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Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
R 297,703
Seller
chronostars
8
AT
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
R 1,716,911
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
TOP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
R 50,043
Seller
The Vintage Luxury
 
US
Rolex DAYTONA 6265 Big Red perfect conditions
TOP
Rolex DAYTONA 6265 Big Red perfect conditions
Price on request
Seller
RIVIERAWATCH
85
FR
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
R 34,653
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
190
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
R 155,580
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
R 1,086,852
Seller
GARIBOTTI GIOIELLERIA
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
R 15,751
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
R 262,560
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
R 47,097
Seller
Watchplanet
45
DE
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
R 42,371
Seller
Matthias Wohne Uhrmachermeister
6
DE
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
R 588,499
Seller
European Watch Company
144
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
R 101,597
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
190
DE
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
R 142,051
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
R 26,462
Seller
Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
 
DE
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
R 189,018
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
R 155,756
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
R 47,097
Seller
Watchplanet
45
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
R 60,643
Seller
Ettema
10
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava, Ref 2532, 18K Yellow Gold, Black New...
Patek Philippe Calatrava, Ref 2532, 18K Yellow Gold, Black New...
R 169,041
Free shipping
Seller
Estates Consignments
50
US
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
R 296,279
Seller
European Watch Company
144
US
Rolex Oyster Date - 6466 - 2 Years Warranty 6466
Rolex Oyster Date - 6466 - 2 Years Warranty 6466
R 22,052
Seller
Monaco Watch Company
229
MC
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
R 169,109
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
R 275,651
Seller
Watcheclock
60
IT
Omega Constellation "Pie Pan" braccialetto oro
Omega Constellation "Pie Pan" braccialetto oro
R 102,385
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
32
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
R 283,921
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
R 258,397
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
7
CH
Omega Seamaster Cosmic
Omega Seamaster Cosmic
R 15,673
Seller
Ettema
10
NL
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 with papers 1972
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 with papers 1972
R 1,413,111
Seller
Ponti
44
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
R 135,463
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
141
DE
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
R 206,989
Seller
European Watch Company
144
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
R 405,861
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
R 280,376
Seller
Watcheclock
60
IT
Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
R 47,254
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
32
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
R 283,921
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
R 83,441
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
7
CH
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
R 338,657
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Submariner 1680 Red with Box and Papers
Rolex Submariner 1680 Red with Box and Papers
R 390,288
Seller
Ponti
44
CH
Heuer Carrera 110.253
Heuer Carrera 110.253
R 94,509
Seller
Vintage For Life
8
NL
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
R 202,931
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Watches USA
 
US
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
R 142,051
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
R 47,097
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
198
DE
Rolex 5513 Vintage Maxi 5513 Matte Dial Submariner VERY NICE...
Rolex 5513 Vintage Maxi 5513 Matte Dial Submariner VERY NICE...
R 206,989
Seller
European Watch Company
144
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5512
Rolex Watch Submariner 5512
R 226,959
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
R 114,395
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
7
CH
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
R 189,334
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Submariner 5513 Circa 1987
Rolex Submariner 5513 Circa 1987
R 127,853
Seller
Ponti
44
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Spider dial"
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Spider dial"
R 149,639
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
141
DE
Rolex datejust ovettone
Rolex datejust ovettone
R 165,391
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
32
IT
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
R 80,333
Free shipping
Seller
Icône Watches
342
ES
Rolex Oysterdate  Precision 6694
Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694
R 29,140
Seller
Ferlogios
24
PT
Rolex 5513 Vintage Matte Maxi Dial Submariner GREAT PATINA...
Rolex 5513 Vintage Matte Maxi Dial Submariner GREAT PATINA...
R 223,224
Seller
European Watch Company
144
US
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set,  Mk1, Long 5
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set, Mk1, Long 5
R 401,663
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
R 355,124
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
Heuer Autavia "Orange Boy"
R 104,974
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
7
CH
Rolex Explorer 1016 with Box and Papers from 1969
Rolex Explorer 1016 with Box and Papers from 1969
R 228,789
Seller
Ponti
44
CH
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
R 582,805
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Oysterdate Precision - 6694 - black dial - 1978
Rolex Oysterdate Precision - 6694 - black dial - 1978
R 28,195
Seller
wagener-gold International e.K.
1189
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
R 189,018
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
32
IT
Rolex Datejust Vintage 36 1601 from 1972
Rolex Datejust Vintage 36 1601 from 1972
R 45,601
Seller
Classic Watches GbR uhrenfreund.com
69
DE
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" SS / Jubilee Circa...
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" SS / Jubilee Circa...
R 228,635
Seller
European Watch Company
144
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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