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Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Vintage 1966 Stainless Steel Automatic...
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Rado Diastar Poor Steel 35mm Automatic
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Rado Diastar
Rs. 33,046
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Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 20mm Quartz
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Vacheron Constantin Special Order 1980s Honey Comb Factory...
Rs. 878,607
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Citizen 3810-451643, CITIZEN, Titanium Quartz New Titanium 36mm Quartz
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Citizen Titanium Quartz 3810-451643 Vintage model Rare
Rs. 29,086
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Omega Genève 752 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega VINTAGE OMEGA GENEVA DYNAMIC DD 752 AUTOMATIC SWISS 41...
Rs. 52,343
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Seiko Bullhead 6138-0040 Good Steel 44mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko Bull Head Speed-Timer Chronograph 6138-0040 Automatic A9291
Rs. 56,081
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IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Duomatic
Rs. 17,000
Private Seller
IN
Rolex 6444 Good Steel Manual winding India, Kolkata
Rolex Oyster Royal Rare Dial
Rs. 230,000
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IN
Seiko 6138-0040 Good Steel 43mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko VINTAGE SEIKO 5 Bullhead SPORTS SPEED-TIMER 6138-0040...
Rs. 52,343
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IN
Omega Globemaster 130.53.39.21.02.001 Good Rose gold 39mm Automatic India, Madurai
Omega Globemaster
Rs. 200,000
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Gold/Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Twin Matic
Rs. 16,000
Private Seller
IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Duomatic
Rs. 16,000
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IN
Omega Genève Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Geneve
Rs. 55,000
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IN
Silver Bird 6322 (Swiss made) Very good Silver 38mm Manual winding India, Coimbatore
CAMY Geneva 17 jewelry
Rs. 3,400
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève Good Steel Automatic India, Chennai
Omega Vintage 1972 OMEGA Geneve Automatic CAL 1481
Rs. 40,000
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IN
Favre-Leuba 101 Very good Silver Manual winding India, Coimbatore
Favre-Leuba Favre- leuba JAZ
Rs. 5,000
Private Seller
IN
Omega Genève Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Geneve
Rs. 60,000
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IN
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Rolex Oyster Precision Vintage Rolex Oyster date Precision...
Rs. 224,250
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IN
Seiko 5328-0010 Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding India, mumbai
Seiko 5328 0010
Rs. 22,433
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Seiko 5606-5160 23J AUTOMATIC JAPAN MADE WRIST WATCH A8437 Good Steel 35mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko LM 5606-5160
Rs. 14,955
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IN
Favre-Leuba Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Favre-Leuba Geneve Daymatic
Rs. 16,000
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IN
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Seamaster Calendar
Rs. 65,000
Private Seller
IN
Enicar 2334 Good Steel 38mm Automatic India, Coimbatore
Enicar Swiss made Antimagnetic incabloc
Rs. 6,700
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IN
Omega Genève Very good Steel India, DELHI
Omega Geneve
Rs. 67,000
Private Seller
IN
Rado NCC 101 Good 42mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Rado VINTAGE NCC 101 AUTOMATIC DAY DATE SWISS MADE 42MM
Rs. 33,649
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IN
Glashütte Original Good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic India, delhi
Glashütte Original vintage masterpiece, a collectors pride
Rs. 111,000
Private Seller
IN
Seiko 6139B Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko VINTAGE SEIKO CHRONOGRAPH 6139B D/D AUTOMATIC 41MM MENS...
