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Rolex "Radial Dial " GMT-Master 1977's  Ref.1675
TOP
Rolex "Radial Dial " GMT-Master 1977's Ref.1675
15,581 
Seller
complet.co.ltd
JP
Rolex 5513 Military Submariner non-date - Milsub
TOP
Rolex 5513 Military Submariner non-date - Milsub
30,582 
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
29
UK
Heuer Carrera, Ref. 1153
TOP
Heuer Carrera, Ref. 1153
4,171 
Seller
uhrentick.ch
9
CH
Patek Philippe Bracelet Watch Ellipse 18K WG (Stammbuch)
TOP
Patek Philippe Bracelet Watch Ellipse 18K WG (Stammbuch)
6,180 
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Carrerabayern.de, Luxusuhren
31
DE
Rolex gentleman's Oysterdate bracelet watch
TOP
Rolex gentleman's Oysterdate bracelet watch
2,500 
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Bernardo Antichita'
22
IT
Omega Seamaster 300 165.024-65
Omega Seamaster 300 165.024-65
4,990 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Omega Constellation C Date
Omega Constellation C Date
950 
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Harri Asunta
8
FI
Rolex vintage 1968 Oysterdate Precision 6694 Jahrgangsuhr
TOP
Rolex vintage 1968 Oysterdate Precision 6694 Jahrgangsuhr
2,350 
Seller
T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
677
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
TOP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
2,650 
Seller
goedhorloge.nl - goodwatch.eu
30
NL
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
1,685 
Seller
Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
5
FI
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
2,200 
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
197
DE
Heuer 2446 Second Execution | one-owner | chronograph
TOP
Heuer 2446 Second Execution | one-owner | chronograph
38,582 
Free shipping
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A Collected Man
11
UK
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
7,999 
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S&A Watches
87
AT
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK1 Fuchsia Insert - 1972
TOP
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK1 Fuchsia Insert - 1972
17,305 
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
29
UK
Rolex Datejust 1601 36mm 1964 FULLSET Dauphine hands
Rolex Datejust 1601 36mm 1964 FULLSET Dauphine hands
3,390 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Omega Genève, serviced
Omega Genève, serviced
525 
Seller
hankkija ou
761
FI
Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial 18K Yellow Gold Year 1967...
Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial 18K Yellow Gold Year 1967...
52,184 
Seller
Carter's Diamonds
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
2,700 
Seller
Cash4Watches
39
DE
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
2,990 
Seller
Watchplanet
46
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
6,450 
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
197
DE
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
12,000 
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex [TRITIUM +OPEN 6/9 +24 M. Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI- 1988
Rolex [TRITIUM +OPEN 6/9 +24 M. Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI- 1988
7,359 
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Seller
S&A Watches
87
AT
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
10,002 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Heuer Montreal PVD Automatic 110.501 Trade/Offer
Heuer Montreal PVD Automatic 110.501 Trade/Offer
2,990 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
9,128 
Seller
Boxer Time, LLC
14
US
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
16,738 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
16,752 
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
2,690 
Seller
Matthias Wohne Uhrmachermeister
6
DE
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph - Ref. 6239
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph - Ref. 6239
45,500 
Seller
TimeSelect Watches
 
DE
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Price on request
Free shipping
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WB FL Holdings, LLC
 
US
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
2,990 
Seller
Watchplanet
46
DE
Rolex GMT Master Tropical Dial Bakelite Bezel Ref. 6542
Rolex GMT Master Tropical Dial Bakelite Bezel Ref. 6542
Price on request
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing Dial All Original
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Racing Dial All Original
2,090 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
26,093 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
22,639 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Ingenieur
IWC Ingenieur
6,282 
Free shipping
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
1,750 
Seller
ichrono.ie
 
IE
Rolex Daytona 6265 B&P
Rolex Daytona 6265 B&P
62,000 
Seller
TimeSelect Watches
 
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
9,999 
Seller
Uhrenkapital
303
DE
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k  2627
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k 2627
2,980 
Seller
Luxurywatch.ee
11
EE
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
12,000 
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Omega Contellation Chronometer Electronic f300Hz 43mm 1972
Omega Contellation Chronometer Electronic f300Hz 43mm 1972
990 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
10,872 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Watch Oyster Precision 6694
Rolex Watch Oyster Precision 6694
2,780 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
7,416 
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
1,750 
Seller
ichrono.ie
 
IE
Rolex 5513/5517 "Military Submariner Maxi Dial MK1"
Rolex 5513/5517 "Military Submariner Maxi Dial MK1"
Price on request
Seller
TimeSelect Watches
 
DE
Rolex GMT-Master Nipple dial
Rolex GMT-Master Nipple dial
7,600 
Seller
Dreamtime
45
LT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
8,600 
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
141
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
9,800 
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Heuer Kentucky 1975 750.705 Trade/Offer
Heuer Kentucky 1975 750.705 Trade/Offer
1,290 
Seller
Chrono Finland
39
FI
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
2,990 
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
200
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
18,100 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
5,410 
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
9,132 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner 5513 Maxi Dial
Rolex Submariner 5513 Maxi Dial
13,250 
Seller
TimeSelect Watches
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
19,500 
Seller
Perusia Watches
103
IT
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
107,804 
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
185
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi 1978
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi 1978
12,611 
Seller
Beverly Hills Watch Company
22
US
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
37,834 
Seller
European Watch Company
148
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Serie - Ref.: 5402st - Box/Stammbu...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Serie - Ref.: 5402st - Box/Stammbu...
33,000 
Seller
All About Watches
219
DE
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
8,511 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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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.

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