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Rolex Oyster Precision 649+4 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
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Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6494 Stainless Steel Vintage1959...
£2,231
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56
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz
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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978...
£4,019
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56
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Rolex Datejust 16000 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust
£3,991
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223
ES
Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Excellent Condition
£4,079
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427
ES
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex GMT-Master Transitional Pepsi Insert Ref: 16750 (1981)
£10,650
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231
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Day-Date 36 Circa 1971
£10,495
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52
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 COMEX - Totally Original - 12-Month...
£135,000
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307
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea Dweller 1665 Double Red Mark V unpolished
£30,152
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15
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Omega Constellation 168.005 Fair Gold/Steel 34.0mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Cal. 564
£1,219
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6
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Rolex Datejust 6605 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Rare Datejust Vintage Yellow Gold Dagger Dial Roulette...
£8,500
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754
UK
Rolex Day-Date Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Rolex President 1803 Date Day 18K Gold Bracelet Automatic Men...
£10,999
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1186
UK
Zenith Port Royal zenith port royal chronometer Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Zenith Port Royal Chronometer Side Second Original Dial Cal...
£7,449
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305
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69158 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Datejust 26 ref 69158 original factory set diamonds full...
£11,950
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99
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Submariner Date Ref: 1680, Original Rolex Paperwork (1980)
£13,400
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231
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Submariner Date Vintage Beautiful Patina Unpolished
£11,995
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52
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Submariner Date 16800 - Watch Only - 12-Month Warranty -...
£7,495
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307
UK
Rolex Daytona 6265/8 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona 6265/8 18k gold 1984
£110,851
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15
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Baume & Mercier Good Rose gold Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Baume & Mercier Chronograph 18k 1958 + original papers
£2,447
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6
UK
Patek Philippe Gondolo Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3490 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3490
£4,526
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Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Vintage 1960s Mens Watch...
£899
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1186
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Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Norwich
Rolex 6694 Oysterdate – 1978 – Full Set
£4,250
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229
UK
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, KT10 9AG
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Tudor Snowflake Submariner B&P - 9411/0 Full Set - Factory...
£14,200
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Rolex Submariner Date 168000 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Submariner Date, Transitional, Ref: 168000
£8,300
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231
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Kent
Rolex Submariner Date
£10,750
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52
UK
Rolex Daytona 6263 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 6263/0 Sigma Black Dial - Serviced By Rolex...
£67,500
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307
UK
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Floating L series 1989
£70,945
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15
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Rolex Air King Precision Very good United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
Rolex Air King Super Precision 5500 3-6-9 Dial – Vintage 1967
£4,995
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105
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Rolex GMT-Master II Fat Lady Coke Stainless Steel 16760 - W6053
£13,399
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396
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster Beefy Lugs 1972 Steel Leather Mens Vintage...
£1,250
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Omega Seamaster 300 165.024 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Omega Seamaster 300 T Dial Military Issue Mint (all original)
£125,000
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328
UK
Seiko Grand Seiko 5646-7011 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, Edinburgh
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Seiko Grand Seiko GS56 1974 Vintage Hi-Beat
£1,115
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex GMT-Master, Gilt Dial, PCG. Ref: 1675 (1960)
£19,500
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231
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Blue Baton SERVICED BY ROLEX
£14,580
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427
UK
Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 6263 SUPER RARE Steel Floating Big Red Dial –...
£90,000
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127
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 5513 Maxi dial 1979
£16,849
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15
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022-76 ST Good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
Omega Speedmaster
£5,190
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105
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Rolex Submariner No Date Gilt Gloss Meters First Stainless...
£22,699
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396
UK
Tudor Prince Date Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Tudor Two Tone Gold Steel Prince Date Diamond Linen Dial Face...
£2,999
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1186
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Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London Colney Hertfordshire
Rolex DateJust 36mm ref:16014 white Dial 1977 cal:3035 serviced
£3,699
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132
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Essex
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Rolex GMT Master Gilt dial
£18,000
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Good Steel 36mm Quartz United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz, White Roman Numeral Dial. Ref:...
£5,950
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231
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Harrogate
Rolex Day-Date 36
£12,500
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold 36mm Champagne Dial Ref: 18038 –...
£14,000
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127
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680/8 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Blue Nipple Dial 1978
£37,246
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15
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Rolex Air King Very good United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
Rolex 5500 Air-king – Stainless Steel – 3 6 9 Waffle Dial –...
£8,390
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105
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex GMT-Master Full Set 1675
£30,000
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328
UK
IWC Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Norwich
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IWC De Luxe 18K 750 Solid Yellow Gold Mens Mechanical Hand...
£1,999
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1186
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Rolex Datejust 16030 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London Colney Hertfordshire
Rolex Datejust ref:16030 rare blue dial 36 mm 1984 serviced
£4,499
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132
UK
Vacheron Constantin 44018/411 Good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Vacheron Constantin 222
£27,000
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UK
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Explorer II
£35,000
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124
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Swansea
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Rolex GMT-Master
£14,950
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47
UK
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Air-King Precision 1988 Steel Oyster Perpetual 34mm...
£2,700
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127
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 5513 Gilt Glossy 1966 Rolex warranty
£42,567
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15
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Rolex Submariner Good United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
Rolex Turn-o-graph 6202 - Pre Submariner - Vintage 1954 -...
£36,490
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105
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm
£2,950
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328
UK
Longines Admiral Very good Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Longines Vintage Admiral 5 Star Men’s Black Dial Face Automati...
£899
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1186
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Tudor Prince Date 94613 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
Tudor Prince Day date ref:94613 Gold&Steel white dial 1980
£1,599
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132
UK
Rolex Datejust 6305/1 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 6305/1 (Steel & White Gold)
£7,500
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UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Daytona
£20,000
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124
UK
Rolex Datejust 68278 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex Datejust 31mm Yellow Gold SERVICED BY ROLEX
£11,455
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427
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex GMT-Master 2 Pepsi Mark 5 Black Dial Steel Oyster - 1978
£12,500
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127
UK
Rolex Daytona 16523 4 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16523 4 lines 200 bezel 2 years warranty
£22,170
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15
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Rolex Air King Very good United Kingdom, NORTH WALES
Rolex Air-king 5500 3-6-9 Dial –steel - Vintage 1962
£5,995
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105
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First Dial
£16,850
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328
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.


