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    Hi All,

    I'm pretty new to the hobby and just thought I'd say hi. Also I'm interested in everyone's favorite resources for learning about vintage watches. I really enjoy hunting for treasures, but I need to learn more about what makes a vintage watch a treasure.

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    Welcome aboard! The world of vintage watches is so broad in scope that its difficult to narrow down learning resources unless we have some idea as to what interests you have. For the most part though, the various watch forums (this one in particular) have lots of knowledgeable members who are always willing to explain things to those who ask questions and are generally quite good at helping new hobbyists get 'up to speed'. A number of vintage brands (ie Bulova, Gruen etc) have their own sites and forums for those who want to specialize or learn more about one brand. Feel free to ask whatever questions you have and someone here will help you out!

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    Definitely books! Either from your local library or a major bookstore. A great starter book is The World of Watches by Lucien F. Treub which you can get from Amazon. And don't ignore the watch magazines like WatchTime or International Wristwatch.
    Though they concentrate on new models, they will sometimes have articles on vintage pieces, and information on company histories.
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    Thanks guys. Mostly interested in sport and dive watches. But I'm sure that list will grow as time goes by.

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    Actually I have a watch price guide book, but it's from 2009. How relevant would this be? Is it still a good reference or would I need to get a current version?

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    You would need a current one but even those books only provide a general value range. Personally i dont own one as its easy to do an internet search to get a value of something and its likely more up to date.

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    IMHO price guides are okay to see what a lot of watches sort of look like, though you don't get much detail from the photos. Thanks to the 'net, I'd never buy a price guide! Go with books and magazines. And by all means haunt all the watch collector websites. I hear Watch Talk Forums is pretty good!
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    It does seem pretty vague. Guess I won't worry about getting a new one. Thanks

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    My first Seiko. I have a feeling it won't be my last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kc9ljo View Post
    My first Seiko. I have a feeling it won't be my last.

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    Certainly looks like a good start. Seiko is one of my favorite brands! Enjoy!
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