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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date 6517 Good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Ladies Date, 18k Solid Gold, 26mm case
2 999 
Professional dealer
19
BE
Patek Philippe Very good White gold Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 1970s 18kt White Gold Special Order Grey Dial...
7 187 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
36
US
Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust
6 500 
Professional dealer
166
IT
Glashütte Original Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Glashütte Original GUB 42mm NOS vintage spezimatic automatic...
500 
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Professional dealer
47
HU
Rolex Day-Date 1803 Big Logo Clasp Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day Date President Automatic 18K Gold Herrenuhr Big Logo
12 490 
Professional dealer
631
DE
Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Daytona Handaufzug, Sigma-Dial, Ref. 6265
59 980 
Professional dealer
521
DE
Heuer 1163 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, ESPOO
Heuer Autavia Viceroy 1163 MH Cal. 12
3 400 
Professional dealer
5
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 35,5mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Excellent 18K Gold 1957 Vintage Cal. 478
2 950 
Professional dealer
111
DE
Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36 Automatik Stahl / Weissgold Herrenuhr Ref....
5 350 

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DE
Omega Genève 1660174 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Omega Genève
720 
Private Seller
FI
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 4183 Fair White gold 25mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Zodiac Constellation Golden Ellipse 18k white gold
3 999 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
231
NL
Movado 206-704-501 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Movado Super Sub Sea Chronograph Ref. 206-704-501
7 950 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
95
IT
Omega Genève MD166.0163 Unworn Yellow gold 34,5mm Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Geneve
1 190 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022-68ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Professional Pre Moon Moonwatch CAL. 861...
7 990 
Professional dealer
631
DE
IWC 2 262.604 Good Gold/Steel 35mm Quartz Finland, Imatra
TOP
IWC FLATLINE , rare gold / steel vintage model, serviced
1 350 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Heuer 7753 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Vintage Carrera Ref, 7753N / Fully Serviced / Military /...
9 779 
Professional dealer
878
DE
Patek Philippe Very good White gold 23mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe White Gold Diamond Ladies Jewel, Cobalt Blue...
13 857 
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Professional dealer
59
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 1005 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
4 550 

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DE
Fair Steel 33,5mm Automatic Finland, Raisio
Timor Time Guide, Braille
99 
Private Seller
 
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre E855 Fair Steel 37mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox 37mm Automatic 1967
2 250 
Professional dealer
197
FI
Universal Genève Polerouter 20217 4 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Polerouter Big Bumper 35 mm - 20217-4
2 350 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
860
NL
Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding Finland, Kirkkonummi
La Trame Vintage Gold Watch
1 250 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Rolex Datejust 68278 MINT Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 18K Gold Gelbgold Papiere Automatic Medium Mid...
14 990 
Professional dealer
631
DE
Longines 4948.192 Very good Steel 30mm Quartz Finland, imatra
TOP
Longines Split 5 rare anadigi chrono
695 
Professional dealer
1553
FI
Omega Speedmaster 178.0002 Very good Steel 42,5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Speedmaster 125 Custom / DLC geschwärzt-Coated/Unikat
4 529 
Professional dealer
878
DE
Patek Philippe 4272 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Rare White Gold Diamond Ladies Jewel, Onyx Dial
14 847 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
59
CH
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 6609 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Oyster...
9 350 

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DE
Longines Flagship 4806 Fair Gold/Steel 35mm Quartz Finland, Helsinki
Longines Flagship Ultronic
350 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date 6517 Good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust 26mm 1966 Serviced / Clean
2 090 
Professional dealer
197
FI
Omega De Ville Trésor OT 2894 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Tresor Vintage Omega 18k Matt da 1960 #cal 267 pre...
5 750 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
860
NL
Omega Constellation New Yellow gold Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Constellation
11 950 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Seiko King 5625-7111 Good Steel 36.5mm Automatic
TOP
Seiko "56KS" KING SEIKO with HIRSCH
644 
Professional dealer
131
JP
Corum 57181 Very good 35.5mm Manual winding
TOP
Corum Buckingham 18k (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Unisex Ref. 57181...
2 950 
Professional dealer
3915
DE
Omega Constellation 168.005 PiePan 168005 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation Pie Pan (with box) caliber 564 quick set...
1 899 
Free shipping
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NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3266 Very good Yellow gold 15mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava with Integrated Bracelet
4 652 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
59
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch ST145.022 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Italy Special Limitiert Stahl /...
7 750 

