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    Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    I'd like a vintage dress watch, but don't want to spend too much (less than $200). I understand my options are pretty limited.. but any suggestions?

    I really like something like the seamaster..
    1968 Vintage Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic 14k Gold Filled Gent's Watch | eBay

    But can't really find any in working condition under $300...

    Lead me to water!

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    Hamilton. Can't go wrong.

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    Though we cannot (or at least it is frowned upon) post pictures of eBay auctions, we can recommend a few brands. Occasionally you will see a vintage Tudor going for that price. Are you sure a vintage watch is TRULY what he wants though? A lot of people say they do, until they own one. They're very fragile, not as accurate most of the time, no water resistance, base metal cases most of the time, not as aesthetically pleasing most of the time, and have more frequent service intervals than a newer watch. Not to mention that people forget they're VERY small compared to watches of today :P

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drop of a Hat View Post
    Hamilton. Can't go wrong.

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

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Size:  141.2 KBHow about a new watch with a vintage look in your price range (grey market, reputable sellers on line)...I enjoy this Festina..nice classic deco look, good plating, it's quartz, but a nice reliable swiss quartz movement. The guilloche dial, faceted crystal, crown gaurds and fancy case make it an understated eye catcher, and will always be in style in a classic way...no cracks scratches or tarnishing as you might find in a vintage at your price range. It can go as a dressy or everyday watch..just an idea.

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    Did you get it?
    Collection:
    Vacheron Constantin Overseas
    JLC Deep Sea Chrono
    Breguet Marine Grande Date
    Tudor Black Bay Black
    Omega Speedmaster 3570.50


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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    If you don't mind the smaller size, Seiko Laurels have a nice early 60s vibe for around $200 (or even less). Speaking of that, size is a "problem" with many vintage dress watches since their 32mm - 34mm width is generally considered small by today's standards. If that's a concern you might want to hold out for the somewhat harder to find 35mm - 36mm vintage watches.

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    You should get even more responses in the vintage forum - I've moved it there for you.

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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    Hi and welcome to our forum.

    There are lots of really nice watches available within your budget - but not Omegas which are never cheap and often not 100% authentic. You have been recommended Hamilton (a quality brand) - and you might also look at decent Swiss brands such as Certina, Eterna, Fortis, Zodiac etc or even obscure brands which are often real bargains.

    Always assume that the watch will need a service as soon as you buy it unless the seller is offering a warranty.

    Have a look through our WRUW threads and see if anything appeals to you - and you can always post a link to anything on ebay that you are considering if you want an opinion on it. In general avoid watches from sellers in countries with a reputation for dodgy refurbishments - we can advise on that as well.
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    Re: Would like to get a vintage watch as a birthday gift for my brother.

    Quote Originally Posted by omega1234 View Post
    Did you get it?
    Yes, I did. I really liked it for a few reasons. He lives right outside of Lancaster, PA. So to say that the watch was made just up the street woud be pretty cool. I also think the watch is a little bigger for a vintage at 37mm, which will fit his wrist nicely. It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for in terms of the vintage style -- I just hope it runs ok, as servicing it isn't in my budget.
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