Historical prices of now-vintage watches
Like Tree42Likes

Thread: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    UTC
    Posts
    2,428

    Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Amongst the many wise men and women gathered here, is there anyone who knows what some of our favourite watches cost new? I know that are a lot of ads with prices on them floating around for popular brands such as Bulova, but I'm thinking of more obscure ones, really. Like my 1938 Angelus Chronograph, cal 210. It has a dedication on the back thanking someone for assistance to "the police of 'A' Division," and it struck me that this most have been quite an expensive gift - or was it? I suppose it would have cost more than a typical Bulova at the time, but I don't know.

    Apart from seeing how much, in relative terms (or not!), they've changed in value, it would be interesting to see how some brands have come up in prestige, whereas some have lost ground.

    Thoughts?
    Eleuthera likes this.

  2. #2
    Member AbslomRob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Canada
    Posts
    5,315

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Hmm...my 1939 Eatons only lists one Chronograph; it's shown in a list of "Solar" watches, but I think it's a gallet: NOte that it's cheaper then the "Birkdale" (14k) and a bit more expensive then the "Solar Aqua" (a rebranded Tudor in an Oyster case):
    Name:  1939 Eatons Watches.jpg
Views: 299
Size:  506.8 KB

    The same catalog lists a Waltham Vanguard at $54, a Ladies Rolex for 19.75,
    Eleuthera, Wibbs and Emre like this.
    My growing collection of "affordable" vintages: http://www.abslomrob.com

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    UTC
    Posts
    2,428

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Nice score! One of my watch puzzles was the price of my father's war era Solar Aqua - my sister and I always wondered how he had afforded it, and at least now we have an idea of the rough original price. It's similar to the one marked 31-2150, but a man's version, so I guess it must have cost around about $28 or so. Corrected to 2015 Canadian dollars that's around $400 (USD$350 GBP225).

    I'm pretty sure that Solar and Solar Aqua were actually unrelated in watch terms. My Solar Aqua has a Rolex cal 59, which is actually an FEF. It has, as you mentioned, an Oyster case, with a screw down crown.

    You may be right about the Gallet movement in the chrono, but the dial is also reminiscent of Pierce. We'll likely never know, I guess.

    Thanks!

    PS Nice to see that Eaton's didn't feel it necessary to translate the English 'del'd' in the artwork for the French market, although they did bother to write 'Port pay' in the body copy.

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    Hmm...my 1939 Eatons only lists one Chronograph; it's shown in a list of "Solar" watches, but I think it's a gallet: NOte that it's cheaper then the "Birkdale" (14k) and a bit more expensive then the "Solar Aqua" (a rebranded Tudor in an Oyster case):
    Name:  1939 Eatons Watches.jpg
Views: 299
Size:  506.8 KB

    The same catalog lists a Waltham Vanguard at $54, a Ladies Rolex for 19.75,
    Last edited by Habitant; May 28th, 2015 at 23:25.
    busmatt, Eleuthera and Emre like this.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    WatchUSeek.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    San Jose, California-USA
    Posts
    36,620

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Patek (1961) started at $550, Piaget $500.

    And my Lucien Piccard listed for $110 in 61.
    Last edited by Watchbreath; May 29th, 2015 at 07:09.
    busmatt and bobbee like this.

  6. #5
    Member Emre's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Istanbul-Dubai-Varna
    Posts
    3,358

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Flying Magazine Ad from 1961:

    Name:  1961FlyingMagazine (Small).jpg
Views: 191
Size:  65.3 KB

    and the watch now:

    Name:  DSC03838 (Medium).JPG
Views: 188
Size:  197.8 KB

    Name:  DSC09075 (Medium).JPG
Views: 188
Size:  242.9 KB

    Here I have an Ad for chronographs, but unfortunately didn't record the year ( should be '50s ). Meylan Watch Co. was using mostly Lemania movements in their watches:

    Name:  neynnb.jpg
Views: 212
Size:  133.4 KB

    Name:  DSC01484 (Medium).JPG
Views: 211
Size:  63.0 KB
    Last edited by Emre; May 29th, 2015 at 09:07.

