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Patek Philippe Calatrava 570G Very good White gold 35mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Oversize 18k White Gold 570
Rp. 609,929,719
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22
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Rolex Milgauss 1019 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss 1019 rare black dial
Rp. 611,677,369
Professional dealer
19
MC
Universal Genève Very good Yellow gold 20mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève 1950s Flower Petal 18 KT Yellow Gold Bracelet...
Rp. 51,982,441
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38
US
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione 1973 full set
Rp. 734,012,842
Professional dealer
19
MC
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Steel Automatic
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Rolex Gmt-Master 1675 Brown Dial Mark 4 Pepsi
Rp. 277,876,290
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155
IT
Seiko Grand Seiko 5722-9991 Good Steel 36mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko Grand Seiko
Rp. 19,900,000
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Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36 Sigma Dial 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
Rp. 242,049,473

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Seiko 5 6106 8660 Good Steel 37mm Automatic Indonesia, INDONESIA
Seiko 5 ACTUS 6106 8660 EMERALD GREEN SUNBURST VINTAGE RARE
Rp. 2,673,383
Private Seller
ID
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 7025/4 Very good 38mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 7025/4 Jumbo 38mm Grey Dial
Rp. 33,417,283
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ID
Seiko Grand Seiko J14070 Fair Gold/Steel 34.5mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Seiko Grand Seiko
Rp. 33,240,296
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Seiko 5 Sports 6619-7070 Good Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko Vintage Seiko 5 Sportsmatic with box rare seiko japan
Rp. 5,569,547
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ID
Seiko Grand Seiko 5645-7000 Fair Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko Grand Seiko
Rp. 12,600,000
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ID
Orient Star G914560G Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic Indonesia, SURABAYA
Orient Three Stars
Rp. 1,262,431
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ID
Longines Admiral 2303-2 Good Steel 38mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Longines Admiral HF 2303-2 (Hi-beat Vintage)
Rp. 10,396,488
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Timex Timex 21 Jewels (Marlin) Good Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding Indonesia, SURABAYA
Timex 21 jewels Made in Great Britain Vintage 1970
Rp. 1,262,431
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ID
Omega Constellation 168017 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Constellation
Rp. 13,300,000
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Seiko 6139-7100 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko 6139-7100 Chronograph "Bobby Deerfield"
Rp. 8,822,163
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Seiko King 5626-7240 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko King Seiko Vanac 5626-7240 Red
Rp. 11,881,701
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Omega Seamaster 14701 2 SC Good Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Seamaster
Rp. 11,953,923
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ID
Orient 469603-6H PR Very good Gold/Steel 37mm Automatic Indonesia, SURABAYA
Orient 469603-6H PR
Rp. 787,163
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ID
Seiko King 5626-7040 Good 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko King Seiko
Rp. 13,100,000
Private Seller
ID
Omega Seamaster 166.003 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Omega Seamaster
Rp. 11,132,528
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Orient G904588 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Orient King Diver Vintage 1965
Rp. 2,747,643
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ID
Seiko King 4502-8010 Good Steel 36.5mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko King Seiko
Rp. 11,300,000
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Orient Good Steel 43mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Orient Extremely rare Vintage Orient King Diver circa 1970s...
Rp. 22,278,189
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Omega Genève 166.0174 Good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Rare Vintage Omega Geneve Burgundy / Cherry dial circa 1975
Rp. 12,995,610
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Seiko 5146-5001 Good Steel 38mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko Presmatic 5146-5001 Hi-Beat
Rp. 3,713,031
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Rolex Datejust 1601 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Datejust 1601 Circa 1960 Nice Condition
Rp. 59,408,504
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ID
Omega Seamaster 14770 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Seamaster
Rp. 9,944,126
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ID
Enicar 162-20-09 Good Gold/Steel 37mm Manual winding Indonesia, SURABAYA
Enicar 162-20-09
Rp. 727,754
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ID
Orient 904505 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Orient Cal. 42970 King Diver 1970 Vintage
Rp. 2,673,383
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ID
Longines 8355 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Longines Ultra Chron
Rp. 11,220,000
Private Seller
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Omega Seamaster 166.067 Good Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Seamaster
Rp. 14,500,000
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Rolex Explorer 6610 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer I ref. 6610 year 1957 "Gilt Dial"
Price on request
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155
IT
Orient Good Steel 43mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Orient King Diver Extremely rare Vintage Orient King Diver...
Rp. 22,278,189
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Rolex Datejust 6605 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Rolex Datejust 6605 Circa 1958 Salmon Dial
Rp. 59,408,504
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady B86779 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Quartz
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 30 Lady 18K (0,750) Gold Damenuhr...
Rp. 207,096,481

