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Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Vintage 1966 Stainless Steel Automatic...
R 69 522
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48
US
Piaget Very good Yellow gold 20mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget RARE 1960s 18kt Yellow Gold Ruby Diamond double Row...
R 156 620
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32
US
Omega Constellation 37461 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation Automatic Chronometer 18k Solid Gold Half...
R 32 977
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48
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919J-001 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava full set origin in very good condition
R 222 913
Verified Dealer
82
CH
Tissot Tissot D361A Unworn Gold/Steel 34mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Tissot Vintage Seaster
R 4 200
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Genève 38533173 Good Yellow gold 34.5mm Automatic South Africa, ALBERTON
Omega Geneve Automatic 18ct Solid Gold BA.166.163
R 27 844
Private Seller
ZA
Ulysse Nardin Unworn 33mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 21 jewels waterproof Incabloc
R 18 000
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster Good Steel 37mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster 60
R 38 285
Private Seller
ZA
Cartier Panthère 5889 Fair Gold/Steel 27mm Quartz South Africa, CAPE TOWN
Cartier 18CT & STEEL CARTIER PANTHERE WATCH WITH DATE.
R 86 900
Private Seller
ZA
Nivada INCABLOC 85004 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding South Africa, Vereeniging
Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Seadiver
R 43 000
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Seamaster PloProf 166.0077 Good Silver 50mm Automatic South Africa, Pringle Bay
Omega Seamaster 600 Ploprof 166.0077
R 114 054
Private Seller
ZA
IWC Porsche Design IW3702 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic South Africa, Harkerville
IWC 3702 serial number: 2297099
R 48 726
Private Seller
ZA
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer BUND Military Flyback "Bundeswehr" Vintage
R 86 126
Verified Dealer
502
ES
Longines Flagship 3418 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Longines Flagship Automatic 18k Yellow Gold 1965
R 81 059
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112
DE
Rolex Explorer 6610 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex VINTAGE REF. 6610 EXPLORER GILT DIAL LOLLIPOP
R 263 240
Verified Dealer
585
DE
Patek Philippe Gondolo 4269 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Gondolo 18K (0,750) Gold Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
R 141 043

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Rolex Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 mm gold 750 rare ref. 69068 serviced
R 156 039
Verified Dealer
113
IT
IWC 810A Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
IWC vintage 14K Gold Cal 8541 automatic 1966
R 40 509
Verified Dealer
103
HU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105/012/65 Fair Steel 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL VINTAGE 1965
R 139 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 28mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre cal 818 Elongated Rectangular Case, Ellipsoid...
R 38 152
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47
CH
Omega Genève 37217239 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Oversize - Geneve Automatic 1973 - Top Condition
R 20 265
Verified Dealer
263
PL
Omega Constellation 398.0872 Good Yellow gold 38mm Quartz
TOP
Omega Constellation Manhattan with original 18ct golden...
R 90 179
Verified Dealer
1436
FI
Breitling Very good 36mm Manual winding
TOP
Breitling Chronograph 1191 Venus 188 1952
R 48 636
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Verified Dealer
112
DE
Zenith El Primero A384 Good Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero A384 very Tropical dial caliber 3019Phc just...
Price on request
Verified Dealer
648
IT
Omega 10791 Very good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
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Omega Barrel shaped 18k solid gold case, vintage year 1958
R 17 205
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223
NL
Patek Philippe Vintage Good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 'Eiffel Tower' Ref. 2441 rare vintage gold...
R 395 165
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13
NL
Omega Seamaster 300 2913-7 SC Good Steel Automatic
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Omega Seamaster 300 - 2913-7 SC LOLLYPOP
R 504 595
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34
IT
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex GMT-MASTER II Steel Red/Blue Pepsi Bezel Mens 40MM
R 199 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA
Ulysse Nardin 12-72 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin High Frequency Chronometer 36000
R 43 043
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Zenith Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Automatic OVERSIZE - VINTAGE XL - SERVICED 41 mm
R 18 644
Verified Dealer
263
PL
Omega 711.5782 Fair White gold 16mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega white golden vintage rarity with original golden bracelet
R 19 252
Verified Dealer
1436
FI
Tudor Prince Oysterdate Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 7996 White 1969
R 44 583
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112
DE
Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Vintage Oyster Daytona Chronograph 6263 "Red" Steel
R 1 305 164
Verified Dealer
27
US
Corum Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
TOP
Corum Rolls Royce - Mechanical - 18K Gold - Circa. 1970s
R 79 968
Verified Dealer
28
UK
Heuer 110.573 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Heuer Carrera Vintage Chronograph
R 61 900
Verified Dealer
16
ZA
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022-69 Good Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI 1969 BA145022-69
R 627 446
Verified Dealer
78
JP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 6627 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 18k Yellow Gold Bezel 31mm
R 79 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA
IWC Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
IWC De Luxe with Pellaton Automatic and Integrated Link Bracelet
R 166 303
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47
CH
Zenith Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
TOP
Zenith Sub sec Vintage Oversize 60'
R 16 617
Verified Dealer
263
PL
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Vintage
R 65 844
Verified Dealer
99
CH
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex President Day-Date
R 217 527
Verified Dealer
28
US
Omega Genève 166.070 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
Omega Geneve
R 16 085
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Rolex 6144 Fair Steel 32mm Manual winding
Rolex Oyster Royal - Circa 1952
R 43 316
Verified Dealer
40
UK
Rolex Explorer 5500 Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex 5500 Explorer Early Tritium Dial - Vintage 1963 -...
R 208 806
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Verified Dealer
202
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master brown Nipple Dial
R 214 322
Verified Dealer
78
JP
Omega Memomatic 166.072 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Memomatic
R 32 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA
Piaget 9771 A 6 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding
TOP
Piaget Mystery Diamond Set Onyx Dial
R 164 346
Free shipping
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47
CH
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Silver Dial Riveted Bracelet 1963
R 48 726
Verified Dealer
91
JP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date 69160 Good Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
R 39 155
Verified Dealer
7
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic
Rolex 1500
R 104 396
Verified Dealer
28
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre 977-122 Very good Gold/Steel 34.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Automatic
R 21 409
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date) Spider Dial
R 234 930
Verified Dealer
9
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022-69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega 145.022-69 ST Speedmaster Straight Writing - 1st...
R 143 276
Free shipping
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202
UK
Rolex 6444 Fair Steel 32mm Manual winding
Rolex Oyster Royal - 1950s
R 55 534
Verified Dealer
40
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 1002 Good Steel 34mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34
R 39 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3838 Good Yellow gold 31mm Quartz
TOP
Patek Philippe Jumbo Ellipse, Sunburst Bluegold Dial, Full Set
R 134 999
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 Silver 1960s
R 48 378
Verified Dealer
91
JP
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day Date President 18038
R 246 398
Verified Dealer
 
US
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Tudor Submariner Snowflake
R 197 531
Free shipping
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17
CH
Omega Constellation 168.017 Very good Steel 34.5mm Automatic
Omega Constellation Chronometer
R 24 325
Verified Dealer
19
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 1002 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34
R 50 466
Verified Dealer
9
US
Rolex Explorer 1016 Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex 1016 Explorer Mark I - 3, 6, 9 Serial Number
R 344 308
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
202
UK
Rolex Cellini Rolex Cellini Gold Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Rolex Cellini 50 Pesos Gold coin
R 374 147
Verified Dealer
 
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16803 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone S/Steel and Y/G Blue Dial 40mm...
R 189 999
Verified Dealer
89
ZA

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.


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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.


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