The rare, cool and unusual world of Catawiki

30,000 items sold a week, 12 million visitors every month, more than 300 auctions every week, Catawiki continues to grow and to make special objects universally available all around the world. Catawiki’s weekly auctions feature thousands of unusual, rare, and exceptional objects you simply can’t find in any store.

Catawiki was founded in the Netherlands in 2008, originally as a website for collectors to keep track of their collections online. Then in 2011, Catawiki began hosting weekly auctions in various categories, including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewelry, fashion, books, wine and stamps. Today the site also has offices in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, and Spain.

Cutting right to the chase, as Watchuseek readers tend to be into watches and have been known to buy one or two at auction, Catawiki’s watch auctions will be of immediate interest.

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Take that old auction favorite Rolex for example. Whether you’re looking for a rare Pocket Watch, or your budget merely extends to a Rolex document holder or a red leather Rolex wallet, if you fancy bidding, just go ahead and place your bid. If you have the highest bid, the lot will turn green. If someone outbids you, it will turn red.

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Unlike eBay, an actual auctioneer rather than a seller oversees the auction, so if you want to ask a question about the lot you can seek impartial advice from the auctioneer.

Anyone wishing to place an item for auction on Catawiki first has to submit valid, checkable ID to offer an additional measure of security to buyers.

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Of course, the watch auctions are not limited to Rolex alone, you can even go searching for that enticingly rare Invicta Night Glow if you are so inclined (actually it was sold last night), and yes, there are auctioneers ready to answer questions on Invicta watches too.

Catawiki caters to all tastes, from pilots watches to vintage pocket watches, along with plenty of tasty Swiss watches from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

It’s also a great place to seek out something amazing and unusual for the lady in your life, as there’s a thriving lady’s watch auction. True you may have to wade through a lot of tat to get to something you think she might deign to wear, but then that’s all part of the fun of the auction.

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There’s also an exclusive watch auction for both men’s and ladies’ watches which, as the name suggests, caters to rarer brands and rarer models within well-known brands.

But just supposing, and I know how ridiculous this will sound, but just supposing you wanted to look for something other than watches. There are over 60 different categories on Catawiki.

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So if, for example, you’re into collecting Montblanc pens from yesteryear, you can find some real beauties up for auction, again with an auctioneer you can turn to for impartial advice. The same applies if you’re into Heuer Carrera chronos. Here you can find that Heuer you’ve always been after.

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If you don’t want to wait around for days to bag a deal, simply check out what’s happening on the Auctions Ending Today link at the top of the page. For example today an Exclusive OMEGA auction which ends at 19:00 BST. Armed with that information it’s hard not to head straight to Catawiki to take a quick look.

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