Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

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    Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    I'm interested in getting my wife a dressy old Swiss watch with some name recognition, but I'm totally lost. Here are a couple of Omegas that caught my eye.

    If I'm on the right track, are there certain calibers to look for or to avoid?

    Are there other brands of this era to consider in the $150 - $300 range? I'll replace bands and pay for polishing, but I don't want to get into dial refinishing, etc.

    Thanks in advance for your guidance.
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    Re: Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    The calibers will be essentially comparable. Realize that most of the older cocktail watches received little if any service. Consequently many cocktail watches barely run or are dead. At a minimum a service will be needed. An honest question is whether your wife is really.intetested in a small out of style used handwind watch. In other words be sure she will like it as much as you.
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    Re: Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    Thanks. Sounds like budget $100 for the hardware and $200 for service. She'll like it if it looks good and works fine. I plan to do the wind and set bit myself, but it would be a once in a while thing anyway.

    Maybe the best strategy is to specifically seek out a dead but cosmetically clean one for next to nothing, since one apparently needs to plan on doing a service anyway. Or, I just say screw it all and just get a new Hamilton quartz (grab and go!) like the H1111183:
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    Re: Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    Quote Originally Posted by dcdude View Post
    Maybe the best strategy is to specifically seek out a dead but cosmetically clean one for next to nothing, since one apparently needs to plan on doing a service anyway.
    No - the watch may have broken parts which would be difficult or expensive to source. Stick to running watches - gaining/losing or stops occasionally shouldn't be a problem. Other brands worth considering include Longines, Movado, Tudor, Zenith and Hamilton. Nice idea and let us see what you buy.

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    Re: Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    ^^Thanks^^ I've got the Tudor bookmarked, but I also see a conversation like this in my future:
    "What's a 'Tudor'?"
    "Honey, it's actually made by Rolex."
    "So why doesn't it say 'Rolex' ?"
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    Re: Buying advice: '40s - '60s ladies (cocktail?) watches- Omega or? $300 limit

    Still considering one more, but in the interim I found a deal on a beautiful Waltham, which just arrived. Not my first choice of brand, but it's Swiss and mint, so I felt it was a relative low-risk proposition:

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