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Rolex Stainless Steel Rare Datejust Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare & Collectible Rolex Datejust Men's Steel Watch 16030 - Automatic winding with date; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case (36mm diameter) with engine turned bezel. Black d...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Yellow Gold Stainless Steel Gilt Dial GMT Master Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1985 Rolex GMT Master, Reference 16753 Wrist Watch, 38 MM Stainless Steel case with Yellow Gold Rotating Bezel, Automatic, self winding Caliber 3075 movement, Original, Mint...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Stainless Steel

Patek Philippe Rose Gold Calatrava Automatic Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k rose gold case with exposition back to view movement (38mm diameter). Silvered dial with black index markers; date at 3 o'clock position. Patek Philippe strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Hublot Rose Gold Big Bang Portocervo Automatic Wristwatch
By Hublot
Located in Dallas, TX
Hublot Big Bang Portocervo 18k Rose Gold Unisex Watch 341.PE.230.RW.114 - Automatic winding chronograph. 18k rose gold case with 114 Diamond bezel (41mm). White dial with rose gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Rose Gold

Eterna-Matic 3000 yellow gold vintage Automatic Wristwatch, 1960s
By Eterna Matic
Located in Poitiers, FR
Watch in 18 karats yellow gold, owl and weevil hallmark. Square shape, this vintage gold watch is ultra-flat. The bracelet is a braided mesh ultra flat and flexible. The clasp is on ...
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Vintage 1960s Retro Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Wristwatch Ref 116200, 2006
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
REF W3599 MODEL NUMBER 116200 SERIAL NUMBER D48**** CONDITION 9 - Excellent condition GENDER Unisex AGE 1st August 2006 CASE DIAMETER 36 mm CASE SIZE 36mm BOX & PAPERS Box, Manuals ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Breguet Platinum Type XX Aeronavale Chronograph Automatic Wristwatch Ref 3800
By Breguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Breguet Type XX Aeronavale Men's Platinum Chronograph Watch 3800 - Automatic winding; chronograph. Platinum case with rotating bezel (39.5 mm). Black dial with luminous style Arabic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Breguet White Gold Heritage Automatic Wristwatch Ref 5480BB12BB0
By Breguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k white gold case (35mm x 53mm). Silvered dial with black Roman numerals; date at 12 o'clock position; seconds dial at 6 o'clock position. 18k white gold Bregue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Ballon Bleu Automatic Wristwatch 44mm XL Chronograph
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Watch-statement. Ballon Bleu de Cartier, 44 mm, chronograph, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Extra large size. Model number 3106. Serial number 89345PX. The case is made ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Omega Genéve Automatic, Vintage Men's Wristwatch, 1960s
By Omega
Located in bronshoj, DK
Omega Genéve Automatic, Vintage Men's Wrist Watch, 1960s. In very good condition. The clock works. Diameter 35 mm.
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

1980s Zenith Elite Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Wristwatch
Located in Poitiers, FR
Bracelet watch for men in 18 karat yellow gold. The dial is round, the background is creamy white stick figures, date at 3 o'clock, seconds dial at 9 o'clock. Automatic movement with...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Stainless Steel White Dial Santos Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Cartier Santos Wrist Watch, 33 MM water resistant case, Scratch resistant crystal, automatic, self winding movement with calendar window at the 3 position, sweep hand, Whi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

1970s Ricoh Vintage Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This 1970’s vintage watch is working however, I cannot guarantee the time accuracy.
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Longines Automatic Wristwatch circa 1950's
By Longines
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Vintage Longines in excellent condition with a automatic 17-jewel movement. Comes with box and inserts. Circa 1950's.
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Swatch Platinum Automatic Wristwatch, circa 2000s
By Swatch
Located in Braintree, GB
Swatch platinum automatic wristwatch, Circa 2000's Gender: Men Case size: 36 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: Leather Case material : Platinum Display Type: Analogue Dial...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Platinum

U-Boat Ceramic 42 mm Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Vannes, FR
Discover this U-Boat Ceramic 42 mm Automatic Wristwatch. Automatic watch Ruby: 25 5 ATM Black ceramic Straps : 2 Dial with index, three arabic numerals
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Black Diamond, Ruby

