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Franck Muller Casablanca 1752QZ Fair United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Franck Muller Casablanca 1752QZ SS BLACK Ø25mm - 1752QZ
$2,319
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TAG Heuer CBK2110.BA0715 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Automatic Black Dial Ladies Watch...
$2,969
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371604 New Steel 40.9mm Automatic United States of America, California, Burlingame
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IWC Portugieser Automatic Chronograph Silver Dial Unisex Watch...
$8,049
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Tudor Style 12700-0002 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Burlingame
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Tudor Style Automatic Black Dial Unisex Watch - 12700-0002
$1,939
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 5167/1A-001 Stainless Steel Aquanaut
$49,900
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Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook R32505203 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rado Captain Cook Automatic
$1,848
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 116610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Submariner Date 40mm Boxes Papers Black Dial Bezel...
$10,432
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Zenith 03.L384.400/07.M384 New Steel 37mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Atlanta
Zenith Chronomaster A384 Revival Lupin the Third - 2nd Edition
$12,001
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124300 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Oyster Perpetual 41 Green Box/Papers/Card 124300
$11,999
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1130-52 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 45mm Black Steel 5015-1130-52A
$9,850
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575
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Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Rolex 1680 Submariner—Unpolished—Box, Papers and much more...
$29,000
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Oris Divers Sixty Five 01 733 7707 4055-07 4 20 18 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Bala Cynwyd
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Oris Divers Sixty-Five 01 733 7707 4055-07 4 20 18
$1,395
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 126622 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 2020 126622
$14,249
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 3800, Vintage Nautilus, White Dial, Rare
$44,900
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Oris Artix GT 01 674 7661 4434-07 4 22 20FC New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Oris Artix Gt Chronograph
$2,714
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 68274 68240 78174 Good Steel 31mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex MidSize Datejust 31 Sapphire Blue "Baton" Dial Fluted...
$5,872
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B148 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Blue Dial 3 Straps...
$36,547
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124300 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Oyster Perpetual 41 Turquoise Tiffany Box/Papers/Ca...
$16,999
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique Q3858520 Unworn Steel 45.6mm Manual winding United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Jaeger-LeCoultre JLC - Reverso Classic Large - Q3858520 3858520
$5,675
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 222.30.46.20.01.001 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Omega UNWORN Quantum Of Solace Seamaster Planet Ocean
$6,007
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex GMT-Master II Black 116710LN 2020 Unworn NEW CARD
$16,995
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 New Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 2020
$14,949
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1 Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 3800/1 Nautilus Steel Black Roman Dial,...
$44,900
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Mido Multifort Chronograph M005.614.37.051.01 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Mido Multifort Chronograph
$1,395
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Rolex Datejust 16234 116234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Datejust 36 Boxes Papers White Roman Dial Fluted SS/18kt...
$7,938
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B481 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph Black Dial 3 Straps...
$32,853
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Rolex Datejust 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36 White Roman Fluted Jubilee Box/Papers/Card...
$9,750
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Breitling Superocean Heritage AB2030121B1S1 New Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Breitling Superocean Heritage B20 - 44mm - Black
$3,395
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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
$3,985
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Chronoswiss Régulateur CH-8323E-BL/1111 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
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Chronoswiss Artist Regulator Jumping Hour
$5,999
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610lv New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex Submariner Date 41mm 126610LV "Kermit" 2020
$19,000
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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 Ref# 5712/1A-001 Stainless Steel, Nautilus,...
$99,900
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Glashütte Original 1-36-13-02-81-70 Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Glashütte Original Seaq Panorama Date
$9,400
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Rolex Datejust 116234 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Datejust 36 Rhodium Roman Numeral Dial Boxes Books...
$8,473
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.006 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42 mm...
$6,201
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124300 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Green Box/Papers/Card 124300
$11,999
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBN2A1B.BA0643 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph - Calibre Heuer 02 - Black
$4,450
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Breitling Bentley Flying B A28362 Very good Steel 38.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Breitling Bentley Flying B, Serviced by Breitling in 2021
$4,650
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Rolex Datejust 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234 Mens Watch
$5,399
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO “Pepsi” 2021
$21,449
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164 1/A-001 Good Steel 40.8mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Ref# 5164 1/A-001 Aquanaut, Dual Time, Unworn
$77,900
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel Automatic
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Rolex 1665 Double Red Sea Dweller MK IV
$53,662
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Rolex Datejust 126200 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Datejust 36 UNWORN January 2021 Blue Index Dial New...
$10,278
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81010-11-431-11A Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Girard Perregaux Laureato
$7,550
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124300 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2021 Oyster Perpetual 41 Coral Red Box/Papers/Card 124300
$13,000
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic PAM 00722 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic 722
$7,650
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TAG Heuer Carrera Lady WV1414.BA0793 Very good Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, California, Pasadena
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TAG Heuer Carrera 29mm Quartz Ladies Watch, Looks New
$742
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Sky Dweller 326934 Mens Watch Box & Papers
$22,999
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B075 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph White Dial 3 Straps...
$30,346
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A-011 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe 5711/1A-011, Nautilus, Discontinued
$94,900
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Panerai Special Editions PAM 00687 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, York
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Panerai Radiomir Pam00687 Special Edition (1940) "3 DAYS"
$7,099
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Rolex Datejust 16220 116220 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Datejust 36 Boxes Papers Sapphire Blue Roman Numeral...
$7,983
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.2081.400/78.C813 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
$6,500
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Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB Red/Blue Pepsi Stickers Box/Papers...
$3,999
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Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730-BK-05207 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730-BK-05207
$1,294
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Rolex Datejust 126200 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Datejust 36mm MOP Diamond Dial & Diamond Bezel
$10,295
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Rolex Datejust 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234 Mens Watch
$5,399
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Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 SC DT GLACIER (GL) New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Vanguard Glacier Steel Case Grey Dial (New Full...
$7,125
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500v Automatic 41mm Blue Dial SS...
$32,500
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Rolex Submariner Date New Model 126610LN OCTOBER 2020
$13,899
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76094 Very good Steel Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 24 White MOP Diamond Dial Fluted...
$5,589
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Seiko Grand Seiko SBGJ021 Good Steel Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Seiko Grand Seiko Limited Edition Gmt Hi-beat
$7,100
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Rolex Datejust 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36 Black Index Fluted Jubilee Box/Papers/Card...
$9,999
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26512ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin ref. 26512ST.O...
$125,000
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Stainless Steel Watches: Versatile and Robust

