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Rolex Submariner Date Steel Mens Vintage Watch 16800 Box
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Date Steel Mens Vintage Watch 16800 Box. Officially certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Stainless steel wi...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Bucherer Chrono Chrono Men's Vintage Watch in Stainless Steel
By Bucherer
Located in New York, NY
Bucherer Chrono Chrono Men's Vintage Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 107516 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Bucherer Model: Chrono Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanical: ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Omega Speedmaster Mark II Steel Black Dial Hand Wind Men's Vintage Watch 145.014
By Omega
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Omega Speedmaster 145.014 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by mechanical (hand-winding) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a tonn...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Men’s Vintage International Watch Company 18 Karat Gold Wrist Watch
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Schaffhausen vintage International Watch Co. (IWC), circa 1950s. 18-karat yellow gold watch with rose gold dial and applied yellow gold bar markers. Swiss. Keeps accurate time. ...
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Vintage 1950s American More Clocks

Vintage Omega Constellation Men's Watch
By Omega
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Omega Constellation Men's Watch - Automatic winding. 18K Yellow gold (34 mm). Champagne dial with raised stick hour markers. Black leather strap with omega buckle. Pre-owne...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Vintage Mathy Tissot Men's Watch
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Mathy Tissot Men's Watch - Manual . 14K Yellow Gold ( 21 x 39 mm ) . Silver dial with Arabic numbers at 12, 3, and 9 o'clock . Brown buffalo strap . Pre-owned with custom ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava 96 Vintage Men's Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
Patek Philippe 96 Calatrava vintage men's watch. 31MM 18k yellow gold case. Silver-White dial with gold hands golden index hour marker. Small second subdial display between 5 & 7 o'...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Breitling Sprint 2010 Chronograph Vintage Mens Watch
By Breitling
Located in New York, NY
Breitling Sprint 2010 Men Watch. 40mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel Bidirectional bezel. Black dial with Luminous Tritium Steel hands and index hour markers. Minute m...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

IWC Vintage C.8541 Men Stainless Steel Watch
By IWC
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002624 Manufacturer: IWC Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: C.8541 Age: 1960 Gender: Men Complete With: IWC Watch Dial: Gold/Champange Baton Glass: P...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Longines Vintage 30L Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Longines
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002637 Manufacturer: Longines Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 30L Age: 1940 Gender: Men Complete With: Longines Box Dial: Rose Baton Glass: Plexigl...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

IWC Vintage C.88 Men's Rose Gold Watch
By IWC
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002673 Manufacturer: IWC Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: C.88 Age: 1948 Gender: Men Complete With: IWC Box Dial: Silver Quarter Arabic Glass: Plexi...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Vintage Tudor Submariner Ref. 76100 Men's Watch
By Tudor
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Tudor Submariner Ref. 76100 Men's Watch - Automatic winding. Stainless steel ( 40 mm ) with time lapse rotating bezel. Black dial with luminous hour markers. Stainless steel ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Longines Vintage 23M Men Stainless Steel Watch
By Longines
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002636 Manufacturer: Longines Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 23M Age: 1940 Gender: Men Complete With: Longines Box Dial: Rose Arabic Glass: Plexig...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 6605 Stainless Steel Vintage Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Rolex Datejust 6605 men's watch. 36mm stainless steel case and 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. Off-White dial with gold hands and index hour marker. Minute markers around the outer d...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Vacheron Constantin 18k Yellow Gold Men's Watch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Vacheron Constantin 18k Yellow Gold Men's Watch - Manual winding. 18k yellow gold case (34mm diameter). Silver dial with stick markers. Vacheron Constantin green with tang bu...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Movado Astronic HS 360 Chronograph Vintage Men's Watch
By Movado
Located in New York, NY
Movado Astronic HS 360 Chronograph Vintage Men's Watch. 38mm Stainless Steel case. Stainless Steel Stationary bezel. Silver dial with steel hands and index hour markers. Minu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Omega Vintage 0 30T2 SC Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Omega
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002642 Manufacturer: Omega Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 30T2 SC Age: 1940 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Cream Arabic G...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

IWC Vintage Men's Dress Watch Platinum Silver Dial
By IWC
Located in London, GB
A 34.5 mm Platinum Vintage Men's Dress Wristwatch, silver dial with applied hour markers, date at 3 0'clock, a fixed platinum bezel, a brand new black leather strap (not by IWC) with...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Platinum, Silver

Vintage 1970s Gold-Plated Bulova Accutron Men's Watch
By Bulova
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful pre-pwned 37mm diameter battery operated Watch is in good working condition and it is running well( it keeps a good time). Visible signs of ageing and wear with light ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Gold Plate

Vintage Omega 14k Yellow Gold Men's Dress Watch
By Omega
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Omega 14k Yellow Gold Men's Dress Watch - Manual winding . 14k yellow gold textured case (32mm diameter). Gold textured dial with stick markers. Integrated 14k yellow gold m...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Silver, Steel

