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Omega Constellation 32 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation
14k Automatic Vintage Men’s Watch 1970 Serviced + Warranty
Rp.24,331,491
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1 Steel 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
Jumbo Service Sealed
Rp.3,491,282,316
+ Rp.1,147,682 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Good Steel Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II
16760 GMT-Master II Fat Lady
Rp.226,998,573
Free shipping
Omega Seamaster Fair Steel Quartz Indonesia, Jakarta Selatan
Omega Seamaster
RARE Omega Seamaster 1425 Textured Dial
Rp.7,069,057
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko 7005-7001 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, Bandung
Seiko
Green Cross Hair 7005 - 7001 free shipping
Rp.5,422,986
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694 Very good Steel 34mm Manual winding Indonesia, Sidoarjo
Rolex Oysterdate Precision
6694
Rp.49,500,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Enicar Sherpa 2342 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Enicar Sherpa
RARE.. SHERPA GUIDE VINTAGE SHORT LUGS OUTSTANDING CONDITION ALL ORIGINAL
Rp.28,664,356
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
Date Datejust 26 Original Coral Stone Dial 18K Gold Gelbgold 750 Automatic president
Rp.299,229,008
+ Rp.4,989,923 for shipping
Enicar Sherpa Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta Barat
Enicar Sherpa
Graph Jim Clark Valjoux 72 ca. 1962 Outstanding Condition
Rp.147,195,340
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Genève 136.0049 Very good Gold/Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Genève
Vintage Black dial Data Serviced Warranty like New 1972
Rp.22,620,981
+ Rp.491,428 for shipping
Eterna Matic Very good Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Sidoarjo
Eterna Matic
Chronometer Cal 1412U
Rp.13,000,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Longines 618156 Very good Automatic Indonesia, Malang
Longines
Ultra Chron
Rp.19,367,808
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko 6138-8000 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko
6138-8000 Baby Panda
Rp.41,664,028
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Speedmaster 378.0801 / 178.0002 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Indonesia, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara
Omega Speedmaster
378.0801 / 178.0002
Rp.65,558,290
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
1680 Blue Nipple Dial Mens Watch
Rp.774,696,823
+ Rp.1,549,425 for shipping
Omega Constellation 1680056 Good Steel 35mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Omega Constellation
ST 168 0056 Silver Brushed 1011 Year 1973 Vintage (SERVICED)
Rp.10,450,000
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust
16019 rare 18K Gold Weissgold White Herrenuhr Automatic Automatik blue Jubilée
Rp.997,818,133
+ Rp.4,989,923 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase TA 345.0810 Good Titanium 43mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
Teutonic Mondphasen Chronograph Titan / 18Karat Gelbgold
Rp.137,222,864
+ Rp.2,910,788 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 168.022 Very good Steel 36.5mm Manual winding
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Omega Seamaster
CHRONOMETER Officially Certified AUTOMATIC OVERSIZE XL Serviced DATA 1968
Rp.33,099,818
+ Rp.491,428 for shipping
Orient Good Steel 43mm Automatic Indonesia, Jakarta
Orient
Vintage Orient King Diver circa 1970s authentic Orient Japan extremely rare
Rp.21,676,451
Free shipping
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Submariner
Vintage Submariner Snowflake 9411/0 SERVICED
Rp.162,442,241
+ Rp.2,525,009 for shipping
Vacheron Constantin 6913 Good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin
Cioccolatone / Tank with Striped Dial Rare cal1001
Rp.78,780,278
+ Rp.1,683,339 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6239 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona
Big Daytona Oyster Cosmograph ref. 6239 all-original untouc excellent conditions year 1969
Rp.861,593,254
+ Rp.3,808,974 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18239 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
18239 Black Dial 18K White Gold Mens Watch Box Papers
Rp.325,363,679
+ Rp.1,549,425 for shipping
Seiko King 15034 Good Steel 35.5mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko King
KS First 15034 AD Dial Manual 25J Year 1963 Vintage (SERVICED)
Rp.15,610,000
Free shipping
Cartier 21 Must de Cartier Cartier Must de Cartier 21 Very good Steel 34mm Quartz
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Cartier 21 Must de Cartier
Roman Bezel Seconds Hand Date 2 Tone Mens Watch....34mm
Rp.30,911,021
+ Rp.1,502,942 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase TA 345.0810 Good Titanium 43mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
Teutonic Mondphasen Chronograph Titan / 18Karat Gelbgold
Rp.132,232,941
+ Rp.2,910,788 for shipping
Omega 2639-1 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Omega
Two Tone Dial Vintage Oversize Serviced Warranty 1950
Rp.27,444,573
+ Rp.491,428 for shipping
Doxa 300 No T Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Doxa
Searambler 300 Very Rare 1st release no T dial
Rp.113,228,533
+ Rp.1,779,439 for shipping
Enicar 072-02-02 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Enicar
Vintage Aqua Graph Paddle Hands all original
Rp.139,717,160
+ Rp.2,525,009 for shipping

