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Ball DC2236A-PJ-BK New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, River Edge
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Ball DC2236A-P-BK Submarine Warfare Ceramic Bezel Watch
$2,550
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve PAM 00171 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
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Panerai Luminor Power Reserve
$6,995
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Rolex GMT-Master II 18kt Yellow Gold Automatic Black Dial...
$17,399
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377717 New Steel 43.00mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph Edition "Le Petit Prince"...
$5,849
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Breguet Classique Complications 1801 Very good Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Breguet 1801 Tourbillon in Rose Gold
$71,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.04 Very good Steel 39mm Chronograph United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
$35,500
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Panerai 3646 Very good Steel 47mm United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Panerai 1944 Rolex Panerai Ref 3646 Cali Dial
$125,000
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-001 Unworn White gold Automatic United States of America, New York, Westchester County
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
$41,000
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph AB015212/G724/154A Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, Virginia, Manassas
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph B01 Full Set
$5,198
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
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Rolex Daytona White Dial 2021
$42,889
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030B-0001 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Tudor UNWORN Black Bay Fifty-Eight Blue (58) Box/Papers
$4,145
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Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang 311.SM.1170.GR Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Frisco
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Hublot Big Bang Aero
$10,295
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Day Date President 18K Box Booklets Green Vignette VVS...
$17,461
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Urwerk EMC urwerk EMC in Steel and Titanium Very good Steel Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Urwerk EMC
$75,000
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Datejust 41 Wimbledon Gray Roman Fluted Jubilee New...
$13,499
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar IW501902 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Miramar Ceramic 48mm IW501902-EB 5019-02...
$7,750
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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW379503 Good Bronze 44mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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IWC : Aquatimer Chronograph Expedition Charles Darwin :...
$5,980
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146G-010 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146G-010
$37,500
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono M79360N New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono - Black - 41mm - Chronograph 79360N ...
$6,950
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Rolex Explorer II 1655 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Rolex all original 1979 Explorer II Mk5 "Steve McQueen"
$28,745
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 402.QU.0113.WR Very good Carbon 45mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Frisco
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Special Edition Carbon Fiber Ferrari
$16,985
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 69174 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 26 DateJust Pink Mother Of Pearl Diamond With Box 26mm...
$5,461
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Vacheron Constantin 30030/000R New Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Vacheron Constantin 30030/000R
$222,000
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326938 New Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Champagne 18K Gold New Style Card/Box/Papers...
$52,500
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Doxa Sub DOXA CARBON AQUA LUNG SUB 300 US DIVERS SHARKHUNTER New Carbon 43mmmm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Doxa CARBON AQUA LUNG SUB 300 US DIVERS SHARKHUNTER 43mm...
$5,850
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15500ST.OO.1220ST.02 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Steel 41mm Slate Grey Dial
$38,000
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001
$99,000
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Cartier Clé de Cartier WJCL0003 New Rose gold 31mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
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Cartier De Cartier Cle
$19,900
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Rolex Submariner 5513 vintage from 1970
$14,880
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec 102336 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Frisco
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph GMT Stainless Steel...
$4,975
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Rolex Datejust 16013 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 36 Datejust Box Booklets Green Malachite Diamond Bezel...
$7,461
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Patek Philippe Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar 5216P-001 Good Platinum Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
$665,000
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA James Cameron Deep Blue...
$16,749
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Panerai Radiomir Rattrapante Panerai PAM21 48mm Platinum Radiomir Very good Platinum 48mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Panerai PAM21 48mm Platinum Radiomir (Rolex Movement)
$125,000
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm Stainless Steel White Index Dial
$22,000
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Rolex Datejust 126333 New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Datejust Two Tone Fluted Bezel Wimbledon Dial 41mm 126333
$14,500
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326935 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm Rhodium Dial 18K Rose Gold 326935
$61,000
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Tudor Black Bay Dark 79230DK Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark
$3,845
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 146.8.83 Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, Texas, Frisco
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Geographic Men's Watch...
$7,425
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 26 Box Booklets Factory Silver Jubilee Diamond...
$5,871
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 Q2332420 Very good Rose gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon Q2332420
$173,500
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Rolex Datejust 126200 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36 Blue Index Domed Oyster Box/Papers/Card 126200
$7,999
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Panerai Special Editions PAM 00687 New Steel 47mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Panerai Radiomir PAM 687 3-days Acciaio Brevettato Special...
$9,500
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Hamilton Khaki Field H70455533 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Black Dial 38mm | H70455533
$447
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Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Blue Ceramic
$17,200
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 126610LN Submariner Date Stainless Steel Automatic New 41mm
$14,280
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.41.20.01.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Omega Seamaster MINT 007 Bond Automatic — Complete Set
$4,845
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex GMT-Master II Rose Gold & Steel "Root Beer" 126711CHNR
$23,000
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 26 Box Papers Original Rare White Diamond...
$6,421
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Patek Philippe Celestial 5102PR Good Platinum United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Patek Philippe Celestial
$285,000
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Yacht-Master 40 Rhodium/Grey Card/Box/Papers 126622...
$15,499
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Ball PM2096B-S1J-BK Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Ball Watches Engineer Hydrocarbon Divers Watch Hunley 42Mmm...
$2,050
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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono Automatic...
$1,886
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Day-Date 40 White Gold Meteorite Dial
$51,900
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 126600 Red Sea-Dweller 43mm 50th Anniversary Steel MK2
$15,200
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Cartier Tank MC W5330004 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Cartier Tank MC W5330004 (3589)
$3,745
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
$105,000
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Rolex Datejust 16013 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex DateJust Box Papers 36 Silver Index 18K Gold Diamond...
$8,391
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.1170.RX Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm
$8,000
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Seiko Grand Seiko SBGE245 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Seiko Grand Seiko GMT Spring Drive 2019 Box/Papers SBGE245...
$6,149
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Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT RCG JA New Steel United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Franck Muller Vanguard Racing V45 SC Date RCG 45mm Stainless...
$8,495
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 24.2040.400/27.R797 Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster - Black - 42mm- 36000 VpH
$5,250
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Rolex Submariner Date 116619 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Submariner Date 40mm White Gold "Smurf"
$42,500
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326235 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 326235 Sky-Dweller Rose Gold Rhodium/Gray Dial Oysterflex
$45,888
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Mechanical Watches: Technical Masterpieces

The mechanical watch is one of humanity's most important cultural innovations. For centuries, watches have been keeping track of time. Today, there is a myriad of environmentally-friendly mechanical watches running precisely without a battery.


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Highlights

  • Watchmaking art - a fine piece of craftsmanship on your wrist
  • Incredible variety: a watch for every budget and taste
  • No batteries required: manual and automatic calibers
  • Famous diving watches such as the Rolex Submariner
  • Inexpensive automatic watch: Tissot PRS 516

Mechanical Watches: A Cultural Revival

Watch lovers and collectors have been enthusiastically celebrating mechanical watches for decades. Wristwatches from Rolex or Patek Philippe are considered some of the most coveted luxury watches there are, and for good reason. Both manufacturers produce mechanical timepieces that are valuable and maintain their worth. Some vintage models and limited editions even increase in value over the years.

However, there was a time when mechanical watches had a difficult time surviving. With the rise of inexpensive quartz watches in the 1970s, many watch manufacturers found themselves in extreme hardship. Some brands were forced to quit and have since disappeared; today, they are only known by watch experts. Before the quartz boom, mechanical wristwatches and pocket watches were everyday items. If you wanted to know the current time, you needed a watch, and at that time, most had a mechanical movement. However, since quartz watches were less expensive than their mechanical siblings in the mid-1970s, quartz timepieces almost completely wiped mechanical ones off the map.

Mechanical watches experienced a comeback in the beginning of the 1980s, however. Watch lovers and collectors rediscovered the charm of a ticking mechanical movement, and felt able to accept deviations of seconds or minutes. However, it was really about the technology and precision engineering inside the watch. Since most manufacturers switched to making quartz watches, fans of mechanical watches had to find these timepieces at flea markets, auctions, and in leftover stock. In those days, it was easy to get a good bargain. That changed a few years later when the demand for old mechanical watches exceeded the supply. Traditional watch manufacturers noticed this change and began to offer mechanical watches in their collections once again. New brands and manufacturers also began to spring up in abundance, such as the German brand Nomos. Roland Schwertner founded this business in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Classic watchmaking has been experiencing a renaissance and a completely unexpected boom in sales. Wristwatches have transformed from a basic commodity to a status symbol for both men and women.


