I've started looking at acquiring a birthyear watch from 1966. I've done some cursory searches on the bay to get an idea of what is available. So far I've seen some Omegas, Lingines and Zeniths in the styles that I like, e.g. dress watches like the old Seamasters, Connies, De Villes, Flagships. I have no preference in terms of central or small seconds as long as the overall look "works". I'd prefer no date, but I'm OK with it. Preferrably stainless steel over gold, again I'm not married to this idea. I think gold indices and hands can work quite well with a SS case.
I wouldn't want to spend more than $400 (preferrably much less) and for that I'd like it to be in good working order with some patina, I don't think a vintage watch should look like it just came out of a shop window.
So, any suggestions for other brands/models that I should look out for?