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The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA

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October 2018


Chrono24 presents infographics on the most iconic wrist watches of the world: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Rolex Daytona et Omega Speedmaster

The performance of watches is a fascinating topic. In addition to the sheer enthusiasm for particular watches, models, brands, materials, and movements, some watch fans and collectors are also interested in the past and future performance of certain watches. How have some iconic models - the Rolex Daytona, the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the Omega Speedmaster Professional - performed since 2009? The online marketplace Chrono24 shares its data.

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e might not be able to see into the future; however, the Chrono24 Watch Collection allows every watch enthusiast to track the performance of both their favorite timepiece as well as their whole collection. Based on final sales prices, the 350,000 offers currently on Chrono24, and all our historical data, the Chrono24 Watch Collection calculates and displays the prices of individual watch models from 2009 to now. As an appetizer, we have decided to summarize the performance of some interesting vintage models.

ROLEX DAYTONA

Rolex Daytona ref. 6263
Rolex Daytona ref. 6263

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA
© Chrono24
  • The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 is one of the most desirable vintage watches on the planet. We can see that clearly reflected in its performance over the last few years.
  • In the past 9 years, the value of the Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263 has more than doubled. Its market price has gone from around €29,000 in 2009 to more than €65,000 today.
  • This increase didn’t happen overnight, though. It peaked from 2015 to 2017 as the final result of a long period of record-setting auctions, blogs, and social media posts that made the watch famous beyond the world of high-end watch collecting.
  • Most of the excitement and the big increase in value is probably due to the “Paul Newman,” a special and very rare version of the vintage Daytona from the 1960s.

OMEGA SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL

Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00
Omega Speedmaster 3570.50.00

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA
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  • Even though the Speedmaster Moonwatch is one of the most iconic and popular models, several reference numbers are still relatively affordable. For example, you can currently find the ref. 3570.50.00 for around €2,900.
  • Nevertheless, there are, of course, pieces that have significantly increased in value. One example is the ref. 145012: What cost €3,000 nine years ago now costs almost €8,000. This may be attributed to the general popularity of the Speedmaster, which has gained a huge number of passionate fans, and the fact that the ref. 145012 was the last model to feature the Lemania-based caliber 321.
  • If you are looking for a vintage example with the potential to appreciate in value in the future, we suggest ref. 145022. With an average price of around €5,000, it is still something of a hidden gem and might be worth a lot more in the not-too-distant future.
Omega Speedmaster 145.012
Omega Speedmaster 145.012

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA
© Chrono24

Omega Speedmaster 145.022
Omega Speedmaster 145.022

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA
© Chrono24

PATEK PHILIPPE NAUTILUS

Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1

The price performance of vintage watch icons: ROLEX, PATEK PHILIPPE, OMEGA
© Chrono24
  • For passionate watch collectors, the most interesting Patek Philippe Nautilus is the one that started it all: the ref. 3700/1. Like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, the Nautilus was designed by the legendary Gérald Genta.
  • Its current average price on Chrono24 is over €70,000. It’s important to note that, for important vintage watches like this, various factors—for example, being in mint condition or if it’s a full set with the box and papers—have a strong influence on the price. In fact, most of the pieces on Chrono24 are listed as “price on request.” That means the price of a specific example in good condition can easily be higher than the average price of €70,000.
  • However, the Nautilus was never cheap to begin with. Before 2014, it demanded an average price of between €20,000 and €24,000.