What is the Value of a Vintage Rolex?

Nov 25, 2022 | Rolex Watches | 0 comments

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Vintage Rolexes are the object of desire of many buyers… discover with us how to estimate the value of a Vintage Rolex?

Just as it happens with wine, there are also some watches that in terms of value, the passing of the years suits them well, we are talking about vintage watches.

This nickname is used to refer to those watches that were manufactured more than 30 years ago, especially between the 1950s and the 1970s.

If it is a Vintage Rolex they are highly valued, they have in common that usually watches of this era are made of steel.

Models such as the Daytona or better known as the Rolex Paul Newman unleash passion among the brand’s regular collectors.

Why does the value of a Vintage Rolex rise?

A recurring question from those who are not very immersed in the business of buying and selling pre-owned watches is why can vintage Rolexes cost so much?

We will explain the reasons…

These are watches that are in short supply, some models are very difficult to obtain and can be in high demand, which leads to the value of vintage Rolexes rising.

Many of them are part of limited edition collections, which makes them attractive to collectors.

In addition to having a nostalgic charm, these clocks may tell a particular story and may be associated with an important person or event.

There are people who can spend decades searching for a particular model and never rest until they get it.

What is taken into account when valuing a Vintage Rolex?


Not all Rolex watches manufactured between the 1950s and 1970s have survived to this day, and some models in particular are hard to come by.

As in all markets the current law of supply and demand determines the price of these watches.


Paradoxically to what is believed, the wear and tear caused by time does not imply a significant reduction in value.

Although it is obvious that a Vintage Rolex in good condition will have a higher price tag, but compared to modern watches, it is not the condition of the watch that is of concern in the big picture.


This is an aspect that occupies collectors, if the watch retains all its original parts is a plus for the buyer.

Rolex watches that retain their original movements, dials or settings have a higher price than those that have had replacements made and end up being a hybrid.


The well-known “tropical dial” can increase the value of your Vintage Rolex, although it must be admitted that it used to be considered a defect.

Rolex watch dials that show an orange or brown hue caused by exposure to sunlight are loved by some collectors.

One of the reasons for this is that each sphere is unique and acquires a tonality that gives it a differentiating stamp.

In modern watches they are unlikely to be affected by color and this makes vintage Rolex watches with tropical dials a unique find.


It is important to differentiate here that we are not talking about “damages” as such, but about defects.

It is common for vintage watches to show certain scratches typical of time that will not affect their value considerably as explained in the previous paragraphs.

However, a broken needle, a missing indicator or damage to the glass can trigger a considerable loss of value.


If these are rare manufacturing defects, this will be grounds for a generous appraisal Why?

In a brand as prestigious as Rolex, getting a defect is a particularity, for example, a typographical error on its dial can be interesting for a collector.

Box and original documentation.

It is entirely possible to sell your vintage watch without the original documentation and box, but if you have it, it is even better.

Preserving these elements when selling your vintage watch can increase the value of your rolex.

The most sought after Rolexes…

Some of the most sought-after rolex watches of that era belong to the collections:

  • Rolex The President
  • Rolex Datejust
  • Rolex Daytona
  • Rolex Sea-Dweller
  • rolex submariner
  • Rolex Explorer
  • Rolex GMT Master

For example, models such as Root Beer, Pepsi and Coke are in great demand by users.

Tips for buying a Vintage Rolex.

These are some of the tips that will be useful when buying a Vintage rolex:

Analyze the seller’s reputation

If you want to invest your money when buying an antique watch, you should be cautious, try to do it in stores with a track record such as
Adeler Jewelers.

Intensive research

Make a brief previous research, think that it is an investment that you are about to make or in any case seek help from professionals.

Remember that we have experts in vintage watches.


Genuine proofs of origin such as invoices with the correct serial and/or movement number and original papers with seals or warranty certificate provide peace of mind.

For example, in the case of the watches we sell through Adeler Joyeros, they undergo a complete pre-analysis to ensure reliability.

How much is a Rolex Vintage watch worth?

The price varies according to the model and the aspects that directly influence its value, however, the price can range from four to five digits.

Where to buy vintage watches?

Adeler Joyeros specializes in the purchase and sale of vintage watches, we provide a team that can help you at all times to carry out this type of negotiations with total peace of mind.

Contact us.