Introductory Mechanical Watches

There is an abundance of mechanical watches, from inexpensive pre-owned or new models to mid-priced new watches to exclusive pieces which can cost upwards of a million euros. You can find pre-owned vintage watches from brands such as Seiko for less than 100 euros . These watches are often in good condition and are an inexpensive introduction to the world of mechanical watches. You can also find new watches from Japanese manufacturers such as Citizen, Orient, and Seiko in the 100 - 200 euros price range. There are many manufacturers, such as Junkers or Zeppelin, that use Japanese movements from Miyota in their introductory models. Miyota is Citizen's caliber department.

Swiss mechanical watches are also available at inexpensive prices. A used, vintage Tissot watch costs between 100 and 400 euros. A new Tissot PRS 516 , one of their most famous and popular models, costs around 500 euros. A highlight in this collection is the Powermatic 80 variant, with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. It's available for around 700 euros; usually, watches with long power reserves cost a few thousand euros. With an added stopwatch function, a used PRS-516 costs around 1,000 euros. New watches from this series cost around 1,600 euros. Mechanical watches from Certina, Hamilton, or Longines are in a similar price range to Tissot's.


Luxury Mechanical Watches from Omega and Rolex

The Swiss watch manufacturer Omega has an excellent reputation in the watch industry. Their timepieces are defined by their innovative technology, appealing designs, and an excellent price-performance ratio. One of Omega's most popular models is the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. This chronograph was the first to reach the Moon. Pre-owned models in very good condition are available for around 2,500 euros. New, the Speedmaster Professional costs at least 3,000 euros. Special editions like the Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition have doubled in value: originally, the watch cost 5,900 euros, while it now costs 12,000 euros new.

Rolex is probably the most famous watch brand worldwide. There's no other brand that stands for luxury and prestige like Rolex does. The Submariner and the Daytona are two of the most sought-after Rolex models. The bicolor Daytona is available pre-owned starting for around 8,500 euros. Pre-owned Daytonas made of stainless steel, however, cost at least 10,000 euros. New, the bicolor model costs 10,000 euros; a new stainless steel model costs around 14,000 euros. Stainless steel Rolex watches are especially in demand and thus maintain a more stable value. The Paul Newman Daytona is also quite popular. This model can be identified by its contrasting dial edges and subdials. The numbers on the dial are in an Art Deco style. Models with reference number 6239 are particularly rare. If they feature a Paul Newman design, these watches can easily cost over 100,000 euros.

The Rolex Submariner, one of the first diving watches ever produced, is available pre-owned for around 4,500 euros. New models without a date display and the distinctive date magnifier cost about 6,000 euros. With a date display, the Submariner costs around 7,000 euros. A vintage Submariner with reference number 1680 and red writing on the dial costs between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. It earned its nickname "Red Sub" thanks to its characteristic red text.


Manual Winding Mechanical Watches

Every mechanical movement has multiple gears. In each movement, the energy for the movement of the wheels comes from a specific storage. In large grandfather clocks, these are weights attached to chains, and the chains must be pulled in order to wind the movement. Pocket watches and wristwatches, on the other hand, have mainsprings which can be wound via a key or a crown. The potential energy stored in the wound mainspring is released to the train in a controlled fashion. Mainsprings were also what made it possible to downsize movements. Another pioneering invention was the concept of crown winding, which made easy-to-lose keys obsolete. One of the first pocket watches with crown winding came from Louis Audemars. The business introduced this watch feature in 1838. You can also set the hands using the crown.

A mechanical movement functions very simply in theory. The mainspring receives its energy via the crown, winding stem, and wheels of the winding system. In order to prevent the mainspring from suddenly unrolling, there's a small stopwork. The train reduces the high force of the mainspring. The train's transmission is calculated so precisely that the seconds wheel makes a full rotation every minute. The escapement is located at the end. It's comprised of a pallet and an escape wheel. The escapement prevents the train from going out of control, and it ensures the watch keeps running by forwarding tiny force pulses to the balance wheel. The balance wheel keeps the pace of the movement, oscillating back and forth. It's comprised of the balance rim and balance spring, which is the beating heart of every mechanical caliber. Without the balance spring, the balance wheel along with the entire movement would stop moving after a short time. Thus, the escapement and oscillation systems form the base of every mechanical watch.

The motion train is located under the dial. Generally, this reduces the center wheel's number of revolutions by one-twelfth. The center wheel makes one rotation on its own axis every 60 minutes. Thus, the hour hand makes one full rotation every 12 hours.

