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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
$13,500
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm Vintage 1969 Rare Two Tone  Blue Dial
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34mm Vintage 1969 Rare Two Tone Blue Dial
$3,999
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Royal Jewelry & Watches
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
$11,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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Glycine Airman 24 Automatic Vintage Watch PAT. 314.050
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Glycine Airman 24 Automatic Vintage Watch PAT. 314.050
$2,499
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Phigora
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Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
$88,900
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European Watch Company
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Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
$8,100
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Rolex vintage 18k white gold 1970's Day-Date
Rolex vintage 18k white gold 1970's Day-Date
$6,000
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Tudor Rolex  Vintage ref 7928 Submariner Rare Swiss Made 1964...
Tudor Rolex Vintage ref 7928 Submariner Rare Swiss Made 1964...
$6,555
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GMTSKY
156
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Tudor Mens Vintage  Stainless Steel Gold 34mm Ref: 7987/5...
Tudor Mens Vintage Stainless Steel Gold 34mm Ref: 7987/5...
$1,470
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La Jolla Jewelry and Collateral Loan Company
8
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Omega Vintage 24 Jewel Seamaster Automatic
Omega Vintage 24 Jewel Seamaster Automatic
$750
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG  VINTAGE 60s...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG VINTAGE 60s...
$4,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Datejust 26mm Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial & Bezel...
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Rolex Datejust 26mm Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial & Bezel...
$4,177
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Royal Jewelry & Watches
15
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Cartier Men's/ Vintage Must De Cartier Tank 46548
Cartier Men's/ Vintage Must De Cartier Tank 46548
$1,399
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Phigora
62
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Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
$79,500
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European Watch Company
50
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
$5,150
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Rolex vintage 1980 stainless steel Submariner
Rolex vintage 1980 stainless steel Submariner
$7,000
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Rolex 6694 Oyster Date Precision Manual 1955 1012378 Mens...
Rolex 6694 Oyster Date Precision Manual 1955 1012378 Mens...
$4,171
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GMTSKY
156
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IWC Vintage Caliber 83 / 35 mm / Steel / Ca.1944
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IWC Vintage Caliber 83 / 35 mm / Steel / Ca.1944
$3,889
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VintageCaliber GmbH
30
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Rolex Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 18k pink Gold Vintage 1947
Rolex Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 18k pink Gold Vintage 1947
$5,100
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Sea Wave Diamonds
53
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
$10,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
$7,950
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Govberg Jewelers
124
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694
$1,999
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Phigora
62
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Minerva VF 712 VF 12 Vintage Calendar Chronograph SS / Silver...
Minerva VF 712 VF 12 Vintage Calendar Chronograph SS / Silver...
$3,950
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European Watch Company
50
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3519 18k Gold 25mm Manual Vintage
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3519 18k Gold 25mm Manual Vintage
$6,350
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Rolex stainless steel vintage 1956 Explorer
Rolex stainless steel vintage 1956 Explorer
$9,000
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Tudor Rolex  Oyster 7934 Rare Mens Stainless Steel Manual...
Tudor Rolex Oyster 7934 Rare Mens Stainless Steel Manual...
$2,746
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GMTSKY
156
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Certified Pre-Owned Vacheron Constantin Vintage Historiques...
Certified Pre-Owned Vacheron Constantin Vintage Historiques...
$3,995
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Luxury Bazaar
31
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Omega 2181 vintage oversize 37mm 14k gold
Omega 2181 vintage oversize 37mm 14k gold
$3,600
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Sea Wave Diamonds
53
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
$10,500
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Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Vintage Stainless and 14kt Gold Date Roman Dial
Rolex Vintage Stainless and 14kt Gold Date Roman Dial
$2,450
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oysterdate Precision Stainless Steel 6694
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oysterdate Precision Stainless Steel 6694
$1,999
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Phigora
62
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Omega 165.024 Vintage Seamaster 300 INCREDIBLE on Original...
Omega 165.024 Vintage Seamaster 300 INCREDIBLE on Original...
$15,500
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European Watch Company
50
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Universal Genève Authentic Vintage Calendar 18K Gold 1940'...
Universal Genève Authentic Vintage Calendar 18K Gold 1940'...
$2,595
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Luxury Horology
64
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Rolex vintage 1964 Gent's Day-Date
Rolex vintage 1964 Gent's Day-Date
$5,000
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Seiko 5 Actus SS 1970 Vintage 23J Automatic Stainless Steel...
Seiko 5 Actus SS 1970 Vintage 23J Automatic Stainless Steel...
$1,036
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GMTSKY
156
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
$800
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Porcello Jewelers
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Stainless Steel REF:6564
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Stainless Steel REF:6564
$2,800
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Sea Wave Diamonds
53
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
$6,000
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Fortis MarineMaster Vintage
Fortis MarineMaster Vintage
$1,130
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BernardWatch.com
118
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Cartier Vintage Cartier Tortue 18K Yellow Gold 60035 Circa 1980s
Cartier Vintage Cartier Tortue 18K Yellow Gold 60035 Circa 1980s
$4,999
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Phigora
62
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Longines Rare Vintage 13ZN Chronograph SS (24557)
Longines Rare Vintage 13ZN Chronograph SS (24557)
$14,500
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European Watch Company
50
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Ulysse Nardin Men's Vintage Chronometer 10K Gold Filled...
Ulysse Nardin Men's Vintage Chronometer 10K Gold Filled...
$895
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Luxury Horology
64
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Patek Philippe vintage 18k yellow gold Nautilus
Patek Philippe vintage 18k yellow gold Nautilus
$22,000
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Omega Geneve Rare 1960s Vintage 18K Solid Gold Swiss Made...
Omega Geneve Rare 1960s Vintage 18K Solid Gold Swiss Made...
$4,266
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GMTSKY
156
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Bell & Ross BR126 Beige Vintage Chronograph Brown Leather...
Bell & Ross BR126 Beige Vintage Chronograph Brown Leather...
$2,495
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Fancy Lugs Manual...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Fancy Lugs Manual...
$1,695
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La Jolla Jewelry and Collateral Loan Company
8
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE  1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE 1940s ladies 18kt WG Diamond set
$14,000
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Watch Hunter
 
