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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date 25572ST.OO.0789ST.01 Very good Steel
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date
cream/citron dial
AED142,680
+ AED1,631 for shipping
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 90814 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Tudor Prince Oysterdate
Jumbo Ref. 90814 Vintage 1982 Mens Watch....38mm
AED12,282
+ AED362 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
Sultan of Oman President 18K Gold Gelbgold 750 Automatik Automatic Khanjar
AED122,257
+ AED1,223 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18039 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date 36
salmon Dial
AED70,000
+ AED55 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date 36
Stella Dial
AED180,000
Free shipping
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25750OR.OO.A002XX.01 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding UAE
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
Petit Sonnerie 25750OR.OO.A002XX.01
AED540,277
Free shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 Very good 37mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
3800
AED294,452
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Vintage Black Dial 40mm Steel - 5513
AED67,600
Free shipping
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Submariner
Vintage Submariner Snowflake 9411/0 SERVICED
AED39,382
+ AED612 for shipping
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
AED5,544
+ AED122 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
AED33,632
+ AED713 for shipping
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex GMT-Master
1977 GMT-Master Pepsi UAE Logo Dial Ministry of Defence Vintage
Price on request
Free shipping
Cartier Panthère Very good Steel 22mm Quartz
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Cartier Panthère
Two Rows Ladies Watch Box Papers
AED16,024
+ AED373 for shipping
Rolex Air King Date 5701 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Air King Date
1983
AED33,993
Free shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE
Rolex Day-Date 36
18238
AED66,906
Free shipping
Tudor Submariner Very good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Tudor Submariner
7016/0 Transitional Rose Logo bubble dial tropical bezel 1968 1 year production
AED26,919
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 4906 Very good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony
1st Automatic Calatrava: Rare & Important Bumper cal477 Magic Dial
AED35,652
+ AED408 for shipping
Enicar 072-02-02 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Enicar
Vintage Aqua Graph Paddle Hands all original
AED33,873
+ AED612 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 136.017 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Seamaster
Cosmic Data like New Serviced 1970
AED5,626
+ AED122 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
AED32,409
+ AED713 for shipping
Heuer 3646 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding
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Heuer
Andretti 3646 Very Rare 2nd execution
AED86,305
+ AED1,142 for shipping
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date
1680 Blue Nipple Dial Mens Watch
AED186,363
+ AED373 for shipping
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15000 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
1984
AED24,861
Free shipping
Rolex 6426 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding UAE, Downtown Dubai
Rolex
Oyster Precision
AED7,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox E855 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox
Vintage Memovox Gelbgold E855 - Full Set
AED32,201
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14700BC.A Very good White gold 36mm Automatic UAE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
14700BC.A
AED309,182
Free shipping
Chanel Première H0001 Good Steel 20mm Quartz UAE, 00000
Chanel Première
H0001
AED4,351
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster 14390-9-SC Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Omega Seamaster
Vintage Serviced - 1965
AED6,941
+ AED122 for shipping
Girard Perregaux Very good Steel 33mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Girard Perregaux
Mechanical Alarm Rare Enamel Dial Antimagnetic Brevet watch
AED3,716
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Vacheron Constantin 6913 Good Yellow gold 26mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin
Cioccolatone / Tank with Striped Dial Rare cal1001
AED19,099
+ AED408 for shipping

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Doxa 300 No T Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Doxa
Searambler 300 Very Rare 1st release no T dial
AED27,611
+ AED434 for shipping
Rolex Good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex
oyester perpetual date
AED13,046
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Datejust 36 16030 Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Datejust 36
1983 Datejust 36mm Uae Military Logo
AED50,729
Free shipping
Tudor 7903 Good Gold/Steel 31mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Tudor
1958 Middle East Map Dial Arabic Vintage
AED31,745
Free shipping
Seiko Superior 9983-8000 Good Steel 36mm Quartz UAE, PO Box 910910
Seiko Superior
Twin Quartz Superior 9983-8000
AED3,206
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Audemars Piguet 25589BA Unworn Yellow gold 33mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Audemars Piguet
Classic Day-Date Moonphase
AED50,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Seiko Lord Matic Very good 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Seiko Lord Matic
(Special) 5216-7070
AED2,446
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date 36
1803
AED41,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Omega Seamaster 168.022 Very good Steel 36.5mm Manual winding
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Omega Seamaster
CHRONOMETER Officially Certified AUTOMATIC OVERSIZE Serviced DATA 1968
AED8,357
+ AED122 for shipping
Piaget Polo 505165 Good Yellow gold Quartz UAE, Dubai
Piaget Polo
505165
AED130,457
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Day-Date Fair Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date
Oyster Day Date Perpetual
AED250,000
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Datejust 36 16220 Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Datejust 36
Silver Tapestry Dial 1989
AED28,924
Free shipping
Omega Constellation Day-Date 1961070 Good Yellow gold 34mm Quartz UAE, MBZ City
Omega Constellation Day-Date
1961070
AED2,900
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Gérald Genta Gefica Piaget, Patek, Audemars, Vacheron, gefica safari, pasha, octagonal Very good Yellow gold 33mm Quartz UAE, Dubai
Gérald Genta Gefica
For FRED Perpetual Calendar Moonphase
AED32,609
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15210 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic UAE, 97484
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
15210
AED27,955
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Movado 8463 Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Movado
Engine-Turned Dial 1950s Bumper Automatic
AED11,835
+ AED408 for shipping
Rolex Day-Date 36 18239BIC Very good White gold 36mm Automatic UAE
Rolex Day-Date 36
Tridor 18239BIC
AED81,815
Free shipping
Rolex Air King 5500 Good Steel 34mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Air King
5500
AED13,500
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Jaeger-LeCoultre 362918A Very good Gold/Steel 35mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Jaeger-LeCoultre
562399
AED9,318
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
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
AED7,383
+ AED122 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Fair Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Datejust 36
1601
AED23,482
Free shipping
Longines 7150-1 Very good Steel 42mm
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Longines
ESPA Super Compressor Diver
AED36,518
+ AED434 for shipping
Rolex Cellini 4017 Very good Yellow gold 28mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Rolex Cellini
1976 Cellini King Midas Burgundy Vintage
AED25,122
Free shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 1601 Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust 36
steel & rose gold
AED20,500
+ AED343 for shipping
Zenith Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Zenith
Steel cal133.8 Calatrava Full Set
AED12,243
+ AED408 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Huitième 25644BA.OO.A003XX.01 Very good Yellow gold 41mm Automatic UAE
Audemars Piguet Huitième
Chronograph 25644BA.OO.A003XX.01
AED42,678
Free shipping
Heuer Good Steel 42mm Automatic
Heuer
Montreal Chronograph Automatik Vintage Cal. 12
AED16,266
+ AED241 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6263 BIG EYES 1975 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona
6263 BIG EYES 1975
AED387,276
+ AED2,446 for shipping
Omega Seamaster 14704 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster
Automatic 1960 Like New Serviced
AED5,870
+ AED122 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 6241 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Daytona
6241 14kt with Dark Brown Compax Very Rare
AED1,080,295
+ AED1,019 for shipping
Rolex Datejust 36 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust 36
Unpolished in Excellent Condition Like New UAE Armed Forces Edition
AED41,400
Free shipping
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Good Steel 23mm Quartz UAE, Dubai
Vacheron Constantin Harmony
Vintage Saudi King Fahad Logo Dial
AED13,703
Free shipping
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady-Datejust
26 69178 18k Gold 1984
AED29,667
+ AED434 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.