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Georg Jensen Watch Design No. 376 by Edvard Lindt-Larsen with dual straps
By Georg Jensen
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Georg Jensen Watch, Design No. 376 by Edvard Lindt-Larsen, Fully Boxed with papers, Ladies Dual Straps in beige and brown Crocodile, all Hallmarked to metals on watch and also each s...
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Automatic Watch Silver White Diamonds Alligator Strap Dial Decorated Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Memento Mori Collection. Micromosaic watch with diamonds, Swiss Made, Automatic Movement. Alligator strap. Micromosaic Rotor. Steel Case (45 mm) Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Silver, Stainless Steel

1930s Art Deco Brown Leather Handbag with Wrist Strap
Located in San Francisco, CA
1930s Art Deco brown goat skin leather handbag with single leather wrist strap attached with brass hardware to complement the brass latch closure. The body of the bag is pleated to a...
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1930s Top Handle Bags

vintage HERMES bordeaux box leather pochette clutch with wrist strap
By Hermès
Located in San Fransisco, CA
Bordeaux, box leather pochette with rich patina and gunmetal hardware including working lock and key made by Hermes dating to the late 1970's, early 1980's. Can be used for day or ni...
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1970s Clutches

Concord 14 Karat Yellow Gold Vintage Rectangular Quartz Wrist Watch on Strap
By Concord Watch
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: quartz Function: hours, minutes Case: 29 X 23mm 14K yellow gold rectangular case, sapphire crystal, pull/push crown, water resistant Dial: champagne dial Band: black lizard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage HERMES Kelly Gold Padlock Wrist Watch Red Animal Skin Strap Bracelet
By Hermès
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Vintage HERMES Kelly Gold Padlock Wristwatch Red Animal Skin Strap Bracelet Product details: Gold plated The lock is stamped with the serial number: 418628 Red lizard/ animal skin ...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold Plate

Breitling Rubber Strap Ref.201s
By Breitling
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: Breitling Material: rubber Dimensions: 24mm lug width and 20mm clasp end Reference: 201s Guaranteed to be authentic by seller.
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Hermes Black Ostrich Watch Strap
By Hermès
Located in New York, NY
Hermes '06 Black Ostrich Watch Strap Made in: Not given- believed to be France Year of Production: 2006 Stamp: J stamp in square Color: Black Materials: Ostrich Overall Condition: E...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Movado Yellow Gold Wristwatch Leather Strap
By Movado
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Classy and timeless unisex watch created by Movado in the 1980s. The watch is made of 14 karat (stamped) yellow gold, the tan color strap is handmade of genuine ostrich leather. Mea...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

14k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Movado Yellow Gold Wristwatch Leather Strap
  • Movado Yellow Gold Wristwatch Leather Strap
  • Movado Yellow Gold Wristwatch Leather Strap
  • Movado Yellow Gold Wristwatch Leather Strap
W 1 in. D 0.38 in. L 1.13 in.
Bulgari Rettangolo Diamond Leather Strap Watch
By Bvlgari
Located in New York, NY
Rettangolo with diamond case, 18k white gold on strap with white dial, signed Bulgari.
Category

Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Chopard Diamond Black Leather Strap Watch
By Chopard
Located in New York, NY
The prince foundation diamond watch, mounted in 18k white gold, signed Chopard. Mechanical
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Piaget Yellow Gold Watch on a Leather Strap
By Piaget
Located in Paris, IDF
A 18K yellow gold Piaget vintage watch, set on a leather bracelet (not Piaget) with a Piaget 18K yellow gold pin buckle. Black dial, 4 diamonds index.  Quartz movement. Circa 1980's
Category

Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Piaget Yellow Gold Watch on a Leather Strap
  • Piaget Yellow Gold Watch on a Leather Strap
  • Piaget Yellow Gold Watch on a Leather Strap
  • Piaget Yellow Gold Watch on a Leather Strap
H 0.2 in. W 1.07 in. L 1.34 in.
Jaeger Le Coultre Unisex Quartz Strap Wristwatch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Stamford, CT
Mens or ladies Jaeger Le Coultre 18k black lizard strap watch. Circa 1990's 29.9 grams Length: 33mm Width: 22.69mm Band width at case: 17mm Case thickness: 5.36mm Band: Genuine liza...
Category

Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Yellow Gold, Gold, 18k Gold

U-Boat Sommersoa Rubber Strap Men's Watch 9007/A
Located in Wilmington, DE
MOVEMENT: swiss automatic mechanical, personalized to U-BOAT specifications. Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour. Power reserve: 44 hours. 26 jewels. Skeletonized rotor. FUNCTIONS...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Tiffany & Co. Movado White Gold Strap Wristwatch
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Stamford, CT
1960’s black dial, Rectangular Tiffany & Co Movado strap wristwatch with Movado 0309 manual wind 17 jewel movement. Length: 38.8mm Width: 28.2mm Band width at case: 18mm Case thic...
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Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Audemars Piguet 18K Yellow Gold Strap Watch
By Audemars Piguet
Located in Chicago, IL
Audemars Piquet 18K yellow gold, cushion shape, satin finish strap watch, gilt dial, stick markers with chocolate brown alligator strap, manual wind.
Category

Vintage 1970s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Michele Steel Chronograph Watch with 3 Michele Straps
By Michele
Located in Coral Gables, FL
Michele Diamond Ladies Wrist Watch - Stainless Steel, Diamonds Comes with original box, open warranty, & 3 straps Features: Diamond Bezel Mother of Pearl Dial Stainless Steel Case 3...
Category

Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Stainless Steel

Deco Emerald Diamond Platinum Ladies Strap Watch
Located in North Hollywood, CA
This gorgeous watch is from the 1920's to 1930's and has Austrian Hallmarks. This watch has approximately 4 carats of round Diamonds and 1.25 Carats of Emeralds. There are 58 small...
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, Platinum

U-Boat Darkmoon Green Stainless Steel Rubber Strap 8702
Located in Wilmington, DE
MOVEMENT: the Swiss precision of the Ronda 712.3 quartz movement, lubricated with oil bath. FUNCTIONS: hours, minutes, screw-down crown. CASE: stainless steel AISI 316L., completely ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

U-Boat Doppiotempo Bronze Leather Strap Men's Watch 9008
Located in Wilmington, DE
Crown release system (patented) at 8 o’clock for easy time and date setting. MOVEMENT: automatic mechanical, personalized to U-BOAT specifications for stem to be positioned at 9 o’cl...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Bronze

Timex Southview Black Leather Strap Watch TW2R80500
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex Southview 41 mm, reference number TW2R80500. The watch boasts a silver-tone brass case that is fitted with a stainless steel back and measures 41 mm in diameter. Th...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Timex MK1 Khaki Fabric Strap Watch TW2R68000
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex MK1 40 mm watch, reference number TW2R68000. It is presented with a stainless steel case that offers water resistance of 30 meters. The case measures 40 mm in diame...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Louis Vuitton Monogram Cobalt Blue Tambour Watch Strap
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Louis Vuitton Monogram Cobalt Blue Watch Strap. Watch strap for LV Tambour 39. Made In: France Color: Blue, black, silver Materials: Coated canvas and leather Model Name: Compatibl...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Timex MK1 Aluminum Reflective Strap Watch TW2R81000
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex MK1 Aluminum 40 mm watch, reference number TW2R81000. It is presented with a black aluminum case that boasts stainless steel back and offers water resistance of 30 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Timex Weekender Gray Metallic Strap Watch TW2R92200
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex Weekender 38 mm, reference number TW2R92200. The watch is presented with a 38 mm silver-tone brass case that boasts stainless steel back. The case offers water resi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Movado Yellow Gold Manual Wind Men's Strap Wristwatch
By Movado
Located in Stamford, CT
Movado 18k yellow gold strap wristwatch with cream colored factory original textured dial. New black leather strap. Circa 1960. Length: 41.06mm Width: 33nn Band width at case: 16mm...
Category

