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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
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Rolex Submariner Tropical 1680
NZ$ 58,212
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
Rolex Submariner 1680 red box and paper
NZ$ 42,354
Seller
chrono v8 ltd
 
UK
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
Rolex 1972 Vintage Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Pepsi Blue Red Mark I...
NZ$ 13,755
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 LC100 Full Set (Papiere+Rechnung+Besch+Box)
NZ$ 38,032
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
Omega Seamaster 300, mit Archivauszug, 1966
NZ$ 10,286
Seller
Uhrgut - Ferry Blaim
7
AT
Omega Genève
Omega Genève
NZ$ 951
Seller
TikTijd
 
NL
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 11,150
Free shipping
Seller
A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
124
DE
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT 1st Execution - Serviced & 3 Year...
NZ$ 20,282
Seller
Horology 411
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 5,470
Seller
Holsten Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 3,230
Seller
Time Merchants
 
CA
Heuer Transitional 3646
Heuer Transitional 3646
NZ$ 49,332
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
Breitling Vintage Breitling Navitimer Twin Jet Panda Gold-Plat...
NZ$ 6,873
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz  176007 cal.1040
Omega Seamaster Automatik Chronograph Referenz 176007 cal.1040
NZ$ 5,186
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 7,434
Seller
ANTIC..ARTE
 
IT
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
Patek Philippe 2457J Vintage Calatrava Watch, c 1951
NZ$ 13,342
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 3,223
Seller
IT'S ABOUT TIME & JEWELRY
CA
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Patek Philippe Calatrava
NZ$ 12,948
Seller
Berlin-Watches
 
DE
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
Rolex Watch Submariner 5513
NZ$ 15,293
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k  2627
Omega Seamaster Calendar 18k 2627
NZ$ 5,152
Seller
Luxurywatch.ee
9
EE
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 4,322
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
Omega Vintage 1968 Omega Constellation C 18K Yellow Gold Day...
NZ$ 3,643
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
Heuer AUTAVIA 73463 Mechanik 7734 Leonidas Bj.1970
NZ$ 12,966
Seller
Uhren - Borgardts
 
DE
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
TOP
Rolex GMT Master 6542 Bakelit mit Papieren
NZ$ 47,541
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445G Vintage Calatrava Watch
NZ$ 42,134
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
Heuer Pre Carrera 2444
NZ$ 7,400
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Military Submariner
Rolex Military Submariner
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
Rolex Watch GMT Master 1675
NZ$ 17,661
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
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$ 187,461
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 2,247
Seller
COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
Rolex RARE 1975 Rolex RED Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark MK...
NZ$ 41,983
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
TOP
Rolex Submariner 1680, tropical brown dial, red, meters first
NZ$ 63,964
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
NZ$ 5,371
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Patek Philippe 1450J
Patek Philippe 1450J
NZ$ 14,747
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Serif Dial' Vintage 1972
NZ$ 21,609
Free shipping
Seller
Vintage Watch Collective
 
ES
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
TOP
Rolex GMT Bakelite - Ultra Tropical dial - 1957 - All Original
NZ$ 58,285
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Rolex Datejust
TOP
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 5,969
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
Rolex Watch Explorer 1655
NZ$ 31,079
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
Rolex Comex Submariner Vintage 5514
NZ$ 83,864
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
Omega 1970 Omega Pre-Moon Speedmaster Professional Chronograph...
NZ$ 11,233
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Explorer
Rolex Explorer
Price on request
Seller
Time Management International Ltd
 
UK
Rolex Oyster Precision 1970
Rolex Oyster Precision 1970
NZ$ 3,457
Seller
RARIST
 
PL
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
NZ$ 17,556
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
Heuer 2446 3rd Exec Transitional
NZ$ 49,332
Seller
Ben Wright Vintage Wristwatches
 
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 1680
Rolex Submariner Date 1680
NZ$ 19,950
Seller
Deep Arrow Inc. Fujihan
 
JP
Heuer Autavia 96 valjoux 92
TOP
Heuer Autavia 96 valjoux 92
NZ$ 50,998
Seller
Private Seller
 
CH
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
Omega Watch Speedmaster MKII 145.014
NZ$ 4,835
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Bezel Vintage Gilt Dial No Crown Guard...
NZ$ 58,212
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
Rolex Vintage 1969 RED Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Matte Mark...
NZ$ 40,573
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Oyster aus 1970/1971 - Ref: 6426 - Revision 06.17
Rolex Oyster aus 1970/1971 - Ref: 6426 - Revision 06.17
NZ$ 4,012
Seller
mywatches21
52
DE
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Long E Bezel RED
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Long E Bezel RED
NZ$ 18,150
Seller
12ORE
29
IT
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
Patek Philippe 3445J Vintage Calatrava Watch
NZ$ 16,854
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
TOP
Breitling 2010 Sprint Nascar Winston Cup
NZ$ 3,932
Seller
Private Seller
 
US
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
Auction
Rolex , Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Bracelet, Submariner,...
NZ$ 10,741
Estimated price
Seller
Sotheby´s
 
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr Service
Rolex Datejust Edelstahl Weissgold Automatic Herrenuhr Service
NZ$ 5,169
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
161
DE
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
Rolex Watch GMT Master 16700
NZ$ 13,320
Seller
Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
Rolex Explorer II Steve McQueen 1655
NZ$ 39,367
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
144
UK
IWC Yacht Club, Automatic, Referenz 811
TOP
IWC Yacht Club, Automatic, Referenz 811
NZ$ 5,964
Seller
Private Seller
 
DE
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
Rolex RARE Vintage 1960 Men's Rolex Oysterdate Precision 6694...
NZ$ 5,609
Seller
Collectors Coins & Jewelry
 
US
Omega Constellation
Omega Constellation
NZ$ 2,666
Seller
Nicol Street Pawnbrokers
CA
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
Patek Philippe 2488J Manual Wind Watch c 1954
NZ$ 14,747
Seller
PatekMonger
 
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava
TOP
Patek Philippe Calatrava
NZ$ 15,934
Seller
Private Seller
 
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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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