At present, there has never been a better time to invest in a vintage timepiece. The values of these particularly high end items are certainly de rigeur with many watch enthusiasts across the world. In fact, prices have sky rocketed of late thanks to a number of different rare items. This includes the likes of a highly sought after collection of Rolex Oyster Daytonas. When they went to auction the whole range fetched in the region of $13 million.
On the other hand, vintage not to mention heritage, all play an important role in the price of a vintage watch. This may be due to the variety of movements inside any given timepiece or the detailed tourbillon movement which are considered to be exclusive. Yet the more obscure the better for some prized collectors as vintage watches are tribute to the engineering as well as craftsmanship of one of the finest luxury accessories around.
Distinctly stylish and a real talking point, a vintage timepiece has evolved since the early days of spring mechanisms, pocket watches and later wristwatches. No matter what trend it may be, vintage will always have a particular appeal drawing in many horological aficionados from near and far. In spite of their enticing allure, there are some classic timekeeping devices that demand plenty of respect.
10 Omega Chronostop: $800
9 Breitling Top Time: $3,000
8 Vintage Rolex Explorer: $3,700
7 Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback Chronograph: $4,000
6 Vacheron Constantin Vintage Chronometer Royal Watch: $5,400
5 IWC MKXI: $6,000
4 Cartier Tank: $9,500
3 Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox: $28,000
2 Rolex Submariner: $199,000
1 Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile, $1.1 Million
Being the oldest watch maker in the business does not stop Vacheron Constantin from manufacturing the exquisite Tour de l’Ile. Priced at around $1.2 million, it has more than two centuries of watch making experience behind it. You can enjoy a glorious tourbillon while it also offers two faces and a whole host of complications. This puts it up there as probably one of the most complicated wristwatches on the planet.
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