Unlike the watches you get from a retailer, the vintage watches have had a life before it came into your hands. A significant person might have owned a particular watch from the past, and thus the watches are unique and collectible. The following are the top 5 collectible watches:
- Universal Genève Polerouter
- Cartier Tank Cintrée.
- Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater.
- Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, A-Series.
- Rolex Daytona Cosmograph, “Paul Newman.”
Universal Genève Polerouter:
The Universal Genève Polerouter was designed for the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS). The watch was designed to withstand powerful magnetic fields of the polar region as the plane was flying over the North Pole to North America. The route was an issue for the pilots as the magnetic fields disrupted the time settings in their watch. The Universal Genève Polerouter featured a Universal Genève’s caliber 215 to solve this particular issue. The Polerouter was also the first watch that was designed by Gerald Genta and was taken into production.
Cartier Tank Cintrée:
The tank watch was designed during the World War I as it was Louis Carter’s burning desire to promote wrist watches. The watch was developed in the year 1917 and was inspired by the first armored tank from the top down view. More than 50 watches were produced and the auction prices of this watch range from $25,000 to $50,000 for the yellow and white gold. The platinum versions are sold for about $35,000.
Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater:
The Vacheron Constantin Minute Repeater was designed to enable its clients to tell the time even in the dark; we should all remember that this was before the period of electronic watches or glow in the dark watches. It is known that only 36 of these models were made and they had produced it in colors like yellow gold, white gold, and platinum. The dial of the watches are also very simple, and it indicated only the hours and minutes. The yellow or pink gold was auctioned for $180,000 to $225,000; for the white gold and platinum models, the auction price range was between $200,000 and $350,000.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, A-Series:
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, A-Series was one of the first stainless steel sports watches that were made with an integrated bracelet. Gerald Genta designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in just a night and was launched in the year 1972. The first 2000 watches were marked ‘A’ in the case–back to point the original series. The A series watches are now auctioned for about $20,000 to $40,000.
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph, “Paul Newman”:
The Rolex Daytona Cosmograph, “Paul Newman” was sold from the mid-1960s to mid-1980s. One of the dealers had spotted this watch on an actor’s wrist and coined the name of the watch after that actor. The watch has a strong case which is water resistant and has robust movements. The screw-down chronograph pushers are auctioned for about $150,000.