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Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
S$ 166,811
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
5
MC
Omega 145.014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II  Steel Black (Manual...
Omega 145.014 Omega Speedmaster Mark II Steel Black (Manual...
S$ 3,000
Seller
Private Seller
SG
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
S$ 3,098
Seller
ichrono.ie
 
IE
Rolex Datejust 1601
Rolex Datejust 1601
S$ 3,733
Seller
TOP WATCHES
 
IT
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino.  Very rare.
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino. Very rare.
Price on request
Seller
Firma Boris Pjanic
 
DE
Omega Speedmaster Mark II (Vintage)
Omega Speedmaster Mark II (Vintage)
S$ 2,621
Seller
Pfandhaus SCHUMACHERS Braunschweig GmbH
12
DE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
S$ 13,800
Seller
DUALL PTE LTD
SG
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
S$ 4,537
Seller
Stephen Hughes Limited
 
UK
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
S$ 3,495
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
S$ 3,972
Seller
PRAITANO GIOIELLI
 
IT
Heuer Montreal
Heuer Montreal
S$ 7,546
Seller
LUWATRA
 
DE
Rolex Submariner No Date Ref 5513 Maxi Mark V Dial
Rolex Submariner No Date Ref 5513 Maxi Mark V Dial
S$ 24,980
Seller
GRluxury Pte Ltd
 
SG
Rolex Datejust 1601 Oro giallo/Gold
Rolex Datejust 1601 Oro giallo/Gold
S$ 6,037
Seller
TOP WATCHES
 
IT
Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 Big Triangle mit Stammbuchau...
Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 Big Triangle mit Stammbuchau...
S$ 12,312
Seller
Firma Boris Pjanic
 
DE
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 19,872
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Datejust 1601 Leaf Hands Gold 18kt 1961
Rolex Datejust 1601 Leaf Hands Gold 18kt 1961
S$ 7,467
Seller
Prussoorologi
 
IT
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Ref. 6694 von ca. um 1975-80
Rolex Oysterdate Precision Ref. 6694 von ca. um 1975-80
S$ 3,336
Seller
Uhr-Luxus
 
DE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 10,247
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
155
DE
Omega Flightmaster Chronograph 145.036
Omega Flightmaster Chronograph 145.036
S$ 4,350
Seller
PUH Radosław Kalyciok
 
PL
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 7,259
Seller
East Grinstead Watch Company
 
UK
Patek Philippe Fancy Lug
Patek Philippe Fancy Lug
S$ 17,622
Seller
Peter Suchy Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 3,972
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
TOP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
S$ 4,081
Seller
The Vintage Luxury
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
S$ 6,831
Seller
ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
S$ 12,927
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 4,766
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
S$ 21,089
Seller
Northeasternclassics
TH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE-  Ref 145.014
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE- Ref 145.014
S$ 4,764
Seller
Juwelier Sander
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
S$ 3,725
Seller
SwissOnly
13
LT
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
S$ 7,465
Seller
Urværkstedet
 
DK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
S$ 2,065
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
S$ 27,131
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Breitling Vintage Navitimer Big Case 1806
Breitling Vintage Navitimer Big Case 1806
S$ 6,800
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
S$ 16,329
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Stepped dial
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Stepped dial
S$ 6,116
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
S$ 2,300
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18K 1970s Rare Blue Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18K 1970s Rare Blue Dial
S$ 13,611
Seller
Timespec
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
S$ 3,718
Seller
SwissOnly
13
LT
Rolex datejust REF. 1601 white gold and steel 36 MM plexy 1960
Rolex datejust REF. 1601 white gold and steel 36 MM plexy 1960
S$ 4,766
Seller
gioielli d'autore
 
IT
Rolex "Red Sub" Submariner reference 1680
Rolex "Red Sub" Submariner reference 1680
S$ 47,626
Seller
Material Good
 
US
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
S$ 14,065
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 14,888
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
S$ 17,009
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Breitling Chrono-Matic
Breitling Chrono-Matic
S$ 4,766
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Heuer MONACO "Steve McQueen" Automatic Chronograph 1970s
Heuer MONACO "Steve McQueen" Automatic Chronograph 1970s
S$ 22,685
Seller
Venerable Times
 
UK
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
S$ 43,689
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Patek Philippe Geneve Hallmark 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial...
Patek Philippe Geneve Hallmark 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial...
S$ 6,831
Seller
SwissOnly
13
LT
Rolex Submariner no Date Stahl 5513
Rolex Submariner no Date Stahl 5513
S$ 15,553
Seller
CWC GmbH
71
DE
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 "No Date"
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 "No Date"
S$ 21,772
Seller
Material Good
 
US
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
S$ 27,131
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Co-brand “Gubelin” Calatrava in 18K Gold Ref: 3410
Patek Philippe Co-brand “Gubelin” Calatrava in 18K Gold Ref: 3410
S$ 9,888
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
S$ 14,288
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 19,064
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Patek Philippe White Gold Watch 1967 Ref. 3425
Patek Philippe White Gold Watch 1967 Ref. 3425
S$ 50,814
Seller
Venerable Times
 
UK
Rolex Submariner  5513
Rolex Submariner 5513
S$ 15,410
Seller
MONTRES orologi e gioielli
16
IT
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date Precision Red Dial, Men's Watch
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date Precision Red Dial, Men's Watch
S$ 2,860
Seller
SwissOnly
13
LT
Rolex Submariner Date Single Red
Rolex Submariner Date Single Red
S$ 40,833
Seller
Swiss Watch Trader
 
UK
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 25,507
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
S$ 9,528
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
S$ 29,900
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
S$ 40,823
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
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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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