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Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
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Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
£16,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Rolex Vintage 18k Gold Datejust with Black Gilt Dial Ref: 6305
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Rolex Vintage 18k Gold Datejust with Black Gilt Dial Ref: 6305
£8,500
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
£12,906
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Ye Olde Timekeepers, Inc.
 
US
Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic vintage Cal 565 1960 to 1969
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Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic vintage Cal 565 1960 to 1969
£799
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Vintage Omega Watch
19
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN JP1014-50W Promaster Aqualand II
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Citizen Vintage CITIZEN JP1014-50W Promaster Aqualand II
£359
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
Omega Bullhead Vintage best available
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Omega Bullhead Vintage best available
£9,950
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
34
UK
Rolex Day-Date 1803 - vintage rare dial
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Rolex Day-Date 1803 - vintage rare dial
£5,250
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Tempo and Time Ltd
12
UK
Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
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Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
£2,495
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
7
UK
Omega Vintage Speedmaster, Straight Writing
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Omega Vintage Speedmaster, Straight Writing
£5,500
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Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Rolex Vintage Gold Silver Dial Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 6085
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Rolex Vintage Gold Silver Dial Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual 6085
£5,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Rolex Vintage Datejust Ladies in 18 kt Gold on Jubilee
Rolex Vintage Datejust Ladies in 18 kt Gold on Jubilee
£2,959
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
Heuer 2446 Vintage Autavia - Rare - Unpolished
Heuer 2446 Vintage Autavia - Rare - Unpolished
£15,950
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Watch Club
20
UK
Omega Vintage CAL 565 Mens Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Watch + Box
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Omega Vintage CAL 565 Mens Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Watch + Box
£1,200
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Vintage Omega Watch
19
UK
Baume & Mercier Vintage Chronograph Stainless Steel Gents -...
Baume & Mercier Vintage Chronograph Stainless Steel Gents -...
£2,250
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AY5030-55L Promaster Aqualand
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AY5030-55L Promaster Aqualand
£389
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox Automatic / 37 mm / Steel /...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox Automatic / 37 mm / Steel /...
£4,059
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VintageCaliber GmbH
34
DE
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
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Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
£5,995
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
7
UK
Omega Seamaster Geneve Vintage
Omega Seamaster Geneve Vintage
£812
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Watch Center London
503
UK
Rolex 18k R/G Rectangular Case Cellini Vintage Gents 4578
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Rolex 18k R/G Rectangular Case Cellini Vintage Gents 4578
£4,250
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Piaget 9154 Vintage 18 kt Yellow Gold Watch
Piaget 9154 Vintage 18 kt Yellow Gold Watch
£2,460
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
Rolex 6556 Vintage Tru-Beat - Rare 'Jumping dead-seconds'
Rolex 6556 Vintage Tru-Beat - Rare 'Jumping dead-seconds'
£16,900
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Watch Club
20
UK
Omega Don Draper Mad Men Black dial crosshair vintage watch
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Omega Don Draper Mad Men Black dial crosshair vintage watch
£799
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Vintage Omega Watch
19
UK
Zenith S.58 Diver's Vintage Sport watch
Zenith S.58 Diver's Vintage Sport watch
£6,350
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A Collected Man
7
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AL0005-01E Promaster Aqualand  Diver
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AL0005-01E Promaster Aqualand Diver
£679
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Stainless Steel Unisex 6050 - W3281
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back Stainless Steel Unisex 6050 - W3281
£2,396
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus ladies vintage steel 33mm Extract of...
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Patek Philippe Nautilus ladies vintage steel 33mm Extract of...
£9,831
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
IWC Aquatimer Vintage Automatic
IWC Aquatimer Vintage Automatic
£4,465
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Watch Center London
503
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel O/P Black Dial Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel O/P Black Dial Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
£90,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
IWC vintage 18kt yellow Gold  wristwatch
IWC vintage 18kt yellow Gold wristwatch
£1,321
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
IWC W.W.W. Military Mk X - Vintage 'Dirty Dozen'
IWC W.W.W. Military Mk X - Vintage 'Dirty Dozen'
£6,295
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Watch Club
20
UK
Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch Vintage Black” Co-axial Chronograph
Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch Vintage Black” Co-axial Chronograph
£6,250
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ChronoEdge
86
UK
Omega Seamaster 610 Winding Date Steel Vintage Watch 136.005
Omega Seamaster 610 Winding Date Steel Vintage Watch 136.005
£729
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Watch World Star
166
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AY5004-55E Promaster Aqualand  200m Diver
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AY5004-55E Promaster Aqualand 200m Diver
£449
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
IWC Vintage 18k Rose Gold Gents Cal 89 - COM744
IWC Vintage 18k Rose Gold Gents Cal 89 - COM744
£3,995
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage mount everest Charles Evans...
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage mount everest Charles Evans...
£5,411
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Uhrenkapital
226
DE
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
£1,623
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Watch Center London
503
UK
Rolex Vintage Gold Blue Omani Dial Crest Dial Cellini Gents
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Rolex Vintage Gold Blue Omani Dial Crest Dial Cellini Gents
£3,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Ulysse Nardin Vintage oversize steel sub seconds wristwatch
Ulysse Nardin Vintage oversize steel sub seconds wristwatch
£680
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Private Seller
 
