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Five Great Vintage Watches to Get Your Hands on This Season

If you're into watch collecting you've probably seen headlines popping up of late declaring that vintage watches are the 'new Bitcoin.' While this may be something of an exaggeration, it's certainly fair to say that in terms of an investment you can actually enjoy on a daily basis with no fear of depreciation, vintage watches are the way to go.

And a prime opportunity to get in on the ground floor is coming up in the form of Bonhams' Watches and Wristwatches sale in London on May 21. Here we've selected five great ones you can get your hands on at prices that are eminently reasonable:

Rolex GMT-Master 'Pepsi', est. $6,500–$9,000

This c.1975 Pepsi GMT-Master has the perfect amount of patina that no modern version, no matter how long the waiting list is, can ever replicate. 

Rolex Day-Date 'President', est. $5,200–$7,700

Made c.1974, this is the elegantly restrained way to get into the gold watch game. Marilyn gave JFK one just like it.

Encar Sherpa Graph 300, est. $4,500–$5,500

This c.1967 "reverse panda" triple register is a rarity and a true beauty thanks to its Paul Newman Daytona-esque subdials and handsome green seconds hand. 

Rolex Explorer Ref. 5500, est. $3,900–$5,200

Submariners are all the rage and always will be, but vintage Explorers like this c.1960 stunner are for men with a little more confidence and no need to let their accessories do the talking. 

Omega Speedmaster Professional, est. $2,600–$3,900

We had to look twice to make sure we read the estimate correctly on this underpriced and way beautiful c.1976 Speedy. This is 42mm of sheer sprezzatura.