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IWC Pilot’s Watch Hand-Wound 1936 Vintage Series
IWC Pilot’s Watch Hand-Wound 1936 Vintage Series
$6,500
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Kronopassion
 
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6284 Bubble Back
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6284 Bubble Back
$1,999
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Phigora
62
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Patek Philippe 2526 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel...
Patek Philippe 2526 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel...
$45,350
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European Watch Company
50
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Jules Jergensen Vintage Solid 14k Gold Watch
Jules Jergensen Vintage Solid 14k Gold Watch
$475
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Rolex 14k yellow gold vintage 1977 Datejust
Rolex 14k yellow gold vintage 1977 Datejust
$4,500
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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Orient Rare Vintage Automatic Orient Triple A Day Date 1968...
Orient Rare Vintage Automatic Orient Triple A Day Date 1968...
$664
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GMTSKY
156
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Patek Philippe Vintage Pocket Watch
Patek Philippe Vintage Pocket Watch
$6,495
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WatchUWant.com
49
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Mens Vintage Oebra Stainless Steel 37mm Chronograph Dress Watch
Mens Vintage Oebra Stainless Steel 37mm Chronograph Dress Watch
$1,645
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La Jolla Jewelry and Collateral Loan Company
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
$16,000
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IWC Da Vinci Automatic Vintage Series
IWC Da Vinci Automatic Vintage Series
$5,900
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Kronopassion
 
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Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronograph Tachymetre Stainless...
Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster Chronograph Tachymetre Stainless...
$6,599
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Phigora
62
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Omega 2914-4 SC Vintage 2914 Railmaster on Bracelet VERY NICE...
Omega 2914-4 SC Vintage 2914 Railmaster on Bracelet VERY NICE...
$27,500
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European Watch Company
50
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Heuer Autavia Ref. 73463 Original von 1971 Vintage Rarität
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Heuer Autavia Ref. 73463 Original von 1971 Vintage Rarität
$4,678
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DLS Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG
30
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Rolex vintage 1960 18k yellow gold Gent's Day-Date
Rolex vintage 1960 18k yellow gold Gent's Day-Date
$5,900
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Paul Duggan Co., Inc
37
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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.