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Men's Watches - General

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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LOT OF WATCHES LOT 1098
Jan 23, 5:00 PM EST
LOT OF WATCHES LOT 1098
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$2210 Bids
ELGIN MEN'S WATCH WORKING LOT 1098
Jan 23, 5:00 PM EST
ELGIN MEN'S WATCH WORKING LOT 1098
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$85 Bids
Louvic Liberty 17 Jewels Gold Filled Watch
Jan 25, 12:00 PM EST
Louvic Liberty 17 Jewels Gold Filled Watch
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$1405 Bids
Vintage Doxa Grafic Swiss Made Men’s Dress Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Doxa Grafic Swiss Made Men’s Dress Watch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$554 Bids
Group of Men's Wrist Watches
Jan 26, 11:00 AM EST
Group of Men's Wrist Watches
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$1503 Bids
Assortment Of Wrist Watches
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Assortment Of Wrist Watches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Assortment Of Wrist Watches
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Assortment Of Wrist Watches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Balmer Swiss Made Stratos Mens Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Balmer Swiss Made Stratos Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $945- $1,499
$403 Bids
Lot of Assorted Watches, Pocketwatches & Medals.
Jan 22, 11:00 AM CST
Lot of Assorted Watches, Pocketwatches & Medals.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$302 Bids
Balmer Swiss Made Stratos Mens Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Balmer Swiss Made Stratos Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $945- $1,499
$202 Bids
Assorted Fashion Wristwatches
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Fashion Wristwatches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Germinal Voltaire Men's Watch & Timex Watches
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Germinal Voltaire Men's Watch & Timex Watches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Assorted Fashion Wristwatches
Jan 22, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Fashion Wristwatches
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Argenti Mens Classical Men' s Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Argenti Mens Classical Men' s Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $499- $699
$51 Bid
Deporte D-T Brown Men's Sport Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Deporte D-T Brown Men's Sport Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $449- $649
$51 Bid
Romilly Casual 42mm Case Multi Function Mens Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Romilly Casual 42mm Case Multi Function Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $99- $495
$51 Bid
Balmer E-Type Chronograph Mens Watch
Jan 22, 8:00 PM CST
Balmer E-Type Chronograph Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $945- $1,499
$51 Bid
SWISS CIMEQA AUTOMATIC MEN'S WATCH LOT 1094
Jan 23, 5:00 PM EST
SWISS CIMEQA AUTOMATIC MEN'S WATCH LOT 1094
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Deporte Pacific Men's Diver Style 42mm Case Watch
Jan 22, 10:00 AM CST
Deporte Pacific Men's Diver Style 42mm Case Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $189- $449
$51 Bid
Balmer DB9 Mens Watch
Jan 27, 10:00 AM CST
Balmer DB9 Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $945- $1,499
$51 Bid
Balmer Swiss Chronograph Atalante Mens Watch
Jan 27, 10:00 AM CST
Balmer Swiss Chronograph Atalante Mens Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $945- $1,499
$51 Bid
Vestal Swarovski Gold Watch
Jan 22, 8:00 PM CST
Vestal Swarovski Gold Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $599- $799
$51 Bid
Oraren presisor quartz monis wrist watch
Jan 24, 11:30 PM EST
Oraren presisor quartz monis wrist watch
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$750 Bids
Bolivio electra space style men's wrist watch
Jan 24, 11:30 PM EST
Bolivio electra space style men's wrist watch
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $100- $150
$750 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Men's Watches - General


Dalshire International Inc

Dalshire International Inc

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

EJ'S Auction & Appraisal