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Rolex Stainless Steel Rare Datejust Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rare & Collectible Rolex Datejust Men's Steel Watch 16030 - Automatic winding with date; acrylic crystal. Stainless steel case (36mm diameter) with engine turned bezel. Black d...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Yellow Gold Stainless Steel Gilt Dial GMT Master Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1985 Rolex GMT Master, Reference 16753 Wrist Watch, 38 MM Stainless Steel case with Yellow Gold Rotating Bezel, Automatic, self winding Caliber 3075 movement, Original, Mint...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold, Stainless Steel

Omega Genéve Automatic, Vintage Men's Wristwatch, 1960s
By Omega
Located in bronshoj, DK
Omega Genéve Automatic, Vintage Men's Wrist Watch, 1960s. In very good condition. The clock works. Diameter 35 mm.
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Patek Philippe Rose Gold Calatrava Automatic Wristwatch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k rose gold case with exposition back to view movement (38mm diameter). Silvered dial with black index markers; date at 3 o'clock position. Patek Philippe strap ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Hublot Rose Gold Big Bang Portocervo Automatic Wristwatch
By Hublot
Located in Dallas, TX
Hublot Big Bang Portocervo 18k Rose Gold Unisex Watch 341.PE.230.RW.114 - Automatic winding chronograph. 18k rose gold case with 114 Diamond bezel (41mm). White dial with rose gold ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Rose Gold

1980s Zenith Elite Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Wristwatch
Located in Poitiers, FR
Bracelet watch for men in 18 karat yellow gold. The dial is round, the background is creamy white stick figures, date at 3 o'clock, seconds dial at 9 o'clock. Automatic movement with...
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Vintage 1980s Modern Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Eterna-Matic 3000 yellow gold vintage Automatic Wristwatch, 1960s
By Eterna Matic
Located in Poitiers, FR
Watch in 18 karats yellow gold, owl and weevil hallmark. Square shape, this vintage gold watch is ultra-flat. The bracelet is a braided mesh ultra flat and flexible. The clasp is on ...
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Vintage 1960s Retro Wrist Watches

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Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Wristwatch Ref 116200, 2006
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
REF W3599 MODEL NUMBER 116200 SERIAL NUMBER D48**** CONDITION 9 - Excellent condition GENDER Unisex AGE 1st August 2006 CASE DIAMETER 36 mm CASE SIZE 36mm BOX & PAPERS Box, Manuals ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

IWC Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Steel Watch IW371445 Mint
By IWC
Located in Miami, FL
IWC Portuguese Reference #:IW371445. IWC Portuguese Chronograph Automatic Steel 40 mm Watch IW371445 Mint With Box. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by W...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex 116333 Datejust II Two-Tone Slate Dial Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - 116333 Datejust II Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Measurement - 41mm Bracelet - Two Tone - Fits up to a 6 3/4" wrist Dial - Silver Slate w/ Green Roman Num...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Breguet Platinum Type XX Aeronavale Chronograph Automatic Wristwatch Ref 3800
By Breguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Breguet Type XX Aeronavale Men's Platinum Chronograph Watch 3800 - Automatic winding; chronograph. Platinum case with rotating bezel (39.5 mm). Black dial with luminous style Arabic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Breguet White Gold Heritage Automatic Wristwatch Ref 5480BB12BB0
By Breguet
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic winding. 18k white gold case (35mm x 53mm). Silvered dial with black Roman numerals; date at 12 o'clock position; seconds dial at 6 o'clock position. 18k white gold Bregue...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, White Gold

Cartier Yellow Gold Ballon Bleu Automatic Wristwatch 44mm XL Chronograph
By Cartier
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Watch-statement. Ballon Bleu de Cartier, 44 mm, chronograph, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Extra large size. Model number 3106. Serial number 89345PX. The case is made ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Cartier Roadster Large Silver Dial w/Date Automatic Stainless Steel Watch #2510
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Genuine Cartier Large Roadster Automatic Watch in Stainless Steel. This watch has a silver dial, black roman numerals, luminous sword-shaped hands and a magnified date disp...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 41 126300 Blio Blue Index Stainless Steel Automatic Men’s Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
(19561) This brand new Rolex Datejust 41 126300 blio is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 116334 Men’s Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial with Box and Papers
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust II Reference #:116334. Rolex Datejust 116334 Mens Automatic Watch Rhodium Dial With Box & Papers. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by Watc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Cartier Stainless Steel White Dial Santos Automatic Wristwatch
By Cartier
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 2000 Cartier Santos Wrist Watch, 33 MM water resistant case, Scratch resistant crystal, automatic, self winding movement with calendar window at the 3 position, sweep hand, Whi...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Beautiful solid 18k yellow gold Cartier "Pasha" on a orange aftermarket strap. Great for a man or woman, stylish oversized look. Adjustable deployant solid gold buckle. •REFERENCE ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
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W 1.66 in. D 0.36 in. L 1.93 in.
Automatic Watch Silver White Diamonds Alligator Strap Dial Decorated Micromosaic
By Sicis Jewels
Located in London, GB
Memento Mori Collection. Micromosaic watch with diamonds, Swiss Made, Automatic Movement. Alligator strap. Micromosaic Rotor. Steel Case (45 mm) Nano­Mosaic ­ Sapphire Glass ­...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

