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    Mine was a trial by fire on eBay vintage Grand Seiko. Good price, but running 15 seconds slow a day. Won't find out if I got a good deal until Seiko service looks at it. Felt good when I pulled the trigger. Not sure right now...

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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    My first was a 70s Seiko that I bought for 30 bucks at a flea market a few years ago. Back then I wasn't interested in vintage pieces, the only reason I bought it was because the price was cheap and the watch was still in a relatively good condition. Since then it led me to research more about vintage watches and I have a few now but mostly Seiko (Bellmatic, 6139, and others that I think are fantastic value). I would love to own a vintage GS one day.

    Btw I think 15 sec slow a day is acceptable for a vintage watch, my Universal Geneve Polerouter date gains 35 minutes in 3 days lol.

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    My Seiko 7006-7189. I've always had an interest in vintage watches. I've never followed through with the pursuit of finding one. My mother frequents antique shops. She told me one of the shops has the same Seiko that my grandfather bought for my father when he graduation college. The next time she went, she bought it, as it was only $50. It's really cool, and runs very accurately.



    It seems Seiko's are the perfect "starter vintage watch". I've been browsing vintage Tudor's and Omega's and they too are very affordable.
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    I'll continue the Seiko theme. My first vintage was a 1969 Seiko 5 6119-7100 that my grandfather left for me when he passed. It's my current restoration project

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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    Never bought one and probably won't until today's watches become vintage.
    The technology in these watches makes them easier to service than their forefathers, this means servicing costs won't be as high as if a watch maker had to rebuild a piece from scratch to go into your watch.
    Also, being on the larger side, all vintages watches are a no-go unless on a bund strap, which, I know, destroys the look of a lot of the watches I would have bought.
    Maybe one day I'll find that piece I just had to have and the disposable income at the time to acquire it.
    There's always room on top.

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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    Well, I got mine new,as a sales reward/award,(1970) it has turned vintage over the years....Does that count?
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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    My Lucien Piccard and I became vintage together.
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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    Mine too was a Seiko 5, around 35 dollar so it was worth a try.

    Painted the hand and dial on it for fun, learn a few basic watchmaking technique on it.

    It ran fine until I tried to pull the balance wheel out for fun
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    Re: What was your first vintage watch? And how did you come about acquiring it?

    Interesting to see how people get into it. I wanted vintage because it had history, was cheap and cool looking. Then got everything but the cheap part. :)
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    2. Grand Seiko 1st Gen 6146-8000 Gold Cap
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