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3 Vintage Watches You Can Buy for Less Than $500

November 8, 2019 Watches By

The vintage watch world can be intimidating for numerous reasons: the shear number of different models available, the potential costs of service, and the passion/vitriol of the watch-obsessed, forum-lurking horological nerds. Thankfully, you don’t need to drop a down-payment-on-a-house-level amount of cash on your first foray into vintage. Below are three cool vintage buys for under — that’s right — $500.

Doxa 1940s Oversized Wristwatch

What We Like: Finding a 38mm watch from the 1940s is like finding…well, it’s hard. This oversized Doxa features a handwound movement, raised gold Arabic numerals and matching handset, outer 1/5th-seconds track, and that’s it! Just pure unadorned Swiss design and class.

From the Seller: The dial is champagne color and excellent with all original gold hands and sweep seconds. The numbers are all original gold raised Arabic surrounded by a black 60 seconds dial.

Wittnauer ref. 6500

What We Like: With a silver sunburst dial featuring dauphine hands, applied hour indices and logo, a sub-seconds counter and a a great date window, this midcentury Wittnauer is simply a wildly good value. Add in a signed crown, manually wound movement and included Horween shell cordovan strap, and you’ve got yourself a super first vintage watch.

From the Seller: In overall excellent condition. The case has no major scratches of any kind & no signs of polishing. Dial is great with no blemishes or discoloring. The manual winding movement runs very well keeping accurate time.

1960s Baylor Alarm

What We Like: Here’s something you rarely see at this price — a vintage mechanical alarm watch. Use the second crown to set the alarm and voila — it’ll ring loudly at the predetermined hour. With a steel case, funky alarm hand and decidedly midcentury hour indices, this 35mm Baylor is a conversation starter and a great foray into vintage.

From the Seller: Original silver colored dial looks fantastic. Large applied markers. All steel case. Alarm function works well. Sharp looking vintage alarm.

Oren Hartov is Gear Patrol's watches editor. He knows what time it is, and one or two other things.

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