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Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
S$ 176,363
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
6
MC
Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5512 Steve McQueen
S$ 29,092
Seller
chronostars
8
AT
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
Rolex DAYTONA 6265 Big Red perfect conditions
TOP
Rolex DAYTONA 6265 Big Red perfect conditions
Price on request
Seller
RIVIERAWATCH
85
FR
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
S$ 3,560
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
195
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
S$ 15,894
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
Rolex Daytona Big Red 6265 Ser. R6
S$ 111,643
Seller
GARIBOTTI GIOIELLERIA
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
S$ 1,618
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
S$ 16,321
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
Omega Flightmaster Ref. 145.036 Stahl von 1972
S$ 4,352
Seller
Matthias Wohne Uhrmachermeister
6
DE
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1976 WG Lünette Rolex Service 6/2018
S$ 4,838
Seller
Watchplanet
45
DE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
S$ 13,800
Seller
DUALL PTE LTD
SG
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 10,436
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
195
DE
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
S$ 14,512
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Nipple
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Nipple
S$ 12,944
Seller
I Gioielli Di Rossana
 
IT
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
Rolex GMT 1675 Cornino
S$ 19,416
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Watch Submariner 5512
Rolex Watch Submariner 5512
S$ 23,251
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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 Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
S$ 2,300
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
Rolex Datejust Ref.:1601 v. 1970 WG Lünette Service 7/2018
S$ 4,838
Seller
Watchplanet
45
DE
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
S$ 28,315
Seller
Watcheclock
60
IT
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
Rolex 1675 GMT Master Gilt Chapter Ring Exclamation GLOSSY +...
S$ 60,121
Seller
European Watch Company
146
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
S$ 17,276
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
Breitling Chronograph mit Zähler
S$ 2,718
Seller
Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter
 
DE
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
S$ 19,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
Omega Watch Seamaster 300m 165.024
S$ 13,677
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Constellation "Pie Pan" braccialetto oro
Omega Constellation "Pie Pan" braccialetto oro
S$ 10,517
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
33
IT
Heuer Carrera 110.253
Heuer Carrera 110.253
S$ 9,708
Seller
Vintage For Life
8
NL
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
S$ 19,416
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II
S$ 28,801
Seller
Watcheclock
60
IT
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
S$ 30,268
Seller
European Watch Company
146
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
S$ 41,463
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr
S$ 4,838
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
199
DE
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
S$ 11,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
S$ 29,087
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Bubble Back
Rolex Bubble Back
S$ 4,854
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
33
IT
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
S$ 26,671
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
8
CH
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master 1675, 1971, Full Set, Rolex Service 06/2018
S$ 34,787
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
Rolex Vintage Rolex Explorer 36 mm Stainless Steel Ref# 1016
S$ 20,731
Free shipping
Seller
Luxury Watches USA
 
US
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
S$ 21,146
Seller
European Watch Company
146
US
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
S$ 14,512
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 6,229
Seller
Ettema
10
NL
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
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
S$ 4,185
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava, Ref 2532, 18K Yellow Gold, Black New...
Patek Philippe Calatrava, Ref 2532, 18K Yellow Gold, Black New...
S$ 16,855
Free shipping
Seller
Estates Consignments
50
US
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
S$ 11,807
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
8
CH
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
S$ 19,342
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex datejust ovettone
Rolex datejust ovettone
S$ 16,989
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
33
IT
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" SS / Jubilee Circa...
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master "Pepsi Bezel" SS / Jubilee Circa...
S$ 23,357
Seller
European Watch Company
146
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Set Box And Papers
S$ 15,857
Seller
Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner - Aus 1987
S$ 13,915
Seller
Mercarus GmbH
140
DE
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
Rolex GMT-Master Vintage UAE Air Force 1675
S$ 173,244
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
181
UK
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
S$ 36,381
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Tiffany & Co. Dial 1978
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Tiffany & Co. Dial 1978
S$ 40,450
Seller
Perusia Watches
102
IT
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set,  Mk1, Long 5
TOP
Rolex Submariner 5513, 1968, Full Set, Mk1, Long 5
S$ 41,259
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
IWC Ingenieur
IWC Ingenieur
S$ 10,001
Free shipping
Seller
Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
8
CH
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
S$ 8,252
Free shipping
Seller
Icône Watches
343
ES
Rolex 5513 Vintage Maxi 5513 Matte Dial Submariner VERY NICE...
Rolex 5513 Vintage Maxi 5513 Matte Dial Submariner VERY NICE...
S$ 21,146
Seller
European Watch Company
146
US
Rolex Vintage DateJust 2tone "Silver Grey Dial"
Rolex Vintage DateJust 2tone "Silver Grey Dial"
S$ 4,500
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
S$ 19,416
Seller
Gioielleria Dante
33
IT
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
S$ 59,866
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
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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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