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IWC Pilots Military Vintage
£6,999
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Watches Of Westminster
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UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG  VINTAGE 60s...
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£2,999
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Watch Hunter
 
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
£11,994
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Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 w/ Rootbeer Dial & Bezel
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Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 w/ Rootbeer Dial & Bezel
£5,248
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Swiss Wrist
 
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Omega Bullhead Vintage best available
£9,950
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
14
UK
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
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Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
£6,295
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6
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Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
£42,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1...
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1...
£6,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Omega TRIPLE CALENDAR VINTAGE
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Omega TRIPLE CALENDAR VINTAGE
£1,530
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ANNIBALI&CO
54
IT
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
£1,619
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Watch Center London
306
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus VINTAGE blue dial 38 full PP serviced...
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Patek Philippe Nautilus VINTAGE blue dial 38 full PP serviced...
£17,552
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
£11,620
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
£27,500
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Watch Club
11
UK
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
£5,200
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Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
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Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
price on request
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage  5514
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
£45,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
IWC Vintage 18k Rose Gold Gents Cal 89 - COM744
IWC Vintage 18k Rose Gold Gents Cal 89 - COM744
£4,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage Aeronavale 43 ChronograBRV126-BLU-ST/SCR
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Bell & Ross Vintage Aeronavale 43 ChronograBRV126-BLU-ST/SCR
£2,628
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Watchdeal KG
189
DE
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
£2,159
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Watch Center London
306
UK
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
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Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
£550
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Private seller
 
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
£5,356
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
102
NL
Vintage Omega Chronograph 2277-2
Vintage Omega Chronograph 2277-2
£2,800
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Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Onyx bracelet
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Onyx bracelet
£6,300
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Swisstimemachine
5
UK
Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
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Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
price on request
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Vacheron Constantin 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Gents Watch
Vacheron Constantin 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Gents Watch
£5,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Gubelin Lecoutre 18k Yellow Gold...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Gubelin Lecoutre 18k Yellow Gold...
£3,750
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Datejust Gold & Steel 'Vintage' - Complete Set
Rolex Datejust Gold & Steel 'Vintage' - Complete Set
£4,995
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Watch Club
11
UK
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
£1,709
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Watch Center London
306
UK
Longines Vintage Rose Gold 30CH Chronograph
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Longines Vintage Rose Gold 30CH Chronograph
£5,851
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
£1,899
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Watch World Star
121
UK
Omega Seamaster 1962 Vintage Automatic 2846
Omega Seamaster 1962 Vintage Automatic 2846
£1,450
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Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
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Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
£2,700
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Reclaimed Jewels
 
NL
Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
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Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
£3,995
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold O/P Champage Dial Vintage Date Gents 1509
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold O/P Champage Dial Vintage Date Gents 1509
£6,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014 - W3387
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014 - W3387
£6,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Corum thin big Corum White Gold 18K Diamond Dial vintage Manual
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Corum thin big Corum White Gold 18K Diamond Dial vintage Manual
£1,665
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Rich-People-Toys
253
DE
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
£2,069
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Watch Center London
306
UK
Zenith Vintage Rose Gold Chronograph
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Zenith Vintage Rose Gold Chronograph
£3,150
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
SCUBAPRO Vintage dive watch scuba pro 500
SCUBAPRO Vintage dive watch scuba pro 500
£2,395
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
14
UK
Omega De Ville 1976 Vintage Automatic 7115526
Omega De Ville 1976 Vintage Automatic 7115526
£1,500
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Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Steel 1967s Vintage Mens Watch
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Steel 1967s Vintage Mens Watch
£799
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121
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
£425
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UK
Rolex Gold Capped S/S Silver Dial Oyster Perpetual Vintage 6334
Rolex Gold Capped S/S Silver Dial Oyster Perpetual Vintage 6334
£1,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Omega Vintage 9k Yellow Gold Unisex Cal.30T2PC - COM906
Omega Vintage 9k Yellow Gold Unisex Cal.30T2PC - COM906
£1,750
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Zenith Vintage Steel Automatic
Zenith Vintage Steel Automatic
£695
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Parkers Jewellers Limited
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master Pepsi Bezel 1675/0 Rare...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master Pepsi Bezel 1675/0 Rare...
£11,500
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Griffins Jewellers Ltd
 
UK
Longines Oversize Rose Gold Vintage
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Longines Oversize Rose Gold Vintage
£1,530
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Omega constellation Pie Pan vintage Rose Gold
Omega constellation Pie Pan vintage Rose Gold
£2,495
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
14
UK
Omega Seamaster 1956 Vintage Automatic 2846.2848
Omega Seamaster 1956 Vintage Automatic 2846.2848
£1,400
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Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Omega Seamaster Cal. 471 Automatic Steel Unisex Vintage Watch
Omega Seamaster Cal. 471 Automatic Steel Unisex Vintage Watch
£695
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Watch World Star
121
UK
Rolex Daytona Vintage
Rolex Daytona Vintage
£139,516
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Nautilus Watches Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Rare 18k Red Gold Bark Finish Datejust Vintage Gents 1607
Rolex Rare 18k Red Gold Bark Finish Datejust Vintage Gents 1607
£12,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Stainless Steel Unisex 6050 - W3281
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Stainless Steel Unisex 6050 - W3281
£2,995
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Xupes.com
49
UK
Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual Precision Vintage 5500
Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual Precision Vintage 5500
£7,950
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Parkers Jewellers Limited
 
UK
Hamilton Vintage Military
Hamilton Vintage Military
£437
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Private seller
 
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage Chronograph Automatic
£3,600
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Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Omega Seamaster vintage bumper
Omega Seamaster vintage bumper
£1,395
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
14
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1950's Vintage 18ct Gold Watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1950's Vintage 18ct Gold Watch
£2,500
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Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Steel 1966s Vintage Mens Watch
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Steel 1966s Vintage Mens Watch
£735
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Watch World Star
121
UK
Rolex Submariner Blue Bezel and Blue Dial Vintage Classic Mint
Rolex Submariner Blue Bezel and Blue Dial Vintage Classic Mint
£12,500
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BLConcept
8
UK
Rolex 18k White Gold Rare Black Diamond Dial Day-Date Vintage...
Rolex 18k White Gold Rare Black Diamond Dial Day-Date Vintage...
£12,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
60
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Cal.886 18k Yellow Gold Unisex 20007...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Cal.886 18k Yellow Gold Unisex 20007...
£3,495
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Xupes.com
49
UK

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.