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Eterna Very good White gold 23mm Manual winding
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Eterna
Ladies Diamond Bezel Lapis Dial Jewelry Watch
Rp.84,166,964
+ Rp.1,683,339 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 6748 Very good Steel 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31
1970
Rp.48,235,916
+ Rp.3,808,974 for shipping
Cartier Panthère Very good Steel 22mm Quartz
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Cartier Panthère
Two Rows Ladies Watch Box Papers
Rp.66,609,765
+ Rp.1,549,425 for shipping
Seiko King 45-8000 Good Steel 37.5mm Manual winding Indonesia, Jakarta
Seiko King
KS 45-8000 Linen Dial 45KS Manual 4500A Year 1969 Vintage (SERVICED)
Rp.7,950,000
Free shipping
Bulova Bulova Super Seville Fair Steel 36mm Automatic Indonesia, LAMONGAN
Bulova
Rare Bulova Super Seville Day date Automatic Gold Tone 5-989974 All Original 36mm Mens
Rp.7,886,571
Free shipping
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master
Pepsi 1675 Mark 3 Radial Dial Jubilee Serial 508XXXX Swiss-T 25
Rp.593,684,324
+ Rp.11,876,015 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 14390-4SC Very good Steel Manual winding
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Omega Seamaster
Vintage Black Dial Serviced - 1960
Rp.27,204,035
+ Rp.491,428 for shipping
Longines 7150-1 Very good Steel 42mm
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Longines
ESPA Super Compressor Diver
Rp.149,753,866
+ Rp.1,779,439 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus
3700/1 Like New Perfect Blue Dial with Extract
Rp.2,561,493,457
+ Rp.4,158,269 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
Red TROPICAL Meters First MKII
Rp.1,047,717,356
+ Rp.3,326,615 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700 Very good Yellow gold 41mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Jumbo 3700/11J Blue Dial Yellow Gold B+P
Rp.4,906,756,947
+ Rp.4,158,269 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16013 Very good 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36
16013 Champagne Dial Mens Watch
Rp.85,202,861
+ Rp.1,549,425 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
145.022
Rp.124,079,116
+ Rp.3,010,267 for shipping
Mido Commander MIDO COMMANDER 8223 Fair Steel Automatic Indonesia, LAMONGAN
Mido Commander
rare Mido commander 8233 president dual tone day date Vintage
Rp.4,167,952
Free shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 8638ST Good Steel 29mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady
Automatik 29 mm
Rp.187,122,087
+ Rp.1,330,646 for shipping
Omega 2791-4 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Omega
Vintage Manual wind " Two tone diall " oversize sub second steel case 1954
Rp.30,122,498
+ Rp.491,428 for shipping
Heuer 3646 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding
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Heuer
Andretti 3646 Very Rare 2nd execution
Rp.353,921,113
+ Rp.4,682,735 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6241 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Daytona
6241 14kt with Dark Brown Compax Very Rare
Rp.4,407,764,715
+ Rp.4,158,269 for shipping
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 81600 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Manual winding
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute
Vintage Cosmonaut - Lemania 1873
Rp.79,672,426
+ Rp.3,326,615 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36
black dial steel Ref. 1601 no lume
Rp.72,353,874
+ Rp.4,158,269 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
1803 Linen Dial 18K Yellow Gold Mens Watch
Rp.131,685,600
+ Rp.1,549,425 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1J Good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus
3800/1J
Rp.1,412,148,016
+ Rp.1,314,013 for shipping
Mido Commander mido commander 8223 Fair Steel Automatic Indonesia, LAMONGAN
Mido Commander
Rare Mido Commander President 8223 DayDate Swiss white Automatic Watch Vintage
Rp.4,586,297
Free shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Fair Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date
Black Nipple Dial Yellow Gold
Rp.588,006,649
+ Rp.38,735,616 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 1807 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 36
President Bracelet Yellow Gold Champagne Diamond Pie Pan Dial 1807
Rp.178,183,833
Free shipping
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master
1675 vintage jubilee box and service paperwork
Rp.327,697,797
+ Rp.1,554,668 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel Manual winding
Rolex Daytona
6263 FAP - Fuerza Aerea del Perù with Perfect Black Dial
Rp.1,979,335,853
+ Rp.4,158,269 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master
1675 MK5 Dial
Rp.282,595,934
+ Rp.3,326,615 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Daytona
6263 Big Red 1978
Rp.1,571,825,530
+ Rp.1,663,308 for shipping
Armand Nicolet 446-28 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
Armand Nicolet
Charles Nicolet Vintage Chrono Triple Date Roségold
Rp.54,057,492
+ Rp.1,330,646 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 1002 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34
COCA COLA in 18K Gelbgold UNPOLIERT Collectors Watch
Rp.114,601,883
+ Rp.4,956,656 for shipping
Seiko 5 5126-8090 Fair Steel Automatic Indonesia, LAMONGAN
Seiko 5
Vintage 1968 Rare Seiko 5 Kamen Rider 5126-8090 Stainless Steel Automatic Mens
Rp.6,523,078
Free shipping
Omega 2505-31 Good Steel 38mm Manual winding
Omega
Jumbo 38mm Cal.264
Rp.38,256,071
+ Rp.4,989,923 for shipping

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.


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.