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18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe 3588/2 Wrist Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Banbury, GB
This watch stands out impeccably and with all those textures tying into each other it is clear to see the unbeatable craftsmanship of the one and only Patek Philippe. Crafted from st...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Bassine Style Vintage 18 Karat White Gold
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A 43 mm 18k White Gold Open Face Bassine Style Double Name Grottendieck Vintage Gents Pocket Watch, silvered dial with applied Breguet numerals, small seconds at 6 0'clock, a fixed 1...
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Vintage 1920s Pocket Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Patek Philippe Ellipse 18 Karat White Gold Bracelet Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dublin, IE
We are offering this beautiful vintage Patek Philippe Ellipse model. The watch is a medium size therefor suitable for ladies and gentlemen.It is 18 ct white gold reference:3748 1. Th...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold 6000G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6552 Manufacturer: Patek Philippe Model: Calatrava Model Ref: 6000G Age: 29th March 2011 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manual, Guarantee, Sales Literature, Swing Tag Dial: ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Geneva, CH
Stunning pre-owned Patek Philippe Ladies Watch. Barely worn, the watch is like new. Ref: 4872/2G-001 Caliber: E-15 Quartz Movement Jewels: 6R Case and dial set with 202 diamonds: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Patek Philippe Mini-Ellipse 18 Karat White Gold Manual Winding Ladies Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Braintree, GB
Launched in 1973, the ‘Mini-Ellipse’ ref. 4226 was a bestselling watch of the Patek Philippe line well into the 1980s. The reference was available in yellow gold and white gold with ...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Ellipse 3738 18 Karat White Gold Blue Dial Men's Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company-Patek Phillippe Model-Ellipse 3738 Case Metal-18k White Gold Case Measurement-31 mm x 35.6 mm Bracelet-18k White Gold - Fits up to a 7" wrist. Dial-Blue-small hair line scr...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold, 18k Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919G 18 Karat White Gold Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k white gold with white porcelain dial on a black alligator strap with 18k white gold tang buckle. Manual wind w/ subseconds. 34 mm case size. With arch...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3322/1
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
18K white gold Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, retailed by Beyer, Zurich, Ref. 3322/1, circa 1968, is a 20mm x 16mm women's wristwatch with Patek Philippe 18K white gold bracelet and ...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

  • 18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3322/1
  • 18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3322/1
  • 18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe Ref. 3322/1
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Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Bracelet Watch from 1971
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Oval Dress Bracelet Watch / Ref. 3545-1 METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt White Solid Gold CIRCA / DATE: 1971 DIMENSIONS: 32mm X 27mm ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3802, 18 Karat Gold, White Dial
By Patek Philippe
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Elegant 18K Gold watch by Patek Philippe. Calatrava 3802. Original papers included. Mens. Automatice. Self-wind. Original band, stamped Patek Philippe on backside of leather. Near mi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Complicated 18 Karat White Gold Watch 5146G-010 Mint
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Complicated 39 mm 18K White Gold Watch 5146G-010 Mint
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava Full Solid 18 Karat White Gold, circa 1980s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Braintree, GB
Patek Philippe Calatrava full solid 18kt white gold, ref 3618, Circa 1980's Gender: Unisex Model : Calatrava Case Diameter : 33 mm Movement: Manual Winding Watchband Material: 18kt...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 18 Karat Yellow Gold White Dial Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k yellow gold on an . Manual w/ subseconds. With papers. Ref 3919. Circa 1989. Fine Pre-owned Patek Philippe Watch. Certified preowned Classic Patek Phi...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3802/200 18 Karat White Gold White Dial Automatic Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k white gold with white dial and roman numerals on PP leather strap with 18k tang buckle. Auto w/ sweep seconds and date. 33 mm case size. Ref 3802/200....
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3796 18 Karat Yellow Gold White Dial Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k yellow gold on leather strap. Manual w/ subseconds. With Archive papers. 30 mm case size. Ref 3796D. Circa 1993. Fine Pre-owned Patek Philippe Watch. ...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3919 18 Karat Yellow Gold White Dial Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Unisex Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k yellow gold on original alligator strap with 18k buckle. Manual w/ subseconds. With archive papers. Ref 3919. Circa 1992. Fine Pre-owned Patek ...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296 18 Karat White Gold Silver Dial Automatic Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava in 18k white gold on a black alligator strap with 18k white gold tang buckle. Automatic movement under glass w/ sweep seconds and date. Complete with Archive...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Ellipse 3567/1 18 Karat White Gold Blue Dial Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Ellipse 3567/1 in 18k white gold. Manual movement, 26 mm case size. Fits 7 inches wrist. With archive papers. Ref 3567/1. Circa 1972. Fine Pre-owned Patek Philippe Wat...
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Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Cocktail Vintage Ladies 18 Karat White Gold Silver Dial 3266/18
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
An 18k White Gold Cocktail Vintage 15mm Ladies Wristwatch, silver dial with applied hour markers, a fixed 18k white gold bezel, an 18k white gold bracelet with an 18k white gold jewe...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Silver, 18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase 5970G-001
By Patek Philippe
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Patek Philippe 18KT White Gold Perpetual Calendar Moonphase 5970G-001 Swiss. Dial, case and movement signed. Manual Movement No. 3048408/4382772. Matte silver dial with applied ind...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Patek Philippe Nautilus 18 Karat White Gold Diamond Bust Down Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Patek Philippe Model: Nautilus Case Material: 18k white gold Case Diameter: 40mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Baguette shape diamonds (aftermarket) Dial: Round d...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold

