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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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1965 Omega Speedmaster Pre Moon Ref: 145.012-68 SP Chronograph Watch Cal 321 Moonwatch
Jun 23, 3:00 PM MST
1965 Omega Speedmaster Pre Moon Ref: 145.012-68 SP Chronograph Watch Cal 321 Moonwatch
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $0- $0
$3,05030 Bids
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DESIGNER STYLE 'ROLEX' MEN'S WRIST WATCH
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
DESIGNER STYLE 'ROLEX' MEN'S WRIST WATCH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD26024 Bids
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BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER WATCH W/BOX, 40MM
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER WATCH W/BOX, 40MM
by Gallery 63
Est: $20,000- $30,000
$1,80021 Bids
Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch
Jun 29, 11:00 AM EDT
Men's Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $1,000- $15,000
$6,10019 Bids
Breitling Ref. 809 Cosmonaut Navitimer Gold Plated Stainless Steel 42mm Watch, Circa. 1970-1974.
Jun 23, 7:00 PM AEST
Breitling Ref. 809 Cosmonaut Navitimer Gold Plated Stainless Steel 42mm Watch, Circa. 1970-1974.
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD50017 Bids
1939 WWII Omega Military Watch 2300/1 Cal R17.8 SC Men's Watch 17 Jewels
Jun 23, 3:00 PM MST
1939 WWII Omega Military Watch 2300/1 Cal R17.8 SC Men's Watch 17 Jewels
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $0- $0
$55014 Bids
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Steel Gold Watch
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Steel Gold Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$1,70013 Bids
A Smartwatch, Marked Apple Watch Series 7 Midnight Aluminum Case, Sealed Box, Untested
Jun 29, 10:00 AM AEST
A Smartwatch, Marked Apple Watch Series 7 Midnight Aluminum Case, Sealed Box, Untested
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD20012 Bids
Omega Mission To Mars Speedmaster Wrist Watch
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Omega Mission To Mars Speedmaster Wrist Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$27512 Bids
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OMEGA WIND UP GENEVE WATCH, AUTOMATIC GOING
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
OMEGA WIND UP GENEVE WATCH, AUTOMATIC GOING
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD20- AUD50
AUD32512 Bids
LeCoultre Reverso Swiss Monogramed Wristwatch Face
Jun 29, 9:00 AM CDT
LeCoultre Reverso Swiss Monogramed Wristwatch Face
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $300- $3,000
$3,50011 Bids
LOT OF (4) MENS SPORT WATCHES
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
LOT OF (4) MENS SPORT WATCHES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $700
$2,00010 Bids
Tag Heuer Link Stainless Steel & 18K Wrist Watch
Jun 22, 10:00 AM MST
Tag Heuer Link Stainless Steel & 18K Wrist Watch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$45010 Bids
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SEIKO CHRONOGRAPH, 10 BAR, MEN'S WRIST WATCH, REF: 8T67-00L0, S/N:062469
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
SEIKO CHRONOGRAPH, 10 BAR, MEN'S WRIST WATCH, REF: 8T67-00L0, S/N:062469
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD10010 Bids
HEUER JACKY ICKX EASY RIDER WITH SEARS DIAL WATCH
Jun 22, 10:00 AM EDT
HEUER JACKY ICKX EASY RIDER WITH SEARS DIAL WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$1509 Bids
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TWO DESIGNER STYLE MEN'S WATCHES
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
TWO DESIGNER STYLE MEN'S WATCHES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD909 Bids
IWC FLIGHT WRIST WATCH
Jun 26, 9:30 AM CEST
IWC FLIGHT WRIST WATCH
by Nagel Auction
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€2,2009 Bids
Amazing Universal Geneve 18k Rose Gold Tri Compax Chronograph Moonphase Day Date Month Watch
Jul 20, 12:00 PM EDT
Amazing Universal Geneve 18k Rose Gold Tri Compax Chronograph Moonphase Day Date Month Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$7509 Bids
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ATLANTIC WORLD MASTER ORIGINAL WATERPROOF ANTICHOC ANTIMAGNETIC SWISS MADE MEN'S WRIST WATCH
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
ATLANTIC WORLD MASTER ORIGINAL WATERPROOF ANTICHOC ANTIMAGNETIC SWISS MADE MEN'S WRIST WATCH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD1109 Bids
A Smartwatch, Marked Apple Watch Series 7 Midnight Aluminum Case, Sealed Box, Untested
Jun 29, 10:00 AM AEST
A Smartwatch, Marked Apple Watch Series 7 Midnight Aluminum Case, Sealed Box, Untested
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD2208 Bids
Seiko Alpinist Steel Compass Dial Watch
Jul 14, 12:00 PM EDT
Seiko Alpinist Steel Compass Dial Watch
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$2258 Bids

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Gallery 63

Gallery 63