Greetings, I am a newcomer to WUS, having joined and utilized the site for research over the past couple of weeks. I'm quite impressed with the community here—certainly the resources and knowledge available, but also especially the gracious tenor toward one another and particularly novices like myself. This is my first posting.
I have set my mind on beginning a vintage watch collection and would appreciate some advice and insight as I get started. First, I have occasion to wear a variety of styles, though my personal taste is definitely never trendy or loud. Second, I am only looking for affordable pieces at this point (preferably ~$100, maybe up to $300 depending on the item). Third, while I would eventually like to "specialize" in a certain brand/movement/period etc., I would first like to build an eclectic collection, with a few watches from various countries and time periods. Fourth, I really appreciate watches and brands that have some kind of historical significance, (Vulcain Cricket, e.g.).
Based on my recent reading and searching, I've compiled this list of some reputable brands and their respective source countries which (I believe) are consistent with my parameters:Swiss: Longines, Enicar, Tissot, Favre Leuba, Vulcain (Cricket), Girard PerregauxGerman: Certina, Alpina, Dugena, JunghansJapanese: SeikoAmerican: Benrus, Hamilton, ElginBritish: CWC (Swiss made), SmithsRussian: Pobeda, Vostok, Raketa, Poljot, SekundaIndian: HMT
I'm open to collecting these watches in any particular order, opportunistically. My strategy is to begin looking in earnest for pieces on my list and vet them through the WUS community before pulling the trigger. I would love to hear from some of you in terms of...
• other countries/brands/specific watches I should add to my list?
• any on my current list that are unadvisable to consider?