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Men's Watches

Prior to World War I, men long preferred a discrete pocket watch to a wristwatch. As soldiers discovered the value of quickly being able to check the time on their wrist, wristwatches quickly dominated the market.

Most early wristwatches were made in Switzerland and the United States, followed to a lesser extent by the United Kingdom and Germany. After World War II, Switzerland and the United States dominated the watch making market until Japan introduced the first commercial quartz wristwatch in 1969.

Japanese manufacturers were able to build quartz movements of high quality in large amounts at low prices. They took over the global market for wristwatches entirely, shutting down mechanical watch manufacturing in the United States almost completely as the Swiss hung on by a thread. But renewed appreciation for mechanical wristwatches in the late 1980s and early '90s saved the Swiss watch industry and certain American and German watch brands.

Over the past 10 years, men's watch collecting has exploded, and continues to grow in both contemporary and secondhand markets. In high-end watch collecting in general, vintage styles from the 1940s through the '60s continue to command record-breaking prices at auction.

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vacheron Constantin 18k Rose Gold 47120 Malte Chronograph Mens Wrist Watch
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Vacheron Constantin 18k Rose Gold 47120 Malte Chronograph Mens Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$11,50043 Bids
Vacheron Constantin 18k Rose Gold 4200/5 Malte Dual Time Regulator Mens Watch
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Vacheron Constantin 18k Rose Gold 4200/5 Malte Dual Time Regulator Mens Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$6,75029 Bids
Rarely Worn Rolex King Midas 4609 18k Gold Factory Diamond Mens Vintage Watch Box
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Rarely Worn Rolex King Midas 4609 18k Gold Factory Diamond Mens Vintage Watch Box
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$9,00024 Bids
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2525 18k Gold Beveled Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Patek Philippe Calatrava 2525 18k Gold Beveled Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $7,000- $9,000
$4,00019 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Santos Dumont 2649 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €5,000- €7,500
€3,00018 Bids
No Reserve - Heuer Autavia 2446, Valjoux 72 - Men's watch - Mark 1 - 1968.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Heuer Autavia 2446, Valjoux 72 - Men's watch - Mark 1 - 1968.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€2,20017 Bids
Rolex Men's Two Tone Blue Index Datejust Wristwatch
Feb 23, 7:00 AM PST
Rolex Men's Two Tone Blue Index Datejust Wristwatch
by BK Auctions
Est: $9,000- $10,500
$75016 Bids
Vacheron Constantin 6352 18K Gold Ultra Thin Mens Wristwatch w/ Integrated Bracelet and Orig Papers
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Vacheron Constantin 6352 18K Gold Ultra Thin Mens Wristwatch w/ Integrated Bracelet and Orig Papers
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $6,500- $7,000
$2,50015 Bids
Hamilton 14K Gold 19 Jewel Men's Wristwatch
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Hamilton 14K Gold 19 Jewel Men's Wristwatch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$32515 Bids
Watch Experiment Unit Men's Divers Watch
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Watch Experiment Unit Men's Divers Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$3215 Bids
Vintage Rolex Auto Rotor Men's Wristwatch
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Rolex Auto Rotor Men's Wristwatch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$82514 Bids
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 4072 - Men's watch.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Cartier Santos 4072 - Men's watch.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €4,800- €6,000
€2,70014 Bids
Omega Seamaster Vintage Mens Watch
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Omega Seamaster Vintage Mens Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$37514 Bids
Roger Dubuis 18k White Gold Limited Edition Mens Massive Wrist Watch Box
Mar 02, 12:00 PM EST
Roger Dubuis 18k White Gold Limited Edition Mens Massive Wrist Watch Box
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$2,90013 Bids
No Reserve - Rolex Datejust II 116334 - Men's watch - 2011-2015.
Mar 06, 6:00 PM CET
No Reserve - Rolex Datejust II 116334 - Men's watch - 2011-2015.
by Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen
Est: €9,000- €11,000
€65013 Bids
Girard Perregaux Mens Vintage Watch
Feb 22, 10:00 AM EST
Girard Perregaux Mens Vintage Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$16013 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Men's Watches


Papps Family Liquidation.com

Papps Family Liquidation.com

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Galerie + Auktionshaus Peter Klöter

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen

Goudwisselkantoor Veilingen