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Omega Omega Unworn Steel Manual winding
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Omega
£3,870
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FR
Omega Constellation Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Vintage Constellation chronometer or/acier calibre 561...
£1,204
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45
BE
Omega Seamaster Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Vintage Seamaster Gold/Steel Cross Hair Dial SERVICED MINT
£1,161
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45
BE
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919G Good White gold 33mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Patek Philippe 18k White Gold White Enamel Roman Dial Calatrav...
£7,950
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473
UK
Rolex Cellini Good Yellow gold 23mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Rolex Cellini 18K Gold 4110 Ladies Watch
£1,599
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75
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Manchester
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Aged Pepsi Just Returned from Rolex...
£11,500
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40
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Rolex Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Norwich
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Rolex Oyster Ref 7974 vintage Black Dial Steel Mens Big Rose...
£1,200
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675
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Comex Sea-Dweller1665
£90,000
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473
UK
Omega Flightmaster 145.026 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Flightmaster MK11 Tropical dial
£3,650
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188
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Gold Diamond Set Champagne Dial - 1981
£6,500
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56
UK
Piaget Polo 7131 C 701 Very good Yellow gold 25mm Quartz
Piaget Polo Ref 7131 C 701 Yellow Gold
£7,637
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IT
Omega Constellation Very good Yellow gold Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Constellation ‘Pie Pan’ 18ct 1962 on Original 18ct Bracelet
£6,800
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12
UK
Movado NR 50038-11 Good Steel 38,5mm Automatic
Movado Astronic HS 360
£4,730
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79
IT
Tudor Prince Date 94613 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Tudor Prince Day date Gold&Steel white dial 1980
£1,599
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75
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic United Kingdom, Manchester
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26mm 69178
£7,450
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40
UK
Omega De Ville Very good Steel 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega De Ville vintage automatic steel 1960 Mens watch + New Box
£799
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675
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Straight Writing
£6,250
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188
UK
Rolex Explorer 1016 Good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Explorer I Stainless Steel 1016 - W6178
£9,999
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289
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
£2,000
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56
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille 1665020 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Seamaster Cal.565 De Ville 9ct 1969
£3,300
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12
UK
Rolex Datejust 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
Rolex 1972. RARE blue dial with wide boy markers. Original Box
£3,595
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18
UK
Rolex 6244 Good Steel 31mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Rolex Oyster Royal Shock Resisting Vintage Gents Steel 1963
£1,999
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75
UK
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17000 Very good Steel 36mm Quartz United Kingdom, London
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz Buckley Dial Box & Papers
£5,250
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31
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster Steel 1973 Vintage Mens Automatic watch + Box
£1,250
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675
UK
Rolex Daytona 6263 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
£79,950
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473
UK
Heuer Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Heuer 1163 Gmt Autavia
£9,995
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188
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex GMT-Master II Coke Fat Lady Mk1 Stainless Steel 16760 -...
£24,999
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289
UK
Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex 16013 Datejust, 1987 Papers&Box, Rare Enamel Dial
£4,299
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680
LT
Omega Genève 1625421 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Cal.565 Automatic Genève 9ct, 1972, Original Unrestored...
£1,900
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12
UK
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 317537 Brevet 337462 - 9.65 Good Automatic United Kingdom, Preston
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Super Compressor E.Piquerez S.A (EPSA)...
£5,700
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UK
Rolex 1006 bezel Adjusting rare Very good United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Rolex Rare Vintage Ref 1006 Bezel Size Adjusting toolRevolving...
£4,999
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75
UK
Good Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Smiths W10 British Army Military Wristwatch c.1970
£1,795
Free shipping
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6
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Ceramic 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Waffle Dial Seamaster Gold Cap mens automatic vintage watch
£1,200
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675
UK
Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 16523
£11,500
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473
UK
Omega Seamaster 176.004 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Seamaster 120 Big Blue
£6,650
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188
UK
Rolex Daytona 6263 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel 6263 - COM002403
£89,999
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289
UK
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Vintage Rolex Datejust 36mm 1601 18k Yellow Gold/steel...
£2,880
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64
US
Longines Conquest Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Longines Conquest Cal.19 AS Automatic 18ct 1954 1st Edition
£3,700
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12
UK
Omega Seamaster 176.007 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Seamaster
£2,100
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision 6430 Very good Steel 30mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
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Rolex Oyster Speed king Precision ref:6430 1950
£1,999
Verified Dealer
75
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date yellow gold 18038
£8,950
Verified Dealer
114
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Seamaster Day Date Automatic Calibre 1022 vintage mens...
£899
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675
UK
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
£22,950
Free shipping
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473
UK
Omega BA3960806 Very good Yellow gold Quartz United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Megaquartz 2.4MHz 18ct gold stardust
£13,995
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188
UK
Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Rolex Daytona Chronograph 200 Bezel Zenith Stainless Steel &...
£25,999
Verified Dealer
289
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date 36
£10,500
Verified Dealer
68
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille 166033. A Very good Yellow gold 34.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Seamaster De Ville, Cal.565, 18ct, Gold Dial, 1968
£3,150
Free shipping
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12
UK
Omega Constellation 168.005 Good Steel 33.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, North Ayrshire
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Omega Vintage Constellation
£1,400
Private Seller
 
UK
IWC Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
TOP
IWC Automatic with Date Caliber 8531 18k yellow Gold vintage
£1,350
Verified Dealer
75
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date 36 box and papers 1989
£9,950
Verified Dealer
114
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega RARE Seamaster Shell dial Automatic 1965 Mens vintage watch
£1,499
Verified Dealer
675
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18039 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date 18039
£11,750
Free shipping
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473
UK
Omega Seamaster 176.005 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Seamaster
£2,250
Verified Dealer
188
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 ST 165.024 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Omega Seamaster 300 Military Stainless Steel ST 165.024 - W5903
£44,999
Verified Dealer
289
UK
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Birmingham
Rolex Datejust 1601, Fully Serviced
£2,495
Verified Dealer
57
UK
5115001 Very good 14mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Ladies Omega Geneve Cocktail Watch 9ct 1966 Ref. 5115001
£2,000
Free shipping
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12
UK
Omega Constellation 168.5415 Very good Yellow gold 34.0mm Automatic United Kingdom, North Ayrshire
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Omega Vintage 1962 18CT gold Omega Constellation
£5,700
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hertfordshire
TOP
Rolex Oyster Date Precision ref:6694 Steel White Dial 1972
£1,999
Verified Dealer
75
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex GMT-Master 1675/3 Nipple Dial - Box & All Papers 1978
£13,490
Verified Dealer
262
UK
Omega Genève Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Geneve 197gold mens vintage Automatic 1012 steel watch +...
£649
Verified Dealer
675
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Day-Date 18038
£10,000
Free shipping
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473
UK
Omega Seamaster Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic United Kingdom, Sheffield
TOP
Omega Seamaster Vintage Automatic Solid 18K Rose Gold (Was €...
£1,187
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134
UK
Tudor Submariner 7928 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
Tudor Submariner Pcg Stainless Steel 7928 - COM2247
£16,999
Verified Dealer
289
UK
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Vintage Watches: A Piece of Watch History

Vintage watches appeal to a wide audience. They offer the chance to buy high-quality, pre-owned watches at attractive prices. Both watch enthusiasts who love particular designs and collectors of expensive, rare pieces will get their money's worth.


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.