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The last century could hardly have been more eventful. This is reason enough to celebrate this era with a watch, to give a unique gift to an esteemed person or to commemorate a special person with a watch from the year of their birth. There are many reasons why one would like to have a watch from a certain year. That is why we have put together a selection of watches from our range that put the past on your wrist.

Watches from the past decades

1920 – 1929

The "Golden Twenties" definitely deserved their name. However, the cultural boom and economic upswing came to an abrupt end with a worldwide economic crisis in 1929. The three oldest watches in the Watchmaster catalogue also reflect the charm of this eventful time:

1920: Eberhard & Co. Eberhard 1600 (560)
1920: Patek Philippe Vintage (Ref. 4464)
1922: Tiffany & Co by Patek Philippe (Manual Winding)

 Patek Philippe Vintage 4464 watch with brown leather strapPATEK PHILIPPE VINTAGE 4464

1930 – 1939

The high times of the 1920s were followed by a dark era in German history – a time that must never be forgotten. Our watches from the 1930s reflect upon this history:

1930: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (Ref. 467XXX)
1930: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Staybrite (Ref. 2201)
1930: Minerva Chronograph (Cal. 20)

1940 – 1949

World War II comes to an end. Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire inspire the masses. The watches of this decade represent an era that even Ol' Blue Eyes couldn't have done better:

1940: Breitling Vintage (Cal. 22)
1942: Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage (Cal. 885)
1944: Omega WWW British Military Issue Dirty Dozen (Cal. 30T2)
1945: Breitling Chronomat (217012)
1945: Jaeger-LeCoultre Triple Date (Cal. 464)
1946: Breitling Premier (765)
1948: Cartier Jaeger-LeCoultre for Cartier (Cal. 450)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Triple Date Cal. 464 watch with black leather strapJAEGER-LECOULTRE TRIPLE DATE CAL. 464

1950 – 1959

The genre of film noir dominates the cinemas and the Cold War reaches its first climax. The watches of the 50's bear witness to this deeply remarkable time:

1950: Audemars Piguet Huitieme (Cal. 2125)
1950: Ebel Vintage (878 F)
1950: Piaget Vintage (Ref. 9043)
1953: Omega British Air Force (Ref. 6645 101000 6B/542)
1953: Rolex Datejust (Ref. 6105)
1954: Patek Philippe Vintage (2496)
1954: Rolex Oyster Perpetual (3372)
1955: Patek Philippe Vintage (2472 Cal. 10-200)
1955: Piaget Vintage (Automatic)
1956: Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox (E11005)
1956: Patek Philippe Calatrava Disco Volante (Ref. 2551)
1957: Rolex Submariner (Ref. 6536)
1958: Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage (Cal. 478/C)
1958: Vacheron Constantin Vintage (Automatic)
1959: Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 6542)
1959: Patek Philippe Ladies Vintage (3394/1)

1960 – 1969

The cheerful sound of the Beatles dominates the radio stations of the world, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" takes the cinemas by storm and the first man lands on the moon. Here are the Watchmaster watches of the 60's:

1960: Omega Constellation 568011
1960: Patek Philippe Geneve 2594
1960: Vacheron Constantin Vintage (Manual Winding)
1962: Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5508)
1963: Omega Seamaster 300 (165.014-62)
1963: Rolex Air-King (Ref. 5700)
1964: Patek Philippe Vintage (3502/2)
1965: Boucheron Vintage (Cal. 2442)
1965: IWC Vintage (R810A)
1965: Omega Seamaster De Ville (Ref. 166.020)
1966: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph (ST 105.003-65)
1966: Tudor Submariner (Ref. 7928)
1967: Breitling Top Time (Ref. 810)
1968: Omega Seamaster Chronostop (ST 145.008)
1968: Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675)
1969: Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen (Ref. 1133B)

 Golden Omega Seamaster De Ville 166.020 watch with black backgroundOMEGA SEAMASTER DE VILLE 166.020

1970 – 1979

Willy Brandt makes history with the Warsaw genuflection, Spielberg's "Jaws" triggers a worldwide hostility towards predatory fish and Volkswagen launches the first Golf. The 1970s had a lot to offer and also produced quite a few beautiful watch models:

1970: Audemars Piguet Jumbo (Ref AP864M)
1970: Heuer Vintage Carrera (110.253)
1971: Breitling Chrono-Matic (1808)
1971: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date (Ref. 1511)
1972: Omega Seamaster Chronograph (176.007)
1973: Rolex Submariner (Ref. 1680)
1974: Rolex Submariner (Ref. 1680 Single Red)
1975: Omega Speedmaster Date (ST 176.0016)
1976: Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 1803)
1977: Heuer Carrera (Ref. 1153)
1978: Omega Seamaster Ploprof (166.0077)
1978: Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675)
1979: Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 3700)

1980 – 1989

Michael Jackson's Moonwalk takes us back to the future. Microwaves and answering machines make their way into households around the world. The watches of the 80's still embody the spirit of that time:

1980: Audemars Piguet Charleston (Ref. 67025BC.ZZ.1091BC.01)
1980: Omega Speedmaster Teutonic (345.0803)
1981: Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse (3548/1)
1981: Rolex Lady-Datejust (Ref. 6917)
1982: Cartier Lady’s Vintage
1983: Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18038)
1984: Tissot Seastar (Ref. 40506)
1985: Corum Peacock Feather (Manual Winding)
1986: Omega Seamaster 300 M (Ref. 2352.80.00)
1987: Rolex Explorer II (Ref. 16550)
1988: Cartier Pasha (Ref. 1988)
1989: Breitling Wordtime (Ref. 80840)
1989: IWC Yacht Club II (Ref. 3311)

Breitling Wordtime 80840 watch with black backgroundBREITLING WORLDTIME 80840

1990 – 1999

Another turbulent decade has now passed. Til Schweiger achieves his cinematic breakthrough with "Manta Manta", the first cloned animal, "Dolly" the sheep, sees the light of day, Tamagotchis chirp in the children's rooms and the dreaded end of the world at the turn of the millennium is approaching. Have a look at what the 1990s had to offer when it comes to watches:

1990: Hublot MDM Geneve (Ref. 1290)
1991: IWC Da Vinci (Ref. 3735)
1992: Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref. 16710)
1993: Omega Speedmaster (Ref. 175.0033)
1994: Rolex Daytona (Ref. 16520)
1995: Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 3800)
1996: Cartier Santos (Ref. W20011C4 1566)
1997: Omega Seamaster 300 M (Ref. 2551.80.00)
1998: Rolex Submariner (Ref. 16613)
1999: Breitling Chronomat (Ref. A13050.1)

Buy watches from a birth year at Watchmaster

Is your birth year not listed? Some decades still offer numerous other models and of course there are watches in our shop from the year 2000. Just have a look at the Watchmaster online shop and browse through our entire collection. A luxury watch from a very specific year is certainly just waiting to be bought by you and worn.

If you want to explore all Watchmaster watches from a certain decade, you can select the appropriate period here:

1920s | 1930s | 1940s | 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

Once you have found a watch that you like, you can either buy it directly or finance it through our website.