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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
NZ$ 21,505
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
NZ$ 12,458
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Vintage Gold Blue Omani Dial Crest Dial Cellini Gents
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Rolex Vintage Gold Blue Omani Dial Crest Dial Cellini Gents
NZ$ 7,859
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Tissot Rare Vintage 33.3 CHRO Monopusher Enamel Dial / 38 mm /...
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Tissot Rare Vintage 33.3 CHRO Monopusher Enamel Dial / 38 mm /...
NZ$ 23,509
Free shipping
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Tri Compax Vollkalender...
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Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph Tri Compax Vollkalender...
NZ$ 11,755
Seller
T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
488
DE
Zenith Vintage Ladies 18K Gold Mechanical Watch
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Zenith Vintage Ladies 18K Gold Mechanical Watch
NZ$ 8,157
Seller
Inventory Adjusters
82
US
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
NZ$ 3,048
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Omega 2438 -4 Automatic Vintage Watch | 1940's
Omega 2438 -4 Automatic Vintage Watch | 1940's
NZ$ 1,038
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Omega Seamaster Vintage - Ref. 2802-6 Sc
Omega Seamaster Vintage - Ref. 2802-6 Sc
NZ$ 1,306
Seller
Watch & Clock Planet
6
ES
Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS  25880-11-421-BB4A
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Girard Perregaux VINTAGE 1945 SMALL SECONDS 25880-11-421-BB4A
NZ$ 7,789
Seller
Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
16
HK
Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
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Cartier VINTAGE PARIS 40/50s HELM WRISTWATCH, Fuly numbered
NZ$ 7,415
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
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Patek Philippe 18k Y/Gold Rare Lapis Lazuli Set Ladies Vintage...
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Patek Philippe 18k Y/Gold Rare Lapis Lazuli Set Ladies Vintage...
NZ$ 49,642
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Zenith Vintage El Primero Sub-Sea "Diver" / 44 mm /...
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Zenith Vintage El Primero Sub-Sea "Diver" / 44 mm /...
NZ$ 7,488
Free shipping
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback 3H Ref-1550SG...
Heuer Vintage Bundeswehr Chronograph Flyback 3H Ref-1550SG...
NZ$ 7,784
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage solo tempo
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage solo tempo
NZ$ 1,567
Seller
LUCKYGOLD S.R.L.
 
