In honor of the new year (and Spinal Tap), I've put together a Top 11 list of my vintage grails.
Enjoy the long post with a ton of pictures borrowed from all over the internet.
#1) Hamilton Pacer
- The Ventura was one of my very first vintage infatuations. But I gotta say that I prefer the Pacer even more. This is my ultimate vintage grail.
#2) Omega sub second
- As far as high grade brands, Omega is at the top of my list. I can't say I'm well versed in the various models. But I if ever pick one up, I'd want one with a sub second. Classic look.
#3) Zodiac Olympus
- Something about this model reminds me of Hamilton style design. I don't necessarily need a mystery dial, but I wouldn't complain if I found one!
#4) Valjoux movement
- Not really looking for a particular brand, but rather the movement. And I blame all you of you here in WUS for that! I would really love to add a mechanical chronograph to my stable and having something along the lines of a Valjoux 72 would be ideal.
#5) Raketa Copernic/Copernicus
- Love those hands. This would probably be the first of the grails I could attain as it doesn't seem as costly as others on my list. And it would be the first Russian I'd own.
#6) Mido Commander
- Another odd case design. I know others have used the "stadium" case, but Mido is the one that comes to mind when I think of it. That and I only have one other Mido and the guy is kind of lonely.
#7) Accutron Spaceview
- Not a big quartz guy, but I'm a sucker for design and this one has it in spades. And even though battery operated isn't high on my priority, I'm interested in what a tuning fork movement is like in real life.
#8) Fortis Trueline
- Another one with an intriguing look. I really dig the design of the dial. Very mid century.
#9) Date pointer
- Again, not a particular brand per se, but more of the feature. Definitely screams vintage and that's right up my alley.
#10) Benrus Jump Hour
- I have another jump hour in my collection, but nothing like this. It looks like a classic Cadillac on your wrist. There were several designs from what I've seen, so would depend on what I could get my hands on.
#11) Micro-rotor movement
- Another cool movement that I would like to have in my collection. Not the highest priority, which is why it's at eleven.
Granted, I know I could buy all these today if I had the funds. But it ain't easy when I don't have the largest budget to spend. But after seeing all those amazing finds on the vintages under $100, I have high hopes that some of these might land on my wrist one day.