i feel like the allure of the old school is tough to beat but i hear and read so much about fraud/franken pieces that i personally wouldn't be able to authenticate.
if its from someone you can trust and can get a good history of the piece, go for it.
but then there's the reliability of the new and the lack of fear it's fake.
the romantic in me says original, the realist new.
either way can't miss they're stunners!!
Mike...NYC. My collection so far is a 312 and some cool straps.