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  1. Fritz

    Fritz genuflects before the mighty quartzophobe Jun 12, 2020

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    here ya go @JwRosenthal

    Bargain Divers!

    Post them here. Those pieces which didn't cost much because, well... they're crap, and those pieces which you just lucked into at a good price.

    I'll start...

    Seiko SKX175 & Accutron quartz "Devil Diver"
    The Seiko was 125 bucks lightly used in its original packaging, the Accutron $100, NOS from a nice man who retired from Bulova.
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    1944 USN Elgin, Underwater Demolition Team watch. Purchased from a watchmaker when the guy who bought it in refused to pay his bill and left it sitting at his shop for several months. I got it for the cost of the repair.
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  2. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    Dibs on the Elgin- one of my white whales.
     
  3. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    Ok, I’ll play:
    Alpha diver- eBay for around $80 1B4D72F1-90AF-42FE-849F-97C95E827292.jpeg
    BelAir Seapearl traded with @WYO_Watch for a tidy Helbros (who needs to be tapped into this thread)- bracelet is mine- just trying it out
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    The Tradition diver I lucked into on eBay for $450
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    The Invincible- $400 on eBay- this watch is friggin awesome in every way
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    Andre Bouchard- $100 on eBay with a rusty movement, NOS movement on eBay $25.
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    Last but not least the hammer- Marathon GSAR- a true dive watch and arm anchor. I rarely wear it because it requires a small child to support it while I’m walking. These things are indeed a bargain even new considering what they are...if you’re man enough to wear it...which apparently I am barely.
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  4. Dan S

    Dan S Jun 12, 2020

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    Here are a couple of mine, a Helbros Invicible just like the one James showed above, and an obscure Squale-cased Herma (a French brand).

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  5. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    Oh I know you have more than that!;)
     
  6. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    A crappy iPhone group shot of what I grabbed from my box- still have a few out at the watchmaker

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  7. Shabbaz

    Shabbaz Jun 12, 2020

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    Nice
     
  8. WYO_Watch

    WYO_Watch Jun 12, 2020

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    I’ll play along with a not-so-great photo of a “mess” of divers. I’m slowing narrowing down the vintage diver collection to no-date models. More to share later :thumbsup:

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  9. eduk

    eduk Jun 12, 2020

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    Can't beat a Russian diver for cheapness (ok, the bronze one wasn't that cheap, but still relatively inexpensive)
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  10. abrod520

    abrod520 Jun 12, 2020

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    Cheap estate sale skindiver,

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    These things are so cool even if they’re too small for me at 36mm. This one runs extremely fast despite degaussing, suggesting the mainspring is probably broken
     
  11. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    Every one I have gotten that was running fast was from the mainspring either hanging up on itself (oil or gunk) or it was slightly kinked up in some way.
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    Once they have been straitened out (if they can be by someone who knows what they are doing), and after a service they run perfectly.
     
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  12. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Jun 12, 2020

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    This was a bargain when I bought it...

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  13. ZIELSZIEK

    ZIELSZIEK Jun 12, 2020

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    When I picked it up I paid 100 euro for it, so I guess it qualifies for the thread. IMG_20200317_153611 (3).jpg
     
  14. abrod520

    abrod520 Jun 12, 2020

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    I don't doubt it, but this is a bargain-bin 1-jewel manual wind movement, and isn't worth having a watchmaker work on. I've considered having a go at it myself but don't think I have the level of curiosity to really go at a mainspring - to say nothing of equipment or anything else.
     
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  15. JimJupiter

    JimJupiter Jun 12, 2020

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    Dugena Skin Diver with 38mm. I just love that dial!

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  16. rootbeer7

    rootbeer7 Jun 12, 2020

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    I’ll play! Both of these were lockdown finds! The Cronel is coming back from my watchmaker tomorrow having had the movement restored. Being a single jewel only, there’s a lot of metal on metal!!
    The Monvis’ timekeeping seems to be impeccable
     
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  17. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    I may have duked it out with you unknowingly on that Monvis, I bid on them when they are still low...then they aren’t.
     
  18. rootbeer7

    rootbeer7 Jun 12, 2020

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    See my post above. My watchmaker restored the movement for less than I paid for the watch! I’m in uk and happy to share details.
     
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  19. rootbeer7

    rootbeer7 Jun 12, 2020

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    I’m very impressed with it. I looked at quite a few. Some had shocking relumes, some poor cases and a couple of great ones until the rusted movement and damaged mid-cases!
     
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  20. JwRosenthal

    JwRosenthal Jun 12, 2020

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    I know that with some of the cheap divers, the off the shelf movements were fairly compatible with hands and dials. I would be curious if you could swap a Felsa or FHF 17 jewel (which can be had for $25 running) into one of these if the movement/ dial configuration is the same. Anyone tried to that?