First Proper Watch - What next?

I’ve always had an interest in watches from about 16 years old. For my 18th I saved all my money and decided to get a Michel Herbelin which has been my go to watch for years, but is admittedly too formal for most occasions.

In January, for my 25th birthday and as a gift from my wife for qualifying as a lawyer, I decided to go for a proper watch and went for the Tudor Black Bay 58. I’m wearing it daily and am in love with the watch! Having a smaller wrist it was hard to find a dive watch that suited my wrist, but this is just right!

That being said, I’m now looking to get a vintage watch that is more formal and would effectively replace my Michel Herbelin. I’m not wanting to go over the top with price ($400 max) and I’m not wanting to replace my Tudor as my daily driver. I’ve seen quite a few vintage Omegas on Ebay in the price range, but I’m not sure if this will be reliable and would take time/money to fix up.

If anyone has recommendations about vintage watches under $400 please let me know! I’m particularly interested in WW1 and WW2 watches but see those are hard to come by!


Congratulations on the Tudor. Got mine last year and it is everything I hoped it would be. As for vintage watches, there is a wealth of Seikos in pretty good nick well under $400. Might not be WW1/2, but they'll look and run like a dream.


The under $400 vintage market is where Hamilton thrives. Some of the cooler models can be found around that limit.