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TAG Heuer Link CBC2110.BA0603 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Link Calibre 17 Automatic Chronograph Black Dial...
C$ 4,169
Professional dealer
3686
US
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.10.40.20.02.005 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 39.5 mm Automatic Silver Dial...
C$ 3,765
Professional dealer
3686
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02
C$ 49,224
Free shipping
Professional dealer
465
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400 GV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss Steel Automatic Black Dial Oyster Bracelet...
C$ 12,822
Professional dealer
3686
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770ST Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
C$ 24,395
Professional dealer
 
US
Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph 5930G-010 Unworn White gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph - 5930G-010
C$ 78,193
Professional dealer
15
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Mixed Rainbow - Limited edition /5...
C$ 45,532
Professional dealer
81
IT
Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Rolex GMT-Master - Vintage Faded Pepsi Bezel on Jubilee (+...
C$ 19,100
Free shipping
Professional dealer
23
CA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST.OO.A002CA.01 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Canada, Delta
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
C$ 21,503
Private Seller
 
CA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450ST.OO.1256ST.03 New Steel 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet New Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37mm Blue Dial...
C$ 44,960
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Black 116710LN 2020 Unworn NEW CARD
C$ 24,103
Professional dealer
479
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15467OR.OO.1256OR.01 New Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 37mm...
C$ 149,868
Professional dealer
7
US
Rolex Datejust II 126331 Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust
C$ 17,724
Free shipping
Professional dealer
 
US
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 1185-122-3/41 Very good Gold/Steel 45mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 45mm Two Tone
C$ 16,771
Professional dealer
 
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Canada, Toronto
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
C$ 6,900
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CA
Bremont AIRCO MACH 2/AN/BR New Steel Automatic
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Bremont AIRCO MACH2 Anthracite
C$ 4,084
Free shipping
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138
UK
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030N-0001 New Steel 39mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-eight - Unworn (5 years warranty)
C$ 5,800
Free shipping
Professional dealer
23
CA
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3570.50.00 Good Steel Manual winding Canada, surrey
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
C$ 5,092
Private Seller
 
CA
Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41 White Index Fluted Oyster 2021 New Card/Box/...
C$ 13,682
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 1625 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph
C$ 6,915
Professional dealer
234
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 1680 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 1680 Submariner—Unpolished—Box, Papers and much more...
C$ 37,793
Professional dealer
39
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400or.oo.1220or.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 18k Rose Gold Black Dial 41MM...
C$ 84,578
Professional dealer
7
US
Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 00372 Good Steel 47mm Manual winding
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Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days
C$ 8,470
Professional dealer
 
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
Rolex GMT-Master II
C$ 25,000
Professional dealer
 
CA
Rolex Submariner Date 116619LB Very good White gold 40mm Automatic Canada, North Vancouver
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Rolex 18K White Gold Submariner Date “Smurf” 2018
C$ 54,975
Private Seller
 
CA
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet 6654-3642-55b New Rose gold 40mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet Rose Gold - UNWORN
C$ 24,600
Free shipping
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23
CA
Bremont Jaguar BJ-III/BK Unworn Steel Automatic
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Bremont Jaguar Mark 111 BJ-111/BK
C$ 5,863
Free shipping
Professional dealer
138
UK
Breitling Superocean Heritage 42 A103702A1C1A1 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling SuperOcean Heritage '57 Blue Capsule Box/Papers/Card...
C$ 9,903
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5008 11B30 NABA New Steel 40.3mm Automatic
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MILSPEC 2020 Hodinkee Limited Edition...
C$ 26,584
Professional dealer
34
US
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5512 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 5512 Vintage Submariner, Burnt Lume, Faded Insert
C$ 35,763
Professional dealer
39
US
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 41mm New Release 126610ln
C$ 18,571
Professional dealer
538
US
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer 263-10-7M/93 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Marine Diver
C$ 7,819
Professional dealer
 
US
Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB Very good Steel Automatic Canada, GREENFIELD PARK
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Tudor Black Bay GMT 2018 Box Papers and Tag in Excellent...
C$ 4,800
Private Seller
 