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Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
NZ$ 2,952
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Omega SEAMASTER 30 135.007 -64 Factory Black Dial Vintage Watch
Omega SEAMASTER 30 135.007 -64 Factory Black Dial Vintage Watch
NZ$ 2,521
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Breitling Chrono-matic - Vintage - Ref. 2111
Breitling Chrono-matic - Vintage - Ref. 2111
NZ$ 4,354
Seller
Watch & Clock Planet
6
ES
Glashütte Original Vintage  GUB
Glashütte Original Vintage GUB
NZ$ 1,175
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
128
DE
Rolex Vintage White Gold Silver Dial Rare Chameleon Precision
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Rolex Vintage White Gold Silver Dial Rare Chameleon Precision
NZ$ 7,461
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master
NZ$ 121,309
Seller
luxurywatches
22
SE
Vacheron Constantin ref 7812 Vintage 06/1969 art. Vc42
Vacheron Constantin ref 7812 Vintage 06/1969 art. Vc42
NZ$ 5,921
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
226
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Rolex Vintage SeaDweller Double Red Mark-III Ref-1665 Stainles...
Rolex Vintage SeaDweller Double Red Mark-III Ref-1665 Stainles...
NZ$ 74,063
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally
NZ$ 2,429
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Gallet MULTICHRON REGULATOR “DON BLAKESLEE” Venus 140 Vintage...
Gallet MULTICHRON REGULATOR “DON BLAKESLEE” Venus 140 Vintage...
NZ$ 4,746
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Square Dress Watch - Ref.: 6290
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Square Dress Watch - Ref.: 6290
NZ$ 5,573
Seller
Watch & Clock Planet
6
ES
Georges Dubey (Dubey & Schaldenbrand) Vintage Georges...
Georges Dubey (Dubey & Schaldenbrand) Vintage Georges...
NZ$ 3,091
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
128
DE
Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
Price on request
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
Rolex Vintage Steel Very Rare O/P Comex Sea-Dweller 1665
NZ$ 208,913
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Rolex Vintage Explorer
Rolex Vintage Explorer
NZ$ 15,535
Seller
luxurywatches
22
SE
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
Cartier TANK 18K YELLOW GOLD 750 VINTAGE
NZ$ 5,207
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
115
DE
Universal Genève Polerouter De Luxe - men's wristwatch...
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Universal Genève Polerouter De Luxe - men's wristwatch...
NZ$ 2,699
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Milspec I Patents Pending...
Blancpain Vintage Fifty Fathoms Milspec I Patents Pending...
NZ$ 46,287
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Movado Ref. 4776 Calendograf Vintage Triple Date
Movado Ref. 4776 Calendograf Vintage Triple Date
NZ$ 2,818
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16803 (RO 3913)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16803 (RO 3913)
NZ$ 10,274
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
76
IT
Rado Diastar Swiss Made Men's Automatic Tungsten 1970s...
Rado Diastar Swiss Made Men's Automatic Tungsten 1970s...
NZ$ 2,256
Seller
GMTSKY
211
US
Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
NZ$ 25,954
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
US
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
Rolex S/Steel Very Rare 5514 "COMEX" Submariner Vintage
NZ$ 84,560
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date
NZ$ 14,836
Seller
luxurywatches
22
SE
Vacheron Constantin CLASSIC VINTAGE XXl Cal. P453/3B - Yellow...
Vacheron Constantin CLASSIC VINTAGE XXl Cal. P453/3B - Yellow...
NZ$ 6,617
Free shipping
Seller
LAURENTI
16
IT
Omega Seamaster Vintage Automatico art. Om124
Omega Seamaster Vintage Automatico art. Om124
NZ$ 1,654
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
226
IT
Rolex Vintage Day-Date Ref-1803 18k White Gold Bj-1968
Rolex Vintage Day-Date Ref-1803 18k White Gold Bj-1968
NZ$ 13,879
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Omega 2319 /4 “JUMBO” 37MM | CAL 265 | 1947 | Vintage Steel Watch
Omega 2319 /4 “JUMBO” 37MM | CAL 265 | 1947 | Vintage Steel Watch
NZ$ 2,076
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Triple Six Tritium Mark III Stahl Automatik...
Rolex Sea-Dweller Triple Six Tritium Mark III Stahl Automatik...
NZ$ 15,671
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
407
DE
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
Tudor 7149/0 Vintage 7149 / 0 "Monte Carlo" Chronograp...
NZ$ 37,670
Seller
European Watch Company
74
US
Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
NZ$ 22,246
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
Rolex Rare 9k Rose Gold Marconi Digital Jump Hour Vintage Gents
NZ$ 9,849
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Omega Geneve Automatik Vintage Date 166.0168
Omega Geneve Automatik Vintage Date 166.0168
NZ$ 1,566
Seller
Dreamwatch Uhrenhandel
128
DE
Zenith Stellina Chrono Vintage cal.156 - Ref 19518 Rose Gold
Zenith Stellina Chrono Vintage cal.156 - Ref 19518 Rose Gold
NZ$ 4,354
Free shipping
Seller
LAURENTI
16
IT
Rolex stainless steel vintage 1967 GMT-Master
Rolex stainless steel vintage 1967 GMT-Master
NZ$ 16,314
Seller
Paul Duggan Co., Inc
47
US
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date Ref-16808 18k Yellow Gold Bj-1981
Rolex Vintage Submariner Date Ref-16808 18k Yellow Gold Bj-1981
NZ$ 27,828
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE
Girard Perregaux DEEP DIVER 8867 | 1960's | Vintage Dive...
Girard Perregaux DEEP DIVER 8867 | 1960's | Vintage Dive...
Price on request
Seller
Stetz & Co. Watches
6
US
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Stahl Automatik Chronograph 40mm...
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Stahl Automatik Chronograph 40mm...
NZ$ 24,378
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
407
DE
Tudor 7928 Vintage Submariner "Rose Logo" Gilt Chapter...
Tudor 7928 Vintage Submariner "Rose Logo" Gilt Chapter...
NZ$ 31,886
Seller
European Watch Company
74
US
Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
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Cartier VINTAGE 1910 Rare Enamel Diamond 18k Pocket Watch
NZ$ 16,314
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
Rolex Vintage UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master B&P 1675
NZ$ 189,016
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
89
UK
Omega Rare Mens 1950s Stainless Steel 34mm Manual Vintage...
Omega Rare Mens 1950s Stainless Steel 34mm Manual Vintage...
NZ$ 3,991
Seller
GMTSKY
211
US
Eberhard & Co. Extra Fort Vintage Ref. 14007
Eberhard & Co. Extra Fort Vintage Ref. 14007
NZ$ 4,702
Seller
Orologeria Duomo Milano
41
IT
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO 2448)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16750 (RO 2448)
NZ$ 11,319
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
76
IT
Rolex Vintage Submariner Steve McQueen Ref-5512 Rare Teardrop...
Rolex Vintage Submariner Steve McQueen Ref-5512 Rare Teardrop...
NZ$ 51,860
Seller
Bachmann & Scher
 
DE

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.