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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
34,377 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK2, Beautiful Creamy patina
TOP
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK2, Beautiful Creamy patina
15,091 
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
19
UK
Rolex Submariner Single Red MK2 Tropical Brown Dial  1969's
TOP
Rolex Submariner Single Red MK2 Tropical Brown Dial 1969's
Price on request
Seller
complet.co.ltd
JP
IWC Ingenieur SL Steel 34MM Quartz, Grey Dial, with box
TOP
IWC Ingenieur SL Steel 34MM Quartz, Grey Dial, with box
1,750 
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M.J.WATCHES
100
BE
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
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Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
49,526 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex Submariner  5513
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Rolex Submariner 5513
9,700 
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MONTRES orologi e gioielli
14
IT
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
55,000 
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Omega Geneve,  serviced , cal 601
Omega Geneve, serviced , cal 601
325 
Seller
hankkija ou
705
FI
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
8,170 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
5,250 
Seller
Uhrgut - Ferry Blaim
7
AT
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
550 
Seller
TikTijd
 
NL
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
22,000 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
6,450 
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
131
DE
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
12,046 
Seller
Horology 411
 
US
Heuer Autavia Heuer Viceroy 60m bezel 1163V 1972
Heuer Autavia Heuer Viceroy 60m bezel 1163V 1972
3,650 
Seller
Chrono Finland
35
FI
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
24,500 
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Omega Genève, rare cal 601, serviced in good condition
Omega Genève, rare cal 601, serviced in good condition
495 
Seller
hankkija ou
705
FI
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
24,935 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
13,400 
Seller
Time Team - Alta Srl
 
IT
Rolex Military Submariner
Rolex Military Submariner
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz  176007 cal.1040
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz 176007 cal.1040
3,000 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
4,300 
Seller
ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
3,249 
Seller
Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Breitling Navitimer "AOPA" Gold plated 40mm Super condition
Breitling Navitimer "AOPA" Gold plated 40mm Super condition
4,490 
Seller
Chrono Finland
35
FI
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
1,350 
Seller
Kaisaniemen Kello ja Kultaliike Oy
 
FI
Omega Geneve,  serviced , cal 601, in very good  working...
Omega Geneve, serviced , cal 601, in very good working...
595 
Seller
hankkija ou
705
FI
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
12,049 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Heuer Transitional 3646
Heuer Transitional 3646
29,133 
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
IWC Yachtclub Ref.R811A cal.8541B
IWC Yachtclub Ref.R811A cal.8541B
4,999 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
7,924 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
2,500 
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Heuer Kentucky 1975 750.705 Trade/Offer
Heuer Kentucky 1975 750.705 Trade/Offer
1,290 
Seller
Chrono Finland
35
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE-  Ref 145.014
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE- Ref 145.014
2,999 
Seller
Juwelier Sander
 
DE
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
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Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
23,248 
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
4,082 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
10,430 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
1,919 
Seller
Time Merchants
 
CA
Breitling Navitimer Chrono Matic 1806 1970
Breitling Navitimer Chrono Matic 1806 1970
2,450 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
12,500 
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Vintage Watch Collective
 
ES
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
25,025 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner Date (1969)
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date (1969)
11,397 
Seller
Jopsons Jewellers
27
UK
Omega constellation
Omega constellation
1,450 
Seller
scorpione
 
NL
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
27,500 
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
24,098 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
9,031 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
1,300 
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
7,500 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
3,189 
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
10,427 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi with Gloss Gilt Dial Stainless Steel...
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi with Gloss Gilt Dial Stainless Steel...
26,797 
Seller
Xupes.com
102
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
110,706 
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Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
37,000 
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
2,164 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Omega Watch Seamaster Vintage 176.007
Omega Watch Seamaster Vintage 176.007
2,674 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
4,370 
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Breitling Top Time  Ref.2009 cal.7733
Breitling Top Time Ref.2009 cal.7733
1,450 
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex 1675/8 Vintage GMT-Master brown Nipple dial, Rootbeer...
TOP
Rolex 1675/8 Vintage GMT-Master brown Nipple dial, Rootbeer...
40,204 
Seller
Regal Time Ltd
13
UK
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
10,010 
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
6,377 
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex ViNTAGE OYSTER DATE 6694
Rolex ViNTAGE OYSTER DATE 6694
Price on request
Seller
SADAN Watches Since 1969
TR
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
TOP
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
34,617 
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
6,672 
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
5
US
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
18,354 
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
34,377 
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
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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