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    source for vintage watches

    Other than eBay, what are some good, reliable sources for buying vintage wristwatches? Are there some specific sites dedicated to selling them? I am particularly keen on my "birth year watch" from 1970. I don't want to spend a lot but would like something unique to wear on special occasions. I see a lot of Bulovas from that vintage. I like them because they tend to be larger watches and I am big guy so 38+ mm is best for my wrist.

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    Re: source for vintage watches

    Hi -

    No experience with on-line sellers...

    A Bulova is a great idea, because there were so many made. This means that there is not only a decent selection out there (more vintage watches out there mean more supply, meaning prices aren't crazy) but the repair and parts situation is much better than, for instance, Gruen watches (which I collect).

    And it's a very American brand, a remembrance of what once was.

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    eBay is the best place I know of to buy vintage. However here is another place you might consider if you are in North America. This guy is very ethical.
    http://www.darlor-watch.com/
    I agree that Bulova is a great place to start collecting vintage. Reasonable prices, easy to fix and get parts, lots of styles and varying ages available. My second choice would be Omega or Tissot. If you like classic American from the 50s and 60s Elgin or Hamilton is the place to start.

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    I agree with John and Ray. If you look for a 1970 Bulova, I recommend a Bulova Accutron, like my 1970 "Railroad Approved" model here. I prefer the Accutron designs from that time period more than the Bulova mechanicals. Good luck!











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    Re: source for vintage watches

    I'm no expert having only bought one vintage to date, but I had a very good experience buying from a seller on the TimeZone sales corner. I may have paid a little more than I would have otherwise on eBay, but being pretty inexperienced at such things, I felt insecure about buying from sellers on eBay mainly due to the risk of picking up a fake. My TimeZone seller had good references and had contributed many posts on the TZ forum. Good luck with your purchase(s)! I'm on the hunt for my second vintage. I'm sure it's going to get addictive!

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    Pacifichrono, your Bulova is stunning. It certainly doesn't have the patina typical of a 37 year old watch!

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    Hi Suddha,

    imho it's worth to have a look here:
    http://www.ranfft.de/cgi-bin/bidfun....&ranfft&a&usau

    Personally I had 4 or 5 deals so far (except 1 all with Roland Ranfft - pink offers) and I've always been satisfied. Some pieces you get even cheaper than in the bay.

    But let it just be an suggestion and try to get multiple feedback on it.

    Cheers,

    Axel

    Edit: however, if you're interested in your year of birth watches, it's preferable to search for those ones where it's easy to detect: Seiko, Citizen, Bulova, Tissot, Omega,..(co-forumers please add)
    Last edited by Axel66; January 12th, 2007 at 23:47.

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