Vintage circa 1972 Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 18 Karat White Gold Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Hudson, NY
Vintage Circa 1972 Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 18K White Gold Wristwatch with Sigma Dial and original band. Band has markings on it. "750"
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Geneve 3930J 18 Karat Yelllow Gold White Dial Quartz Unisex Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Geneve 3930J 18K Yelllow Gold White Dial Quartz Unisex Watch 29mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Travel Time 5134 18 Karat White Gold Silver Dial Manual Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Travel Time in 18k white gold on leather strap with 18k white gold tang buckle. Manual w/ subseconds and dual time. 37 mm case size. Ref 5134. Archive papers. Circa 20...
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Early 2000s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold all Original Including Strap and Buckle
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Strap Dress Model / 4163 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt White Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1980's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 33 X 25 MOVEMENT / CALIB...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Travel Time 18 Karat Gold White Dial Hand-Wind Men's Watch 5134G
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Patek Philippe Travel Time 5134G is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (hand-winding) movement which is cased in a white gold case. It has a rou...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar 18 Karat Gold 5139G-010
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A 38 mm 18k White Gold Ultra Thin Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Gents Wristwatch, black lacquered dial with applied hour markers, month sub-dial and leap year indicator at 3...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Ladies Gondolo Ref 4824G 18 Karat White Gold Box and Papers
By Patek Philippe
Located in San Diego, CA
Reference Number: 4824G Year: 2003 Model: Gondolo Case Material: 18K White Gold Band: Dark Purple Bezel: 18K White Gold Dial: Ivory Face: Sapphire Crystal Case Size...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227G 18 Karat White Gold Mens Automatic Off-White Dial
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227G 18K White Gold Mens Automatic Off-White Dial 39mm
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Gondolo Gemma 18 Karat Rose Gold White Mother of Pearl Dial 4980R
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
An 18k Rose Gold Gondolo Gemma Ladies Wristwatch, white mother of pearl dial with hour markers, blued steel hands, a fixed 18k rose gold bezel, an original brown leather strap with a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 3520 Manual Vintage 18 Karat Gold Leather White Dial
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3520 Manual Vintage 18k Gold Leather White Dial 32mm
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Tonneau Shape Wristwatch with Carved Bezel
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe, Geneve STYLE / REFERENCE: Dress Style / Ref. 3528 METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Solid White Gold CIRCA: 1970 DIMENSIONS: 38mm X 26mm MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Ma...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Nautilus 18 Karat Gold Silver Dial Diamond Bezel B&P 7010/1G-001
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A 34 mm 18k White Gold Nautilus Ladies Wristwatch, silver dial with applied hour markers and applied arabic number 12, date at 3 0'clock, a fixed 18k white gold bezel set with 46 rou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold, Silver

