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Omega Vintage Speedmaster Ed White / Cal.321 / Steel / Ca.1965
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Ed White / Cal.321 / Steel / Ca.1965
AED 37,266
Free shipping
Seller
VintageCaliber GmbH
30
DE
Vacheron Constantin - Vintage 47101 White Dial RG
Vacheron Constantin - Vintage 47101 White Dial RG
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref  2143
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref 2143
AED 21,395
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Vintage Full Yellow Gold
Patek Philippe Vintage Full Yellow Gold
AED 88,505
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL
AED 18,081
Seller
Rainbow Tech
AE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
AED 39,019
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Daydate
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Daydate
price on request
Seller
GoldenTimeCo
AE
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Gibraltar Tercentenary Limited...
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Gibraltar Tercentenary Limited...
AED 47,117
Seller
Watch & Bullion
 
GI
Bell & Ross - Bell & Ross Vintage 120 - 120-A-S15467
Bell & Ross - Bell & Ross Vintage 120 - 120-A-S15467
AED 5,919
Seller
New Watches Barcelona, S.L.
 
ES
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
AED 7,015
Seller
Foto Camera
21
IT
Rolex - Vintage Cellini Khanjar Oman 5083
Rolex - Vintage Cellini Khanjar Oman 5083
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Rolex Chronograph " Vintage "
Rolex Chronograph " Vintage "
AED 241,130
Seller
Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
IWC Vintage Portuguese Hand Wound
IWC Vintage Portuguese Hand Wound
AED 20,353
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Girard Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Vintage
Girard Perregaux Haute Horlogerie Vintage
AED 113,899
Seller
Rainbow Tech
AE
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Jackpot Tourbillon
AED 896,257
Seller
The Golden Line
AE
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
AED 11,180
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
AED 5,257
Seller
Private seller
 
SK
Graham - Graham Silverstone vintage chrono - 2BLFS.B36A
Graham - Graham Silverstone vintage chrono - 2BLFS.B36A
AED 16,660
Seller
New Watches Barcelona, S.L.
 
ES
Zenith El Primero Vintage 1969 Limited Edition chronorgraph
Zenith El Primero Vintage 1969 Limited Edition chronorgraph
AED 32,881
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
DE
Zodiac - Vintage Blue Dial Y/G
Zodiac - Vintage Blue Dial Y/G
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Vacheron Constantin Calendar Vintage rosé / yellowgold
Vacheron Constantin Calendar Vintage rosé / yellowgold
AED 56,118
Seller
Uhren Schöfer GmbH
DE
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Chronograph
AED 56,016
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage&#34...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage"...
AED 118,369
Seller
C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
AED 606,684
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Omega Seamaster - vintage ref 165.002
Omega Seamaster - vintage ref 165.002
AED 3,288
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Zenith Vintage
Zenith Vintage
AED 1,403
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
AED 34,478
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
AED 204,334
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Longines - Vintage Diamond Bezel Y/G
Longines - Vintage Diamond Bezel Y/G
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
AED 64,877
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
Girard Perregaux GIRARD-PERREGAUX	VINTAGE 1945 XXL	CHRONOGRAPH
Girard Perregaux GIRARD-PERREGAUX VINTAGE 1945 XXL CHRONOGRAPH
AED 29,875
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Omega Classic Vintage 132.019 Yellow Gold Plated, 34mm
Omega Classic Vintage 132.019 Yellow Gold Plated, 34mm
AED 1,864
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175ST.OO.0789ST.01 - 33mm Quartz...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175ST.OO.0789ST.01 - 33mm Quartz...
AED 21,702
Seller
Uhren Menze
22
DE
Omega Seamaster vintage Pre-bond – Men's watch
Omega Seamaster vintage Pre-bond – Men's watch
AED 3,288
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Bell & Ross Vintage
Bell & Ross Vintage
AED 7,892
Seller
Private seller
 