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White Diamond, Silver, Stainless Steel

Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Beautiful solid 18k yellow gold Cartier "Pasha" on a brown aftermarket strap. Great for a man or woman, stylish oversized look. Adjustable deployant solid gold buckle. •REFERENCE N...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
  • Cartier Large Pasha Automatic 18 Karat Yellow Gold Watch
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W 1.66 in. D 0.36 in. L 1.93 in.
Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic, Black Dial and Black Strap
By Cartier
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Pre-owned Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic Black Dial & Black Leather Strap. Comes with one year warranty, box and papers. •MODEL NO: W31077U2 •REFERENCE NO: 3589 •MOVEMENT: AUTOMATI...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic, Black Dial and Black Strap
  • Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic, Black Dial and Black Strap
  • Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic, Black Dial and Black Strap
  • Cartier Tank MC Steel Automatic, Black Dial and Black Strap
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W 1.34 in. D 0.38 in. L 1.74 in.
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 17 Automatic Watch CAV511B
By TAG Heuer
Located in New York, NY
TAG HEUER GRAND CARRERA CALIBER 17 AUTOMATIC WATCH CAV511B -Condition: Mint -Case size: 43mm -Material: Stainless Steel -Movement: Automatic -Transparent Sapphire Crystal Back -Beze...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Ball Titanium DeepQUEST Automatic
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: date, hour, minute, second Case: 43mm titanium case, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, solid case back, screw-down crown Dial: black stick dial Serial...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Titanium

  • Ball Titanium DeepQUEST Automatic
  • Ball Titanium DeepQUEST Automatic
  • Ball Titanium DeepQUEST Automatic
  • Ball Titanium DeepQUEST Automatic
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W 1.7 in.
TAG Heuer Automatic 200M
By TAG Heuer
Located in Paris, FR
Tag Heuer Automatic 200M ref 695.706KA. steel/gold. silver dial mvt auto tag heuer 3.93 25 rubies. date 3H. 38mm WR 200 metres excellent condition 990 euros
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1990s Wrist Watches

  • TAG Heuer Automatic 200M
  • TAG Heuer Automatic 200M
  • TAG Heuer Automatic 200M
  • TAG Heuer Automatic 200M
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Dm 1.58 in.
Nomos Club Automatic 753
Located in Wilmington, DE
Ref. 753 CASE stainless steel sapphire crystal glass back screwed GLASS domed sapphire crystal glass WINDING automatic DIMENSIONS diameter 40.0 mm height 9.7 mm WATER RESISTANCE 10 a...
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2010s Wrist Watches

IWC Big Pilot Steel Automatic Black Automatic Leather Watch IW501001
By IWC
Located in Miami, FL
IWC Big Pilot Steel Automatic 46 mm Black Automatic Leather Watch IW501001
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

Bulgari Diagono Chronograph Automatic Blue Automatic Watch DG42C3SPGLDCH
By Bvlgari
Located in Miami, FL
Bvlgari Diagono Reference #:DG42C3SPGLDCH. Bulgari Diagono Chrono Automatic Chrono Day Date Mens watch DG42C3SPGLDCH. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Breitling, Colt Ocean Automatic
By Breitling
Located in Braintree, GB
Breitling - Colt Ocean Automatic Model : Breitling Colt Ocean Gender: Mens Features : Rotating Bezel, Day, Chronometer Case Diameter: 38 mm Case material : Stainless Steel Movement...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Cartier Pasha Automatic W31059H3 Automatic Steel Silver 2 Year Warranty #336
By Cartier
Located in Miami, FL
Cartier Reference #:. swiss-automatic. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

IWC Pilots Automatic Steel Automatic Leather Strap Watch IW324007 Complete
By IWC
Located in Miami, FL
IWC Pilot Reference #:IW324007. automatic-self-wind. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Longines Presence Automatic Watch 49224112
By Longines
Located in Wilmington, DE
Material: Stainless steel Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal Case Back: Transparent case back with sapphire crystal Dimension: Ø 40.00 mm Water Resistance: 3 bar Colour: White...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Longines Presence Automatic Watch 49224116
By Longines
Located in Wilmington, DE
Material: Stainless steel Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal Case Back: Transparent case back with sapphire crystal Dimension: Ø 40.00 mm Water Resistance: Water-resistant to ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

