Buying a vintage watch generally has two benefits: lower prices than its modern counterparts and an added dose of personality. The same goes for all-steel, all-rounders — many of which today still ape the basic look of their forebearers. Granted, buying an older watch generally requires a little added TLC. But for something with unique patina and a reduced price tag, it’s absolutely worth it.
Tudor Prince Oysterdate
What we like: Here’s the beauty of the Tudor Prince: you get the same basic construction of a Rolex — the oyster case, the bracelet, the cyclops crystal — for about a third of the price. The trade-off, of course, is that inside you have an ETA movement instead of a Rolex number, but that’s fine. It’s still a beautiful thing to put on your wrist.
From the seller: The band of this watch has minor dents by the lug, and the case has minor scratches. This watch comes with a gift box and no original papers are supplied.
Omega Seamaster Cosmic 2000
What we like: The Seamaster has come in all shapes and sizes since it debuted in the late ’40s, but in the early ’70s a new Seamaster model — this Cosmic 2000 — featured a complete redesign. It took on the integrated case and bracelet design that was extremely popular at the time (think Royal Oak) and receive a new movement: Omega’s caliber 1012, a thin automatic movement beating at 28,000 vph.
From the seller: Excellent pre-owned vintage condition. Box is not original. 30-day warranty.
Rolex Oyster 6022
What we like: The Oyster reference 6022 predates the now-iconic look of Rolex Oyster watches, which makes it all the more special. It’s a cleaner, simpler look and features arabic numerals in place of the Roman numerals and indices you usually see on similar Rolexes today.
From the seller: Features include a beautifully aged white dial topped with arabic hour markers, dagger luminous hour markers, and central sweep Alpha hands.