As I fall deeper and deeper into virtual collectorhood (a state wherein I justify ever higher theoretical expenditure on watches which aren't available to me anyway), I'm building up some sort of a picture of the state of the Seiko vintage diver's market - and deciding I don't really understand it at all! My thoughts on the issues of rarity, value and desirability are below... I'd love to read yours!
Desirability? Well, the issue I have is that it seems that everybody wants the same watches I do (it's all about me !)! Yep, just like everybody else, I'm looking for 6105 8110's (with round printing on the back) and 6106's (7000, 7001, or Scubapro(!))... do I have a finely developed sense of paranoia, or am I just a market sheep somehow mistaking myself for an independent thinker? (Reading it back, I guess that question should be rhetorical!) :sheep: Does anybody else feel this way?
Next up, value... I'm lucky enough to have a reasonable amount saved up to buy watches with (probably 'cause I haven't been into watches for long ) and have no problem paying a fair price, but in the three or so months since I bought my first 6105, prices have more than doubled! I don't mind the new prices, but don't want to be caught out if this is just a temporary blip (no, I'm not collecting for value, but I don't want to feel 'ripped off', I guess)... and as for other, less seen watches, how do I have a clue what to pay? I mean really, what's a fair price for a Scubapro... and how much would I have to offer to wheedle one out of someone's collection?! (yeah, any thoughts on lovely scubapro's gratefully received - or a pricing benchmark for 6105's!)
Rarity... I've no idea here... seen a couple of lists online, but they've all been different. Is there an 'RLT Forum' take on the situation?
My apologies if this post seems like self-centered whinging... in fact, I'm enjoying myself immensely, checking out watches, following auctions, forgetting to bid and missing bargains, it's all been good... but I'd love to hear others' views on the state of the market... and to see pictures of your (or my!) 'grail' watches too!
Thanks for your time