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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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14K Gold Omega Swiss Wristwatch
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
14K Gold Omega Swiss Wristwatch
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$60022 Bids
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BVLGARI DIAGONO 18KYG WATCH W/BOX&PAPERS
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
BVLGARI DIAGONO 18KYG WATCH W/BOX&PAPERS
by Gallery 63
Est: $5,200- $7,800
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ELIAS MARTINEZ 14K YELLOW GOLD KINGMAN TURQUOISE WATCH BAND AND SEIKO WATCH
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
ELIAS MARTINEZ 14K YELLOW GOLD KINGMAN TURQUOISE WATCH BAND AND SEIKO WATCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
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1960S OMEGA CONSTELLATION 18K GOLD WRIST WATCH IOB
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1960S OMEGA CONSTELLATION 18K GOLD WRIST WATCH IOB
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
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14K Gold Diamond Geneva Swiss Quartz Wristwatch
Apr 20, 9:00 AM CDT
14K Gold Diamond Geneva Swiss Quartz Wristwatch
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
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Rolex Ladies Two Tone Diamond Date Wristwatch With Rolex Box
Apr 21, 7:00 AM PDT
Rolex Ladies Two Tone Diamond Date Wristwatch With Rolex Box
by BK Auctions
Est: $6,500- $7,500
$1,10010 Bids
CARTIER SANTOS SQUARE STAINLESS STEEL WRIST WATCH
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
CARTIER SANTOS SQUARE STAINLESS STEEL WRIST WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$45010 Bids
CARTIER DE PASHA 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND WRIST WATCH
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
CARTIER DE PASHA 18K GOLD AND DIAMOND WRIST WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$3,1009 Bids
CONCORD 'LA SCALA' 18K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND LADIES' WRISTWATCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
CONCORD 'LA SCALA' 18K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND LADIES' WRISTWATCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $1,500- $3,000
$2,5009 Bids
Rolex Datejust Midsize 18KT/Stainless
May 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Rolex Datejust Midsize 18KT/Stainless
by Vintage Auctions
Est: $2,800- $3,200
$1508 Bids
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BVLGARI ERGON AUTOMATIC WATCH 40MM
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
BVLGARI ERGON AUTOMATIC WATCH 40MM
by Gallery 63
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$3757 Bids
HAMILTON 14K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND LADIES' COCKTAIL WATCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
HAMILTON 14K YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND LADIES' COCKTAIL WATCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $700- $900
$7007 Bids
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
by Potomack Company
Est: $500- $700
$6007 Bids
BAUME & MERCIER FOR TIFFANY & CO. LADIES' STAINLESS STEEL AND DIAMOND WRISTWATCH
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
BAUME & MERCIER FOR TIFFANY & CO. LADIES' STAINLESS STEEL AND DIAMOND WRISTWATCH
by Potomack Company
Est: $300- $500
$3257 Bids
Limited Edition INVICTA Disney Minnie Mouse LADIES Watch
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Limited Edition INVICTA Disney Minnie Mouse LADIES Watch
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
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LE MUST DE CARTIER GILT SILVER WOMENS WRISTWATCH
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
LE MUST DE CARTIER GILT SILVER WOMENS WRISTWATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$3007 Bids
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ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL CHAMPAGNE DIAL TWO TONE LADIES WATCH
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL CHAMPAGNE DIAL TWO TONE LADIES WATCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,1007 Bids
Vintage Hamilton 14kt white gold & diamond ladies watch
Apr 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Hamilton 14kt white gold & diamond ladies watch
by South Jersey Auction by Babington Auction Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1706 Bids
CARTIER SANTOS OCTAGON STAINLESS STEEL WRIST WATCH
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
CARTIER SANTOS OCTAGON STAINLESS STEEL WRIST WATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2756 Bids
CARTIER COUGAR 18K GOLD DIAMOND LADIES WRISTWATCH
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
CARTIER COUGAR 18K GOLD DIAMOND LADIES WRISTWATCH
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$7506 Bids

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