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Patek Philippe 1432J Art Deco Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: This 1432J Patek Philippe Art Deco watch features tear drop lugs and crocodile strap
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe 1432J Art Deco Watch
Patek Philippe 1432J Art Deco Watch
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W 1.15 in L 1.15 in
Patek Philippe Art Deco Platinum Diamond Lady's Dress Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
Art Deco, circa 1920s platinum dress watch by Patek Philippe, featuring platinum case, adorned with
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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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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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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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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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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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
Patek Philippe 18Kt. Two-Tone Oversized Art Deco Wristwatch from 1940s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe 431J Extra Large Curved Rectangular Art Deco Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: This Patek Philippe 431J Extra Large Curved Rectangular Art Deco watch features a
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold and Enamel Art Deco Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa Late 1920's Patek Philippe Pocket Watch, 45 M.M 18k Yellow Gold 3 piece case with Black and
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Enamel

Patek Philippe "42" Platinum Curved Hinged Case Art Deco Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: This extremely rare Patek Philippe Art Deco watch was purchased from the original
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Platinum Ladies Art Deco Dress Watch circa 1920's
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe for E. Gubelin Switzerland STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Dress Watch
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Patek Philippe 18kt. Rose Gold Art Deco Round Original Dial from 1940s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe et Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Round Art Deco / Reference 2494 METAL
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Tiffany & Co. Platinum Diamond Art Deco Manual Wristwatch, 1920s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Water Mill, NY
Unique 1920's Patek Philippe Platinum 4.00 cts Diamond Art Deco Wristwatch Retailed by Tiffany with
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe 18Kt. Solid Yellow Gold Art Deco Dress Watch 1920's
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
Art Deco Watch by the legendary house of Patek Philippe. The watch is entirely hand made and appears
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Early Platinum Art Deco Rectangular Tank style watch circa 1930's
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Patek Philippe Platinum Art Deco watch, measuring 22.5 x 37mm. The watch was made between 1934
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Patek Philippe Tiffany Early Platinum Art Deco Tank style watch, Circa 1930's
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Patek Philippe "Tiffany & Co." Platinum rectangular Tank style watch; measuring 37 x 25mm with a
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Patek Philippe Ladies 18 Karat, Yellow Gold Art Deco Bracelet Watch, circa 1940s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe et Cie STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Ref. 3036/3 METAL / MATERIAL
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe 425J "Tegolino" Vintage Art Deco Watch in Yellow Gold, Circa 1940
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: Patek Philippe 425J Tegolino Art Deco watch, measuring 42.5 x 20.5. The watch is
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat Yellow Gold Art Deco Watch with Original Box and Strap
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Tank Style / Reference 424 METAL
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Early Art Deco Cushion shape 18 Karat Gold watch Circa 1927-1928
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Patek Philippe Early Art Deco Cushion shape watch Circa 1927-1928, The watch is made in 18K yellow
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Early 20th Century European Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Karat Gold Art Deco Style with Archival Document
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Rectangle / Art Deco Style / 2553 METAL
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Vintage 1950s Modernist Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Art Deco period 18kt. yellow gold open-face pocket watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Braintree, GB
Patek Philippe Art Deco period 18kt. yellow gold open-face pocket watch. Made in Switzerland
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Pocket Watches

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Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe Early Yellow Gold Art Deco Square Tank Watch, circa 1912
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: Early Patek Philippe 1912 square Tank style watch in 18K yellow gold case with
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Early 20th Century Swiss Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe White Men's Watch - 5036/1R
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
Patek Philippe White Men's Watch - 5036/1R Excellent condition! fits 8" wrist runs perfect just
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2010s European Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe Yellow Gold 18K Wristwatch 1960S
By Patek Philippe
Located in Geneva, CH
Patek Philippe Wristwatch ref. 3503/5 in 18K Gold. CIRCA: 1967 CASE NUMBER: 2650836 MOVEMENT
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Pendant Platinum Estate Jewelry
By Patek Philippe
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
platinum. The overall condition of this Art Deco pocket watch is very good. The watch has been carefully
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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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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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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Platinum

Patek Philippe 425J "Tegolino" Mens Watch 18k Gold Manual
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Pre-owned 18K gold Patek Philippe 425J "Tegolino" manual watch, circa 1940. Complete with original
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Antique Patek Philippe Pocket Watch with Arabic Numerals in 18k Gold
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
Antique Patek Philippe Ref. 258729 white face pocket watch in 18K yellow gold. Featuring a
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Pocket Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Patek Philippe Rectangular Cushion 18K Yellow Gold 1950s, Ref. 2492
By Patek Philippe
Located in Berlin, BE
mechanics of this watch are a true work of art, a testament to the skill and expertise of Patek Philippe's
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Mid-20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Company Ladies Platinum and Diamond Wrist Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1920s Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Company Ladies Wrist Watch, 26 X 9 M.M. 2 Piece Platinum
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Patek Philippe 1942 Retro Modernist Bracelet Wristwatch In 18Kt Rose Gold
By Patek Philippe
Located in Miami, FL
crafted with retro-modernist and late art deco patterns in solid rose gold of 18 karats with high polished
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co. 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ladies Watch, circa 1920s
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie. for Tiffany & Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco METAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Large White and Yellow Gold Stepped Case 1920s Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1920s Patek Philippe Wrist Watch, 39 M.M. Lug end to end X 29 M.M. 18K White and Yellow Gold
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold