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5 Reasons to Buy a Vintage Watch

  • Rare and coveted models make good investments
  • Many older watches are much more affordable than new watches
  • The perfect accessory for fans of styles from bygone decades
  • Watches with character: Each watch comes with its own history
  • Vintage watches come with a sense of nostalgia

Not New, Not Retro, but Old and Charming

Whether it's furniture, cars, or watches, vintage products are in vogue. The community of fans has flourished in recent years, especially in the watch sector. Many vintage watches have long been out of production, making them particularly rare today. They often feature exotic designs from times long ago. Lovers of particular decades will find the perfect accessory in a vintage watch.

Furthermore, every dent, scratch, and mark on older timepieces comes with its own unique story. Some models are even the stuff of legends, having been owned by actors, politicians, or famous athletes. Of course, such vintage watches aren't exactly a bargain. Take Paul Newman's personal Daytona, for example – it is the most expensive wristwatch of all time.

Mass-produced vintage watches, such as the Junghans Trilastic, sit at the other end of the spectrum. This model is available at very affordable prices today. You can even get some examples for less than 100 USD. A popular vintage model is the Omega Speedmaster Professional with the reference number 145.022, which was produced from 1968 to the early 1980s. At around 5,800 USD, it is one of the more affordable vintage Speedmasters.


When does a watch become vintage?

Vintage watches have enjoyed widespread popularity for a while now. Watch fans around the world are on the hunt for rare, decades-old timepieces. But when is a watch considered vintage? No one can say for sure.

Time is an important factor. Watch expert Robert-Jan Broer from the site FratelloWatches considers watches from 1990 or earlier to be vintage. However, Broer also says that everyone can decide for themselves if they consider an older watch vintage or not.

However, once a watch is around 30 years old, it's safe to say it is vintage.


How much do vintage watches cost?

Model Price Features
Rolex Daytona Paul Newman Starting at 234,000 USD Chronograph, Paul Newman dial
Rolex Submariner "Red Sub," Ref. 1680 Starting at 15,200 USD Diving watch
Rolex Explorer II, Ref. 1655 About 20,800 USD 12 and 24-hour displays
Heuer Autavia, Ref. 2446C Starting at 11,700 USD Chronograph
Omega Speedmaster Professional, Ref. 145.022 About 5,800 USD Chronograph, first watch on the Moon
Breitling Navitimer, Ref. 806 About 5,600 USD Chronograph, slide rule bezel

Coveted Vintage Omega Watch: The Speedmaster

The Speedmaster Professional is one of the most coveted Omega models. Even though the Biel-based manufacturer still produces an almost unaltered version of this wristwatch, vintage versions of the so-called "Moonwatch" are extremely popular. This is especially true of those with the reference numbers 105.012 and 145.012 , the original Speedmaster Professional models and also the ones that flew to the Moon with Apollo 11. Buzz Aldrin was wearing his ref. 105.012 as he became the second person ever to step on the lunar surface. If you're interested in this watch, be prepared to spend around 13,200 USD. You can purchase the ref. 145.012 for as little as 9,200 USD.

Omega released the first Speedmaster in conjunction with the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster back in 1957. The original Speedmaster bears the reference number CK2915, but is not a Moonwatch. The Speedmaster ref. CK2915 is so rare today that its prices have risen astronomically. One of the earliest examples from 1958 sold at auction for a record 275,508 USD, making it the most expensive Speedmaster of all time. The ref. CK2998 succeeded the CK2915 and has a design more similar to that of the Moonwatch. Prices for this timepiece come in at around 29,200 USD.


Heuer Autavia – a Vintage Chronograph in High Demand

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. However, the manufacturer is now called TAG Heuer, and the Autavia was only reintroduced in 2017. 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 12,800 USD. However, whether someone would choose to part with such an old treasure is a different question altogether. The new Autavia with an automatic in-house caliber demands around 4,100 USD.


Breitling Navitimer – an Icon Among Pilot's Watches

The Breitling Navitimer is one of the world's most famous pilot's watches. A slide rule bezel is the most characteristic feature of this chronograph. The wearer can use it to make various mathematical calculations, such as rates of climb and descent, speed, and fuel consumption. Early Navitimers from the 1950s have the reference number 806. Manual calibers like the Venus 178 and Valjoux 72 are still ticking away inside these timepieces. Those with a Valjoux movement are particularly rare. If you're looking to purchase a Navitimer ref. 806, be sure to have between 3,500 and 11,700 USD on hand.

The first automatic versions of the Navitimer are also interesting collector's items. One of the world's first automatic chronograph movements powers these timepieces: the caliber 11. The Breitling Navitimer Chrono-Matic is characterized by both its left-hand crown and its "fried egg" shaped case. You can purchase examples from the 1970s for as little as 2,300 USD. Well-maintained pieces and gold models can cost as much as 11,700 USD.


Often Much More Affordable

Purchasing a vintage watch has many advantages, including the price. One good example is the Omega Seamaster, a prestigious collection that has been in production since 1948. A new Seamaster with a mechanical movement costs between 3,500 and 5,800 USD. However, you can find automatic and manual versions from past decades for between 580 and 1,200 USD in good or very good condition. If you're a fan of vintage watches, you can get a famous watch from one of the top Swiss manufacturers for relatively little money. A 50-year-old Omega, Rolex, or Breitling displays your status as a watch lover just as well as a new timepiece. That being said, not all vintage watches are less expensive than their modern counterparts.


