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Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
Ref. 1601 Champagne Dial 14k Solid Gold/SS 1974 Mens Watch...36mm
4 863
+ €94 for shipping
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 Good Steel Automatic
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Rolex Sea-Dweller
16660 Sea-Dweller Matte Dial w Original Paper
25 626
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Patek Philippe 3771 Good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
Double Signed Gubelin with Original Certificate
10 380
Free shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
145.022-69 Pre-Moon Pulsometer
9 990
+ €100 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch ST 345.0808 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Apollo Xi Speedmaster Moonwatch 25th Anniversary SERVICED 2021
6 590
+ €9 for shipping
Heuer 73321T Fair Steel 36mm Manual winding Finland, Porvoo
Heuer
Pre-Carrera
2 300
+ €10 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
1601 / Grey Dial / Serviced / With Box / Steel White Gold / Jubilee / 36mm / 1975
6 349
Free shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
President Automatic 18K Weiss Gold White Gold Herrenuhr Automatik Automatic
14 990
+ €100 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012 Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
42mm 105.012-65
9 290
+ €10 for shipping
Seiko 5H22-7A60 A1 Very good 34mm Quartz Finland, Vantaa
Seiko
Quartz SQ Vintage
70
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Rolex Oyster Precision
OYSTERDATE PRECISION gold dial 1977 vintage watch Ref.6694 Cal.1225
2 768
+ €50 for shipping
Heuer 3647 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Heuer
Carrera Cal. 92 aus Erstbesitz im original Zustand aus den 60 ern
6 899
+ €65 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Daytona
6265 Rolex serviced
89 500
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Rolex Submariner Date
1680 from 1975 SERVICED 2021
14 950
+ €9 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 5402SA Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo
5402SA
85 000
+ €49 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
16014 / Silver Grey Dial / BOX&PAPERS / White Gold / Jubilee / 36mm / 1986
6 554
Free shipping
Omega Constellation 14381-2 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation
Pie Pan Rail 18K Gold Automatic Automatik Service
9 990
+ €100 for shipping
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
16660 1985 FULLSET Rolex Service 2017
16 900
+ €10 for shipping
Omega Genève 136.0104 Fair Steel 35mm Manual winding Finland, TUUSULA
Omega Genève
136.0104
480
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner Date 16808 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
18Karat Gelbgold R-Serie 16808 Rolex Service 2010 mit Beleg
33 900
+ €45 for shipping
Universal Genève 366008 Good White gold 32mm Automatic
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Universal Genève
Golden Shadow Automatic White Gold 18K
4 000
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, Kouvola
Rolex Datejust 36
16013
6 899
+ €10 for shipping
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5508 Good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
5508 Tropical small-crown Submariner from 1959
28 600
+ €100 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 2937-5 Fair Steel 35,5mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Seamaster
#34; Seachero" BIG size , cal 267 ref2937 serviced
495
+ €15 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
1601 / Black Dial / Steel White Gold / With Box / Jubilee / 36mm / 1969
6 144
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
Vintage Datejust 36 Sigma Dial blue
6 683
+ €73 for shipping
Zenith A3637 Fair Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Zenith
Vintage Diver 1000m 43mm All original condition
3 990
+ €10 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 6305 Fair Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Datejust 36
6305
2 990
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Speedmaster 378.0801 / 178.0002 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster
vintage Speedmaster 125 Omega Service 09/2022 Full Set
5 250
+ €65 for shipping
Seiko Superior Seiko Superior 4883-8000 | 1975 Very good Steel 37.6mm Quartz
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Seiko Superior
4883-8000 | 1975
1 425
+ €58 for shipping

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Hamilton Pan Europ Hamilton 64065-3 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hamilton Pan Europ
Automatic Diver NOS 200 m 64065-3
1 699
+ €34 for shipping
Edox 626 25164 Good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Edox
Bluebird 28 800 Automatic Vintage 1978 ETA 2790-1
219
+ €9 for shipping
Certina 5201 072 Very good Steel 33,5mm Manual winding Finland, Vantaa
Certina
Waterking
220
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Certina Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding Finland, kuopio
Certina
18K gold watch
1 010
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Citizen Promaster JP2000-08E Very good Steel 44mm Quartz Finland, HELSINKI
Citizen Promaster
Aqualand Vintage
1 947
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Datejust 36 16030 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
16030 / Silver Grey Tapestry Dial / BOX&PAPERS / Jubilee / 36mm / 1985
6 656
Free shipping
Certina DS-2 Good Steel 38mm Automatic Finland, Joensuu
Certina DS-2
365
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Longines Flagship 7515 Good Gold/Steel 37mm Manual winding Finland, TAMPERE
Longines Flagship
7515
950
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Tissot Seastar 1000 Fair 35mm Quartz Finland, Vantaa
Tissot Seastar 1000
Quartz
65
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Casio Good Steel 32mm Finland, Jakobstad
Casio
Sailboat
650
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Genève 136.0102 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding Finland, Vantaa
Omega Genève
Serviced
950
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Heuer 1163 V Good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, NASTOLA
Heuer
Autavia
6 750
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Good Steel 36mm Manual winding Finland, Jakobstad
Revue Vertex
600
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster 198.005 Good Steel 41,5mm Quartz Finland, Espoo
Omega Seamaster
198.005
1 200
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Heuer 3647N Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer
Carrera 36mm 1960 All original
7 450
+ €10 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 14704-61-SC Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Finland, NASTOLA
Omega Seamaster
14ct gold
2 450
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Zenith Defy Good 42mm Quartz Finland, Jakobstad
Zenith Defy
3 900
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Cartier Santos (submodel) 166930 Good Gold/Steel Quartz
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Cartier Santos
Lady Quarz Stahl / Gold Referenz 166930
2 495
+ €45 for shipping
Omega Constellation 168.005 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Finland, Espoo
Omega Constellation
168.005
2 300
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega 2639-16 Good Steel Teen 36mm Manual winding Finland, NASTOLA
Omega
Bullseye oversize
1 250
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Genève 535.018 Good Gold/Steel 22mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Genève
serviced
345
+ €15 for shipping
Omega Good 35mm Automatic Finland, Jakobstad
Omega
1020
850
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Certina DS-2 5880-300 Good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Nurmijärvi
Certina DS-2
Automatic Chronometer
4 400
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko 5 Sports 6138-0030 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Espoo
Seiko 5 Sports
6138-0030
750
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
40mm 5513 Meters First 1970 All orginal
18 950
+ €10 for shipping
Universal Genève Good 29mm Manual winding Finland, Jakobstad
Universal Genève
Fantasy
5 000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko 6138-0030 Fair Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Seiko
Kakume Square Eyes
670
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Tissot Seastar 1000 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding Finland, Raisio
Tissot Seastar 1000
246
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Universal Genève Very good 30mm Manual winding Finland, Jakobstad
Universal Genève
1-42
1 890
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Tissot 44646-3x Very good 38mm Automatic Finland, Tammisaari
Tissot
Navigator Automatic
980
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase TA 345.0810 Good Titanium 43mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
Teutonic Mondphasen Chronograph Titan / 18Karat Gelbgold
8 250
+ €65 for shipping
Poljot Unworn Bronze 33mm Manual winding Finland, Joensuu
Poljot
Vintage
169
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz Finland, Vaasa
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz
17013
6 900
Excl. shipping
Private Seller

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.