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    Hello, I am interested in possibly purchasing a vintage watch for my dad for father's day. I wondered if there are any hard and fast rules I should consider first? Dad wore the same watch for 35 years before it met an unfortunate end, and now he complains about its many replacements. (Too showy, or uncomfortable bands that pull out arm hair or slide around) Three separate watch dealers wouldn't touch his old Timex (he accidently smashed it with a hammer). He wouldn't ever think of wearing anything that made a status statement (like a Rolex, Cartier, etc.), and he's not into gadgets or "survival" watches. The most he'd want is something that has a built-in compass. So, I suppose I'm looking for these attributes: Modest, comfort, quality. And no glitter (gems or gold). Any suggestions will be welcomed and appreciated.

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    Why not find the same Timex on eBay...there are lots of them. I have a few of them:

    This is a late 70's Automatic, total invested including full service and a new band, less than $40



    Here is a manual wind from 1976, total invested, including new band $10, keeps perfect time:



    Or this one, a 1971 Timex electric, with band and battery about $12 invested:



    My point is if he had a Timex for 30 years...that probably what he wants to replace it.

    How about a new Timex or a TX (the real new Timex) check out Walmart or target for a large selection. Most do not come on stretchy bands, they come on nice comfortable stainless bands that can be adjusted to fit properly. New ones are $20 to $50 and are nice watches, I own two of those as well.
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    If you want other suggestions, how about a price range?, and if you want a band/strap or bracelet? What model did he have? I have a bunch of Vintage stuff, just trying to figure out what your Dad would like is tough with out some guidelines.

    I remember my Dad had Timex's and Bulova's, I am sure he never concidered anything else.
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    Hi Sixtysix, and thanks for your reply. The second watch pictured looks a lot like the one my dad may have worn. As for money; I'm hoping to get by for $50; that's for a used, restored, vintage Timex. I need to find out what sort of band my dad wants-preferably something that doesn't pinch-as that's his major complaint of the newer watches he's bought. Thanks again for the information and pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeriosarefree View Post
    Hi Sixtysix, and thanks for your reply. The second watch pictured looks a lot like the one my dad may have worn. As for money; I'm hoping to get by for $50; that's for a used, restored, vintage Timex. I need to find out what sort of band my dad wants-preferably something that doesn't pinch-as that's his major complaint of the newer watches he's bought. Thanks again for the information and pictures.
    The best you can expect at $50 is a gently used watch. There won't be any restoration at that price. Quartz usually doesn't require much service beyond a new battery unless you want to keep it "waterproof"... then you will need gaskets too.

    I hate pinching too and encounter it a lot due to large wrists. You can buy "long" leather straps that solve the problem... or find very large metal bracelets (but that's hard in vintage).

    Good luck... browse eBay and see what you think Dad will like.
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    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    To solve the pinch problem ..

    reuse the band/bracelet from his old watch

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    Re: To solve the pinch problem ..

    $ 50? Come on! Your dad is worth a better present than that! You mentioned a compass? The Tissot T-touch has that plus a couple more interesting/useful features! It is "funky", no bling, Will last him forever, untill he has another close encounter with a hammer! The battery lasts for ever too!

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