  7. #6
    Member Apollonaught's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,347

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Nice Gruen advert from 40`s....................
    Click image for larger version.

Name:	8-military-gruens-1940s.jpg
Views:	190
Size:	130.7 KB
ID:	4147569


    I would say Gruens have lost ground.

    Here a 40`s Cartier ad.............
    Name:  99u3s04rc1qffc.jpg
Views: 188
Size:  27.8 KB
    I would say Cartier have gained ground.
    Last edited by Apollonaught; May 29th, 2015 at 09:25.
    Emre, Wibbs, Pedro Pereira and 2 others like this.
    "There are many paths leading up the mountain,but the view from the top is the same."

  8. #7
    Member GhentWatch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    1,465

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    I have heard that the Enicar UltraDive watch costed more than a Rolex Sub in 1965.
    Wibbs and nome93 like this.
    Vintage Chronographs and Divers are my thing.

  9. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    UTC
    Posts
    2,428

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    I love those Meylans!!! I'd guess that the date might be a bit earlier than 1950s. Why? Because the ad says "Due to unsettled conditions, prices subject to change without notice," which suggests some date closer to WWII to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Emre View Post
    >snip

    Here I have an Ad for chronographs, but unfortunately didn't record the year ( should be '50s ). Meylan Watch Co. was using mostly Lemania movements in their watches:

    Name:  neynnb.jpg
Views: 212
Size:  133.4 KB

    Name:  DSC01484 (Medium).JPG
Views: 211
Size:  63.0 KB
    Pedro Pereira likes this.

  10. #9
    Member Apollonaught's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,347

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    More in line with your original question,some of my favourites,like Seiko are not holding up very well............
    Click image for larger version.

Name:	c6e4d890-fe15-0870.jpg
Views:	164
Size:	95.3 KB
ID:	4148770
    Back in the early 70`s,late 60`s a new Seiko (as seen in the ad) would set you back about $70 dollars,which is roughly twice what i paid for my Seiko Dx.
    Click image for larger version.

Name:	seiko dx.jpg
Views:	165
Size:	101.4 KB
ID:	4148810

    In all fairness though,i was very lucky to get mine at a low cost,and they go for about $200-$250 in top condition.
    Last edited by Apollonaught; May 29th, 2015 at 13:39.
    Wibbs likes this.
    "There are many paths leading up the mountain,but the view from the top is the same."

  11. #10
    Member Tony C.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Europe
    Posts
    1,449

    Re: Historical prices of now-vintage watches

    Quote Originally Posted by Apollonaught View Post
    More in line with your original question,some of my favourites,like Seiko are not holding up very well............

    Back in the early 70`s,late 60`s a new Seiko (as seen in the ad) would set you back about $70 dollars,which is roughly twice what i paid for my Seiko Dx.
    I'm afraid that you'll need to dig a bit deeper in order to come up with useful insights into relative values. The first generation Seiko diver (so-called 62MAS) was introduced in 1965. It sold for 13,000 yen, which was then equivalent to $36.00. Today, in very good condition, they sell for well over $1000. So, even adjusted for inflation, you certainly can't generalize about how Seikos have done over time. Also, they produced such vast quantities of ordinary models, that it is easy to see why such watches are cheap today.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

    Similar Threads

    1. Replies: 38
      Last Post: July 14th, 2016, 12:16
    2. Antea KS Historical Prices
      By Battleon3 in forum Jrg Schauer & STOWA
      Replies: 5
      Last Post: August 26th, 2014, 22:48
    3. Some historical prices of 1960-70's
      By soviet in forum Chinese Mechanical watches
      Replies: 10
      Last Post: September 1st, 2012, 09:07
    4. Vintage watches prices
      By sublimeguide in forum Vintage & Pocket watches
      Replies: 1
      Last Post: September 12th, 2010, 12:40
    5. Some historical prices
      By soviet in forum Chinese Mechanical watches
      Replies: 31
      Last Post: July 18th, 2010, 05:42

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts