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Vintage Eterna

John Sec

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Hello everyone!

i am new here, i am not exactly a watch expert and would be very grateful for any advice and opinion in choosing my first ‘more serious’ watch.

I would like to buy a classic elegant men’s watch. Somehow Swiss watches were immediately imposed on me, and after endless searches I realized that vintage models of the Eterna brand are what I am looking for.

I had to narrow down the choice to these three in my price range:




I like the first one the most, it looks like it's in great condition. How could he check if he was really from the 60s? It looks better than most from those years, even from the much more expensive ones. Is it worth buying at this price?



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15 hours ago, John Sec said:

How could he check if he was really from the 60s?

You can check the production dates from the calibre numbers here https://www.wristchronology.com/watch-guide/serial-numbers-by-year-2/eterna-calibre-numbers/

For example the first one is 1448U, which would be 1961-2. The last watch you list is sold from India and looks in suspiciously good condition, so may have been refinished and assembled from non-original parts. We can't comment on values, you should check completed listings on Ebay and see what they typically sell for, rather than what sellers are asking.

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Dear @John Sec, I looked closely at the Ebay illustrations of all three watches you list BEFORE reading the comments from @spinynorman and I came to the same conclusion about the third watch - it doesn't strike me as being an unaltered product from the 1960s. I am not quite sure how this watch originated; my initial gut reaction was that it is actually a more modern watch altogether, but this depends on whether the movement has been taken from a 1960s model. Whatever the case, I would be suspicious of buying that particular watch if a genuine 1960s Eterna is what you are after.

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