1.Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox In 18k Yellow Gold
If you are looking for a very classy vintage watch under $5,000, in gold, I think the Jaeger-LeCoultre jumbo Memovox is a fantastic option. There just aren’t that many out there in 18k gold and they ooze classic style. Our friend Abel Court is selling a beautiful 18k one (with the earlier K815 movement that does not include a date) that he serviced with the original crowns (that are often lost over the years) over at his HeuerTime site for 2,950 euro.
If you are looking for a great value on a chronograph, I think the Chronomasters made by Nivada Grenchen and Croton are tremendous value. They were made in a few variations from 1963 to 1978 and can usually be found under $1,000 on eBay.
3.CWC W10 Tonneau Case
These tonneau-shaped UK military watches are normally a good value. What caught my attention about this particular one from 1979 was not the watch especially, however the humor around its sale. It’s fun reading about the “Hodinkee guy” described in the piece and requesting that Hodinkee cover the sale.This CWC is a solid timepiece at a good price point, and hey, it would be a great watch for your wife or girlfriend, too – ha ha. It is listed for $325 including shipping by someone (that I don’t know) over at The Military Watch Resource forum. I think you will need an account to read the thread. Just please don’t offer him a penny over $300. 😉
4.Laurent Ferrier Galet Classic Tourbillon In Rose Gold
A friend of the site is selling this insane LF Galet Classic Tourbillon in a 41 mm rose-gold case with a black dial. The dial was a special order in that it does not include the tourbillon writing on the dial.Of course I prefer the more stealth look of this and if I were customer ordering one, I would not want the tourbillon writing as well.By the way,this is a rare thing of beauty with a list price of CHF 97,000.
5.Vacheron Constantin Mercator With Cloisonné America Enamel Dial
I have said before that the Mercator is one of the more interesting modern Vacheron Constantin watches. These watches were introduced in 1994 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the passing of Gerardus Mercator, the cartographer who created the famed projection named in his honor in his 1569 world map. The earliest versions had colorful cloisonné enamel dials and were made in an extremely limited series. This is the Americas version in yellow gold and the Americas version seems to rarely come to market.Also,this watch is being sold by a friend of the site and again.