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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
AU$ 13,779
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Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941  Herringbone concealed
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Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941 Herringbone concealed
AU$ 13,397
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
AU$ 12,504
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Zenith 1969 New Vintage Limited Edition / 500 pcs / Full Set
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Zenith 1969 New Vintage Limited Edition / 500 pcs / Full Set
AU$ 7,570
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VintageCaliber GmbH
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Universal Genève Universal Geneve old vintage hand winding...
AU$ 575
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Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
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Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
AU$ 6,878
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Atlantic World Master Vintage Early Issue 1956 3adjustments...
Atlantic World Master Vintage Early Issue 1956 3adjustments...
AU$ 770
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Gallet 1960 Vintage Chronograph Venus 150 Manual Men´s Stainless
Gallet 1960 Vintage Chronograph Venus 150 Manual Men´s Stainless
AU$ 1,961
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Aicher CB
135
ES
Graham Silverstone Vintage 30 Chrono Wr 100 Metre 47mm...
Graham Silverstone Vintage 30 Chrono Wr 100 Metre 47mm...
AU$ 4,363
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Watchpartners
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Hamilton vintage 603
Hamilton vintage 603
AU$ 269
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Harrington & Co
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Seiko Vintage 150m Diver 6105-8110
Seiko Vintage 150m Diver 6105-8110
AU$ 2,105
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The Watch Culture
AU
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
AU$ 10,335
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Baume & Mercier - Vintage Chronograph - Rose Gold - Men -...
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Baume & Mercier - Vintage Chronograph - Rose Gold - Men -...
AU$ 301
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Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
AU$ 113,425
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European Watch Company
50
US
Tissot Vintage  Bumper Auto 1949 Fantastic 10k  Gold F. Case
Tissot Vintage Bumper Auto 1949 Fantastic 10k Gold F. Case
AU$ 570
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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TAG Heuer Vintage Diver 200m Quartz Men´s Watch
TAG Heuer Vintage Diver 200m Quartz Men´s Watch
AU$ 901
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Aicher CB
135
ES
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
AU$ 326
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Zenith Vintage
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Zenith Vintage
AU$ 485
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Private seller
 
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TAG Heuer Vintage Professional 200m Formula 1  Mid Size
TAG Heuer Vintage Professional 200m Formula 1 Mid Size
AU$ 542
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The Watch Culture
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Vacheron Constantin VINTAGE  18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
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Vacheron Constantin VINTAGE 18k WG Diamond Onyx Tuxedo Dial
AU$ 22,328
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Watch Hunter
 
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Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
AU$ 5,103
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Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage&#34...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage"...
AU$ 40,879
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
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Zenith Captain Gold vintage
Zenith Captain Gold vintage
AU$ 2,271
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Gold & Co SRL
 
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Hermes Vintage SUPERB LANGENDORF 24Hr Orig Dial Tank Stunner...
Hermes Vintage SUPERB LANGENDORF 24Hr Orig Dial Tank Stunner...
AU$ 1,370
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Aureole Vintage Swiss Manual Watch 1950 Top Condition Triple...
Aureole Vintage Swiss Manual Watch 1950 Top Condition Triple...
AU$ 2,264
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Aicher CB
135
ES
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
AU$ 326
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Watchpartners
AU
Rolex Vintage Rolex Precision 18Kt Oversize 36mm, Ref....
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Rolex Vintage Rolex Precision 18Kt Oversize 36mm, Ref....
AU$ 5,299
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Catawiki BV
 
Omega Rare Cal.420 S/S Manual Vintage 50's
Omega Rare Cal.420 S/S Manual Vintage 50's
AU$ 957
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The Watch Culture
AU
IWC VINTAGE  1940 PLATINUM EMERALD DIAMOND CONCEALED LADIES
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IWC VINTAGE 1940 PLATINUM EMERALD DIAMOND CONCEALED LADIES
AU$ 51,035
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Watch Hunter
 
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 2479 18k Gold Manual Vintage
AU$ 6,571
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Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
AU$ 209,518
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Bachmann & Scher
 