Cartier Stainless Steel Divan Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Stainless steel Cartier Tank Divan, Ref. 2612, circa 2000's, is an unusual, horizontal rectangular and curved, water-resistant, automatic wristwatch with steel Cartier buckle. The...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

14 Karat Gold LeCoultre Automatic Wristwatch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bradford, Ontario
I like Jaeger LeCoultre watches. The designs are interesting, the movements amongst the best of Swiss craftsmanship. Of course the Reverso by LeCoultre is likely the most famous of t...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Raymond Weil Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Raymond Weil
Located in Stamford, CT
Raymond Weil stainless steel automatic date Men's wristwatch with black dial. Sapphire crystals front and back. Length: 50.67mm Width: 42mm Band width at case: 22mm Case thickness: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Breguet White gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
By Breguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Breguet Classique Automatic Men's Watch 5930 BB - Automatic. 18K White gold (35 mm). Silvered dial with Roman numerals. Breguet black leather strap with deployant buckle. Pre-owned...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Pasha Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Pasha Model - Pasha Case Metal - 18k Yellow Gold Case Size - 38mm Dial - White Bezel - 18k Yellow Gold Bracelet - Blue Leather, Shows cracks and wear on the band Crystal -...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Omega Yellow Gold Constellation Automatic Wristwatch
By Omega
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Omega Constellation Automatic Men's 14k Gold Watch Cal. 551 - Automatic winding; 26 jewels; Caliber 551. 14k yellow gold (36mm diameter). Silvered dial with gold stick marke...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Breguet Rose Gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
By Breguet
Located in Coral Gables, FL
Brand new Breguet classique mens automatic watch in rose gold. Model #5177BR129V6 Retail $23,200. Box and papers. Classique wristwatch in 18-carat rose gold. Self-winding movement ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

  • Breguet Rose Gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
  • Breguet Rose Gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
  • Breguet Rose Gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
  • Breguet Rose Gold Classique Automatic Wristwatch
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Breitling Stainless Steel Navitimer Automatic Wristwatch
By Breitling
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W3245 Model: A19370 Serial: 228**** Condition: 9 - Excellent condition Age: 2nd October 2014 Case Diameter: 46 mm Case Size: 46mm Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Move...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Breitling Yellow Gold Chronomat Automatic Wristwatch
By Breitling
Located in Feasterville, PA
A bold authentic Breitling Chronomat watch in 18k yellow gold. Case Size: 40mm Inventory ID: 0000312
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

rolex rose Gold Bubbleback Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k rose gold bubble back case (32mm diameter). Rose colored dial with Arabic numerals and stick markers with nice vintage patina. Strap band. A beautiful rose gol...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Pasha Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
18K yellow gold Cartier Pasha is a self-winding center second date wristwatch, circa 1980's, with Cartier pink gold deployant buckle on a leather strap. The 38mm case has a screw-do...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Vacheron Constantin Perpetual Calendar Automatic Wristwatch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Vacheron Constantin MPN: 43031 Model: Constantin Case Material: 18k yellow gold Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal (scratch resistant) Bezel: 18k yellow gold smooth...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Zenith Rose Gold Square Automatic Wristwatch
By Zenith
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This an incredible example of an 18k rose gold square Zenith wristwatch from the 1950s. This watch has a mint original dial and a unpolished case. It is powered by Zenith's 28-jewel ...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

  • Zenith Rose Gold Square Automatic Wristwatch
  • Zenith Rose Gold Square Automatic Wristwatch
  • Zenith Rose Gold Square Automatic Wristwatch
  • Zenith Rose Gold Square Automatic Wristwatch
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Omega Yellow Gold Seamaster Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Miami Beach, FL
This Omega Seamaster is in near mint condition in 14k yellow gold, caliber 500 automatic movement, on an Omega leather strap with a 14k tang buckle and comes with box and guarantee b...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

IWC Vintage Yellow Gold Automatic Wristwatch
By IWC
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: COM173 Model Number: 853 Condition: 9 Age: 1961 Case Size: 35mm Box and Papers: Period IWC box Movement: Automatic Case: 18K Yellow Gold Dial: Gold Dial with Baton Markers Brac...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

