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    Vintage dive watch recommendations

    HI,

    i am shopping around for a vintage automatic diver from the late 1960s to early 1970s. I like my watches chunky, and this vintage offers hefty divers. I want a decent vintage diver, but don't want to pay more than $500, knowing I'll want or need to get it serviced. I don't plan to take it diving, but would like it to be pretty durable and tolerate wrist sweat or rain showers, as I commute to work by bike.

    I've seen a vintage Lucien Permeaux "Skin Diver" w/ a AS 1700/01 movmennt for $475 and a vintage Orven Aquatic Divers watch w/ AS 2066 movement form$395. Both automatics. Both are in excellent physical shape and run, but have quirks or issues so will need servicing. They're a little on the small side at 37 mm and 36.5 mm, excluding crown, respectively.

    What can folks tell me about these? Good quality and value, or should I check out other vintage divers? Which ones?

    many thanks,
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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Oceankid View Post
    HI,

    i am shopping around for a vintage automatic diver from the late 1960s to early 1970s. I like my watches chunky, and this vintage offers hefty divers. I want a decent vintage diver, but don't want to pay more than $500, knowing I'll want or need to get it serviced. I don't plan to take it diving, but would like it to be pretty durable and tolerate wrist sweat or rain showers, as I commute to work by bike.

    I've seen a vintage Lucien Permeaux "Skin Diver" w/ a AS 1700/01 movmennt for $475 and a vintage Orven Aquatic Divers watch w/ AS 2066 movement form$395. Both automatics. Both are in excellent physical shape and run, but have quirks or issues so will need servicing. They're a little on the small side at 37 mm and 36.5 mm, excluding crown, respectively.

    What can folks tell me about these? Good quality and value, or should I check out other vintage divers? Which ones?

    many thanks,
    OCK
    I'm not that into vintage divers myself but I do like a couple of them. Since they would exceed the $500 mark I won't bother you with them. Have you searched this forum for vintage diver threads?
    I don't know how your Dutch is (a little rusty? ;) ) but here is a thread on them at our local watch forum. Maybe you can't read it but at least you can look at the pics for some inspiration.

    Show me yours: oude duikhorloges! :) - Vintage Horlogeforum - Horlogeforum.nl - het forum voor liefhebbers van horloges
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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    If you search ebay 'vintage divers watch' you will find hundreds to choose from. The majority will come from very obscure
    brands and sort of look a bit like a quality 60's diver. They are usually very flimsy, but can look the part. They have little investment value, but
    will probably maintain their value if you decide to move them on for something more interesting and collectible.
    My own recommendation in your price bracket would be an early 1960's Aquastar 60. It comes from a
    highly respected water sports watch manufacturer ( not a manufacturer getting in on a trendy movement ).
    I keep a similar JeanRichard Aquastar 60 ( the watch that started the Aquastar brand ). A nice example would be a bit
    out of your budget, but the Aquastar might just be within reach.
    I started a thread recently.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/jea...t-2604562.html













    The Aquastar version looks the same but is a bit more affordable than an early JeanRichard. It's not a ' pretend ' diver but a well respected brand with an interesting history.
    Could also be a sound investment.






    Happy hunting

    Richard
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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    The best larger dive watches from that time period cost more than 500 like the Aquastar Benthos 500 or Omega 300 and Tudor subs that use to be the poor man Rolex but any thing I saw under 500 were are like some one said with obscure names most have never heard of before and smaller than you want since you want chunky I would start saving there is a site called scubawatch that's eye candy of vintage dive watches look there do home work on the price of one that catches your eye and start saving way above the 500 mark. link below.

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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by kazrich View Post
    If you search ebay 'vintage divers watch' you will find hundreds to choose from. The majority will come from very obscure
    brands and sort of look a bit like a quality 60's diver. They are usually very flimsy, but can look the part. They have little investment value, but
    will probably maintain their value if you decide to move them on for something more interesting and collectible.
    My own recommendation in your price bracket would be an early 1960's Aquastar 60. It comes from a
    highly respected water sports watch manufacturer ( not a manufacturer getting in on a trendy movement ).
    I keep a similar JeanRichard Aquastar 60 ( the watch that started the Aquastar brand ). A nice example would be a bit
    out of your budget, but the Aquastar might just be within reach.
    I started a thread recently.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f11/jea...t-2604562.html













    The Aquastar version looks the same but is a bit more affordable than an early JeanRichard. It's not a ' pretend ' diver but a well respected brand with an interesting history.
    Could also be a sound investment.






    Happy hunting

    Richard
    I have been thinking of getting an Aquastar diver as well. The single crown compressor types - they seem to be extremely solid and well made, and also full stainless steel
    Fantastic watches you have there, they are really a treat for the eyes ;)
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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    I have acquired more than a few nice vintage divers for under $500. However, my wrists are small, so I prefer 36-38mm.

    I do happen to have a bigger, very substantial Gruen that might fit the bill, and I'd be willing to sell it as it's too big for my wrist. It's 39mm excluding the crown, very chunky, andhas a really cool and uncommon dial. It is in very good condition throughout, and the case back is remarkably clean (compared with most vintage divers). It is functioning properly, though I would recommend a service as I have no idea when it was last in for a tune up, nor have I timed it.

    Here's a photo. Feel free to PM me if you are interested.

    Cheers,

    Tony C.

    P.S. – I have owned and do like those Aquastars, but I wouldn't characterize them as either particularly "big" or "chunky".

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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    All great input. I have some pondering to to. The Aquastar might be a god fit, literally and figuratively. I suppose the Orven Aquatic Divers watch I mentioned falls into the more obscure category of divers. I do like its cosmetics of a bright orange second hand and Tritium luminescent markers. Much to ponder. OCK

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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    Here is a Aquastar 500 benthos you said you wanted chucky and not small I traded it last year

    Then the Omega 300 also from the 1960's still have this one.


    And don't stop just thinking of the 1960's the 1970's also had some cool junky dive watches

    The Omega SHOM 200mm seamaster

    Then the Eterna Kontiki Super and this is a issued IDF one still got these two in the collection. Like I said save your money and you will get one you will be happy with. 500 don't go far.

    But Seiko some times has deals got this one on ebay. Got this fixer upper for 300 the 6105 needed a service the dial and hands relumed and a crystal so some times fixer uppers can be in your 500 ball park.

    Then the Doxa 300T this one for a few more hundred more than you want to spend
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    Re: Vintage dive watch recommendations

    Thank you all for your help and even the offer to buy the Gruen. I decided to buy the Orven Aquadive. I just like the cosmetics of this watch. It doesn't meet my chunky criterion, but it's very clean and runs great (quite accurate). The date wheel does not roll over by itself so I will have it serviced. I bought a heavy duty SS bracelet from Holben's that will contrast nicely with the polished SS case. It has an AS 2600 movement. I've attached two pics. Apparently, this watch was popular in Australia in the 1970s. Best, OCKAttachment 7230274Attachment 7230298

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    It does not appear my pics came through so reattaching.

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