Wristwatches are a global phenomenon: highly collectible, varied, and intricate. As the successor to the pocket watch, wristwatches dominated portable timekeeping in the 20th century and were often handed down through generations within a family. In addition to these antique and vintage watches, many newer limited editions have been produced by watch makers, and are sought by collectors.

Originally designed as decorative bracelets for women, wristwatches became popular among men during World War I (they were easier for the military to use than pocket watches). The first wristwatch for men was created by Cartier and called the Santos, after Alberto Santos-Dumont, a pilot who asked Cartier to create a watch he could use on his flights.

The first waterproof watch, called the Oyster, was created by Rolex in 1927. They also created the first automatic wristwatch for commercial use, known as the Bubbleback.

After World War II, men’s watches became more elaborate, offering new features such as calendars and built-in radios. In 1972, the first LED watch was created by the Hamilton Watch Company, apparently inspired by the digital clock in the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Wristwatch collectors tend to focus on specific manufacturers, in addition to design, ornamentation, and rarity. Key collectible brands include Omega, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Hamilton and Illinois, Wittnauer, Elgin, Bulova, and Gruen.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

National Watch and Clock Museum

National Watch and Clock Museum

This virtual museum, created by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, lets you stroll through tim… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Vtg Universal Geneve Compax Chronograph Wristwatch Valjoux 72 Super RareOmega Speedmaster 321 Pre-moon 105.003-63 Chronograph 1963 Vintage Wristwatch Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph Moon Landing Watch All Original 861Vintage Heuer Autavia 11630mhVintage Croton Nivada Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver Mens Chronograph Valjoux 23Omega 53 British Military Watch 2777-1 - Un-issuedTag Heuer Chronograph Automatic Carrera Calibre 16 Watch Rolex Omega TimepieceVintage Tourneau Triple Date Moonphase Chronograph Wrist Watch Valjoux 88-1950Omega Seamaster Professional Automatic Full Size Men's WatchRolex Pro Hunter Steel Band Watch Up For AuctionVintage Rare Omega Speedmaster 321 Chronograph Don Bezel 2998, 105.002 Original Auth Rare C1963 Mens 5513 A Rolex Oyster Submariner Black Dial Ss Wrist WatchVintage Omega Seamaster Anakin Skywalker Chronograph Ref 145.023 BoxRare Tudor Submariner 7016 Rose Dial Automatic, Rolex Crown & CaseVintage 39mm Heuer Carrera 3-reg. Chronograph Valjoux 7736 Caliber From 1960'sGentleman's Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Chronograph Wrist WatchVintage Omega Speedmaster 861 Chronograph Moon Watch Ref 145.022-78 Patek Philippe Vintage Calatrava Ref. 96 Cal. 12-400 18kt Yellow Gold Rolex 1500 Oyster Perpetual Date Cal.1570 Automatic Men's Watch!Wwii Military German Glashutte Tutima Pilots Chronograph Wrist Watch For RepairBreitling Co-pilot 765 Cp Vintage Chronograph Cal. Venus 178 41 Mm CopilotOmega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Nasa Certified 42mm Cal. 1861 - 3570.50Vintage Rolex Tudor Jumbo Oyster Prince Date Day 7017/0 Circa 1978, Serviced!Omega Professional Seamaster Chronometer America's Cup Auto Date 2594.50 WatchRolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual No Date Automatic Ref 14060 Stainless Steel PEx.rare Authentic C1900 Mens Officers 18k Gold Patek Philippe Wrist Watch1947 Vintage Original Rolex 18k Gold 2- Register Chronograph Ref. 2508Vintage Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual - 1680 Matte White Tritium Dial 1978 Omega Chronograph Watch Ref 2404 38mm 1944 Rare VintageOmega Speedmaster 145.012-67, Box/papers, Tropic Dial, 321 Movement, Don!!Girard Perregaux World Time Datedual-time Gmt Ref#4980 WristwatchVintage Breitling 809 Cosmonaute Navitimer 806 Mens Chronograph Venus 178 1966Vintage Breitling Navitimer Automatic Chronograph Running Watch I Boxes BookletsStunning Rare Vintage 1950s Fancy Lugs 18k Solid Gold Rolex Chronometer WatchRare Vintage Seiko 6138-0040 Bullhead Chronograph Automatic ExcellentOmega Seamaster Planet Ocean 42mm Model 2201.50.00Tag Heuer Monaco Cw2113-0 Steve Mcqueen Box Papers Original Receipt Le Mans 24Rolex Datejust Two Tone MenVintage Omega Speedmaster 861 Mark Ii Chronograph Steel Ref145.014Audemars Piguet Mens High End Collector Watch Offshore Diver Ap Mint Condition Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase (100% Authentic)Vintage Heuer Monaco McqueenRolex "vintage" Submariner Model 16800 "head Only" Runs Great !!Panerai Pam 005 Logo. Complete Box / PapersRolex Gmt Master Ii 1671014k/ss Ref.6694/cal.1215 Rolex Oysterdate Precision 1959's MensPanerai Pam Tuttonero Gmt Ceramic Mens Automatic Black Rare Watch Msrp 15,000 Omega Seamaster Chronograph Gents Watch Cal 861 1970s Blue Dial. Ref 145.029Mens 14k Gold Vacheron & Constantin Diamond Watch 64.0 Grams 1.50 Cts Dia.Omega Speedmaster Professional,stainless Steel,"first Watch On Worn On The Moon"Iwc Big Ingenieur 7 Day Power Reserve Automatic Mens Watch 45.5mm Ref. Iw500501Rolex Vintage Submariner 168000 Tropical Dial Faded Bezel R Series 40 Mm PapersRolex Datejust 16013 36mm Black Tapestry Dial Steel Gold Jubilee Fluted WatchVintage Omega Railmaster Ref:135004-63 Cal:283Vintage 1968 Seiko Automatic Watch [gs Hi-beat 36000] 6145-8000 Grand SeikoVintage Gallet Brevet 215450 Officers Flying Pilot Chronograph Watch 1950s1972 Bulova N2 14efad (f) Chronograph 17 Jewel Heuer Buren 7081 Cal 12Forever Classic 1980s S.steel Iwc Portofino 3513 1—automatic—serviced This Week!Vintage 1950's Heuer Triple Day Moonphase Men WatchAudemars Piguet 30th Anniversary City Of Sails Limited Edition 25979st. Watch