TAG Heuer Automatic Super Professional
By TAG Heuer
Located in Paris, FR
Tag heuer automatic super professional 1000 meters Ref 840.006-2 steel/wristband steel black dial. date 3 hours rare automatic version circa 1990 1800 euros
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1990s Wrist Watches

1970s Ricoh Vintage Automatic Wristwatch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This 1970’s vintage watch is working however, I cannot guarantee the time accuracy.
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Vintage 1990s Swatch Automatic Watch
By Swatch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This charming pre-owned vintage automatic watch is working and it is running well. Visible signs of gentle used and ageing with scratches on the stainless steel watch case. Please ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Esposto Automatic Watch, Black IP
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
Taking inspirations from prewar classic designs and combining them with modern materials such as carbon fibre. This watch has a cut-out centre exposing the inner automatic movement, ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Esposto Automatic Watch, Steel IP
By Tateossian
Located in Fulham business exchange, London
Taking inspirations from prewar classic designs and combining them with modern materials such as carbon fibre. This watch has a cut-out centre exposing the inner automatic movement, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Piaget Gold Automatic Watch 13455 A 6
By Piaget
Located in New York, NY
18k white gold automatic Piaget watch, ref. 13455 A 6. 18k gold bracelet is 7.25" long, case measures 35mm at widest point x 30mm. Black metallic dial with silvered Roman markers, da...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Gold

Vintage 1990s Swatch Automatic Watch
By Swatch
Located in Carlisle, GB
This Charming pre-owned very good condition swatch automatic watch from the 90s . Its Unique blue luminous hour and min hands , circular Skeleton fish second hand with ocean wave on ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Steel Automatic Automatic Watch PAM00739 PAM 739
By Panerai
Located in Miami, FL
Panerai Luminor Reference #:PAM00739. New Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Stainless Steel Automatic 45 mm Watch PAM00739. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Bulova 1970s Automatic Blue Dial
By Bulova
Located in New York, NY
Stainless steel Bulova automatic, circa 1970's, is a cushion-shaped, center-seconds wristwatch with a stainless steel Bulova bracelet. The 37mm x 37mm case has a screwed-down casebac...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

  • Bulova 1970s Automatic Blue Dial
  • Bulova 1970s Automatic Blue Dial
  • Bulova 1970s Automatic Blue Dial
  • Bulova 1970s Automatic Blue Dial
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W 1.46 in.
Longines Automatic Wristwatch circa 1950's
By Longines
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Vintage Longines in excellent condition with a automatic 17-jewel movement. Comes with box and inserts. Circa 1950's.
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Longines Presence Automatic Watch 49214112
By Longines
Located in Wilmington, DE
Material: Stainless steel Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal Case Back: Transparent case back with sapphire crystal Dimension: Ø 38.50 mm Water Resistance: 3 bar Colour: White...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Corum Admirals automatic Lady's Watch
By Corum
Located in Greenwich, CT
Lady's Corum Limited Edition Admirals Cup Competition 40 082.961.47/F379 PN13. 38mm with hexagonal diamond bezel, white mother of pearl dial featuring diamond hour index markers and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Stainless Steel

Cartier Pasha Automatic Watch WSPA0009
By Cartier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Pasha de Cartier watch, 41 mm, mechanical movement with automatic winding, caliber 1847 MC. Steel case, fluted crown cap and crown set with synthetic spinels, silver flinqué dial, bl...
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2010s Wrist Watches

IWC Portugieser Automatic Watch IW500113
By IWC
Located in Southampton, PA
This IWC Portugieser Automatic 18K Rose Gold 42.3 mm Watch, reference number 500113, features an 18K rose gold case measuring 42.3 mm in diameter. It is presented on a sleek black al...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Rose Gold

Sinn Stainless Steel Automatic Day Date
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Movement: automatic Function: hours, minutes, seconds, day, date Case: 41mm stainless steel round case Dial: black dial, luminescent sticks Reference # Stoss-Sicher Serial # 104.16XX...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

14 Karat Gold LeCoultre Automatic Wristwatch
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Bradford, Ontario
I like Jaeger LeCoultre watches. The designs are interesting, the movements amongst the best of Swiss craftsmanship. Of course the Reverso by LeCoultre is likely the most famous of t...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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14k Gold