Mid-20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Timex Command White Silicone Strap Watch TW5M26400
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex Command™ 47 mm, reference number TW5M26400, created for the extraordinary “Command” collection. The watch is presented with a 47 mm white resin case that boas...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Timex Standard Black Fabric Strap Watch TW2T20800
Located in Southhampton, PA
The Timex Standard 40 mm, reference number TW2T20800, is a member of the exquisite “Standard” collection. It is presented with a matte black low lead brass case that boasts stain...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

Cartier Pasha Stainless Steel Automatic Watch on Strap
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Cartier Pasha Stainless Steel Automatic Watch on Strap 38mm •REFERENCE NO: 1040 •MOVEMENT: AUTOMATIC SELF WINDING •CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL •CONDITION: EXCELLENT - GOOD PRE-OW...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Ebel Titanium Chronograph Strap Deployant Buckle Automatic Wristwatch
By Ebel
Located in Chicago, IL
Brand new, never worn, Gent's Titanium Ebel Chronograph strap watch, movement, chronograph, black carbon fiber dial, black textile strap, case 44mm serial number A128712, model 1215...
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Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Titanium

1920s White Gold Vintage Ladies Wristwatch 'no strap'
Located in Carlisle, GB
1920’s Small White Gold Vintage Ladies Wristwatch. This tiny gold vintage watch is working and ticking well. But I cannot guarantee the time accuracy. It goes a bit faster.
Category

Vintage 1920s Art Deco Wrist Watches

Materials

White Gold

Wristwatch Gold White & Brown Diamonds Sapphires Alligator Strap Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Micromosaic watch with gold case, Swiss Made, Manual Movement. Alligator strap. Limited edition, 10 pieces only. Piece entirely handmade by micromosaic artists. For any questi...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Brown Diamond, Sapphire, 18k Gold, Gold

Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch Silver Galuchat Strap Decorated Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Memento Mori Collection. Micromosaic watch with diamonds, Swiss Made, Automatic Movement. Galuchat strap. Micromosaic rotor. Steel Case (45 mm) Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­ Au...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver, Stainless Steel

Stylish Automatic Watch Silver White Diamonds Alligator Strap MicroMosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Micro Mosaic artists tiny handwoven Venetian enamel rods obtained from the high temperature melting of nine base colors with diamond dust, realizing endless combinations of tones and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Romantic Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Silver

Timex MK1 Aluminum Orange Fabric Strap Watch TW2T10200
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Timex MK1 Aluminum 40 mm watch, reference number TW2T10200. It is presented with an aluminum case that boasts stainless steel back and offers water resistance of 30 meter...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Piaget White Gold Diamond "Dune" Strap Quartz Wristwatch
By Piaget
Located in Chicago, IL
New Piaget 18K white gold watch, with pave diamond accent on watch case and buckle, mother of pearl dial, Roman numeral markers, quartz movement, shiny black alligator strap. New...
Category

Early 2000s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, White Gold, 18k Gold

WristWatch Gold Titanium White Diamonds Sapphires Alligator Strap Tsavorite
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Micromosaic watch in titanium and diamonds. Alligator strap. Swiss quartz movement. Unique piece. Titanium Case 35 mm Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­ Quartz Movement (Swiss Made) ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Blue Sapphire, Tsavorite, 18k Gold, White Gold, Titanium

WristWatch Gold Titanium White Diamonds Sapphires Alligator Strap Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Micromosaic watch in titanium and diamonds. Alligator strap. Swiss quartz movement. Unique piece. Titanium Case 35mm Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­ Quartz Movement (Swiss Made) Wh...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

