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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
Rs. 925,110
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941  Herringbone concealed
TOP
Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941 Herringbone concealed
Rs. 825,991
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal....
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal....
Rs. 934,098
Seller
Uhrenkapital
196
DE
Rolex Rare Vintage Bubbleback / Radium Dial / Steel / Ca.1940
TOP
Rolex Rare Vintage Bubbleback / Radium Dial / Steel / Ca.1940
Rs. 311,392
Free shipping
Seller
VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Rs. 108,598
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Omega SEAMASTER AUTOMATIC SWISS VINTAGE WRISTWATCH- CAL.501
Omega SEAMASTER AUTOMATIC SWISS VINTAGE WRISTWATCH- CAL.501
Rs. 34,626
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Rolex 5506
Rolex 5506
Rs. 59,471
Seller
RARE
IN
Favre-Leuba Vintage Duomatic Auto Day Date Mens Used Watch...
Favre-Leuba Vintage Duomatic Auto Day Date Mens Used Watch...
Rs. 5,220
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Chronograph Steel
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Chronograph Steel
Rs. 166,520
Free shipping
Seller
East Coast Jewelry
7
US
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS  25880-11-421-BB4A
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Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS 25880-11-421-BB4A
Rs. 346,795
Seller
Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
11
HK
Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
Rs. 555,066
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
Rs. 8,315,220
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rs. 5,432,980
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
Rs. 136,234
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
HENRY SANDOZ TROPICALIZED ALARM SWISS VINTAGE MANUAL WINDING
HENRY SANDOZ TROPICALIZED ALARM SWISS VINTAGE MANUAL WINDING
Rs. 29,934
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Victorinox Swiss Army 241314 INFANTRY ARMY VINTAGE
Victorinox Swiss Army 241314 INFANTRY ARMY VINTAGE
Rs. 19,163
Seller
RARE
IN
Seiko Vintage Automatic Day Date Mens Wrist Watch
Seiko Vintage Automatic Day Date Mens Wrist Watch
Rs. 3,238
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Rolex 4099 4099 Vintage Chronograph Anti Magnetic Circa 1944...
Rolex 4099 4099 Vintage Chronograph Anti Magnetic Circa 1944...
Rs. 2,306,166
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Cal.130/ - Valjoux 72
Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Cal.130/ - Valjoux 72
Rs. 614,999
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
123
DE
IWC VINTAGE  1940 PLATINUM EMERALD DIAMOND CONCEALED LADIES
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IWC VINTAGE 1940 PLATINUM EMERALD DIAMOND CONCEALED LADIES
Rs. 2,643,170
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rs. 9,190,506
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rs. 695,734
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Rs. 131,952
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Longines DATE CAL.L990.1 VINTAGE AUTOMATIC SWISS WATCH
Longines DATE CAL.L990.1 VINTAGE AUTOMATIC SWISS WATCH
Rs. 27,885
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Expo 2000 Stahl Handaufzug Armband...
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Expo 2000 Stahl Handaufzug Armband...
Rs. 101,047
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
382
DE
Seiko Mens Vintage Seiko Chronograph Automatic Day Date Watch
Seiko Mens Vintage Seiko Chronograph Automatic Day Date Watch
Rs. 11,564
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
Rs. 232,765
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
105
DE
Glashütte Original Vintage  GUB
Glashütte Original Vintage GUB
Rs. 52,547
Free shipping
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
123
DE
Zenith Vintage
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Zenith Vintage
Rs. 24,911
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rs. 3,719,967
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Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex Vintage Submariner
Rolex Vintage Submariner
Price on request
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO2448)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO2448)
Rs. 506,012
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
TAG Heuer VINTAGE TAG HEUER CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH 200 METERS...
TAG Heuer VINTAGE TAG HEUER CALIBRE 16 CHRONOGRAPH 200 METERS...
Rs. 51,740
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Rolex Yacht-Master Stahl Platin Automatik 40mm Ref.16622...
Rolex Yacht-Master Stahl Platin Automatik 40mm Ref.16622...
Rs. 591,489
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
382
DE
Fortis Vintage Automatic Date Swiss Made Wrist Watch
Fortis Vintage Automatic Date Swiss Made Wrist Watch
Rs. 10,903
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Patek Philippe 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel Dial...
Patek Philippe 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel Dial...
Rs. 2,768,720
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Heuer Autavia Chronograph Vintage Panda 2446 C -Valjoux 72
Heuer Autavia Chronograph Vintage Panda 2446 C -Valjoux 72
Rs. 933,397
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
123
DE
Bell & Ross Vintage
TOP
Bell & Ross Vintage
Rs. 99,053
Seller
Private seller
 
US
Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
Rs. 1,444,222
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rs. 664,465
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
Rs. 264,251
Seller
Phigora
74
US
Rado VINTAGE RADO NCC 101 DAY DATE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
Rado VINTAGE RADO NCC 101 DAY DATE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
Rs. 14,405
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Rolex GMT Master PCG rot blau Pepsi Stahl Automatik Armband...
Rolex GMT Master PCG rot blau Pepsi Stahl Automatik Armband...
Rs. 840,758
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
382
DE
Fortis Eden Roc Vintage Automatic Day Date Watch
Fortis Eden Roc Vintage Automatic Day Date Watch
Rs. 10,903
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
Rs. 1,678,413
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Zenith Chronometre Vintage Cal.135 -Gold 375/10K
Zenith Chronometre Vintage Cal.135 -Gold 375/10K
Rs. 622,005
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
123
DE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 105.012-66 CB Case,...
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 105.012-66 CB Case,...
Rs. 891,359
Seller
Private seller
 
NL
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
Rs. 433,267
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO3409)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO3409)
Rs. 723,986
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
Rolex Vintage Explorer II
Rolex Vintage Explorer II
Rs. 687,917
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
EAST END WATCH CO POWER RESERVE VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
EAST END WATCH CO POWER RESERVE VINTAGE AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
Rs. 15,859
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Rolex Submariner Date LV Mark VII Stahl Automatik 40mm...
Rolex Submariner Date LV Mark VII Stahl Automatik 40mm...
Rs. 723,830
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
382
DE
Ernest Borel Vintage Automatic Date Watch old used antique
Ernest Borel Vintage Automatic Date Watch old used antique
Rs. 11,564
Free shipping
Seller
Fair Collection
IN
Omega 165.024 Vintage Seamaster 300 FULL ORIGINAL PAPERS (26499)
Omega 165.024 Vintage Seamaster 300 FULL ORIGINAL PAPERS (26499)
Rs. 1,040,748
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Claude Meylan Chronograph Vintage NOS
Claude Meylan Chronograph Vintage NOS
Rs. 114,826
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
123
DE
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage 165.024 art. Om328
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage 165.024 art. Om328
Rs. 463,195
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
222
IT
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
Rs. 1,706,808
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16520 (RO3740)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16520 (RO3740)
Rs. 1,518,035
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
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Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
Rs. 77,770
Seller
Private seller
 
SK
Candino DAY DATE VINTAGE AUTOMATIC SWISS WRISTWATCH
Candino DAY DATE VINTAGE AUTOMATIC SWISS WRISTWATCH
Rs. 12,885
Seller
Wristmenwatches
IN
Heuer Autavia Jochen Rindt 3rd Execution Stahl Handaufzug...
Heuer Autavia Jochen Rindt 3rd Execution Stahl Handaufzug...
Rs. 1,992,519
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
382
DE

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.