Most of today's watches are made of stainless steel. They're robust, corrosion-resistant, and gentle on the skin. Polished finishes look especially exquisite, and the matte look is great on tool watches. Some models make a very solid investment.


4 Reasons to Buy a Stainless Steel Watch

  • A robust and corrosion-resistant material
  • Available in just about every price and quality category
  • A wide selection of men's and women's models
  • Rolex, Patek, and AP: Classics with remarkable appreciation potential

From Entry-Level Pieces to Pure Luxury

When it comes to watches, stainless steel has established itself as the industry's dominant metal. It's hard but not brittle, corrosion-resistant, doesn't tarnish, and is gentle on most people's skin. What's more, it's easy to work with and can be polished, brushed, or sandblasted to create beautiful finishes. Simply put, stainless steel is the perfect watch material. Watchmakers first discovered it for themselves in the early 20th century. Prior to that, they had preferred working with softer precious metals like gold or silver.

Stainless steel has been an unstoppable force in the watch industry since the 1920s. Models like the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and early Rolex Oyster watches were key to stainless steel's rise. It didn't take long for them to find all kinds of fans and start flying off the shelves. In the 1930s and 40s, many militaries realized how robust stainless steel is and quickly came to rely on pilot's and navy watches from Omega, IWC, Hamilton, and Stowa.

Today, timepieces like the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and stainless steel editions of the Rolex Submariner and GMT-Master are some of the world's most sought-after models and enjoy large fan bases among men and women alike. Recent years have seen some of these watches reach astronomical prices, often selling for more than their sister models in gold.


How much do stainless steel watches cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.)
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A 76,000 USD
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15202ST 44,500 USD
Rolex Submariner No Date 5512 22,500 USD
IWC Big Pilot's Watch 500201 10,500 USD
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.33.42.30.01.001 4,000 USD
Seiko Prospex Dawn Grey Turtle SRPD01K1 770 USD
Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic H70305143 580 USD
Fossil Machine Chronograph FS4552 130 USD

Rolex: The Queen of Stainless Steel Watches

Some of Rolex's most successful and sought-after luxury models are made of stainless steel, including the Submariner diving watch. Rolex first introduced this timepiece in 1954. Today, it's available in a number of gold and two-tone editions, though most fans and collectors prefer the versions in so-called "Oystersteel" stainless steel. This is also true for Rolex's other sports models, such as the GMT-Master or Daytona, as these editions bear the strongest resemblance to the originals from the 1950s and 60s. However, it's not just Rolex's stainless steel sports watches that sell well. There are also many fans of the Rolex's classic dress watch, the Datejust, in stainless steel.

