with the colored /marked subs. Its really just the sheer physical appeal that attracts me. Not the functionality.
    500 might be pushing it (for any chronograph) but the late 60s early 70s VJ7730/33 based chronos should pop up.
    I have two or three pieces with the colourful subdials and absolutely love them to bits (and all bought far below 500, but in honesty worth more that triple what I paid).


    Croton (Nivada Grenchen) Chronomaster Aviator SeaDiver
    Yema Yachtingraf
    Pontiac Jumping

    All come to mind.

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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    Tissot Sideral, 1971



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    Re: Affordable vintage yachting watches?

    Aquastars are superb, but account of rarity they are hard to find. An original one with good dial for 1200$ would be a bargain. Never been on a deck of a sailing boat, so I do not really need one, but would buy on the spot for a that price.

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