I have been looking for my first wrist watch for a couple of weeks. Generally, I like vintage stuff (from furniture to cars, and even stereo system, etc). So, I am hoping to extend my vintage collecting habit to watches as well.
It's been quite hard for me to pinpoint the exact model, or even brand that I want, so I'd love to have some helps here. Here are some of the traits that I'd like my first watch to have:
1. I'd like it to be hand-winding mechanical watch. I have a pock watch that is hand-winding, and I just love it.
2. I'd like to case to be at least 38mm. I have found a lot of the vintage watches have smaller case size-- probably between 30mm to 35mm?
3. It'll be great to be Swiss made. I have heard that Swiss made is more reliable and more accurate (please correct me if I'm wrong). But I'm open to others as well.
4. Parts are somewhat easy to find. In other words, I'd like to keep it for a long long time, and be able to fix it if needed.
5. Appearance wise, these two really caught my eyes: Zenith A271 and DOXA WAFFEN ZZ M-B (Sorry that I cannot include photos or links to photos)
I like the design of chronograph, but I have heard that it's more costly to maintain one. And it seems that the price of them is most likely to exceed my budget. So, I think I'm leaning towards the Doxa pilot watch. Are those the real deals? I thought pilot watches would cost way more than $300, but these are generally selling for under $300. Another question is that it seems like there are the Russian made ones that look very similar, but are a bit cheaper. Is it a good idea to go with those ones? I couldn't find more information about these watches online. What words should I use to google?
Sorry for the long post, but as a newbie to watches, I do have a lot of questions. Any suggestions/advices will be greatly appreciated