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    Vintage watches worth collecting?

    What brands are good to collect, If you take movement into account.? I've seen that Bulova, Benrus and Roamer are popular brands.

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Depends on what you're collecting and why you're collecting it. Are you looking for dress watches? Divers? Tank watches? Are you interested in the history of automatics? A specific ebauche maker? A collection tells a story; as it's author, you have to provide the outline before you can fill it in.
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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Only dress watches for me. ;)

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    A collection tells a story; as it's author, you have to provide the outline before you can fill it in.
    Near poetic that Rob.

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    There are many options. Note that, if you are in Europe (Norway I presume), some of the American brands that are often recommended as plentiful and cheap are, in fact, fairly scarce and not very cheap this side of the Atlantic. If you are starting out there are plenty of interesting Swiss brands that you could look at. For example:

    Roamer (as you have mentioned)
    Lanco
    Zodiac
    Cyma
    Certina
    Enicar
    Marvin
    Tissot (somewhat more expensive)
    Longines (also more expensive)

    Then there are German (e.g Stowa) and French (eg. Yema)

    You'll get a lot of suggestions I think.
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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Thanks, Marrick!

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    Near poetic that Rob.
    Yes, the astute observations and engaging posts are a real attraction to the forum!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    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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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    What about Russian (Raketa, Poljot) or Chinese (Sea-gul, Behijing) or Checz (Prim)?They have quite a few interesting vintage models...

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ndure View Post
    Only dress watches for me. ;)
    I like this guy.

    What budget (per watch) do you have set? What era would you find interesting?

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    Re: Vintage watches worth collecting?

    I think I would collect vintage swiss watches. Of course only dress watches! My budget per watch would be 50-200 dollar. I really like the 60s and 70s.

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