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5 Best Vintage Watches For Sale On Xupes Right Now

Watch blogger Owen Davies talks us through his favourite vintage watches for sale in the Xupes catalogue.

May marks the beginning of the Geneva vintage watch auction season. Some spectacular watches are set to hit the block at Christie’s and Phillips, which we will cover in our monthly watch news RoundUp. But for now I thought I’d help you get in the mood by going through our collection and picking out my favourite vintage pieces.

First, I'll give you a quick idea of what I look for. Above all, and apologies for the cliché, make sure you just buy what you like, because unless you’re an expert looking to make money (which can take years of investigation and learning) the main draws with vintage watches are looks and feel. Patina and quirks are what make vintage watches stand out, but also rarity and individuality. Personally, I love old, dated dress watches and weathered sports watches on modern leather straps. While I love many of the big-selling auction watches, there are many others out there that go for much more attractive prices. Here's a handful...

vintage tudor submariner snowflake

Tudor Submariner Ref.  94110 “Snowflake”

Last month we saw an early Tudor Submariner being listed for a huge $350,000. This sort of price for a Tudor Sub is quite remarkable, but it shows just how popular vintage sports watches are at the moment. The Tudor Submariner “Snowflake”, the nickname for the diamond-shaped hour hand, is a collector’s favourite. The square markers and snowflake hands appear on Tudor Subs from 1969 to 1981. This model, the 94110 was produced from 1978. The dials in the 94110s were supposedly slightly better quality than previous models and they usually keep better. This one has a nice even patina on the lume and hands and is generally in excellent condition. 

iwc vintage calibre 89 rose gold watch

IWC Calibre 89

This is a lovely dress watch from 1952. It has an unusual dial with a sector layout and alternating baton and pyramid hour markers. It also has the old IWC logo and a double baton at 12. It’s a 35 mm watch, which is a little small by modern standards but it fits me just fine. Again it’s in excellent shape considering its age.

vintage rolex gmt master 6542 pepsi

Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542

The 6542 is the original GMT-Master from 1954. It has a bezel made of aluminium, with the so-named “Pepsi” colour scheme, which is one of my favourites. The colours are still quite clear considering its age. Overall the watch has a few marks on it but this is to be expected and it has a nice patina.

vintage omega seamaster 300


Omega Seamaster 300 Ref. 165.024 (No Date)

It was a tough call between this and the Speedy 145.022 but this ‘60s Seamaster 300 is in top shape and I love the dial numeral and the chunky dive bezel. During the sixties the Seamaster 300 was dive watch of choice for the Royal Navy, beating its rival the Rolex Submariner.

jaeger le coultre vintage memovox watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Vermeil

Last but far from least is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox. The Memovox was one of the first ever wristwatches with an alarm. It was introduced in 1950 and was made in a number of designs over the next few years. This version is typically attractive and it has kept beautifully. The dial has developed a soft, creamy patina and the case is in good condition. As ever, the two crowns look fantastic.


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