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Vacheron Constantin French Case Very good Rose gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Vacheron Constantin French Case Automatic 18K Pink Gold Rose...
AU$ 11,681
Verified Dealer
474
DE
Rolex Daytona 16523 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona 16523 R full set floating
AU$ 31,585
Verified Dealer
31
IT
Patek Philippe Very good White gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Rare 18kt 1950s Sapphire & Round Diamond Set...
AU$ 27,034
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
27
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Sea-Dweller 16660 full set - patina
AU$ 20,555
Verified Dealer
31
IT
Rolex Bubble Back 6085 Bubbleback WAFFLE Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL CHRONOMETER 18K GOLD HONEYCOMB WABENBLATT
AU$ 13,353
Verified Dealer
474
DE
Omega Constellation Day-Date 168.045 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Omega Constellation 168.045 Day-Date 18ct Gold Vintage Gents...
AU$ 10,964
Verified Dealer
60
UK
Breitling B13047 - 81950 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Glen Waverley
TOP
Breitling Chronoliner Yachting
AU$ 2,984
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Datejust Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Mens Watch Datejust SS / White Gold Blue Diamond Dial
AU$ 6,952
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
87
US
Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 1601, Fully Serviced
AU$ 5,173
Verified Dealer
59
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner MK1 Maxi dial
AU$ 27,898
Verified Dealer
195
UK
Longines Very good White gold 32mm Automatic
TOP
Longines 18k White Gold Midsize Diamond Dress Watch, c.1960s...
AU$ 4,943
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
596
US
Rado R33930355 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Rado Golden Horse
AU$ 1,080
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
34
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust Rolex Lady Datejust 26mm -Diamond Lugs-Diamond Red Vignette Unworn Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex datejust 26mm string
AU$ 7,183
Verified Dealer
113
US
Patek Philippe Vintage 2427 Vintage Oversize Rare Very good Yellow gold 26,5mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Rectangular Carée 18K Gold Gelbgold Manual...
AU$ 16,695
Verified Dealer
474
DE
Omega Constellation 168.010 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation Steel vintage Cal 564 1966 with box
AU$ 2,171
Verified Dealer
63
HU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
AU$ 4,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Genève Good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega 1962 Vintage Geneve Automatic Cal 562 Mens Steel watch
AU$ 1,393
Verified Dealer
719
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038
AU$ 10,600
Verified Dealer
6
AU
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic PAM438 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Panerai - Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT - Black Ceramic - Tuttonero...
AU$ 13,995
Verified Dealer
22
AU
Piaget Very good 23mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Men's Piaget 18k White Gold Midsize Hand-Wind Dress...
AU$ 5,870
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
596
US
Movado Museum 31.0270.535 Good White gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Movado 80s Massive 18K White Gold Museum, Integrated Bracelet
AU$ 7,489
Verified Dealer
23
CH
Omega Seamaster Fair 30mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000 Automatic
AU$ 1,200
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Genève 136.041 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding
Omega Genève Ref. 136.041 Vintage 1967
AU$ 802
Private Seller
AT
Longines Lucerne Unbreakable Mainstring Very good Yellow gold 36,8mm Manual winding
Longines Lucerne
AU$ 95
Private Seller
CH
Zenith 2714 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
Zenith
AU$ 1,391
Private Seller
RO
Piaget 314 289 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding Australia, NSW
Piaget Gents 18ct Yellow Gold wrist watch
AU$ 14,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Breitling Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding Australia, Camberwell
Breitling Sicura Globetrotter GMT
AU$ 1,159
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Oyster Precision 3976367 Good Manual winding Australia, sunshine Coast
Rolex Oysterdate precision
AU$ 3,599
Private Seller
 
AU
Seiko Grand Seiko 6246-9001 Good Gold/Steel 36.5mm Automatic Australia, 7250
Seiko Grand Seiko
AU$ 3,750
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Genève Geneve Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Geneve vintage 14K Gold 1969
AU$ 2,004
Verified Dealer
63
HU
Girard Perregaux Good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Australia, Kelvin Grove
Girard Perregaux GIRARD-PERREGAUX GYROMATIC Chronometer 18K...
AU$ 3,088
Private Seller
 
