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Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
AED 78,643
Seller
chronostars
8
AT
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
AED 476,756
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
AED 9,623
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
197
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
AED 43,102
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage "Pepsi" 40mm Steel
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage "Pepsi" 40mm Steel
AED 42,000
Seller
Timepiece360
AE
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
Rolex [FULL TRITIUM +24 M. Rolex Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI-...
AED 34,987
Free shipping
Seller
S&A Watches
86
AT
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
AED 301,799
Seller
GARIBOTTI GIOIELLERIA
 
IT
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
AED 72,128
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
AED 11,766
Seller
Matthias Wohne Uhrmachermeister
6
DE
Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial 18K Yellow Gold Year 1967...
Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial 18K Yellow Gold Year 1967...
AED 224,879
Seller
Carter's Diamonds
 
US
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
AED 52,487
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AED 28,212
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
197
DE
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
AED 46,850
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Oyster Date Precision Vintage 34mm Steel
Rolex Oyster Date Precision Vintage 34mm Steel
AED 9,240
Seller
Timepiece360
AE
Rolex [TRITIUM +OPEN 6/9 +24 M. Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI- 1988
Rolex [TRITIUM +OPEN 6/9 +24 M. Warranty] GMT-Master -PEPSI- 1988
AED 32,188
Free shipping
Seller
S&A Watches
86
AT
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 1675 Year 1968
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 1675 Year 1968
AED 45,913
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
AED 43,766
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Nipple
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Nipple
AED 34,991
Seller
I Gioielli Di Rossana
 
IT
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
AED 7,348
Seller
Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
 
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AED 11,810
Seller
Cash4Watches
39
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Red Sub MK IV
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Red Sub MK IV
AED 94,882
Seller
Distinctive Time Inc
 
CA
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
AED 39,354
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust, tropical
Rolex Datejust, tropical
AED 13,100
Seller
The old Time
 
NL
Rolex GMT Master Tropical Dial Bakelite Bezel Ref. 6542
Rolex GMT Master Tropical Dial Bakelite Bezel Ref. 6542
Price on request
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Year 1975 (with Box & Papers)
Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 Year 1975 (with Box & Papers)
AED 392,864
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
AED 35,453
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
AED 13,078
Seller
Watchplanet
46
DE
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
AED 56,220
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Watches USA
 
US
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
AED 13,078
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
200
DE
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
AED 52,453
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
AED 112,440
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
Patek Philippe Calatrava 18k Vintage small second Cal. 12-400...
AED 43,735
Seller
Uhrenkapital
303
DE
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
AED 52,487
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Rolex Explorer I Frog Leg Ref. 1016 Year 1971 (Full Set)
Rolex Explorer I Frog Leg Ref. 1016 Year 1971 (Full Set)
AED 85,829
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
AED 11,223
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
AED 13,078
Seller
Watchplanet
46
DE
Rolex GMT-Master Nipple dial
Rolex GMT-Master Nipple dial
AED 33,242
Seller
Dreamtime
45
LT
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
AED 464,555
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
185
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
AED 94,039
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
AED 39,354
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
AED 163,038
Seller
European Watch Company
148
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
AED 42,864
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 145.022 Year 1983 (with...
Omega Speedmaster Professional Ref. 145.022 Year 1983 (with...
AED 24,362
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Rolex Watch Oyster Precision 6694
Rolex Watch Oyster Precision 6694
AED 11,981
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
AED 72,190
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
AED 16,840
Seller
Ettema
10
NL
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Freccione MK2 Steve McQueen 1978
AED 85,291
Seller
Perusia Watches
103
IT
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 14k Gold
TOP
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263 14k Gold
AED 402,399
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Serie - Ref.: 5402st - Box/Stammbu...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Serie - Ref.: 5402st - Box/Stammbu...
AED 144,339
Seller
All About Watches
218
DE
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
AED 82,081
Seller
European Watch Company
148
US
Rolex Datejust 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1601 Diamond Bezel
Rolex Datejust 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1601 Diamond Bezel
AED 16,866
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Watches USA
 
US
Rolex Oysterdate Precision NOS Ref. 6694 Year 1986 (Full Set)
Rolex Oysterdate Precision NOS Ref. 6694 Year 1986 (Full Set)
AED 25,486
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
AED 36,675
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
IWC Ingenieur
IWC Ingenieur
AED 27,071
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
9
CH
Omega Constellation Day-Date 168.029 Serviced at Omega
Omega Constellation Day-Date 168.029 Serviced at Omega
AED 4,123
Seller
Time Merchants
16
CA
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Tiffany & Co. Dial 1978
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Tiffany & Co. Dial 1978
AED 109,348
Seller
Perusia Watches
103
IT
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set,  Mk1, Long 5
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set, Mk1, Long 5
AED 111,535
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Omega Seamaster Cosmic
Omega Seamaster Cosmic
AED 4,352
Seller
Ettema
10
NL
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
AED 57,344
Seller
European Watch Company
148
US
Heuer Carrera 110.253
Heuer Carrera 110.253
AED 26,243
Seller
Vintage For Life
8
NL
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Year 1970
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Year 1970
AED 48,911
Free shipping
Seller
Momentum Dubai
AE
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
AED 77,996
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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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.

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