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2020 - What watch did you buy for under $500?

  1. jeppehh

    jeppehh Feb 10, 2020

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    New year, new thread.

    I'll kick it off with a 2622-1 from 1951.

    Bought it as a companion for a 321 chronograph with full radium numerals I purchased in 2019. The dial has some radium damage but I like the warm yellow tint. The 2622 case is also not that common and it stands sharp with the original crown.

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  2. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 10, 2020

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    oh I wouldn't call it radium damage...it's aged and gorgeous.
     
  3. ERBM

    ERBM Feb 10, 2020

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    Absolute bargain in my opinion, and beautiful patina on the dial.
     
  4. jeppehh

    jeppehh Feb 10, 2020

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    Thanks @janice&fred. Some debris from the radium has left some marks, but yes overall nicely aged.

    Thanks @ERBM. Wasn’t planning on another purchase, but couldn’t help myself in the end.
     
  5. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 10, 2020

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    that pretty much sums up my entire participation in this hobby!
     
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  6. ERBM

    ERBM Feb 10, 2020

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    Hear, hear.
     
  7. Alpha

    Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Feb 10, 2020

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    ‘aged and gorgeous’ still dreaming of the day my beloved tells me the same :(
     
  8. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Feb 10, 2020

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    Not sure I would attribute that dial to radium. Radium damage is usually far more localized...

    Love that dial though! :thumbsup:
     
  9. jeppehh

    jeppehh Feb 10, 2020

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    Thanks Archer.
    I just drew the conclusion as the spotting happened to be where most of the radium dust could be seen with UV light. Just a coincidence I guess.

    Anyone else with some good sub $500 purchases in the last 4-5 weeks?
     
  10. mswilks

    mswilks Feb 10, 2020

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    This is a horse of a completely different color, but it fits the thread, so ...

    Picked it up right after the first of the year after doing a bunch of research on quartz non-run-of-the-mill divers. I really like it a lot.

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  11. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 10, 2020

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    since the beginning of the year we have snagged plenty during our hunts.

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  12. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 10, 2020

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    for less than $200 I could probably fill a whole page. We love bargains and fixer-uppers :D
     
  13. Jerseyhammer

    Jerseyhammer Feb 10, 2020

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    Picked this Seiko for under $150 today AF08B7B4-7A77-43F3-BE9F-FFC537A12201.jpeg
     
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  14. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 10, 2020

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    nice snag. I believe those are called "map meters".
     
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  15. jeppehh

    jeppehh Feb 10, 2020

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    Wow. That is some impressive hunting.
     
  16. watch3s

    watch3s Feb 10, 2020

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    havent pulled the trigger yet, but that Timex Giorgio Galli S1 keeps calling me
     
  17. AustinCambridge

    AustinCambridge Feb 10, 2020

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  18. janice&fred

    janice&fred Feb 11, 2020

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    our best luck has been in small suburban antique shops and mom and pop jewelry stores. Never drive past one without stopping in for a quick look-see and always have cash with you. It can be monotonous and tiresome...until you strike gold :D
     
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  19. NT931

    NT931 Feb 11, 2020

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    [​IMG]

    Snagged for <$200 from ebay, then paired with a nice beige caiman strap. Pretty happy so far!
     
  20. Tet

    Tet I prefer Dilmah do try it Feb 11, 2020

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    Really nice! Does it have a steel or chrome plated case?

    Classy strap pairing too.