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Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
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Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
C$ 76,601
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
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Rolex Big Red Daytona 6263
C$ 144,101
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
C$ 53,170
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
C$ 38,348
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
C$ 2,951
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Time Merchants
 
CA
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
C$ 18,525
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Horology 411
 
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Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
C$ 2,900
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IT'S ABOUT TIME & JEWELRY
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Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
C$ 4,997
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Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
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Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
C$ 35,958
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Omega Constellation C-Shape
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Omega Constellation C-Shape
C$ 1,331
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Vintage Watch Services
203
NL
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
C$ 2,399
Seller
Nicol Street Pawnbrokers
CA
Rolex Datejust
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Rolex Datejust
C$ 5,452
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
Rolex Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner No Date Meters First 5513...
C$ 18,529
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer Montreal
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Heuer Montreal
C$ 9,913
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Watches of Lancashire
9
UK
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
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Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
C$ 4,905
Estimated price
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Sotheby´s
 
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
C$ 12,187
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
C$ 38,686
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chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
C$ 868
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TikTijd
 
NL
Omega Constellation Chronometer
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Omega Constellation Chronometer
C$ 1,519
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Vintage Watch Services
203
NL
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
C$ 9,395
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Uhrgut - Ferry Blaim
7
AT
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
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Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
C$ 3,592
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
C$ 5,124
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
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Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
C$ 34,739
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Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
C$ 9,811
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
C$ 4,169
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Continental Coin & Jewelry Co.
 
US
Rolex 6265 Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Panda Dial Circa 1975...
Rolex 6265 Daytona Cosmograph "Big Red" Panda Dial Circa 1975...
C$ 95,571
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
C$ 38,485
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Bubbleback 6085 enamel cloisonné “Neptune with Two...
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Rolex Bubbleback 6085 enamel cloisonné “Neptune with Two...
Price on request
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Watches Management
20
IT
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Price on request
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Heritage Auctions
 
US
Heuer Autavia
Heuer Autavia
C$ 4,916
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
C$ 6,278
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz  176007 cal.1040
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz 176007 cal.1040
C$ 4,737
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Submariner Date, Ref 1680, 1st Gen White Sub Matte Dial...
Rolex Submariner Date, Ref 1680, 1st Gen White Sub Matte Dial...
C$ 17,953
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Estates Consignments
30
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Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
C$ 10,904
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Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
Rolex 5512 Vintage 5512 Submariner MkII MATTE MAXI DIAL (28020)
C$ 21,167
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
C$ 16,035
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PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Stella dial gold 18KT  Full Set 1957th
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Rolex GMT Master 6542 Stella dial gold 18KT Full Set 1957th
Price on request
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Watches Management
20
IT
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
C$ 10,185
Free shipping
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Rolex Daytona
Rolex Daytona
C$ 75,794
Seller
Private Seller
US
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
C$ 3,328
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
C$ 11,843
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
C$ 4,105
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Continental Coin & Jewelry Co.
 
US
Breitling Top Time 3 Register Ref. 810
Breitling Top Time 3 Register Ref. 810
C$ 6,735
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
Rolex 5513 Vintage "Non-Serif" Matte Dial Submariner INCREDIBL...
C$ 30,147
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
C$ 13,470
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust 14k Gold & Steel Oyster Bracelet Roman Dial...
Rolex Datejust 14k Gold & Steel Oyster Bracelet Roman Dial...
C$ 5,067
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Omega Constellation  Automatic Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
Omega Constellation Automatic Ref. 168.004 18k Gold Vintage
C$ 4,041
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Best Deals HD
25
US
Omega Constellation Pie Pan
Omega Constellation Pie Pan
C$ 1,924
Seller
Private Seller
US
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
C$ 37,060
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Patek Philippe Ref# 2457, Yellow Gold Vintage Calatrava, Circa...
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Patek Philippe Ref# 2457, Yellow Gold Vintage Calatrava, Circa...
C$ 17,960
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Michael Ashton
 
US
Rolex Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Gilt Meters First Bart...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513 Gilt Meters First Bart...
C$ 23,732
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Hashtag Watch Co.
 
US
Omega Ranchero 30 mm Ref. 2990-1
Omega Ranchero 30 mm Ref. 2990-1
C$ 4,169
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master 1675 "Pepsi Bezel" SS Circa 1968...
Rolex 1675 Vintage GMT Master 1675 "Pepsi Bezel" SS Circa 1968...
C$ 21,167
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
C$ 13,470
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust Steel/18k White Gold Bezel MOP Diamond Dial...
Rolex Datejust Steel/18k White Gold Bezel MOP Diamond Dial...
C$ 5,125
Seller
Jewels in Time
26
US
Omega Vintage De Ville Geneve Men's Steel Watch, Year 1974,...
Omega Vintage De Ville Geneve Men's Steel Watch, Year 1974,...
C$ 1,153
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LeeBrant Watch Co.
 
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
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Rolex Submariner (No Date)
C$ 19,185
Seller
Private Seller
US
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
C$ 10,260
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Datejust 1601
Rolex Datejust 1601
C$ 3,451
Free shipping
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Ferlazzo LLC
14
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zephyr 18k
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zephyr 18k
C$ 4,169
Seller
Watermark Watches
14
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Ref. 145.014
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II Ref. 145.014
C$ 4,875
Seller
Second Time Around Watch Company
38
US
Rolex 5513 Vintage Gloss Dial Submariner 5513 MkIII (28024)
Rolex 5513 Vintage Gloss Dial Submariner 5513 MkIII (28024)
C$ 13,983
Seller
European Watch Company
113
US
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
C$ 15,394
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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