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Women's Watches

The first watch of any kind, which evolved from portable spring driven clocks, appeared in 15th-century Europe. Nuremberg clockmaker Peter Henlein is often credited as the inventor of the watch and he was one of the first German craftsmen who made "clock-watches," ornamental timepieces worn as pendants.

The first chronicled wristwatch was in fact designed for a woman and it was then called a “wristlet.” It is credited to Abraham-Louis Breguet, who made the watch for Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples in 1810. Although it was the first timekeeping device to be designed specifically for use on the wrist, it was intended primarily as a piece of decorative jewelry rather than for anything as practical as keeping the time.

For the next 100-120 years, wristwatches were perceived as women’s items; men would carry pocket watches in their waistcoat. It was not until the Boer War that the notion of wristwatch for men began to take hold. World War I soldiers also wore wristwatches, but the trend for men during was carrying pocket watches. Louis Cartier is credited for making the first men’s wristwatch in 1904 for his friend Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, who was was one of the early aviation pioneers and needed a timepiece for his flights.

Women’s wristwatches prevailed through the late 1920s; wristwatches did not see widespread use for both sexes until the next decade. Rolex’s 1930 product line still featured 79 women’s wristwatches and only 37 for men. Rolex capitalized on its 1920s “Prince” model for men with a women’s model known as the “Princess.”

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VINTAGE HERMES CAPE COD WATCH FOR WOMEN
Jan 22, 10:00 AM EST
VINTAGE HERMES CAPE COD WATCH FOR WOMEN
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$30012 Bids
Rolex 69173 Two Tone 18K Diamond Sapphire Watch
Jan 26, 12:00 PM EST
Rolex 69173 Two Tone 18K Diamond Sapphire Watch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$2,50010 Bids
Rolex Oyster Authentic Perpetual Date Watch #15210
Jan 26, 12:00 PM EST
Rolex Oyster Authentic Perpetual Date Watch #15210
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $10,000
$2,0009 Bids
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 26mm Jubilee Band
Jan 20, 12:00 AM PST
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 26mm Jubilee Band
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $7,500- $8,300
$179 Bids
Elegant Platinum & Diamond Ladies Hamilton Wrist Watch
Jan 20, 9:00 AM EST
Elegant Platinum & Diamond Ladies Hamilton Wrist Watch
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$5508 Bids
HERMES Paris Cape Cod Stainless Steel Wristwatch
Jan 23, 12:00 PM EST
HERMES Paris Cape Cod Stainless Steel Wristwatch
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$6007 Bids
HERMES, 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
Jan 23, 10:00 AM EST
HERMES, 18K YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $4,000- $12,000
$2,0007 Bids
Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Date Watch Ref# 6917
Jan 26, 12:00 PM EST
Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Date Watch Ref# 6917
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $1,500
$1,3006 Bids
Ladies 18K Cartier Panthere Bracelet Wrist Watch
Jan 29, 9:00 AM EST
Ladies 18K Cartier Panthere Bracelet Wrist Watch
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $4,000- $4,500
$4,6005 Bids
HERMES Paris "H" Stainless Steel Leather Watch
Jan 23, 12:00 PM EST
HERMES Paris "H" Stainless Steel Leather Watch
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$4255 Bids
JOAN RIVERS BEE WATCH PIN LOT 1098
Jan 23, 5:00 PM EST
JOAN RIVERS BEE WATCH PIN LOT 1098
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$105 Bids
CARTIER 18K COLISEE DIAMOND LADIES WATCH
Jan 23, 10:00 AM EST
CARTIER 18K COLISEE DIAMOND LADIES WATCH
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,6005 Bids
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 36mm Jubilee
Jan 20, 12:00 AM PST
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 36mm Jubilee
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $9,600- $10,600
$5605 Bids
Baume Mercier 14 k Ladies Wrist Watch
Jan 21, 9:30 AM EST
Baume Mercier 14 k Ladies Wrist Watch
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $400- $800
$4255 Bids
Cartier Signed 18K WG & Pearl Clip Earrings
Jan 27, 5:00 PM EST
Cartier Signed 18K WG & Pearl Clip Earrings
by Abington Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$5505 Bids
Vintage Rose Gold (Pink) Watch With Pink Sapphires & Diamonds (Clear and Red Stones) - Metal Broken
Jan 20, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Rose Gold (Pink) Watch With Pink Sapphires & Diamonds (Clear and Red Stones) - Metal Broken
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$805 Bids
BREGUET 18KT GOLD WRISTWATCH AND BRACELET
Jan 23, 10:00 AM EST
BREGUET 18KT GOLD WRISTWATCH AND BRACELET
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $5,000- $20,000
$1,7004 Bids
JEWELRY-large lot of watches and a bracelet
Mar 12, 6:00 PM CST
JEWELRY-large lot of watches and a bracelet
by Auctions By Moldenhauer
Est: $10- $500
$103 Bids
Art Deco Platinum Diamond Ladies Dress Watch
Jan 23, 12:00 PM EST
Art Deco Platinum Diamond Ladies Dress Watch
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$3503 Bids
Sterling Silver Ecclissi Watch
Jan 20, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Silver Ecclissi Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$113 Bids
BUCCELLATI 18K GOLD DIAMOND WRISTWATCH
Jan 23, 10:00 AM EST
BUCCELLATI 18K GOLD DIAMOND WRISTWATCH
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$2,2503 Bids
5 Vintage Watches LOT 1098
Jan 23, 5:00 PM EST
5 Vintage Watches LOT 1098
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$33 Bids
Vintage Women’s Gucci Wrist Watch
Jan 20, 9:00 AM EST
Vintage Women’s Gucci Wrist Watch
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Vestal Women's RSE3M001 Stainless Steel Watch
Jan 20, 10:00 AM CST
Vestal Women's RSE3M001 Stainless Steel Watch
by Dalshire International Inc
Est: $599- $799
$303 Bids

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