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Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
AU$ 102,791
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Movado Vintage Sub Seconds 40's Cal;75  GR8 Patina...
Movado Vintage Sub Seconds 40's Cal;75 GR8 Patina...
AU$ 1,275
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Zodiac Vintage Swiss Full Set Boxed and Papers 1950 Top...
Zodiac Vintage Swiss Full Set Boxed and Papers 1950 Top...
AU$ 2,264
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Aicher CB
135
ES
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
AU$ 326
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Watchpartners
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Heuer Vintage Heuer Carrera - Men´s - 1996
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Heuer Vintage Heuer Carrera - Men´s - 1996
AU$ 3,331
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Catawiki BV
 
Omega Geneve Dynamic Vintage Automatic Men's
Omega Geneve Dynamic Vintage Automatic Men's
AU$ 957
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The Watch Culture
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
AU$ 17,862
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Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
AU$ 11,912
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Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Automatic - Vergoldet  Vintage ca.1980
Girard Perregaux Gyromatic Automatic - Vergoldet Vintage ca.1980
AU$ 1,104
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Ralf Pieper Internethandel
225
DE
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
AU$ 73,175
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
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UK
Omega Stunning Bumper Auto St.Stl Vintage 50s Perfect Orign; Dial
Omega Stunning Bumper Auto St.Stl Vintage 50s Perfect Orign; Dial
AU$ 1,675
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Certina 1970 Vintage  Top Condition Automatic Date Blue Ribbon
Certina 1970 Vintage Top Condition Automatic Date Blue Ribbon
AU$ 1,204
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Aicher CB
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Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
AU$ 326
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3519 18k Gold 25mm Manual Vintage
Patek Philippe Gondolo Ref. 3519 18k Gold 25mm Manual Vintage
AU$ 8,102
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Cartier Santos Vintage 18k /S.S Automatic Ladies
Cartier Santos Vintage 18k /S.S Automatic Ladies
AU$ 2,424
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The Watch Culture
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
AU$ 18,500
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Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
AU$ 110,389
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Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
AU$ 9,054
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Bachmann & Scher
 
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Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
AU$ 21,043
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Tavannes /  Cyma  Seriously RARE 1917 WW1 St.Silver Numerical...
Tavannes / Cyma Seriously RARE 1917 WW1 St.Silver Numerical...
AU$ 1,265
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Girard Perregaux Top Condition 1960 Vintage Chronograph...
Girard Perregaux Top Condition 1960 Vintage Chronograph...
AU$ 3,475
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Aicher CB
135
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Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
Swiss Military Cx Swiss Military Spitfire Vintage Watch Swiss...
AU$ 326
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Watchpartners
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Rolex 6239 6239 Vintage Daytona Silver Panda FULL SET 1968...
Rolex 6239 6239 Vintage Daytona Silver Panda FULL SET 1968...
AU$ 69,535
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European Watch Company
50
US
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
Omega Vintage 9K Y/G 60's
AU$ 1,913
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The Watch Culture
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG  VINTAGE 60s...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger Lecoultre 4.5carat 18k WG VINTAGE 60s...
AU$ 5,103
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Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
AU$ 14,136
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Omega Vintage Speedmaster Professional Ref-ST145022 IDF Pilots...
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Professional Ref-ST145022 IDF Pilots...
AU$ 47,391
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Bachmann & Scher
 
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Tudor Princess Oysterdate Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 25mm...
Tudor Princess Oysterdate Stahl Automatik Armband Oyster 25mm...
AU$ 1,814
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
331
DE
Doxa Extra Handsome MINT Vintage 21 Jewel Automatic St.Steel 35m
Doxa Extra Handsome MINT Vintage 21 Jewel Automatic St.Steel 35m
AU$ 1,270
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Hobart Town Antique Jewellery
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Aquastar 1968 Vintage Diver Grand Air Automatic for Duward Men´s
Aquastar 1968 Vintage Diver Grand Air Automatic for Duward Men´s
AU$ 1,052
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Aicher CB
135
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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.