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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.

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Spectacular Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Matte Dial 1675 Mens Watch Genuine 1972 Bracelet
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Spectacular Rolex GMT Master Pepsi Matte Dial 1675 Mens Watch Genuine 1972 Bracelet
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$6,25029 Bids
Omega Aqua Terra Seamaster Time / Date Quartz Wrist Watch
Aug 13, 10:00 AM MST
Omega Aqua Terra Seamaster Time / Date Quartz Wrist Watch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$1,40025 Bids
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3900/1 18k Gold Mens Working Wrist Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3900/1 18k Gold Mens Working Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$6,25019 Bids
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 2581 18k White Gold Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref 2581 18k White Gold Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $15,000- $20,000
$3,10018 Bids
Patek Philippe Rare 2406 Large Rose Gold Wrist Watch W/ Orig Dial Running
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Patek Philippe Rare 2406 Large Rose Gold Wrist Watch W/ Orig Dial Running
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $7,000- $14,000
$3,10018 Bids
Omega Constellation 18k Gold Massive Mens Watch Box Papers Orig Factory Bracelet
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Omega Constellation 18k Gold Massive Mens Watch Box Papers Orig Factory Bracelet
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$1,90017 Bids
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 43mm Automatic Watch Ref. 79250B
Aug 20, 10:00 AM PDT
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 43mm Automatic Watch Ref. 79250B
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$1,00016 Bids
LeCoultre Memovox Alarm Date Bumper Automatic Gold Filled Mens Vintage Wrist Watch Box
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
LeCoultre Memovox Alarm Date Bumper Automatic Gold Filled Mens Vintage Wrist Watch Box
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $600- $900
$37514 Bids
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 36mm Jubilee
Aug 14, 12:00 AM PDT
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 36mm Jubilee
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $10,300- $12,400
$2,56014 Bids
Rare Only 1000 Made Tag Heuer Monaco Grand Prix Ltd. Edition Chronograph Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Rare Only 1000 Made Tag Heuer Monaco Grand Prix Ltd. Edition Chronograph Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $10,000- $15,000
$2,30014 Bids
Omega Important Vintage Moon Phase Red Gold Black Dial Wristwatch Box Papers
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Omega Important Vintage Moon Phase Red Gold Black Dial Wristwatch Box Papers
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $5,000- $6,000
$2,30013 Bids
Aquastar Most Mint Deep Star Valjoux 90 Chronograph Box Papers
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Aquastar Most Mint Deep Star Valjoux 90 Chronograph Box Papers
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $8,000- $10,000
$3,00012 Bids
Rolex Oyster Precision 6422 Black Matte Gilt Dial Swiss Only
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Rolex Oyster Precision 6422 Black Matte Gilt Dial Swiss Only
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,60012 Bids
IWC Scarce Large Cushion Cal 2405 Mens Watch Box
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
IWC Scarce Large Cushion Cal 2405 Mens Watch Box
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$60012 Bids
Omega Speedmaster Pre Moon Chronograph 321 Circa 1966 105.012-66 Mens Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Omega Speedmaster Pre Moon Chronograph 321 Circa 1966 105.012-66 Mens Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$5,75011 Bids
Scarce Omega Speedmaster 105.003 65 Caliber Ed White Moon Watch Chronograph 1965
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Scarce Omega Speedmaster 105.003 65 Caliber Ed White Moon Watch Chronograph 1965
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $12,000- $15,000
$1,00010 Bids
MAN'S VINTAGE SWISS OMEGA SEAMASTER WRISTWATCH
Aug 16, 6:00 PM PDT
MAN'S VINTAGE SWISS OMEGA SEAMASTER WRISTWATCH
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $500
$40010 Bids
INVICTA Limited Edition DC Comics SUPERMAN Mens Watch
Aug 20, 9:30 AM EDT
INVICTA Limited Edition DC Comics SUPERMAN Mens Watch
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$959 Bids
Breitling Chronomat D13050 18k SS Chronograph Automatic Mens Watch Box Papers
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Breitling Chronomat D13050 18k SS Chronograph Automatic Mens Watch Box Papers
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$1,9009 Bids
LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm Bumper Automatic Cal 815 Memovox Rare Vintage Mens Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm Bumper Automatic Cal 815 Memovox Rare Vintage Mens Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$1,6009 Bids
Cuervo Y Sobrinos Habana Historiador 3195 18k Rose Gold Mens Watch
Aug 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Cuervo Y Sobrinos Habana Historiador 3195 18k Rose Gold Mens Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $2,000- $5,000
$9508 Bids
Men's Dresser Items, Porsche Watch and Jewelry
Aug 19, 9:00 AM EDT
Men's Dresser Items, Porsche Watch and Jewelry
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $120
$2758 Bids

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