Rolex Cellini Yellow Gold Diamond Vintage Mens Watch 5032
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Cellini Yellow Gold Diamond Vintage Mens Watch 5032. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow and white gold case 30.5 x 28.5 mm. Original Rolex factory diamond bezel. Scratch resis...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Datejust Steel Grey Dial Vintage Mens Watch 1600
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel Grey Dial Vintage Mens Watch 1600. Automatic self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel smoot...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Silver

Piaget 9741 Vintage 18k Mens Watch with Champagne Bracelet
By Piaget
Located in Miami, FL
Piaget signed 18k solid gold vintage wristwatch. This vintage unisex watch is in near mint condition with little to no signs of wear to the naked eye. The dial in particular is of su...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Rolex Seadweller Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 1665
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Seadweller Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 1665. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 40 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Bi-d...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Piaget Yellow Gold Malachite Dial Vintage Mens Watch 9035
By Piaget
Located in Atlanta, GA
Piaget Yellow Gold Malachite Dial Vintage Mens Watch 9035. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow gold slim case 32.0 mm in diameter. . Mineral glass crystal. Malachite dial with gold r...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 5512
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 5512. Automatic self-winding movement.Adjusted to 5 positions and temperature. Straight-line lever escapement, monometallic bala...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 6872
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Atlanta, GA
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 6872. Manual winding movement. 18K yellow gold case 31.0 mm in diameter. Solid case back. 18K yellow gold smooth bezel. S...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Jaeger LeCoultre 14k Yellow Gold Manual Vintage Mens Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Atlanta, GA
Jaeger LeCoultre 14k Yellow Gold Manual Vintage Mens Watch. Manual-winding movement. 14k yellow gold oval case 31 mm x 26 mm in diameter. 14k yellow gold bezel. Acrylic crystal. Silv...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage P478 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002628 Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: P478 Age: 1947 Gender: Men Complete With: Jaeger-LeCoultre Box Dial: Silver A...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage 450/3A Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002627 Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 450/3A Age: 1940 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Silv...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Steel

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage P478 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: COM002630 Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: P478 Age: 1940 Gender: Men Complete With: Jaeger-LeCoultre Box Dial: Champagne...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Men's Watch 16030
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Silver Dial Vintage Steel Mens Watch 16030. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crow...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Vacheron Constantin 18 Karat Yellow Gold Vintage Men's Watch
By Vacheron Constantin
Located in Dallas, TX
Vacheron Constantin 18K Yellow Gold Vintage Men's Watch - Manual winding . 18K Yellow gold ( 33 mm ) . Silver dial with guilloche middle . Brown strap band with buckle . Pre-owned ...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Omega Speedmaster MoonWatch Vintage Caliber 861 Chronograph Men’s Watch
By Omega
Located in Atlanta, GA
Omega Speedmaster MoonWatch Vintage Caliber 861 Chronograph Mens Watch. Manual winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel 42.0 mm in diameter. Three-body, screwed - down case. Ome...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage 1960's Omega Seamaster Deville Watch Automatic Mens Serviced Warranty
By Omega
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Elegant Vintage 1960's Omega Seamaster Deville Watch that's automatic and has been cleaned and overhauled; comes with a 90-day warranty and fully working condition. The lovely champa...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled

Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II 145.014 Vintage Mens Watch
By Omega
Located in New York, NY
Omega Speedmaster Professional Mark II 145.014 Vintage Men's Watch. 42mm stainless steel case with a tachymeter bezel Black dial with luminous hands and indexes. Three chronog...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Audemars Piguet White Gold Black Dial Diamond Vintage Mens Watch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Audemars Piguet White Gold Black Dial Diamond Vintage Mens Watch. Automatic self-winding movement. 18k white gold case 34.0 x 32.0 mm in diameter. 18k white gold original Audemars fa...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Date Stainless Steel Silver Dial Vintage Mens Watch 1500
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Date Stainless Steel Silver Dial Vintage Mens Watch 1500. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 34.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Silver, Steel

Rolex OysterDate Precision Silver Dial Steel Vintage Mens Watch 6694
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex OysterDate Precision Silver Dial Steel Vintage Mens Watch 6694. Manual-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 35.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on a crown. Stainless steel...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Silver

Rolex Datejust 36 Steel Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 16013
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 16013. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold oyster case 36.0 mm in diame...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Steel

