I'm new to the vintage watch scene although have been an admirer for a while. I'm looking to make my first purchase and have about US$ 500 to spend (although having read this forum I want to put aside some of this for a service / repair etc).
I'm after some advice on what this will by me. I have had a look at a few Omega Seamasters (from 1930 - 1960) and like the look of them. I also have seen a few Longines Ultra Chrono on this forum that are very attractive.
Colour wise I will be looking for either brown strap with gold or black strap with stainless. Obviously I am aware that strap can be changed fairly easily but would prefer to have it complete on purchase rather than paying for a strap I don't want/need.
I don't mind if the dial has been refreshed as long (saw some nice examples in this forum) as it is true to the original and I also don't mind paying a bit over the odds as long as it is a nice peice from a reputable source.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Apart from that I am a complete noob.