Why On Earth Did I Buy FOUR Vintage Watches?






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Big shout out to Ashley for selling me these four bad boys at his cost price. Two hits, one miss, and one maybe. That is a good stricke rate for 60 year old watches, I reckon! The Laco will be getting some new stappage, the Doxa, well the Doxa will be getting sold to Mr X, who I hope won’t watch this video 😉 Cheers, Jody


  1. I own a 1938 Omega 23.4SC. This watch is a mind blower it is a 15 jewel watch called a Doctor watch. I wind it everyday and wear it
    a lot. This watch is 84 years old . It is unbelievable accurate . I may have to adjust it by a minute every 3 to 5 days. It is a simple
    Watch in near perfect condition. So old vintage does not mean it is not accurate.

  2. I think the caseback of the Langel is original , these were common to gold plated watches, the caseback from the Certina is 100% original , and so is the german Laco . Look at the special construction how it is fixed . Why you think always that the casebacks are not original ? In thirty years collecting i had only one or two goldplated watches with wrong casebacks ,more i saw them missing complete . It is not easy to find a replacement , mostly it will not fit. The Doxa needs bend spring-bars so the leather of the strap will be a little bend and not rub at the case . I dont think its beyond repair , therefore the case is too good , i assume that the original oil and grease lost its function after many years .I had often watches like that , and normally it was normal service which brought them back to life . These movements had only greater defects after dropping on hard ground or an idiot laid his hands on it . When you spend time with vintage watches , you must not calculate with every buck , the sport and fun is to get them alive . Sometimes i prefer to buy the defectives , so i got some precious beauties cheap and you learn with every watch .

  3. I have a vintage Eternal that looks like your watches. It has a beautiful patina, but the biggest question I get is why I'm wearing a woman's watch (33 mm with 16mm straps).

  4. Hi there, I have very recently got into watches and I want to ask a really (seemingly) stupid question. If a watch is running +5 seconds a day does that mean it is running 5 seconds slow or 5 seconds fast?

  5. Not too shabby a set of vintage watches! The Certina is my fav of the bunch and glad that was one of the better ones on the timegrapher. That small seconds hand and stick markers with no date make it a very elegant and classy piece!

  6. Hi Jodi – glad you're back ! Family are looking at buying me a luxury watch for my 50th. Budget is $6k AUS. I know I'm going to have to tap into the second hand/used market to get anything that can be considered 'iconic', 'classic'. First consideration is an Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, or a Tudor Black Bay. Other option is to get maybe 2 watches around $3K AUS. Which way should I go? I want something that will 'stand the test of time' as far as style as I want to pass it down to my daughter/s.

  7. I've bought two vintage watches so far, a vintage automatic swatch which was fun, the strap buckle broke (cheap plastic) so I will need to get a new strap to be able to wear it again. The other I bought was a random little 37mm vostok with a green dial. The dial is cracked all over making it look kind of like a leaf pattern, its lovely.

  8. BTW one GREAT vintage dress watch you can find for a great price is the 21-jewel Raketa "Atom".
    They come in Gold (AU20) and Chrome. The Black Textured Dial is my fav.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/184940981096 (Gold Black Dial) – Gold models usually less than $100 US.

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/519321400762785293/ (Chrome showing optional sunburst dial). – Chrome models often under $60.

    They have the older 2609 movement with lovely polishing decoration and weights on the balance wheel. Unlike the newer models, they are much closer to Swiss style manufacturing (very tight tolerances) and can keep amazing time, BUT usually require a service every 5 years, while the newer (looser) 2609.HA, can keep pretty good time without a service for 15 years or more.

  9. Langel – nice looking. Just needs a service which could be anticipated by the fact that it didn't want to start.
    Certina – another good looker. Also needs a service, but doesn't look too bad to start.
    Laco – also looking good!
    Sorry about the Doxa – but overall, a pretty decent group. I think the cases (plating) are all in really nice shape.
    I'd be happy to service the Doxa for you, if you like – but you would have to mail to the "States". Though, I imagine you probably have some watchmaker friends there closer to home.
    I like them all. I have several vintage Omega that are 34 mm (as well as Hamilton, Waltham…) In fact, watching this, I am wearing a 1991 Rolex Date 15200 also a 34 mm.
    I think the vintage 34's look great. I MUCH prefer them to LARGE watches. 38-40 is really nice for watches with "more case" (as you would see in sports models).

  10. I understand you, same happened to me this week. The No. 1 rule when it comes to vintage: buy the seller first. You may pay more, but you will save money in possible repairs.

  11. Perfect time to learn how to service watches yourself. I started 8 plus years ago and haven't looked back. Saved thousands in service and repair costs. Also, get yourself a de-magnetizer for less than $15 if you don't have one already. About a third of the vintage watches I get, show up magnetized.

  12. He Jody! That’s a nice set you’ve got there. Langel was sort of a micro brand that ran from the early 50’s to the late 70’s and then died out. I collect them and they started with a smaller “trench watch” aesthetic and then moved to more of the sixties-seventies gold/Art Deco look. The produced mostly dress or casual watches and one chronograph and maybe one or two more sporty offerings. So far I have seen maybe 20 unique designs they produced.

  13. Mate, you just need to service them, they'll work fine later on. Why don't you learn that, it's not THAT hard. I learned within a couple of years and now I regularly do all my watches (comprehending chronographs) 🙂

  14. Not a big fan of the second one appearance-wise, and the last one was obviously a problem, but the other two I would be all over given the chance. Wish I had friends like yours. 😛

  15. Kinda same here, i have my Grandfathers vintage Glycine which actually got me interested in watches. I bought some watches/pocket watches at auction online and they don't work properly or work at all. They ain't worth getting serviced (€250 per watch) so won't be doing that again. The only vintage watch I'd spend on getting serviced/fixed would be my grandfathers watch or go higher end vintage Omega/Rolex next time.

  16. Fun video. Sometimes, if a watch doesn't start right up I'll twist the whole case gently side-to-side and the balance wheel will then start oscillating on its own. Oh, by coincidence I have my big orange Doxa here on the table right now, as I wore it to the pool earlier today. You should see it with its orange Nato strap: it's a real eye-catcher! Thanks–Old Guy

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