DeGrisogono Instrumentino 18 Karat Gold Automatic Wristwatch
By de GRISOGONO
Located in Bradford, Ontario
DeGrisogono Instrumentino 18K Gold Automatic Wristwatch As soon as I saw this watch, I knew it had to be acquired. Never mind that the name needs a bit of practice to roll off the ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Bedat & Co. No.8 Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Bedat & Co. No.8 Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch Bedat is a fairly recent Swiss maker of very fine watches and it seems that the main thrust of their company is the creation of...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Canape Automatic Wristwatch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Canape Automatic Wristwatch by Audemars Piguet. Brand Name Audemars Piguet Series Canope Gender Men's Case Material 18k Yellow Gold Dial Color White Movement Auto...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Vintage Movado Kingmatic Yellow Gold Automatic Wristwatch
By Movado
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1960 Movado Kingmatic Wrist watch, 35 M.M. 14K 2 Piece Water proof case, Automatic, self winding movement. Gold Mirrored Dial with Engine cut center dial, raised Gold markers a...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Cartier Ballon Bleu Largest Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2018 Cartier Ballon Bleu collection Wrist Watch, this being the largest of the collection, 42 M.M. Stainless Steel 2 piece Water resistant case, Sapphire crown. Automatic, self...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Panerai Stainless Steel Luminor Marina Automatic Wristwatch
By Panerai
Located in Stamford, CT
Panerai Luminor Marina steel watch with rubber strap and deployant buckle. Steel Length: 47.4mm Width: 42mm Band width at case: 22mm Case thickness: 15.5mm Band: Black Panera...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel

Oris Stainless Steel Artelier Worldtimer Automatic Wristwatch
By Oris
Located in Firenze, IT
Ref. 7494. No. 08 04624. Made circa 2000. Fine, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with two-time-zones, day and night indication, date aperture and a stainle...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Chronoswiss Stainless Steel Cabrio Gold Automatic Wristwatch
By Chronoswiss
Located in Firenze, IT
Ref. 5.129. Made circa 2000. Fine, rectangular curved, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with hinged cabriolet system and a stainless steel Chronoswiss buc...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Cartier Yellow Gold Roadster Large Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2010 Cartier Roadster Wrist watch, 44 X 37 MM 18K Yellow Gold Case, double sunk Silvered Dial, sweep seconds hand and a calendar window at the 3 position. Automatic, self windi...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Datejust PearlMaster Automatic Wristwatch Ref 80319
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 80319 Model: Datejust Pearlmaster Case Material: 18k white gold Case Diameter: 29mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: 18k white gold diamond bezel (factory...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, Pearl, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Calibre De Cartier Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2015 Cartier Calibre De Cartier Gents Wrist watch 42 MM Stainless Steel Water resistant case with exhibition back, Automatic Self Winding Movement, Black Dial with raised marke...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Baume & Mercier Stainless Steel Hampton Automatic Wristwatch
By Baume et Mercier
Located in Montreal, QC
Collectors worldwide covet timepieces from Baume & Mercier! This spectacular Hampton model MOA 10047 features: • Brushed and polished stainless steel case, 37 mm x 32 mm, 11 mm thick...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Montblanc Stainless Steel Timewalker GTM Automatic Wristwatch
By Montblanc
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Montblanc MPN: 7081 Model: Time walker GTM Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 42mm Crystal: Sapphire Dial: Black dial with Arabic numerals; date is located at 6 o’ ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Concord Ladies Platinum Diamond Automatic Wristwatch, 1930s
By Concord Watch
Located in Hicksville, NY
Concord Art Deco 4 cttw Diamond and Platinum Ladies Watch features a rectangle case, silvery white dial, black Arabic hour markers, hinged clasp closure with safety chain and automat...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Universal Geneve Ladies Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Universal Genève
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Universal Geneve Black w/ Faceted Silver Hour Track
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Cartier Stainless Steel Tank Francaise Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Ref. W51002Q3. Automatic movement. Stainless steel case, 28mm x 35mm. Silvered guilloche dial with black Roman numerals and date at 6 o'clock. Stainless steel Cartier link bracelet. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolls Yellow Gold First Automatic Wristwatch 1930s
Located in Frederick, MD
·Item: 18K Rolls 1930s First Automatic Wrist Watch Yellow Gold ·Era: 1930s ·Composition: 18k Gold Marked / Tested ·Condition: Watch is running, may need service to be 100% accurat...
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Vintage 1930s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Yellow Gold Day-Date Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
REF W2809 MODEL NUMBER 1803 SERIAL NUMBER 326**** CONDITION 8.5 - Good condition GENDER Unisex AGE 1972 CASE DIAMETER 36 mm CASE SIZE 36mm BOX & PAPERS Box, manuals & guarant...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Chronograph Automatic Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Manual winding chronograph. 18k yellow gold case with exposition back (42mm diameter). Black dial with gold Arabic numerals; minute recorder and seconds subdial. Strap band with Pat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Roadster tonneau Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Roadster 18k Yellow Gold W62005V1 or CRW62005V1 - Automatic. 18k yellow gold tonneau style case (37mm x 44mm) (37mm x 44mm). Silvered guilloche dial with black Roman numeral...
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21st Century and Contemporary Pocket Watches

