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Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
Omega Vintage Oversize 2475
S$ 11,221
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
5
UK
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Ed White / Cal.321 / Steel / Ca.1965
Omega Vintage Speedmaster Ed White / Cal.321 / Steel / Ca.1965
S$ 13,816
Free shipping
Seller
VintageCaliber GmbH
30
DE
Patek Philippe Vintage Calatrava Ref 1578
Patek Philippe Vintage Calatrava Ref 1578
S$ 13,380
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
SG
Patek Philippe 139 Driver's Vintage Yellow Gold, Leather
Patek Philippe 139 Driver's Vintage Yellow Gold, Leather
S$ 21,601
Seller
Taleda
212
CH
Rolex RARE Vintage Cosmograph Daytona Silver w/Black Subdials...
Rolex RARE Vintage Cosmograph Daytona Silver w/Black Subdials...
S$ 55,000
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Hamilton 7730
Hamilton 7730
S$ 4,456
Seller
Private seller
SG
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref  2143
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Gold Dress Watch Ref 2143
S$ 7,932
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
UK
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 Year 1971
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 Year 1971
S$ 3,807
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex 勞力士 (Rolex) Datejust Vintage 16014
Rolex 勞力士 (Rolex) Datejust Vintage 16014
S$ 3,650
Seller
Basel Watch Company
TW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Vintage 1983
S$ 14,466
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 18KYG Triple Calendar Moonphase
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 18KYG Triple Calendar Moonphase
S$ 7,500
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
Omega Seamaster Cosmic vintage 1968 18k gold automatic 35mm
S$ 2,601
Seller
Foto Camera
21
IT
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Gibraltar Tercentenary Limited...
Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Gibraltar Tercentenary Limited...
S$ 17,468
Seller
Watch & Bullion
 
GI
Patek Philippe Vintage Ladies
Patek Philippe Vintage Ladies
S$ 5,900
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
Rolex 1961s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual AirKing Explorer...
S$ 4,145
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
Aerowatch Chronograph Vintage (40s)
S$ 1,949
Seller
Private seller
 
SK
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 (Year 1970)
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 (Year 1970)
S$ 3,877
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex 勞力士 (Rolex) Datejust Vintage 16014
Rolex 勞力士 (Rolex) Datejust Vintage 16014
S$ 3,650
Seller
Basel Watch Company
TW
Zenith El Primero Vintage 1969 Limited Edition chronorgraph
Zenith El Primero Vintage 1969 Limited Edition chronorgraph
S$ 12,191
Seller
Spliedt & Cie GmbH
DE
Audemars Piguet Geneve 18K Yellow Gold Vintage
Audemars Piguet Geneve 18K Yellow Gold Vintage
S$ 3,200
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Rolex 1013 Vintage
Rolex 1013 Vintage
S$ 8,500
Seller
Sheen Watch @ Jewelry Pte Ltd
SG
Angelus extrem seltener Vintage Chronograph 38 mm,  top  Zustand
Angelus extrem seltener Vintage Chronograph 38 mm, top Zustand
S$ 10,890
Seller
Schöne Sammleruhren
DE
Rolex Vintage Explorer II "Albino" Straight hand
Rolex Vintage Explorer II "Albino" Straight hand
S$ 22,800
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Omega - Men's Watch - Vintage 1962
Omega - Men's Watch - Vintage 1962
S$ 975
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Zenith Vintage
Zenith Vintage
S$ 520
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Enicar Vintage Sherpa 600 Guide GMT (Short Lugs) - RARE
Enicar Vintage Sherpa 600 Guide GMT (Short Lugs) - RARE
S$ 2,741
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage&#34...
Rolex Daytona 116520 "Paul Newman Edition 6263 Vintage"...
S$ 43,885
Seller
C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Big Crown James Bond Ref-6538...
S$ 224,926
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Prince Chronometer 18K Yellow Gold
Rolex Vintage Prince Chronometer 18K Yellow Gold
S$ 19,000
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
S$ 12,782
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 1675 (RO2440)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 1675 (RO2440)
S$ 53,639
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
69
IT
IWC Vintage Collection Portofino Hand-Wound with Moonphase
IWC Vintage Collection Portofino Hand-Wound with Moonphase
S$ 8,250
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Omega Seamaster vintage Pre-bond – Men's watch
Omega Seamaster vintage Pre-bond – Men's watch
S$ 1,219
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
Garrard Gold Vintage dress watch
S$ 980
Seller
Private seller
 