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Omega Genève 135041 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, Raisio
Omega Geneve
450 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date 6517 Good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust 26mm 1971 Serviced
2 090 
Professional dealer
197
FI
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3442/1 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full 18K Yellow Gold - Famous Caliber...
9 450 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
860
NL
Omega Genève 166.0163 Unworn Yellow gold Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Genève
1 685 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Omega Constellation Quartz 196.005 Good Steel 44mm Quartz
TOP
Omega Constellation Electroquartz f8192Hz Beta21 very rare
2 195 
Professional dealer
1267
DE
TAG Heuer 840.006-2 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
TAG Heuer Super Professional Automatik Datum Edelstahl...
1 450 
Professional dealer
3915
DE
Seiko Superior 4502-8010 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding
TOP
Seiko 45KS "SUPERIOR Chronometer" with HIRSCH
897 
Professional dealer
131
JP
Vacheron Constantin Harmony 61201 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Quartz
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Harmony, Full Original Diamond Set, VC...
19 301 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
59
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
3 250 

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DE
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, Mariehamn
Rolex Datejust Oyster Perpetual
3 800 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Fair Steel 36mm Quartz Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 36mm 1979 Blue dial with very...
4 390 
Professional dealer
197
FI
Heuer Good 38mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Super sport 1975 48 mm Super Retro Watch Sports
1 150 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
860
NL
Omega BD711929 Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Vintage Gold
2 795 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Rolex Daytona 6265 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Big Red Watch 6265
49 800 
Professional dealer
396
IT
Omega Constellation Constellation Manhattan Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation Manhattan Vintage 1985 Auto Chronometer...
1 602 
Professional dealer
55
US
Seiko King 5621-7000 Good Steel 35.5mm Automatic
TOP
Seiko 56KS " Roman Dial" KINGSEIKO with HIRCH
726 
Professional dealer
131
JP
Chopard Happy Diamonds Very good White gold 32mm Quartz
TOP
Chopard White Gold Ladies Happy Diamonds with Integrated Bracelet
5 939 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
59
CH
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4269 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
6 960 

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Omega Genève 136.0104 Fair Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, TUUSULA
Omega Genève
720 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Datejust 16030 Fair Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust 36mm Quickset 1985 FULLSET
4 990 
Professional dealer
197
FI
Girard Perregaux Good Steel 30mm Automatic
TOP
Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Vintage Silver Patina Dial RARE;...
1 350 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
860
NL
Omega De Ville BA511227 Unworn Yellow gold 17,3mm Manual winding Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega De Ville Vintage
890 
Professional dealer
26
FI
Rolex Oyster Precision 8126 Very good Yellow gold 23mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Perpetual Super Precision "Cioccolatino" Yellow Gold 18K
1 700 
Professional dealer
197
IT
Fortis Vintage breite 42 mm Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Fortis Chronograph
998 
Professional dealer
158
CH
Seiko 5740-8000 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
TOP
Seiko "36000" Lord Marvel with HIRSCH
554 
Professional dealer
131
JP
Omega Very good White gold 19mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Diamond Set White Gold Ladies Carre
4 751 
Free shipping
Professional dealer
59
CH
Rolex Cellini 4136 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Manual winding
Rolex Cellini 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr Ref. 4136...
3 550 

Sold by Chrono24

DE
Omega Genève 135.070 Good Steel Manual winding Finland, Raahe
Omega Genève 135.070 manual
590 
Private Seller
 
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.


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