The $20 Vintage Watch


Old, Classic Watches Aren't Just For Rich Guys.

Many young men aspire to buy a relic like a vintage Rolex or Omega, knowing this dream is many pay raises down the line. But there are plenty of beautiful old time pieces around that can be had at dirt cheap prices.

I picked up this watch at a flea market here in Los Angeles for just $20. What or who is “Diantus”? Not much is known of the brand, even on the web's go-to watch forums. It's believed to be an affordable movement by a Swiss company that was merged with Swatch at some point. Regardless, it keeps great time and looks like it cost a lot more.

And don't fear the watch collectors telling you not to waste your money…listening to someone tell you not to buy a nice, used watch on the cheap unless it's a Speedmaster is like not buying a used car unless it's a Ferrari.

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Andrew Snavely

Andrew founded Primer in 2008 and brings 15+ years of men's style expertise. Known for his practical, relatable approach to style and self-development, he has been a recognized speaker at conferences and has styled work for top brands. Off-duty, he loves photography & editing, and enjoys road trips with his dog, Leela. Raised in rural Pennsylvania, educated in DC, and living in LA for nearly 20 years, Andrew's diverse experiences shape the relatable and real-world advice that has helped millions through Primer. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.