UK
Enicar Vintage Sherpa Guide 600 GMT
Enicar Vintage Sherpa Guide 600 GMT
S$ 2,741
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
S$ 75,756
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
Rolex Daytona Custom Keramik Black Cosmograph Stahl Automatik...
S$ 24,053
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
Rolex Vintage  Rolex Oyster Ultra Prima Gold Cushion Case
Rolex Vintage Rolex Oyster Ultra Prima Gold Cushion Case
S$ 8,800
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Ref-1550SG Stainless...
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Ref-1550SG Stainless...
S$ 5,445
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Rolex 5513 Vintage Submariner
Rolex 5513 Vintage Submariner
S$ 10,974
Free shipping
Seller
Grateful Time Company
HK
Omega Vintage Pilot Watch
Omega Vintage Pilot Watch
S$ 4,800
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Rolex Men's Vintage Rolex Oyster Date, 1501
Rolex Men's Vintage Rolex Oyster Date, 1501
S$ 3,982
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Bell & Ross Vintage
Bell & Ross Vintage
S$ 2,926
Seller
Private seller
 
FR
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 (Year 1970)
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref 1601 (Year 1970)
S$ 3,669
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 1960s Memovox Alarm 10k Gold Filled...
S$ 1,108
Seller
Porcello Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Daytona Custom Paul Newman Keramik Black Cosmograph...
Rolex Daytona Custom Paul Newman Keramik Black Cosmograph...
S$ 24,216
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
Omega Vintage Constellation Calendar Pie Pan Dial
Omega Vintage Constellation Calendar Pie Pan Dial
S$ 12,800
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175ST.OO.0789ST.01 - 33mm Quartz...
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 56175ST.OO.0789ST.01 - 33mm Quartz...
S$ 8,046
Seller
Uhren Menze
22
DE
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
Rolex 6542 6542 Vintage GMT Master Bakelight WOW (26427)
S$ 123,083
Seller
European Watch Company
44
US
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master Gilt dial, small 24hr hand.
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master Gilt dial, small 24hr hand.
S$ 26,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Bell & Ross 126 XL Limited edition vintage chrono - mens...
Bell & Ross 126 XL Limited edition vintage chrono - mens...
S$ 12,191
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Jaeger-LeCoultre Chronograph 18k Gold Vintage 1940 Expertise
Jaeger-LeCoultre Chronograph 18k Gold Vintage 1940 Expertise
S$ 6,502
Seller
Private seller
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
S$ 14,487
Seller
luxurywatches
18
SE
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Stainless Steel...
S$ 9,720
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Black Sea Stahl Automatik...
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Black Sea Stahl Automatik...
S$ 6,498
Free shipping
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
313
DE
P Dunand Vintage Quarter Repeater
P Dunand Vintage Quarter Repeater
S$ 15,800
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Wakmann Vintage Triple Date chronograph
Wakmann Vintage Triple Date chronograph
S$ 4,464
Seller
Watchattitude
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 96
Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 96
S$ 11,297
Seller
Le Collection´heure
47
BE
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ladies Date 18K gold "UAE...
Rolex Vintage Oyster Perpetual Ladies Date 18K gold "UAE...
S$ 4,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Omega Seamaster 600 vintage men's wristwatch, 1965
Omega Seamaster 600 vintage men's wristwatch, 1965
S$ 813
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
Girard Perregaux Vintage dress watch
S$ 802
Seller
Private seller
 
UK

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.