My first ever post and I hope I did it in the right place!
I have been a fan of watches all my life, with my Granny buying me several, cheap, ones as a kid. I then had my own stuff, but nothing too fancy, just a nice cheap everyday time piece. Then somewhere along the road I fell out of watch wearing and I did not have one on my wrist for several years!
Something clicked with me at Christmas when I moved a new flat I found Ziiiro Aurora behind the wardrobe in my new bed room. Several attempts to track down the previous occupants failed and I now consider it to be my watch, though it is not really my style. The finding of this watch did reignite my interest in my watches tough and I got my others fixed up. I have, in addition to the Ziiiro, Guess flip faced watch on a over sized leather strap, it is about eight years old. TBH at the time I thought it was awesome, but now its a little 2000's nouveau rich feel about it, and having to use two hands to tell the time is just so my fail! I still wear though. My every day watch is a Fossil Big Tic which my friend bought for me in New York in 1996! I loved it as it was several years before Fossil were available in Ireland and it drew many comments. It is showing its age now a little, being a bit rubbed and the glass has some marks, but I still love it. I guess it is the closest to a vintage watch I have, but I'm looking to branch out!
I recently mentioned to a co-worker that I was interested in getting a vintage watch. He surprised me by bringing me in two Russian watches! One looks to be from the 1990's and the other from the 1950's or 60's. Both are wind up and look pretty good, but have some mechanical problems. Neither run for 24 hours and the older one does not keep time. I'll post pics of them in the Russian forum as I would like some info on them. Anyway, I suspect that it will not be worth my while getting them fixed. If they are gonna cost €100 each I'd rather spend it on getting something real nice that would work better.
However, I don't really know what to look for! I'm intrested in a nice "entry level" (read, cheap) vintage watch. Being a historian and ex-army I would like something military or military style. I've no idea what to look for though and thought I might just say hi to ye folks and bounce some ideas off ye.
Ones that caught my eye are the Hamilton Military watch on this page: (I like this first site as he does lay away)
Men's Vintage Wrist Watches For Sale - GIRARD'S VINTAGE WATCHES - Page 1
The Romer on this page:
The Swiss Army on this page
The last two watches here:
and this one
TBH there are a few more, but I think that gives you an idea of the type of thing I'm looking at. Any advise/help would be great!