I'm not a watch collector, but I'd like to be. Currently, my only watch is a quartz VSA Cavalry that I bought in high school. I've been a lurker on these forums for over 6 months and I've learned a lot, but there's so much left to learn.
I'm getting married in May and my fiancee has decided to buy me a watch as a wedding present. I really love the look of vintage watches, and I especially like the size of them, as my wrists are embarrassingly small (like, 6.25"). Since this is for my wedding, I'd like a dress watch in stainless steel, and because my fiancee and I are both poor grad students, the budget is $650, including a servicing after purchase if necessary.
My dilemma is that because this is a wedding present and inevitably will have sentimental value, I'm worried about ending up with a franken if I buy on ebay. I don't want to end up regretting a watch that will have so much meaning. I've used the search function to find tips on buying vintage, but it seems like most of those threads always say something along the lines of "You'll probably buy the wrong thing the first time out," which is what frightens me.
I've been scanning ebay for months, but I'm at a point of analysis paralysis coupled with a lack of confidence in my ability to identify fakes. Would you all suggest I buy through a more trusted online store (Like Darlor or Farfo) or do you have suggestions on using ebay if I need to get it right?
Right now, I'm looking at a few, and your advice would be greatly appreciated:
Omega constellation cal. 751
Omega Geneve cal 563
Finally, thank you all for the great wealth of information you provide. It's been a great experience reading all the posts on this forum. And thanks for reading this long post if you've gotten to this point.