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Audemars Piguet Offshore Limited  Tantale  Asia  "Orchard...
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Audemars Piguet Offshore Limited Tantale Asia "Orchard...
NZ$ 56,548
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10PAST10.COM
86
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Chopard 161901-5002
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Chopard 161901-5002
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
9
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509  Calatrava &...
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Patek Philippe vintage 1950s Tear Drop 1509 Calatrava &...
NZ$ 14,212
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Watch Hunter
 
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Hublot Big Bang King  Min Repeater NEW 65% off
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Hublot Big Bang King Min Repeater NEW 65% off
NZ$ 216,730
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
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Panerai Luminor Submersible OP6527 Tritium
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Panerai Luminor Submersible OP6527 Tritium
NZ$ 7,712
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MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
47
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time - Limited Edition
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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time - Limited Edition
NZ$ 67,936
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi"...
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph ''Leo Messi"...
NZ$ 66,839
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Filipucci Juweliers
283
NL
Vacheron Constantin Calatrava/ Dress watch, seconds 6456 -Gold...
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Vacheron Constantin Calatrava/ Dress watch, seconds 6456 -Gold...
NZ$ 5,956
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Cartier 18k R/G Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon B&P W6920001
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Cartier 18k R/G Ballon Bleu Flying Tourbillon B&P W6920001
NZ$ 65,973
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Tradition D'excellence...
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Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet Tradition D'excellence...
NZ$ 236,451
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Taleda
241
CH
Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
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Zenith Academy Force Constante 18.2210.4810-01.C713 limited 150
NZ$ 48,768
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TimeWorld
19
CH
Cartier 1920s PLATINUM ONYX & DIAMOND LADIES WATCH
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Cartier 1920s PLATINUM ONYX & DIAMOND LADIES WATCH
NZ$ 9,426
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Watch Hunter
 
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Audemars Piguet Concept CW1
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Audemars Piguet Concept CW1
NZ$ 268,284
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Raffi Boyadjian Watches Inc.
7
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Franck Muller GIGA TOURBILLON
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Franck Muller GIGA TOURBILLON
NZ$ 281,925
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ZEGG & CERLATI
14
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon White Gold
NZ$ 25,485
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture Rose Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture Rose Gold
NZ$ 34,277
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Sense of Time
 
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Zenith Chronomaster Vollkalender Mondphase 18k/750 Gold
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Zenith Chronomaster Vollkalender Mondphase 18k/750 Gold
NZ$ 11,740
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Omega TRIPLE CALENDAR VINTAGE
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Omega TRIPLE CALENDAR VINTAGE
NZ$ 2,982
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ANNIBALI&CO
56
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Hublot AEROFUSION BLACK MAGIC
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Hublot AEROFUSION BLACK MAGIC
NZ$ 14,557
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Artex AG
 
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Omega 18k W/Gold Lapis Lazuli Dial DeVille Gents Watch &...
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Omega 18k W/Gold Lapis Lazuli Dial DeVille Gents Watch &...
NZ$ 13,290
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
66
UK
Breitling 1970S EMERALD DIAMOND SET CONCEALED DIAL 18KT YG
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Breitling 1970S EMERALD DIAMOND SET CONCEALED DIAL 18KT YG
NZ$ 21,753
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Watch Hunter
 
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IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph
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IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph
NZ$ 13,596
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
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Omega Rare Vintage Black Dial Ref.2900 / 34.5 mm / Cal.266 / 1956
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Omega Rare Vintage Black Dial Ref.2900 / 34.5 mm / Cal.266 / 1956
NZ$ 2,742
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle date
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle date
NZ$ 34,894
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
De Grisogono Instrumento Uno
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De Grisogono Instrumento Uno
NZ$ 170,526
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ZEGG & CERLATI
14
MC
Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
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Chopard Linea Dóro Auto. 161169 -Gold 18k/750 -Serviced by...
NZ$ 3,925
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Dreamwatch - fine used watches
116
DE
Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
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Ulysse Nardin 18k White Gold Ulysse Nardin Sonata Cathedral,...
NZ$ 33,465
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Tempvs Ltd
47
UK
Panerai Submersible Titanium OP6528 Limit.Edit.
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Panerai Submersible Titanium OP6528 Limit.Edit.
NZ$ 9,940
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MASTROLORENZI S.A.S DI MATTIA MASTROLORENZI & CO.
47
IT
Rolex Ladies 169622 Yachtmaster - Platinum Dial / Platinum Bezel
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Rolex Ladies 169622 Yachtmaster - Platinum Dial / Platinum Bezel
NZ$ 5,793
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SD & CO LLC
18
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
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Chopard 1970s Chopard PAVE Diamond Lapis & 18kt YG Wristwatch
NZ$ 6,526
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Watch Hunter
 
