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Rolex Dato-Compax 4768 chronograph vintage
Rolex Dato-Compax 4768 chronograph vintage
£36,758
Seller
ROLPAT
 
ES
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
£2,355
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
£550
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Omega Vintage Seamaster 600 Ploprof Rare Dial Dive Watch
Omega Vintage Seamaster 600 Ploprof Rare Dial Dive Watch
£3,995
Free shipping
Seller
WT Time Pieces
21
UK
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref  2143
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref 2143
£4,450
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Vacheron Constantin Vintage 18k Fancy lugs
Vacheron Constantin Vintage 18k Fancy lugs
£3,150
Seller
Watches Of Westminster
21
UK
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
£42,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
Longines Pilot's Chronograph Vintage Pilot's -...
£27,500
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Rolex GMT Matser Vintage Nipple Dial 18K Gold Box Papers Revision
Rolex GMT Matser Vintage Nipple Dial 18K Gold Box Papers Revision
£28,816
Seller
LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
45
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Gubelin Lecoutre 18k Yellow Gold...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Gubelin Lecoutre 18k Yellow Gold...
£3,995
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Omega Vintage OMEGA Art Collection, Max Bill 87 limited edition
Omega Vintage OMEGA Art Collection, Max Bill 87 limited edition
£416
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Breitling Vintage Caliber 1080
Breitling Vintage Caliber 1080
£395
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
IWC Big Pilot ‘Vintage 1936’ Re-Edition
£5,200
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Omega 1960's Vintage Omega 9ct Gold Watch
Omega 1960's Vintage Omega 9ct Gold Watch
£995
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 small seconds blue dial full set
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 small seconds blue dial full set
£5,449
Seller
TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex S/Steel Matte Black Dial Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master Vintage...
Rolex S/Steel Matte Black Dial Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master Vintage...
£7,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Cartier Santos-Dumont Vintage "Paris Dial"
Cartier Santos-Dumont Vintage "Paris Dial"
£4,290
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Chronometre Royal
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Chronometre Royal
£12,950
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014
Omega Seamaster Vintage 300 Stainless Steel Gents 165014
£6,995
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Zenith New Vintage 1965 Mens Watch
Zenith New Vintage 1965 Mens Watch
£1,478
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
£450
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
Bell & Ross BR 126 Vintage Ref. BR-126-94-SS
£1,754
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
291
UK
Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
Heuer Vintage 1940's pre Carrera Big Eye Chrono
price on request
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Tissot Vintage Powermatic 80 18K Gold
Tissot Vintage Powermatic 80 18K Gold
£1,893
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
169
UK
Hamilton Vintage Military
Hamilton Vintage Military
£475
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Rolex 18k W/G Silver Dial Oysterquartz Day-Date Vintage 19019
Rolex 18k W/G Silver Dial Oysterquartz Day-Date Vintage 19019
£8,450
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Cartier Tortue Vintage - "Paris Dial" Yellow Gold
Cartier Tortue Vintage - "Paris Dial" Yellow Gold
£4,675
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Bernex Gents 1950s vintage gold-plated watch
Bernex Gents 1950s vintage gold-plated watch
£135
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Breitling Sprint vintage Swiss chronograph Stopwatch 1/5 -...
Breitling Sprint vintage Swiss chronograph Stopwatch 1/5 -...
£277
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 18k Yellow Gold Ladies 3442/1
£6,995
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
Bell & Ross Vintage Military Type BR123
£2,123
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
291
UK
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
£6,295
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Patek Philippe Vintage
Patek Philippe Vintage
£9,800
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1950's Vintage 18ct Gold Watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre 1950's Vintage 18ct Gold Watch
£2,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches of Lancashire
 
UK
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
£4,950
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Datejust Gold & Steel 'Vintage' - Complete Set
Rolex Datejust Gold & Steel 'Vintage' - Complete Set
£4,995
Seller
Watch Club
9
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner,  'Ghost Insert' Ref: 1680
Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, 'Ghost Insert' Ref: 1680
£7,950
Free shipping
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
Vintage VDB 2013 Diver SE wristwatch – 2015.
Vintage VDB 2013 Diver SE wristwatch – 2015.
£924
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Jaeger Vintage Chronograph cal. 285 Stainless Steel/18k Rose...
Jaeger Vintage Chronograph cal. 285 Stainless Steel/18k Rose...
£6,995
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage Ref. 2459
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage Ref. 2459
£17,548
Free shipping
Seller
Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
Rolex Vintage 1929 9ct Gold Oyster
price on request
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back
Rolex Vintage Bubble Back
£3,150
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
SCUBAPRO Vintage dive watch scuba pro 500
SCUBAPRO Vintage dive watch scuba pro 500
£2,395
Free shipping
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
10
UK
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Silver Dial Calatrava Vintage...
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Silver Dial Calatrava Vintage...
£5,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 18K White Gold
£5,495
Seller
Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
101
NL
Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
Omega British Military Army Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
£1,899
Seller
Watch World Star
113
UK
Bell & Ross Bell&Ross Vintage 120 Flyback Chronograph...
Bell & Ross Bell&Ross Vintage 120 Flyback Chronograph...
£924
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
IWC Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Gents Ref.2400 Cal.403
IWC Vintage 14k Yellow Gold Gents Ref.2400 Cal.403
£2,995
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Rolex Datejust Vintage Lady Diamond Ref.16234
Rolex Datejust Vintage Lady Diamond Ref.16234
£6,003
Free shipping
Seller
Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Omega Vintage Constellation Chronometer ST 168027
Omega Vintage Constellation Chronometer ST 168027
price on request
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Onyx bracelet
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Onyx bracelet
£6,300
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage Bleu 168945 3006
£2,771
Seller
Reclaimed Jewels
 
NL
A Platinum Silver Dial Diamond Set Cocktail Vintage Watch
A Platinum Silver Dial Diamond Set Cocktail Vintage Watch
£3,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 126 (Full Set)
£1,754
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
291
UK
Movado Chronometre Vintage Mechanical
Movado Chronometre Vintage Mechanical
£1,200
Free shipping
Seller
Freddie Keeble Watches & Diamonds
UK
Rolex Men's Vintage Rolex Oyster Date, 1501
Rolex Men's Vintage Rolex Oyster Date, 1501
£2,263
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
IWC Vintage Cal.89 14k Yellow Gold Unisex
IWC Vintage Cal.89 14k Yellow Gold Unisex
£3,295
Free shipping
Seller
Xupes.com
44
UK
Vacheron Constantin Classic Oversize Yellow Gold Vintage Ref.4624
Vacheron Constantin Classic Oversize Yellow Gold Vintage Ref.4624
£8,774
Free shipping
Seller
Bernardo Antichita'
11
IT
Omega Vintage Seamaster DeVille Ref 135.010 Cal 601
Omega Vintage Seamaster DeVille Ref 135.010 Cal 601
£985
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Square Vintage
Patek Philippe Square Vintage
£4,950
Seller
Swisstimemachine
 
UK
Breitling Navitimer 806 Big Eye Chronograph Pilot Venus 178...
Breitling Navitimer 806 Big Eye Chronograph Pilot Venus 178...
£3,750
Seller
Retro Vintage Watch
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.