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    New and Looking for advice

    Hello all,

    I am new to vintage watches and already completely hooked. Itís a cold winter and I have spent a lot of time researching and hunting. Anyways, I just bought a Sicura Sub Diver in great condition to start off and love it. Great start and fulfills the spot of a quality diver. Now Iím hunting for a nice Chrono for around $500. I came across this Delbana with a new suede and love the look of it. Iím still learning in regards to movements but I believe this is a Landeron movement. From my understanding, they are fairly standard entry level Chrono movements and hence why affordable. I have been hunting for a Valjoux movement but they are continually bid up out of my budget. Please correct me if Iím wrong on movements and provide any info you feel may help in my hunt. What brands are in this budget? What to look for when hunting? Etc Canít say enough how much it would be appreciated. Thanks
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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    The movement looks like a Landeron 48 or variant, which as you said, is a common entry-level movement. That looks like a solid gold case, so it's probably a Chronographe Suisse variant with an extremely thin case and hollow lugs. On the other hand, if it's not a thin case, then the price is pretty good, because the overall condition is definitely decent.

    You can occasionally find a Valjoux 773x series chronograph in a large SS case for around $500. In fact, I recently posted a few examples in another thread.


    Edit: Found them

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/1960s-Wakma...p2047675.l2557

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Reg...19.m1438.l2649
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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    Bulova Tellaro 7750 are under $500USD in eBay.
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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    Bulova Tellaro 7750 are under $500USD in eBay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bulova-Tell...kAAOSwTuJYtaSd

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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    Bulova Tellaro 7750 are under $500USD in eBay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bulova-Tell...kAAOSwTuJYtaSd
    How vintage is it? :)
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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    Not very.

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    Re: New and Looking for advice

    It`s easy to fall for the appeal of a vintage chronograph -especially if it`s at a relatively "cheap" price.
    It`s worth bearing in mind any servicing costs too though as these can be pretty high even if you have a good relationship with a competent and skilled local watchmaker that you give regular business to.
    If you have to post them away for a service that will only add to the costs.
    I`m not an expert on chrono movements- but I think spares on some vintage calibers can be a problem so it`s always worth seeking advice on a forum or three before pushing the button on a deal.
    I would look around for some of the less collected brands (as you have in finding the Delbana) and you might get lucky in finding a stainless steel cased one from the 1950`s at a decent price or if you want a date feature badbackdan`s examples show that the sportier `60`s/70`s models are also out there at a reasonable price-just be patient to find one that you`d be really happy with..I`m sure most of us on here have suffered "buyer`s remorse" after getting a bit trigger happy in the seconds countdown at the end of an auction. :0)
    Hope you are lucky finding something you like
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