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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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Rolex 18K Gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ladies Wristwatch
May 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Rolex 18K Gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ladies Wristwatch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$5,00023 Bids
VINTAGE CARTIER VERMEIL TANK WATCH
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE CARTIER VERMEIL TANK WATCH
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $500- $800
$75013 Bids
CARTIER - Tank Chinoise Lady in oro 18k carica manuale con quadrante bianco numeri Arabi con deployante in oro
May 27, 3:00 PM CEST
CARTIER - Tank Chinoise Lady in oro 18k carica manuale con quadrante bianco numeri Arabi con deployante in oro
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €700- €1,500
€1,6007 Bids
CARTIER
May 24, 2:30 PM CEST
CARTIER
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €1,000- €1,800
€2,4006 Bids
Tourneau 18k White Gold & Diamond Wrist Watch
May 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Tourneau 18k White Gold & Diamond Wrist Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$1604 Bids
SANDOZ SWISS TRAVELERS HOME AND LOCAL WATCH
Jun 01, 9:00 AM EDT
SANDOZ SWISS TRAVELERS HOME AND LOCAL WATCH
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $150- $300
$404 Bids
CARTIER
May 24, 2:30 PM CEST
CARTIER
by International Art Sale Italy
Est: €200- €400
€2004 Bids
Authentic Gucci Ladies Watch
May 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Authentic Gucci Ladies Watch
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$454 Bids
GOLD CARTIER TANK WATCH
May 27, 3:30 PM CEST
GOLD CARTIER TANK WATCH
by Casa d'Aste Babuino
Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,1003 Bids
Omega
May 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Omega
by Auktionshaus an der Ruhr
Est: €650- €0
€7003 Bids
Gucci Stainless Steel & Alligator Band Wristwatch
May 25, 12:00 PM EDT
Gucci Stainless Steel & Alligator Band Wristwatch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1503 Bids
Four Ladies Marcasite Studded Wristwatches,
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Four Ladies Marcasite Studded Wristwatches,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD503 Bids
LADIES' ROLEX CELLINI 18K WITH BOX MOVEMENT 6620
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
LADIES' ROLEX CELLINI 18K WITH BOX MOVEMENT 6620
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $11,000- $12,000
$5503 Bids
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 26mm Jubilee Band
May 23, 12:00 AM PDT
Pre-owned Rolex Datejust 26mm Jubilee Band
by Estate Jewelry Auctioneers
Est: $7,900- $9,500
$2103 Bids
TOURNEAU MOP & Diamond Wristwatch in Org Box
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
TOURNEAU MOP & Diamond Wristwatch in Org Box
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $200- $600
$503 Bids
HAMILTON 911 LDS 17 JEWEL WATCH PLATINUM & DIAMOND
May 28, 9:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON 911 LDS 17 JEWEL WATCH PLATINUM & DIAMOND
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $1,200- $1,500
$403 Bids
CRISTINA MALACHITE Stretch Band Wristwatch
Jun 01, 10:00 AM EDT
CRISTINA MALACHITE Stretch Band Wristwatch
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$62 Bids
MICHELE Ladies Stainless Chronograph Wristwatch
May 25, 12:00 PM EDT
MICHELE Ladies Stainless Chronograph Wristwatch
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
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Tudor Geneve ladies silvered wristwatch.…
May 29, 11:00 AM AEST
Tudor Geneve ladies silvered wristwatch.…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD150
AUD902 Bids
Judith Ripka Sterling Wrist Watch
May 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Judith Ripka Sterling Wrist Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $10,000
$112 Bids
Ladies 1960's 14k Gold Longines 17 Jewel Watch
May 28, 10:00 AM MST
Ladies 1960's 14k Gold Longines 17 Jewel Watch
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$352 Bids
Chanel
May 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Chanel
by Auktionshaus an der Ruhr
Est: €250- €0
€4402 Bids
Ulysse Nardin
May 28, 11:00 AM CEST
Ulysse Nardin
by Auktionshaus an der Ruhr
Est: €200- €0
€2202 Bids

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