White Diamond, Blue Sapphire, White Gold, Titanium

Automatic Wristwatch Stainless Steel Alligator Strap Decorated With Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Micromosaic watch with stainless steel case, Swiss Made, Automatic Movement. Alligator strap. Micromosaic Rotor. Steel Case (45 mm) Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­ Automatic Mo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Salvatore Ferragamo Silver Square Watch with Tan Leather Strap
By Salvatore Ferragamo
Located in London, GB
Salvatore Ferragamo Silver Square Watch with Tan Leather Strap - Stainless steel silver-tone case - Crown with red cabochon - Sapphire crystal anti-reflection, scratch-resistant gla...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Silver

BRM Stainless Steel Black Luxury Racingautomatic Chronograph Rubber Strap
By BRM
Located in Magny En Vexin, FR
This luxury automatic chronograph with notable racing inspired design is a an emblematic symbol of motorsports. An authentic racing car inspired timepiece, the automatic V12-44-BN-...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Baume et Mercier Stainless Steel Black Leather Strap Watch
By Baume et Mercier
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Baume et Mercier Stainless Steel Black Leather Strap Watch Exact time period unknown
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Cartier Pasha Ref. 2730 Stainless Steel Black Leather Strap
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Elegant and oversized Cartier Pasha reference 2730 cased in a 42mm steel case and powered by an automatic movement. Put together by a leather strap fitted with a Cartier deployant. E...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Chronoswiss C.741C, CH7523 Black Dial with Leather Strap
By Chronoswiss
Located in Miami, FL
A classic Chronoswiss Mens Chronograph Chronometer watch, features: - Stainless steel case with 38 mm (measured without crown), stainless pushers and crown, exhibition case back - B...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

U-Boat Darkmoon Stainless Steel Rubber Strap Men's Watch 8465
Located in Wilmington, DE
MOVEMENT: the Swiss precision of the Ronda 712.3 quartz movement, lubricated with oil bath. FUNCTIONS: hours, minutes, screw-down crown. CASE: stainless steel AISI 316L, completely f...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

U-Boat Darkmoon Stainless Steel Rubber Strap Men's Watch 8465
Located in Wilmington, DE
MOVEMENT: the Swiss precision of the Ronda 712.3 quartz movement, lubricated with oil bath. FUNCTIONS: hours, minutes, screw-down crown. CASE: stainless steel AISI 316L, completely f...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

U-Boat Bronze Ceramic with Leather Strap Men's Watch 8486
Located in Wilmington, DE
MOVEMENT: swiss automatic mechanical, personalized to U-BOAT specifications. Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour. Power reserve: 44 hours. 26 jewels. Skeletonized rotor. FUNCTIONS...
Category

2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Bronze

Cartier 18k Yellow Gold Colisee Diamond Satin Strap Watch
By Cartier
Located in New York, NY
Cartier ladies diamond watch on a bright pink satin strap. 18 kt., quartz, centering a circular off-white dial with black Roman numerals and blued steel hands, within a pavé-set cas...
Category

20th Century Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Baignoire Cartier Watch Set with Diamonds on a Leather Strap
By Cartier
Located in Paris, IDF
A 18Kt yellow gold Cartier watch "Baignoire" collection on a leather strap with its 18kt yellow and rose gold folding clasp. Roman numerals, bezel set with diamonds.  Total diamonds'...
Category

Vintage 1980s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

OMEGA de Ville Gold Ladies Watch 1980, Leather Strap
By Omega
Located in Heerlen, NL
One (1) 18K. Yellow Gold Watch, Handwinding mouvement, Leather Strap. Brand: Omega, de Ville with a Brownish Dial, NR: 8381 Mouvemnenrt caliber Omega 625 Nr: 43343280 (ca `19...
Category

Vintage 1970s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, 18k Gold

Gerald Genta Mickey Mouse Quartz Watch Red Leather Strap
By Gérald Genta
Located in Antwerp, BE
Gerald Genta Mickey Mouse Quartz Watch Red Leather Strap Very rare and exclusive collectors watch ! Movement: Quartz Functions: Hours, Minutes Case: Stainless steel and 18kt yel...
Category

