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Hello, I have a similar question to Annabel’s previous one. I’m looking for a watch as a gift for my boyfriend and would really appreciate a little guidance!

I’d like to find preferably a 1960s dress watch (though have liked some 50s and early 70s ones). He has previously owned watches but they were stolen so he has none. He’s definitely not an expert (especially compared to some of you!) but is clear about his tastes - I know he likes Rolex and Omega of course - he had a Mickey Mouse Rolex, that’s the only one I can remember him telling me about! And he likes rose gold... I have been inclined towards a seamaster but with my budget of max £500 I feel like a nice one might be a bit out of my league :| the ones I see in my price range are mostly in India or Bulgaria, which makes me nervous. (Should I generally avoid Japanese sellers too?)

I like Seiko but feel it’s a bit of a gamble as have a feeling that they could be a bit marmite-y and don’t know where he sits on that front. So I’m mostly focussed on Swiss, and have liked a couple of Glashuttes. My favourite has been a 50s Buren Grand Prix on eBay for £95 but not sure he’d be keen (maybe should buy it for myself!). And a beautiful military seamaster from birthyearwatches, which is right at the top of my budget but I worry it’s too flashy.

Sooo, do you know of a place in London where I could go and look at some? Or any advice on names to be looking at? I feel like I’m drowning in watch watchlists! Sorry for the rambling post. And thank you very very much in advance.
 

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Austin Kaye on the Strand or there is a shop on Piccadilly near to the Sheraton but i can't recall the name? Not necessarily the places to buy but good for window shopping. £500 should get you a reasonable 1970s Omega I would have thought? There is huge choice of brands so I would narrow it down to the basics, a gold plated dress watch for £500 is a good starting point.
 

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This 1960s Omega sold last week - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Omega-Ge...D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Factor in a service (£150+/- with a local watchmaker) hopefully parts won't be needed or the cost will escalate, add a new strap (£25) and you could have been under budget with this one. It's not the most dazzling watch available and it's only a manual wind but if you have a strict budget it proves it is possible to get an Omega.
 

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£500 should get you a reasonable 1970s Omega I would have thought?
Yes, but ... an alternative would be to get an absolutely gorgeous, large, all stainless Eterna, Movado, Certina, Zodiac, Cyma, or Tissot.
 

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Thank you all. Trip to the strand in order I think. That’s helpful re other names to look at. I’ve seen a couple of zodiacs I liked.
 

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If you don't mind taking a trip down to Brighton there are a few shops, one in particular that I cant remember the name of, that sell some nice vintage watches. Either way it is good to poke around in the area.

Anything you find on eBay pop on here and let the lions here run it around to make sure it is good.

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I know how he feels about losing the watches. When I was living in Worthing the flat got broken in and they made off with 25 of my watches. The thing that ticks me off the most about it is that they took pocket watches out of their original boxes and left the boxes behind. One was also my 1st pocket watch I bought. :( I recovered 2 on ebay and one...black dial Constellation...in the lanes in Brighton.
 

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Bastards! That’s awful I’m sorry to hear. I won’t get a chance to go to Brighton before his birthday but I remember there being lots of lovely watches in the lanes. There’s a couple on eBay that I’m wondering about - the Buren Grand Prix that I can’t stop looking at, I think it’s lovely but not sure why exactly

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/263337525950

And then I just saw this Tissot which seems a bit bonkers but I like it and the fact it’s different and graphic

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/311969395645

Would be very interested to hear what people think of these!
 

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£500 should get you a reasonable 1970s Omega I would have thought?
Yes, but ... an alternative would be to get an absolutely gorgeous, large, all stainless Eterna, Movado, Certina, Zodiac, Cyma, or Tissot.
This was my thought, maybe nice to find a top end of a brand I don’t know rather than a reasonable omega. But in that I could be not really ‘getting’ watchmakers
 

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Bastards! That’s awful I’m sorry to hear. I won’t get a chance to go to Brighton before his birthday but I remember there being lots of lovely watches in the lanes. There’s a couple on eBay that I’m wondering about - the Buren Grand Prix that I can’t stop looking at, I think it’s lovely but not sure why exactly

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/263337525950

And then I just saw this Tissot which seems a bit bonkers but I like it and the fact it’s different and graphic

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/311969395645

Would be very interested to hear what people think of these!
I would avoid both of those watches. The Buren has pretty serious damage to the dial (missing text and ugly replaced luminescent paint) and the case (base metal showing through areas where the gold plating is worn away). The Tissot is what we call a "Mumbai special", where people in India "restore" an old watch to look the way it never looked to begin with.
 

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This is the one I’ve almost clicked ‘pay now’ on loads of times. But I worry about it being at the top of my budget so won’t be able to spend any money on it if I need to - but should I assume if buying from this guy that I won’t need to spend money on it? I’d feel a lot better from here than eBay.

https://www.birthyearwatches.com/product/1966-omega-seamaster-600/

Re the previous two I’ve looked on a bigger screen and can see everything you mentioned - feel a bit of a wally even considering them! And don’t know how I missed that one being from India. Thank you
 

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As it says in the advert, the paint is flaking/missing from one side of the dial, I am not a dial expert but the font does not look right to me meaning that the dial could have already been refinished. £499 also sounds cheap for a military issued watch as is claimed?
 

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first one has rust on movement
second one has lost lume on hands and overpolished case
the last one has overpolished case and has no inner caseback photos so no way to check if case and movement came out of factory together
 

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Perfect - no
But the flaws outlined above are very important and are present because of mishandling those watches
Rust will spread all over the place unless rusted parts replaced
Overpolishing was made by incompetent restorers, watches themself do not endup like that
 

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Ah sorry missed that photo first time :|
Looks like 8317, other examples I can find with this case reference have 30T2 movement, they are from the same family as 265 in poshtime
So it is probably all ok watch except overpolished case and replaced crown :)
But let's wait for some other forum members to pop in for more opinions
 
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