As watch lovers, we spend our afternoons pitching, researching and writing stories, poring over the new timepieces coming in and out of our office, and hunting for deals on used and vintage pieces online. When a new watch comes across our radar, one that particularly resonates with our tastes, we can’t help but obsess over it. We talk about them, debate their relevance, orate on their greatness and rail against their faults. So, here’s a taste of that process — seven vintage and pre-owned timepieces our watch-loving staff is obsessing over right at this very moment:

Heuer Camaro Ref. 7220N

The Camaro enjoyed the shortest production run of all the models from the heyday of Heuer and was the only model to utilize the 37mm cushion case. With a unique look and perfect proportions, the Camaro presents tremendous value in the world of vintage chronographs. Doubly so when you consider the tropical (brown) dial and tough-as-nails Valjoux 72 movement. — Jacob Sotak, Gear Patrol Store Content Director

Heuer Autavia 3646 “Andretti”

Most of the watches that I’ve obsessed over in this series have been within my reach. My current obsession, though, is on the far reaches of attainability. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t swoon over the reverse panda dial, the perfect 39mm case size or the fact that the watch has some serious provenance (it’s named after Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti, who wore the model). Sure, I could snag a modern TAG Heuer Autavia for significantly less, but that kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? — AJ Powell, Assistant Editor

Omega Speedmaster MK40 Schumacher Triple Date

There’s a huge community bias for the “Professional” hand-winding version of the Omega Speedmaster, leaving the automatics generally under-respected and unloved. But because I’m a hipster, I think the automatics are cooler, and the MK40 Triple Date is the coolest of them all. What differentiates this version from the rest is its beautiful color scheme, which reminds me a lot of vintage chronographs of the ’60s and ’70s. I’ve been lucky enough to see examples of this watch twice in person: once at a Japanese car import dealer (where I discovered its existence) and recently where I saw and held the one owned by Ben Clymer of Hodinkee. I think this watch is a love-it-or-hate-it piece, and to me, it’s certainly a love. — Hunter D. Kelley, Associate Designer

Universal Geneve Polerouter Date

I used to hate this watch — not in the way that I hate, say, fascism, or purple Skittles, but I definitely hated it. Long story short: now I like it! The Polerotuter is a classic Genta design with great proportions and an interesting dial, which are two things that many modern watches lack. This example is in particularly great condition and includes the date, which I prefer. — Oren Hartov, Assistant Editor

Rolex Pre-Daytona Chronograph Ref. 6234

To me, this watch looks like the Frankenstein’s Monster mashup of my two grail watches: the Omega Speedmaster and Rolex Oyster Perpetual 1002. It’s just a completely badass watch with incredible patina. — Alexander Stein, Social Media Editor

Seiko 5 SNZF17J1

I don’t collect watches and I have a fear of picking up the habit. The Seiko 5, in all its forms, seems like a classic everyday option. If I had to point to one that I am “obsessing” over in the most non-committal way, it would be this guy. — Chase Pellerin, Staff Photographer

Rolex DateJust 16014 “Linen”

At some point, somebody at Rolex said “let’s do a dial that looks like it made out of flax plant fibers,” and everyone just ran with it. There’s little rhyme or reason why a dial should look like this, other than “because,” but it works, damn it. I know we’re supposed to prize function over form, but the linen dial on this DateJust just suits the style so well, even if it serves no real purpose. Like a rattan-faced cabinet door or a jute rug’s weave, it’s that subtle pop of texture that makes an otherwise simple design stand out as beautiful. Maybe I should also point out that this stainless steel watch also has a white gold bezel — again, seemingly “just because” — because otherwise, you’d have no idea. It’s a sleeper hit if there ever were one. — Andrew Connor, Staff Writer

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