FR
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Ref-1550SG Stainless...
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Ref-1550SG Stainless...
AED 14,687
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage  5514
Rolex S/S O/P Very Rare Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
AED 216,354
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Piaget - Vintage large wrist watch 949
Piaget - Vintage large wrist watch 949
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Rolex Daytona Custom Paul Newman Keramik Black Cosmograph...
Rolex Daytona Custom Paul Newman Keramik Black Cosmograph...
AED 65,316
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
IWC CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE IWC Vintage Collection Pilot Hand-wo
IWC CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE IWC Vintage Collection Pilot Hand-wo
AED 25,767
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
AED 331,989
Seller
European Watch Company
44
US
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
AED 39,075
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Omega Seamaster 600 vintage men's wristwatch, 1965
Omega Seamaster 600 vintage men's wristwatch, 1965
AED 2,192
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
AED 2,644
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
AED 26,217
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
AED 2,988
Seller
Porcello Jewelers
 
US
Zodiac - Vintage Brown Dial Y/G
Zodiac - Vintage Brown Dial Y/G
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Rolex Daytona Custom Stahl Keramik braun Automatik Chronograph...
Rolex Daytona Custom Stahl Keramik braun Automatik Chronograph...
AED 65,316
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
Girard Perregaux - Vintage 1945
Girard Perregaux - Vintage 1945
AED 100,082
Seller
Luxury Souq Dubai
AE
Rolex Daytona  "Paul Newman  Vintage Edition" Keramik...
Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman Vintage Edition" Keramik...
AED 104,278
Seller
C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
AED 319,494
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Omega Vintage – men's watch – 1963
Omega Vintage – men's watch – 1963
AED 1,973
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Omega Seamaster vintage beauty
Omega Seamaster vintage beauty
AED 1,315
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 1675 (RO2440)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 1675 (RO2440)
AED 144,678
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
69
IT
Rolex Oysterdate 6694 Collectible 1978 Mens Vintage Mickey...
Rolex Oysterdate 6694 Collectible 1978 Mens Vintage Mickey...
AED 17,384
Seller
GMTSKY
142
US
Audemars Piguet - Vintage Lady Royal Oak 66345BA/Z/0790BA.01
Audemars Piguet - Vintage Lady Royal Oak 66345BA/Z/0790BA.01
price on request
Seller
Qahtan Jewellery & Watches
AE
Rolex Daytona Custom Stahl Keramik Black Automatik Chronograph...
Rolex Daytona Custom Stahl Keramik Black Automatik Chronograph...
AED 60,931
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 96
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 96
AED 30,470
Seller
Le Collection´heure
47
BE
Universal Genève Regulateur Vintage (rare) Nos Steel, Leather,...
Universal Genève Regulateur Vintage (rare) Nos Steel, Leather,...
AED 5,826
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
Rolex 6536/1 Vintage Submariner 6536 'James Bond'...
AED 296,885
Seller
European Watch Company
44
US

Vintage Watches: A Piece of Watch History

Vintage watches appeal to a wide audience. They offer the chance to buy high-quality, pre-owned watches at attractive prices. Both watch enthusiasts who love particular designs and collectors of expensive, rare pieces will get their money's worth.

Reasons to buy a vintage watch:

  • Wide price spectrum
  • Large selection of different designs and materials
  • Authenticity
  • Access to watch series no longer in production

Vintage Watches: Old, Not Retro

There are no exact guidelines laid out for which watches are considered "vintage." However, time is an important factor. Watch expert Robert-Jan Broer from the site FratelloWatches considers watches from 1990 and earlier to be vintage. However, Broer also says that everyone can decide for themselves if they consider an older watch vintage or not.
Price is one of the main factors involved when buying a vintage watch. A good example is the Omega Seamaster, a prestigious model that's been produced since 1948. A new, mechanical Seamaster costs between 3,000 and 5,000 euros. However, used Seamasters from years past, both automatic and manual, can be found for 500 to 1,000 euros in good or very good condition. This makes it possible for you to be the owner of a famous watch from one of the top Swiss manufacturers for comparatively little money. If you want to show off your knowledge and love of watches on your wrist, a 50-year-old Omega, Rolex, or Breitling is just as good as a new one.
If you've decided to purchase a vintage watch, you have another advantage: You're not limited to current models; you have a large selection of older watch models to choose from. You may even find an older model of a watch that you like better than the one currently being produced. Furthermore, vintage watches are authentic - they've experienced the 1960s or 1970s for themselves. This characteristic gives vintage watches a unique appeal and differentiates them from retro watches. Retro watches are watches that are created in the style of vintage watches, but are recently produced. They aren't historic; they just look the part. A true vintage watch offers real nostalgia.
Vintage models are sometimes the only way to acquire watches with specific qualities. Take the Rolex Explorer for example. Since 2010, Rolex has offered it with a larger case size of 39 mm. If you want a smaller size, then you need to look for an older Explorer model. The last 36-mm Explorer had reference number 114270. You could also take a look at reference numbers 6610, 1016, and 14270.
This example demonstrates the importance of being familiar with reference numbers when buying a vintage watch. Reference numbers help you identify and find watches from a certain time period or with other special characteristics faster and more easily.

