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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor GMT Q1732441 Good Rose gold 41.54mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Gmt
$14,850
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York, New York
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Attributed RARE 55MM Hi Grade Diamond Ruby...
$10,000
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33
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IWC Good Silver 51mm Manual winding
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IWC Schaffhausen Silver Pocket Watch
$788
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656
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Patek Philippe Fair Platinum Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe Rare 1930s Platinum Pink Gold Two Tone Enamel...
$11,000
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Longines Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Longines roulette pocket
$6,950
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12
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Patek Philippe Good Silver 55mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Patek Philippe Ultra Rare 55mm Silver Deck & Pocket Watch,...
$5,490
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64
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Giuliano Mazzuoli MPW01 Unworn Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino Pocket Watch
$1,150
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116
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Audemars Piguet 25701PT.OO.0000XX.03 Very good Platinum 52mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Audemars Piguet Platinum Grand Complication Pocket Watch, ref....
$275,000
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69
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IWC R243 Very good White gold 40mm Manual winding
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IWC White Gold Dress / Pocket Watch with Diamonds & Knob
$6,426
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54
CH
Breguet Very good Red gold 50mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York City
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Breguet Rare Breguet pocket watch authentic gold 18k full hunter
$24,278
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Tiffany Very good Platinum 45mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Tiffany & CO Rare Platinum 14736 Pocket Watch 45mm, c.1930s...
$6,900
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743
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, Huntington
Patek Philippe Antique & Cie Gondolo 18k Yellow Gold Wind...
$4,992
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613
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Omega Very good White gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park
Omega Vintage Men's Omega 585% 14K White Gold Silver 17J 44mm...
$1,500
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713
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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
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12
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A. Lange & Söhne Good Silver 60mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
A. Lange & Söhne Ultra Rare 60mm Silver Deck Watch, The...
$4,490
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64
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Giuliano Mazzuoli MPWPGM02 Unworn Steel 27mm Quartz United States of America, Florida, Boca Raton
Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometrino Pocket Watch Black PVD
$1,200
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116
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Patek Philippe Good Platinum Manual winding United States of America, Arizona, Scottsdale
Patek Philippe Platinum Pocket watch diamond markers with...
$10,500
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19
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Ebel Good White gold 34mm Manual winding
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Ebel White Gold Gondole Dress / Pocket Watch, like Cartier
$5,257
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54
CH
Vacheron Constantin Very good Platinum Manual winding United States of America, Connecticut, New Canaan
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Vacheron Constantin Vacheron & Constantin Pocket Watch with...
$15,000
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Waltham Very good Yellow gold 42.5mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Waltham 14k Yellow Gold Pocket Watch Octogan Shaped Case...
$2,500
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15
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Ulysse Nardin Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, Huntington
Ulysse Nardin Antique Solid 14k Gold Manual Swiss Full Hunter...
$1,992
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613
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Cartier Very good Yellow gold 44mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park
Cartier Antique Cartier Solid 18K Gold Open Face Pocket Double...
$9,000
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713
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3316673 Good Yellow gold 44mm United States of America, Colorado, 80206
Tiffany & Co. Pocket Watch 18k
$3,860
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12
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Patek Philippe Patek 782 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Patek Philippe Ultra Rare Ref. 782 Golf, Gilbert Albert ...
$6,250
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64
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Breguet Very good 51mm Manual winding United States of America, Nevada, 89511
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Breguet Antique Anton Lepine Enamel Watch
$9,000
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US
Very good Manual winding United States of America, Ohio, Westerville
14K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch Swiss Made 18 size 109.7 gr
$3,000
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24
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Patek Philippe cmz026 Unworn Yellow gold 52mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Cathedral City
Patek Philippe split seconds
$10,000
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5
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Very good Yellow gold 49.3mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Austin
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South Bend 16s American Pocket Watch
$765
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US
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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613
US
283966 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park
NG Vintage Antique 14k 585 Solid Yellow Gold Pocket Watch
$1,300