EDOX Grand Ocean Automatic, 82007-3-AIN
Located in Wilmington, DE
EDOX Grand Ocean Automatic - 82007-3-AIN
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2010s Wrist Watches

14 Karat Automatic Omega Seamaster DeVille
By Omega
Located in Brisbane, AU
An Omega Seamaster DeVille automatic wristwatch in 14 karat yellow gold. Manufactured in Switzerland this Swiss watch was likely made for the American market given the gold purity. R...
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Mid-20th Century Modernist Wrist Watches

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Gold, 14k Gold

Rolex GMT Master Two Tone 40 mm Black Automatic Automatic Watch 1675 Mint
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex GMT Master II Reference #:1675. Rolex GMT Master 1675 Very Good Condition Mens WATCH. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Tonino Lamborghini Automatic Spyder Watch 8856
Located in Southampton, PA
This timepiece from Tonino Lamborghini has a sporty and masculine look that cannot be ignored! The case is made of stainless steel with a bezel made of PVD-treated stainless steell. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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PVD-Coated, Stainless Steel

Saxonia Automatic White Gold '380.027'
By A. Lange & Söhne
Located in Greenwich, CT
Pre-owned A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Automatic wristwatch (ref. 380.027), featuring the L086.1 mechanical automatic movement with an approximate power reserve of 72-hours when fully wo...
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2010s Wrist Watches

  • Saxonia Automatic White Gold '380.027'
  • Saxonia Automatic White Gold '380.027'
  • Saxonia Automatic White Gold '380.027'
  • Saxonia Automatic White Gold '380.027'
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W 1.52 in. Dm 1.52 in.
Omega Seamaster 351 Automatic Men's Wristwatch
By Omega
Located in Mount Kisco, NY
A classic collectable. Enjoy this dependable eighteen karat 18K yellow gold Omega 351 Men's automatic bumper wrist watch. Set up with a new Speidel black crocodile strap, this fine g...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Chaumet Liens Rose Gold Automatic Watch
By Chaumet
Located in London, GB
Chaumet Liens Rose Gold Automatic Watch W23870-02A -Made in Switzerland -Case material - Pink Gold -Round case -Crown With a cabochon - Open back case showing the mechanism -Waterpr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rose Gold

Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic MOA10099
By Baume et Mercier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with blue hands and alternating Arabic index hour markers. Minute markers around the ou...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic MOA10139
By Baume et Mercier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Stainless steel case with a brown leather strap. Fixed gold-plated bezel. Silver dial with rose gold-tone hands and alternating index and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Longines DolceVita Automatic Ladies Watch 57574710
By Longines
Located in Wilmington, DE
Shape: Rectangular Material: Stainless steel Glass: Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal Dimension: 27.70 X 43.80 mm Water Resistance: Water-resistant to 3 bar Colour: Silver "flinqué"...
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2010s Wrist Watches

1978 Rolex Air King Stainless Automatic
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Vintage 1978 Rolex Air King Stainless Automatic There is no doubting Rolex's position in the world of watchmaking or in modern culture for that matter. If Rolex watches were cars, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic MOA10129
By Baume et Mercier
Located in Wilmington, DE
Stainless steel case with a brown leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with rose gold-tone hands and alternating index and Arabic numerals hour markers. Minute mar...
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2010s Wrist Watches

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Automatic Watches For Sale on 1stDibs

On 1stDibs, there are many options to choose from in our inventory of automatic watches. All of the items for sale were constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Gold and 18k Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 818 vintage editions and 1210 modern creations to choose from as well. Our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and pieces in stock date back to the 19th Century while others were produced as recently as the 21st Century. Pieces in our collection of automatic watches made by Modern jewelers — as well as those associated with Contemporary — are very popular. Versions of these items have been a part of the life’s work for many jewelers, but those produced by Rolex, Cartier and Omega are consistently popular. Lovers of these pieces agree that it’s a versatile accessory, but a selection from our variety of 107 Diamond versions can add an especially stylish touch. There are many round cut, brilliant cut and baguette cut automatic watches for sale. When shopping our range of automatic watches, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for women today than there are for men.

How Much are Automatic Watches?

On average, automatic watches at 1stDibs sell for $6,071, while they’re typically $135 on the low end and $665,623 for the highest priced versions of this item.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Modern-day timepieces are fashionable and functional. Watches have also migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bulgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, many are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.

Questions About Automatic Watches
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Most Cartier watches are quartz, but the iconic Tank watch is automatic. While quartz watches work due to a pre-installed battery, automatic watches use a spring system and are self-winding.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    An automatic watch means a watch that is self-winding. It is a mechanical watch which is powered by the natural motion of the wearer.