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14kt White Gold Bulova Diamond Watch Ladies Serviced Working Warranty Art Deco
By Bulova Watch Company
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
stunning ladies' Bulova diamond watch crafted in 14kt white gold. This art deco vintage timepiece has been
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Victorian Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold

Ladies' 18K White Gold Art Deco Diamond & Sapphire Watch
Located in Laguna Beach, CA
Ladies' Antique Art Deco wristwatch with diamond and sapphires, set in 18k white gold. Stamped 18k
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ladies Art Deco Platinum Diamond Onyx Wrist Watch
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Art Deco diamond and onyx watch head set in newer triple-strand band of onyx beads with diamond
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Onyx, 14k Gold, Platinum

Ladies Art Deco Platinum Diamond Onyx Wrist Watch
Ladies Art Deco Platinum Diamond Onyx Wrist Watch
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H 0.25 in W 0.65 in L 6.25 in
Vintage Movado Art Deco Diamond Ladies Watch
By Movado
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Movado Art Deco Diamond Ladies Watch - Manual winding. 14K Yellow gold with diamond bezel
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20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Art Deco Ladies Diamond Rolex Cocktail Watch in 18ct White Gold
By Rolex
Located in Kenley surrey, GB
An original 1920s fine quality ladies ‘cocktail’ wristwatch by Rolex in 18ct white gold case and
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold

Zenith Watch Art Deco Platinum Diamond Antique Estate Jewelry
By Zenith Watch Company
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
An exquisite Zenith Watch from the Art Deco era, made of platinum and diamond. The case and the
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Omega Ladies White Gold Sapphire Diamond Art Deco Watch, circa 1930s
By Omega
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Omega Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Articulated Case METAL
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Fine & V Rare Art-Deco Rolex 18K Gold, Diamond, Sapphire Cocktail Ladies' Watch
By Rolex
Located in MELBOURNE, AU
ladies Rolex cocktail watch Despite its age, the timepiece is in excellent condition & in great working
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold

18K White Gold & Diamond Art-Deco 1930's Swiss Ladies Dress Watch by Lavina
Located in MELBOURNE, AU
This ladies' dress watch is from Art-Deco period, yet it's in beautiful vintage condition & in
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold

Hamilton Ladies White Gold Diamond Bracelet Watch, Circa 1930s
By Hamilton
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Vintage Art Deco Hamilton Ladies White Gold Diamond Bracelet Watch. The rounded rectangle-faced
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

1.56 Carat Ruby 1.02 Carat Diamond Ladies Cocktail Watch in White Gold Art Deco
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
diamonds. This unusual Art Deco watch is hallmarked to the back of the watch case with the 9k gold mark
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Vintage 1940s Unknown Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Ruby, 9k Gold, White Gold

Girard Perregaux Ladies Diamond Bracelet Watch
By Girard Perregaux
Located in Palm Desert, CA
Girard Perregaux Ladies Diamond Bracelet Watch, circa 1930s. The marquise dial is framed in round
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Girard Perregaux Ladies Diamond Bracelet Watch
Girard Perregaux Ladies Diamond Bracelet Watch
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H 0.04 in W 0.03 in L 0.24 in
Hamilton Ladies Platinum Art Deco Evening Watch Gold Diamond Bracelet 1940's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Evening Dress Watch METAL
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Jahan Geneve Diamond Ladies Watch 18 Karat Yellow Gold
By Jahan
Located in Geneva, CH
A beautiful Jahan Geneve diamond ladies watch crafted in 18K yellow gold. The rectangular dial
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Hamilton 14 Karat Solid Gold Art Deco Ladies Diamond Dress Watch from 1940s
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
movement This elegant ladies diamond dress watch This unique art deco ladies diamond dress watch has just
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Wittnauer 14Kt. Rose Gold 1940 Art Deco Ladies Watch with Ruby and Diamond Bezel
By Wittnauer
Located in Long Beach, CA
This is a great looking ladies Art Deco Watch. It has just been given a factory quality service by our
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Shreve & Co. Ladies Platinum Art Deco Diamond Watch, circa 1930s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen for Shreve and Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Watch METAL
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Ladies Platinum & Gold Longines Natural Diamond & Sapphire Manual Cocktail Watch
By Longines
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Vintage Ladies Collectable Longines Movement, platinum top and 18k White Gold caseback
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, Platinum

Vintage Vacheron Constantin Diamond 18 Karat White Gold Ladies Watch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Miami, FL
Diamonds: Factory Set Diamonds, approx. 0.50cttw, E-F color, VVS clarity Bezel Material: 18K White Gold
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold

