Inevitably, manufacturers of luxury watches will change their product range over the years. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that certain references will be discontinued and in some cases, even entire collections are taken out of production. This is where the pre-owned market comes into play, as the discontinued watch models, many of which are in great demand, are now only available secondhand. Let's take a look at a few of the reference numbers that have been discontinued, but are now available pre-owned at Watchmaster.
Reference has been discontinued – what to do?
Have you ever had this experience? You find a watch at your trusted jeweller’s that immediately catches your eye, but is too expensive at the moment. So you save up for this one watch, and after a while when you revisit your concessionaire, you discover that the model is no longer available. Upon inquiry, you learn that the manufacturer has discontinued the reference. If you are unsatisfied with the model's predecessor or successor, because this is exactly the one watch you want, Watchmaster can provide help as a dealer for certified, pre-owned luxury watches. At Watchmaster, you can not only find discontinued watch models, but also finance them if you would prefer to pay for the model in small instalments.
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 116710LN | ROLEX SUBMARINER 116610LV
Watches that are only available pre-owned
The TAG Heuer Classic Monza CR5112.FC6290The Monza now belongs to TAG Heuer's past, but is revived every now and then as a limited edition. As a classic from the TAG Heuer range, the Classic Monza (Ref. CR5112.FC6290) is also a rarity, instead of the proper company name, only the old Heuer logo is found at 12 o'clock. The rest of the design of this discontinued Monza reference is reminiscent of long gone days on motorsports circuits. The cathedral-shaped hands sweep over Arabic indices and the date window situated between 4 and 5 o'clock. At 9 o'clock, there is a small second hand. This automatic watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 38 mm and a brown leather strap fitted with an attractive folding clasp. If you missed the opportunity to purchase one of the 1911 wristwatches made in 2011, you can purchase this discontinued Classic Monza pre-owned from Watchmaster.
The Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LNThe GMT-Master II is one of the most popular series by Rolex. This cosmopolitan watch has conquered the hearts of many watch enthusiasts, particularly with models such as the 16710 "Pepsi" with its signature blue-red bezel and the 116710BLNR "Batman" with blue-black bezel.
As steel sports models by Rolex enjoy general popularity, it is a little surprising that Rolex has discontinued the GMT Master II made of steel with a black bezel and the reference 116710LN in 2019. This sporty timepiece, which has been in production since 2008, is impressive thanks to the GMT function that gives it its name, but it also excels through tasteful understatement. The black bezel of the discontinued 116710LN is clearly more restrained than its colourful siblings and thus does not impose itself by being showy. Furthermore, the timeless look of the 116710LN blends in perfectly with any outfit and cuts a fine figure with jeans and T-shirt just as well as to a sophisticated suit. Nevertheless, it has made way for its more popular siblings with coloured bezels
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 116710LN
The Omega Speedmaster TeutonicWhen looking at the wristband of the Speedmaster Teutonic (Ref. TA345.0810), there is an undeniable feeling that the notorious Gérald Genta may have had an influence on its design. In reality, however, this did not happen, but perhaps would have helped the "black sheep" of the legendary Speedmaster series because the Speedmaster Teutonic, designed for the German market, is by no means one of the most popular models from the Biel-based watchmaker. This inevitably led to the discontinuation of the Speedmaster Teutonic Series. As a result, these models from the 1980s are now much rarer than the "normal" Speedmaster on the wrists of watch enthusiasts and on the second-hand market. This timepiece available at Watchmaster is made of yellow gold and titanium, equipped with an automatic movement, a chronograph complication, a small second hand, a moon phase complication and an analogue date indicator.
The Rolex Submariner 116610LVA brand-new member to the market of discontinued references is now the very popular Submariner (Ref. 116610LV). Superseded by an apparent reissue of the 16610LV the "Hulk" is no longer available in official Rolex shops. Instead, since the moment it was discontinued, it has demonstrated enormous potential for appreciation of value. Within a month of being discontinued, the 116610LV has seen a 12% increase in value. Produced between 2010 and 2020, the diving watch, affectionately known as the "Hulk" by Rolex admirers, is one of the most sought-after models from the Geneva-based luxury brand. A coloured version with a green dial and green bezel on a stainless steel band, the 116610LV caps any outfit. A real all-rounder from the Rolex' steel model series.
ROLEX SUBMARINER 116610LV
The Omega Speedmaster MoonwatchCertainly one of the most famous watches in the world, the legendary Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch owes its name to its role in the race to the moon back in the 1950s and 60s. In 1969, the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was the world's first watch to land on the moon on the wrist of the American astronaut Buzz Aldrin and thereby made history. The classic version of the Moonwatch with the reference 3188.8.131.52.01.005 was produced until the end of 2020 and fell victim to the updated model with the new Master Chronometer calibre. If you do not want to pay the higher prices that come along with these upgrades, you can opt for a model of the discontinued reference instead. With its high-precision hand-wound calibre and hesalite crystal, this version of the Speedy is very similar to the original model from the 1960s and is also ideal for everyday use. Alternatively, you can choose the reference 011.30.42.30.01.006 with sapphire crystal and a transparent case back, which has also been discontinued. Either way, both models are reliable chronographs that will enrich every watch collection.
OMEGA SPEEDMASTER MOONWATCH CHRONOGRAPH 3184.108.40.206.01.006
The Breitling Chronomat B13050.1The Breitling Chronomat collection laid the foundation for Breitling's success story and offers a successful combination of the typical military-masculine look of Breitling models and a touch of elegance for special occasions in the reference number B13050.1, which was in production between the early 1990s to the mid-2000s. The distinctive bezel of the discontinued Reference B13050.1 plays with incoming rays of light, making this precious timepiece sparkle on your wrist like the star-studded sky. All flowery and vivid descriptions aside, the Chronomat boasts with its beloved chronograph function and yellow-gold highlights that extend across the bezel indices, pushers, crown, hands and totalizers. The rest of the Chronomat B13050.1's case is made of stainless steel and is fastened to the wrist with a blue leather strap. With a reasonable price of €2,900, the steel model from 2002 is also a good model for beginners.
The IWC GST ChronographThe IWC GST Chronograph was launched in 1999 and discontinued a short time after around 2003. The abbreviation GST stands for the different versions available made of gold, steel and titanium. The series is indirectly thought to be the precursor of the present-day Ingenieur Chronograph, but there is no definitive successor to the GST Chronograph. Adjustment of the GST Chronograph (Ref. IW3707) is quite simple and the chronograph's usefulness can be seen in the prominent tachymeter scale. At the classic 3 o'clock position, there is a day and date window opposite the small second hand located at 9 o'clock. The automatic movement is enclosed in a stainless steel case measuring approximately 40 mm and is attached to the wrist by means of a steel bracelet. This technology-driven wristwatch with its clear design is the ideal companion for anyone who places value on functionality.
Is your dream watch not on this list?
If a specific reference or series that has been taken out of production is missing from this list, don't worry. Our customer service team is available by telephone and would be happy to help you with any questions you may have as well as may be able to advise you. Furthermore, at Watchmaster you also have the opportunity to be informed through our Watch Hunter feature as soon as the watch of your dreams is available in our collection.