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Patek Philippe Very good Platinum Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Platinum Diamond RARE Post WW II 1950s Egyptian...
Rs. 1,644,673
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36
US
Tudor Submariner 94010 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Submariner - 94010 - Black Dial - Vintage Sub - Steel...
Rs. 680,435
Professional dealer
602
IT
Longines 4184 Very good Steel 33mm Automatic
TOP
Longines Ultra Thin Rare Automatic Gold L994 VINTAGE WATCH
Rs. 150,046
Professional dealer
233
PL
Zenith Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Oversize Vintage 70' SERVICED
Rs. 104,473
Professional dealer
316
PL
Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 16019 rare 18K Gold Weissgold White Herrenuhr...
Rs. 5,449,836
Professional dealer
634
DE
Technos Fair 38mm Manual winding India, Pune
Technos Goldshield
Rs. 11,000
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Manual winding India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Sea King
Rs. 12,000
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Good Steel 31mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Rolex Oyster Royal
Rs. 142,040
Private Seller
IN
Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Titoni Airmaster Rotomatic 25 Jewels
Rs. 20,558
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Fair 38mm Automatic India, Pune
Favre-Leuba Duomatic
Rs. 10,700
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster Fair 25mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Cosmic
Rs. 29,903
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Yellow gold India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Daymatic
Rs. 28,034
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève 752 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega VINTAGE OMEGA GENEVA DYNAMIC DD 752 AUTOMATIC SWISS 41...
Rs. 48,593
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Rolex Oyster Precision Vintage Rolex Oyster date Precision...
Rs. 224,199
Private Seller
IN
Citizen 8110A Good Steel 38mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Citizen Chronograph 8110A (Bullhead)
Rs. 37,379
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève Good Steel Automatic India, Chennai
Omega Vintage 1972 OMEGA Geneve Automatic CAL 1481
Rs. 40,000
Private Seller
IN
Citizen 018440 Fair 26mm Quartz India, new delhi
Citizen Vintage
Rs. 4,500
Private Seller
IN
Seiko 5606-5160 23J AUTOMATIC JAPAN MADE WRIST WATCH A8437 Good Steel 35mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko LM 5606-5160
Rs. 14,952
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Duomatic
Rs. 24,000
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Duomatic
Rs. 20,000
Private Seller
IN
Tudor Very good 34mm Manual winding India, DELHI
Tudor Oyster 9 Karat
Rs. 82,234
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève 166 0168 Fair Steel 36mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Geneve Automatic Caliber 1012 Blue Dial Swiss
Rs. 56,068
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Oyster Precision 6426 Poor Steel 34mm Manual winding India, Ajmer
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rs. 215,000
Private Seller
IN
Seiko 190298 Good Steel 35mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko Vintage Vintage Seiko day date Bell matic stainless...
Rs. 37,379
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster 15886464 Fair Gold/Steel 32mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Vintage
Rs. 82,234
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Duomatic
Rs. 21,000
Private Seller
IN
Citizen 550027 Fair 20mm Quartz India, new delhi
Citizen Quartz
Rs. 4,500
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster 13068147 Good Steel 34mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster
Rs. 112,137
Private Seller
IN
934503 Good Automatic India, MUMBAI
Buren Intra matic Impact
Rs. 100,000
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster 12276005 Good Steel 34mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster vintage Omega seamaster yellow gold Bazel top...
Rs. 82,234
Private Seller
IN
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Seamaster
Rs. 96,000
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Geneve
Rs. 72,000
Private Seller
IN
38886318 Good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Vintage Omega seamaster stainless steel watch Omega date...
Rs. 74,758
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel Automatic
TOP
Rolex 1665 Double Red Sea Dweller MK IV
Rs. 4,008,114
Free shipping
Professional dealer
14
ES
Doxa Sub 58098-59 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Doxa by Synchron Aqualung U.S. Divers co. Sub 300T
Rs. 408,806
Professional dealer
95
IT
Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 34 Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
Rs. 440,602

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DE
Omega Constellation 168.005 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation
Rs. 176,907
Professional dealer
81
SE
Omega 131.001-62-SC Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Cal. 286 Steel vintage 1962
Rs. 90,755
Professional dealer
125
HU
Omega De Ville Trésor OT 2894 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Tresor Vintage Omega 18k Matt da 1960 #cal 267 pre...
Rs. 381,461
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Professional dealer
865
NL
Zenith Good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith AutoSport 28800 - Oversize Vintage - serviced
Rs. 78,127
Professional dealer
316
PL
Rolex Datejust 16013 Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic India, Bangalore
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 300,000
Professional dealer
 
IN
Cartier Santos Galbée 1564 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
TOP
Cartier Santos Ref.1564 Swiss Quartz Movement Stainless Steel...
Rs. 246,327
Professional dealer
55
US
Omega Genève ST 111 0108 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Omega Geneve Manual Winding Cal. 625
Rs. 39,248
Free shipping
Professional dealer
243
IN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1503 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 34 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster...
Rs. 422,433

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DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox E875 FULL SET
Rs. 428,422
Professional dealer
14
CH
Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
TOP
Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
Rs. 86,213
Professional dealer
125
HU
Rado 2789 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rado Musketeer X 1960s Collectible Mint Blue Dial Top Condition
Rs. 63,501
Free shipping
Professional dealer
865
NL
Vacheron Constantin 4466 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Turler Doublesigned 4466: 1953 Bumper...
Rs. 745,522
Professional dealer
59
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic India, Bangalore
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rs. 300,000
Professional dealer
 
IN
Seiko 6138-8020 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Seiko Japan Automatic Chronograph "panda"
Rs. 78,496
Free shipping
Professional dealer
60
IN
Rolex Air King Date 1500 Good Steel 34mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Rolex Air King Oyster Perpetual Date
Rs. 276,604
Free shipping
Professional dealer
243
IN
Seiko Bullhead 6138-0040 Fair Steel 46mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko Bullhead
Rs. 41,117
Professional dealer
5
IN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1501 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 34 Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
Rs. 349,756

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DE
Zenith Defy Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat Very good Steel 37.5mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat
Rs. 87,708
Professional dealer
14
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - White Roman Dial
Rs. 281,622
Free shipping
Professional dealer
92
AD
Heuer Very good 38mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer Super sport 1975 48 mm Super Retro Watch Sports
Rs. 65,409
Free shipping
Professional dealer
865
NL
Omega Constellation BA 392.9221 Very good Yellow gold 32mm Quartz
TOP
Omega Constellation, DoubleSigned: Qatar, Integrated Bracelet
Rs. 701,668
Professional dealer
59
CH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 Nautilus Good Steel 42mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 3700/001A Nautilus Beyer-signed
Rs. 15,959,388
Free shipping
Professional dealer
27
UK
Tudor Prince Oysterdate Ref: 7966 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Tudor Prince Oysterdate.
Rs. 87,467
Free shipping
Professional dealer
60
IN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Very good Steel 34mm India, Mumbai
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rs. 284,080
Free shipping
Professional dealer
243
IN
Citizen Calibre 8110 Good Silver 39mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Citizen CHRONOGRAPH AUTOMATIC FLYBACk
Rs. 59,806
Professional dealer
5
IN
Porsche Design 7050S Very good Steel 29.5mm Automatic
Porsche Design Deisgn Day-Date Lady Automatik Edelstahl...
Rs. 77,219

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DE
IWC Very good Steel 36mm
TOP
IWC Vintage Ref. 9162 Tuning Fork SERVICED
Rs. 117,226
Professional dealer
14
CH

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.


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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.


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