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713
US
Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding United States of America, Colorado, 80206
French 1199 Pocket Watch
$1,620
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12
US
IWC Good Steel 43mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
IWC Ultra Rare Turler Chronometre S/Steel, Cal. 95 Pocket Watch
$1,390
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64
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Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold 47mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Huntington Village
Patek Philippe 18K Yellow Gold Hand-Winding 21S 47mm 1908...
$5,500
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38
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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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211
US
Patek Philippe Good Yellow gold United States of America, New York, New York
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Patek Philippe A Yellow Gold Hunting Cased Watch, Made In 1919
$3,000
Estimated price
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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
$10,895
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46
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LePhare Good Yellow gold 55mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
LePhare 18K Gold Minute Repeater Multi-Complication Pocket Watch
$9,860
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United States of America, New York, Huntington
Antique 1880's Victorian 14k Yellow Gold Rose Cut Diamond...
$599
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613
US
Tiffany Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Massapequa Park
Tiffany Antique Tiffany & Co 18K Gold Pearl Diamond Triple...
$7,000
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713
US
Elgin 214 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Elgin Veritas Grade 214
$795
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234
US
Rolex Oyster Precision Very good Yellow gold 45mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Rolex Ultra Rare 18K Precision Chronometer Pocket Watch, 1960's
$6,490
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64
US
Longines 2394772 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, ATLANTA
Longines 4 Grands Prix
$5,300
Free shipping
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41
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Omega Very good 44mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Omega 14k Solid Gold Open Face Pocketwatch 44mm, c.1940s Swiss...
$2,500
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743
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Waltham 7422 Very good 56mm United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Waltham 1863 P.S. Bartlett Civil War 18 size Pocket Watch -...
$1,500
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311
US
J B Hudson & Son Jewelers Very good Yellow gold 46mm Manual winding United States of America, California, San Diego
C. H. Meylan C H Meylan 7 Adjustment 14K (0.585) Gold (Very Rare)
$5,095
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46
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Bomberg Bolt-68 Unworn Steel 45mm Quartz United States of America, California, Oakland
Bomberg BS45CHPGM.018.3
$599
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US
Fabergé Very good United States of America, New York, Huntington
Fabergé 1880's Antique Victorian 18k Yellow Gold Enamel Ladies...
$1,000
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613
US
Patek Philippe Vintage Vintage Patek Philippe Pocket Watch Very good Yellow gold 48.5mm United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Genève Vintage 18kt Yellow Gold Hunter-Cased...
$21,495
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120
US
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Hampden Special Railway
$550
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234
US
Cartier Good Gold/Steel 41mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
Cartier Unique Roulette Gold and Steel Pocket Watch
$4,650
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64
US
Elgin 50mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Hartsdale
Elgin
$850
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570
US
Piaget Very good 40mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Piaget J. PIAGET & SONS 18kt Gold Full Case Pocketwatch,...
$2,990
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743
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Waltham 7423 Very good Silver 56mm United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Waltham 1864 P.S. Bartlett Civil War 18 size Coin Silver...
$1,500
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311
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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
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46
US
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater M-157428 Very good Yellow gold 34-36 mmmm Manual winding United States of America, California, Tarzana
Patek Philippe Minute Repeater tiffany on dial 18 karat gold...
$36,000
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Waltham Good Manual winding United States of America, California, SAN DIEGO
Waltham Vanguard High Grade Wind Indicator
$750
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32
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Fair 45mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, New York
Tiffany & Co. Desk Alarm Clock Brass Manual Wind - FOR PARTS /...
$150
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120
US
Very good Yellow gold Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Columbus Watch Co. R.W.K. Special (Rail Way King)
$875
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234
US
A. Lange & Söhne Good Silver 52mm Manual winding United States of America, Texas, Houston
A. Lange & Söhne Ultra Rare Silver/Gold Pocket Watch w. Box &...
$4,750
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64
US
PWG0300 Very good 40mm United States of America, New York, Monsey
Gigandel 14kt Gold Mens Vintage Open Face Pocket Watch 14k -...
$899
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579
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Tiffany Very good 43mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Tiffany & CO Rare Solid 18K Gold Pocketwatch, Comor Movement,...
$2,686
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743
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Waltham 7376 Very good 56mm United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee
Waltham 1864 P.S. Bartlett Civil War 18 size Pocket Watch -...
$1,500
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311
US
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
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46
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Pocket Watches: The Gentleman's Timepiece

