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!
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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.