Buying Tips

Searching for information and comparing prices from a large selection of watches is part of the watch buying experience. This also includes price checking. To avoid purchasing a fake, the following rule applies: If the price is unrealistically low, then you should proceed with caution. You can easily find the prevailing price level for a particular pre-owned model on Chrono24. There should always be a clear reason given if a watch is either much more or much less expensive than comparative models. Thus, an Omega Seamaster for three figures shouldn't raise any suspicion. A Rolex Submariner at that price, however, should raise alarm, as Submariners are usually much more expensive.
Knowing whether a watch is being offered at a fair price requires experience and expertise. Watch magazines and websites can provide you with a lot of helpful information. You can also ask questions on watch forums and receive competent, informed answers from experts.
The price structure of the vintage watch market can be a bit tricky to understand for the layman. For example, a somewhat damaged-looking watch can be much more valuable than a similar watch in almost perfect condition. This is because the original condition of the watch is what matters most. It's not a big deal if there are signs of wear and tear; what matters is if the watch has its original parts. If many have been replaced, such as the dial, hands, and crown, then even good looks can't prevent the watch from decreasing in value.
The price increases further if the watch is offered together with its original box and papers. The original packaging and manufacturer and dealer papers originate from the initial purchase decades ago. They're considered important proof that the timepiece offered is legitimate. However, this does not mean that you should avoid vintage watches without a box and papers. Often, there is a simple and reasonable explanation as to why they're missing, e.g. they couldn't be found and were probably thrown away by the original owner at some point.
If you don't have the time or you're simply not interested in immersing yourself deeply in the subject, then you're much better off depending on a serious dealer. A dealer can offer you a watch that they have inspected at a fair price and in some cases, even offer a warranty.
Watches without previous inspection are also offered, mostly by private sellers. In these cases, it's a good idea to have a bit of money on hand for any necessary maintenance. Even a simple inspection or repair can cost around 200 euros. When you buy a vintage diving watch, you should have its waterproofness checked and exchange the gaskets if you want to wear the watch underwater.

Small Mistakes Lead to Vintage Treasures

In many ways, buying a vintage watch is comparable to buying an antique car, or at least a highly sought-after used car. Some vintage watch enthusiasts are more like stamp collectors, however, searching for a certain misprint and paying large amounts once they've found it. Take Rolex's Explorer II, for example. Models from the 1970s had a second 24-hour red-orange hour hand which faded significantly under UV rays. Curiously, what began as a defect developed into a treasure - models with reference number 1655 and a faded 24-hour hour hand are sold for five figures today. They're significantly more expensive than a brand new Explorer II. Furthermore, the Explorer II was also linked to the actor Steve McQueen. Famous figures who wear the watch often contribute to a watch's value. This example shows that even vintage watches can be suitable investments and not just a good deal in a lower price range.
A vintage watch that's in good condition retains a relatively stable value. Occasionally, they can increase in value for reasons which have nothing to do with watches directly. For example, those who bought a pre-owned watch with a solid gold case 20 years ago certainly don't regret it, as the price of gold has tripled since then. If it were to be sold again, it would be worth more today simply because of its higher material worth.
Collections no longer in production usually yield high prices in the vintage watch market as well. The Autavia chronograph from Heuer, for example, was beloved by race car drivers in the early 1970s. Today, however, the manufacturer is called TAG Heuer and the Autavia is no longer in production. Pre-owned, it typically costs more than a significant number of new watches from this Swiss brand. A well-maintained Autavia can cost upwards of 3,000 euros. However, whether someone would choose to part from such an old treasure is a different question altogether.