Pocket watches have a large fan base. The timepieces range from cheap vintage models to extremely rare collector's pieces. World-famous manufacturers such as Patek Philippe have produced the most extraordinary pocket watches.


Highlights

  • Large variety of vintage pocket watches
  • Prices ranging from a few hundred euros to millions
  • New models with mechanical or quartz calibers
  • A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches are especially sought after by collectors
  • Available with a chronograph function, perpetual calendar, or minute repeater

Pocket Watches for Men and Women

Pocket watches have been beloved for centuries, especially amongst collectors and watch enthusiasts. Wristwatches almost made the pocket watch completely obsolete in the 20th century. Wearing a watch on your wrist is simply more comfortable for most people. Originally, it was predominantly men who used pocket watches. In order to not lose the watch, it was secured with a chain. There was a spring ring or clip at the end of the chain, which you could attach to a buttonhole. Men usually carried their pocket watches in their vest pockets , though they kept them in their pants or jacket pockets as well. Women often attached their pocket watches to a chain and wore them as necklaces.

Manufacturers such as Tissot, Regent, or Dugena continue to produce affordable pocket watches. These are powered by mechanical or quartz movements. The number of pre-owned pocket watches available is much larger. The most highly sought-after models are vintage watches from the German manufacturer A. Lange & Söhne. Patek Philippe, one of the most renowned watch manufacturers in the world, is known for their especially intricate pocket watches. The Graves Supercomplication and Calibre 89 were the most intricate pocket watches for decades.


Buying Advice

If you're searching for a pocket watch, you have the choice between countless models. Prices range from a few hundred to a few million euros for very rare, intricate models. Apprentice watches are particularly special watches. They were made by watchmaking apprentices towards the end of one's apprenticeship, making them "journeyman's pieces." Watches from the 19th or first half of the 20th century are extremely coveted amongst collectors. Since there is only one of each watch, they're extremely scarce, and you should accordingly plan to spend at least 30,000 euros for such a rare piece.

A less expensive entry into the world of pocket watches would be a model from Regent, Dugena, or Tissot. Pre-owned Tissot pocket watches cost less than 500 euros, although their gold watches can cost around 2,500 euros. All three manufacturers currently offer pocket watches in their portfolios. You can also find pre-owned pocket watches from the Swiss manufacturer Omega at affordable prices, sometimes for less than 200 euros. However, gold models can cost up to 4,000 euros.

Pre-owned pocket watches from the International Watch Company (IWC) can be purchased for around 800 euros. Gold models, however, are available for 25,000 euros. The prices for vintage pocket watches from Patek Philippe start at around 3,500 euros. However, there are also models that cost nearly one million euros. The Graves Supercomplication , a special order pocket watch for the American banker Henry Graves, Jr., sold at a Sotheby's auction in 2014 for 23.2 million Swiss francs (CHF), making it one of the most expensive watches in the world. The Patek Philippe 89 is slightly less expensive, although it's still one of the most intricate pocket watches ever produced. In 2009, it sold for around $5 million at an Antiquorum auction.


The History of Pocket Watches

Pocket watches have been around since the 15th century. The invention of the spring drive made pocket watches possible, as it enabled the entire watch movement to be miniaturized. Before then, large grandfather clocks were powered by weights attached to chains which wound the movement. The oldest known watch with a spring drive dates back to 1430 . It features a fusee, which equalized the uneven pull of the mainspring. This watch belonged to Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) in Nuremberg.

Peter Henlein, a locksmith from Nuremburg, was one of the first to use a spring drive together with an escape mechanism in a wearable watch. He was able to get the watch down to pocket watch size using this construction, and the shape of the timepiece resembled a can . One of these models is on display at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremburg. The German town of Nuremberg was the center of watchmaking in the 15th century. Historians know it as the "Silicon Valley of the Middle Ages" due to the many inventions made in the town.

These can-shaped watches, which were most likely carried in bags, eventually developed into wearable watches fashioned onto chains. Since the first portable watches still weren't very accurate, they only had an hour hand. This changed in the mid-17th century when better escapement systems were developed, resulting in portable watches with both hour and minute hands.

The majority of older pocket watches are unsigned, as adding company names and logos wasn't common practice until the 19th century. Sometimes you're only able to tell the origin of a watch based on its construction, design, or decorations.


Pocket Watch Cases

In the 16th century, pocket watch cases were often spherical or box-shaped. Over time, the case developed into the common flat design we know today.

