What self-respecting watch nerd hasn’t spent countless hours trolling eBay for that elusive vintage treasure that no one has discovered? The Pre-Moon Omega Speedmaster, the MilSub, the Cosmonaute — the names alone are enough to get palms sweating and the heart racing. While the thrill of watch collecting is in the hunt, enough foiled plans and missed auctions will make anyone gun shy. We feel your pain. The best salve is this guide to vintage watches on eBay, featuring a strong mix of underdogs — those timepieces that fly under a lot of collectors’ radars. Not only do you stand a better chance of scoring one of these collectible tickers, once you do make the final bid, you’ll end up with a legitimate piece of horological history.

Please note, our selections are not guarantees of authenticity, nor do they endorse any sellers. They are presented merely as examples of searches and watches we like. As always, do your due diligence: read up on how to spot fakes, consult experts and check backgrounds and feedback of sellers. In addition, Gear Patrol assumes no responsibility for the hours of productivity lost, marriages ended or thousands of dollars spent as a result of this article. Happy hunting.

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