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). So if you’re looking for a vintage watch, but are still a little nervous diving head-first into those murky waters, then don’t worry—we’re here to help. Today, we have another installment of eBay Finds, our series where we highlight some great vintage gems looking for a new home. Happy hunting!
Seiko Diver Ref. 6105-8119
The Seiko 6105-8119 is a dive watch icon, and with the release of the new heritage SLA033 at Baselworld this year the original was bound to get more attention from collectors. These are not easy watches to find in excellent condition like the really nice example we have here. It appears to be unpolished, retaining much of the original brushed finish, and the lume on the dial and hands looks perfect. Sadly, so many of the ones you generally see have that dreaded “black funk,” on the lume, so it’s refreshing to see such a clean one — especially for auction rather than with an overpriced “buy it now.” From the description it would appear that this one needs a service, but that shouldn’t deter you from throwing down a bid if you’re in the market for one of these.