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Waltham Platinum Art Deco Diamond Watch w/ 14 Karat, White Gold Bracelet 1940's
By Waltham Watch Company
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Waltham Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Beautiful Platinum Diamond Art Deco Watch Diamond Bracelet
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful Platinum Diamond Art Deco Watch Diamond Bracelet Movement:Mechanical Manual Winding
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20th Century Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Platinum Diamond Onyx Lady's Watch
Located in New York, NY
Iconic Art Deco platinum lady's watch, decorated with onyx, diamonds and blue sapphire crown
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20th Century Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Onyx, Platinum

Deco Emerald Diamond Platinum Ladies Strap Watch
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This gorgeous Deco Emerald Platinum ladies wrist watch is from the 1920's to 1930's and has
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Mid-20th Century Austrian Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

Leroy Ladies Platinum Art Deco Articulated Diamond Dress Watch
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Leroy STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Evening Watch METAL / MATERIAL: Platinum and
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1930s French Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1930s Art Deco Patek Philippe Pocket watch, 41 M.M. 3 piece Platinum Case, 18 Jewel
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco "Delbana" Platinum Diamond Watch-Bracelet Diamond Weight 3.05 Carats
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Art Deco "Delbana" Platinum Diamond Watch-Bracelet *Motivated to Sell – Please make a Fair Offer
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Fine Art Deco Hamilton 4.8 Carat Diamond Platinum Dress Watch
By Hamilton
Located in New York, NY
Elegant Art Deco period Hamilton platinum, 4.8 TCW diamond dress watch with a wide double row
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20th Century American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Antique Art Deco Diamond Platinum Elgin Ladies Wrist Watch
By Elgin
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
The perfect combination of diamonds and platinum keeps time on this spectacular Art Deco Ladies
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1930s American Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Platinum Art Deco Mesh Style Vintage Diamond Rectangular Watch
Located in New York, NY
2.60cts Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Mesh Wristwatch. Centering a rectangular dial framed and
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20th Century Swiss Modern Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Omega Platinum Diamond Articulated Art Deco Dress 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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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Art Deco Woman Watch in Platinum with Diamonds Mechanical Mouvement French
Located in Paris, FR
ART DECO WATCH adorned with a rectangular dial, gray background, Arabic numerals. Geometric design
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1930s French Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Waltham Platinum & Diamond Art Deco Watch High Grade 1930's
By Waltham
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Waltham Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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1930s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

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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1940s Unknown Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Onyx, Platinum

Diamonds & Platinium Art Deco watch
Located in PARIS, FR
Art Deco watch in platinum & diamonds 11 carats Art Deco watch in platinum and diamonds. The
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1930s French Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Diamonds & Platinium Art Deco watch
Diamonds & Platinium Art Deco watch
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H 6.42 in W 0.36 in
Gubelin Platinum and Diamond Art Deco Manual Winding Dress Watch, circa 1930s
By Gubelin
Located in Long Beach, CA
movement. LIFETIME SERVICE COMMITMENT Ladies platinum diamond Art Deco manually wound dress watch. This
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Hamilton Platinum Ladies Art Deco Styled Diamond Dress Watch, circa 1940s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Bracelet Watch METAL
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1940s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Art Deco Vacheron Constantin Geneve Platinum Pocket Watch With Old Cut Diamonds
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Miami, FL
Vacheron Constantin Manual Wind Art Deco Era Platinum Pocket Watch With Old European Cut Diamonds
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1950s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Shreve & Co. Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Ladies Watch from 1930's
By Shreve & Co.
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Shreve & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco METAL / MATERIAL: Platinum CIRCA / YEAR
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Birks of Canada Platinum Diamond Emerald Art Deco Ladies Watch, circa 1930s
By Birks
Located in Long Beach, CA
Deco watch was entirely hand fabricated in Platinum. The case has decorative piercing and is set with
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Emerald, 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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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Platinum Vintage Art-Deco Pave Diamond and Sapphire Ladies Watch
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: quartz Function: hours, minutes Dial: arabic Serial # 960X-XX Diamond: 90 round brilliant
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20th Century Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Sapphire, Platinum

