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Rolex Submariner Single Red MK2 Tropical Brown Dial  1969's
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Rolex Submariner Single Red MK2 Tropical Brown Dial 1969's
Price on request
Seller
complet.co.ltd
JP
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
TOP
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
£42,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK2, Beautiful Creamy patina
TOP
Rolex 1675 GMT-Master MK2, Beautiful Creamy patina
£12,950
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
19
UK
IWC Ingenieur SL Steel 34MM Quartz, Grey Dial, with box
TOP
IWC Ingenieur SL Steel 34MM Quartz, Grey Dial, with box
£1,552
Free shipping
Seller
M.J.WATCHES
99
BE
Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
£29,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
£21,729
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex Military Submariner
Rolex Military Submariner
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
£7,129
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer Transitional 3646
Heuer Transitional 3646
£25,000
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
£10,511
Seller
Horology 411
 
US
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
£8,950
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
TOP
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
£19,950
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi with Gloss Gilt Dial Stainless Steel...
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi with Gloss Gilt Dial Stainless Steel...
£22,995
Seller
Xupes.com
100
UK
Rolex 1675/8 Vintage GMT-Master brown Nipple dial, Rootbeer...
TOP
Rolex 1675/8 Vintage GMT-Master brown Nipple dial, Rootbeer...
£34,500
Seller
Regal Time Ltd
13
UK
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
£48,780
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
£3,562
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
£3,750
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
£2,835
Seller
Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
£7,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
£95,000
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex Datejust Blue Sunburst Dial
Rolex Datejust Blue Sunburst Dial
£2,550
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Date Precision
Rolex Oyster Date Precision
£1,995
Seller
PA Jewellery
5
UK
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
£6,915
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner Tiffany & Co Single Red Stainless Steel Men's...
Rolex Submariner Tiffany & Co Single Red Stainless Steel Men's...
£37,995
Seller
Xupes.com
100
UK
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
£1,888
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
£25,000
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) Gilt White Swiss
Rolex Submariner (No Date) Gilt White Swiss
£21,995
Seller
Watches Of Distinction Ltd
6
UK
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
£7,500
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
£29,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Rolex OysterDate Precision Winding Steel Watch Maroon Dial
TOP
Rolex OysterDate Precision Winding Steel Watch Maroon Dial
£1,745
Seller
Watch World Star
210
UK
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
£1,895
Seller
PA Jewellery
5
UK
Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 + Serviced + 1 Year Warranty
TOP
Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 + Serviced + 1 Year Warranty
£1,895
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
10
UK
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
£21,836
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
£21,758
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex date Just
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Rolex date Just
£3,495
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
55
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
£1,995
Seller
Watches Of Distinction Ltd
6
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
£15,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
Rolex Vintage Steel Submariner, Ref: 1680 (Service Papers)
£6,950
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
91
UK
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Gold Plated
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Gold Plated
£2,305
Seller
Watch Center London
614
UK
Rolex Submariner Matt Maxi Dial Stainless Steel Men's 5513 -...
Rolex Submariner Matt Maxi Dial Stainless Steel Men's 5513 -...
£9,495
Seller
Xupes.com
100
UK
Rolex 5512 Submariner (No Date) Cronometer 1970
Rolex 5512 Submariner (No Date) Cronometer 1970
£13,500
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
19
UK
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
£21,027
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Submariner Date (1969)
Rolex Submariner Date (1969)
£9,780
Seller
Jopsons Jewellers
27
UK
Rolex GMT-Master "PCG"
Rolex GMT-Master "PCG"
£9,995
Seller
Watches Of Distinction Ltd
6
UK
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
£3,010
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Silver Roman Dial Calatrava 3509
Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Silver Roman Dial Calatrava 3509
£7,250
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
£9,098
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
£2,128
Seller
Watch Center London
614
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Stainless Steel Men's 1675 - COM1210
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Stainless Steel Men's 1675 - COM1210
£9,995
Seller
Xupes.com
100
UK
Omega Constellation Chronometer Pie Pan 561 Calibre
Omega Constellation Chronometer Pie Pan 561 Calibre
£995
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
£5,821
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Vintage 18k Gold Datejust with Black Gilt Dial Ref: 6305
Rolex Vintage 18k Gold Datejust with Black Gilt Dial Ref: 6305
£8,500
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
91
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 with Extract from Archive 1966
Omega Seamaster 300 with Extract from Archive 1966
£6,995
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
19
UK
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
£6,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Vintage Steel Silver Dial Oyster Date Precision B&P 6694
Rolex Vintage Steel Silver Dial Oyster Date Precision B&P 6694
£2,450
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
145
UK
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
£8,734
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
£2,216
Seller
Watch Center London
614
UK
Rolex Submariner Meters First Stainless Steel Men's 5513 - W5089
Rolex Submariner Meters First Stainless Steel Men's 5513 - W5089
£10,995
Seller
Xupes.com
100
UK
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
£16,750
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
£2,907
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Submariner  5513
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5513
£8,603
Seller
MONTRES orologi e gioielli
14
IT
Omega Speedmaster 1450022 Moonwatch 1985 - STUNNING DIAL
Omega Speedmaster 1450022 Moonwatch 1985 - STUNNING DIAL
£3,495
Seller
M&J Watches Ltd
19
UK
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
£2,750
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
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.

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.

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