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Vintage Rolex watches are known for their high quality, superior craftsmanship, and timeless designs. These iconic timepieces have been highly sought after by collectors since the 50s. Rolex watches are made to last for decades and therefore often retain their original luster after many years of use. Moreover, the variety of models available in the vintage market means that no two copies are alike, making the unique watches highly sought after by collectors and watch enthusiasts.

From classic examples such as the Datejust or Submariner to rarer variants such as certain Day-Dates or the Daytona, Langedyk’s vintage watches offer an unparalleled level of design and quality.

Whether you’re looking for a reliable watch for everyday use or a wonderful collectible, a vintage Rolex watch is certainly an investment you won’t regret. In this article, we explore what makes these timeless timepieces so unique and desirable, and how to find the right vintage Rolex for your collection.

Pre-owned watches

A vintage Rolex is a pre-owned watch made before the turn of the century. The term “vintage” usually refers to pre-owned watches more than 15 years old, but some consider a watch to be vintage if it is at least 25 years old.

Vintage Rolex Watch

What to look out for

When it comes to finding the perfect vintage Rolex, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, it’s important to know the age and condition of your prospective specimen – pre-owned watches from Rolex (link to category page rolex) can range from excellent condition to heavily worn. It is also important to be aware of the different models and their value and authenticity – for example, some rarer editions are worth significantly more than other classic models.

Reputable sources

Furthermore, it is advisable to research the model you are looking for and buy a watch from a reputable source. There are a huge number of things to look out for when buying an original vintage Rolex, it is nice to be able to make this purchase with peace of mind.

Vintage Rolex watch


Popular models of vintage Rolex watches

Of course, there are many models that all have something due to their sophistication, but tastes differ with respect to gender, purpose of use and personal preference. Below we describe the popular Day-Date and Submariner.


The Rolex Day-Date is uncompromising when it comes to luxury and refinement. Made from only the finest precious metals, this iconic watch gives its wearers a sense of status and class unmatched in horology. Firmly rooted in history, Rolex’s Day-Date collection was first introduced more than six decades ago as a 36 mm model available in white, rose and yellow gold. In 2015, an additional 40 mm option was added to accommodate those who prefer a larger size.

Rolex Day-Date 18238



In the 1950s, Rolex made history with the first launch of their famous Submariner model. The watch featured a steel case as its base and was also water resistant to a depth of 100 meters.

Rolex’s Sub collection offers a varied choice in steel, two-tone and precious metal. For example, with a sunburst dial with gemstones, the two-tone Submariner with “Serti Dial” offers a decidedly oriental flair. With gold or black dials and different colors of bezels, you are sure to attract attention. The most classic model has a black bezel and dial and is one of the most iconic watches in the world.

Rolex Submariner 16613 Serti Dial


How to take care of your Rolex watch?

Finally, it is important to note that vintage Rolex watches require special care and maintenance to maintain their condition and value. Be sure to have your copy professionally serviced and inspected on a regular basis. With proper care, a pre-owned Rolex can be an investment you will be proud of for many years to come.

Whether you are looking for a classic timepiece that will stand the test of time or something special to add to your collection, at Langedyk Vintage Watches we are happy to help you through the process of buying your vintage Rolex. With good advice and a diverse selection, you can find the perfect addition to your timepiece collection!

Interested in buying a vintage Rolex watch? Have a look at our full collection.

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