Pocket watches are classified as either Savonnette or Lépine, an important distinction. The Lépine version is named for the French watchmaker Jean-Antoine Lépine. In this construction, the seconds display, winding stem, and crown are all in line with each other. Lépine pocket watches have no spring cover, and thanks to their construction, they're especially flat. This makes them well suited as tailcoat watches. Savonnette watches, on the other hand, have a spring cover protecting the dial and watchglass which can be opened by a push-piece. The term "Savonnette" comes from French and means "little bar of soap." Savonnette pocket watches have the seconds display at six o'clock, and the crown is on the side at three o'clock. This construction makes it easier to hold and use: You can hold the pocket watch in your right hand and use your thumbs to operate the spring cover push-piece and read the time.

Pocket Watch Cases

  • Lépine: Crown, winding stem, seconds hand in line with the winding stem, no spring cover
  • Savonnette: Seconds display at six o'clock, crown on the side, spring cover for protection

Intricate Pocket Watches

Pocket watches can do much more than just show the time. The most intricate pocket watches come from the Swiss manufacturers Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Vacheron Constantin.


The Graves Supercomplication: 24 Complications

With a total of 24 complications, the Graves Supercomplication held the record for the most intricate pocket watch for decades. It features a perpetual calendar , double chronograph for timing intervals, and astronomical displays . The watch shows the normal time, sidereal time, the sunrise and sunset time, and the starry sky over New York City.

The Graves Supercomplication was custom made for the New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. , a passionate watch collector and Patek Philippe fan. The American car manufacturer James Ward Packard was also a lover of rare Patek Philippe watches. Both men commissioned many watches from Patek Philippe with the goal of beating one another in acquiring the most intricate timepiece. The competition ended with Henry Graves, Jr.'s Graves Supercomplication. Originally commissioned in 1925, the watch was finally completed seven years later in 1932. It took a further 12 months for the watch to reach Graves. Since Packard died in 1928, he was unable to commission any more pocket watches. Therefore, it remains a mystery whether Patek could have made an even more intricate watch than the Graves Supercomplication in the early 1930s.


Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 with 33 Complications

Patek Philippe's Calibre 89 overtook the Graves Supercomplication as the most intricate watch in 1989. With a total of 33 complications, the Calibre 89 set a new record. Among its complications are a double chronograph, perpetual calendar , a moon phase and age display, and a second time zone display . There are also many astronomical displays on the back side of the watch. The pocket watch also has acoustic complications such as a grand and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, and an alarm function. Patek Philippe only produced four Calibre 89 pocket watches.


Vacheron Constantin's 57 Complications

In 2015, the Swiss manufacturer Vacheron Constantin set a new record. Their pocket watch, reference number 57260, has 57 complications. Vacheron Constantin produced this watch for a wealthy, anonymous customer. The watch features many calendars: a Gregorian perpetual calendar, a Hebrew perpetual calendar, an astronomical calendar function, and a professional business calendar based on the ISO 8601 standard.


A Royal Pocket Watch: Breguet Marie Antoinette

The Breguet pocket watch Grande Complication No. 1160 is, like its predecessor the No. 160, a rarity. An unknown admirer of Marie Antoinette commissioned the watch in 1783 when Breguet was the purveyor to the royal French court. Marie Antoinette was known to be a fan of Breguet. The watch was meant to showcase the watchmaking know-how of the time, and gold was used in lieu of other metals when possible. The automatic watch features a perpetual calendar, minute repeater, and a power reserve display. It also displays the equation of time, the daily deviation between the true and mean solar times. The mean solar time is the time we use day in, day out. Breguet finished the watch in 1827, 44 years after it was commissioned. Marie Antoinette had already died 34 years earlier.

The No. 160 pocket watch was on display in a Jerusalem museum until 1983. It vanished without a trace and remained lost for 24 years, until it reappeared suddenly in 2007. Nicolas G. Hayek, the founder of the Swatch Group, commissioned Breguet to remake the No. 160 in 2004. Since the original was still missing at the time, the watchmakers had to reconstruct it using old drawings and reference documents.

Abraham-Louis Breguet was the founder of the manufacturer and is considered a genius master watchmaker. He is the inventor of the tourbillon, a complication which minimizes gravity-related deviations and ensures the watch runs precisely.


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