We'll soon see as they accepted my offer. There's some very clean faced and decent looking vintage analog quartz watches out there from the height of the Quartz Crisis/Revolution. There's a couple of German sellers who have prime examples from Seiko and even Swiss watchmakers. For a couple of hundred Euros you can get a mint one with quartz movements that have proven to be as long lasting and robust as mechanical ones. I've noticed as well the classic dress watch looking Seiko King Quartz and Type II's are jumping up in prices.
Looks like my Seiko Quartz from 1970s. Date only. Never refurbished but several batteries have been replaced and glass has scratchs. I can live with that, though I now go for solar. Traditional size so ‘small’ by today’s standards.
A gorgeous IWC mk XV just popped up on ebay. Buy Now at less than half it's market value. Photo shows box and papers. The seller has zero feedback and is in Canada. Also very little description, which makes me think it might be stolen or at least a little murky.
I've done some looking around and there are copy XVs out there - but they seem as rare as the originals or more so - the Chinese are mass producing Big Pilots and gaudy Rolexes, not old mks.
Got this before the crazy GS price rises; they run $6,500+ now for the “limited” models. From memory mine was just under US$5k new, about $500 cheaper than an all-steel datejust at the time. The latter is still a good watch but the GS is in another league in terms of finishing particularly on the case.
Funnily enough the only people that seem to comment on it are Rolex salespeople.
Wore my father’s old Ebel wave (80s) yesterday. Not the most horological watch but I like wearing it anyway. Its too bad he didn’t pick up one of those early Ebel chronos with an El Primero movement in it...height of the quartz era.
Wore my father’s old Ebel wave (80s) yesterday. Not the most horological watch but I like wearing it anyway. Its too bad he didn’t pick up one of those early Ebel chronos with an El Primero movement in it...height of the quartz era. View attachment 31731
There was a distinct slim-lined quartz style going on at the time, Longines had it nailed:
I had the top Conquest full sized version for my 18th birthday, it was GBP 545 at the time, Rolex Air Kings were around GBP 900. Tissot's were doing these stone marbled watch face monstrosities that were really popular too. My mother-in-law now has my Longines, it looked mint until quite recently when the face has furred up and turned rather yellow. Longines stopped servicing the bracelets with new links a couple of years back.