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Very good Silver Manual winding United States of America, New York, Huntington
Edward Prior 1800s Antique London Silver Triple Case Verge...
$1,392
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780
US
Patek Philippe Yellow gold 33mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Auction
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold And Diamond-set Hunting-cased Watch...
$2,229
Estimated price
Sotheby's
 
Patek Philippe 89578 Very good Rose gold 46mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Patek Philippe 18k Rose Gold Pocket Watch 89578 Very Rare...
$8,995
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275
US
monement # N11451 Very good 43mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, St Augustine
Louis Audemars18K pocket watch
$7,000
Private Seller
 
US
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding United States of America, Connecticut, Greenwich
Vacheron Constantin Vantage minute repeater
$21,000
Private Seller
 
US
3367 Good Yellow gold 55.4mm United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
E. Howard & Co. 1883 E. Howard & Co. Antique 18 Size Pocket...
$8,207
Professional dealer
392
US
Waltham 7018102 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Missouri, JOPLIN
Waltham Riverside
$1,000
Private Seller
 
US
Patek Philippe PATEK PHILIPPE 18K Gold  Ladies Watch 1940's Good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
Patek Philippe Retro Style
$2,999
Professional dealer
44
US
Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Watch Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding United States of America, Michigan, Warren
1900 Morgan Silver Dollar Coin Watch Swiss LeJour Movement.......
$585
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65
US
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avance Retard Movement Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Vintage 19th Century Solid Gold Pocket Watch, Working, Avanc...
$1,750
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8
US
Tiffany Very good Yellow gold 49mm Manual winding United States of America, Pennsylvania, Newtown
Tiffany Gold pocket watch with Patek movement
$6,000
Private Seller
 
US
Ulysse Nardin Good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Ulysse Nardin LOCLE 18K Yellow Gold 53mm Pocket Watch
$8,900
Professional dealer
207
US
Elgin 6093482 Good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, Colorado, FLORENCE
Elgin Hunters Pocket Watch Model 2
$1,250
Private Seller
 
US
Elgin elgin Fair Silver Manual winding United States of America, Minnesota, lakeville
Elgin --------grade220
$750
Private Seller
 
US
Elgin H. H. Taylor Unworn Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Elgin 14K Multicolor Hunting Case Model H. H. Taylor
$15,895
Professional dealer
49
US
Omega Fair Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Omega 1899 Omega Pocket Watch with a Nickle Case (# 11938)
$1,250
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231
US
Magnenat-LeCoultre Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch Good Steel 50mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Woodland Hills. We accept cryptocurrency
Magnenat-LeCoultre Antique Pump Quarter Repeater Pocket Watch...
$875
Professional dealer
283
US
Good Yellow gold 57mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Swiss Vintage 14K Gold Quarter Repeater Chronograph Beautiful
$4,750
Professional dealer
76
US
Good Gold/Steel 40mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Vintage Early 19th Century Johnson Liverpool Gold Pocket Wat...
$1,850
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8
US
Elgin Good Yellow gold 1.5mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Laguna Beach
Elgin 14k Muti-Tone Gold Elgin Antique Pocket Watch 1.5" Diameter
$1,250
Professional dealer
 
US
Good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
1891 Antique Elgin Full Hunter Engraved Case Solid 14K Yellow...
$1,700
Professional dealer
168
US
Omega Very good 50mm Manual winding
Omega Grand Priz - Pocket to Wrist Conversion
$1,065
Professional dealer
59
CA
1099 Good Silver 59mm Manual winding
Unknown to me. Manual wind
$659
Private Seller
 
CA
Elgin Elgin 16 Size Multicolor Gold Very good Yellow gold 50mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Elgin Multicolor 14K Hunting Case Gold w/ Diamond
$2,495
Professional dealer
49
US
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Culver City
M.S. Smith, Detroit 18k Exposition
$18,000
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970
US
Longines Longines Military Good Silver 29mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Woodland Hills
Longines Antique Military Trench Officers Silver Grand Prix...
$675
Professional dealer
283
US
Patek Philippe Good Silver 55mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Patek Philippe Ultra Rare 55mm Silver Deck & Pocket Watch
$5,250
Professional dealer
76
US
Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding United States of America, Colorado, 80206
French 1199 Pocket Watch
$1,280
Professional dealer
33
US
Patek Philippe 1897 Patek Philippe Very good United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Pocket watch
$500,000
Professional dealer
7
US
Bovet Fair Silver 55mm Manual winding
Bovet Vintage Erotic Automation Cloisonne Pocket Watch
$8,500
Professional dealer
15
SG
Patek Philippe Gondolo OpenFaceGoldCuvette Very good Rose gold 55mm Manual winding United States of America, Florida, Miami
Patek Philippe Collectable Pocket Watch Gondolo 18K Rose Gold...
$9,990
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865
US
IWC 449904--31457 Very good Silver 70,00mm Manual winding
IWC Montre de poche en argent
$994
Private Seller
 
