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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG  VINTAGE 60s...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG VINTAGE 60s...
3,421 
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Watch Hunter
US
IWC Pilots  Military Vintage
Top
IWC Pilots Military Vintage
8,078 
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Watches Of Westminster
21
UK
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
12,402 
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
5,950 
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
104
NL
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 w/ Rootbeer Dial & Bezel
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Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 w/ Rootbeer Dial & Bezel
5,987 
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Swiss Wrist
 
US
Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
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Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
3,000 
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Reclaimed Jewels
 
NL
Zenith Vintage Rose Gold Chronograph
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Zenith Vintage Rose Gold Chronograph
3,500 
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Corum thin big Corum White Gold 18K Diamond Dial vintage Manual
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Corum thin big Corum White Gold 18K Diamond Dial vintage Manual
1,850 
Seller
Rich-People-Toys
253
DE
Omega Vintage cal 265 "Officier"
Omega Vintage cal 265 "Officier"
350 
Seller
Private seller
 
FI
Omega Vintage 14K Yellow Gold
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Omega Vintage 14K Yellow Gold
695 
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
NL
Gallet 1960 Vintage Chronograph Venus 150 Manual Men´s Stainless
Gallet 1960 Vintage Chronograph Venus 150 Manual Men´s Stainless
1,295 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
price on request
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega vintage steel, serviced
Omega vintage steel, serviced
325 
Seller
hankkija ou
498
FI
Omega Vintage Pilots Chronograph 33.3
Omega Vintage Pilots Chronograph 33.3
11,119 
Seller
John Lydon Luxury Watches
US
Omega Bullhead Vintage best available
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Omega Bullhead Vintage best available
11,485 
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
15
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph Automatic
4,000 
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Rolex Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold 6611B Vintage
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Rolex Day-Date 36mm 18k Yellow Gold 6611B Vintage
6,500 
Seller
KROMINI GOLD IMPEX S.R.L
6
RO
Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
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Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
price on request
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Automatic
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Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Automatic
3,875 
Seller
SEITANIDIS 1890
18
GR
Girard Perregaux Top Condition 1960 Vintage Chronograph...
Girard Perregaux Top Condition 1960 Vintage Chronograph...
2,295 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Doxa Vintage Fusion
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Doxa Vintage Fusion
3,341 
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Przedsiębiorstwo Handlowe Usługowe
46
PL
Omega vintage steel model, serviced
Omega vintage steel model, serviced
335 
Seller
hankkija ou
498
FI
Rolex 1503 Vintage Date Yellow Gold Black Dial
Rolex 1503 Vintage Date Yellow Gold Black Dial
4,277 
Seller
John Lydon Luxury Watches
US
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
6,928 
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Best Deals HD
 
US
Baume & Mercier - Vintage Chronograph - Rose Gold - Men -...
Auction
Baume & Mercier - Vintage Chronograph - Rose Gold - Men -...
199 
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Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
76,037 
Seller
European Watch Company
50
US
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
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Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
7,266 
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Zenith Captain Gold vintage
Zenith Captain Gold vintage
1,500 
Seller
Gold & Co SRL
 
IT
Certina 1970 Vintage  Top Condition Automatic Date Blue Ribbon
Certina 1970 Vintage Top Condition Automatic Date Blue Ribbon
795 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
138,380 
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Chronographe Suisse Cie 18ct vintage chrono suisse Telemetre,...
Chronographe Suisse Cie 18ct vintage chrono suisse Telemetre,...
545 
Seller
hankkija ou
498
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre E168
Jaeger-LeCoultre E168
31,647 
Seller
John Lydon Luxury Watches
US
Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
3,421 
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Best Deals HD
 
US
Rolex Vintage Rolex Precision 18Kt Oversize 36mm, Ref....
Auction
Rolex Vintage Rolex Precision 18Kt Oversize 36mm, Ref....
3,500 
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage&#34...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage"...
26,999 
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
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Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
price on request
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
74,002 
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luxurywatches
18
SE
TAG Heuer Vintage Diver 200m Quartz Men´s Watch
TAG Heuer Vintage Diver 200m Quartz Men´s Watch
595 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
67,890 
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Camy Geneva vintage  BIG size  Super automatic , serviced
Camy Geneva vintage BIG size Super automatic , serviced
165 
Seller
hankkija ou
498
FI
Zenith Vintage
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Zenith Vintage
320 
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
4,405 
Seller
Best Deals HD
 
