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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
TOP
Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
AU$ 54,902
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
AU$ 39,882
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
AU$ 35,813
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
AU$ 13,054
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
AU$ 8,546
Seller
Uhrgut - Ferry Blaim
7
AT
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
AU$ 895
Seller
TikTijd
 
NL
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 10,500
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
126
DE
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
AU$ 19,248
Seller
Horology 411
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 5,192
Seller
Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Heuer Transitional 3646
Heuer Transitional 3646
AU$ 46,527
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
AU$ 7,000
Seller
ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
AU$ 12,209
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
AU$ 6,523
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
AU$ 12,662
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
AU$ 3,066
Seller
Time Merchants
 
CA
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
AU$ 16,657
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k  2627
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k 2627
AU$ 4,851
Seller
Luxurywatch.ee
9
EE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 4,070
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
AU$ 5,096
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
AU$ 44,766
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz  176007 cal.1040
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz 176007 cal.1040
AU$ 4,884
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
AU$ 3,458
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
AU$ 39,987
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
AU$ 6,979
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
AU$ 14,423
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Military Submariner
Rolex Military Submariner
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
AU$ 2,116
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Precision 1970
Rolex Oyster Precision 1970
AU$ 3,256
Seller
RARIST
 
PL
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
AU$ 60,231
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
AU$ 10,192
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
AU$ 5,324
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
AU$ 13,995
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
AU$ 176,803
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
AU$ 29,312
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
TOP
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
AU$ 55,315
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
AU$ 46,527
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
AU$ 20,348
Free shipping
Seller
Vintage Watch Collective
 
ES
Rolex Submariner Date 1680
Rolex Submariner Date 1680
AU$ 18,713
Seller
Deep Arrow Inc. Fujihan
 
JP
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
AU$ 19,252
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
AU$ 13,995
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
AU$ 79,096
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
AU$ 13,958
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Constellation Chronometer PiePan Cal .561 Rarität
Omega Constellation Chronometer PiePan Cal .561 Rarität
AU$ 2,766
Seller
Buxtehuder Uhrenbörse GmbH
401
DE
Rolex Datejust
TOP
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 5,665
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Oyster aus 1970/1971 - Ref: 6426 - Revision 06.17
Rolex Oyster aus 1970/1971 - Ref: 6426 - Revision 06.17
AU$ 3,778
Seller
mywatches21
52
DE
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
AU$ 2,493
Seller
Nicol Street Pawnbrokers
CA
Rolex ViNTAGE OYSTER DATE 6694
Rolex ViNTAGE OYSTER DATE 6694
Price on request
Seller
SADAN Watches Since 1969
TR
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
AU$ 38,506
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
AU$ 15,995
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
AU$ 54,902
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
TOP
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
AU$ 3,732
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
IWC Yacht Club, Automatic, Referenz 811
TOP
IWC Yacht Club, Automatic, Referenz 811
AU$ 5,616
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
AU$ 4,560
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual aus 1966 Ref: 1002 - Revision 01.17
Rolex Oyster Perpetual aus 1966 Ref: 1002 - Revision 01.17
AU$ 4,267
Seller
mywatches21
52
DE
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
AU$ 4,332
Seller
Continental Coin & Jewelry Co.
 
US
Rolex Oyster Date Precision
Rolex Oyster Date Precision
AU$ 3,713
Seller
PA Jewellery
5
UK
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
AU$ 10,660
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer Autavia 96 valjoux 92
TOP
Heuer Autavia 96 valjoux 92
AU$ 48,022
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
AU$ 37,129
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
AU$ 16,661
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
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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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