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Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
TOP
Rolex Daytona 6265 Gold 18K
Php 6,565,446
Seller
MMC RIVIERA
5
MC
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Php 1,500,611
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex 1675
TOP
Rolex 1675
Php 1,063,493
Seller
Private Seller
PH
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
Php 187,584
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
Php 121,930
Seller
ichrono.ie
 
IE
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino.  Very rare.
Rolex Vintage Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 Serpico Y Laino. Very rare.
Php 3,689,156
Seller
Firma Boris Pjanic
 
DE
Rolex Datejust 1601
Rolex Datejust 1601
Php 146,941
Seller
TOP WATCHES
 
IT
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
Php 403,306
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
153
DE
Rolex Oyster Precision
Rolex Oyster Precision
Php 178,366
Seller
Stephen Hughes Limited
 
UK
Heuer Montreal
Heuer Montreal
Php 297,008
Seller
LUWATRA
 
DE
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Php 781,244
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18K 1970s Rare Blue Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 18K 1970s Rare Blue Dial
Php 535,099
Seller
Timespec
 
UK
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
Php 250,112
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Patek Philippe Fancy Lug
Patek Philippe Fancy Lug
Php 688,612
Seller
Peter Suchy Jewelers
 
US
Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 Big Triangle mit Stammbuchau...
Omega Vintage Omega Seamaster 300 Big Triangle mit Stammbuchau...
Php 468,960
Seller
Firma Boris Pjanic
 
DE
Rolex Datejust 1601 Oro giallo/Gold
Rolex Datejust 1601 Oro giallo/Gold
Php 237,607
Seller
TOP WATCHES
 
IT
Rolex Oyster
Rolex Oyster
Php 137,562
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
153
DE
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
Rolex 1655 Explorer II "Steve Mc. Queen"
Php 816,681
Seller
Northeasternclassics
TH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Php 268,871
Seller
ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE-  Ref 145.014
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II -TELEMETRE- Ref 145.014
Php 187,522
Seller
Juwelier Sander
 
DE
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Php 505,159
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Breitling Chrono-Matic
Breitling Chrono-Matic
Php 187,584
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
Php 189,068
Seller
Watches of Sussex Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Php 146,628
Seller
SwissOnly
 
LT
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Php 638,551
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 White 'Full Set' 1978
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 White 'Full Set' 1978
Php 1,062,977
Free shipping
Seller
Vintage Watch Collective
 
ES
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
Php 293,870
Seller
Urværkstedet
 
DK
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
Php 156,320
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex 6694
Rolex 6694
Php 162,573
Seller
Vintage Watchking
7
DE
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Php 1,595,239
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Stepped dial
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Stepped dial
Php 250,112
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Omega Speedmaster Mark II (Vintage)
Omega Speedmaster Mark II (Vintage)
Php 103,171
Seller
Pfandhaus SCHUMACHERS Braunschweig GmbH
11
DE
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date Precision Red Dial, Men's Watch
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date Precision Red Dial, Men's Watch
Php 112,551
Seller
SwissOnly
 
LT
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Php 1,066,630
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
Php 781,601
Free shipping
Seller
Vintage Watch Collective
 
ES
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Php 625,281
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
80
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Php 81,286
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Breitling Navitimer
Breitling Navitimer
Php 518,983
Seller
Vintage Watchking
7
DE
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Php 664,683
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Php 750,337
Seller
Watchplus
 
NL
Rolex datejust REF. 1601 white gold and steel 36 MM plexy 1960
Rolex datejust REF. 1601 white gold and steel 36 MM plexy 1960
Php 187,584
Seller
gioielli d'autore
 
IT
Patek Philippe Geneve Hallmark 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial...
Patek Philippe Geneve Hallmark 18K Yellow Gold Silver Dial...
Php 287,567
Seller
SwissOnly
 
LT
Omega Watch Seamaster Vintage 176.007
Omega Watch Seamaster Vintage 176.007
Php 160,530
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
Php 1,719,522
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
Php 594,017
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
80
IT
Rolex Vintage Submariner Steel Oyster Perpetual - 5513
Rolex Vintage Submariner Steel Oyster Perpetual - 5513
Php 681,556
Free shipping
Seller
Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
109
CH
Rolex Submariner no Date Stahl 5513
Rolex Submariner no Date Stahl 5513
Php 612,150
Seller
CWC GmbH
71
DE
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Php 638,096
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex "Red Sub" Submariner reference 1680
Rolex "Red Sub" Submariner reference 1680
Php 1,861,112
Seller
Material Good
 
US
Heuer Chronograph 2446 c
Heuer Chronograph 2446 c
Price on request
Seller
Vintage Watchking
7
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Automatic 36mm Men's Watch
Php 146,316
Seller
SwissOnly
 
LT
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Rolex Watch Explorer 1016
Php 1,066,630
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master
Php 1,060,834
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master
Rolex GMT-Master
Php 687,809
Seller
ANNIBALI&CO
80
IT
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
Heuer Camaro 7220 - Valjoux 72
Php 447,076
Free shipping
Seller
Icône Watches
317
ES
Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 w/ PCG 1960
Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675 w/ PCG 1960
Php 530,417
Seller
Watermark Watches
16
US
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Php 558,334
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner Tiffany & Co Single Red Stainless Steel Men's...
Rolex Submariner Tiffany & Co Single Red Stainless Steel Men's...
Php 2,710,810
Seller
Xupes.com
113
UK
Rolex Vintage Submariner Military Ref-5513 Stainless Steel...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Military Ref-5513 Stainless Steel...
Php 5,410,553
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
29
DE
Rolex Automatic Oyster Perpetual Date Just, S/Steel Watch, 1967's
Rolex Automatic Oyster Perpetual Date Just, S/Steel Watch, 1967's
Php 146,941
Seller
SwissOnly
 
LT
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
Rolex Watch Datejust 1601
Php 178,366
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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