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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Vintage Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 1977 Submariner Pre Comex Maxi Dial
19 689 
Professional dealer
299
UK
Omega Constellation Good
TOP
Omega CONSTELLATION 1968 CHRONOMETER 564
1 100 
Professional dealer
126
CH
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Explorer II Mk IV
24 500 
Professional dealer
5
IT
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Root Beer Nipple Matte Brown Dial ca....
14 319 
Professional dealer
196
UK
Piaget 9822G1 Very good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Handaufzug Damenuhr Gold Ref....
4 780 

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Omega Speedmaster 145.022-69 Pre-Moon Pulsometer
9 990 
Professional dealer
39
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Pre-Moon SERVICED 2018
8 290 
Professional dealer
45
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Jumbo schwarzes Zifferblatt Sehr...
4 700 
Professional dealer
14
DE
Tudor Submariner 7928 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Tudor Submariner
9 000 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust, 1601, New Service, vintage, steel + 18Karat,...
4 599 
Professional dealer
786
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 1680 meters first Red Submariner MK.II from 1969
31 200 
Professional dealer
34
NL
IWC 3031 Very good Steel 35mm Quartz
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IWC Schaffhausen Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. 3031 Vintage Klassiker
1 550 
Professional dealer
4617
DE
Omega Constellation 167.005 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan Certified Chronometer 14K & SS...
1 434 
Professional dealer
64
US
Omega Constellation Ladies 598.0003 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Quartz
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Omega Constellation Lady 18K (0,750) Gold Datum Damenuhr Ref....
3 730 

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DE
Heuer 3646 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Heuer 3646H Andretti Third Execution
19 500 
Professional dealer
39
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre E855 Fair Steel 37mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox 37mm Automatic 1967
2 250 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Breitling AVI 765 Good Steel 41mm Manual winding
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Breitling AVI 765 vingate from 1950
8 950 
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27
CH
Omega Seamaster 135.012 Good Steel Manual winding Finland, Raisio
Omega Seamaster 600
490 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date, 16800, New Service, Box and papers,...
14 599 
Professional dealer
786
DE
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 1625 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Thunderbird 36mm 18k/Steel Vintage 1625- Just...
3 638 
Professional dealer
253
US
Chopard Very good Yellow gold 25.5mm Manual winding
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Chopard Geneve 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Handaufzug Damenuhr Gold...
2 750 
Professional dealer
4617
DE
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978...
4 566 
Professional dealer
64
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 34 Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual Sigma...
3 520 

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DE
Longines 4948.192 Very good Steel 30mm Quartz Finland, imatra
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Longines Split 5 rare anadigi chrono
695 
Professional dealer
1687
FI
Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Submariner Date 40mm 16800 1984
8 250 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Omega Seamaster 300 165.024 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster 300 / 1966 / serviced and all original
7 250 
Professional dealer
60
NL
Good Steel 34mm Manual winding Finland, Lieto
Falken Circa 1950 Swiss Made
199 
Private Seller
 
FI
4893 Fair Steel 38,5mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Aero Neuchatel Chronographe
1 990 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
 
FI
Omega Constellation 168.005 Fair Gold/Steel 34.0mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Cal. 564
1 384 
Professional dealer
12
US
Tudor Oysterdate Big Block 79160 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Big Block
11 000 
Professional dealer
5
IT
Cartier Santos Galbée 1564 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
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Cartier Santos Ref.1564 Swiss Quartz Movement Stainless Steel...
2 788 
Professional dealer
64
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust 18K Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
5 350 

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DE
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Turku
Rolex Submariner Date Red
20 400 
Professional dealer
5
FI
Heuer 73363 Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Autavia "Gilles Villeneuve Colors" 43mm
4 990 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster 145.022 69 ST DON - SERVICED
7 333 
Professional dealer
30
CH
Certina Good Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, Tampere
Certina Excelcior Park Chronograph
2 890 
Private Seller
 
FI
Heuer 2446 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Heuer Autavia 2446
Price on request
Free shipping
Professional dealer
 
