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    I dusted off the Nikon this evening and was photographing some of my vintage pieces and it got me thinking about what got me into old watches. Thought I would share my story and would love to hear others.

    I got into watches as a result of my grandfather passing away and leaving me several of his watches. Nothing too spectacular, lots of Seiko's, Citizens and even a few Invicta's. Also a pretty standard quartz RR Aproved Seiko that his dad wore later in life. While none of those pieces really did it for me (save one awesome Kinetic Perpetual), it kick-started the hobby and the love of automatics. He was an engineer by trade and loved all things with gears. Both sides of my family have men with a history of building and repairing pocket watches, and generally enjoying mechanical things. Anyway, over the years my tastes went all over the place, but I always loved the idea of how long autos could last, and the history that a piece forms over time.

    I don't have a ton of money to put into the hobby (kids gotta go to college!), but I've thoroughly enjoying snagging deals on vintage pieces, researching movements and serial numbers and the joy in winding up a watch from 1945 and watch the sub-second hand start to take off. To think of what stories these pieces could tell. I am not knowledgeable enough yet to know redials when I see them, or to tell if a movement is all original, if hands have been replaced, etc - in fact it's entirely possible there are some blatant problems in the pics I've included below. But, the process of learning and enjoying the pieces for their age alone is satisfying enough. In fact, I've probably put less $$$ into vintage pieces than any of my modern watches, and I get more joy out of them.

    Here are pics of my 3 current favorites in rotation: a 1961 Omega cal.470 (from my dad's birth year, given to me by my uncle), a 1960's Bulova linen dial and a 1945 Lord Elgin, which has really become a favorite and is one of the cheapest watches I've purchased at $30!

    So, watchfam - what's your story? How did you get into old watches?

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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    What got me into Vintage? Well, since I became vintage myself, it brings back memories :)
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    Rolling eyes Re: What got you into vintage?

    "A watch on its crown, is upside down".
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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    Grandpa’s Benrus
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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    Aesthetics. Even modern day watch brands have reissues of vintage watches.


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    Re: What got you into vintage?

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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    My dad passed in 2015. I found this old Waltham pw in his stuff. It was my goal to get it running. After about a year and buying a set of Tick Tock watch repair videos, I finally tore down his old pw. The hairspring was trashed on it so I bought a donor movement to replace that and cleaned the rest of the movement. Cranks right up and runs nicely now. Since then I only have 6 old Waltham pw's but ventured into vintage wrist watches from there. Up to about 70 of those with Bulovas being my main part of my collection. Here's my dads Waltham. Its a Model 1899. Prod. of 1901
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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    Quote Originally Posted by bsshog40 View Post
    My dad passed in 2015. I found this old Waltham pw in his stuff. It was my goal to get it running. After about a year and buying a set of Tick Tock watch repair videos, I finally tore down his old pw. The hairspring was trashed on it so I bought a donor movement to replace that and cleaned the rest of the movement. Cranks right up and runs nicely now. Since then I only have 6 old Waltham pw's but ventured into vintage wrist watches from there. Up to about 70 of those with Bulovas being my main part of my collection. Here's my dads Waltham. Its a Model 1899. Prod. of 1901
    This is incredible. Thanks for the story and beautiful pics of the watch


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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    I bought this on a forum a few years ago... and since then it's been 100% vintage. Still got a few modern pieces, but they will be sold soon.

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    Re: What got you into vintage?

    I always liked history, but not so much the 'Names And Dates' sort. I'm more interested in what it was like to live in different eras. Vintage watches are wearable history.

    Also, working on them is something I enjoy.
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