Patek Philippe Diamond Art Deco Watch Platinum and 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.
Located in Aliso Viejo, CA
A truly rare and excellent example of art deco perfection. This watch came to us in a Tiffany Box, but sadly we believe at some point it was altered where the original bracelet was ...
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ladies Wristwatch, 18 Karat, Original Box, Papers
By Patek Philippe
Located in Berlin, DE
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ladies Wrist Watch, 18 Karat. Original Box, Papers Manual winding. Referenece 4464/008. Diamond Dial. Enchanting ladies watch from Patek Philippe. Fir...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Gondolo Gemma 4981G-001 18 Karat White Gold Mother of Pearl Dial
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant Patek Philippe Gondolo Gemma in 18k white gold diamond case and lugs on a leather strap with Patek Philippe 18k tang buckle. Quartz. With papers. 37 mm x 22 mm case size. Ref...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

18 Karat White Gold Chronograph Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This stylish chronograph wristwatch by Leviev is a marvel of modern horological design. The timepiece is powered by a complex LL 101 self-winding movement with complications by the f...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Gondolo Vintage 18 Karat Gold Lapis Lazuli Dial Rare Ribbed Case
Located in London, GB
A 29 mm 18k White Gold Rare Gondolo Vintage Gents Dress Wristwatch, rare lapis lazuli dial, an 18k white gold ribbed case, an original 18k white gold ribbed bracelet with an 18k whit...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Lapis Lazuli, 18k Gold, White Gold

