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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
$42,627
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
143
UK
Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
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Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
$115,526
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
143
UK
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
$9,794
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
$3,895
Seller
Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
$9,500
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
$7,759
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Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
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Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
$28,827
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
143
UK
Rolex Datejust
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Rolex Datejust
$4,250
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Private Seller
 
US
Omega Constellation Chronometer
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Omega Constellation Chronometer
$1,297
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
203
NL
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
$8,500
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 6265 Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Panda Dial Circa 1975...
Rolex 6265 Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Panda Dial Circa 1975...
$74,500
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
$28,889
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Price on request
Seller
Heritage Auctions
 
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
$12,500
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
$3,880
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Heuer Montreal
TOP
Heuer Montreal
$7,947
Seller
Watches of Lancashire
9
UK
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
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Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
$2,800
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Omega Constellation C-Shape
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Omega Constellation C-Shape
$1,059
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
203
NL
Breitling Top Time 3 Register Ref. 810
Breitling Top Time 3 Register Ref. 810
$5,250
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master 1675 "Pepsi Bezel" SS Circa 1968...
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master 1675 "Pepsi Bezel" SS Circa 1968...
$16,500
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
$3,994
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust 14k Gold & Steel Oyster Bracelet Roman Dial...
Rolex Datejust 14k Gold & Steel Oyster Bracelet Roman Dial...
$3,950
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
$12,000
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Omega Constellation  Automatic Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Automatic Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
$3,150
Free shipping
Seller
Best Deals HD
25
US
Rolex Submariner 1680 Red Meter First Tropical fullset box &...
Rolex Submariner 1680 Red Meter First Tropical fullset box &...
$67,500
Seller
Awad Watches, Inc
10
US
Heuer Autavia
Heuer Autavia
$3,832
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
$2,300
Seller
Time Merchants
 
CA
Omega Geneve Ref. 136.041
Omega Geneve Ref. 136.041
$1,450
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
$16,500
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
$7,998
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust 31 Steel Diamond MOP Ladies Midsize Watch 6824
Rolex Datejust 31 Steel Diamond MOP Ladies Midsize Watch 6824
$5,995
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
$10,500
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
$2,335
Seller
IT'S ABOUT TIME & JEWELRY
CA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zephyr 18k
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zephyr 18k
$3,250
Seller
Watermark Watches
14
US
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
$60,325
Seller
Private Seller
US
Rolex Submariner 1680 Arabic UAE 18k Gold Unpolished fullset...
Rolex Submariner 1680 Arabic UAE 18k Gold Unpolished fullset...
$67,450
Seller
Awad Watches, Inc
10
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Ref. 145.014
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Ref. 145.014
$3,800
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 5513 Vintage Gloss Dial Submariner 5513 MkIII (28024)
Rolex 5513 Vintage Gloss Dial Submariner 5513 MkIII (28024)
$10,900
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
$2,594
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Ladies Date Steel 14k Gold & Diamonds Oyster Bracelet...
Rolex Ladies Date Steel 14k Gold & Diamonds Oyster Bracelet...
$3,995
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
$30,000
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust 1601
Rolex Datejust 1601
$2,690
Free shipping
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Ferlazzo LLC
13
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 2452
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 2452
$10,900
Seller
Watermark Watches
14
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
$14,955
Seller
Private Seller
US
Rolex GMT Master 1675 Coke From 1963 - Serviced By Rolex
Rolex GMT Master 1675 Coke From 1963 - Serviced By Rolex
$8,850
Seller
Awad Watches, Inc
10
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6085
$3,300
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 6916 Lady Datejust 18k Yellow Gold Jubille (27606)
Rolex 6916 Lady Datejust 18k Yellow Gold Jubille (27606)
$4,950
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
$29,893
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust Steel/18k White Gold Bezel MOP Diamond Dial...
Rolex Datejust Steel/18k White Gold Bezel MOP Diamond Dial...
$3,995
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
$10,500
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Omega Vintage De Ville Geneve Men's Steel Watch, Year 1974,...
Omega Vintage De Ville Geneve Men's Steel Watch, Year 1974,...
$899
Seller
LeeBrant Watch Co.
 
US
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
$3,400
Seller
Giganti & Giganti Fine Jewelry
 
US
Heuer MONACO NEW OLD STOCK WITH STICKER
TOP
Heuer MONACO NEW OLD STOCK WITH STICKER
$25,135
Seller
Private Seller
US
Rolex Submariner 5513 Meter First & Full Set Box Papers 1966
Rolex Submariner 5513 Meter First & Full Set Box Papers 1966
$19,350
Seller
Awad Watches, Inc
10
US
Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6694
Rolex Oysterdate Ref. 6694
$3,500
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 1675 GMT Master 1675 Blue / Red "Pepsi Bezel" (27827)
Rolex 1675 GMT Master 1675 Blue / Red "Pepsi Bezel" (27827)
$15,500
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
$14,444
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust Steel/14k Yellow Gold Silver Dial Jubilee...
Rolex Datejust Steel/14k Yellow Gold Silver Dial Jubilee...
$3,995
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3411 18k Gold 34.5 mm Manual...
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 3411 18k Gold 34.5 mm Manual...
$9,350
Free shipping
Seller
Best Deals HD
25
US
Rolex Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Gilt Meters First Bart...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Gilt Meters First Bart...
$18,500
Seller
Hashtag Watch Co.
 
US
Patek Philippe Ref# 2457, Yellow Gold Vintage Calatrava, Circa...
TOP
Patek Philippe Ref# 2457, Yellow Gold Vintage Calatrava, Circa...
$14,000
Seller
Michael Ashton
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
$3,500
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
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Vintage Watches: A Piece of Watch History

Vintage watches appeal to a wide audience. They offer the chance to buy high-quality, pre-owned watches at attractive prices. Both watch enthusiasts who love particular designs and collectors of expensive, rare pieces will get their money's worth.

