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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 RED
12 968 
Verified Dealer
DK
Omega Seamaster 300 165.024 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Seamaster 300 Gilt Dial Vintage Big Triangle 165.024
8 725 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
218
US
Rolex Datejust 16014 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust Vintage Linen Dial 36mm 16014 With Original Papers
5 048 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
218
US
Enicar 072-03-01 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Enicar Ocean Pearl Chronograph
4 600 
Verified Dealer
10
HU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.003-65 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Professional Ed White Moonwatch 105.003-65...
11 999 
Verified Dealer
552
DE
Vacheron Constantin French Case Very good Rose gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin French Case Automatic 18K Pink Gold Rose...
7 490 
Verified Dealer
426
DE
Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Nipple Dial, original box and papers
31 900 
Verified Dealer
18
FI
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel Automatic
TOP
Rolex 1665 Double Red Sea Dweller
44 120 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
11
ES
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 18038 ''Stella Dial"
44 950 
Verified Dealer
681
NL
Omega Seamaster 299161SL Very good Gold/Steel 30.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Seamaster Automatik Herrenuhr Medium 299161sl Vintage...
760 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Rolex Datejust 16013 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust 36mm 1985 FULLSET B&P
4 790 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Red Letter Mk4 Full Set
22 750 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
362
ES
Rolex Datejust 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 1601, glossy Dial, new service, plexi glas,...
3 299 
Verified Dealer
236
DE
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 1601 Präsident 18k Gold - top Vintage - 1972
10 078 
Verified Dealer
260
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 1665 MK 1 with papers NEW ROLEX SERVICE
24 750 
Verified Dealer
637
NL
Heuer Very good Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Heuer Autavia 3646H Andretti Third Execution, Unpolished
22 900 
Verified Dealer
18
FI
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel Automatic
TOP
Rolex SEA DWELLER VINTAGE
21 800 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
11
ES
Rolex Air King Precision VINTAGE ROLEX Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Air King SUPER Precision Rare Original Bracelet - 1968
2 500 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
495
NL
Omega MA141-63 Very good 48mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Taschenuhr Neusilber Handaufzug Taschenuhr Vintage Von...
680 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022 69 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Pre-moon Tropical 145022-69 DON
5 490 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Rolex Submariner Date 16803 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date 16803 gold steel very full set serviced
8 100 
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 16253 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 18K, New Service, black Tritium Dial,
4 148 
Verified Dealer
236
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1501 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Date Watch 1501
2 850 
Verified Dealer
252
IT
Seiko 6217-8001 Good Steel 37mm Automatic Finland, Kouvola
Seiko 62 MAS Divers Watch 6217-8001
1 967 
Private Seller
 
FI
Longines Elegant 7662 8 New Yellow gold 18.8mm
Longines Ladies elegant Wristwatch
795 
Verified Dealer
555
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Very good Yellow gold 25mm Automatic
Rolex Solid 14K Gold Ladies Oyster Perpetual 6719 Automatic...
2 649 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
554
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre 906 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 906 Prototype Rare find Black Edition...
1 800 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
495
NL
Vacheron Constantin 6066 Very good 33.5mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin 18k Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr 6066 Vintage
4 580 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Omega Seamaster 176.010 Fair Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Omega Seamaster Yachting 43mm 1972 176.010 Gold Plated Rare
2 990 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 25594ST Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date Automatic 36 mm steel serviced
13 800 
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust Linien Dial Whitegold Bezel Quickset Perfect Con.
3 399 
Verified Dealer
236
DE
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
15 718 
Verified Dealer
ZA
Seiko 1752 Fair Steel 31mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Seiko Vintage Seikosha
210 
Private Seller
 
FI
Rolex Day-Date 6611b Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex 6611B with rare bracelet original laquer/stella dial
17 147 
Verified Dealer
US
Omega 121.001 Unworn Gold/Steel 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega New Old Stock
945 
Verified Dealer
 
NL
Tudor 7962 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Tudor Oysterdate 34 mm manuale ref 7962 - Top Condition
1 450 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
495
NL
Omega De Ville 111.1149 Very good 31mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega De Ville Handaufzug Herreuhr Ref. 111.1149 Vintage...
680 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Cornino PCG 1960
17 900 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Fat Lady Serviced
8 700 
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 16233, creme ivory Dial, sharp case, 18 Karat
4 098 
Verified Dealer
236
DE
Universal Genève Polerouter Very good Rose gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Polerouter Date 'De Luxe' 18K Pink gold...
2 295 
Verified Dealer
171
ES
Baume & Mercier 07.2892.0005.30 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Baume & Mercier 2892
410 
Private Seller
 
FI
Omega Genève MD166.0163 Unworn Yellow gold 34,5mm Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Omega Geneve
1 190 
Verified Dealer
16
FI
Omega Constellation 168.005 168.0005 168005 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation Calendar Chronometer cal 561 vintage 1962
1 499 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
170
NL
Rolex Day-Date Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date Stella Dial ref. 18038 N.O.S.
19 200 
Verified Dealer
 
IT
Patek Philippe Calatrava 570 Very good 34.5mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Rosegold Handaufzug Gold Herrenuh...
18 530 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Heuer 3647N Fair Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Carreca Chronograph 1963 All original 3647N
7 990 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Rolex Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 26 mm gold 750 rare ref. 69068 serviced
9 500 
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust, Black Dial, plexi, whitegold bezel
3 649 
Verified Dealer
236
DE
Certina Very good Rose gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Certina Near N.O.S. 18 Karat Pink solid Gold Ca. 1965
789 
Verified Dealer
171
ES
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Turku
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022 - 69 ST...
10 949 
Private Seller
FI
Hamilton Unworn Gold/Steel Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Hamilton Vintage
590 
Verified Dealer
16
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre 8000 42 JLC Jeager 8000.42 Very good Steel 23mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic serviced vintage watch 1980 ref...
1 349 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
170
NL
Omega 2418-13 Good Steel 23mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega vintage jubilee model, serviced and good one
245 
Verified Dealer
1148
FI
Jaeger-LeCoultre 141.162.2 Very good 31mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre 18k (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr Medium...
2 360 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
Heuer 73453 Good Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Carrera Blue Dial 38mm 1970 All original
3 250 
Verified Dealer
104
FI
Zenith Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
TOP
Zenith Chronograph 38mm steel manual 146DP serviced
3 400 
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust Whitegold Bezel Quick Set Blue Dial Nice Condition
3 689 
Verified Dealer
DE
Omega Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Automatic 18K gold, 162.033, Swiss case, near perfect.
1 295 
Verified Dealer
171
ES
Omega Genève 135.070 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, Turku
Omega Geneve ref 135.070 cal 601
849 
Private Seller
 
FI
Hamilton Unworn Gold/Steel Automatic Finland, Kirkkonummi
Hamilton Vintage
590 
Verified Dealer
16
FI
Omega Seamaster 135.011 135011 135.0011 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Seamaster 600 vintage year 1966 fully serviced
999 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
170
NL
Omega Genève 135.041 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Omega Genève
550 
Verified Dealer
15
FI
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref. 6917
2 550 
Verified Dealer
2017
DE
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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.


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.