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Women's Gold Watches

An ideal blend of sophistication and sumptuousness, women’s gold wristwatches are both functional and fancy. A style born from female innovation itself, the wristwatch and its elegant heirs in gold add a fascinating facet to the rich history of time telling.

While the men’s wristwatch came into popularity around the beginning of the 20th century, the women’s wristwatch appeared the century prior. Aristocratic women of the 19th century sought more subdued time-telling devices than the massive pocket watch, and so designers responded with the "wristlet" watch, a variation on the bracelet to include a timepiece mechanism. The popularity of this style was such that, when the wristwatch was introduced for men, it was first referred to as a "strap watch" in an effort to differentiate it from its more dainty feminine counterpart.

This distinction remained in place until the '30s, when the art of the wristwatch and the precision of its mechanisms began to trump such a dichotomy. The fields of men’s and women’s wristwatches thus merged into one, with women’s varieties becoming less jewelry-like.


Quick Facts

  • The first documented wrist watch designed for a woman was that created by watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet for Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples and sister to Napoleon Bonaparte
  • A testament to the level of luxury that early women’s wristwatches espoused, along with Breguet, watchmakers Patek Philippe and Cartier were the main producers of women’s wrist watches by the end of the 19th century
  • In 1927, when London swimmer Mercedes Gleitze was preparing her "vindication" swim across the English Channel, Hans Wilsdorf, then director of Rolex, gifted her a gold wristlet Rolex Oyster watch, the brand’s first waterproof model

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CYMA 14K Gold Wristwatch
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Lady's 14k wg Wrist Watch
Apr 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Lady's 14k wg Wrist Watch
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Ladies Versace Versus Rose Gold Tone Wristwatch
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BREGUET, REF. 5480 BB12996 18K WHITE GOLD 'HERITAGE' DATE WATCH
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14K YELLOW GOLD GENEVE WRIST WATCH & 14K BAND
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14K YELLOW GOLD GENEVE WRIST WATCH & 14K BAND
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GENEVE FAVRE LEUBA GOLD WATCH
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GENEVE FAVRE LEUBA GOLD WATCH
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Est: $200- $400
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Dugena
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Dugena
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Est: €80- €0
€801 Bid
Rotary - A 9ct gold wristwatch,
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Rotary - A 9ct gold wristwatch,
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Est: £200- £400
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Apr 18, 10:00 AM CEST
Certina vintage watch with gold strap
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MOVADO 14K YELLOW GOLD SQUARE LADIES' WRISTWATCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
MOVADO 14K YELLOW GOLD SQUARE LADIES' WRISTWATCH
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Carib Damenarmbanduhr
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Carib Damenarmbanduhr
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Est: €400- €0
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BULOVA early rectangular 14k yellow gold wristwatch
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CEST
BULOVA early rectangular 14k yellow gold wristwatch
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Est: €250- €500
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14K GOLD WOMAN'S LORD ELGIN WATCH WITH 14K GOLD BRACELET
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14K GOLD WOMAN'S LORD ELGIN WATCH WITH 14K GOLD BRACELET
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Est: $300- $400
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BENRUS 18k yellow gold wristwatch, manual winding
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Est: €300- €600
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LORD ELGIN rectangular 14k yellow gold wristwatch
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LORD ELGIN rectangular 14k yellow gold wristwatch
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Est: €200- €400
€801 Bid
GRANT A. PEACOCK 14K YELLOW GOLD LADIES' WRISTWATCH, NEW YORK
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
GRANT A. PEACOCK 14K YELLOW GOLD LADIES' WRISTWATCH, NEW YORK
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Est: $500- $700
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IWC 18k yellow gold wristwatch
Apr 20, 11:00 AM CEST
IWC 18k yellow gold wristwatch
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,000
€5001 Bid
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS LA COLLECTION MONTRE DE DAME.
Apr 18, 2:30 PM CEST
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS LA COLLECTION MONTRE DE DAME.
by HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo
Est: €800- €1,200
€8001 Bid
CONCORD 14k GOLD LADIES WRISTWATCH
May 11, 11:00 AM EDT
CONCORD 14k GOLD LADIES WRISTWATCH
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Est: $1,000- $2,000
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Sellers Who Sell Women's Gold Watches


Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

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Cheffins

HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo

HVMC - Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures