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Cartier Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Cartier Automatic 18ct ‘Sands of Time’ Dial c1967
£4,500
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Vintage 1966 Stainless Steel Automatic...
£2,964
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Heuer 960 Very good Rose gold 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, EC1N 8LE
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Heuer Chronograph 18K Gold 1950’s
£6,500
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Omega Good Steel 35.5mm Manual winding
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Omega VINTAGE 30T2 FULLY SERVICED 2 YEAR WARRANTY
£1,065
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Rolex Oyster Precision 6424 Good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Rolex Oyster Precision Winding RARE SIZE 36mm Steel Men's...
£3,123
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156
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26mm 18K Gold & Steel Factory Blue Diamond...
£4,995
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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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203
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.012 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Speedmaster - 145.012-67 - Extract - Fully Serviced
£7,845
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58
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Rolex Datejust Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Womens Datejust Steel - 18K Yellow Gold Champagne...
£4,237
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103
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 Nautilus Good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe 3700/001A Nautilus Beyer-signed
£156,000
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24
UK
Omega Seamaster 166.032 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Seamaster Day Date 166.032 excellent condition, 1969
£980
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346
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Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster Chronometer Vintage rare 1971 Mens Caliber...
£1,499
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1035
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Vintage MK III 1680 Top Conditions
£11,108
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165
ES
Omega Genève 136.041 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega 1968s Genève Winidng Date Men's Vintage Wrist Watch
£702
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156
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Rolex Air King 5500 Good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Rolex Air-King 3,6,9 Explorer Dial Mens Steel watch,
£5,995
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97
UK
Rolex Explorer 1016 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Explorer 1016 "Unpolished Condition"
£19,250
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Omega 2900-1 Very good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Ref. 2900-1, Tropical Dial - Serviced
£995
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58
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Rolex Datejust Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Womens Datejust Steel - 18K Gold MOP Diamond Dial
£4,179
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103
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex 1665 Sea-Dweller
£29,500
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24
UK
Heuer 3646 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Autavia 3646 c.1960s
£8,750
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346
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Mens Seamaster Cosmic Automatic Vintage Gold Plated...
£899
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Rolex Submariner 6205 Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Rare Early Submariner 'Pre Sub' Dial, pencil hands
Price on request
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UK
Omega Genève 135.033 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Omega Dynamic Automatic Men's Wrist Watch 1970s
£780
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156
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Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Audemars Piguet 18K Yellow Gold 31mm White Dial Dress Watch
£5,999
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97
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Oyster Precision
£2,100
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89
UK
Enicar Sherpa 144-35-01 Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Enicar Sherpa Super Divette 144-35-01, Mark.III - Serviced
£3,200
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58
UK
Tudor Prince Date 7989 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Tudor Prince Oyster Date 7989 Yellow Gold Bezel Vintage 34mm
£1,850
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101
UK
Rolex Air King Date 5700 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Air-King-Date Ref. 5700
£5,950
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24
UK
Heuer 2547S Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Carrera 12 Dato, Red Crescent Hand 2547S, c.1969
£7,400
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346
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster De Ville Don Draper Mad Mens Vintage Black...
£1,499
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1035
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Vintage Rolex DateJust 1603 Stainless Steel White Dial
£5,450
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124
UK
Breitling Top Time 2000 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Breitling Top Time 2000
£2,037
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306
UK
Rolex Explorer 12857 Good 31mm United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Rolex Precision 9ct Yellow Gold Vintage Manual 3,6,9 Explorer...
£3,995
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97
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex GMT-Master
£33,500
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89
UK
Omega 2475 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Ref. 2475 - Jumbo - 37mm - Serviced + Extract
£4,495
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58
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom
Rolex 1803 Day-Date 36mm Vintage - Original 73' Certificate
£15,795
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209
UK
Vacheron Constantin 4072 Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Ref. 4072 | yellow gold
£29,000
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24
UK
Omega Constellation Day-Date 168.019 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Constellation C-Shape Date Day 168.019, 1968
£1,250
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346
UK
Omega Speedmaster Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Speedmaster 18K Gold Steel Automatic Caliber 1140...
£3,499
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Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer II 1655 “Steve McQueen” Service Dial Stainless...
£16,500
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124
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 ST 165.024 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hampshire
Omega Seamaster 300
£9,995
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48
UK
Breitling 1190 Fair Steel 36mm United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Breitling Giro d'Italia Chronograph Vintage 1190
£1,574
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306
UK
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Explorer II
£32,000
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89
UK
Piaget Piaget 204 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Piaget Ref.204, Vintage, 18 Gold, Serviced
£1,995
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58
UK
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 19018 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Quartz United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 2020 Rolex Service 18cy Yellow Gold
£8,999
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272
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex 5513 Submariner Maxi Dial - MK II Feet First
£13,950
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209
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 76183 Good Gold/Steel Automatic United Kingdom, HAYES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 18K Gold/Steel 26mm
£1,999
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75
UK
Omega De Ville Very good Gold/Steel 32mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega De Ville 32mm Mens vintage Mechanical Hand Winding Gold...
£999
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1035
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date 1803 18k Yellow Gold
£10,950
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124
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hampshire
Rolex GMT-Master
£15,995
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48
UK
Cartier Very good White gold 24mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Cartier Gondole
£19,500
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012-66 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£8,500
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89
UK
Heuer 11630MH Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Heuer Autaiva 11630MH Orange Boy - Serviced
£4,379
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58
UK
Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Daytona Sigma Dial with original bezel and 6263 bezel...
£69,950
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272
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022-69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Straight Writing - 1st...
£6,300
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209
UK
Omega Speedmaster 2998 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Speedmaster 2998 .The first watch in space
£21,495
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247
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Norwich
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Jaeger-LeCoultre JLC Men Gold Solid 18K 750 Gold vintage hand...
£1,999
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1035
UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3971/E Very good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Extremely Rare: 3971/E Perpetual Calendar...
£100,000
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124
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6444 Good Steel 31mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Hampshire
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£2,895
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48
UK
Cartier Very good Yellow gold 34mmmm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Cartier Gondole
£10,200
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UK
Enicar Ultrasonic Good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Enicar Ultrasonic
£1,000
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89
UK
Heuer 73464 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Heuer Skipper 73464, 2nd Execution NOS Bezel - Serviced
£8,195
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58
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6564 Good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£3,309
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34
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Rolex Explorer 1016 Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex 1016 Explorer Mark I - 3, 6, 9 Serial Number
£13,750
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209
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.


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