US
Omega - Vintage - 14713-6 - Men - 1960-1969
Auction
Omega - Vintage - 14713-6 - Men - 1960-1969
350 
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
49,054 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
67,997 
Seller
European Watch Company
50
US
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
7,986 
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Aquastar 1968 Vintage Diver Grand Air Automatic for Duward Men´s
Aquastar 1968 Vintage Diver Grand Air Automatic for Duward Men´s
695 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Tudor Princess Oysterdate Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 25mm...
Tudor Princess Oysterdate Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 25mm...
1,198 
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE
Zenith rare vintage gemstone  Finlandia watch
Zenith rare vintage gemstone Finlandia watch
445 
Seller
hankkija ou
498
FI
Rolex Oyster Date 1500 Automatic 1970 Vintage Stainless  Men...
Rolex Oyster Date 1500 Automatic 1970 Vintage Stainless Men...
3,405 
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GMTSKY
158
US
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
5,980 
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Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Heuer Vintage Heuer Carrera - Men´s - 1996
Auction
Heuer Vintage Heuer Carrera - Men´s - 1996
2,200 
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex S/Steel Matte Black Dial Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master Vintage...
Rolex S/Steel Matte Black Dial Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master Vintage...
8,657 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex 6239 6239 Vintage Daytona Silver Panda FULL SET 1968...
Rolex 6239 6239 Vintage Daytona Silver Panda FULL SET 1968...
46,615 
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European Watch Company
50
US
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
9,477 
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luxurywatches
18
SE
Aureole Vintage Swiss Manual Watch 1950 Top Condition Triple...
Aureole Vintage Swiss Manual Watch 1950 Top Condition Triple...
1,495 
Seller
Aicher CB
135
ES
Georges Dubey (Dubey & Schaldenbrand) Vintage Georges...
Georges Dubey (Dubey & Schaldenbrand) Vintage Georges...
1,775 
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
111
DE
H.Moser & Cie. rare vintage silver watch , rare good...
H.Moser & Cie. rare vintage silver watch , rare good...
495 
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hankkija ou
498
FI
Rolex Rare 16014 Vintage 1982 Automatic Quick Set Date Swiss...
Rolex Rare 16014 Vintage 1982 Automatic Quick Set Date Swiss...
3,348 
Seller
GMTSKY
158
US
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Professional Ref-ST145022 IDF Pilots...
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Professional Ref-ST145022 IDF Pilots...
31,300 
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Omega Seamaster - Men's Watch - Vintage 1963
Auction
Omega Seamaster - Men's Watch - Vintage 1963
600 
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
13,898 
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
327
DE

Vintage Watches: A Piece of Watch History

Vintage watches appeal to a wide audience. They offer the chance to buy high-quality, pre-owned watches at attractive prices. Both watch enthusiasts who love particular designs and collectors of expensive, rare pieces will get their money's worth.

Reasons to buy a vintage watch:

  • Wide price spectrum
  • Large selection of different designs and materials
  • Authenticity
  • Access to watch series no longer in production

Vintage Watches: Old, Not Retro

There are no exact guidelines laid out for which watches are considered "vintage." However, time is an important factor. Watch expert Robert-Jan Broer from the site FratelloWatches considers watches from 1990 and earlier to be vintage. However, Broer also says that everyone can decide for themselves if they consider an older watch vintage or not.
Price is one of the main factors involved when buying a vintage watch. A good example is the Omega Seamaster, a prestigious model that's been produced since 1948. A new, mechanical Seamaster costs between 3,000 and 5,000 euros. However, used Seamasters from years past, both automatic and manual, can be found for 500 to 1,000 euros in good or very good condition. This makes it possible for you to be the owner of a famous watch from one of the top Swiss manufacturers for comparatively little money. If you want to show off your knowledge and love of watches on your wrist, a 50-year-old Omega, Rolex, or Breitling is just as good as a new one.
If you've decided to purchase a vintage watch, you have another advantage: You're not limited to current models; you have a large selection of older watch models to choose from. You may even find an older model of a watch that you like better than the one currently being produced. Furthermore, vintage watches are authentic - they've experienced the 1960s or 1970s for themselves. This characteristic gives vintage watches a unique appeal and differentiates them from retro watches. Retro watches are watches that are created in the style of vintage watches, but are recently produced. They aren't historic; they just look the part. A true vintage watch offers real nostalgia.
Vintage models are sometimes the only way to acquire watches with specific qualities. Take the Rolex Explorer for example. Since 2010, Rolex has offered it with a larger case size of 39 mm. If you want a smaller size, then you need to look for an older Explorer model. The last 36-mm Explorer had reference number 114270. You could also take a look at reference numbers 6610, 1016, and 14270.
This example demonstrates the importance of being familiar with reference numbers when buying a vintage watch. Reference numbers help you identify and find watches from a certain time period or with other special characteristics faster and more easily.

