Finally, the Universal Genève Polerouter is definitely a favorite here at HODINKEE HQ – Ben has owned one, and my Polerouter Date was my first vintage buy after finishing graduate school. You can check out why here.

As always, we have no connection with any of these sellers. Always do your due diligence, whether you’re spending $500 or $500,000. This is also by no means an exhaustive list of good sub-$1000 buys – just a few ideas and some good places to start.

Building a great collection doesn’t happen overnight, nor would it be as rewarding if it did. Do your research, buy the best you can afford, and, most importantly, buy what you love.