20th Century Artist Wrist Watches

Materials

Quartz, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

1950's Rolex Oyster Speedking Precision in Red Leather Strap
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Rolex Oyster Precision stainless steel watch circa 1950. Manual wind movement caliber 10 1/2 is in full working condition. Case 30mm with original crystal and original crown....
Category

Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rebecca Minkoff Major Silver-Tone Black Strap Watch 2200011
By Rebecca Minkoff
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Rebecca Minkoff Major watch, reference number 2200011. It boasts a 40 mm silver-tone stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 30 meters. The case is presented on a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

LUXUSA Stainless Steel Sapphire Crystal Rose Gold Strap Watch
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
A beautiful stainless steel watch with a black face and rose gold link strap. This watch has a date window and a day indicator, and luminous hands and number markings. It is also wa...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Rose Gold, Steel

LUXUSA Stainless Steel Sapphire Crystal Chronograph Leather Strap Watch
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Beautiful stainless steel watch with a white face and black leather strap. This watch has a magnified date window and features chronograph capabilities - 3 miniature dials that keep ...
Category

2010s Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

LUXUSA Stainless Steel Sapphire Crystal Chronograph Crocodile Strap Watch
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Beautiful stainless steel watch with a black face and black crocodile strap. This watch has a magnified date window and features chronograph capabilities - 3 miniature dials that kee...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

9 Karat Gold Ladies Antique Swiss Mechanical Watch 'No Strap'
Located in Carlisle, GB
This beautiful pre-owned 26mm diameter antique hand-winding ladies gold watch is in good working condition and it is running well. Visible signs of ageing and wear with light marks o...
Category

Vintage 1920s Wrist Watches

Materials

9k Gold

9 Karat Gold Vintage Ladies Avia Wristwatch with Flexible Strap
By Avia
Located in Carlisle, GB
9K Gold Vintage Ladies Avia Wristwatch With Flexible Strap. This watch is working and ticks nicely. Watch dial has some wear beautiful small gold watch case. The gold plated flexib...
Category

Vintage 1940s Wrist Watches

Materials

9k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rebecca Minkoff Major Gold-Tone Black Strap Watch 2200239
By Rebecca Minkoff
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Rebecca Minkoff Major watch, reference number 2200239. It boasts a 35 mm gold-tone stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 30 meters. The case is presented on a b...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rebecca Minkoff Major Silver-Tone Black Strap Watch 2200320
By Rebecca Minkoff
Located in Southhampton, PA
This is the Rebecca Minkoff Major watch, reference number 2200320. It boasts a 35 mm silver-tone stainless steel case that is water-resistant to 30 meters. The case is presented on a...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

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Wrist Strap For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, you can find the most appropriate wrist strap for your needs in our varied inventory. Frequently made of Gold, 18k Gold and Stainless Steel, this item was constructed with great care. Find an antique version now, or shop for 183 vintage or 355 modern creation for a more contemporary example of these cherished accessories. Making the right choice when shopping for a wrist strap may mean carefully reviewing examples of this item dating from different eras — you can find an early iteration of this piece from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Finding an appealing wrist strap — no matter the origin — is easy, but Sicis Jewels, Cartier and Rolex each produced a popular version that is worth a look. While most can agree that any wrist strap from our collection can easily elevate most outfits, but the choice of a Diamond version from the 145 available is guaranteed to add a special touch to your ensemble. See these pages for a brilliant cut iteration of this accessory, while there are also round cut cut and marquise cut cut versions available here, too. Finding a wrist strap for sale for women should be easy, but there are 297 pieces available to browse for unisex as well as men, too.

How Much is a Wrist Strap?

The price for a wrist strap starts at $43 and tops out at $279,000 with these watches, on average, selling for $4,920.

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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