Buying Tips

Searching for information and comparing prices from a large selection of watches is part of the watch buying experience. This also includes price checking. To avoid purchasing a fake, the following rule applies: If the price is unrealistically low, then you should proceed with caution. You can easily find the prevailing price level for a particular pre-owned model on Chrono24. There should always be a clear reason given if a watch is either much more or much less expensive than comparative models. Thus, an Omega Seamaster for three figures shouldn't raise any suspicion. A Rolex Submariner at that price, however, should raise alarm, as Submariners are usually much more expensive.
Knowing whether a watch is being offered at a fair price requires experience and expertise. Watch magazines and websites can provide you with a lot of helpful information. You can also ask questions on watch forums and receive competent, informed answers from experts.
The price structure of the vintage watch market can be a bit tricky to understand for the layman. For example, a somewhat damaged-looking watch can be much more valuable than a similar watch in almost perfect condition. This is because the original condition of the watch is what matters most. It's not a big deal if there are signs of wear and tear; what matters is if the watch has its original parts. If many have been replaced, such as the dial, hands, and crown, then even good looks can't prevent the watch from decreasing in value.
The price increases further if the watch is offered together with its original box and papers. The original packaging and manufacturer and dealer papers originate from the initial purchase decades ago. They're considered important proof that the timepiece offered is legitimate. However, this does not mean that you should avoid vintage watches without a box and papers. Often, there is a simple and reasonable explanation as to why they're missing, e.g. they couldn't be found and were probably thrown away by the original owner at some point.
If you don't have the time or you're simply not interested in immersing yourself deeply in the subject, then you're much better off depending on a serious dealer. A dealer can offer you a watch that they have inspected at a fair price and in some cases, even offer a warranty.
Watches without previous inspection are also offered, mostly by private sellers. In these cases, it's a good idea to have a bit of money on hand for any necessary maintenance. Even a simple inspection or repair can cost around 200 euros. When you buy a vintage diving watch, you should have its waterproofness checked and exchange the gaskets if you want to wear the watch underwater.

Small Mistakes Lead to Vintage Treasures

In many ways, buying a vintage watch is comparable to buying an antique car, or at least a highly sought-after used car. Some vintage watch enthusiasts are more like stamp collectors, however, searching for a certain misprint and paying large amounts once they've found it. Take Rolex's Explorer II, for example. Models from the 1970s had a second 24-hour red-orange hour hand which faded significantly under UV rays. Curiously, what began as a defect developed into a treasure - models with reference number 1655 and a faded 24-hour hour hand are sold for five figures today. They're significantly more expensive than a brand new Explorer II. Furthermore, the Explorer II was also linked to the actor Steve McQueen. Famous figures who wear the watch often contribute to a watch's value. This example shows that even vintage watches can be suitable investments and not just a good deal in a lower price range.
A vintage watch that's in good condition retains a relatively stable value. Occasionally, they can increase in value for reasons which have nothing to do with watches directly. For example, those who bought a pre-owned watch with a solid gold case 20 years ago certainly don't regret it, as the price of gold has tripled since then. If it were to be sold again, it would be worth more today simply because of its higher material worth.
Collections no longer in production usually yield high prices in the vintage watch market as well. The Autavia chronograph from Heuer, for example, was beloved by race car drivers in the early 1970s. Today, however, the manufacturer is called TAG Heuer and the Autavia is no longer in production. Pre-owned, it typically costs more than a significant number of new watches from this Swiss brand. A well-maintained Autavia can cost upwards of 3,000 euros. However, whether someone would choose to part from such an old treasure is a different question altogether.