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
NZ$ 2,996
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Vintage Watch Services
114
NL
Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
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Vacheron Constantin Rare Vintage Ref.4961 "Ultra-fine"...
NZ$ 7,712
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VintageCaliber GmbH
32
DE
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
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Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
NZ$ 28,741
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Zenith EL PRIMERO TOURBILLON
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Zenith EL PRIMERO TOURBILLON
NZ$ 63,840
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ZEGG & CERLATI
14
MC
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris II - NOS - New Old Stock
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris II - NOS - New Old Stock
NZ$ 14,568
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
9
IT
IWC Portofino 2050 Romana Perpetual Calendar Platinum Full Set
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IWC Portofino 2050 Romana Perpetual Calendar Platinum Full Set
NZ$ 16,281
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Watches Management
7
IT
Rolex Mens 116400 Milgauss - White Dial - Oyster Band - Mint...
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Rolex Mens 116400 Milgauss - White Dial - Oyster Band - Mint...
NZ$ 8,265
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SD & CO LLC
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Chopard VINTAGE 70S LARGE HAPPY DIAMOND SAUDI KING REF. 2121
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Watch Hunter
 
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Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
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Movado Triple Calendar 18k Rose Gold
NZ$ 1,397
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Vintage Watch Services
114
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 42mm automatico
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 42mm automatico
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Zironi Oscar Srl
30
IT
Zenith Type 20 GMT Tribute to the Rolling Stones
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Zenith Type 20 GMT Tribute to the Rolling Stones
NZ$ 8,775
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Girard Perregaux WW.TC ZEGG & CERLATI - LIMITED EDITION
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Girard Perregaux WW.TC ZEGG & CERLATI - LIMITED EDITION
NZ$ 19,366
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ZEGG & CERLATI
14
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Rolex Datejust Roségold Choco Diamond NOS with latest Mondani...
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Rolex Datejust Roségold Choco Diamond NOS with latest Mondani...
NZ$ 15,682
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Dimidium BV
5
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Omega Speedmaster Teutonic Mondphase Titan/Gold18K  very rare
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Omega Speedmaster Teutonic Mondphase Titan/Gold18K very rare
NZ$ 13,702
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T&N "Glücksschmiede" GmbH
454
DE
Rolex Cosmograph 6239 black dial Service Official Rolex 1964’s
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Rolex Cosmograph 6239 black dial Service Official Rolex 1964’s
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Watches Management
7
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Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
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Chopard Happy Diamonds PAPERS manual winding 0,15crt 18k 1980...
NZ$ 2,740
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vtgwatch.com
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
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Cartier VINTAGE1920 Platinum ladies Pave Diamond Enamel cord
NZ$ 26,828
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Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
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Patek Philippe Pocket-Watch NEW
NZ$ 11,825
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Paradiso Luxury Srl
9
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Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
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Breguet Classique Power Reserve Moonphase Rose Gold 7787br
NZ$ 28,279
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
7
US
Omega Seamaster Winding Gold Cap Steel Mens Watch
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Omega Seamaster Winding Gold Cap Steel Mens Watch
NZ$ 1,434
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Watch World Star
124
UK
Cartier Diabolo Platin
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Cartier Diabolo Platin
NZ$ 11,825
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Juwelier Edmund Arnold GmbH
36
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Girard Perregaux Neo Bridge
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Girard Perregaux Neo Bridge
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Zironi Oscar Srl
30
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Magrette Regattare Bronze
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Magrette Regattare Bronze
NZ$ 1,100
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Private seller
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox jumbo silver bicolor dial rose gold 1960
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox jumbo silver bicolor dial rose gold 1960
NZ$ 6,084
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Watches Management
7
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Rolex 18K/SS Datejust Champagne Diamond Dial & Bezel...
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Rolex 18K/SS Datejust Champagne Diamond Dial & Bezel...
NZ$ 7,534
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Austins Watches Inc.
89
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
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Cartier vintage1940S DIAMOND SET PLATINUM18KT YG TRIPLE TWIST...
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Watch Hunter
 
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary...
Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz 35th Anniversary...
NZ$ 15,227
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Private seller
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Breguet Marine Gmt Stainless Steel Silver Dial On Rubber Strap...
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Breguet Marine Gmt Stainless Steel Silver Dial On Rubber Strap...
NZ$ 21,753
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Feldmar Watch Company, Inc.
7
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Alain Silberstein Krono Bauhaus limited edition full set
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Alain Silberstein Krono Bauhaus limited edition full set
NZ$ 9,923
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
UK
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
NZ$ 18,000
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Jewelwatch Ltd
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Hydepark Triple date moonphase
Hydepark Triple date moonphase
NZ$ 796
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Private seller
NZ

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.

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.

Buying Advice

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