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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5512 Good Steel Automatic
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5512 - PCG Chapter Ring Gilt Tropical Dial MK I
Price on request
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Rolex Submariner Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner
Ref.5508 1959 – Superb Tropical Dial
$44,014
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5512 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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5512 Vintage 1970 - Khaki Lume Serviced
$21,055
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Rolex GMT-Master
1675
$42,000
+ $85 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Submariner Date
1680 Vintage Stainless Steel 1973
$17,800
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Sea-Dweller
Double Red 1665
$38,500
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Great Neck
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Rolex Day-Date 36
1803 'Sword Hands' 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch
$13,499
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1600 Good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Datejust 36
1600 36mm
$3,699
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Unworn Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
President - 26 UN-WORN Buckley Roman Dial Fluted Boxes Books 6917 8
$9,482
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15000 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
White Dial Roman Numerals Automatic W Box and Papers
$4,999
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Omega 2990-1 Good Steel 36mm Manual winding United States of America, Utah, DRAPER
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Omega
1961s Ranchero Winding Side Second Mens Vintage Watch Ref 2990 1
$4,499
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Day-Date 36
President Box and Paper 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Index Mens Watch 18038
$17,550
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Rolex Sea-Dweller
1665
$79,000
+ $85 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 6724 Good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26
Lady
$4,800
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Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex GMT-Master
Full Set - RootBeer Rare Two Tone Bezel with Nipple Dial 16758
$44,500
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day-Date 36
18038 Champagne Tapestry Dial Men's Watch Box & Papers
$17,999
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Precision 6466 Good Steel Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Oyster Precision
6466
$2,899
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Rolex Lady-Datejust
Ladies President - 69178 Champagne 18k Yellow Gold B/P & "Service Card 2020"
$10,500
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Factory Blue Jubilee Dial Two Tone Jubilee Band W/Box & Papers
$7,499
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Day-Date 36
onyx dial.
$53,000
+ $75 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin 1972 Good United States of America, New York, New York
Vacheron Constantin 1972
Vintage Automatic Steel 1121
$7,200
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6239 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Rolex Daytona
6239
$89,000
+ $85 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36
Mens - Box and Paper - SS and 18K Gold Champagne Diamond Dial Bezel Watch
$6,995
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Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex GMT-Master
16758 Rare Factory Nipple Dial with Jubilee Bracelet 18K Yellow Gold
$43,000
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day-Date 36
18238 President Diamond Dial Mens Watch
$18,899
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6241 Fair Steel 37mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex Daytona
6241
$115,000
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1603 Fair Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 36
Stainless Steel 1603 + Box
$3,995
+ $59 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Factory Champagne Jubilee Dial Two Tone Jubilee Band W/Box & Papers
$7,499
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1 Good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Nautilus
First Series - 3800AJ original condition
$40,000
+ $75 for shipping
Rolex Fair United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex
Vintage Date 1500 Long Index RARE
$4,900
+ $29 for shipping

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Omega Constellation 168.025 Good Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
Omega Constellation
Pie Pan
$6,900
+ $85 for shipping
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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26 Champagne Diamond Dial Steel and 18 karat Gold Fluted Bezel Watch
$4,000
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Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Daytona
6265 Bakelite Bezel Stainless Steel With Service papers
$89,500
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Rolex Datejust 36 1600 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Great Neck
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Rolex Datejust 36
Oyster Perpetual - 1600 Slate Dial Mens Watch
$7,399
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex GMT-Master II
16760
$14,500
+ $35 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 36
36mm 1601 Two Tone Stainless Steel & Gold + Box
$4,195
+ $59 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex GMT-Master
16753 40mm Brown Dial Two Tone Jubilee Band Quickset w Box and Papers
$16,498
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Rolex Datejust 36 16013 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, 10036
Rolex Datejust 36
16013
$5,739
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Cartier Tank (submodel) Good United States of America, New York, New York
Cartier Tank
Vintage - Normale 1960s
$12,600
+ $29 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 176.005 Fair Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Omega Seamaster
Chronograph Date
$2,850
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Day-Date 36
President - 36mm 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038 Box/Booklet
$16,150
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Rolex Submariner Date 16803 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Submariner Date
Two Tone Black Dial Yellow Gold Stainless Steel
$13,999
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Rolex 68158 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Great Neck
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Rolex
Datejust 68158 Diamond Anniversary Dial Ladies Watch
$21,999
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Largo
Rolex Submariner Date
1977 Vintage Stainless Steel - With Oyster Band
$15,000
+ $95 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Submariner Date
40MM 16610 + Box
$8,995
+ $59 for shipping
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 16253 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph
Turn-O-Graph 36mm Factory "Buckley" Dial Two Tone W/Box & Papers
$6,999
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Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust 36
Stainless Steel Silver Dial Jubilee Bracelet Vintage 1601
$5,249
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Cartier Good United States of America, New York, New York
Cartier
Vintage Ceinture Jumbo Automatique with papers
$6,500
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Fair Steel 36mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Miami Beach
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz
Black Dial
$5,200
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Day-Date 36
President - Champagne Index Dial 18k Yellow Gold Mens Watch 18038
$16,500
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex GMT-Master
Pepsi 1675
$16,999
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Rolex Datejust 36 16233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Great Neck
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Rolex Datejust 36
16233 Champagne Dial Mens Watch
$6,399
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Fair Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Rolex Submariner Date
Black Nipple Dial Yellow Gold
$37,950
+ $150 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Day-Date 36
36mm Wide Boy Dial 1803 + Box
$8,495
+ $59 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
Rolex Day-Date 36
Champagne Dial 18K Yellow Gold President 18038
$14,795
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Le Jour Chronograph Good Steel 39mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Chronograph Valjoux 7736
$2,499
+ $49 for shipping
Breguet Good United States of America, New York, New York
Breguet
Vintage 1950s Fancy lugs Deco Dial
$16,500
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex GMT-Master II
Coke Fat Lady 16760
$12,500
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Steel and Gold Jubilee Diamond Watch with Silver - Dial
$5,850
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Rolex Datejust 36 16013 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Datejust 36
Tropical Dial Model: 16013
$5,999
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Great Neck
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
69178 18K Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Ladies Watch
$8,399
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16014 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, 3835
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Rolex Datejust 36
Oyster Perpetual
$5,145
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Rolex Day-Date 36
18038
$24,300
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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.