CA
Series III 18K Hunting Case Unworn Yellow gold 58mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Howard 18K 18/20 Size Key Wind Key Set
$15,895
Professional dealer
49
US
Unworn Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Culver City
Elgin National Watch Co. 6 Size BOX HINGED HINTING MODEL
$2,500
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970
US
Silver Niello Digital Jump Hour Pocket Watch Good Silver 53mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Woodland Hills
Aeby & Landry Madretsch, Silver Niello Cased Pallweber type...
$1,575
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283
US
Hamilton Good Gold/Steel
Hamilton Electric Titan
$741
Professional dealer
11
CA
Rolex Datejust 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Datejust/36mm/Jubilee Bracelet/Fluted Bezel/Staineless...
$5,150
Professional dealer
359
US
Eberhard & Co. Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Eberhard & Co. Repeater Sonnerie Chronograph 18K Gold
$6,098
Professional dealer
 
IT
Patek Philippe Very good 18mm
Patek Philippe & Co. Sackermann, Miniatur Diamant Taschenuhr...
$106,100
Professional dealer
40
DE
Very good Yellow gold 53mm Manual winding
Glashütte J. Assmann
$5,165
Professional dealer
36
DE
Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding
Full Hunter Yellow Gold Minute Repeating Calendar Pocket Watch
$8,174
Free shipping
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781
UK
Elgin Grade 156 Hunting Case Unworn Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Elgin 14K (0.585) Grade 156 3 Finger Bridge
$3,595
Professional dealer
49
US
Good Silver 58mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Culver City
J.P. Stevens 18 Size Full Plate Nickel
$1,200
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970
US
Longines Shooting Festival Medal Very good Silver 53mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Woodland Hills
Longines Award for1899 Aargau Cantonal Shooting Festival in...
$1,750
Professional dealer
283
US
A. Lang & Sohne Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 54mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
A. Lang & Sohne POCKET WATCH
$9,000
Professional dealer
13
US
Patek Philippe AMPR-SCI Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe 99368 Remontoir YG 18K, 20 LINES, Original Box...
$8,427
Private Seller
 
ES
Waltham Waltham Very good Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding
Waltham Pocket watch 14K
$4,866
Professional dealer
55
DE
Elgin Very good Red gold 54mm
Elgin Savonette Taschenuhr, 14 kt. von ca. 1882
$5,939
Professional dealer
40
DE
Good Gold/Steel 85mm Manual winding
London Tischuhr Reiseuhr Carriage Clock Stiluhr selten
$3,657
Professional dealer
893
DE
Very good Rose gold 52mm Manual winding
Audemars Freres Rare Open Face Minute Repeater Pocket Watch...
$7,464
Free shipping
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781
UK
Elgin Grade 162 (RARE) Unworn White gold 50mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
Elgin Grade 162 Three Finger Bridge (RARE)
$1,295
Professional dealer
49
US
Waltham Unworn Rose gold 52mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Santa Monica
Waltham AMERICAN W.Co. WILD WEST 1872 MODEL 14k ROSE GOLD C: 1883
$2,750
Free shipping
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970
US
Antique Silver Keywind Pocket Watch Very good Silver 49mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Woodland Hills
M.J.Tobias Antique Silver Pocket Watch was presented to and...
$5,000
Professional dealer
283
US
A. Lange & Söhne 70553 Very good Red gold 53.9mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte 70553
$8,220
Professional dealer
55
CZ
ligne droite, Very good 50mm approxmm Manual winding
TOP
ANCRE ,ligne droite
$3,049
Private Seller
 
FR
Vacheron Constantin Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Taschenuhr kleine Sekunde 14kt Roségold...
$2,071
Professional dealer
1822
DE
Glashütte Original Very good Red gold 52mm
Glashütte Original Richard Glaeser ( Ludwig Simon Berlin W )...
$34,757
Professional dealer
40
DE
Very good Gold/Steel Manual winding
Empire französische Bronze Pendule
$4,755
Professional dealer
266
DE
Marine Chronometer Very good 122mm Manual winding
James McCabe Brass Marine Chronometer Eight Days Clock
$17,770
Free shipping
Professional dealer
781
UK
Audemars Piguet Very good Yellow gold 34mm Manual winding
Audemars Piguet Vintage Loius Audemars Pocket Watch Bj-1900
$3,939
Professional dealer
498
DE

Antique Watches: A Journey Through History

Antique watches are like windows into a bygone era, especially considering pocket watches make up the majority of these timepieces. Each watch is truly one of a kind, making them interesting for collectors and enthusiasts alike.