UK
Cartier Vintage Tank Cintrée - 18ct Yellow Gold
Cartier Vintage Tank Cintrée - 18ct Yellow Gold
£14,500
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Watch Club
20
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage 42 Automatic GMT
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Bell & Ross Vintage 42 Automatic GMT
£2,083
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Montredo GmbH
263
DE
Omega Vintage Seamaster De Ville Mens watch Automatic + Box
Omega Vintage Seamaster De Ville Mens watch Automatic + Box
£850
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Vintage Omega Watch
19
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN JP1030-02L Promaster Aqualand II
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN JP1030-02L Promaster Aqualand II
£449
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
IWC Vintage Cal.88 18k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM782
IWC Vintage Cal.88 18k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM782
£4,495
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Omega Automatic Half Rotor Bumper Steel Mens Vintage Watch C....
Omega Automatic Half Rotor Bumper Steel Mens Vintage Watch C....
£745
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Watch World Star
166
UK
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
£2,164
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Watch Center London
503
UK
Patek Philippe Vintage Dress Watch Steel
Patek Philippe Vintage Dress Watch Steel
£7,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Omega speedmaster chronograph  royal crown dial Vintage 90s
Omega speedmaster chronograph royal crown dial Vintage 90s
£8,000
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Private Seller
 
UK
Cartier VIntage Tank Cintrée - Yellow Gold Paris Dial
Cartier VIntage Tank Cintrée - Yellow Gold Paris Dial
£9,950
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Watch Club
20
UK
Delma Ladies Vintage 18 K gold with Diamonds Ruby Sapphire
Delma Ladies Vintage 18 K gold with Diamonds Ruby Sapphire
£3,460
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Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
£8,995
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
173
UK
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AL0014-51E Promaster Aqualand  Diver
Citizen Vintage CITIZEN AL0014-51E Promaster Aqualand Diver
£429
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Watches of Japan
7
UK
IWC Vintage Cal.89 14k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM781
IWC Vintage Cal.89 14k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM781
£2,795
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Xupes.com
69
UK
Omega 1962s  Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Vintage Steel Mens Watch
Omega 1962s Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Vintage Steel Mens Watch
£765
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Watch World Star
166
UK
Omega Ryan Gosling Vintage Mens Tresor watch Mechanical  CAL 265
Omega Ryan Gosling Vintage Mens Tresor watch Mechanical CAL 265
£799
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Vintage Omega Watch
19
UK
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Baton Dial Vintage Precision 8952
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Baton Dial Vintage Precision 8952
£3,250
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
109
UK
Hermès Classic vintage
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Hermès Classic vintage
£902
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Watches & Diamonds BCN
50
ES
Rolex 1680 Submariner Date Vintage - Vintage Beautiful Example
Rolex 1680 Submariner Date Vintage - Vintage Beautiful Example
£9,350
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Watch Club
20
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
£1,893
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Watch Center London
503
UK
Tudor Vintage Prince Oysterdate
Tudor Vintage Prince Oysterdate
£1,495
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
173
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Le coultre by Asprey 9ct gold vintage
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Le coultre by Asprey 9ct gold vintage
£1,795
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
34
UK
IWC Vintage Cal.89 18k Rose Gold Unisex - COM784
IWC Vintage Cal.89 18k Rose Gold Unisex - COM784
£4,495
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Xupes.com
69
UK
SHD Vintage 60s Swiss Skin Diver Skin Diver
SHD Vintage 60s Swiss Skin Diver Skin Diver
£395
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Private Seller
 
UK
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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.