The Downside of Cheap Vintage Watches

Low prices are tempting, but the cost of service and repair can exceed that of the acquisition.

Several years ago I bought the watch that would kickstart an obsession with old timepieces: a 1970s Seiko 6139 chronograph, acquired on eBay for a cool $130. Was it rough around the edges? Sure, but for the money, it felt like a hell of a deal. 

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