FI
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 Very good Yellow gold Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 in amazing condition collector
175 000 
Professional dealer
126
CH
IWC Yacht Club 1830 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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IWC Golf Club SL Automatic, TA Yacht Club Collection -...
3 950 
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951
NL
Bulova 301.70.23 Unworn Yellow gold 26mm Quartz Finland, Helsinki
Bulova Accutron 18K NOS new old stock
1 750 
Professional dealer
18
FI
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
3 200 

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DE
Baume & Mercier Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Baume & Mercier Vintage Chronograph 18K Roségold 38 mm 1950
2 300 
Professional dealer
136
DE
Heuer 110.503N Good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Montreal "Stefan Bellof" 42mm 1974 Factory Service 2016
3 290 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Q5101202 Very good Yellow gold 200mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Atmos 1960 SERVICED
2 156 
Professional dealer
30
CH
Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding Finland, Tampere
Telstar Vintage chronograph (7734)
635 
Private Seller
 
FI
Omega Genève MD166.0163 Unworn Yellow gold 34,5mm Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Geneve
1 290 
Professional dealer
30
FI
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19028 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Day-Date Oyster-quartz gold original stickers
27 000 
Professional dealer
126
CH
Cartier Cartier Oreiller 7040 Very good Yellow gold 32.5mm Manual winding
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Cartier Cushion Jumbo Extremely Rare 1971 Gold Plated 20 G...
3 650 
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951
NL
Chronographe Suisse Cie Fair Steel 37mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Chronographe Suisse Cie Onsa
740 
Professional dealer
18
FI
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
8 810 

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DE
Good Steel 34,5mm Manual winding Finland, imatra
Wolna USSR WOSTOK WOLNA Cal.2809, serviced + one more
295 
Professional dealer
1687
FI
Rolex Datejust 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust 36mm 1974 Fatboy Sigma -Dial Serviced SUPER Clean
4 990 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Enicar Sherpa 160-54-08 Good Steel 37.2mm Manual winding
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Enicar Vintage Sherpa 600 D - STARDUST dial - SERVICED
836 
Professional dealer
30
CH
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 90520 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
1 190 
Private Seller
 
FI
Elgin Lord Elgin Black Knight Very good Gold/Steel 27.6mm Manual winding
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Elgin - LORD ELGIN Black Knight 21 Jewels Grade 680 U.S.A.
465 
Professional dealer
34
US
Audemars Piguet 14486 Very good Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 14486ST extremely rare
29 500 
Professional dealer
126
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1671 Good Steel Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Etrier Vintage Perfect Example - 1671-42
1 450 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
951
NL
IWC Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
IWC Schaffhausen Cal 89 mint dial great condition
1 800 
Professional dealer
18
FI
IWC Ingenieur 9727 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
IWC Schaffhausen Ingenieur 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Herrenuhr Gold...
9 120 

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Chronographe Suisse Cie Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding Finland, imatra
Chronographe Suisse Cie 18ct golden BIG size chronographe...
950 
Professional dealer
1687
FI
Certina 5601 013 Poor Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Certina DS Diver Vintage 1960 5601 013 - Extremely rare and...
4 490 
Professional dealer
227
FI
Omega De Ville 146.017 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Vintage De Ville Chronograph 146.017 original bracelet
4 509 
Professional dealer
30
CH
Ernest Borel Fair 32,5mm Manual winding Finland, Raisio
Ernest Borel Neuchatel
90 
Private Seller
 
FI
Hamilton Unworn Gold/Steel Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Hamilton Vintage
590 
Professional dealer
30
FI

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.


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5 Reasons to Buy a Vintage Watch

  • Rare and coveted models make good investments
  • Many older watches are much more affordable than new watches
  • The perfect accessory for fans of styles from bygone decades
  • Watches with character: Each watch comes with its own history
  • Vintage watches come with a sense of nostalgia

Not New, Not Retro, but Old and Charming

Whether it's furniture, cars, or watches, vintage products are in vogue. The community of fans has flourished in recent years, especially in the watch sector. Many vintage watches have long been out of production, making them particularly rare today. They often feature exotic designs from times long ago. Lovers of particular decades will find the perfect accessory in a vintage watch.

Furthermore, every dent, scratch, and mark on older timepieces comes with its own unique story. Some models are even the stuff of legends, having been owned by actors, politicians, or famous athletes. Of course, such vintage watches aren't exactly a bargain. Take Paul Newman's personal Daytona, for example – it is the most expensive wristwatch of all time.