AU
Longines 5411 Very good Steel 33,5mm Manual winding Australia, Surrey Hills
Longines Calatrava Military Style 5411 1952 Calibre 12.68Z
AU$ 2,250
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Seamaster DeVille BD 165.0020 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Omega Seamaster De Ville
AU$ 2,750
Private Seller
 
AU
Girard Perregaux 1966 49528D11A172-11A Unworn Steel 30mmmm Automatic Australia, Vermont South
Girard Perregaux 1966 30MM
AU$ 12,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Oyster Precision 6426 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding Australia, Keysborough
Rolex Oyster Precision 6426
AU$ 5,200
Verified Dealer
6
AU
Piaget Very good 27mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Ladies Piaget 18K Gold Classique Tiger's Eye 9802...
AU$ 4,171
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
596
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox 8840 Good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic Australia, Spreyton
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Memovox jaeger-lecoultre classic memavox
AU$ 4,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Dulwich
Rolex GMT-Master
AU$ 25,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Eterna Matic Good Steel 23.5mm Automatic Australia, Bellevue Heights
Eterna matic
AU$ 350
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia, Melbourne
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AU$ 15,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3748 Good Yellow gold 27mm Manual winding Australia, Windsor
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse
AU$ 12,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Busselton
Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 18,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic Australia, Eden Hill
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AU$ 7,261
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega 24451 Very good Steel 33mm Automatic Australia, Surrey Hills
Omega 24451
AU$ 1,995
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch ST 1450022 : 32842788 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia, Gold Coast
Omega speed master professional 1974
AU$ 9,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Genève 145.010 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding Australia, Coolbinia
Omega Genève Chronostop Driver Edition
AU$ 1,827
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Omega Cosmic square Very good Yellow gold 44.5mm Manual winding Australia, Bellevue Heights
Omega 3944
AU$ 11,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Favre-Leuba Good 27mm Manual winding Australia, Bellevue Heights
Favre-Leuba Small second hand
AU$ 300
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Constellation Cal. 35X Good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Australia, Bellevue Heights
Omega Constellation Bumper Movement
AU$ 3,800
Private Seller
 
AU
Enicar Sherpa 145/004 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Australia, Mt Barker
Enicar sherpa super divette
AU$ 3,553
Private Seller
 
AU
Chopard Happy Diamonds 203479-1001 Very good Platinum 25mm Manual winding Australia, Claremont
Chopard Happy Diamonds 5089D05
AU$ 9,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding Australia, Miami
Rolex Oyster Precision
AU$ 3,862
Private Seller
 
US
Omega Seamaster pwp01 Good Gold/Steel 33mm Automatic Australia, Upwey
Omega Seamster
AU$ 2,250
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Genève 28340331 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding Australia, Surrey Hills
Omega Geneve Dynamic Manual Calibre 601 1969
AU$ 2,695
Private Seller
 
AU
Tudor Oysterdate Big Block 94300 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Tudor Oysterdate Big Block 9430/0 94300 - 1981
AU$ 9,500
Verified Dealer
6
AU
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Australia, Meridan Plans
Rolex Air King Precision
AU$ 4,633
Private Seller
 
AU
Wittnauer Very good Manual winding Australia, Melbourne
Wittnauer 9689W
AU$ 770
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Constellation 168.009 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic Australia, Qld
Omega Constellation Men 18ct Gold with linen dial
AU$ 8,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Constellation 14393 61 SC Good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Omega Constellation
AU$ 2,000
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Seamaster Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic Australia, PALM BEACH
Omega Seamaster
AU$ 1,850
Private Seller
 
AU
Audemars Piguet 258700 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Audemars Piguet John Schaeffer Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 16,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Eberhard & Co. Extra-Fort 11601 Fair Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Australia, melbourne
Eberhard & Co. Extra-Fort
AU$ 1,710
Private Seller
 
AU
Tissot Good Steel 35mm Automatic Australia, Upwey
Tissot Seastar T12
AU$ 500
Private Seller
 
AU
Rolex Sea-Dweller 6760946 (serial number stamped on casing) Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Bushland Beach
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665
AU$ 35,000
Private Seller
 
AU
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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.