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    New versus Vintage

    Evening all, I keep talking myself into either camp with reference to an Omega Moonwatch. The money is pretty similar in most cases so not really a factor. Ideally I would want a vintage from a key year i.e. Birth year, marriage year, job starting year, you get the drift! But of course new is just that, and I'd know what I have got.

    I would be keen to hear your thoughts as you are quite a savvy bunch

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    Evening Yarders! I'm going to keep it simple - there are a few watches where vintage is just 'better' in my opinion: the Navitimer, Monaco, Submariner and the Speedmaster!


    (I'll prepare for flak on the above statement!)
    J.

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    I have had a itch to buy a birth year Rolex recently..... Just not sure I want to spend that much money on a older vintage watch. My other hang up is that I really do prefer larger watches (like Bremonts!) and many of the vintage watches are smaller and thinner so I would likely grow tired of them more quickly if that makes any sense.


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    Personally, I think that there is something very special about owning a vintage piece.

    It's history, the fact that it is still keeping amazing time keeping and looks good 30-50 years down the line - if only I looked at worked that well!!!

    And it is from that "Special Year" all these factors are worth considering.

    As for size, it used to be something that I to worried about. But now I own watches from 35mm -43mm.

    In my experience it's something that you quickly get used to and it also adds variety to the wrist.

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    Hi Jake, I'll actually agree with you for those watches but only because the design of some of those has evolved. I'm pretty sure the Speedmaster is the same spec as it was at launch with only the movement being updated. The new subs are a bit 'blingy' in my opinion. Would love a vintage Navitimer or Cosmonaute.

    BC321, I know what you mean, I sold on a Tag that had just become too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarders View Post
    Would love a vintage Navitimer or Cosmonaute.
    Yep, me too - an 806 would be lovely. (I'm dreaming again.. )

    J.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarders View Post
    Hi Jake, I'll actually agree with you for those watches but only because the design of some of those has evolved. I'm pretty sure the Speedmaster is the same spec as it was at launch with only the movement being updated. The new subs are a bit 'blingy' in my opinion. Would love a vintage Navitimer or Cosmonaute.
    I went for a YOB (1967) Speedmaster - I love it and knowing like me it was created in 66 but delivered in 67!
    Last edited by RedsBluesGreens; 11-30-2015 at 02:22 PM. Reason: Fixed quotation marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedsBluesGreens View Post
    Yep, me too - an 806 would be lovely. (I'm dreaming again.. )

    J.
    Doesn't hurt (or cost) to dream!

    Urufu, I think that's my preferred option, a nice '72, but I think it's going to be quite hard to find. Have you compared yours to a new one?

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    I'm new to vintage pieces and have little knowledge on the subject. Wondering what thoughts are around getting a vintage (late 70's) vs, new Rolex. The only concern is that an older watch has more wear and tear, regardless of service record, and a new watch essentially avoids this concern altogether. I ask bc I've seen some pretty nice looking vintage GMTs and subs, but I don't want to get one if its going to just break or keep bad time. If I get one it would be to wear, and not just keep as a collector's piece...thoughts??
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaufen View Post
    I'm new to vintage pieces and have little knowledge on the subject. Wondering what thoughts are around getting a vintage (late 70's) vs, new Rolex. The only concern is that an older watch has more wear and tear, regardless of service record, and a new watch essentially avoids this concern altogether. I ask bc I've seen some pretty nice looking vintage GMTs and subs, but I don't want to get one if its going to just break or keep bad time. If I get one it would be to wear, and not just keep as a collector's piece...thoughts??
    GMT Master & GMT Master II prices are skyrocketing at the moment, so now probably isn't the best time to buy unless you can get a good deal privately. A 1675 or a 5512 (if you prefer a Submariner) are what I'd be going for.

    J.

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