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5 Vintage Watches to Add to your Collection

Omega ChronostopAre you looking to grow your vintage watch collection? Is it about time that you add a few new pieces? There are many watches to consider, some of which are more expensive and harder to find than others.

The word “vintage” means something different to everybody. Along with this, everybody is looking for something unique for his or her collection. With all that being said, here are five vintage watches that most people would love to get their hands on:

1. IWC Mark XI. So, you are looking for a modern pilot’s watch? If so, this is a great place to start. It first made its way to market in 1948, constructed with the intentions of being functional, not necessarily attractive (although most people enjoy its appearance).

Prices are all over the place, based on condition, but if you find one with an original dial and hands you shouldn’t feel bad about paying in the $5,000 range.

2. 1970’s Heuer Carrera Caliber 11. Many people want to add this watch to their collection for one main reason: it is known as the world’s first self-winding chronograph. This may not mean anything to you, but if it does you should start your search.

If you want to buy one, set aside $3,5000 or so.

3. Breitling Top-Time. There are many variations of this watch, all of which have a strong following. From the big name to the attractive appearance, you are getting everything you deserve, plus much more, when you buy this watch. Best yet, you can typically find a near mint Top-Time in the range of $2,000 to $3,000.

Note: James Bond wore this watch in the 1965 film Thunderball.

4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox alarm watch. This watch was well before its time, with models hitting the market during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Made in both automatic and manual versions, in a variety of cases and dials, you know you are going to have your work cut out for you when making a decision. Prices range from $2,500 for models that are common to $15,000 + for those that are harder to find.

5. Omega Chronostop. This watch was released in the late 1960’s, and to be honest some people would rather forget about it. But not everybody. This is a piece of Omega history that should never be swept under the rug. With a 60-second timer and a variety of unique cases and dials, you just may fall in love. Since these are not exactly hard to find, don’t be surprised if you can make a purchase for $800 or less.

If you are looking to add a watch or two to your collection, don’t hesitate to search local estate sales, as well as the internet, for the five models above as well as many others.

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