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Hi everyone,

So tomorrow I will be flying to London for the very first time. I have little knowledge of what it is like, but I do hope to spend a short while going on the hunt for a few, (affordable) vintage watches. I understand that London, having the reputation of being a very expensive city, may not be the best place to look -- but it is worth a try.

Does anyone have any experience with buying vintage pieces from this city? Certain fruitless internet searches have pointed me in the wrong direction of classy (and equally expensive) high-end vintage shops, but I'm looking at the sub-£100 mark (ideally sub-£50:-x). Is this a naive objective? Haha. If not what about any vintage markets or stalls that might prove fruitful?

It has been a very long while since I have bought a vintage watch (near to seven months!), and I'd like to get something to commemorate my visiting the majestic land of the British isles. Cheers.b-) |>
 

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Check out the local market days.
I know there is one near the strand.
Anything in the shops I think will be far too expensive or junk.

You should also visit the Guild Of Watchmakers Museum - it is fantastic!
 
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Unfortunately summer is a better time for flee markets. You could try Camden and Portobello Market. You can also find some watchmakers there. Prices varies from 20 to few thousand pounds

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You never know.. so worth a try. Anyway since you're in London you should visit those places anyway. Friday/Saturday from 9am till noon is recommended for flea market. The antique shops are open most of the time.( haven't been there any other days so I don;t know how is the market). But you want to be there around 9 - 10 to avoid the mass of tourists. they have a website with the hours also if I am not wrong
Thanks for the kind responses, though I understand that it may be difficult to find anything interesting!
 
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