CA
Zenith Defy 95.9000.670/78.R782 New Titanium 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Defy Classic
C$ 6,125
Professional dealer
81
US
Tudor Black Bay GMT m79830RB-0002 New Steel 41mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Tudor Black Bay GMT "Pepsi" UNWORN + 5 Years Warranty
C$ 5,700
Free shipping
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23
CA
Bremont ALT1-C Classic ALT1-C/PB Unworn Steel
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Bremont ALT1-C/PB
C$ 7,109
Free shipping
Professional dealer
138
UK
Rolex Datejust 126234 New Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 36 Blue Index Fluted Jubilee 2021 Box/Papers/Ca...
C$ 13,358
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
F.P.Journe Souveraine Chronometre Souverain Havana Platinum Very good Platinum 40mm Manual winding
F.P.Journe Chronometre Souverain Havana Platinum 40mm
C$ 57,081
Professional dealer
34
US
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Victoria
TOP
Rolex Milgauss
C$ 13,084
Private Seller
 
CA
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.01.003 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 41.5mm Automatic
C$ 4,225
Professional dealer
39
US
Rolex Submariner Date 126618LN New Yellow gold 41mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 2020 Submariner Date 41MM Yellow Gold NEW 126618LN
C$ 53,425
Professional dealer
478
US
Rolex Submariner Date 116618LB Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 116618LB Submariner Date Ceramic Bezel 18k Yellow Gold...
C$ 46,329
Professional dealer
7
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A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 115.031 Very good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne : Grand Lange 1 : 115.031 : 18k Rose Gold
C$ 31,850
Professional dealer
701
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 178240 Good Steel 31mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Rolex Datejust 31 Lady - Full Set - Ivory White Dial
C$ 7,500
Free shipping
Professional dealer
23
CA
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm White Dial OP39 114300
C$ 12,113
Professional dealer
538
US
Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 41 Silver Index Fluted Jubilee New Card/Box/Pap...
C$ 14,334
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
Patek Philippe World Time 5231J-001 Very good Yellow gold 38.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe World Time
C$ 126,151
Professional dealer
34
US
Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA10000 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Canada, Maple
TOP
Baume & Mercier CAPELAND MOA10000
C$ 1,955
Private Seller
 
CA
NOMOS Club Campus 738.S2 Unworn Steel 38.5mm Manual winding Canada, Leduc County
TOP
NOMOS Club Campus 38 #NomiesForLife
C$ 2,800
Private Seller
 
CA
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179173 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 26mm Lady-Datejust complete with Box and Card
C$ 8,797
Professional dealer
39
US
Rolex Daytona 116503 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 2020 Two-Tone Daytona NEW Champagne Dial 116503
C$ 24,755
Professional dealer
478
US
Rolex Datejust 116244 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex DateJust 36mm Factory Diamond Bezel Silver Floral Oyster...
C$ 15,313
Professional dealer
7
US
Sinn U1 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
TOP
Sinn Diver U1 SB
C$ 2,850
Private Seller
 
CA
Blancpain Villeret 1027N0558 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding Canada, Montreal
TOP
Blancpain Villeret
C$ 7,447
Private Seller
 
CA
IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500704 Very good 42.3mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
TOP
IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500704
C$ 9,512
Private Seller
 
CA
Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase FC-365RM5B6 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Frederique Constant Runabout Annual Calendar Moonphase - 2020...
C$ 2,900
Free shipping
Professional dealer
23
CA
Not available Good Steel 36mm Manual winding Canada, HALIFAX
TOP
Rodania Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) Monopusher Chronograph
C$ 4,561
Private Seller
 
CA
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/B01A-9095 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 2019 Silver Dial...
C$ 24,108
Free shipping
Professional dealer
131
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400IO.OO.A004CA.02 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm Titanium...
C$ 47,567
Professional dealer
34
US
Sl-10312-ASM-01-OAS Unworn 50mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
TOP
Swiss Legend Sl-10312-ASM-01-OAS
C$ 1,240
Private Seller
 
CA
Hermès Arceau AR6.710a Good 41mm Automatic Canada, toronto
TOP
Hermès Hermes Montre Arceau en Acier
C$ 3,500
Private Seller
 
CA
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline FC-710S4S6 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline
C$ 2,450
Private Seller
 
CA
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371604 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Automatic - Gold - 371604
C$ 8,960
Professional dealer
538
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 178241 Very good Steel 31mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Ladies 31mm DateJust Everose 178241 18k Rose Gold Steel...
C$ 11,208
Professional dealer
7
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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 Jaeg