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Vintage vs modern speedy (purchased, pics added)

  1. scv55

    scv55 Mar 12, 2016

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    Hey guys,

    I'm looking to buy myself a pre owned/ vintage speed master while I'm on vacation in LA. There's one in particular that has caught my attention http://www.secondtimearoundwatchco.com/watches-for-sale/a/a/10288 it's from 1976 and the store is reputable with a full two year warranty and very good reviews. They also have another speedy but it is a modern one from 1993 http://www.secondtimearoundwatchco.com/watches-for-sale/a/a/10301 and one more http://www.secondtimearoundwatchco.com/watches-for-sale/a/a/10079 from 1998

    They all look to be in very good shape. What are you opinions of the asking prices? I like that this shop is very reputable and has the 2 year full warranty.

    One more question is how much more usable is a newer speed master than one that is 40 years old? Can the newer one take more abuse? More water resistance? I plan on wearing the watch every single day, and the vintage one from the 1970s is mega cool to me.

    Anyways thanks for your advice!
     
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  2. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 12, 2016

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    That -76 is expensive, but nice - it has an earlier dial variant (flat S in Speedmaster) that looks nice on the wrist. If you could pick it up for $3000 you'd do all right. Out of the three here, that's the one I would choose.

    The 1993 watch is an automatic Speedmaster Reduced; we have seen many people here who own them and express an interest in selling them in favor of the original Speedmaster Professional, and I expect you'll find the same result!

    The 1998 watch has luminova dial lume, which is white (whereas the -76 is a nice, creamy yellow patina). It's old enough that it probably won't make a difference re. water resistance compared to the -76. The Speedmaster has never had much of a reputation for water resistance, so while it can be worn daily without issue, it's best not to swim or shower with it on.
     
  3. scv55

    scv55 Mar 12, 2016

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    Thanks for the information! The '76 is the one I really want..I'm checking it out in person later, let's see what I can do.
     
  4. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 12, 2016

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    Keep in mind the -76 may have been produced anytime between 1976 and 1979 or so (if that's important to you)
     
  5. Javi22

    Javi22 Mar 12, 2016

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    i think the - 76 is a good choice...:thumbsup:
     
  6. scv55

    scv55 Mar 12, 2016

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    Success! Picked up the '76, I'll post some pictures later.
     
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  7. oddboy

    oddboy Zero to Grail+2998 In Six Months Mar 12, 2016

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    Good call. Post pics!
     
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  8. scv55

    scv55 Mar 13, 2016

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    Couple pics I snapped at LAX..
    Really love the watch so far. Comfortable and looks awesome!

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  9. scv55

    scv55 Mar 13, 2016

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  10. abrod520

    abrod520 Mar 13, 2016

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    Nice one! :thumbsup:

    These '70s Speedmasters are really starting to come into their own these days....
     
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  11. ibis888

    ibis888 Mar 13, 2016

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    Congrats, enjoy the watch.

    Sharp looking case.
     
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  12. scv55

    scv55 Mar 14, 2016

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    Some more pics..
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