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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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A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Audemars Piguet, Automatic
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Audemars Piguet, Automatic
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD7,50040 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Longines
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Longines
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD95032 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD42027 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Frederique Constant
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Frederique Constant
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD55027 Bids
Patek Philippe 3418 Tropical Dial Stainless Steel Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
Feb 11, 12:00 PM EST
Patek Philippe 3418 Tropical Dial Stainless Steel Vintage Mens Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$4,30026 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD60025 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1,60025 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD19023 Bids
Rolex President 18039 18k White Gold Diamond Arabic Day Date for Arab Market
Feb 11, 12:00 PM EST
Rolex President 18039 18k White Gold Diamond Arabic Day Date for Arab Market
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $12,000- $21,999
$7,75022 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot PRS200
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tissot PRS200
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD38022 Bids
Vintage Wittnauer Automatic Men's Wristwatch
Feb 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Wittnauer Automatic Men's Wristwatch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$11020 Bids
Vintage Wakmann 17 Jewels Men's Wristwatch
Feb 09, 6:00 PM EST
Vintage Wakmann 17 Jewels Men's Wristwatch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$10020 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Citizen
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Citizen
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD16018 Bids
Two Gentleman's Wrist Watches marked Citizen
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Gentleman's Wrist Watches marked Citizen
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD24018 Bids
Rolex Daytona 6263 Sigma Big Red Daytona Bracelet dates 1969 Vintage Wrist Watch
Feb 11, 12:00 PM EST
Rolex Daytona 6263 Sigma Big Red Daytona Bracelet dates 1969 Vintage Wrist Watch
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $100,000- $125,000
$14,00018 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tag Heuer Indy 500, with Box
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Tag Heuer Indy 500, with Box
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1,20018 Bids
Seven Fitbit/Smart Watches
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Seven Fitbit/Smart Watches
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD16018 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Boss
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Boss
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD18018 Bids
A Smart Watch marked Apple, Series 3, 42mm Case
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Smart Watch marked Apple, Series 3, 42mm Case
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD12018 Bids
A Wrist Watch marked Gucci, with Box
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Wrist Watch marked Gucci, with Box
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD42017 Bids
Two Gentleman's Wrist Watches marked Hilfiger
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
Two Gentleman's Wrist Watches marked Hilfiger
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD32017 Bids
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
Feb 12, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Gentleman's Wrist Watch marked Rado
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD85017 Bids
Men's Vintage Rolex Wrist Watch
Feb 09, 10:00 AM EST
Men's Vintage Rolex Wrist Watch
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$40016 Bids
Vintage Rolex Precision Wristwatch
Feb 07, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage Rolex Precision Wristwatch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $500- $5,000
$1,70016 Bids

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