Art Deco Floral Filagree Sapphire and Diamond Ladies Dress Watch Sapphire Band
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Art Deco platinum top on 18k gold watch accented with diamonds and sapphires, circa 1920. The
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, 14k Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage Chopard Geneve 18k White Gold Ladies' Watch with Diamonds
By Chopard
Located in Berlin, BE
formal. In conclusion, the Noble vintage Chopard Geneve 18k white gold ladies' watch with diamonds is a
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Late 20th Century French Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold

Ladies Watch Sapphire Diamond White Gold 18 Karrat Platinum Case
Located in Vannes, FR
Discover this beautiful Art-Deco style ladies watch. The bracelet is made in Italy by Uno a Erre
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Late 20th Century Unknown Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Bailey, Banks & Biddle Platinum Art Deco Ladies Diamond Dress Watch, 1930s
By Bailey, Banks & Biddle
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Bailey, Banks & Biddle STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Longines 18k White Gold 5.05ctw Diamond Ladies' Fancy Dress Bracelet Watch 745
By Longines
Located in Montclair, NJ
Here we have a very fancy antique Longines ladies' watch that was mounted in an elegantly designed
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Ladies Platinum white gold Diamond French Art Deco Mechanical Wristwatch, 1925
Located in Poitiers, FR
Rectangular, this art deco watch features geometric lines and decorations set with diamonds. The
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Wrist Watches

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

Rolex Art Deco Ladies Wristwatch, 18 Karat White Gold and Diamonds
By Rolex
Located in Berlin, DE
Enchanting Rolex Art Deco women's wristwatch - a timeless jewel in white gold and diamonds This
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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White Diamond, Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Shreve & Co Platinum Ladies Art Deco Diamond Dress Watch with Leather Cord 1920s
By Shreve & Co.
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Shreve & Co STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Diamond Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex Ladies Datejust Gold Diamond Dial
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Ladies 31mm DateJust Gold Diamond Dial excellent condition This watch is 100% all original
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Vintage 1980s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold

Cartier Platinum Ladies Watch 1920's Art Deco by European Watch & Clock Co.
By Cartier
Located in Long Beach, CA
exceptional true Art Deco Ladies watch from the 1920's by the legendary house of Cartier. We seldom ever, see
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Vintage 1920s French Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre 17j Dia Dial 14k Solid Gold Ladies Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Vaughan, CA
Vintage Jaeger Lecoultre 17J Dia Dial Solid 14K Gold Watch. 14k yellow gold case, bezel and
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Vintage 1950s Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold

1940s Vintage 1.50 Carat Diamond and Platinum Ladies Cocktail Fob Watch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage Art Deco 1.50 carat diamond and platinum cocktail fob watch by 'Helvetia
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Vintage 1940s Unknown Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Style 1950s Swiss Ruby and Diamond Yellow Gold Omega Watch
By Omega
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning Art Deco 0.78 carat ruby and 0.20 carat diamond, 18 karat yellow gold and 18 karat white
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Vintage 1950s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Chaumet Art Deco Enamel and Diamond Pocket Watch
By Chaumet
Located in London, GB
Here we have an outstanding ladies pocket watch from the world renowned luxury jewellery designer
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Diamond, Pink Sapphire, Gold, Enamel

Art Deco Cartier 14 Karat White Gold Diamond Bracelet Concord Watch with Box
By Cartier
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
Exquisite diamond accented vintage Cartier, this Art Deco 14 karat white gold bracelet hosts a
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Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Custom Ladies Cartier Santos Iced Out Two Tone Rose Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Ladies Cartier Santos 100 Two Tone rose gold/ss !! WE HAVE EXTRA LINKS AVAILABLE!! 15 carats of
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2010s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Shreve & Co Platinum Ladies Dress Watch
By Shreve & Co.
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Shreve & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Platinum and Diamond Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Doxa Platinum and Diamond Ladies Bracelet Dress Watch, circa 1930's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Doxa Watch company by Wyler STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Watch METAL
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

14k Yellow Gold Vicense Blue Pearlized Ladies Quartz Watch with Leather Band
Located in Eagan, MN
What a Beautiful watch! It is pre-owned but in new condition. Even the band which is genuine
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2010s Italian Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Sapphire, Pearl, Quartz, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Baume et Mercier Ladies Antique Watch with Diamond Bezel and Blue Sapphire Crown
By Baume & Mercier
Located in New York, NY
A very beautiful vintage Baume & Mercier ladies cocktail watch in 18k white gold. Decorated with
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond

Movado Ladies Diamond Wristwatch 14K
By Movado
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This lovely Diamond Wristwatch is made by Movado which is a fine watch making house. This watch
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Vintage 1960s Unknown Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 14k Gold

Vacheron Constantin Platinum and 18Kt. Gold Ladies Evening Watch Circa 1920's
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Vacheron & Constantin STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Diamond Bracelet Watch METAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Omega Yellow Gold Filled Mid Century Design Ladies Watch in New Condition
By Omega
Located in Long Beach, CA
LIFETIME SERVICE COMMITMENT This beautiful ladies Omega Dress watch looks new and is still fitted with its
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Vintage Ladys 14k White Gold Croton Diamond Watch
By Croton
Located in Addison, TX
A stunning Ladies true vintage 14k white gold croton diamond watch. The vintage patina look is
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Early 20th Century North American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Ladys 14k White Gold Croton Diamond Watch
Vintage Ladys 14k White Gold Croton Diamond Watch
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H 0.57 in W 0.29 in Dm 0.58 in
Pery Ladies Rose Gold Diamond Ruby Vintage Manual Wristwatch
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Ladies Rose Gold (Diamond/Ruby) Pery watch - Manual winding. Rose gold ( 13 x 25 mm ). Rose
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Antique 19th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Art Deco Diamond Onyx Platinum Cocktail Watch by Hamilton, Circa 1940
By Hamilton
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive vintage Art Deco 0.95 carat diamond and black onyx, platinum cocktail watch by
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Vintage 1940s Unknown Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Onyx, Platinum

Omega 18 Karat Gold Art Deco Style Back Wind Diamond Watch, circa 1940s-1950s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Omega Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Style / Dress Watch METAL
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Rolex, White Gold & Diamond Art Deco Wristwatch, Dated 1927
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A fine and rare Art Deco vintage wristwatch by Rolex made in 1927. This rare shaped ladies diamond
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold, White Gold

Vintage Hamilton Ladys Platinum and 14k White Gold Diamond Watch
By Hamilton
Located in Addison, TX
A stunning Ladies true vintage platinum and 14k white gold Hamilton diamond watch. The vintage
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Early 20th Century North American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

Vintage Croton Ladies 14 Karat Gold Wristwatch 9 Total Diamonds
By Croton
Located in Stamford, CT
Ladies 14 Karat Watch 9 Total Diamonds 0.18 TDW. 17 Jewel Switzerland, famous for a people of
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Wrist Watches

1950s 2.92 Carat Diamond and Platinum Cocktail Watch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
karat white gold cocktail watch; part of our vintage watch collections. This stunning ladies vintage
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Vintage 1950s Unknown Retro Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 9k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

Art Deco Style 14 Karat White Gold Eloga Ladies Wristwatch with 17 Jewels
By Eloga
Located in Stamford, CT
14Kt Whtie Gold Eloga Ladies Wrist Watch w. 17 Jewels 21.6 grams weight without works. Eloga Watch
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

Eloga 14 Karat Gold Ladies Wristwatch .10 Carat 15.7 Grams Swiss Six Diamonds
By Eloga
Located in Stamford, CT
Mid Century Modern Eloga 14 KT White Gold Ladies Wrist Watch .10 TDW 15.7 Grams 17 Jewels The
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Deco Machine Age 1940 Wristwatch in 14k Gold with 5.54ctw Diamonds and Rubies
Located in Miami, FL
parts in white gold for the setting of the diamonds. The bracelet itself has a honeycomb geometric
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Vintage 1930s North American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Ruby, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Chopard Diamond Gold Wristwatch
By Chopard
Located in Geneva, CH
Chopard Diamond 18K white gold wristwatch. Mother-of-pearl Rectangle dial. Signed Chopard
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1990s European Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Gold

Vintage Granat Bros Platinum and 18k White Gold Watch
Located in Addison, TX
Vintage ladies platinum wristwatch with 18k white gold link-style bracelet. With 73 round settings
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Early 20th Century North American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold, Platinum

Vintage Granat Bros Platinum and 18k White Gold Watch
Vintage Granat Bros Platinum and 18k White Gold Watch
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H 0.26 in W 0.82 in Dm 0.65 in
Blancpain Ladies 18K WG Diamond Bracelet Dress Wristwatch, circa 1940s
By Blancpain
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Blancpain Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Diamond Bracelet METAL / MATERIAL: 18K
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Blancpain Platinum Watch and 18 Karat Diamond Bracelet, circa 1930s-1940s
By Blancpain
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Blancpain STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Platinum
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Mid-20th Century Longines Driving Watch in 14K Gold and Platinum with Gemstones
By Longines
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This very rare Retro Period Longines ladies driving watch, created during the 1940's, incorporates
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Mid-20th Century American Retro Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, 14k Gold, Platinum

