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Citizen 3810-451643, CITIZEN, Titanium Quartz New Titanium 36mm Quartz
TOP
Citizen Titanium Quartz 3810-451643 Vintage model Rare
AED 1,452
Verified Dealer
377
UK
Cartier Very good Yellow gold
TOP
Cartier (attributed) Jade Vintage Carved Green and Gold...
AED 15,144
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
32
US
Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 1603 Vintage 1966 Stainless Steel Automatic...
AED 14,975
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
48
US
Patek Philippe Vintage 3494 Good Yellow gold 26mm
TOP
Patek Philippe Vintage
AED 99,802
Verified Dealer
9
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919J-001 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava full set origin in very good condition
AED 48,792
Verified Dealer
82
CH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1a Good Steel Automatic UAE, Dubai
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus
AED 135,000
Private Seller
 
AE
Heuer 1550 SG Good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Heuer BUND Military Flyback "Bundeswehr" Vintage
AED 18,851
Verified Dealer
502
ES
Patek Philippe 3087 Very good Rose gold 19mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Lady
AED 18,851
Verified Dealer
185
IT
Longines Flagship 3418 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Longines Flagship Automatic 18k Yellow Gold 1965
AED 17,743
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
111
DE
Omega Omega 2639-11 Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega vintage steel cal 266 Honeycomb dial 1952
AED 6,205
Verified Dealer
103
HU
Rolex Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 26 mm gold 750 rare ref. 69068 serviced
AED 34,154
Verified Dealer
112
IT
Tissot Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Tissot Vintage Tissot Seastar 17 Jewels Gent Watch
AED 461
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15037 Fair Yellow gold 34mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Military Uae Logo Eagle Flag
AED 45,919
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
202
AE
Movado Good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Movado Fantastic Dial 1950s Bumper Automatic, Case: Wenger
AED 8,134
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Seiko Good Steel 38mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Vintage Seiko Automatic Day/Date 21 Jewels Gent Watch
AED 413
Private Seller
AE
Omega 10791 Very good Yellow gold 17mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Barrel shaped 18k solid gold case, vintage year 1958
AED 3,766
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
222
NL
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master Pepsi Jubilee - Full Set
AED 110,443
Private Seller
 
AE
Breitling Very good 36mm Manual winding
TOP
Breitling Chronograph 1191 Venus 188 1952
AED 10,646
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
111
DE
Roamer Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Roamer Vintage Roamer Elegant Incabloc 17J Gents Watch
AED 413
Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Genève 37217239 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Oversize - Geneve Automatic 1973 - Top Condition
AED 4,436
Verified Dealer
261
PL
Omega Speedmaster 2998 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster 2998 .The first watch in space
AED 104,409
Verified Dealer
240
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.003-65 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White' 105.003-65, with box, papers & more
AED 70,285
Private Seller
 
AE
Roamer Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Roamer Vintage Roamer Elegant Incabloc 17J Gents Watch
AED 437
Private Seller
 
AE
Longines Good White gold 30mm Manual winding
TOP
Longines 50s White Gold Two Tone Diamond Dial, Funky &...
AED 6,421
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Vintage Red Submariner Date - Full Set
AED 132,621
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date 36 Rare Silver Burst Dial
AED 28,485
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Gold/Steel Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust
AED 16,500
Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Constellation 14393 Very good Rose gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation 14393 18k Rose Gold 1960
AED 15,968
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
DE
Zenith Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Automatic OVERSIZE - VINTAGE XL - SERVICED 41 mm
AED 4,081
Verified Dealer
261
PL
Citizen Good Steel 32mm Automatic UAE, 903
Citizen Vintage 1070s Automatic Day/Date 21J Gents watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre E855 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox Gelbgold E855 - Full Set
AED 35,037
Private Seller
 
AE
Roamer Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Roamer Vintage Roamer Elegant Incabloc 17J Gents Watch
AED 413
Private Seller
 
