Vintage dress watch

Answering questions regarding what you should expect to get for your vintage watch at auction or from a dealer. You may also ask if questions regarding the authenticity of your watch here.
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In order to provide a reasonable appraisal, we will need at least 3 of the following:

1) A picture of your watch. This is done using the "upload" feature.
2) Model number if known.
3) The case material, Silver, Steel or Gold, etc.
4) Case diameter & overall condition.

Due to the demands placed on my mailbox, I do not answer such inquires by direct mail. You must post your question here. Direct eMails regarding appraisals will be deleted and not answered.

Please note: Almost ALL the small ladies "cocktail" watches of brands such as Bulova, Gruen, Hamilton, etc., with gold trading at record prices are trading at or near scrap.
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Vintage dress watch

Post by Jwanaug » Mon Nov 18, 2019 2:52 am


Looking at my collection of very modern icons, the glaring omission is a dress watch. I think I would like something around 34-36mm, vintage, and classically styled. I like manual winds, but auto is ok. Sub-dials for the seconds are cool, but I’m still fine with a centre second. I like the look of these vintage IWC Cal 89.

What else should I look for? There seem a huge number of Omegas, but I wouldn’t know where to start. A recommendation would help!

Any other suggestions?

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Re: Vintage dress watch

Post by zafbasha » Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:45 am

Caliber 4xx Jaeger-LeCoultre fromn the 1940s are rather nice and still not all that expensive.

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