When it comes to shopping for vintage watches on eBay, it can be a gold mine, but it can also be a minefield. Our very own Christoph McNeill (you all might know him as Instagram’s @VintageDiver) wrote a must-read, common sense guide to buying vintage watches on eBay (check out Part 1 and Part 2). Today, we have another installment of eBay Finds, where Christoph will highlight some great vintage gems looking for a new home. Happy hunting!
Listing: “Vintage ARNEX Valjoux 7733 Stainless Steel Diver’s Chronograph”
This Arnex—while not a well-known brand name—is great example of a typical vintage chronograph diver. The black, two-register dial looks to be pretty clean and the luminous paint on the hands and dial have perfect patina. The skin diver case has some obvious wear, but it’s unpolished and retains its crisp edges. The watch is powered by the tried-and-true workhorse Valjoux 7733 manual-wind movement. The “buy it now” price seems to be more than fair for this particular specimen.
Listing: “Vintage Seiko 6106-8109 Automatic Sport Diver S/S Men’s Watch with Day & Date”
Seiko may have considerably more well-known dive watches, but they also made a large assortment of “sport divers” that have the diver aesthetic without true diver specs. This gem is one of the more scarce and desirable of Seiko’s sport divers. It has essentially the same case as the 6105-8000, but with an amazing blue dial, chevron-shaped (lumed) hour markers, and a silver bezel insert. This one appears to be all original with some expected wear on the case, but the dial and hands look super clean. The seller is including a vintage box, but it’s worth noting that it’s not the original. This one’s a real gem.
Listing: “Vintage LONGINES CONQUEST, automatic, running condition”
This is a later model Longines Conquest, so while it may not be one of the classic models it’s still a real looker. It has a very clean white dial and stick hands with intact lume. The stainless steel case looks to be unpolished, and it has a signed, original crown. The kicker here is that this one also comes with its original signed bracelet, which is really uncommon. The seller doesn’t indicate the caliber, but from what I can see the movement is as clean as a whistle, and it has a beautifully engraved rotor.