Cartier Yellow Gold Roadster Chronograph Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
winding chronograph with date. 18k yellow gold case (43mm x 48mm). Silvered guilloche dial with black Roman numerals; date at 3 o'clock. 18k yellow gold Cartier bracelet with deploya...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Heuer stainless steel Vintage Calculator Automatic Wristwatch
By Heuer
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Heuer Calculator stainless steel automatic chronograph Ref. 110633, made in the 1970's, is an oversized, tonneau-shaped, water-resistant, self-winding stainless steel left-ha...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Harry Winston Zalium Ocean Sport Automatic Wristwatch
By Harry Winston
Located in Greenwich, CT
Complicated watchmaking finds its most contemporary expression in this Ocean Sport Watch, which is all about innovation, contemporary design with sophisticated mechanism and the Harr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

IWC Stainless Steel Big Pilot Automatic Wristwatch
By IWC
Located in Greenwich, CT
This compact timepiece upholds the tradition of an iconic watch and reduces the functionality and design of a typical Pilot's Watch to the absolute essentials. With its simple dial, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • IWC Stainless Steel Big Pilot Automatic Wristwatch
  • IWC Stainless Steel Big Pilot Automatic Wristwatch
  • IWC Stainless Steel Big Pilot Automatic Wristwatch
  • IWC Stainless Steel Big Pilot Automatic Wristwatch
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Edouard stainless Steel Millenium 2000 Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Paris, FR
EDOUARD Watch Millenium 2000. Steel, steel bracelet. GMT. Power reserve. Sapphire crystal case. Automatic movement. Breguet needles. Box. Warranty 1 year.
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Audemars Piguet Yellow Gold Skeleton Automatic Wristwatch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k yellow gold, full skeleton front and back (33mm diameter). Skeleton dial. Strap band with 18k yellow gold Audemars Piguet buckle. Pre-owned with box and papers.
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Tissot Stainless Steel Navigator Seastar Automatic Wristwatch
By TISSOT
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Tissot stainless steel Navigator Seastar wristwatch with an automatic movement, blue and silvered dial, with 24-hour and World Time functions.
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Franck Muller Stainless Steel Casablanca Automatic Wristwatch
By Franck Muller
Located in Dallas, TX
Franck Muller Casablanca Stainless Steel Men's Watch 9880 C DT - Automatic winding. Stainless Steel case (60mm x 40mm) (40mm). White dial with lumious Arabic numerals. Stainless st...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

IWC Stainless Steel Yacht Club Automatic Wristwatch
By IWC
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Beautiful International Watch Company Yacht Club in stainless steel with an automatic movement caliber C.8541B
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Automatic Wristwatch For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the automatic wristwatch you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Each design created in this style — which was crafted with great care and often made from Gold, 18k Gold and Stainless Steel — can elevate any look. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. Making the right choice when shopping for an automatic wristwatch may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. There have been many well-made iterations of the classic automatic wristwatch over the years, but those made by Rolex, Cartier and Omega are often thought to be among the most beautiful. An automatic wristwatch can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but Diamond rings, from our inventory of 34, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. See these pages for a round cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also brilliant cut cut and baguette cut cut versions available here, too. There aren’t many items for women if you’re seeking an automatic wristwatch, as most of the options available are for men and unisex.

How Much is a Automatic Wristwatch?

The price for an automatic wristwatch starts at $135 and tops out at $135 with these watches, on average, selling for $6,095.

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.