18 Karat White Gold Patek Philippe Wrist Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Banbury, GB
A supreme example of why Patek Philippe stands out from the rest. This unbeatable 18 karat white gold wristwatch with a striking blue dial. This comes with its own certification. Th...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Calatrava Automatic Watch Ref. 6000G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic caliber 240/166 Function: hours, minutes, seconds, date Case: 37mm white gold case, sapphire protective crystal, push/pull crown Dial: grey dial with large red cr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 5127G Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold Eggshell Dial Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Patek Philippe MPN: 5127G Model: Calatrava Case Material: 18k White Gold Case Diameter: 37mm Crystal: Sapphire Crystal Bezel: 18k White Gold Dial: Eggshell colored Dial with s...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Grand Complications Watch Ref. 5320G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: self-winding mechanical movement, Cal 324 S Q Function: Day, month, leap year, day/night, date by hand, hours, minutes, sweep seconds Case: 40mm 18k white gold circular cas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold 6000G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6552 Manufacturer: Patek Philippe Model: Calatrava Model Ref: 6000G Age: 29th March 2011 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Manual, Guarantee, Sales Literature, Swing Tag Dial: ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold Women’s 4906G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4986 Manufacturer: Patek Philippe Model: Calatrava Model Ref: 4906G Age: Circa 2000's Gender: Ladies Complete With: Xupes Presention Box Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crys...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Ladies Dress Strap Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie STYLE / REFERENCE: Cushion Shaped / 4223 METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt White Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1975 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 26mm x 26mm MOVEMENT / CALIBE...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava 18 Karat White Gold Watch 4919G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Patek Philippe Ladies Calatrava 18K White Gold Watch 4919G - Quartz. 18K White gold with hobnail bezel ( 26 mm ) . Silver dial with hobnail hour markers. Black leather strap with 18K...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 5170G-010 Chronograph 18 Karat White Gold Men's Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Guaranteed authentic Patek Philippe manual Chronograph 5170G-010 18K White Gold is a clean pure and beautiful dress men's watch . This elegant chronograph features applied Breguet nu...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 18Karat White Gold Dress Style Watch, circa 1970s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe et Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Cushion Shaped / Ref. 3548 METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt. White Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1970's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 37mm X 27mm MOVEMENT ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Diamond Bezel Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
• Model: Calatrava Ladies • Movement: Quartz, water resistant • Case Size: 25mm • Case Material: 18K yellow gold, 36 round brilliant diamond bezel (0.80ctw) • Dial: White with sapp...
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1990s Modern Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Perpetual Calendar Retrograde 5059G-001
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
An 18k White Gold Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Gents 36mm Wristwatch, white dial with roman numerals, month at 3 0'clock, retrograde date displayed between 8 and 4 0'clock, aperture...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe 5153G-New Old Stock, 18 Karat White Gold Calatrava Officers
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This 5153G-010 watch is a like new in box, 38mm, 18 karat white gold Patek Philippe Calatrava. The 5153G-010 is still sealed in its original plastic and comes with box and papers dat...
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2010s Modern Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Gondolo Gents 18 Karat White Gold Rose Dial 5124G-001
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
A 33.4 mm 18k White Gold Gondolo Gents Wristwatch, rose dial with applied Breguet numerals, small seconds at 6 0'clock, a fixed 18k white gold bezel, an original brown leather strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava Perpetual Calendar 18 Karat White Gold
By Patek Philippe
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
An 18 Karat White Gold Calatrava Perpetual Calendar by Patek Philippe - Ref. #5136, Rare Perpetual with the White Gold Bracelet, Like New Condition, circa 2005, original retail $78,2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Ladies Patek Philippe Twenty-4 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond Watch 4910/20G
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Ladies Patek Philippe Twenty-4 18k White Gold & Diamond Watch 4910/20G - Quartz. 18k white gold case with 2-row diamond bezel (25mm x 30mm). White dial with diamond markers and Roman...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Calatrava Wristwatch 5297G-retail $39,500
By Patek Philippe
Located in Princeton, NJ
With its pure lines, the calatrava is recognized as the very essence of the round wristwatch and one of the finest symbols of the Patek Philippe style. Supremely elegant, it charms e...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Ref.5296G Calatrava in 18 Karat White Gold
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami Beach, FL
The Ref.5296 in 18k white gold by Patek Philippe was launched in 2005 to commemorate the classic Patek Calatrava. This version has a two tone silver dial, center sweep seconds, date ...
Patek Philippe 18 Karat White Gold Manual Wind Dress Model, circa 1960s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Venice, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Dress Model Tank Style / Ref. 3491 METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt White Gold CIRCA / YEAR: 1960's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 34mm x 26mm MOV...
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 18 Karat White Gold 5524G-001
By Patek Philippe
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W007166 Manufacturer: Patek Philippe Model: Calatrava Model Ref: 5524G-001 Age: Gender: Men Complete with: Patek Philippe Box, Manuals, Guarantee, Sales Literature & Pusher D...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Tiffany & Co. 5396G-011 Annual Calendar 18 Karat White Gold
By Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.
Located in San Diego, CA
-UNPOLISHED ORIGINAL FINISH- Style Number: 5396G-011 Year: 2013 Model: Annual Calendar Case Material: 18K White Gold Band: Black Leather Bezel: 18K White Gold Dial: Silver Face: Sa...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Biography and Important Works

It shouldn’t be surprising that a Patek Philippe holds the world auction record for a watch ($31.2 million for a Patek Grandmaster Chime, sold at Christie’s Geneva last November, in case anyone’s wondering). Known for impeccable craftsmanship and some of the most complicated timepieces ever created, the brand is considered by many to be the height of fine watchmaking. The house was founded in Geneva in 1839 by Polish expats Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. Czapek left the firm, and in 1845, Patek partnered with French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Catering to the glitterati of Europe, the pair counted among their clients Tolstoy, Pope Pius IX and Queen Victoria, as well as Countess Koscowicz of Hungary, for whom they created the first Swiss-made wristwatch in 1868. They also had their eye on the American market and in 1851 entered an arrangement with Tiffany & Co. still in effect today.

During the Great Depression, brothers Jean and Charles Stern, who had previously supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials, bought the company, and it continues to be run by the Stern family today.

Under the Sterns, the house has developed some of its most famous models, including the Calatrava, an elegantly minimal dress watch introduced in 1932 and named for the Calatrava Cross (the company’s logo since 1887), and the Nautilus, the brand’s first sports watch, conceived by legendary designer Gérald Genta in 1976.

Despite the house’s longevity, it’s rumored that it has manufactured fewer than a million Patek watches, making each one all the more coveted.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.