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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
58
UK
Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
£8,459
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
£13,458
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
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Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
£1,899
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Watch World Star
143
UK
Rolex Submariner #16610 - Vintage Collectible - PATINA Dial
Rolex Submariner #16610 - Vintage Collectible - PATINA Dial
£3,768
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
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Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
£6,295
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
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.
24
UK
Omega Vintage Speedmaster, Straight Writing
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Omega Vintage Speedmaster, Straight Writing
£5,500
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Tempvs Ltd
58
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
UK
Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
£95,000
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
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Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
£2,707
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
105
DE
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014 - W3387
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014 - W3387
£6,995
Seller
Xupes.com
58
UK
Omega Seamaster 420 Winding 1954s Vintage Steel Mens Watch
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Omega Seamaster 420 Winding 1954s Vintage Steel Mens Watch
£799
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Watch World Star
143
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision Stainless Steel  Vintage Ref# 5058
Rolex Oyster Precision Stainless Steel Vintage Ref# 5058
£1,269
Seller
Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
£23,790
Free shipping
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Watch Club
12
UK
Omega Vintage Mens watch Constellation Pie Pan Automatic CAL 564
Omega Vintage Mens watch Constellation Pie Pan Automatic CAL 564
£3,500
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
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Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
£6,950
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Tempvs Ltd
58
UK
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
£1,719
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
£105,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Omega Vintage Seamaster Calendar Stainless Steel Cal 503 Ref 2849
Omega Vintage Seamaster Calendar Stainless Steel Cal 503 Ref 2849
£595
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Cashbrokers Kingston
 
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
58
UK
Omega Seamaster 30 Cal. 30SCT2 Winding Steel Mens Vintage Watch
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Omega Seamaster 30 Cal. 30SCT2 Winding Steel Mens Vintage Watch
£745
Seller
Watch World Star
143
UK
Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch  #1808
Rolex Pre-owned 36mm 18K Yellow Gold Daydate Vintage Watch #1808
£7,690
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
£5,200
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Maunder Watch Co
5
UK
Omega Rose Gold Automatic Vintage Mens watch Constellation Pie...
Omega Rose Gold Automatic Vintage Mens watch Constellation Pie...
£2,750
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
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Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
£550
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Private seller
 
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
£1,628
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Silver Baton Dial Vintage Milgauss 1019
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Silver Baton Dial Vintage Milgauss 1019
£18,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Vintage 1920's Ladies Bracelet Watch
Rolex Vintage 1920's Ladies Bracelet Watch
£495
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Arthur Kays Jewellers
 
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
58
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Argentium Silver, BRWW1-ME-AG-SI-SCR
Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Argentium Silver, BRWW1-ME-AG-SI-SCR
£1,999
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The Watch Collector UK
 
UK
Rolex Pre-owned Vintage 36mm Datejust Rolex Watch Style 16030
Rolex Pre-owned Vintage 36mm Datejust Rolex Watch Style 16030
£2,538
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
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Heuer Monaco Rare Grey Dial - Vintage Model
Heuer Monaco Rare Grey Dial - Vintage Model
£7,950
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Watch Club
12
UK
Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic vintage 1970
Omega Seamaster De Ville Automatic vintage 1970
£1,500
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
IWC Vintage Pilot IW325401
IWC Vintage Pilot IW325401
£5,000
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Regal Time Ltd
 
UK
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
Omega Vintage Speedsonic 300Hz Blue Dial
£2,172
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Watch Center London
396
UK
Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
Rolex Vintage Manual Wind Silver Dial Chronograph Antimagnetic
£16,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Omega Speedmaster Mark III Vintage Chronograph Ref. 176.002 BLUE
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Omega Speedmaster Mark III Vintage Chronograph Ref. 176.002 BLUE
£2,616
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Watch-Box
25
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1...
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1...
£6,495
Seller
Xupes.com
58
UK
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
7
UK
Rolex 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust  VINTAGE Model 1601
Rolex 36mm Stainless Steel Datejust VINTAGE Model 1601
£2,307
Seller
Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
Heuer Autavia Viceroy Ref. 11630 - Original from 1970 Vintage...
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Heuer Autavia Viceroy Ref. 11630 - Original from 1970 Vintage...
£3,340
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DLS Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG
35
DE
Omega Constellation vintage CAL 561 Gold 20 microns black dial
Omega Constellation vintage CAL 561 Gold 20 microns black dial
£1,250
Free shipping
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
Rolex Day-Date 18039 WG 18k  Single Quick Vintage
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Rolex Day-Date 18039 WG 18k Single Quick Vintage
£11,034
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Uhrtreff
70
DE
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
£2,081
Seller
Watch Center London
396
UK
Rolex Vintage Gold Rare Official Red Semi BubbleBack Datejust
Rolex Vintage Gold Rare Official Red Semi BubbleBack Datejust
£9,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage
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Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage
£4,979
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WatchesNorte
19
ES
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
58
UK
Omega Seamaster 420 Winding 1956s Vintage Steel Mens Watch
Omega Seamaster 420 Winding 1956s Vintage Steel Mens Watch
£695
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Watch World Star
143
UK
Rolex Pre-owned 40mm Explorer II  "STEVE MCQUEEN" ...
Rolex Pre-owned 40mm Explorer II "STEVE MCQUEEN" ...
£18,379
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Ramerica Fine Jewelry & Watches
 
US
Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual Precision Vintage 5500
Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual Precision Vintage 5500
£7,950
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Parkers Jewellers Limited
 
UK
Omega Vintage Mens watch Seamaster Cosmic Blue Dial
Omega Vintage Mens watch Seamaster Cosmic Blue Dial
£1,200
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
Hamilton Vintage Military
Hamilton Vintage Military
£349
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Private seller
 
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
Patek Philippe 18k Y/Gold Rare Flame Lugs Calatrava Vintage 2431
Patek Philippe 18k Y/Gold Rare Flame Lugs Calatrava Vintage 2431
£11,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
82
UK
Rolex Vintage GMT Master
Rolex Vintage GMT Master
£7,495
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Swiss Watch Company Ltd.
162
UK
IWC Vintage Cal.88 18k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM782
IWC Vintage Cal.88 18k Yellow Gold Unisex - COM782
£4,495
Free shipping
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Xupes.com
58
UK
Rolex Daytona Vintage
Rolex Daytona Vintage
£140,307
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Nautilus Watches Ltd
 
UK
Omega Vintage cal 30 SC T2 jumbo
Omega Vintage cal 30 SC T2 jumbo
£1,495
Free shipping
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
24
UK
IWC Vintage Portofino Hand Wound 1984
IWC Vintage Portofino Hand Wound 1984
£4,768
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Noblesse LP
12
UK
Omega vintage 1960s Constellation CAL 712 leather strap 24 jewels
Omega vintage 1960s Constellation CAL 712 leather strap 24 jewels
£1,195
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Vintage Omega Watch
 
UK
Omega Seamaster 1962 Vintage Automatic 2846
Omega Seamaster 1962 Vintage Automatic 2846
£1,450
Free shipping
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Watches of Lancashire
 
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.