Mass-produced vintage watches, such as the Junghans Trilastic, sit at the other end of the spectrum. This model is available at very affordable prices today. You can even get some examples for less than 100 USD. A popular vintage model is the Omega Speedmaster Professional with the reference number 145.022, which was produced from 1968 to the early 1980s. At around 5,800 USD, it is one of the more affordable vintage Speedmasters.


When does a watch become vintage?

Vintage watches have enjoyed widespread popularity for a while now. Watch fans around the world are on the hunt for rare, decades-old timepieces. But when is a watch considered vintage? No one can say for sure.

Time is an important factor. Watch expert Robert-Jan Broer from the site FratelloWatches considers watches from 1990 or earlier to be vintage. However, Broer also says that everyone can decide for themselves if they consider an older watch vintage or not.

However, once a watch is around 30 years old, it's safe to say it is vintage.


How much do vintage watches cost?

Model Price Features
Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Starting at 234,000 USD Chronograph, Paul Newman dial
Rolex Submariner "Red Sub," Ref. 1680 Starting at 15,200 USD Diving watch
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 1655 About 20,800 USD 12 and 24-hour displays
Heuer Autavia, Ref. 2446C Starting at 11,700 USD Chronograph
Omega Speedmaster Professional, Ref. 145.022 About 5,800 USD Chronograph, first watch on the Moon
Breitling Navitimer, Ref. 806 About 5,600 USD Chronograph, slide rule bezel

Coveted Vintage Omega Watch: The Speedmaster

The Speedmaster Professional is one of the most coveted Omega models. Even though the Biel-based manufacturer still produces an almost unaltered version of this wristwatch, vintage versions of the so-called "Moonwatch" are extremely popular. This is especially true of those with the reference numbers 105.012 and 145.012 , the original Speedmaster Professional models and also the ones that flew to the Moon with Apollo 11. Buzz Aldrin was wearing his ref. 105.012 as he became the second person ever to step on the lunar surface. If you're interested in this watch, be prepared to spend around 13,200 USD. You can purchase the ref. 145.012 for as little as 9,200 USD.

Omega released the first Speedmaster in conjunction with the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster back in 1957. The original Speedmaster bears the reference number CK2915, but is not a Moonwatch. The Speedmaster ref. CK2915 is so rare today that its prices have risen astronomically. One of the earliest examples from 1958 sold at auction for a record 275,508 USD, making it the most expensive Speedmaster of all time. The ref. CK2998 succeeded the CK2915 and has a design more similar to that of the Moonwatch. Prices for this timepiece come in at around 29,200 USD.


Heuer Autavia – a Vintage Chronograph in High Demand

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. However, the manufacturer is now called TAG Heuer, and the Autavia was only reintroduced in 2017. 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 12,800 USD. However, whether someone would choose to part with such an old treasure is a different question altogether. The new Autavia with an automatic in-house caliber demands around 4,100 USD.


Breitling Navitimer – an Icon Among Pilot's Watches

The Breitling Navitimer is one of the world's most famous pilot's watches. A slide rule bezel is the most characteristic feature of this chronograph. The wearer can use it to make various mathematical calculations, such as rates of climb and descent, speed, and fuel consumption. Early Navitimers from the 1950s have the reference number 806. Manual calibers like the Venus 178 and Valjoux 72 are still ticking away inside these timepieces. Those with a Valjoux movement are particularly rare. If you're looking to purchase a Navitimer ref. 806, be sure to have between 3,500 and 11,700 USD on hand.

The first automatic versions of the Navitimer are also interesting collector's items. One of the world's first automatic chronograph movements powers these timepieces: the caliber 11. The Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic is characterized by both its left-hand crown and its "fried egg" shaped case. You can purchase examples from the 1970s for as little as 2,300 USD. Well-maintained pieces and gold models can cost as much as 11,700 USD.


