Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

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    Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

    I ran a couple of basic searches but didnt find much.

    As I build up the watch budget to fund the next purchase I am hoping I can get some input given the following as to which vintages would give me the best bang for buck and if it would be worth it considering if I dont go vintage I am saving towards the Omega Seamaster 300M Bond that Ive been wanting for years.

    Budget:
    $350-500 would be a short-term budget
    $1,000-1,300 would be long term

    I would ideally like to stay in the short term figures unless moving to the long term mindset brings that much more to my wrist.

    Features:
    Must have date display
    (I find once I get smaller than a 22mm band on my wrist it looks small)
    Swiss or German make
    I'd like the brand/movement/piece itself to have as much history as possible (if that makes sense)
    Would like a display back but it isnt a must
    Ideally white gold or stainless (my wedding ring is white gold, dont know how yellow/rose would look next to it in dressy situations)

    Style wise, classic and timeless. I will probably wear it casually here and there but mainly with button downs or dress occasions given the nature of the piece.

    I'd like something that has that wow/sexy effect to it, ideally something I could pass down to the next generation.

    Any thoughts on current the Bond vs vintage and if vintage which is appreciated.

    A couple vintage pieces that caught my eye visually:

    IWC Ingenieur though way beyond budget:


    Longines (unknown)... though I'd want the date:


    Omega Seamaster (though I dont like the magnified date window):


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    Re: Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

    50 views and no opinions?
    Ω SMP 300M 2220.80 • Hamilton H78465553 • Helm Vanuatu 01AR1 • Laco 861915 • Vintage Seiko 5 6309-8239 • G-Shock GW7900B-1 • G-Shock MTG900 • DTW LE Chrono

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    Re: Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

    Quote Originally Posted by SwedishElite22 View Post
    50 views and no opinions?
    I for one don't understand your requirements.

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    Re: Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

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    50 views and no opinions?
    Relax! It can take a while to get opinions. Another reason you may not be getting input is that 38 - 44 mm isn't going to give you many options for vintage watches, at least not many that are cheap. All 3 of the watches you posted are 36 mm or less.

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    Re: Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

    I own that longines (stainless) and I own a very similar seamaster (562, gold filled) but it doesnt have the cyclops.

    The both are very nice watches and are keepers in my collection. I usually wear them when I'm trying to look nice.

    They are both 36mm I think. The longines takes a 18mm band and the 562 takes a 19mm band. I dont think I paid/traded for a value of an average price of $350 for either of these.

    The newer seamasters are so different anything vintage I wouldnt put them in the same purchase decisions.

    I just got into vintage watches recently and I love them, but remember most vintage pieces (unless recently serviced) can cost you unforeseen expenses. However, based on your current rotation I say go for a 36mm vintage watch.

    For the record I have a 7.5 inch wrist and I'm 6'1" and 250 lbs and no one has every said they look funny/small on my wrist.
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    Re: Vintage (insert make/model) vs New Omega Seamaster 300M... opinions needed

    How about a Zenith Captain Chronometre? The case is around 38mm in diameter. Should be pieces available in good condition for $500 or thereabouts ...

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