Rs. 37,388
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IN
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel Automatic India, DELHI
Omega Seamaster
Rs. 80,000
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IN
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Mumbai,
Rolex Vintage Circa 1970 Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master Ref. 1675
Rs. 920,000
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Omega Constellation 167.021 Very good Steel 33mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Chronometer with box 1966
Rs. 123,283
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Rolex Chronograph 6238 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Rolex Pre Daytona 6238 from 1964
Rs. 3,701,140
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Girard Perregaux Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding India, Punjab
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Girard Perregaux La Chaux De Fonds
Rs. 299,100
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IN
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4269 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
Rs. 613,332

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Seiko 6139-6002 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko Pogue 6139-6002 Chronograph (Pepsi Bezel)
Rs. 37,388
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Piaget Very good White gold 41mm Quartz
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Piaget Ref. 14101 Beta 21
Rs. 1,145,591
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Omega Seamaster 166.010 Good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Doublesigned: Bahrain / Saudi Seamaster in Rose Pink Gold
Rs. 640,950
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6802 extremely rare white gold florentine Very good White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady Datejust 18K Gold Weissgold Automatic Automatik
Rs. 483,792
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589
DE
Zenith Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Zenith Sub sec Vintage Oversize 60'
Rs. 70,498
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279
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Tudor Prince Oysterdate Ref: 7966 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Tudor Prince Oysterdate.
Rs. 87,487
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Omega Constellation 398.0872 Good Yellow gold 38mm Quartz
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Omega Constellation Manhattan with original 18ct golden...
Rs. 392,145
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Favre-Leuba Good Steel 33mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Favre-Leuba Twin Power Winding Steel Mens Vintage Wrist Watch
Rs. 11,141
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IN
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Fair Steel 34mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
Rs. 217,250
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Vintage Titoni Cosmo 88 Rare Vintage Good Steel 43mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Titoni Cosmo 88
Rs. 33,649
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Omega Seamaster 2714 6 SC Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Manual Winding Cal. 420
Rs. 37,388
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232
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Universal Genève Compax 32601 Fair Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève Sunburst Dial Uni-Compax
Rs. 213,650
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Patek Philippe Patek Philippe 3523 18kt white gold Very good White gold 35mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 3523
Rs. 484,673
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17
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6206-8990 Good Steel 37mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Seiko Matic WeekDater
Rs. 25,000
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53
IN
Omega Seamaster 166.036 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Day/Date.
Rs. 54,212
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43
IN
Omega 711.5782 Fair White gold 16mm Manual winding
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Omega white golden vintage rarity with original golden bracelet
Rs. 83,716
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Fair Steel 34mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Spera Directime Jump Hour Men's Watch Vintage Digital Watch
Rs. 28,041
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Rolex Datejust 16030 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex 16014 DateJust 36mm Stainless Steel Men's Watch with Red...
Rs. 455,829
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Tissot Tissot Fair Steel 34mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Tissot Visodate Seastar Vintage
Rs. 26,171
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Omega Seamaster 2450 9 Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Manual Winding Cal.26.5 Sub Second
Rs. 41,126
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232
IN
Eterna Very good White gold 33mm Quartz
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Eterna Sonic, Electronic White Gold Blue Dial Diamond Set...
Price on request
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Cartier Santos Galbée 1564 Very good Steel 29mm Quartz
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Cartier Santos Ref.1564 Swiss Quartz Movement Stainless Steel...
Rs. 223,951
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Seiko 6139-6002 Fair Steel 41mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Seiko Pogue Chronograph Automatic 6139 6002
Rs. 52,000
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53
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Omega Seamaster 168.022 Good Steel 36mm Automatic India, MUMBAI
Omega Automatic Seamaster Chronometer Officially Certified.
Rs. 93,469
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43
IN
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Air-King Ref.5500
Rs. 255,467
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Good Steel 22mm Manual winding India, Mumbai
Buren Vintage Doctors Watch Winding Nickel Chrome Unisex Watch
Rs. 57,881
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Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel Automatic
Rolex Daytona porcellana
Price on request
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Seiko 6138-8030 Good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko John Player 6138-8030
Rs. 59,820
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Omega 1660279 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Omega Seamaster Automatic DayDate Cal.1022
Rs. 44,865
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232
IN
IWC Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz
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IWC Electronic with Blue Dial, Tuning Fork cal150 in Solid Gold
Rs. 341,840
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Rolex 9052 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Tudor Prince Oysterdate Ref. 9052 SS Swiss Vintage...
Rs. 149,176
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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.


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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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