Bargains in vintage watches may be fewer and father between these days, but look hard enough and you can still find cool shit for not a ton of money. To wit: this week we’ve got an awesome-looking Bulova from the mid-1960s for just $350, and a super cool handwound chronograph from the same era for less than $1,200 — not bad considering where vintage chronograph pricing has gone in the last few years. Then we’ve got an iconic piece for you — a ref. 145.022-69 Omega Speedmaster, tritium lume and all. Read on, fellow watch nerds, read on.
The Affordable Option: 1969 Bulova Dive Watch
What We Like: Diminutive by modern dive watch standards at just 33mm? Perhaps. But look at that dial — the polished grey surface, the red indices, the vintage tritium. Mix it with an engine-turned bezel, a manually wound movement and a skin diver(-ish) case, and you’ve got a recipe for one hell of a value at $350.
From the Seller: 1960s Vintage Bulova. Original charcoal grey dial with cool applied red markers. Matching hands. Nice size all steel case is in very nice condition. Cool engine turned bezel. Manual wind movement. Nice size for him or her.
The Icon: 1969 Omega Speedmaster ref. 145.022-69
What We Like: What do we not like? Nothing says “space cadet” (literally) like a little Speedmaster action, and this one’s got all the fixins’ — tritium dial, DO90 bezel, lyre-lug case, and best of all — box and stamped papers. These watches aren’t getting any cheaper, unfortunately, so now might be the time to own your piece of space history.
From the Seller: The step dial is flawless. The original luminous of dial and hands is in excellent condition, both dial and hands. The DO90 bezel is in good condition, showing a couple of chips, nice overall. The watch case appears to be in excellent condition, unpolished, no scratches – nothing.
The Curveball: 1960s Premira Chronograph
What We Like: While there isn’t exactly a wealth of information on Premira Watch Co. available on the interwebs, it’s plain for anyone to see that this affordable chrono is simply oozing with late-’60s charm. Powered by the ubiquitous handwound Valjoux 7733 movement, it’s got a killer grey reverse-panda dial with square sub-registers and an orange seconds hand, making for an awesome aesthetic. Though only the case back is steel — the case itself is plated — as long as you don’t mind the wear, the unique dial alone seems well worth the price of admission.
From the Seller: In overall good condition for the age. The dial is great with no major defects of any kind. The case does have noticeable plate loss from use especially around the pushers. The movement is clean & runs very well, chronograph works as it should.