Often Much More Affordable

Purchasing a vintage watch has many advantages, including the price. One good example is the Omega Seamaster, a prestigious collection that has been in production since 1948. A new Seamaster with a mechanical movement costs between 3,500 and 5,800 USD. However, you can find automatic and manual versions from past decades for between 580 and 1,200 USD in good or very good condition. If you're a fan of vintage watches, you can get a famous watch from one of the top Swiss manufacturers for relatively little money. A 50-year-old Omega, Rolex, or Breitling displays your status as a watch lover just as well as a new timepiece. That being said, not all vintage watches are less expensive than their modern counterparts.


Vintage Watches as an Investment

Many vintage watches are so rare and highly sought-after that their current market prices have reached enormous heights. The most famous example is probably the Paul Newman Daytona from Rolex. When this chronograph first came to market in the 1960s, it had a slow start. This led Rolex to produce few examples of this timepiece, meaning there aren't many early examples that still exist today. Moreover, the Paul Newman Daytona is one of the most popular vintage watches in the world. Paul Newman's personal timepiece sold at auction for a record-smashing 17.8 million USD in 2017, making it the world's most expensive wristwatch. If you can settle for a Paul Newman Daytona that wasn't previously owned by the actor and race car driver, you'll need at least 117,000 USD.

Vintage Rolex Submariners are also popular collector's items. Models from the 1950s are well known for their record-setting prices: Expect to pay around 93,500 USD for the ref. 6204 and 46,700 USD for the ref. 6205. The so-called "Red Sub" is somewhat younger but just as coveted. Plan to spend at least 15,200 USD on this timepiece. However, examples in very good condition can cost over 35,100 USD. All in all, vintage Rolexes usually make fantastic investments.


Small Mistakes Lead to Vintage Treasures

There are many similarities between buying a vintage watch and purchasing a classic car. That being said, some fans of older watches are more like stamp collectors. They look for rare printing errors and are willing to pay major sums when they find one.

Once again, we turn to Rolex for the perfect example: the Explorer II. Pieces from the 1970s included an additional, reddish-orange hour hand with a 24-hour scale. This colorful hand had a problem with sunlight and would fade over time due to exposure to UV rays. Despite this shortcoming, examples with the reference number 1655 and a faded 24-hour hand demand five-figure prices today. This is much more expensive than a brand new Explorer II. Actor Steve McQueen is also said to have worn this timepiece, which only adds to its appeal. Connections to a celebrity are often a significant selling point. This just goes to show that vintage watches are a sound investment and much more than just an easy bargain.

A vintage watch kept in good condition is likely to retain its value. Sometimes prices increase for reasons not directly related to the watch itself. Anyone who bought a solid gold pre-owned watch 20 years ago surely is not regretting that purchase today, as gold prices have more than tripled since then. When reselling this watch, it is sure to get a high price thanks to its material worth alone. Likewise, a pre-owned pilot's watch from the 1940s will be well received because it survived WWII.


What should I consider when purchasing a vintage watch?

Searching for information and comparing prices from a large selection of watches is part of the watch buying experience. This also includes checking the price. 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 amount that a particular pre-owned model usually sells for on Chrono24. There should always be a clear reason given if a watch is either much more or much less expensive than comparable 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 average person. 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. Not even good looks can save a watch if many of its components have been replaced, such as the dial, hands, and crown.

Prices also increase when a watch is sold with its box and papers. The original packaging and documents from the manufacturer and dealer are all part of the original purchase. They serve as important proof that the offered timepiece really is the correct one. However, watches without their box and papers cannot be avoided. There is usually a simple and understandable reason for the lack of box and other accompanying materials: They couldn't be found and were likely thrown out at some point by the original owner.

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 USD. When you buy a vintage diving watch, you should have its water resistance checked and exchange the gaskets if you want to wear the watch underwater.


Nostalgia and Vintage Watches

There is yet another benefit to purchasing a vintage watch: Rather than being limited to current models, there is a much larger selection of timepieces to choose from. You may even find a watch you like better among the earlier versions than one from that manufacturer's current catalog.

What's more, vintage watches are authentic. They were really there back in the 1960s or 70s. This detail is what makes them truly special and what sets them apart from retro watches. While a retro watch will look like a watch from a certain time period, it is still a new timepiece. They are just made to look the part of something historic. 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, 39-mm case. If you want a smaller size, then you need to look for an older Explorer model. The last 36-mm Explorer had the 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.