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Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3930 Very good Steel 34mm Quartz
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Patek Philippe Ellipse for man Quartz Full Set 34 x 29mm
R 117 251
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128
CH
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3589 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Rare ellipse Man White Gold 18k blue dial 36 x...
R 143 116
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128
CH
Universal Genève Polerouter universal polerouter Good Steel 33mm Automatic
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Universal Genève Pole Router Tropical Gilt Patina Cosmos...
R 43 462
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355
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 6536/1 Good Steel Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Red 6536-1 Extremely Rare
R 1 207 000
Professional dealer
13
ES
Ernest Borel Fair Steel 35mm Manual winding South Africa, Primrose
Ernest Borel Chamber of Mines
R 3 696
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex 1680 Submariner Red MK4 (NO CYCLOPS)
R 350 000
Private Seller
ZA
Oris Aquis Date 01 733 7730 4157-07 8 24 05PEB Fair Steel 43.5mm Manual winding South Africa, Springs
Oris Aquis Date
R 40 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Datejust 1601 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Datejust
R 60 000
Private Seller
ZA
Eterna Kontiki 633.1017.44 Good Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Eterna Kontiki 20
R 7 300
Private Seller
ZA
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3468-5 Very good White gold 33mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 18K Gold White Weissgold Manual...
R 117 079
Professional dealer
679
DE
Rolex Oyster Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Handaufzug Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
R 58 798

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DE
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Submariner Snowflake Ref. 9411/0 Excellet Condition Just...
R 153 461
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152
IT
Omega Omega Cal 286 18K Gold Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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Omega 18k Gold vintage Cal 286 1962
R 28 433
Professional dealer
156
HU
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz Circa 1980
R 57 969
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13
ZA
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Very good 36mm
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Patek Philippe 3938/1 Ellipse Jumbo XL Full Set 36 x 31mm +...
R 206 914
Professional dealer
128
CH
Vacheron Constantin 6394 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Stunning 36mm Vintage 60´s 18kt Yellow...
R 120 614
Professional dealer
800
ES
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Steel 35,5mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rare Vintage 1950 Chronograph Valjoux 72
R 98 284
Professional dealer
136
DE
Heuer 16.8433 Good Steel 56mm Manual winding South Africa, Malelane
Heuer Rallye leonidas sa swiss 16.8433
R 28 000
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ZA
IWC Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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IWC Cal. 89 Rose Gold Shark Lugs SERVICED
R 44 758
Professional dealer
29
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady B86779 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 30 Lady 18K (0,750) Gold Damenuhr...
R 210 535

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DE
Omega Seamaster 15413052 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Omega SEAMASTER 36mm - Vintage - Black - Serviced LIKE NEW 1956
R 26 726
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370
PL
Zenith Zenith Silver Schützenuhr Unworn Silver 31mm Manual winding
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Zenith Silver Schützen Ladies Pocket watch taschenuhr 1979
R 15 501
Professional dealer
156
HU
Rolex Datejust 4467 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Datejust "Ovettone" Ref.4467, Rare Vintage, Circa 1950,...
R 159 415
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13
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Pour Nestlé 8 days power reserve mécanique
R 15 174
Professional dealer
128
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch '73 861
R 94 999
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149
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre MEMOVOX 1962 Automatic 825 Date Black Glossy
R 75 006
Professional dealer
136
DE
Omega De Ville Trésor OT 2737 Very good Yellow gold Automatic
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Omega Tresor 18K Gold + Original Box +Original Strap and...
R 86 663
Professional dealer
10
CH
Ulysse Nardin A.261 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Vintage Chronometer 36000
R 38 612
Professional dealer
29
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6916/6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust 18k (0,750) Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref....
R 109 147

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DE
Zenith 4541015 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Zenith Oversize - Rare Vintage' Thin suit- Serviced 1956
R 20 691
Professional dealer
370
PL
Heuer 2446 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Heuer Autavia 3rd generation Rindt special factory order...
R 934 654
Professional dealer
283
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 1680 Red Meters First Dial Box &...
R 652 150
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13
ZA
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3585 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 3585 extremely rare full serviced 2 years...
R 272 437
Professional dealer
128
CH
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
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149
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Exclusive Triple Date 18K Rose Gold Cal.484...
R 97 422
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136
DE
Vacheron Constantin 7590 Very good Yellow gold 24mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Linen Dial Vintage Classic
R 55 159
Professional dealer
69
CH
Omega Genève 136.041 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Geneve Date Two Tone Purple Men's 1959s Winding Wrist...
R 14 478
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355
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022-69ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Handaufzug Ref....
R 150 013

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DE
Heuer 1163V Unworn Steel Automatic
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Heuer Autavia 1163V N.O.S.
R 103 457
Professional dealer
150
IT
Omega Constellation 168.004 Good Steel 36mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Constellation Chronometer Steel SERVICED
R 16 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 16800 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref.16800 Matte Pumpkin Dial Box &...
R 297 091
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13
ZA
Zenith El Primero 01-0200-415 Very good Steel Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Tv with full revision 2021 zenith
R 94 836
Professional dealer
128
CH
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner No-date 40mm (1982)
R 179 999
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149
ZA
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 38mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Excellent Chronograph 18K Gold 38mm Cal. 285
R 75 869
Professional dealer
DE
Piaget 14102 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz
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Piaget Integrated Bracelet Beta21, Hawk Eye Dial
R 260 038
Professional dealer
69
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15505 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Rolex Date
R 62 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6827 Very good Gold/Steel 31mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 31 Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
R 87 766

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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Glossy Gilt Dial
R 543 459
Professional dealer
8
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Omega Constellation 2852 Good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Constellation 2852-5 SC c.1955
R 30 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Rolex Datejust 6305 Good Rose gold 36mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Datejust Ref.6305 Rare Vintage, Pink Gold, Patina Dial
R 260 860
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13
ZA
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Very good 36mm
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Patek Philippe 3938/1 Oversized Ellipse Jumbo XL rare dial...
R 215 536
Professional dealer
128
CH
Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Fair Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex GMT-Master Two-Tone Black Dial Jubilee 1988 (40mm)
R 189 999
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149
ZA
Rolex GMT-Master 16750 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-MASTER Black Matte Dial Stainless Steel Complete Set...
R 398 536
Professional dealer
17
US
Universal Genève Polerouter Very good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz
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Universal Genève Sector Dial Polerouter Electric, Huguenin...
R 78 799
Professional dealer
69
CH
Heuer 110.573 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
Heuer Carrera Vintage Chronograph
R 61 900
Professional dealer
21
ZA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1505 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 34 Stahl / Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetua...
R 82 421

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
R 123 184
Professional dealer
8
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Silver 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner 5513 feet-first y.1969 SERVICED
R 210 000
Professional dealer
6
ZA
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 1680 MK 1 Matte Dial
R 182 602
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13
ZA
Patek Philippe Very good
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Patek Philippe Gilt brass desk solar rectangular
R 150 013
Professional dealer
128
CH
Omega Memomatic 166.072 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Memomatic
R 29 999
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149
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Vintage Stainless Steel Feet First Ref. 5513
R 260 860
Professional dealer
17
US
Piaget Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
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Piaget Thin 1971 Stone Dial Tonneau, cal 9P
R 78 799
Professional dealer
69
CH
Omega Genève 146.009 Fair Steel 34mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Chronostop Vintage Mens Watch
R 24 900
Professional dealer
21
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.