If you decide to purchase from a dealer or retail location, expect long waiting lists for the Submariner and similar watches. In some cases, the wait may even be several years. As a result, many collectors and watch lovers are willing to pay a premium to get their hands on one of these timepieces more quickly. That means shelling out anywhere from 6,200 USD for the 28-mm Lady-Datejust 28 ref. 279160 to spending 25,500 USD on a Cosmograph Daytona ref. 116500LN.

Vintage models are even more highly coveted. For example, the especially rare Submariner COMEX often demands upwards of 112,000 USD. At 17.75 million USD, Paul Newman's personal Daytona ref. 6239 worn is the most expensive watch ever sold.


Royal Oak and Nautilus: 1970s Classics

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus are stainless steel watch icons. Both debuted in the 1970s and come from the pen of legendary watch designer Gérald Genta. The Royal Oak premiered in 1972 and stumbled a little out of the gate. However, as people got used to the concept of a stainless steel luxury sports watch, it eventually picked up speed and transformed into an industry icon. The Nautilus followed four years later and also had its initial struggles due to the ongoing quartz crisis and skepticism around stainless steel as a luxury material. Both models were also hampered by their prices, which were often more than their gold counterparts. In the end, watch aficionados grew to love everything about these stainless steel timepieces, from their distinctly wide bezels to their integrated steel bracelets.

These days, many collectors consider a stainless steel Nautilus or Royal Oak their personal holy grail. The demand for these watches is exponentially higher than current production numbers can meet, which has led to some mind-blowing prices. If you don't want to wait years to become the proud owner of a Nautilus ref. 5711/1A, be prepared to depart with about 76,000 USD. That's more than double the recommended price! Vintage Nautilus models, such as the ref. 3700, demand around 100,000 USD. Prices for the Royal Oak have also been on the rise in recent years. For example, the same ref. 15202ST that cost roughly 28,000 USD a year ago now sells for some 44,500 USD.

Despite their high cost, both watches are an excellent investment since their prices will continue to climb higher and higher.


Inspired by Aviation and Racing

Many well-known tool watches owe their existence to stainless steel. Famous examples include IWC Schaffhausen's pilot's watches and Omega classics like the Speedmaster, which was originally designed as a racing chronograph and later became the first watch on the Moon. TAG Heuer has also exclusively relied on stainless steel to create their racing-inspired watches.

Prices for TAG Heuer watches range from 2,000 to 9,000 USD. On the other hand, IWC and Omega timepieces generally sell for between 3,300 and 22,500 USD.


Affordable High-Quality Watches

The great thing about stainless steel watches is that you'll find them in all price categories. There's a vast selection of high-quality watches that cost around 1,000 USD. Some even have a cult following, such as the Seiko Turtle. This diving watch gets its nickname from its case shape, which resembles a turtle's shell. This model has been a consistent part of the Japanese manufacturer's catalog since 1977. As a result, there are many editions to choose from, with prices ranging from 300 to 1,100 USD.

Another example is Hamilton's Khaki series. These models are inspired by the pilot's and military watches Hamilton developed for the American military and U.S. Airmail in the early 1920s. The Khaki Field is a fan favorite thanks to its reliability. These timepieces feature an automatic or quartz movement and sell for between 330 and 1,200 USD.

The list goes on. Whether it's traditional manufacturers like Longines, Tissot, and Junghans or fashion behemoths like Fossil, all of them offer a full line of affordable stainless steel watches.


What is stainless steel?

Steel is an alloy of iron and approximately 2% carbon. Humans have been using this metal since antiquity. Stainless steel refers to especially pure steel that's enriched with elements like chromium, nickel, molybdenum, titanium, or tungsten. These elements give stainless steel its special properties, such as its corrosion resistance.

In watchmaking, 316L steel is the variety of choice due to its extreme resistance to corrosion and pitting. This material is perhaps better known as "surgical steel." Rolex has been using class 904L stainless steel for the past few years. This alloy has a higher proportion of copper, making it more resistant to acid or moisture. Both steels are similarly hard and are easy to work with.

Stainless steel is used for just about every watch component: from the case, bracelet, crown, and hands all the way to the movement's gear train and arbors.


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