Longines Platinum Art Deco Pocket Watch
By Longines
Located in Dallas, TX
Longines Platinum Art Deco Pocket Watch - Manual winding. Platinum case sat with scalloped
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20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Art Deco 1940s 18K Gold & Platinum 3.09tgw Ruby & Diamond Tank Cocktail Watch
Located in Staines-Upon-Thames, GB
An Art Deco ruby, diamond, platinum, and yellow gold watch, comprising thirty-four square cut
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

1950s 2.92 Carat Diamond and Platinum Cocktail Watch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An exceptional, stunning, fine and impressive vintage 2.96 carat diamond (total), platinum and 9
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1950s Unknown Retro Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, 9k Gold, White Gold, Platinum

Diamond Elgin Watch, circa 1940s in Platinum
Located in Wailea, HI
Diamond Elgin Watch Circa 1940's in Platinum From Nat to Eva to You Engraved on the back "Nat to
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Diamond Elgin Watch, circa 1940s in Platinum
Diamond Elgin Watch, circa 1940s in Platinum
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W 0.57 in D 0.24 in L 6.38 in
Vintage 2 Carat Diamond and Platinum Thin Watch
Located in Cincinnati, OH
This watch has a slender, sleek design Approximately 2 carats total diamond weight, 108 diamonds
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Cartier Vintage Diamond Platinum Collectible Ladies Dress Watch
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
This timeless Vintage Cartier Ladies' diamond watch is crafted in sensual 32.4 grams of platinum
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco 1930 Wrist Watch in .900 Platinum with 4.98 Ctw in Round Diamonds
Located in Miami, FL
At deco platinum wristwatch. Beautiful highly decorated lady wristwatch, made in America during
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1930s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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White Diamond, Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Diamond and Platinum Watch on Ribbon
Located in Cincinnati, OH
diamond weight (estimated) Platinum watch with black adjustable ribbon band with safety Face is a simple
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Mid-20th Century Unknown Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

1940s 2.04 Carat Diamond and Platinum Ladies Fob Watch
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A stunning vintage Art Deco 2.04 carat diamond and platinum ladies fob watch brooch; part of our
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1940s Unknown Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe 425P Tegolino Platinum Art Deco Watch Circa 1937
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: This 425P Tegolino Art Deco Patek Philippe watch made in Platinum with a factory
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Patek Philippe 425P Tegolino Platinum Art Deco Watch Circa 1937
Patek Philippe 425P Tegolino Platinum Art Deco Watch Circa 1937
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H 0.36 in W 0.81 in L 1.66 in
Lucien Piccard Ladies Art Deco Platinum Diamond Wristwatch
By Lucien Piccard
Located in New York, NY
Signed Lucien Piccard watch is composed of baguette and round cut diamonds weighing approximately
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1930s Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Birks Platinum Art Deco Ladies Diamond and Sapphire Dress Watch from 1940s
By Birks
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Henry Birks & Sons STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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1940s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Birks Platinum Art Deco Watch from the 1930s Handmade Diamond Cord Bracelet
By Birks
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Henry Birks and Son STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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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1940s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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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1940s Unknown Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Ladies Platinum & Gold Longines Natural Diamond & Sapphire Manual Cocktail Watch
By Longines
Located in Los Angeles, CA
. Natural Diamonds & Sapphires, Manual Wind Watch. It is set with 16 natural colorless diamonds and 20
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1950s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Sapphire, Gold, Platinum

Birks and Sons Platinum Ladies Art Deco Diamond Dress Watch from 1930's
By Adams
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Henry Birks & Sons of Canada STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Style METAL
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Movado Ladies Platinum Diamond Mid Century Manual Winding Dress Watch
By Movado
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Movado Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Diamond Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Art Deco Platinum 6.50 Carat Diamond Glycine Wristwatch
By Glycine
Located in New York, NY
This is a gorgeous Art Deco Glycine Diamond Platinum Watch. The watch is set with approximately
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20th Century Unknown Modern Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Cocktail Manual Wristwatch, circa 1930
Located in London, GB
An Art Deco diamond and platinum cocktail wristwatch, with a white, round dial, with black Arabic
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1930s British Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

French Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Cocktail Wristwatch, Circa 1930
Located in London, GB
A late Art Deco, diamond and platinum cocktail watch, set with approximately 10.00ct of old-cut
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1930s French Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Platinum Ladies Vertex Round Rose Cut Diamond Encrusted
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Art deco platinum Vertex rose diamond encrusted vintage ladies wrist watch, signed and stamped with
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1930s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Birks of Canada Platinum Art Deco Ladies Watch Set with Diamonds circa 1940's
By Birks
Located in Long Beach, CA
/ MATERIAL: Platinum & Diamonds CIRCA / YEAR: 1940's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 60mm x Width 10mm MOVEMENT
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1940s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Baume & Mercier Platinum Handmade Ladies Art Deco Watch, circa 1940s
By Baume & Mercier
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Baume & Mercier Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco METAL / MATERIAL
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1940s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Ladies Vintage Platinum Geneva .60 Carat Natural Diamonds Cocktail Pop-Up Watch
By Geneva
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare Ladies Collectable Geneva Platinum set with approximately 0.60 carat of Natural Diamonds
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1950s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Tiffany & Co. Pocket Watch Pendant Platinum Diamond Estate Jewelry
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
A rare vintage Tiffany & Co. Art Deco Revival pocket watch made in platinum and accentuated with
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1950s French Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Art Deco Diamond Ladies Wristwatch
Located in New York, NY
A vintage Art Deco platinum lady’s watch, set with a timeless baguette shaped case, enhanced by
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1930s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Vertex-Supreme Watch in Platinum Case & 9ct White Gold 2 Row Strap & Diamonds
Located in London, GB
This stunning art deco Vertex-Supreme watch features a platinum case with 9ct White Gold 2 row
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Late 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, White Gold, Platinum

Tiffany & Co. by E. Huguenin Platinum Art Deco Tank Style Watch Hand Made 1930's
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: E. Huguenin for Tiffany & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Diamond Dial METAL
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Titus Art Deco Odeonesque Concealed Cocktail Bracelet Watch Diamonds Gold 1940s
By Titus
Located in Lisbon, PT
Art Deco diamond and synthetic ruby odeonesque concealed bracelet and cocktail watch in 19.2kt
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1940s Portuguese Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Ruby, Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum

Van Cleef & Arpels Ladies Art Deco Wristwatch Platinum Diamond Manual Wind
By Van Cleef & Arpels
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
watch is made of platinum (tested & hallmarked) and encrusted with Old European cut diamonds (H color
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1930s French Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, Platinum

Lucien Piccard Ladies Platinum Diamond Pearl Dress Manual Watch, 1940s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Lucien Piccard STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Dress Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Art Deco 1930 Platinum Cervin Lady Wristwatch Bracelet with 6.75 Cts VS Diamonds
Located in Miami, FL
Exceptional jeweled Art Deco Platinum wristwatch. A beautiful and elegant cocktail piece from the
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1930s American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Company Platinum Gents Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1930 Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Retailed by Tiffany & company, 43 M.M. Platinum 3 Piece
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1930s Swiss Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Platinum

Diamond set dress watch, circa 1935.
Located in London, GB
Art Deco diamond set dress watch. Set centrally with an Arabic, white dial with blue steel hands
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1930s Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, 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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1930s Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Hamilton Platinum Art Deco Tank Style with Original Diamond Dial
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Gabled Crystal Diamond Bezel
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

Tiffany & Co. Blue Sapphire And Diamond Watch
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in New Orleans, LA
accented by an array of sparkling sapphires and diamonds. The watch's case and bracelet are set with 12.00
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20th Century Art Deco Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage

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Diamond, White Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Platinum

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Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage For Sale on 1stDibs

Surely you’ll find the exact diamond platinum deco watch vintage you’re seeking on 1stDibs — we’ve got a vast assortment for sale. Frequently made of Platinum, Gold and 14k Gold, this item was constructed with great care. Making the right choice when shopping for a diamond platinum deco watch vintage may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 20th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 20th Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Finding an appealing diamond platinum deco watch vintage — no matter the origin — is easy, but Hamilton, Cartier and Croton each produced a popular version that is worth a look. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes baguette cut and old mine cut alternatives. Most of our diamond platinum deco watch vintage for sale are for women, but there are 7 pieces available to browse for men.

How Much is a Diamond Platinum Deco Watch Vintage?

The price for a diamond platinum deco watch vintage starts at $995 and tops out at $54,999 with these watches, on average, selling for $6,488.

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 watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, vintage and luxury watches on 1stDibs.

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. 

Eventually, watches 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, 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.

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 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

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, vintage and luxury watches on 1stDibs that includes Cartier watches, Rolex watches, Patek Philippe watches and more — we promise it will be worth your time.