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Omega 2272 -6 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Omega Huge Vintage 38 mm Honeycomb Dial 1952 Ref. 2272
Rp. 58,546,262
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142
DE
Piaget 9571 Very good Yellow gold 29mm Manual winding
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Piaget 1966 TV-Dial & Integrated Bracelet Chess Pattern, 9P
Rp. 112,876,434
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71
CH
IWC R1419 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
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IWC Vintage 18K Gold 1969
Rp. 34,935,516
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Seiko 6139-7100 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko 6139-7100 "Helmet" Chronograph
Rp. 6,579,492
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Tudor Montecarlo 7169/0 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Tudor Monte Carlo FULL SET
Rp. 347,782,275
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70
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Cartier Tank Louis Cartier 7808 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Cartier Tank Louis 18k gelbgold mit weißem Zifferblatt fullset...
Rp. 174,590,198
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684
DE
Ulysse Nardin Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold Rare Vintage
Rp. 41,768,826
Free shipping
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Omega Genève 31497813 Very good Steel 36.8mm Automatic
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Omega Geneve AUTOMATIC DE VILLE - Perfect condition , SERVICED...
Rp. 14,855,022
Professional dealer
386
PL
Longines 8351 Good Steel 34mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Longines Ultra Chron
Rp. 14,100,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
Rp. 56,798,613

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SMITHS 60466E Good Steel 35mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Smiths W10
Rp. 31,932,071
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615 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding Indonesia, SURABAYA
TITONI TITOFLEX
Rp. 846,571
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ID
IWC Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
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IWC Excellent 18K Rose Gold Vintage 1955 Cal. 89
Rp. 68,158,335
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142
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Bulova Diamond 8404 Very good White gold 25mm Manual winding
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Bulova White Gold Lapis Lazuli-Dial Diamonds Ladies Jewel
Rp. 72,563,422
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CH
Omega Constellation 168017 Good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Constellation
Rp. 17,000,000
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Seiko 7a28-703B Good Steel 40mm Quartz Indonesia, Tangerang
Seiko 7a28-703B Reversed Panda Dial
Rp. 5,850,000
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Seiko 6306-8030 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko Actus SS 6306-8030 Blue Dial
Rp. 4,604,159
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Omega De Ville 511.0936 Good Steel 24mm Manual winding Indonesia, SURABAYA
Omega DeVille for Ladies
Rp. 6,312,154
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ID
Omega Constellation 168017 Good Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Constellation
Rp. 14,500,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6827 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 31 18K Gold Diamanten Automatik Damenuhr Oyster...
Rp. 172,143,488

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Zenith Very good 36mm Manual winding
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Zenith Square - Vintage - 60' Serviced
Rp. 12,058,782
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386
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Patek Philippe 3553/1 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding Indonesia, Tangerang Selatan
Patek Philippe Gondolo 3553/1 Vintage 18K Yellow Gold
Rp. 133,654,281
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Heuer 110253 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Heuer Carrera Chrono 110.253 Automatic Deep Blue 1978
Rp. 120,587,824
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142
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Baume & Mercier 35108 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Manual winding
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Baume & Mercier Doublesigned: Classic, Thin and Made for Oman
Rp. 48,375,615
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71
CH
Omega Constellation 168.005 Fair Gold/Steel 34.0mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Cal. 564
Rp. 24,298,078
Professional dealer
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Cartier Tank (submodel) Cartier must de tank ladies Very good Gold/Steel 20,5mm Manual winding Indonesia, Tangerang
Cartier Must De Cartier Tank Argent 925 Manual Winding Lady Size
Rp. 13,750,000
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89724 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding Indonesia, SURABAYA
Nelson Dress watch
Rp. 594,085
Private Seller
ID

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.