They really are nice now-vintage (to most people anyway) pieces which had a long production run of over 10 years with little in the way of major styling changes. Most for sale have either had a rough utilitarian life or just plain neglected which makes restoring them so satisfying. Some like patina but at the price points these are at one can have one restored without too much worry about value if done correctly. Hell, most can be made to look like new with the right parts and TLC. They do represent a very good value for a classically styled dive watch. Most versions (full-size and jumbo) can be had for under $1k with some being far far below that. Sure there are the rarer birds out there commanding more but you can always get close to the same look as the more expensive versions for much less that just need some work. I'm happy to have stoked the 1000's fire in some of the members out there!