Piaget 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Vintage Mens Watch 9065
By Piaget
Located in Atlanta, GA
Piaget 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Dial Vintage Mens Watch 9065. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow gold slim case 31.0 mm in diameter. . Mineral glass crystal. Champagne dial with ra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Omega Speedmaster Vintage MoonWatch Caliber 861 Mens Watch 145.022
By Omega
Located in Atlanta, GA
Omega Speedmaster Vintage MoonWatch Caliber 861 Mens Watch 145.022. Manual winding chronograph movement. Stainless steel 42.0 mm in diameter. Three-body, screwed - down case. Omega l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow Gold Automatic Vintage Mens Watch 2552
By Patek Philippe
Located in Atlanta, GA
Patek Philippe Calatrava Yellow Gold Automatic Vintage Mens Watch 2552. Automatic self-winding movement, Caliber 12-600, 30 jewels, 18k gold rotor. 18k yellow gold case 36.0 mm case....
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Bell & Ross Vintage WW1 Men's Watch BRWW197-HER-ST
By Bell & Ross
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand new Bell & Ross WW1 Vintage stainless steel men's watch with automatic movement, with 42 hours power reserve. Comes with box & papers. ase 45mm, full grey leather band - 9.5".
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Audemars Piguet White Gold Blue Dial Diamond Vintage Mens Watch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Atlanta, GA
Audemars Piguet White Gold Blue Dial Diamond Vintage Mens Watch. Automatic self-winding movement. 18k white gold round case 32.0 mm in diameter. 18k white gold original Audemars fact...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Vintage Omega 18K Yellow Gold Automatic Men's Watch White Dial
By Omega
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage Omega 18K Gold Men's Watch Model 7663654 Serial: 7763596 This vintage omega watch is set in an 18K Gold case - approx. 35mm White dial with black Arabic markers and blue h...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Vintage Lucien Piccard 18k Yellow Gold Manual Wind Mens Watch
By Lucien Piccard
Located in New York, NY
Pre-owned Vintage Lucien Piccard 18k Gold Manual Gold Dial Men's Watch. aftermarket band and buckle. Band Shows Significant Wear Signs. The Watch Case and Bezel Show Moderate Wear Si...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Corum Vintage ETA 2824 3adj Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Corum
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002640 Manufacturer: Corum Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: ETA 2824 3adj Age: 1970 Gender: Men Complete With: Corum Box Dial: Gold/Champagne Baton...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

IWC Yacht Club Vintage R811 Men's Stainless Steel Watch
By IWC
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002615 Manufacturer: IWC Model: Yacht Club Model Variant: Vintage Model Number: R811 Age: 1970 Gender: Men Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box Dial: Blue Baton...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Submariner Vintage Black Mark V Dial Steel Mens Watch 1680. Official certified chronometer automatic self-winding movement. Rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, straight...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel

Mens Vintage Alpha Watch, 17 Jewel Automatic, Fully Serviced Swiss
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Gorgeous Men's Alpha Watch has a 17 jewel movement and is automatic. This had just been fully cleaned and overhauled and comes with a 90-day warranty. The watch is in very good worki...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold Plate

Patek Philippe Ellipse 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 3567
By Patek Philippe
Located in Atlanta, GA
Patek Philippe Ellipse 18k Yellow Gold Vintage Mens Watch 3567. Manual winding movement. 18k yellow gold case 32.0 mm x 26.0 mm. . Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Champagne texur...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Vintage Bulova Accutron 14 Karat Yellow Gold Quartz Men's Watch
By Bulova
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Bulova NA is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by quartz (battery) movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a round shape face, date indicator ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre HPG Memovox Alarm Automatic Steel Men's Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Dallas, TX
Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre HPG Memovox Alarm Automatic Steel Men's Watch - Automatic winding, date, alarm. Stainless steel case (37mm x 41mm). Original factory Silver dial, center gra...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage P450/4C Men's Yellow Gold Watch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002626 Manufacturer: Jaeger-LeCoultre Model: Vintage Model Variant: 0 Model Number: P450/4C Age: 1946 Gender: Men Complete With: Jaeger-LeCoultre Box Dial: Gold/...
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Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold

Vintage 1960s Favre Leuba Geneve Stainless Steel Mechanical Men’s Watch
By Favre Leuba
Located in Carlisle, GB
This stunning vintage watch is working and is ticking well. The strap is a bit worn as shown. Please study the images carefully as form part of the description.
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 100780 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanic...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Mens Vintage Watch For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the mens vintage watch you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Gold, Stainless Steel and Steel. In our selection of items, you can find a vintage example as well as a contemporary version. If you’re looking for a mens vintage watch from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find at least one that dates back to the 19th Century while another version may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. There have been many well-made iterations of the classic mens vintage watch over the years, but those made by Rolex, Omega and Patek Philippe are often thought to be among the most beautiful. A mens vintage watch of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 2, is particularly popular. 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 cabochon alternatives. Finding a mens vintage watch for sale for men should be easy, but there are 49 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as women, too.

How Much is a Mens Vintage Watch?

Prices for a mens vintage watch can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $234 and can go as high as $71,800, while this accessory, on average, fetches $4,500.

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, new and classic vintage 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, 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. Bvlgari’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, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.

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