Several different manufacturers are still producing manual winding mechanical calibers, such as Junghans, Nomos, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical Details of Manual Winding Watches

  • Movement design allows for flat cases
  • Manual winding
  • Runs without a battery for up to 8 days

Automatic Mechanical Watches

The invention of automatic winding revolutionized the mechanical watch, as automatic watches wind themselves just by being worn. The regular morning ritual of winding your wristwatch ceased to exist. In order for the watch to automatically wind, a rotor is used. Thanks to the constant force of gravity, it's always being pulled towards the center of the Earth. When you move your arm up and down, the rotor rotates around in the case and winds the mainspring.

Winding occurs uni- or bidirectionally, depending on the movement. A bidirectional winding system has the advantage that the movement's winding rotor is wound to the right and to the left. A unidirectional winding system powers the movement by winding it in one direction. Therefore, it takes longer to fully wind the watch. The Pellaton winding system is an especially efficient winding system. It winds the movement bidirectionally, using small movements of the oscillating mass. The inventor of the Pellaton winding system was Albert Pellaton, the technical director at the International Watch Company from 1944 to 1966.

Both winding systems have a so-called reduction gear. This converts the fast movements of the rotor into slower ones with a higher torque. The end of the mainspring is not directly connected to the barrel. Rather, the end is connected to the so-called slipping spring so that the mainspring doesn't break off. When the movement is fully wound, the slipping spring slides along the inner wall of the barrel.

Mechanical watches with an automatic caliber have many advantages to offer. For one, they're convenient, as they don't need to be wound by hand. They also don't require batteries to run, making them generally more environmentally friendly than quartz watches. Generally, automatic movements are also more precise than manual movements, as the oscillating mass provides constant tension to the mainspring. That involves constant torque, which positively affects the amplitude. Amplitude is a term referring to the degree of rotation the balance wheel moves per oscillation.

Amongst watchmakers, the in-house, automatic Rolex calibers are considered some of the best, most robust, and most precise movements in existence.

Technical Details of Automatic Watches

  • Wind automatically while being worn
  • Often more precise than manual winding watches
  • Environmentally friendly: no battery

Mechanical Watches with Special Complications

Most mechanical watches limit themselves to displaying the time and the date. Automatic winding is one of the most common complications utilized in watches. A complication is a function of a mechanical movement that goes beyond displaying the hours, minutes, and seconds. Watchmakers also differentiate between small and large complications. Small complications are, for example, date or day of the week displays or power reserve indicators. A diving watch's rotatable bezel, moon phase display, or a GMT watch's second time zone are also small complications. Complications like minute repetition, perpetual calendars, and large and small striking works are considered large complications . A stopwatch function is also a large complication. In comparison to a perpetual calendar, a stopwatch function is similarly intricate, but more common and much less expensive.

The Swiss manufacturer Patek Philippe is known for their especially complicated watches. Their 1932 Graves Supercomplication pocket watch, as well as the Calibre 89 from 1989, are considered some of their most intricate pieces. The Graves Supercomplication, a special project for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr., has an impressive 24 complications. Among these complications are a perpetual calendar, double chronograph to time intervening periods, and different astronomical displays. In 1989, the Calibre 89 replaced the Graves Supercomplication as the most complicated pocket watch in the world. The Calibre 89 has 33 different functions and remains one of the most complicated pocket watches in the world to date. It has a full perpetual calendar, a split-seconds chronograph, an indicator for the moon's age and phases, astronomical functions, a minute repeater, an alarm, and both a grande and petite sonnerie.

One of the most complicated wristwatches in the world is the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime with 20 complications. The timepiece has multiple acoustic complications, such as a minute repeater, petite sonnerie, grand sonnerie , an alarm with time strike, and a perpetual date repeater. The watch can also function as an alarm. It can even chime the time. Furthermore, it displays a second time zone, a perpetual calendar, power reserve indicators for the going train and strikework, a day and night display, and a moon phase display. The caliber 300 GS AL 36-750 QIS FUS IRM, which powers the Grandmaster Chime, is comprised of 1,366 pieces. The watch's red gold case is very finely chiseled, and in order to display all of the complications, the watch has a dial on the front and back side. Patek Philippe calls this "double face." There are only seven Grandmaster Chime watches in the world, one of which is located in the Patek Philippe Museum. This extravagant watch costs around 6.4 million euros.