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Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941  Herringbone concealed
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Patek Philippe VINTAGEGay Freres 1941 Herringbone concealed
R 145,892
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
R 134,777
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Omega Rare Vintage Black Dial Ref.2900 / 34.5 mm / Cal.266 / 1956
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Omega Rare Vintage Black Dial Ref.2900 / 34.5 mm / Cal.266 / 1956
R 26,099
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
R 136,861
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
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Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
R 26,083
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vtgwatch.com
82
NL
Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
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Heuer Vintage Telemetre Chronograph Valjoux 23
R 73,148
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
6
UK
Vacheron Constantin Calendar Vintage rosé / yellowgold
Vacheron Constantin Calendar Vintage rosé / yellowgold
R 192,484
Seller
Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage PEPSI
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage PEPSI
R 125,037
Seller
Abu Jameel Jewellery Co. W.L.L
BH
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS  25880-11-421-BB4A
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Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS 25880-11-421-BB4A
R 73,007
Seller
Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
9
HK
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
R 1,175,545
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
Tudor Submariner Vintage Snowflake Ref. 9411/0
Tudor Submariner Vintage Snowflake Ref. 9411/0
R 151,703
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Orologeria Duomo Milano
35
IT
Trematic Geneve Vintage Bidynator Ref.602 / 37 mm / Steel /...
Trematic Geneve Vintage Bidynator Ref.602 / 37 mm / Steel /...
R 42,412
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
R 243,154
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex 4099 4099 Vintage Chronograph Anti Magnetic Circa 1944...
Rolex 4099 4099 Vintage Chronograph Anti Magnetic Circa 1944...
R 521,044
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European Watch Company
56
US
IWC International Watch Company 1960s Manual Stainless Swiss...
IWC International Watch Company 1960s Manual Stainless Swiss...
R 39,474
Seller
GMTSKY
175
US
Rolex Chronograph " Vintage "
Rolex Chronograph " Vintage "
R 946,106
Seller
Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage&#34...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage"...
R 440,412
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
R 778,165
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
R 150,537
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Cal.130/ - Valjoux 72
Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Cal.130/ - Valjoux 72
R 128,866
Seller
Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
IWC Vintage Jumbo Cal.852 Pellaton / 36.5 mm / 18k YG / 1952
IWC Vintage Jumbo Cal.852 Pellaton / 36.5 mm / 18k YG / 1952
R 40,780
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
R 116,714
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Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
R 1,104,614
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European Watch Company
56
US
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Mens Swiss Vintage 1970s Automatic 33mm...
Omega Seamaster Cosmic Mens Swiss Vintage 1970s Automatic 33mm...
R 26,275
Seller
GMTSKY
175
US
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
Ulysse Nardin Tellurium Johannes Kepler 18kt Gelbgold Automati...
R 1,107,433
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
357
DE
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
R 109,767
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Best Deals HD
 
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Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
R 90,633
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520  "Paul Newman ROC Dial 6263 Vintage&#...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman ROC Dial 6263 Vintage&#...
R 405,765
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C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Glashütte Original Vintage  GUB
Glashütte Original Vintage GUB
R 11,011
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Omega Vintage Constellation / Pie-Pan Dial / Steel / 1967
Omega Vintage Constellation / Pie-Pan Dial / Steel / 1967
R 42,412
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner
Rolex Vintage Submariner
Price on request
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luxurywatches
19
SE
Rolex 6694 Oyster Date Precision Manual 1955 1012378 Mens...
Rolex 6694 Oyster Date Precision Manual 1955 1012378 Mens...
R 57,954
Seller
GMTSKY
175
US
Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Stahl Keramik Black White Custom Automatik...
R 226,706
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
357
DE
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
R 48,773
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Timeless Watches GmbH
92
DE
Zenith Vintage
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Zenith Vintage
R 5,220
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Private seller
 
DE
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage  5514
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
R 823,939
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Heuer Autavia Chronograph Vintage Panda 2446 C -Valjoux 72
Heuer Autavia Chronograph Vintage Panda 2446 C -Valjoux 72
R 202,271
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Omega Vintage Seamaster Chronometer for Meister / 36 mm / 1971
Omega Vintage Seamaster Chronometer for Meister / 36 mm / 1971
R 24,468
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Vintage Limited Edition
TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Vintage Limited Edition
R 58,707
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Uhrencenter Berlin
193
DE
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO2448)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO2448)
R 106,029
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Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Rolex Vintage Datejust 1978 Mens 18k Stainless 1601 Swiss...
Rolex Vintage Datejust 1978 Mens 18k Stainless 1601 Swiss...
R 64,623
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GMTSKY
175
US
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Expo 2000 Stahl Handaufzug Armband...
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Expo 2000 Stahl Handaufzug Armband...
R 21,173
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
357
DE
Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
Omega Constellation 2652 SC 18k Rose Gold Cal 354 Vintage
R 54,883
Seller
Best Deals HD
 
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 105.012-66 CB Case,...
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, 105.012-66 CB Case,...
R 179,434
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Private seller
 
NL
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
Rolex S/S Steve McQueen Orange Hand Explorer II Vintage...
R 357,040
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Zenith Chronometre Vintage Cal.135 -Gold 375/10K
Zenith Chronometre Vintage Cal.135 -Gold 375/10K
R 130,334
Seller
Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
IWC Rare Vintage Cal.83 / Teardrop / 14k YG / 1944 / Serivced
IWC Rare Vintage Cal.83 / Teardrop / 14k YG / 1944 / Serivced
R 48,936
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
R 143,772
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
Patek Philippe 2526 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel...
Patek Philippe 2526 2526 Vintage Calatrava Automatic Enamel...
R 630,116
Seller
European Watch Company
56
US
Rolex Vintage Datejust 1977 Mens 18k Stainless 1601 Swiss...
Rolex Vintage Datejust 1977 Mens 18k Stainless 1601 Swiss...
R 64,623
Seller
GMTSKY
175
US
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
R 241,387
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Juwelier Ralf Häffner
357
DE
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
Rolex Vintage Rolex Bubble Back 3130 Cartier Dial
R 55,564
Seller
Phigora
63
US
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO3409)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO3409)
R 151,703
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
72
IT
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage 165.024 art. Om328
Omega Seamaster 300 Vintage 165.024 art. Om328
R 97,057
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Stroppiana SRL
218
IT
Claude Meylan Chronograph Vintage NOS
Claude Meylan Chronograph Vintage NOS
R 24,060
Seller
Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
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Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
R 73,405
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner
Rolex Vintage Submariner
R 160,686
Seller
luxurywatches
19
SE
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
R 352,921
Seller
European Watch Company
56
US
Rado Diastar Swiss Made Men's Automatic Tungsten 1970s...
Rado Diastar Swiss Made Men's Automatic Tungsten 1970s...
R 22,315
Seller
GMTSKY
175
US
Rolex GMT Master II rot schwarz Coke Stahl Automatik Armband...
Rolex GMT Master II rot schwarz Coke Stahl Automatik Armband...
R 140,252
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
357
DE
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
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Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
R 16,296
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Private seller
 
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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.