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?