Patek Philippe 18Kt Solid Gold Dress Watch with Original Dial and Bracelet 1960
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Cie. STYLE / REFERENCE: Dress Watch / Reference 3426/3 METAL
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Patek Philippe 2292/2J Ladies Vintage Tegolino Watch Circa 1969 "Tiffany"
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Patek Philippe 2292/2J Ladies Tegolino hour glass watch, made in 18 Karat yellow gold with raised
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Vintage 1960s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe 2435J Vintage Rectangular Watch, Unusual Large Lugs, Circa 1948
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Introduction: Patek Philippe 2435J rectangular shaped 18K yellow gold watch, made in 1948. The
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe for Shreve Crump & Low Platinum Diamond 1920s Ladies Wrist Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1920s Patek Philippe Ladies Bracelet Wrist Watch retailed by Shreve Crump & Low, 24 X 13 M.M
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Platinum

Vintage Patek Philippe 14k Gold Travel Clock Pendant Pocket Watch Estate Jewelry
By Patek Philippe
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
carries the distinct Art Deco features. The square shape face is assembled from the 14k white gold with
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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White Gold, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

Patek Philippe 1928-1929 Early Cushion Ladies Watch, 18K, Breguet Dial Sold 1933
By Patek Philippe
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Patek Philippe 1928-1929 Early Cushion Ladies Watch; Made in 18K yellow gold measuring 21 x 21mm
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Early 20th Century Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Patek Philippe 18 Kt Yellow Gold Ultra Thin Pocket Watch, Worlds Thinnest Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Patek Philippe & Co. for Gubelin STYLE / REFERENCE: Ultra Thin Pocket Watch METAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co. Lady's Platinum Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in New York, NY
Platinum Patek Philippe & Cie, Genève, for Tiffany & Co, circa 1924, is a fine Art Déco, platinum
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Edwardian Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Onyx, Platinum

Patek Philippe. A Gold Slim Open Face Pocket Watch C1944
By Patek Philippe
Located in London, GB
slim 18ct yellow gold two piece case with plain back and interesting Art Deco bow. The cases are all
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20th Century Swiss Pocket Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Art Deco 1925 Japonism Enameled Travel Clock in 18kt Yellow Gold with Diamonds
Located in Miami, FL
during the art deco period by the jewelry and luxury watches makers Cress Arrow Co., back in the 1925
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Vintage 1920s American Art Deco Desk Accessories

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

Elgin Gold Filled Art Deco Round Style
By Elgin
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Elgin Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Round METAL / MATERIAL: Yellow
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Tourneau 18 Karat Gold Art Deco Triple Date Valjoux Chronograph, circa 1940s
By Tourneau
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Tourneau / Valjoux STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Chronograph with Full Calendar
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Audemars Piguet Platinum and Gold Art Deco Oversized Pocket Wristwatch, 1930s
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Long Beach, CA
family that owns Patek Philippe. The movement is entirely hand constructed in the Audemars factory and
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Tourneau 18 Karat Gold Art Deco Triple Date Valjoux Chronograph, circa 1940s
By Tourneau
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Tourneau / Valjoux STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Chronograph with Full Calendar
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Gruen White Gold-Filled Art Deco Cushion Shaped Watch from 1931
By Gruen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Cushion Shape METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled

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

Jules Jurgensen 18Kt. White Gold Art Deco Driver's Style Manual Watch, 1920s
By Jules Jurgensen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Jules Jurgensen STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Pocket-Wrist Watch METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Zenith 14kt. 2 Tone Gold Art Deco Oversized Watch with Original Dial from 1920s
By Zenith Watch Company
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Zenith Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Oversized Pocket Wrist Watch / Art Deco
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Movado Stainless Steel Art Deco High Grade Chronograph with Original Dial 1940's
By Movado
Located in Long Beach, CA
most complicated chronograph produced during the era, even Patek and Valjoux did not design to these
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Gruen Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Pocket Watch with Original Stern Dial, 1920's
By Gruen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Pentagon METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

C.H. Meylan 18 Karat Yellow Gold Art Deco Watch Hand Constructed, circa 1940s
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: C.H. Meylan STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. Yellow
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Elgin Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Hand Engraved Pocket Watch from 1918
By Elgin
Located in Long Beach, CA
their inventions in watchmaking. Patek Philippe even used Elgin’s technology in their Balance Wheels in
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Vintage 1910s American Art Deco Pocket Watches

Jules Jurgensen 18 Karat Solid Gold Two-Color Art Deco Ladies Watch, circa 1930s
By Jules Jugensen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Jules Jurgensen STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco METAL / MATERIAL: 18kt Yellow and Pink
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Elgin Gold Filled Art Deco Watch with Original Dial from 1940's
By Elgin
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Elgin STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tortue Shape METAL / MATERIAL: 14Kt. Yellow
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold-filled

Black Starr & Frost 14 Karat Gold Art Deco Pocket Watch with Engraved Dial
By Black, Starr & Frost
Located in Long Beach, CA
the Patek Philippe Watch Company. You can actually wear this watch all the time and count on it you
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Vintage 1920s Swiss Art Deco Pocket Watches

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14k Gold

Movado 18Kt. White Gold Art Deco Watch with Leather Cord Band circa 1930's
By Movado
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Movado Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Movado for Shreve Crump & Low Co. Stainless Steel Art Deco Tank Style 1940's
By Movado
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Movado Watch Company for Shreve Crump & Low Co. STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco
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Vintage 1930s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Elgin Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Tank Style with Original Patinated Dial 1950's
By Elgin
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Elgin Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1950s North American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Patek Art Deco For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate patek art deco for your needs in our varied inventory. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and Platinum, this item was constructed with great care. For this particular piece, 1.5 Carat and 2 Carat are consistently popular carat weights. A patek art deco of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 18, is particularly popular. Today, if you’re looking for a baguette cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes brilliant cut and french cut alternatives. Finding a patek art deco for sale for women should be easy, but there are 87 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Patek Art Deco?

Prices for a patek art deco can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $1,800 and can go as high as $51,000, while this accessory, on average, fetches $9,875.

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.