AE
Bulova 7591 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Quartz
TOP
Bulova 18K Rectangular Accutron
AED 7,706
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Seiko 5 Good Steel 38mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Vintage Seiko 5 Automatic Day/Date 21 J Gents Watch
AED 389
Private Seller
 
AE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3548 Good White gold 27mm Manual winding UAE, Dubai
Patek Philippe Ellipse 3548
AED 28,832
Private Seller
 
AE
Longines Very good Platinum 34mm Quartz UAE, Abu Dhabi
Longines Vintage Classic Longines Platinum 34mm Diamond Dial 1986
AED 18,555
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
202
AE
Seiko Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Orient Vintage 1970s Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold 25mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rectangular 9107 18k Yellow Gold 1970s
AED 11,089
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
111
DE
Seiko Good Steel 35mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko 1970 Vintage Automatic Day/Date 17J Gents Watch
AED 389
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko 5 Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Vintage Seiko 5 Automatic Day/Date 21 J Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz 17013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mmmm Quartz UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz
AED 16,200
Private Seller
 
AE
Orient Good Steel 38mm Automatic UAE, 903
Orient Vintage Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Vacheron Constantin 6999 Very good White gold 25mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin White Gold Vintage Tank / Gondolo Linen...
AED 19,264
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
47
CH
Tissot Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Tissot Vintage Tissot Seastar 17 Jewels Gent Watch
AED 486
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko Good Steel 36mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko 1970s Vintage Automatic Day/Date 17J Gents Watch
AED 389
Private Seller
 
AE
Citizen Good Steel 35mm Automatic UAE, 903
Citizen 1970s Vintage Citizen Black Dial Automatic 21J Gents...
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Speedmaster 176.0012 Good Steel Automatic UAE, Dubai
Omega Speedmaster Mark 4.5
AED 12,183
Private Seller
 
AE
Tudor Prince Oysterdate Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Prince Oysterdate 7996 White 1969
AED 9,758
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
111
DE
Seiko 6139 6020 Very good Steel Automatic UAE, dubai
Seiko 6139 6020
AED 3,186
Private Seller
 
AE
Citizen Good Steel 32mm Automatic UAE, 903
Citizen Vintage Citizen White Dial Automatic 21J Gents watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko 5 Good Steel 35mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Vintage Seiko 5 Automatic Day/Date 21 J Gents Watch
AED 389
Private Seller
 
AE
Technos N310256 Very good 42mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Technos
AED 1,270
Private Seller
 
AE
Roamer Good Steel 38mm Manual winding UAE, 903
Roamer Vintage Roamer Elegant Incabloc 17J Gents Watch
AED 413
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Lady-Datejust 6927 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Lady-Datejust
AED 24,737
Private Seller
 
AE
Orient Good Steel 37mm Automatic UAE, 903
Orient Vintage Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Orient Good Steel 38mm Automatic UAE, 903
Orient Vintage Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko Good Steel 39mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Vintage Seiko Automatic Day/Date 21 J Gents Watch
AED 389
Private Seller
 
AE
Orient Good Steel 37mm Automatic UAE, 903
Orient Vintage 1970s Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko 6139 6030 Good Steel Automatic UAE, dubai
Seiko 6139 6030
AED 7,497
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko Good Steel 39mm Automatic UAE, 903
Seiko Orient Vintage 1970s Orient Crystal 21 Jewels Gents Watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15000 Very good Steel Automatic UAE, Dubai
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
AED 16,400
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko 6139 6011 Good Steel Automatic UAE, dubai
Seiko 6139
AED 1,312
Private Seller
 
AE
Citizen Good Steel 35mm Automatic UAE, 903
Citizen Vintage Citizen Black Dial Automatic 21J Gents watch
AED 340
Private Seller
 
AE
Seiko 5719 8990 Very good Steel Automatic UAE, dubai
Seiko 5719 8990
AED 8,622
Private Seller
 
AE

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.


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