Reasons to buy a vintage watch:

  • Wide price spectrum
  • Large selection of different designs and materials
  • Authenticity
  • Access to watch series no longer in production

Vintage Watches: Old, Not Retro

There are no exact guidelines laid out for which watches are considered "vintage." However, time is an important factor. Watch expert Robert-Jan Broer from the site FratelloWatches considers watches from 1990 and earlier to be vintage. However, Broer also says that everyone can decide for themselves if they consider an older watch vintage or not.
Price is one of the main factors involved when buying a vintage watch. A good example is the Omega Seamaster, a prestigious model that's been produced since 1948. A new, mechanical Seamaster costs between 3,000 and 5,000 euros. However, used Seamasters from years past, both automatic and manual, can be found for 500 to 1,000 euros in good or very good condition. This makes it possible for you to be the owner of a famous watch from one of the top Swiss manufacturers for comparatively little money. If you want to show off your knowledge and love of watches on your wrist, a 50-year-old Omega, Rolex, or Breitling is just as good as a new one.
If you've decided to purchase a vintage watch, you have another advantage: You're not limited to current models; you have a large selection of older watch models to choose from. You may even find an older model of a watch that you like better than the one currently being produced. Furthermore, vintage watches are authentic - they've experienced the 1960s or 1970s for themselves. This characteristic gives vintage watches a unique appeal and differentiates them from retro watches. Retro watches are watches that are created in the style of vintage watches, but are recently produced. They aren't historic; they just look the part. A true vintage watch offers real nostalgia.
Vintage models are sometimes the only way to acquire watches with specific qualities. Take the Rolex Explorer for example. Since 2010, Rolex has offered it with a larger case size of 39 mm. If you want a smaller size, then you need to look for an older Explorer model. The last 36-mm Explorer had reference number 114270. You could also take a look at reference numbers 6610, 1016, and 14270.
This example demonstrates the importance of being familiar with reference numbers when buying a vintage watch. Reference numbers help you identify and find watches from a certain time period or with other special characteristics faster and more easily.

Buying Tips

Searching for information and comparing prices from a large selection of watches is part of the watch buying experience. This also includes price checking. To avoid purchasing a fake, the following rule applies: If the price is unrealistically low, then you should proceed with caution. You can easily find the prevailing price level for a particular pre-owned model on Chrono24. There should always be a clear reason given if a watch is either much more or much less expensive than comparative models. Thus, an Omega Seamaster for three figures shouldn't raise any suspicion. A Rolex Submariner at that price, however, should raise alarm, as Submariners are usually much more expensive.
Knowing whether a watch is being offered at a fair price requires experience and expertise. Watch magazines and websites can provide you with a lot of helpful information. You can also ask questions on watch forums and receive competent, informed answers from experts.
The price structure of the vintage watch market can be a bit tricky to understand for the layman. For example, a somewhat damaged-looking watch can be much more valuable than a similar watch in almost perfect condition. This is because the original condition of the watch is what matters most. It's not a big deal if there are signs of wear and tear; what matters is if the watch has its original parts. If many have been replaced, such as the dial, hands, and crown, then even good looks can't prevent the watch from decreasing in value.
The price increases further if the watch is offered together with its original box and papers. The original packaging and manufacturer and dealer papers originate from the initial purchase decades ago. They're considered important proof that the timepiece offered is legitimate. However, this does not mean that you should avoid vintage watches without a box and papers. Often, there is a simple and reasonable explanation as to why they're missing, e.g. they couldn't be found and were probably thrown away by the original owner at some point.
If you don't have the time or you're simply not interested in immersing yourself deeply in the subject, then you're much better off depending on a serious dealer. A dealer can offer you a watch that they have inspected at a fair price and in some cases, even offer a warranty.
Watches without previous inspection are also offered, mostly by private sellers. In these cases, it's a good idea to have a bit of money on hand for any necessary maintenance. Even a simple inspection or repair can cost around 200 euros. When you buy a vintage diving watch, you should have its waterproofness checked and exchange the gaskets if you want to wear the watch underwater.

Small Mistakes Lead to Vintage Treasures

In many ways, buying a vintage watch is comparable to buying an antique car, or at least a highly sought-after used car. Some vintage watch enthusiasts are more like stamp collectors, however, searching for a certain misprint and paying large amounts once they've found it. Take Rolex's Explorer II, for example. Models from the 1970s had a second 24-hour red-orange hour hand which faded significantly under UV rays. Curiously, what began as a defect developed into a treasure - models with reference number 1655 and a faded 24-hour hour hand are sold for five figures today. They're significantly more expensive than a brand new Explorer II. Furthermore, the Explorer II was also linked to the actor Steve McQueen. Famous figures who wear the watch often contribute to a watch's value. This example shows that even vintage watches can be suitable investments and not just a good deal in a lower price range.
A vintage watch that's in good condition retains a relatively stable value. Occasionally, they can increase in value for reasons which have nothing to do with watches directly. For example, those who bought a pre-owned watch with a solid gold case 20 years ago certainly don't regret it, as the price of gold has tripled since then. If it were to be sold again, it would be worth more today simply because of its higher material worth.
Collections no longer in production usually yield high prices in the vintage watch market as well. The Autavia chronograph from Heuer, for example, was beloved by race car drivers in the early 1970s. Today, however, the manufacturer is called TAG Heuer and the Autavia is no longer in production. Pre-owned, it typically costs more than a significant number of new watches from this Swiss brand. A well-maintained Autavia can cost upwards of 3,000 euros. However, whether someone would choose to part from such an old treasure is a different question altogether.

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