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    Most underrated vintage watches?

    I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb by saying that Omegas seem to be the most common (and quite possibly most sought after) vintage watches on the market. That's not too much of a surprise - just my opinion, but with Omega's level of craftsmanship, there will probably be more than a few well-serviced vintage seamasters ticking away when the apocalypse finally comes.

    That said, I'd looking for takes on the most underrated vintage watches out there. To clarify, I'm looking more for brands than particular models: brands with beautiful pieces, solid reputations for quality, but nonetheless fly under the radar in the vintage watch world.

    Just to start things off, my vote is for Rado. There are lots of dedicated fans of vintage Rados (including myself), but I feel that vintage Rados don't get the attention they deserve. Perhaps I'm biased, but my vintage Rado Voyager is a favorite from my collection. Bought it for a song a few months back, and couldn't be happier. Although it's a 35-40 year old watch with no recent service history, it's still one of the most accurate watches I own. (Knock on wood - I'd hate to think that a service issue popped up the moment I boasted about its accuracy.)

    What do you think? What are your votes for underrated vintage watches?

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    Re: Most underrated vintage watches?

    Sandoz, Grana, Damas, Revue, Cyma, Bulova, Glycine, Buren, Invicta are a few vintage brands with interesting watches that are not as widely collected as Omega, Rolex, IWC, etc.
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    Universal Geneve imo. The Polerouter is one cool watch.



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    I have a thing for Seiko 6138 chronos from the 70's. Styling is still great 40 years later, the movements are rock soluid and very serviceable, and the pricing is near unbelieveable for what you get.

    I wish they had a running seconds indication, but other than that I think they are amazing watches.
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    Bulova. Recent changes in ownership aside, the Bulova 30s and 40s windups and the 1950s self-winders offer some of the best value on eBay. Lots of parts available to fix them up too.
    There's also a much smaller chance of getting a Frankenwatch with Bulova.
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    Lucien Piccard, that was not unexpected.

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    Re: Most underrated vintage watches?

    Quote Originally Posted by GMBarbakoff View Post
    I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb by saying that Omegas seem to be the most common (and quite possibly most sought after) vintage watches on the market. That's not too much of a surprise - just my opinion, but with Omega's level of craftsmanship, there will probably be more than a few well-serviced vintage seamasters ticking away when the apocalypse finally comes.

    That said, I'd looking for takes on the most underrated vintage watches out there. To clarify, I'm looking more for brands than particular models: brands with beautiful pieces, solid reputations for quality, but nonetheless fly under the radar in the vintage watch world.

    Just to start things off, my vote is for Rado. There are lots of dedicated fans of vintage Rados (including myself), but I feel that vintage Rados don't get the attention they deserve. Perhaps I'm biased, but my vintage Rado Voyager is a favorite from my collection. Bought it for a song a few months back, and couldn't be happier. Although it's a 35-40 year old watch with no recent service history, it's still one of the most accurate watches I own. (Knock on wood - I'd hate to think that a service issue popped up the moment I boasted about its accuracy.)

    What do you think? What are your votes for underrated vintage watches?
    I'm not sure Rado is the most under-rated, but they certainly are under-rated. Says the guy with at least 30 vintage Rados.
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    Re: Most underrated vintage watches?

    IDk about under rated, but Longines has some great vintage pieces......I'd love to find a nice conquest, but they are so hard to come by.
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    I would ad Vulcain, Doxa, Eterna, Nappey


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    Re: Most underrated vintage watches?

    Hamilton, Hamilton, and Hamilton.

    Great designs, widely available and reasonably priced. Parts are easy to source and there are a number of watchmakers out there who specialize in vintage Hamiltons.

    I'm at 14 presently, with prices ranging from $135 to $500 (that one has a 14kt gold case). Here's half of the herd...

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