The first watches appeared after the invention of spring-powered clocks, this made it possible to make smaller and smaller clocks to wear. Other innovations made the watches more precise. While most of the first watches were pocket watches, wristwatches became popular in the end of the 19th century when the military started using them, after the First World War every soldier had a wristwatch. Around 1970 quartz wristwatches came on the market and this made it possible to make cheap accurate watches.
Watches have always been popular among collectors and among popular watches to have or collect are the Omega Speedmaster and watches from brands like Rolex, Breitling, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Phillipe, IWC Schaffhausen and Cartier. While most of these watches are the mechanical wristwatches, quartz watches can be collectible as well, like the Casio G-Shock watches, vintage Seiko watches and Swatch.
What are watches worth?
Watches can be found in every price class, you might find nice old watches for a couple of dollars while a rare watch of a famous brand can be worth millions. Because there are a lot of fake watches that are almost indistinguishable from the real ones, you need to be very experienced when you buy watches for your collection, especially when you find them online. New technologies make it easier for the producers of fake watches to make a watch that looks and feels like the real one and while watches from brands as Rolex, Breitling and Omega are copied the most, all luxury brands are available as fakes.
Watches now in auction
We’ve been looking for the search term ‘Watch‘ in the description of the lots in upcoming art and antique auctions of the auction houses we are working with. If there are any, those lots are displayed over here. You might also see other lots that have ‘Watch’ in them, like a sign that says ‘Watch out for the dog’. We haven’t been looking for alternative names, spelling or descriptions and rely on the information the auction house gives us.
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Examples of the watches
These are some of the best examples of watches.
Lot Lot in online auction: Omega – Speedmaster Gold – 18K Chronograph Full Calendar – M??czyzna – 1990-1999Omega Speedmaster Gold 18K Chronograph Full Calendar Moonphase GMTCase: original yellow gold 18k, screw back case, tachymetre scale on bezel, reference number BA 1750034Diameter: 36mm case, 14mm high Movement: automatic movement, 17 jewels, chronograph, day and date, tachymetre scaleDial: original white dial…
Lot Lot in online auction: Omega – Speedmaster Chronograph Tachymeter- Ref.3510-50 – Men – 2000-2010You are bidding for Omega Speedmaster Tachymeter Automatic Mens Chronograph Ref. 3510-50, which is one of OMEGAs most iconic timepieces. At the heart of this chronograph is a legendary automatic high grade movement calibre 3220, with 47 jewels, which runs great and all functions work as…
Watch auction archive
For more watches that have been in auction, see the Watches Auction Archive