5 Reasons to Buy an Antique Watch

  • Most are custom, handmade pieces
  • Gold or silver cases, often heavily decorated
  • Top models with complications like a chronograph or minute repeater
  • A piece of history in your pocket
  • Popular collector's items, including affordable models

Watches from Days Gone By

Antique watches are growing in popularity among watch collectors and enthusiasts. However, there's no set definition of what exactly constitutes an antique watch. The boundary between antique and vintage watches is quite blurred. As a general rule, all timepieces produced before 1940 can be considered antique; anything more recent is vintage.

Most antique watches come from an era when wristwatches were either nonexistent or an extremely niche product. This is why the majority of antique timepieces are pocket watches.

Some of the most refined pieces come from illustrious brands like Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, and Jaeger-LeCoultre. For something more affordable, there's also a wide variety of interesting watches from the likes of Junghans, Zenith, and Omega. Regardless of the price and manufacturer, these timepieces all have one thing in common: They serve as time capsules from a bygone era.


How much do antique watches cost?

Model Price (approx.) Case/Movement no.
Zenith Pocket Watch 330 USD Silver, 52 mm/19-34-3T
Omega Pocket Watch 390 USD Silver, 50 mm/4901982
H. Moser & Cie. Pocket Watch Conversion 940 USD Silver, 51 mm/584581
A. Lange & Söhne Pocket Watch 3,500 USD Yellow gold, 52 mm/37885
Patek Philippe Pocket Watch 80,500 USD Rose gold, 50 mm/80.117

Affordable Antique Watches

Collecting antique watches is a fantastic hobby. The selection is enormous, and almost every timepiece is truly one of a kind since they were made by hand. Moreover, their affordable prices make antique watches a great starting point for any collection. Pocket watches from small, long-forgotten manufacturers sell for as little as 90 to 210 USD. Most are made of silver and have intricately engraved case backs.

There are also plenty of inexpensive options from more prestigious brands, including Zenith, Longines, and Omega. Their cases are also silver and hand-engraved. Most of these timepieces come from the turn of the century and share the same basic design: a white dial with Breguet numerals, a small seconds at 6 o'clock. and either classic Breguet hands or elaborate Louis XV hands.

Prices for well-maintained pocket watches begin around 280 USD. Models with especially detailed decoration demand about 440 USD.


Highly Coveted Pieces with Hefty Price Tags

Some collectors consider antique watches from storied manufacturers like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne their personal holy grail. The majority of these timepieces have intricately engraved gold cases. Inside, you'll find in-house calibers, often with chronograph or minute repeater complications. Many come with certificates of authenticity and in their original packaging, which further increases their value. Antique A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches sell for anywhere from 3,300 to 63,000 USD.

Pieces from Patek Philippe cost between 4,900 and 81,000 USD. However, watches with especially elaborate decoration require a much larger investment. For example, they may be encrusted with precious gems or feature an engraved portrait of their former owner. These timepieces are extremely rare and often cost well over 111,000 USD.


Prices for Early Wristwatches

It's quite difficult to find antique wristwatches. You'll have more luck searching for pocket watches that were later mounted on a bracelet or strap. There are modified pieces from nearly every manufacturer. This includes traditional watch companies like Vacheron Constantin and H. Moser & Cie. Depending on the model and its features, prices for these converted pocket watches range from 940 to 3,400 USD.

Nowadays, you'll find some new wristwatches outfitted with movements and dials from antique pocket watches. The result is the best of both worlds: the charm of an antique watch and the comfort of a modern wristwatch. What's more, these semi-antique watches sell for interesting prices. Timepieces with a refurbished Patek Philippe movement can cost as little as 13,500 USD. Watches with calibers from Jaeger-LeCoultre or IWC are even more affordable at 3,300 to 5,600 USD.

When it comes it genuine antique wristwatches, most are women's watches created for luxury stores like Tiffany & Co. You'll find pieces from big names like Cartier and Patek Philippe. These timepieces are rather rare and, therefore, demand prices anywhere from 16,500 to well over 55,000 USD.