Best Vintage Watches for the Entry-Level Collectors

Maryam N. ,13-04-19

Not long ago, if someone was spotted wearing a classic watch, he was considered someone who knows about the vintage watches. However, the rise of the internet over the past few years has made the availability and information about the quality mechanical watches accessible to all and sundry.  

Yet, there are still some watches whose value can only be estimated by knowledgeable collectors. Generally, the watches made before 1990 are considered as vintage watches. However, according to some collectors, for any watch to be vintage, it should be made before 1980 or earlier.

When people start collecting watches, they often question what should they buy as their first watch. There are a number of criteria which should be kept in mind while selecting your first vintage watch. It should be popular, affordable and something to be proud of. Given below are some of the best vintage watches for the entry-level collectors.

IWC (International Watch Company) Caliber 89

This watch was named for IWC Caliber 89 inside, a great democratic hand-wound movement of the twentieth century. IWC Caliber 89 was the mass-produced and easily accessible watch at the time of its launch. Today it costs $ 3000 for the 18-karat rose gold model while $1000 for the steel model.

Tiffany-Signed Patek Philippe

Tiffany & Co. was the first company in New York to introduce Patek Philippe in 1854. Thus, it was allowed to use its logo on the watch dial, which makes this watch most desirable for the collectors. This watch costs $200,000 or more, depending upon the quality of the watch.  

Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust is the most universal, long-lasting and wearable vintage watch. It is a gender neutral watch and is popular among both men and women. The models ranging from the 1960s to 1980s are available with different index configurations and dial colors. It costs approximately $2000-3000, varying for different qualities and dial colors.

Gilt Dial Rolex

Sports watches made by Rolex such as the GMT-Master, Explorer, and Submariner are a treat for the vintage watches collectors. These watches are comfortable to wear and their value does not go down. In 1960, Rolex sports watches switched the matte-black dials with white dials. These black dials featured so-called gilt lettering, resulting in character and warmth. This watch costs $25,000 or more depending upon the quality of the watch.

Universal Genève Polerouter Date

This watch is an excellent option for those looking to get into the vintage collection. It was designed by Gerald Genta and was the first watch he designed after finishing school. This watch costs $2000 or more, depending upon the execution and quality of the watch.

Speedmaster Pre-Professional

The models from the late 1950s and early ’60s of Omega’s Speedmaster Pre-Professional have smaller profiles and straight lugs than those models, which accompanied Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong to the moon. This watch costs $20,000 or more depending upon the execution and quality of the watch.

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