eBay Finds September, 2020: What A Dial Edition

In this month’s edition of eBay Finds, @vintagediver brings us some amazing representatives of the ’50s, ’70s, and ’80s. Each features fun details to explore and all are shaping up to be accessible auctions, from Seiko to Bulova. Jump in and let us know if you end up winning any of these finds.

Vintage Bulova Accutron Tuning Fork 218 GP Mens Date Watch 1970’s M57

So, you think you like funky 1970’s style eh? Well check out this wild beast of a watch. This vintage 1972 Accutron is more 70’s than bell-bottom jeans and big ol’ gold necklaces nestled in untamed tufts of chest hair! The gold-plated rectangular cushion case is unlike any other I’ve seen, with the matte black front and fluted bezel. The metallic blue quasi-hexagonal dial with day/date and stick hands complete the look. This example is nearly NOS, with remnants of the original protective wax on the caseback, and original leather strap, buckle and hang tags. I have never seen this model before, so if you’re man enough to rock this piece, here’s your chance!

Available here.

Titoni Airmaster Stainless Steel Silver Dial 25j Automatic

Titoni is a long-established brand that is definitely overlooked. The Airmaster model is a great looking watch, not even taking into consideration how cool the name is in itself! This example has a nice champagne/silver dial with date at 3. It even has what appears to be the original crystal with date magnifier, original signed crown and original signed bracelet to boot. I love the bombé-esque lugs as well. Great example of an under-appreciated brand and model, lots of watch for what should be a reasonable final sale price.

Available here.

Mens Vtg. 1950’s 21 Jewel Bulova Watch Complete Box + Instructions

You just have to love a vintage watch with boxes and papers. This vintage 1953 (date code of L3 is stamped on the case back) is a real charmer with its butler silver dial and killer scroll lugs. It comes in the classic gold and white Bulova clamshell plastic box, with the outer cardboard box and the guarantee booklet. The expando bracelet may even be original, although I can’t be sure. The dial looks clean and original, and the seller states the watch is working so this gem should be ready to wear to your next post-Covid cocktail party!

Available here.

Seiko 7A38-7029 Chronograph Watch Sports 100

The Seiko 7A38 is a legendary quartz movement, and the Sports 100 chronograph is one of the best looking quartz watches Seiko ever made. Bold Royal Oak inspired octagonal case with integrated bracelet looks fantastic and appears to be unpolished. The gray dial with black sub-dials is an absolute classic, and the day/date located in the right sided dial is a nice touch. Seller states it is working, and cosmetically it’s about as good as you’re likely to find. As much as I’m “not a quartz guy”, I have to say that this is one super bad watch.

Available here. 

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Christoph (Instagram’s @vintagediver) is a long time collector and lover of all things vintage, starting with comic books when he was a kid (he still collects them). His passion for watches began in 1997 when he was gifted a family heirloom vintage Omega Genève by his step-father. That started him on the watch collecting path—buying and selling vintage watches of all sorts, with a special appreciation for vintage dive watches and Seiko.