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    What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    Personally I find most of the watches that catch my eye fall into the 50s, 60s or 70s era. Although I do have a few earlier and art deco examples and several current modern pieces.

    So with that in mind, I figured this could be a fun thread to see what decade is the favorite amongst the vintage crowd.

    Is it looks and/or design? Is it movement advancements? Nostalgia?
    I've got more Converse sneakers than watches, but it is a close race.

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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    The 60's for me. I like the designs, and movements were very good just before the quartz revolution. I stray a little into the 50's, and a tad into the 70's too for a few types that weren't made in the 60's yet (ie: automatic chronographs).

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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    My favourites are from ~1960 to ~1985, but since you asked for only one decade, I'd have to choose the 70's. Bold, larger mechanical watches, and the quartz digital revolution.
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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    If you pin me down to 10 years 1955 to 1965 but I stray on either side of the line. I'm not very interested in watches after 1975 or before 1945.

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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    I'd also have to say the mid-50s to mid-60s watches do it for me, although I own several nice pre-1950 Art Deco tanks. This 25-jewel Waltham automatic is my beater and best represents the style I like: understated and clean.

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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    Hi!

    Nearly the same like you - 1940s - 1970s are my prefered decades. A classical 1940s´ or 1950s´ design with Feuille or Dauphine hands can fascinate me as well as a 1960s´ Space Age design or a funky design from the 1970s.







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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    My favourite decades (for anything, actually) has always been the 20s and 30s. I love the pens, the clothing, the fashion, the music, the cars, the architecture and of course...

    the watches. Classy pocket watches and trim, elegant wristwatches.
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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    1940's through to 1960's; but I'm getting fonder of 40's recently.
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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    With Quartz, the '70s - they were new and expensive and technical masterpieces.
    With Mechanicals, the '60 - the Swiss industry was still very diverse and people like Longines were making darn good movements.

    Of course, TAG Heuer is starting to get into making their own movements so this decade might be my future favorite - once I can afford them in the future!




    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    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

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    Re: What is your favorite decade for vintage watches?

    60's for sure my all time favorite is my 67 timex skindiver 21j for daily wear and my 54' bulova 23j for dress.
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    1977 Timex Milspec Custom Conversion
    1966 Timex 600 Skindiver
    1969 Benrus US Military Issued
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