Antique Art Deco Hayne Watch Co Ladies 18K 17J Platinum Trim Wrist Watch
Located in Dayton, OH
Circa 1920's ladies' art deco wrist watch by Hayne Watch Company, 17 jewels, Swiss works. Platinum
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Vintage 1920s Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

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Gold, Platinum

Antique Art Deco Ladies 9 Karat Rose Gold & Diamond Cocktail Wristwatch
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This antique ladies cocktail or evening watch is hallmarked as originating from England and dates
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Collectible Jewelry

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Metal, Gold

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Deco Gold Diamond Ladies Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the deco gold diamond ladies watch you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Frequently made of gold, platinum and white gold, this item was constructed with great care. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. You’re likely to find the perfect deco gold diamond ladies watch among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 19th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Creating a deco gold diamond ladies watch has been a part of the legacy of many jewelers, but those produced by Cartier, Hamilton and Rolex are consistently popular. A deco gold diamond ladies watch can be a stylish choice for most occasions, but diamond rings, from our inventory of 153, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, day or night. A round cut version of this piece has appeal, but there are also baguette cut and old european cut versions for sale. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking a deco gold diamond ladies watch, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Deco Gold Diamond Ladies Watch?

The price for a deco gold diamond ladies watch starts at $438 and tops out at $95,959 with these watches, on average, selling for $4,400.

A Close Look at art-deco Jewelry

Fascination with the Jazz Age is endless, and even today jewelry designers continue to be inspired by authentic Art Deco jewelry and watches.

The Art Deco period, encompassing the 1920s and ’30s, ushered in a very distinct look in the design of jewelry. There were many influences on the jewelry of the era that actually began to take shape prior to the 1920s. In 1909, Serge Diaghilev brought the Ballet Russes to Paris, and women went wild for the company’s exotic and vibrant costumes It’s no wonder, then, that jade, lapis lazuli, coral, turquoise and other bright gemstones became all the rage. There already existed a fascination with the East, particularly China and Japan, and motifs consisting of fans and masks started to show up in Art Deco jewelry.

However, the event that had the greatest influence on Deco was the excavation of the tomb of King Tut in 1922. When the world saw what was hidden in Tut’s burial chamber, it sent just about everyone into a frenzy. Pierre Cartier wrote in 1923 that “the discovery of the tomb will bring some sweeping changes in fashion jewelry.” And he couldn’t have been more right. “Egyptomania” left an indelible mark on all of the major jewelry houses, from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Georges Fouquet. (Cartier created some of the most iconic jewelry designs that defined this era.)

While a lot of Art Deco jewelry was black and white — the black coming from the use of onyx or black enamel and the white from rock crystal and diamonds — there is plenty of color in jewelry of the era. A perfect accent to diamonds in platinum settings were blue sapphires, emeralds and rubies, and these stones were also used in combination with each other.

Many designers employed coral, jade and lapis lazuli, too. In fact, some of the most important avant-garde jewelers of the period, like Jean Després and Jean Fouquet (son of Georges), would combine white gold with ebony and malachite for a jolt of color.

A lot of the jewelry produced during this time nodded to current fashion trends, and women often accessorized their accessories. The cloche hat was often accented with geometric diamond brooches or double-clip brooches. Backless evening dresses looked fabulous with sautoir necklaces, and long pearl necklaces that ended with tassels, popular during the Edwardian period, were favored by women everywhere, including Coco Chanel.

Find unique Art Deco necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right wrist-watches for You

Antique, new and vintage wristwatches have captured the hearts and minds of all manner of watch collectors as well as the watchmakers themselves — it's time you found your own.

Certain vintage watches for men and iconic watch designs for women are sought after not only because of their graceful proportions or innovative materials but also because of the illustrious histories of the houses that created them, histories that they stylishly embody.

Bvlgari’s legendary 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 wristwatches.

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

In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, wristwatches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner. Designer Gérald Genta, whose range of clients included Rolex, created for Audemars Piguet the first luxury sports timepiece to be made from stainless steel. First introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was a perfect choice for blending the form and function that are now synonymous with sports watches.

Are you shopping for a wristwatch? 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.

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