Vintage Watches as an Investment

Many vintage watches are so rare and highly sought-after that their current market prices have reached enormous heights. The most famous example is probably the Paul Newman Daytona from Rolex. When this chronograph first came to market in the 1960s, it had a slow start. This led Rolex to produce few examples of this timepiece, meaning there aren't many early examples that still exist today. Moreover, the Paul Newman Daytona is one of the most popular vintage watches in the world. Paul Newman's personal timepiece sold at auction for a record-smashing 17.8 million USD in 2017, making it the world's most expensive wristwatch. If you can settle for a Paul Newman Daytona that wasn't previously owned by the actor and race car driver, you'll need at least 117,000 USD.

Vintage Rolex Submariners are also popular collector's items. Models from the 1950s are well known for their record-setting prices: Expect to pay around 93,500 USD for the ref. 6204 and 46,700 USD for the ref. 6205. The so-called "Red Sub" is somewhat younger but just as coveted. Plan to spend at least 15,200 USD on this timepiece. However, examples in very good condition can cost over 35,100 USD. All in all, vintage Rolexes usually make fantastic investments.


Small Mistakes Lead to Vintage Treasures

There are many similarities between buying a vintage watch and purchasing a classic car. That being said, some fans of older watches are more like stamp collectors. They look for rare printing errors and are willing to pay major sums when they find one.

Once again, we turn to Rolex for the perfect example: the Explorer II. Pieces from the 1970s included an additional, reddish-orange hour hand with a 24-hour scale. This colorful hand had a problem with sunlight and would fade over time due to exposure to UV rays. Despite this shortcoming, examples with the reference number 1655 and a faded 24-hour hand demand five-figure prices today. This is much more expensive than a brand new Explorer II. Actor Steve McQueen is also said to have worn this timepiece, which only adds to its appeal. Connections to a celebrity are often a significant selling point. This just goes to show that vintage watches are a sound investment and much more than just an easy bargain.

A vintage watch kept in good condition is likely to retain its value. Sometimes prices increase for reasons not directly related to the watch itself. Anyone who bought a solid gold pre-owned watch 20 years ago surely is not regretting that purchase today, as gold prices have more than tripled since then. When reselling this watch, it is sure to get a high price thanks to its material worth alone. Likewise, a pre-owned pilot's watch from the 1940s will be well received because it survived WWII.


What should I consider when purchasing a vintage watch?

Searching for information and comparing prices from a large selection of watches is part of the watch buying experience. This also includes checking the price. 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 amount that a particular pre-owned model usually sells for on Chrono24. There should always be a clear reason given if a watch is either much more or much less expensive than comparable 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 average person. 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. Not even good looks can save a watch if many of its components have been replaced, such as the dial, hands, and crown.

Prices also increase when a watch is sold with its box and papers. The original packaging and documents from the manufacturer and dealer are all part of the original purchase. They serve as important proof that the offered timepiece really is the correct one. However, watches without their box and papers cannot be avoided. There is usually a simple and understandable reason for the lack of box and other accompanying materials: They couldn't be found and were likely thrown out at some point by the original owner.

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 USD. When you buy a vintage diving watch, you should have its water resistance checked and exchange the gaskets if you want to wear the watch underwater.


Nostalgia and Vintage Watches

There is yet another benefit to purchasing a vintage watch: Rather than being limited to current models, there is a much larger selection of timepieces to choose from. You may even find a watch you like better among the earlier versions than one from that manufacturer's current catalog.

What's more, vintage watches are authentic. They were really there back in the 1960s or 70s. This detail is what makes them truly special and what sets them apart from retro watches. While a retro watch will look like a watch from a certain time period, it is still a new timepiece. They are just made to look the part of something historic. 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, 39-mm case. If you want a smaller size, then you need to look for an older Explorer model. The last 36-mm Explorer had the 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.