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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 PCG Chapter Ring
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 PCG Chapter Ring
Rs. 2,904,035
Seller
chronostars
9
AT
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
Rs. 8,841,894
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Omega Constellation Men
Omega Constellation Men
Rs. 178,032
Seller
Private Seller
IN
Breitling Vintage Sprint Valjoux 7733 Chronograph 2116
TOP
Breitling Vintage Sprint Valjoux 7733 Chronograph 2116
Rs. 101,398
Free shipping
Seller
Pawndeluxe
138
NL
Omega Seamaster Automatic
Omega Seamaster Automatic
Rs. 35,606
Free shipping
Seller
Abhiraj Times
IN
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Rs. 712,055
Seller
The Watch Movement
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rs. 170,910
Seller
Barnhart Jewelers Gemologist Pawnbroker
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Rs. 2,100,964
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rs. 182,435
Seller
GMT SRL
 
IT
Omega Seamaster Chronograph
Omega Seamaster Chronograph
Rs. 153,314
Seller
Uhrmachermeister ROSSMANN
28
AT
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rs. 973,420
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rs. 792,392
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rs. 245,684
Seller
Proper Time
 
US
Breitling Navitimer 806 Twin Jet Dial Hands Calibre 178...
Breitling Navitimer 806 Twin Jet Dial Hands Calibre 178...
Rs. 106,107
Seller
Used Jewelry Buyer
 
US
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
Rs. 648,865
Free shipping
Seller
S&A Watches
94
AT
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rs. 711,770
Seller
Boxer Time, LLC
14
US
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
Rs. 320,417
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Rs. 292,026
Seller
AmsterdamTimeClassics
32
NL
Rolex Oyster Precision Steel Watch Black Dial Manual Wind
Rolex Oyster Precision Steel Watch Black Dial Manual Wind
Rs. 225,945
Seller
WT Time Pieces
44
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Rs. 607,576
Seller
Berlin-Watches
 
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rs. 1,426,306
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Date Just Or 18 KT.
Rolex Date Just Or 18 KT.
Rs. 744,073
Seller
Bijouterie-Horlogerie Langel
47
CH
Rolex Explorer 1
TOP
Rolex Explorer 1
Rs. 796,920
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rs. 213,282
Seller
Time Honored
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 287,483
Seller
Sgr oro
 
IT
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
Rs. 320,417
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex 5513 Submariner Metres First - Matte Dial 'Ivory Patina'
Rolex 5513 Submariner Metres First - Matte Dial 'Ivory Patina'
Rs. 1,335,746
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
38
UK
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rs. 1,559,556
Seller
European Watch Company
152
US
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rs. 8,603,113
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
203
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rs. 1,335,746
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680 18K Yellow Gold Nipple Dial
Rolex Submariner 1680 18K Yellow Gold Nipple Dial
Rs. 2,136,022
Seller
Kara's Watches
137
US
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
Rs. 996,621
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Rs. 1,086,985
Seller
Time Team - Alta Srl
 
IT
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rs. 1,064,629
Free shipping
Seller
Vesper & Co.
13
US
Rolex GMT Master
Rolex GMT Master
Rs. 884,189
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex 5513 Submariner Maxi Dial - Plexiglas Exceptional Example
Rolex 5513 Submariner Maxi Dial - Plexiglas Exceptional Example
Rs. 1,403,666
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
38
UK
Rolex 5513 Vintage Matte Maxi Dial Submariner GREAT PATINA...
Rolex 5513 Vintage Matte Maxi Dial Submariner GREAT PATINA...
Rs. 1,175,008
Seller
European Watch Company
152
US
Rolex OysterDate Precision Gray Dial 35mm Watch
Rolex OysterDate Precision Gray Dial 35mm Watch
Rs. 133,845
Seller
SwissOnly
83
LT
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
Rs. 656,553
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Stainless Steel 6263 - COM1677
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Stainless Steel 6263 - COM1677
Rs. 8,960,821
Seller
Xupes.com
148
UK
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set,  Mk1, Long 5
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set, Mk1, Long 5
Rs. 2,068,516
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rs. 266,879
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
218
DE
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
Rs. 818,589
Free shipping
Seller
Vesper & Co.
13
US
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
Rs. 932,860
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex 6694 Oyster Date - Vintage 1966
Rolex 6694 Oyster Date - Vintage 1966
Rs. 303,373
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
38
UK
Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
Rs. 7,240,198
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
203
UK
Rolex Submariner
TOP
Rolex Submariner
Rs. 961,370
Seller
Private Seller
 
ES
Rolex Red Submariner 1680, 1974, Full Set, Tropical Mk 6,...
TOP
Rolex Red Submariner 1680, 1974, Full Set, Tropical Mk 6,...
Rs. 2,636,344
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 14k Gold
TOP
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 14k Gold
Rs. 7,462,883
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Omega Constellation
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Omega Constellation
Rs. 108,671
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
Rs. 3,001,377
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rs. 1,335,746
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe 1956' Calatrava ref 2526 - Double signed 1st...
TOP
Patek Philippe 1956' Calatrava ref 2526 - Double signed 1st...
Rs. 5,305,340
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Patek Philippe 3445 'Serpico Y Laino' - Automatic  Rare...
Patek Philippe 3445 'Serpico Y Laino' - Automatic Rare...
Rs. 995,697
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
38
UK
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
Rs. 1,046,426
Seller
TIMELOUNGE Uhren- und Schmuckhandel GmbH
AT
Rolex Datejust Wide Boy
Rolex Datejust Wide Boy
Rs. 266,691
Free shipping
Seller
Vesper & Co.
13
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rs. 407,516
Seller
Winsor Bishop
 
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Rs. 782,983
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Submariner 5513 Serpico Y laino
Rolex Submariner 5513 Serpico Y laino
Rs. 2,109,076
Seller
Turelojya SL
196
ES
Rolex Datejust
TOP
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 302,654
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rs. 1,806,654
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Edelstahl Handaufzug Manual Mint
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Edelstahl Handaufzug Manual Mint
Rs. 226,320
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
218
DE
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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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