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Buying a Vintage Watch

BwcMarlinNoSweepImage via WikipediaAll things vintage, usually meaning '60s and '70s (that's 1960s and 1970s), are ever more popular these days.  Here's a nice piece on buying a vintage wristwatch.


Of course the focus is on much later vintages than I normally deal with, but it definitely hits all the most important points to keep in mind when shopping for an antique watch for daily use.
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