As your friendly moderator, one of the things I'll try to do is to help give people an idea of how the vintage watch market is going.
Now there's a lot of various on-line markets out there. The one we all know and love/hate/adore/despise is eBay. It's the 500 lb gorilla in the vintage watch market.
I've been watching eBay price development for quite a while, and there is a general, slow increase in some kinds of watches being sold on eBay. This doesn't mean that vintage watches are going to be a great investment opportunity - they're generally not, as much as we all want to find that perfect Omega Seamaster 300 in NOS put up by a disgruntled former wife for immediate sale for $1.
What I will be starting here is a continuing series under this thread: the volume of the vintage watch market on eBay Germany. This is under the rubrik "Sammleruhren" and I'm only going to cover the one category that, for me, really represents the vintage watch market: watches up to and including 1970. This is the one category that really does tend to have only vintage watches on offer: many other categories (such as military vintage) has lots of watches that simply don't belong there.
Today's market volume:
2004 watches total offered
563 auctions ending within 24 hours
That's all I'm going to start gathering data on. This will be going into an Excel spreadsheet and over the next several months I will be posting some charts based on this.
I've looked at using some searches, but to be honest, I can't spend too much time on this.
Hey, it's not the greatest statistic, but it's the only one out there, as far as I know. If anyone has a better idea of how we can get a better idea of the size of the vintage watch market, talk about it here!