About Vintage Watches
Only getting better with time, vintage watches have long-lost history, telling stories of past decades with each unique characteristic. Many of these timepieces are not only valuable, but incredibly hard to come by. One question we receive from many buyers is when does a vintage watch become “vintage”? While the official date is debated between many, we’d say that any watch made before 1985 would fall into the category. Price ranges for vintage watches can greatly vary depending on the brand, model, and age. Read up on our Buying Vintage Watches Part I: Watch Dial Details specifically for vintage watches to learn about some of the important watch dial details to observe. Whether our pre-owned vintage watches once took a deep dive in Antigua or witnessed the closing of a legendary deal—each timepiece has a story to tell.
Why Collectors Seek Vintage Watches
Why do vintage watches have such a strong appeal to collectors? Well, there’s novelty in finding something rare and hard to come by. There’s such a wide variety of vintage timepieces to choose from, with many different makes, models, and materials. Like cars, new luxury watches often depreciate in value as soon as they leave the box; yet select models rise in value over time. Rarity, provenance, condition, and of course, the overall demand in the marketplace are all important factors that contribute to a vintage watch’s value. Watch design has drastically changed over the years, and it may be challenging to find a new style that is as desirable as older, discontinued models. Brands like Rolex and Breitling possess some of the most sought-after vintage watches with origins dating back to more than 100 years ago. Discover our entire suite of collector’s watches curated just for you, and watch this special collector conversation in which an array of vintage timepieces are discussed.
Purchasing Our Pre-Owned Vintage Watches
As the world’s leading platform for buying, selling, and trading pre-owned luxury watches, we are a trusted source for watch enthusiasts who are searching for vintage watches in great condition. Our experts are here to answer any questions you may have as you complete your purchase. With an in-house team of Swiss-trained watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers, we assess every piece we receive before it’s listed for sale, whether it’s a F.P. Journe or an Omega. Because vintage watches are rare and one-of-a-kind, make sure you don’t miss out the piece you’ve had your eye on—it may take time to come across another one.