Longtime Watchuseek readers will already be well acquainted with Catawiki, the online auction house that specializes in rare and hard-to-find collectibles, from classic cars and vintage motorcycles to coins and stamps, art, and, of course, fine watches. We’ve covered dozens of vintage bargains found on the site over the years, but here’s a quick refresher for those who might be new to the platform.

Founded in 2008 as an online community for collectors and enthusiasts of all kinds, the Amsterdam-based site introduced its auction feature in 2011, which quickly took off. Today, Catawiki attracts buyers and sellers from across the globe, featuring over 65,000 objects on auction each week. Over the past decade, they’ve helped sell over 10 million items, from a ‘60s-era Breitling Top Time Panda to an extremely rare Omega Seamaster XVII made for the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics.

How It Works
The items up for auction on Catawiki are carefully selected by the company’s team of experts, each of whom brings decades of experience and knowledge in their field. All told, the site boasts a staff of over 240 specialists, with a team of 10 devoted exclusively to watches. (Read our interview with one of Catawiki’s watch experts here.)

These in-house experts review each and every watch for authenticity and quality before a piece is allowed to be put up for auction. Their know-how, combined with the site’s safe and secure payment system, helps ensure both buyers and sellers remain protected throughout the process, with Catawiki acting as the go-between. Following each auction, the seller only gets paid 3 days after the buyer has received their item, allowing users to purchase with confidence.
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Registering for the site takes seconds, and best of all, it’s completely free. And while the expertly-curated pre-selection process helps save watch hunters from having to scour pages of listings to find a diamond in the rough, there are still plenty of treasures just waiting to be uncovered.

Intrigued? Here’s a look at some of the latest finds watch enthusiasts can score using Catawiki. (Then check out our tips for bidding and buying on the site here.)

Omega
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There are new pieces on auction on Catawiki every week, but one thing you can rely on: luxury brands like Omega are always well represented. At the time of writing, there are over 200 watches currently up for sale. Bid on items like this limited edition Speedmaster Triple Date Racing Michael Schumacher World Champion 2002 Chronograph or this gold-plated 1950s Seamaster, still in excellent condition.

IWC
There are currently 25 IWC watches in total up for sale, but it’s likely bids will be closed by the time you’re reading this article. Never fear: since more pieces come up for sale each week, chances are good you’ll be able to find a pre-owned gem from IWC. Like this IWC Schaffhausen “INCA” from 1945 or this rare Da Vinci Perpetual in rose gold – one of only 120 pieces ever made.

Rolex
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Looking for a crown to top your collection? Catawaki features both vintage (like this 1980s Daytona 6265 “Big Red”) and modern offerings (like this 2021 Explorer II) from the iconic luxury brand. You might even find a bargain – although we fully acknowledge “bargain” is a bit of a relative term when it comes to Rolex.

TAG Heuer
As we saw at Watches & Wonder earlier this month, TAG gave the Aquaracer a refresh for 2021, but if the brand’s previous versions are more your style, look no further than this Grande Date WAF1011. Or check out this vintage-inspired Ringmaster, a limited-edition tribute to boxing GOAT Muhammed Ali.
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That’s not all, of course – you can also find brands like Patek Phillippe, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breitling and more available for bidding on Catawiki. So if you’re on the hunt for a new centerpiece for your ever-growing collection, it’s worth taking a spin through the site’s watch section to see what cool new finds have been added this week.

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