Vintage Sleepers

Outside of Rolex, what do you think is the most slept on vintage watch? It could be a brand, specific reference or style.聽

Let's here it folks!

most 70鈥檚 chronographs! Bulova devil diver 666, Tissot Seaster Navigator, Seiko speedtimers (Kakume)! Great watches and not bad prices if you can handle the hunt! Cheers 馃嵒

#omega Constellation pie pans and the #accutron Astronaut (great history and funky design)

I would add Zodiac and Rado into the fold of makers of great vintage pieces. And for distinct dress watches, Piaget.

Since Buren invented the first Micro rotor movement and applied for their patent in 1954 nearly a year before Universal Gen猫ve, I call anything Buren-Hamilton Intramatic.

True true sleeper on the wrist, nobody will ever know what a 'chunk of history' you're wearing 馃檶馃挜馃挴馃敟鈱.

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I think the brands that constitute the middle tier of the modern Swatch are underrated. Everyone sees the value in vintage Omega. 聽Many overlook vintage Eterna, Mido, and Certina. 聽There is more to Eterna than the Kontiki. 聽I don't think that Tissot is overlooked, however.

Also, for a brand like Benrus, there is more than just the Sea Lord and whatever Steve McQueen wore in Bullitt.聽

SimplyVintageWatches

Since Buren invented the first Micro rotor movement and applied for their patent in 1954 nearly a year before Universal Gen猫ve, I call anything Buren-Hamilton Intramatic.

True true sleeper on the wrist, nobody will ever know what a 'chunk of history' you're wearing 馃檶馃挜馃挴馃敟鈱.

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Ugh. Now I want to add an Intramatic to my collection. I've let some slip away at auction. Perhaps it can go into next quarter's budget.聽

Aurelian

I think the brands that constitute the middle tier of the modern Swatch are underrated. Everyone sees the value in vintage Omega. 聽Many overlook vintage Eterna, Mido, and Certina. 聽There is more to Eterna than the Kontiki. 聽I don't think that Tissot is overlooked, however.

Also, for a brand like Benrus, there is more than just the Sea Lord and whatever Steve McQueen wore in Bullitt.聽

Perhaps I'll break out my Benrus for tomorrow. And it's not a Sea Lord. :)

Aurelian

I think the brands that constitute the middle tier of the modern Swatch are underrated. Everyone sees the value in vintage Omega. 聽Many overlook vintage Eterna, Mido, and Certina. 聽There is more to Eterna than the Kontiki. 聽I don't think that Tissot is overlooked, however.

Also, for a brand like Benrus, there is more than just the Sea Lord and whatever Steve McQueen wore in Bullitt.聽

Agree, definitely some sleepers in that list.

But the Sea Lord and the Bullitt Benrus though鈥 god.

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Buren and Gruen - some excellent American history there.

vintage Timex can surprise you as well. It鈥檚 really hard getting a good Grand Prix / Rally one now. 拢150>

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After falling in love with my modern Grand Seiko, I dug deep into researching the lineage of the design aesthetic and just how pure those specifications still ring true today based on the earlier models from Seiko's Grand Seiko and King Seiko lines, not to mention the Suwa vs Daini dynamic that existed within one company. It led me to search for an unpolished model to add to my collection. For a 53 year old example that's been beat up a bit, it still keeps amazing time. I highly recommend others look into these vintage GS/KS watches. [Pictured: a Seiko 'King Seiko Hi-Beat' 5626-7000T from November 1968]

chronotriggered

Agree, definitely some sleepers in that list.

But the Sea Lord and the Bullitt Benrus though鈥 god.

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Agree. 聽It's just that they are not underrated. 聽They are properly considered as valuable vintage pieces.

(And you are just flexing now....and properly so.)

Another vote for the Omega dress watches, like the Constellation and the Seamaster. Even though they are small by today's standards, they are really detailed and beautifully made.

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Here are some vintage watches that I currently lust after:

Universal Geneve Polerouter, Omega Constellation, the "dirty dozen" military watches, and the Cartier Tank

Pre-war Hamilton - incredible quality and made in the USA.

60s King Seiko - amazingly undervalued, even in today's bauble-bubble market.

Richierich

Here are some vintage watches that I currently lust after:

Universal Geneve Polerouter, Omega Constellation, the "dirty dozen" military watches, and the Cartier Tank

What about the Dirty Dozen does it for people? Genuine question. They're not any of the things that the watch collecting community normally goes for (tech, finishing, value, etc)